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Cat Sleeping Habits: Everything You Need to Know
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Cat Sleeping Habits: Everything You Need to Know

If you’re anything like us, approximately 367 times a day, you find yourself sitting and staring at your cat - the most beautiful creature that has ever walked the planet thank-you-very-much, and wondering what they’re thinking, how they’re feeling, and why they’re snoozing?... Again.

That’s why we’re breaking down your feline’s sleeping habits, and what they can tell you about your BFF - so that you can focus on the important stuff: head scratches and nuzzles.

Cat Sleeping Positions:

Cats can sleep anywhere. One second they’re napping on top of the fridge, and the next they’re passed out in a cardboard box full of recyclables, (AKA all the wine you drank last week but let's not talk about that right now).

Here are some common cat sleeping positions and what they mean:

Curled Up

Cats take this croissant-like position when they’re trying to stay protected by putting their limbs over their internal organs, and conserving their own heat!

Half Closed Eyes

This one is common for newly adopted cats or felines who are in a new environment, because they’re ready to wake and protect. Give them time. They’ll ease up.


Cat’s take this snoozing stance, with their limbs tucked under their bodies when they’re comfortable, but still ready to spring into action if necessary.


This on-the-side snooze position means your cat is feeling secure in their environment. Yay!


This position kind of explains itself. Cats get into these twisted contortions because they’re comfortable, and that’s all there is to it.

Belly Up

Congrats! If your cat is belly up they are 100% comfortable. It’s the definitive sign of trust. One thousand points to Gryffindor!

Why Do Cats Sleep on You?

Cats get a bad rap for being historically moody. And we know they have their moments, but can we also talk about when they fall asleep on your chest? Is there anything better? No. The answer is no.

But what does it mean when your cat sleeps on you? Here are a few reasons why your BFF might be searching for snuggles

  • Seeking warmth: When it’s time for a midday nap, cats seek heat. And your body gives them just that.
  • Bonding: Also known as “pillowing” when done with other cats. It just means they want to connect with you. So. Sweet.
  • Marking territory: Cats are territorial. When they sleep on you they’re basically staking their claim. Slightly terrifying, but also...cute.

How Long Do Cats Sleep?

Studies show that cats sleep for twelve to sixteen hours a day. Jealous? Us too. Don’t stress if a work-from-home schedule has you realizing just how much your cat sleeps during the day. They’re nocturnal creatures and most of their activity happens at night. Ahem-zoomies-ahem.

How Much Do Kittens Sleep?

Are you ready for this? Twenty hours! Their little bodies are busy growing and sleep is key in the earlier stages of development. New kittens snooze for most of the day and jump into hyperactive mode for the remaining four hours.

Whether you’re searching for the perfect cat food or curious about cat behaviors, the team at “I and love and you”, has you covered for all things feline!