Cats are world champions in sleeping. They spend 13 to 20 hours a day on average sleeping or dozing. The sleeping position can provide information about health and well-being. Here you will find the most common sleeping positions for cats.
If you watch cats sleeping, you immediately notice that they do not always lie down in the same way. Just take a closer look at where and how your cat is relaxing and sleeping. You will learn a lot about your cat.
1. The ambient temperature influences the sleeping position of the cat
First of all, the ambient temperature plays a crucial role in the cat’s sleeping position.
The cat curls up tightly, head between paws
A cat that seeks a reasonably sheltered place outside in wind, rain, and cold to go to rest, curls up as closely as possible, and may even hide its head between its paws to protect itself from drafts. Half-haired cats use the tail as a kind of scarf, which they put around the body and warm themselves.
The cat stretches out a long time
When it is warm, cats like to sleep stretched out on a cool surface. The cooling earth surface of planters can also be attractive as a lying surface in such cases.
2. Preferred sleeping position for deeply relaxed cats
Among adult cats there are the deeply relaxed types who sleep on their back on the sofa, openly presenting their sensitive belly and vulnerable throat.
The cat lies on its back and shows its belly
A cat that sleeps on its back signals absolute well-being and freedom from fear.
In multi-cat households, such a sleeping position can only afford a cat of very high rank. If the family of such a cat expands to include a human baby or a lively dog, it can often be observed that this sleeping position is still taken, but only in places that the new family member cannot reach. If the cat dozes or sleeps in the access area of the newcomer, it prefers a position that allows a quick escape.
3. Sleeping position for unsafe cats
Cats that feel annoyed, insecure, or uncomfortable seek out unreachable places to rest if possible.
Cat is curled up with its back to the human, head raised, ears turned back
Even if the cats have closed their eyes in this position, the whole thing has nothing to do with relaxed deep sleep. Rolled up and turned their backs on people, they don’t put their heads down and turn both ears back so that they don’t miss anything. You are ready to escape at any time.
This position can often be observed in cats who are new to a household and do not yet feel at home properly. Even sick velvet paws often rest like this. If this position is taken up very often, you should closely monitor your cat (food and water intake, urine and feces, behavior changes, signs of pain) and if you suspect a health impairment, see your veterinarian.
4. Sleeping positions to rest and doze
These sleeping positions are particularly common for cats to rest and doze.
Chest and abdomen rest, hind legs under the body, forelegs under the chest
In the so-called small cat position, the chest and stomach of the cat lie on the ground, the hind legs rest angled under the body and the forelegs are pulled under the chest, the paw pads either put on, which makes it possible to jump open in a fraction of a second, or comfortably knocked under, which suggests more trust in the environment.
Lateral breast position with bent legs
Also very popular with resting cats is the side position on the chest, where the legs of the cat are bent. The cat is not completely delivered and always stays in control, but can still relax and gain strength.
5. Sleep position to recharge your batteries
This sleeping position is extremely popular among cats, so it seems to be particularly comfortable for cats.
The cat is lying on its side, its head is on the floor, its legs are stretched out
The side-lying position is extremely comfortable for the cat to sleep on, and also makes it easier for the brain to clear chemical breakdown products. A kind of “reset” for the upper room, which makes the room tiger fresh and alert for the upcoming adventures of the next day.
Sleeping positions of young cats
With kittens, you can still observe all kinds of particularly relaxed sleeping positions. Just kicking at the milk bar and then suddenly stretched out on one side or lying flat on the stomach, the front, and rear legs stretched out as long as possible, but the supine position with the front and rear legs stretched out or the front legs pulled up is also often seen.
Older cat children, on the other hand, who can already leave the nest and romp with each other, often simply fall asleep where they are. And in the most impossible positions. Completely exhausted and completely limp. While seated, supported only by a piece of furniture, supine, the head, and extended legs hanging from the sofa. The Internet is full of images like this, where one often thinks: “But it can hardly be comfortable!” Such kittens know no dangers and have never had any negative experiences.