sleeps on his back

United States
July 11, 2009 5:07pm CST
Boots for some odd reason likes to sleep on his back half the time. He looks so weird like he's dead or something.... or perhaps waiting for a belly rub. Anyone elses cats sleep on their back?
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@mrakobesie (1246)
• United States
11 Jul 09
my cat does too... first one of them started doing it, now the other one... he looks very cute when he sleeps on his back... so cute that i just have to come over and hug him... he doesn't mind being woken up though...
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• United States
12 Jul 09
I wonder if my other two will do the same in time as they are lil younger.
• United States
12 Jul 09
I know my third cat will not do it, because he gets attacked by the other cat lol... he was scared to get off the book shelf for some time... he has very long paws, so high ground are beneficial to his fighting technique, he just slaps other cats back down when they try to attack him... he is getting more comfortable now, but he wouldn't expose his weak spots like that...
• United States
12 Jul 09
Our cats sometimes sleep on their backs. It depends. We pet them and they roll on their backs for kitty belly rubs. It's a good thing. It means your cat feels very safe and happy. Take it as a compliment.
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@olydove (1209)
• United States
12 Jul 09
I agree there, my cat does the same thing and you can just tell he's so happy and loves getting his "lovins" as I like to call it!
@dragon54u (31627)
• United States
11 Jul 09
I don't have cats but my dogs both sleep on their sides all stretched out. They don't look very big, and they aren't, but when they stretch out they take up most of the bed and don't leave me much room!
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• United States
12 Jul 09
You want to talk about a crowded bed 2 adults, 2-3 cats & 1-2 kids.... those are the nights no one gets any sleep or I just go sleep in the girls bed, cause no one is there *LOL*
@thyst07 (2091)
• United States
11 Jul 09
My cat does! I regularly find her on the couch, on the bed, or just in a corner on the floor with her belly up and paws sticking in the air. I've read that cats will only sleep like that if they're in an environment they're very comfortable in, because belly-up is a vulnerable position. I noticed that my cat didn't sleep on her back nearly as often when we had another cat around.
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• United States
11 Jul 09
very intersting, I guess I can see that it would be considered a vulnerable postion. Boots has quite the irristable belly such silky fur on his belly.
@speakeasy (4215)
• United States
12 Jul 09
Both of my cats sleep on their backs. Joe lays on his back and pulls his legs up close and folds his front paws up together and sleeps like that. Russell just flops down on his back with all 4 legs going every which way. He especially likes to sleep like this in chairs.
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• United States
12 Jul 09
too cute! So Russell does his own version of a "spread eagle"?
@speakeasy (4215)
• United States
12 Jul 09
You could call it a "spread eagle"; everything is stretched out in ANY direction (including up in the air!) and his tummy is wide open; a very tempting position for a tummy rub.
@Poison_Girl (4162)
• United States
12 Jul 09
Cat laying on her back - My cute little London kitty laying on her back. :)
Oh yeah! I have two cats and one of them loves sleeping on her back sometimes. Especially when she's on my lap. She'll lay on her back and bury her head between my arm and my side. It's so cute! The other one will sometimes lay on her back, but not as much as the one.
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@Elaine77 (315)
• China
24 Jul 09
Soooooooo cute! I scratche his stomach while they are sleeping on their back sometimes. haha
@olydove (1209)
• United States
12 Jul 09
Thank you for posting this, after reading others responses here I feel so much better LOL I was beginning to think my cat thought he was a dog LOL! My Orange tabby loves to lay on his back and sleep with all fours up in the air he's such a goof! Then when we rub his belly he goes wild just like a dog does rolling back and forth turning side to side just crazy but I love it. He makes me laugh :) Glad to know my cat is not the only goofy belly boy!
• United States
12 Jul 09
Me too! I posted cause I thought it was the strangest thing and these are the only cats I've ever had & he's the one who's been fixed & declawed so I wasn't sure if that had something to do with his chubby lil self doing that or what.
@andit0 (59)
• Canada
24 Jul 09
My dog Lily likes to sleep on her back, her front paws crossed & her ears spread out (she`s a Lab mix). My cat Quincy will go up to a wall & throw himself against it as he sort of rolls over. He ends up on his back, but needs the wall to hold him up, otherwise he flops over. He also likes to sleep on my feet, especially if I`ve been out for too long. I think he wants to make sure I`ll stay put for a bit.
@ElicBxn (61191)
• United States
18 Jul 09
I've had several cats lay on their backs - a lot. It does show a lot of comfort and trust to "expose" themselves like that. Aren't you glad you can provide Boots with an environment where he feels that safe.
@bellis716 (4804)
• United States
13 Jul 09
Our cat, Sleepy, likes to lie on his back a lot. I've always thought that he was just showing off, rather than sleeping. Waiting for a belly rub, though, I know he is not. Touching his belly is a good way to get bitten by this usually very affectionate and easy going cat.
@joyadalia (1408)
• Philippines
13 Jul 09
Our cat does that, too!
@bestboy19 (5480)
• United States
12 Jul 09
Our cat Panther sleeps on her back, and her back legs flop open. She looks so cute.
@suegt31 (166)
• Australia
12 Jul 09
I have a cat called Snowy. She like to seel on her back sometime with her head to the side and legs spreed wide apart. She really does look funny.
@jwfarrimond (4474)
12 Jul 09
Poppy sleeping - Total comfort and relaxation!
One of my four often sleeps on her back with her front legs out over her head. She's totally relaxed when she's like that.
• United States
12 Jul 09
they usually only do that when it's really hot-i guess for the full belly draft i used to have an angora type who always slept like that.but being long haired,he was probably always that hot. you want odd-my tux cat used to sleep with his eyes open when he was less than a year old.scared the piss out of me when he did that.
@Elaine77 (315)
• China
12 Jul 09
Hi there, My cat also sleep on his back, I heard from a friend that cat sleep like that means he completely in sleep and feel safe about things around him, dont worry about that.