Defensive Sleeping | Why Cats Sleep Curled Up

Cats sleep curled up in a ball to keep warm and protect themselves.
Dear Thomasina...
Why do cats sleep curled up in a ball? 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.

Why Cats Sleep Curled Up

Our body temperatures are 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.

Today's Recommendation

This is the bed Belle and Honey Cat love.

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