the discerning cat

11 Sleeping Cat Positions

The range and types of sleeping cat positions seem to be far more extensive than the equivalent for humans. I find my Siberian cat Alexei in all sorts of odd places and positions and he genuinely appears to be asleep. I don't know how he does it!

Here are 11 Cat Sleeping Positions

The Crescent


Maximises warmth for the cat whilst sleeping and protects all its vital organs

In a Box


Cats sleep in boxes because they offer protection.

Belly Up


This is quite a vulnerable position for your cat so they would only take it whilst asleep if they were completely trusting of their surroundings and the people in them.

Eyes Half Shut


If your cat is doing this then they are making sure that they will not miss any potential threats.

The Loaf


Even though they are keeping their wits about them, the loaf is considered to be a sign of a relaxed cat so it is a positive cat sleeping position.



This is also normally more of a nap position than a full major sleep.

Paws Across Face


This particularly cute cat sleeping position is essentially a do not disturb sign

On the Edge


When a cat sleeps in this position it means they want to keep an eye on what is going on around them.

This Can't Be Comfortable


I guess this means that your cat is very flexible

Sitting Up


In this sleeping position, your cat is making sure that it is able to wake up at a moment's notice.

On You


Your cat is choosing to sleep on you because they want to be close to you