The Science Behind Cats’ Comforting Behavior During Menstruation

As a female doctor, I understand the unique and often puzzling behaviors of our feline companions. One such behavior that many women may notice is their cat’s tendency to lay on their stomach when they are menstruating. While it may seem like a strange coincidence, there are actually a few reasons why your cat may be drawn to this particular area of your body during your period.

Firstly, cats are known for their keen sense of smell. During menstruation, a woman’s body undergoes hormonal changes which can alter her scent. It is possible that your cat is attracted to this new and unfamiliar scent, as cats often use scent to communicate and navigate their environment.

Additionally, cats are known for their instinctual nature and desire for warmth and comfort. The abdomen is often a warm and soft area of the body, which may be particularly enticing to your cat during your period. Your cat may simply be seeking out a cozy and comforting spot to relax, and your stomach provides just that.

It is also possible that your cat is picking up on subtle changes in your behavior or body language during menstruation, and is seeking to provide comfort and support during this time.

In any case, it’s important to note that your cat’s behavior is likely a sign of affection and comfort, rather than anything more sinister. If you find your cat’s behavior during your period to be bothersome, there are some simple ways to discourage this without causing any stress to your cat.

– Provide an alternative warm and cozy spot for your cat to rest, such as a soft blanket or bed.
– Give your cat some extra attention and playtime to help distract them from your stomach.
– Use positive reinforcement to encourage your cat to lay elsewhere, such as offering treats or praise when they choose a different spot to rest.

By understanding your cat’s behavior and providing them with a comfortable and alternative place to rest, you can ensure that both you and your feline friend are happy and comfortable during your period.