Why do cats seem to like uncomfortable positions?

Cat rests in a weird position

I think the question – which I found on social media – refers to domestic cat sleeping and snoozing in what appears to humans to be uncomfortable positions or on uncomfortable surfaces. I know that my cat doesn’t mind sleeping on my duvet with cables underneath him. You would have thought that he would …

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Do feral cats sleep as much as domestic cats?

Feral cat pictures

I’m sure that you can answer the question without much thought. Common sense dictates that feral cats do not sleep as much as domestic cats. The reason: they have to survive on their wits. They have to be alert. They have to find their food (non-TNR cats!). There is less time to relax and …

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Why do domestic cats curl up when they sleep?

Why do cats sleep so much? Seven facts about sleeping cats

Domestic cats don’t always curl up when they sleep but they often do. It’s the default position. Although, we do see some extraordinary sleeping styles for the domestic cat; being totally stretched out is also not uncommon inside the home. But being curled up and stretched out are linked. I’ll explain what I mean. …

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Polyphasic sleep in domestic cats

Domestic cat snoozing and sleeping

Domestic cats are polyphasic sleepers. Humans normally engage in monophasic sleep – sleeping once at night for about 8 hours. Sometimes humans sleep in 2 periods over the course of 24 hours: once at night and once at siesta. This is biphasic sleep. The word “biphasic” means in two phases. Polyphasic means in many …

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Why do cats and dogs fall asleep so much faster than humans?

The first point to make is that some humans fall asleep as fast as cats and dogs. It is difficult to generalise. You could tackle the question from the other end and ask why do humans have difficulty getting off to sleep? There’s a long list of reasons and these reasons don’t apply to …

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