What Your Pet’s Sleeping Position Says About Them

We can all agree — a talking dog would be the ideal best friend. While most pets are unlikely to start prattling anytime soon, that doesn’t mean that animals don’t have their own way of communicating. Bees dance, some fish send electrical signals, and your pets use body language to tell you how they are feeling.

It’s essential for any pet owner to understand what their pet is saying with their posture. We’re glad when we see their wagging tails or feel their purrs, and can certainly tell when they’re hungry. But many of us are not so familiar with what they’re communicating when they’re asleep.

Dogs need 12–14 hours of sleep every day, and cats need up to 20 hours, so the majority of your pet’s time is likely spent sleeping. Watching them sleep is not only adorable, it can provide valuable insight into how they’re feeling about you and their environment. Learning the in’s and outs of your pet’s sleeping positions will help you understand and provide for their needs.

Subtle cues like tucked paws can indicate that your furry friend is tense or expecting to be disturbed. If your pet is curled into a ball, make sure they’re not too cold and have a nice blanket. While an exposed belly is almost always a good sign, it’s helpful to understand when your pet wants you to approach for a belly rub, and when they’d rather be left alone.

Don’t forget what you communicate to your pet in return — your animal can learn when sleep time is from your habits. This way you can ensure both you and your pet are getting the best night’s sleep you can. For insights on what your pet’s sleeping position says about them, check out the infographic below.

pet sleeping position meaning infographic

Sources: WideOpenPets | TipHero | AnimalChannel | ThermostatGuide |

Author: Sarah Cummings

I think we’re all nerds, but I’m probably the biggest nerd in the group. Put me nose deep in a spreadsheet and I'll start smiling.

I love to travel, hang out with positive people, and love cycling when I find the time!

My hope is that everyone who visits our site will walk away with a fresh perspective. I think too many people in society downplay the importance of sleep. In my opinion, it’s the difference between an average life and an amazing one.

1 Comment
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    Kamira March 31, 2019 at 12:03 am

    NIce tips and love this infographic! Dog’s lying on your chest is a sign of close connection. I can attest my cats used to do the same thing. 🙂

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