Do cats hump blankets? (Why? & how to stop it)
Maybe you have seen your cat humping and are freaked out, or maybe you are just curious if your cat is going to soil your bed (Click here to see my 5 best cat beds for kittens to save your blankets!). Either way, I am going to help explain if they will do this and more importantly why…
Do cats hump blankets? Yes, they do as well as a number of other items such as woolen sweaters, pillows, soft toys, and even us humans. This can happen regardless if they are neutered or not, believe it or not. There are a number of reasons why this happens.
Now that you know that cats do hump blankets, I am going to explain why they do this, why a cat may start doing this all of a sudden, how to stop it happening without distressing your cat and a lot more. Keep reading…
Why do cats hump blankets (& other things)?
This is an instinctive hormonal reaction that is often seen while cats are mating. You may even notice your male cat doing this to another male cat. This may be confusing, and may even make you double-take. The reality is, this stuff happens.
If you notice your male cat doing this to another male, by the way, this could be a show of dominance and is nothing to be worried about.
You may see this happening if your cat has some unspent energy. He may just need to release this energy. You can help this by offering more playtime. Or some other way to deal with this energy overload.
Lack of Attention
If you have been neglecting your cat, this could be a reason for the humping. If that’s the case, this is easy to resolve. Simply pay him more attention.
You can also spend more time cuddling and allowing him to jump on your lap more, are you with me? Just subtle things like this might make him get the attention fix he requires.
Why would a cat start humping all of a sudden?
If you have had a cat for a while and noticed he has started humping recently it could be a result of a change in your household.
There is usually some trigger that causes this, such as:
- A new addition to the family (baby)
- Somebody moved in.
- An additional pet cat has recently moved in.
These small changes can cause anxiety in your cat. This anxiety can trigger weird behavioral changes such as this humping you are seeing.
Do Cats Hump as Much as Dogs?
— Nick Adams-King (@Nickking) January 21, 2016
No, not really. Dogs are regular humpers. To a weird extent, this is almost accepted behavior from a dog. They thrust their waists and hump anything that moves and they get away with it.
How many times of you watched a Hollywood comedy movie and seen a humping dog as the punchline for a funny scene? Exactly, I am sure you have at least one memory that comes to mind right now, right?
Cats, on the other hand, are different. This does happen with cats but its not as common. And, it is definitely not as accepted as a dog. A cat thrusting and humping is often frowned upon in society.
Why do Neutered Cats Hump?
In this section, we will look into the reasons why a neutered cat would still attempt to hump. It may come across hard to believe because the whole idea of neutering is to sterilize your cat to stop reproduction.
One would, therefore, assume that it would get rid of the urge to hump. Well, the reality is, its not that simple.
Humping, along with behavior like spraying to mark territory are things that are instinctive and somewhat ingrained into your cat’s brain.
Especially if your cat was neutered at a later age, such as after one-year-old. If this is the case, then chances are you probably won’t be able to get rid of this behavior with neutering.
If your cat was recently neutered, then you can expect this to happen. Unless he has been done longer than 12 weeks ago, there is a high chance that he will still hump in this way. Also, believe it or not, he can still be sexually active in this period as his body adapts to the changes.
Do Female Cats Hump Kittens?
As weird as this sounds, this does happen (or shall I say, it seems to be the case). It is more seen with spayed cats. It definitely appears to be the case but in reality, it may not be real humping that we know of.
There is an argument that this is really the mother’s way of disciplining her kittens in some weird way. You will usually see the mother grab one of the kittens by the scruff of its kneck and then pressing the kitten to the ground, in a humping motion (Click here to see if female cats hump too).
When this happens some people believe that the mother is simply directing the kittens to stop the unwanted behavior. However, this has not been proven.
How can you stop your cat humping in this way?
In this section, I am going to offer you some suggestions to stop this humping happening. However, in my opinion, the best method is “redirection”, but let me explain…
This is simple in concept but may take some practice to implement. Essentially you replace the blanket your cat is humping (or another item) and replace it with another desirable item. Obviously an item you are not worried about using.
So, when your cat starts his “thing”, you simply switch his “love object” with your desired item. It may not work the first time, but in time he will start to select the replaced item.
Sap His “Love Energy”
No, this is not what you are thinking 😉 You need to offer him a way to release more of his stored up energy. This could be the reason why it’s happening.
For this method, you simply offer him more playtime and opportunity to release this energy.
Pay him more attention
It may just be a simple case of giving him more attention. If that is the case you just need to show him more love. You can stroke or pet him more than normal and spend more time with him.
Release Some Anxiety
If your cat is feeling anxious, you can consider releasing some of this attention. An easy thing to try is is a pheromone collar (Click here for my 3 best pheromone collars for aggressive or anxious cats). This can help to calm down some cats.
Can trauma cause a cat to hump?
Yes. Trauma can cause a cat to act out of character or seek comfort. In this effort you see them resorting to humping. This may seem weird to us but for cats this is the way the may choose to deal with it.
This type of trauma can come from various things such as pain from the past or if it has recently had surgery and on the road to recovery.
Do all male cats hump?
No. Not all male cats hump. But, if they are not neutered, then this behavior is quite common. Even if this is the case, not being neutered, they may not hump. But be prepared, it is likely that they will.
When the male cat is neutered, on the other hand, they lose the urge to do this. Therefore its unlikely to see them do this in these circumstances. When I say ‘unlikely’ I mean there is still a chance it can happen.
This is because they may have recently been neutreed then it may take a few weeks for it to adjust. During this transitional period they may hump because of habit.
What signs do cats display before they hump?
Some common signs to look out for when a cat is about to hump include its pupils dilating, getting over excited during a petting session or kneading aggressively.
Depending on your cat their could be other signs. The best tactic is to make note of its behavior prior to it doing this and look out for it doing it again.
Can cats get turned on by humans?
No. Cats do not get turned on by humans. But, they may hump you. This may sound like a a contradiction but their choice to hump is mainly a release of pent up tension.
This is why you may see a cat humping a cuddly toy, such a teddy bear. It does not mean the cat is turned on by the teddy bear, its just a tool to release its frustration.
Do cats prefer male or female owners?
According to a recent study, cats prefer females more. However, it does not mean they dislike males. It means they are more likely to gravitate to a female over a male.
Its worth noting that other factors have to be considered. For example, cats are likely to favor the person that feeds them. So, if your husband often does this, it could sway your cats choice.
In this section, I will answer some frequently asked questions related to cats humping blankets. If you have any questions that you have, that haven’t been answered, please leave a comment below…
Will a Neutered Cat Still try and mate? Not usually. However, as discussed earlier, if they have been neutered less than 12 weeks ago there is a chance they will attempt this. Because it takes some time to set in.
Why does my male cat bite the neck of my other male cat? This is a form of sexual aggression. In some cases, it crosses the borders of dominance or territorial aggression. You may notice your cat grabbing the neck of another cat with its teeth and then thrusting in a sexual manner when this happens.
Why does my cat hold a blanket in his mouth? This is often a way of leaving its scent on the blanket. You may also see this in combination with kneading the blanket (Click here to see why a cat bites a blanket and knead it same time). This kneading in addition to biting is often a form of comfort, which is typically a throwback from its life as a kitten.