4 common cat sleeping positions and what they mean
Have you ever taken notice of the way your cat sleeps? Maybe she even changes her preferred sleeping position quite often. There is actually some meaning behind each of your cats quirky sleeping styles so read on to find out more.
The curled up cat
One of the most common sleeping positions of all, the ‘curled up cat’ is basically just a cat curled up into its own body like it’s tucked itself into bed! This position is generally the best way to conserve body heat and to protect their vulnerable organs (it’s a natural instinct, and just like their wild counterparts do!). That being said, your cat is more worried about being prodded and annoyed by a human than a rival animal, a curled up cat typically wants to be alone.
Your cat’s stomach is one of its most vulnerable spots, one that instinctively it feels the need to protect. So for your cat to be sleeping soundly in this position, you must be doing something right! This is a sure fire way to know that your cat trusts you and feels 100% safe in your presence.
The sight of a cat in a box makes most cat owners swoon; there is just something so adorable about it. Cats generally seek out small spaces such as boxes and drawers for a sense of safety and security, maybe you live in a busy household? And your cat runs to a secret box or drawer to find a bit of solitude and security, and hopefully some uninterrupted sleep.
This is another common sleeping position, normally when your cat isn’t set on a full-on sleep but more of a nap that they can still take in their surroundings and not miss out on anything. This is called the ‘cat loaf’ as they tuck their limbs under their body but still remain upright – essentially turning them into what resembles a loaf of bread. This is a sign that your cat is enjoying its surroundings but may have a slight doze whilst doing it!
How to prepare yourself and your home for a new cat
If you’ve made the decision of adopting a cat, I am sure you have thought about the best ways to prepare to bring it into your home environment so that you and kitty have the smoothest start to your new journey. There are of course a few tips that may help you in making this transition as easy as can be.
Whether you’re bringing home a kitten or an adult cat there are always some key steps you should follow first, as we know all cats can be quite inquisitive it is essential to ‘cat-proof’ your home.
Create a safe place
You will probably find when you bring your new cat home, they will run and hide under a table or somewhere else that’s dark and quiet. This is typically to do with cats being very sensitive to new smells and environments. It is best to find a safe place within your house where your cat can go and relax when it needs to, as it can take a couple of days before your cat feels settled and secure in its new home.
Tip: Cats love boxes, so why not repurpose one of your old shoeboxes by cutting a hole for an entrance and placing something soft and cuddly in there!
Secure what your cat can’t have
As we know cats are very curious creatures and they will try and get into anything they deem interesting enough. If there is a room your cat should stay out of, make it a note to keep this door closed at all times, and don’t forget that cats are great at jumping and climbing so sometimes ‘hiding’ potentially dangerous things on shelves and bookcases just won’t do the trick!
Tip: Consider purchasing child proof locks for cupboards which house cleaning chemicals etc., as cats can quickly learn how to open them!
Work out basic items you need for your cat
Make it easier for you and your cat and have these items at the ready before you bring your cat home.
Some necessary items:
• A litter box/tray – and appropriate litter (there are many different types out there, and it may take a few tries before you find the right one for your cat)
• A cosy bed – this could be as simple as a shoebox with a cuddly towel in it or a cute cat bed from the pet shop, either way a designated place to sleep is a must when bringing a new feline home.
• Toys – cats love to play with anything from a scrap of paper to a stuffed mouse.
• A scratch post – highly recommended if you don’t want your furniture to be all scratched up!
Everything you ever wanted to know about your cats whiskers
Why do cats have whiskers? I can assure you they aren’t there just for looks and indeed do serve quite an interesting purpose, and there is even some fascinating mythology associated with them! Keep reading to get the complete low down.
Whiskers are deeply rooted into your cat’s skin, considerably deeper than her normal fur. This means that they are rooted around a generous supply of nerves and blood making them very sensitive, so sensitive in fact a miniscule breeze will be felt and registered by your cat. This can also mean that with such a high level of sensitivity, there is the potential to cause discomfort and pain if pulled or prodded, which is why we recommend choosing appropriate food and water bowls that are low enough that they don’t interfere with her whiskers.
Whiskers are also you cats own built in measurement device, as the whiskers on your cat’s nose are generally about as long as your cat is wide. This helps them to determine if they can fit through small spaces or measure how wide an opening it, and generally the chubbier the cat the longer its whiskers!
There is some interesting mythology surrounding cat’s whiskers, and quite a few superstitions as well. One of the most well-known ones is that they are just plain old good luck! Although rare to find a cat whisker out of place, if you do make sure you snag it and keep it somewhere safe to possibly bring you some good luck. Another interesting superstition is the term ‘by a whisker’ which is associated with escaping or avoiding a detrimental circumstance (like a car crash or a robbery) many people keep them in their car so they stay protected whilst on the road. And finally, I am sure you have heard the famous phrases “the cat’s meow” and “the cats pyjamas” well “the cats whiskers” has just as much history to it, originally stemming from a the 1920s’. If you were called ‘the cat’s whiskers’ it meant that you were exceptional, superior or better than everybody else!