Sleeping is a big part of a cat’s life. They spend more hours asleep than awake, snoozing almost anywhere for their beloved naps. Now, you look at your napping calico and noticed something: your cat has turned into a ball! Most cats seem to love assuming a ball form when sleeping but why? Here are the two reasons why cats curl up into a ball when sleeping.
Cats curl up into a ball for warmth
Yes, we’ve got quite cozy houses that protect us from the cold. For our feline friends, we provide them with cushions or soft beds for them to rest on. However, cats seem to have a knack for napping in random places. As such, we can’t control the temperature in every area of the house which is why cats curl up into a ball; it’s to keep themselves warm and cozy for in their sleep.
By turning into a ball, cats conserve their heat making themselves a natural blanket of their own.
Cats curl up into a ball for safety
Experts that have studied animal behaviors and found that this curious sleeping position of cats, even dogs and other animals, has to do with safety. By curling up into a ball, this is regarded as a way for our kitties to have a sense of security when they’re in a defenseless state as they sleep.
Moreover, cats’ vital organs are positioned in their stomach and front part so by instinct, curling into a ball can protect themselves and their important vulnerable body parts.
It looks like the reason why cats sleep in a tight ball position is for practical reasons. Keeping warm and protected is definitely important for quality sleep. That’s also why we lock our houses and invest in cozy beds just to get that good night’s rest. So, next time you see your cats curl up into a ball when sleeping, know they’re having a sweet catnap or great deep sleep.