Animals cuddle up with stuffed animals because they see it as a source of soft warmth to keep them feeling safe during naptime. However, dominant pets see stuffed animals as prey and love to thrash plush animals around or rip them when they play!
Perhaps the only thing cuter than an adorable household pet is an adorable household pet curled up for a nap with their favorite plush toy. There’s nothing like an animal cuddling with a toy to get the cuteness juices flowing.
An adorable moment was captured on camera of a sleepy cat preciously cuddling with a stuffed panda toy. Cats like to play with mice-like toys or just chase balls of fur. This one is different because he has a stuffed toy panda as a best friend and always naps besides it! Cuteness overload!
This needy cat absolutely loves napping next to her favorite toy. Watch how relaxed she looks, cuddling next to the fluffy animal. She has one paw over the toy that makes it look like she is hugging and spooning next to the panda toy, enjoying dreamland.
It is actually the tactile qualities of stuffed animals that make them so appealing. They offer a cuddly heft which mimics another mammal, and a highly textured surface which holds scents well. This is a big part of their appeal and cat’s sensitive nose can recall layers of memories in a well worn toy. Giving your cat a cuddly stuffed toy can be an excellent bonding opportunity!
Their own special stuffed toy can become their “security object” that can make them feel safe during stress and anchor them through changes. If we are used to seeing our cats used their stuffed toys as prey, and then picking up the scattered parts afterwards, we might be surprised to know that there are toys cats do not tear apart. This cat snoozing next to her favorite toy is the perfect example of how appreciative cats can be of their beloved stuffed animals!
Cats that were weaned too early from their mothers may also exhibit behavioral problems and may try to nurse from their plush animals, because this behavior makes them feel safe and loved!