Cats are known for doing a few things those being eating, playing, and of course sleeping. Cats sleep on average twelve to sixteen hours a day and they don’t waste a single second of it by quickly moving into their favorite sleeping position. Though like everything with your fuzzy friend everything they do has a meaning so while your cat may look uncomfortable it may be on cloud nine.
From Insider they spoke with Russell Hartstein, a certified pet behaviorist who analyzed some of the most common cat sleeping positions and crossed referenced what we know about feline behavior. For example one of the most common cat positions is called the Crescent which has the cat resting with its head and tail tucked in. Experts say they could be doing this for two reasons. One is to conserve body heat and two is to protect their stomach from predators. You also have the opposite when your cat has its belly exposed it may be trying to cool off and it shows it trusts the environment it’s currently in.
This behavior goes so far that your cat may even be telling you if they want to be left alone or are sick based off of how they sleep. The purrfect example of this is a position called the faceplant, where your cat will be hiding their face in a blanket or object. Of course, it could just mean your cat wants to stay warm or is going off of instinct to hide its face from danger. But it could also mean they want to be left alone. This ties into their health as well as a position called the “headpress” may be a signal for you to get your cat checked out as experts say when your cat is sleeping with their head firmly pressed against solid furniture or a wall this is most commonly a sign of a health concern.
Overall your cat has so many ways of communicating with you, and sometimes you may not even realize it, so make sure to take care of your feline companions this holiday season.