What does it mean when a cat strikes a bagel pose?

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I scream at cats that spit milk, but I absolutely love to see cats in bagel poses. Cats are finicky and calculating. So when they do something, it is usually casual. They go round and round in their little heads and think it looks pretty good. There are several reasons why cats make bread. When you notice them, they are usually doing this around you. Believe me, it’s not hard to see why.

My cat Mr. Purple doing his best bread loaf


So why do cats want to turn themselves into cat bread?

Cats can “sploat”. This is simply amazing, but the pose in which they make their bread is also very cute. Look closely at the expression on the cat’s face as it sits in this position with its legs tucked under it. Often, the cat will be relaxed and its eyes will be partially or completely closed. And as mentioned above, they usually act this way in front of their owners.

“In general, cats with their paws down are considered relaxed. They are not preparing to defend themselves or escape.” – Mikel Delgado, cat researcher and postdoctoral fellow at the University of California, Davis, School of Veterinary Medicine

It is the nature of cats to always be on guard. Therefore, adopting a bagel-like posture ultimately means that they do not see or sense potential dangers around them. As a result, they assume the bagel pose in order to relax. The fact that the cat sits in bagel posture means that the cat does not need to use its paws immediately.

This sitting position also helps the cat maintain its body temperature. Everyone knows that cats prefer warm and cozy places.

Bagel’s sleeping position

I don’t know about you, but I love the bagel-like sleeping position of cats. Their legs get caught under their bodies, so it takes them longer to get up and escape. Therefore, if a cat sleeps in the bagel-like position, I don’t feel the need to put it in a position where it can escape quickly. Cats often rest or nap in this position. Close observation reveals that the cat is often not fully asleep when it assumes this sleeping posture.

As you can see here given the cat’s alert ears, they are not actually sleeping but rather “snoozing”

Have you discovered anything new about your feline friend? Share this article with other cat lovers you know so they can learn something too.

My kitty Tom, my favorite little cat splooter of all time!

by Modi Ramos

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