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Kitty Sleeping Positions Explained

November 1 2023

Did you know that cats can sleep up to 20 hours a day? You may notice that your feline friend rotates through different spots and positions for all those naps. Sometimes cats just sleep on their sides, but they also doze off in positions we would probably associate with pretzels. What’s that all about? A local Carolina Forest, SC vet offers some insight on this below.

Curled Up

Kitties often like to curl up into little balls, particularly when it’s chilly out. Fluffy loves seeking warm spots. Provide warm, soft blankets.

Tummy Up

Does your kitty sometimes sleep on her back, with her tummy exposed? That’s actually a great sign that your feline pal feels safe. That furry belly is Fluffy’s most vulnerable spot. Cats will only expose their stomachs when they feel at ease. (Just be warned: this may be a trap. Touch that belly at your own risk!)


Ever find Fluffy peacefully snoozing in a basket of freshly-dried clothes? She’s just trying to ensure that your things have the right amount of fur on them! 

Draped Over Anything

There are definitely levels of kitty relaxation. If you find your furry pal has poured herself over a chair back, radiator, or even a door frame, give yourself a pat on the back. This means that your sleepy pet is quite relaxed and confident. On a scale of one to ten, this represents an 11.


Fluffy’s box obsession is one of her cuter—and more purrplexing—quirks. Our furry buddies will even go for invisible boxes, which are really nothing more than an outline of tape on the floor.


Cats are extremely flexible, and they sometimes sleep in, well, knots. We suspect that this is actually Fluffy’s attempt to strike fear into our hearts, by reminding us how formidable she is.

In The Way

Many of you have likely at some point found your feline buddy snoozing on something you need, whether it’s your laptop, coat, or suitcase. We suspect that this is Fluffy’s way of demanding attention, and reminding you how important it is to spend time with her.

On You

Do you have a lap cat? You’re definitely doing something right. Kitties can form very close attachments to their humans. This is a sign that Fluffy thinks of you as a second parent. Or servant. Or furniture.

Please contact us your Carolina Forest, SC pet forest, for all of your sleepy cat’s care needs!  We’re here to help!

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