How To Decode A Cats Sleeping Position?

When your kitten is younger, you can ask him or her to try a few things such as playing with your phone or other small device, eating a little bit of food, and then sleeping for an hour. These activities are just what the doctor ordered to let your cat get its daily activity levels.

When your cat is a little bit older, it is time to add more physical activity into its life. This is the best time to start adding more complicated behaviors such as using the litter box or training on simple treats.

Either way, keeping these behaviors consistent and adding new ones when they are ready is the key. For example, if your cat shows signs of aggression when trained on toys and games, then slowing down the training and adding new behaviors will help fix this problem.

This article will talk about ways to decode the different signals my cats give off while in their positions.

Face up

How to decode a cats sleeping position?

This is the most common sleeping position for cats. Most often, he will sleep this way while you are away.

He may also sleep this way if you have made other arrangements for bedtime or if he gets lonely.

Face up is the best angle for a cat to sleep. His back should be up, and he should be able to lay on his side easily and comfortably.

If your cat is overweight, then he may need to be put on a diet. If your cat is small-weighted, then it may not be as difficult to adopt this position.

The trick is to get your kitty comfortable in this position and let her fall asleep without trying to correct any positioning or actions from your end.

On their side

How to decode a cats sleeping position?

When a cat is sleeping, his or she may be held on one side with the top of the hipbone under the chin.

This position looks similar to a person asleep on their side, with the thigh under the thigh and the hip under the hips. The person is also placed on a surface that is soft, like a pillow and put in a position that is comfortable.

In this position, the cat’s legs are protected and it is easy for them to fall asleep. The chest is kept up by the person holding it up as well as any additional blankets or sleep masks needed.

The tail can be flicked over one or both legs, making a complimentary end-of-the-night ritual.

Curled up

Cat Lying on Green Grass


This is the normal sleeping position for most cats. They prefer to curl up with their front paws together and their back pawsplaced apart.

This position allows them to get more room to move as well as stretch out their muscles. It also makes it easier for them to get in and out of the car as they positions their body in ways to get in and out of the car.

If your cat is not in this position, try a new angle or position to determine what his or her sleep position is!

Many times, cats will use a chair or other furniture as a bed when indoors but not always. When going indoors, make sure your cat is comfortable and has everything she needs to feel at home.


This is the most unusual sleeping position a human can find a cat in. The cat will be sideways in the position, with one side higher than the other.

This position can be confusing for humans, as it looks like the cat is on top, with one side lower than the other.

This is a vulnerable position for a animal, so make sure to watch your cats carefully as they do in this Position.

If your cat is showing any signs of stress, such as looking over her shoulder or sitting up suddenly, then this is probably how they find comfort.

A little nudity can help with this situation too, as it seems like the cats are sharing some skin protection. If you are concerned about this, keep them separated until you figure out what works best for them.

Ball shape

Photo of Brown Tabby Cat on White Tile Floor


When a cat is sleeping, his body shape means something. If he’s asleep in a cross-legged ball shape, it means he’s happy.

If he’s asleep with his head in his hands, it means he’s discontent. If he’s sleeping with his chest out, it mean that he is enjoying himself and wants to be active.

Sleeping on all four legs or two feet is a way to enjoy sleep. It is their way of ensuring rapid sleep modes and avoid insomnia.

In the daytime, having a cat that is active is better than being still and Idle!

Bells spend most of their time in this mode, as do I when I am awake.

Stretched out

Cat Sleeping on a Wooden Chair


A sleeping position is a very specific one to hold in. Most people find that if your cat sits on one leg, it’s in a stretch out position.

If they climb up onto the bed, they are in a position with their back against the wall or mattress.

If they sit up, it’s with their legs apart and their body positioned cross-legged. This is the position they use when they practice walking or practicing getting up.

Any of these positions can be problematic if it becomes habitual. Habituation can happen quickly, making you wonder why it got out of control.

To prevent this from happening again, find the most comfortable position for your cat and stay aware of what it is in.

Behind something

How to decode a cats sleeping position?

The term behind means that the cat is sleeping behind a closed door, behind a sliding door, or in an enclosed space that is separated from the outside world.

If your cat is in this position, he or she may be sleeping in a curled up position with their front paws tucked under the other. The rear paws are out and resting on the floor or playing with your other cats.

The legs are tucked under the body and the cat is asleep. The one point of access to the home is the door, so make sure it is protected from storms, water damage, and any kind of foul material that could cause escape.

This position can occur when one of the cats gets older and cannot defend itself. The tennorshying position may occur when two or more cats are ageally matched but not big enough to take care of themselves. This position may help preserve their health by not being exposed to each other's heat beaters.

Next to something

How to decode a cats sleeping position?

Most people assume a cats sleeping position is on its side, with its face toward a pillow or blanket.

This is the most typical position for a human to see and interpret as peaceful. However, this is not the only position a cat can sleep in.

There are many other positions, some similar to side positions, such as up on a table or shelf with its back against the wall. Or even cross-legged on the floor with its frontside against a furniture surface.

Any of these positions can be odd for how it looks and how it affects breathing and/or expression.

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