Defensive Sleeping | Why Cats Sleep Curled Up

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Why do cats sleep curled up in a ball? We have our reasons! This might surprise you, but one of them is safety.

One of the reasons cats sleep curled up in a ball is safety.

One of the reasons cats sleep curled up in a ball is safety.

Why do cats sleep curled up in a ball, Thomasina? Isn’t that uncomfortable? — Concerned Cat Mom

Hi, Concerned!

Don’t worry. Your cat’s fine sleeping curled up in a ball. And when she starts to feel uncomfortable, she can always stretch out!

I lived outside for a long time before I moved in here, so I guess I’m a defensive sleeper. I feel warm and safe sleeping curled up in a ball with my very fluffy tail covering my eyes. Believe it or not, my favorite place to sleep is a round sink. It’s just the right shape and size.

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Why Cats Sleep Curled Up

Our body temperature is lower than yours, and we’re always a bit chilly when we’re inside. Sleeping curled up in a ball keeps us warm and helps us preserve body heat. It also keeps us safe. Think of it as defensive sleeping. When your cat is curled up in a ball, the vital organs in her stomach are covered and protected.

While sleeping stretched out might be more comfortable (I don’t really know because I don’t do it), curling up in a ball isn’t uncomfortable because our backs are so flexible.

Personally, I like sleeping on hard surfaces and love my sink. But your cat might like a smallish round cat bed. Belle and Honey Cat love their round doughnut beds because, like my sink, they’re the right size and shape.

I hope this helps, Worried Cat Mom. And if you’re wondering why your cat sleeps so much, check this out.

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