Isn’t it amazing how cat owners seem to have names for every single adorable feline phenomenon, that nobody else can quite understand? Whether we are cooing over a mlem or sploot, nothing makes our heart more full than witnessing a perfectly perched kitty in the bread loaf position. Cats are pretty particular, every move is calculated. So, when a cat is loafing there are usually a few specific reasons as to why.
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Simply put, a cat is most likely to settle into the bread loaf position when they’re content with what surrounds them. When their paws are tucked into the body, your cat sees no need to defend itself because there are no surrounding threats of danger. Extra points for you if they begin to slowly shut their eyes or fall asleep - this means that your cat trusts you. Pretty stinkin' cute, if you ask us.
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They want to get toasty
If it's chilly, a cat may loaf to thermoregulate. The bread loaf position is an excellent way for a cat to preserve body heat. Take a little notice to see if your cat has encircled its tail around themselves, or if they’ve covered their nose. This could indicate that your kitty is a little cold and is doing the best it can to warm up.
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They don’t want to be touched
Very rarely, a loafy kitty could be a demonstration of her concealing an injury. If your cat is behaving particularly uncharacteristic, excessively cleaning paws or limping for example, take some time to inspect their paws and stomach for scratches or prickles. Although this occurrence doesn’t happen often, a cat who is perched and visibly irritated may be trying to tell you that it’s uncomfortable and in need of attention.
Although we may not know everything about cats and why they do the strangest of things, we do know that the best part about a cat in the bread loaf position is how undeniably cute they are! Next time you're feeling down, open up google and have fun searching cats loafing. Their relaxation and bliss will surely bring a smile back to your face.