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10 Cat Pillows That Look Nothing Like Pillows

Sometimes cats' pillows look identical to books, shoes, laptops, sinks, or pieces of coral.

Angie Bailey  |  Jan 18th 2016


I don’t profess to understand cat logic. It just is, and we humans learn to accept it or … learn to accept it. I suppose we have no choice. We’re slaves to our cats, and we love every minute of it.

One of our kitties’ questionable yet adorable quirks is their penchant for pillowing on objects that aren’t official pillows. In fact, some of them are pretty far from soft and cozy.  Here are 10 such “pillows.”

1. Shoe

The sweet smell of sleep

The sweet smell of sleep. Photo by Quinn Dombrowski

The shoe presents a twofold benefit to cats: It’s a sorta-kinda comfortable pillow, plus it’s full of the stinky goodness that’s intoxicating to our feline friends. Not really what most of us look for while pillow-shopping.

2. Another cat

Pillow pal.

Pillow pal. Photo by Matias Martinez Melo

I totally get this one. Other kitties are warm and soft — why wouldn’t they be excellent head-resting places? And bonus for us humans who get to watch the cuteness happen. I fully support cats using other cats as pillows. Who’s with me?

3. Dog

Dog tired.

Dog tired. Photo by Claudio Matsuoka

The cute factor here is pretty darn high. It’s not uncommon to see cats cuddling together, but a cat using a dog as a pillow is sometimes a rare sighting. I’ve used dogs as pillows and can vouch for their delightfully warm comfort. I love how the Beagle looks lovingly protective of the little tuxie in this photo. I’d totally nap on that floppy-eared guy.

4. Coral

A hard sleeper.

A hard sleeper. Photo by Clatiek

Sorry, kitty — I don’t get this one at all. That rough, hard piece of coral can’t be any sort of comfortable. Can you imagine the “pillow marks” humans would get if we decided to nap on such an object? Yikes! Thank goodness for all that fur, although pillow marks on cats might be cute.

5. Book

Literary dreams.

Literary dreams. Photo by Leogirly4life

Cats often use books as pillows. Many books are just about the perfect height, and if your home is like mine, there’s no shortage of accessible options. Sure, they don’t seem like they’d be the most cushy resting spot, but the real issue is that cats typically want to sleep on the books we’re reading. This is why it’s a good idea to read several books concurrently. That way, if kitty snags one, there are other literary pillows waiting in the wings.

6. Sink

Happily sinking.

Happily sinking. Photo by John Benson

What is it with cats and sinks? The sink is a common cat bed, and what bed is complete without a pillow? No pillow available? How about leaning against a stainless steel or porcelain surface? My neck aches just looking at this photo.

7. Remote control

Who's got control?

Who’s got control? Photo by Waldo Jaquith

Nobody controls a cat, not even a remote control. In fact, a cat will take control of that remote control and make a pillow out of it. There … now who’s really in control? The answer is always “the cat.”

8. Flower pot

Pillowy pot.

Pillowy pot. Photo by captain.orange

We’ve all seen photos of cats leisurely lounging in flower pots. They enjoy the foliage and can curl up inside the object, which is always of utmost importance. Not enough room for the complete curl? No worries — the outer lip of the pot makes a fine pillow. Ohh — fierce jungle cat!

9. Laptop

Dowloading in 3-2-1.

Dowloading in 3-2-1. Photo by Six El Sid

When we’re on the computer, our cats are usually nearby. They’re nosy about our activities, and they just like being near us. Somehow their little heads make their way to the edge of our laptops, and there they rest. The clickity-clack of the typing doesn’t even bother them. They’ve just found a sweet pillow, and they’re not going anywhere. They also may be secretly downloading our files into their brains — you know, in preparation for future blackmail. It could happen — cats are sneaky like that.

10. Hard drive

Driven to nap.

Driven to nap. Photo by A.Davey

Like the laptop, the external hard drive provides warmth and is usually positioned somewhere near our workstations. If we think we’re protecting our files by saving them to a hard drive, we may be in for a surprise. If cats can download from our laptops, they’re certainly going after our hard drives. Stay aware — that’s all I’m saying.

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About the Author: Angie Bailey is an eternal optimist with an adoration of all things silly. Loves pre-adolescent boy humor, puns, making up parody songs, thinking about cats doing people things and The Smiths. Writes Catladyland, a cat humor blog, Texts from Mittens (originated right here on Catster) and authored whiskerslist: the kitty classifieds, a silly book about cats wheeling and dealing online. Partner in a production company and writes and acts in comedy web series that features sketches and mockumentaries. Mother to two humans and three cats, all of which want her to make them food.