Those of us who live with cats are connoisseurs of the richness of their language. They are more subtle than dogs in their communications with those they appreciate. Not only do they express themselves through meows or purring, but they also do so when rubbed against you and with the position in which they place their head, ears, tail, or whiskers.

Choosing the place and posture in which they sleep is also a form of expression. In this case, how they feel about the environment in which they live. Depending on how safe they think or the level of consciousness required at that time, so will the postures in which cats sleep and their meaning. Started!

How your cat sleeps and what it means

Minions spend nearly 75% of the day sleeping on average 12-16 hours of sleep spread over 4 or 5 naps throughout the day. Sometimes they are engineered to adopt acrobatic postures that rip a smile at us. However, it is not the same as sleeping under a chair that they do so in a bed or pulling out their nails and moving their tails.

Next, we delve into the most recurrent postures in cats when resting. Remember that the greater your perception of safety, the deeper your rest will be. That is why we have ordered positions from highest to lowest degree of unconsciousness. I was hoping you could pay attention, and I’m sure the meaning of more than one surprises you.

Mouth up

This is the position of maximum well-being and safety. The sleep is deep. If you see your cat sleeping like this, with his legs stretched out and a body area as vulnerable as the abdomen insight, it’s because he’s 100% sure that no intruder will interfere with his rest. Even if you’re at a cost, you shouldn’t interrupt him, and you could diminish his confidence in you.

In the crescent

Cats that sleep screwed with their tails wrapping their body and head close to the chest want to remain alone and not disturb them. Your pet is enjoying a refreshing sleep moment with a body strategy that allows it to preserve its body temperature while protecting its vital organs.

Above your head

If you discover your minion sleeping on your head, you should be flattered because in the feline social code, like sleeping coupled to another living being, it is a prominent display of affection.

With your tongue out

You’re more than likely dreaming of something very appealing, for example, with a can of tuna, a crispy treat, or even a succulent hunt.


Cats love confined or roofed places. They were sleeping inside a box, covered by a blanket or sheltered under a table, issued for its instinct for protection. Feeling the darkness and contact with the walls allows them to enjoy a warm, private, safe place away from the hustle and bustle to sleep.

Resorting to this type of tactic to fall asleep is usually typical of cats that need to disconnect and escape the hustle and bustle caused by the children or the other pets they live with. If you don’t have it, it’s always very healthy to provide you with a place for exclusive use, as a shelter, that you can go to when you require it.

In some cases, this posture may be indicating health problems. Minions with asthma or pneumonia seek to sleep under a table or chair as an instinct in an attempt to prevent their lungs from compressing.

On your back

Ethologists agree that when a cat sleeps on his tutor’s back, it’s because he’s protecting him. Even if it looks like he’s away sleeping, watch over you so nothing wrong can happen to you.

With the front legs stretched

We continue to advance at the level of consciousness during the break. If a cat sleeps with its front legs stretched or the same, below the body denotes an individual state of alertness. He’s not sound asleep. This body position makes it easy for you to react if you have to run away to protect yourself.

In sandwich

The cat sandwich expression is used to allude to a posture you’ve undoubtedly seen on more than one occasion. The cat is upright with his forelegs tucked under his body and his eyes closed. What happens is that he had no intention of sleeping, but closing his eyes gives him a pleasurable state of well-being that he cannot resist.

It is a sleep-candle position in which there is responsiveness if action is needed. With its forehead on the ground, the collapsed sandwich cat implies a greater degree of unconsciousness, sleep in this case, is somewhat more profound.

With ears upright and eyes semi-closed

This little head is very light and is likely to wake up to any noise from the environment. Many of the daytime naps of cats who have been in their home for a short time and are not yet thoroughly familiar with their family’s hustle and bustle often occur in this posture.

As you can see, when a feline sleeps, it’s doing more than just resting. It’s revealing how comfortable and safe it is in the home you’ve provided. If you have discovered exciting information and liked it, do not hesitate to share it on your social networks or write us a comment. We’d love to read to you.

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Written by Sophie Grey

I've loved cats ever since I was a young girl, and love to share my knowledge of them with the world! Thank you for reading ❤️ If you've got a question for me, don't hesitate to reach out.