So far, we know that cats sleep in, oh my, are we really doing this?, grape trees, pine trees, cherry trees, alder trees, tissue boxes, sinks, wine glasses, winter shoes, terrariums, flower pots, and laundry racks—let’s just leave it at that. If that doesn’t ring a bell, check out our previous compilations with cats asleep in the most bizarre places here, here, and here.

But just when it seemed like we were already connoisseurs in the catnap department, pictures of felines sleeping and resting together emerged. People on social media are now sharing sightings of multiple cats forming the most bizarre and unusual shapes, as if they were twisted like furry balloons.

“If we twisted our bodies like they do, we would feel uncomfortable or even in pain, so we couldn’t sleep in these positions,” Celia Haddon, a cat behaviorist, told Bored Panda. Check out the full interview down below and don’t forget to upvote your favorite pics!

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Hans
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ying and yang, erm, I mean, meow and hiss.

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Nasa regels the first picture taken of the Catdromeda Galaxy.

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"I was reading in bed last night when I realized my husband and our foster kittens were all fast asleep like this"

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Hahahaha gorgeous

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In order to find out just why some cats prefer napping with fellow animal companions, and what it is about their flexibility that makes them twist in the most unusual shapes, we spoke to Celia Haddon, a feline behaviorist who explained that such behavior is a sign of feline friendship. “Cats keep their friends close and their enemies at a distance. They naturally socially distance strangers.”

While many cats live happily in the same house with other cats, they often keep social distance “because they are acquaintances, not true friends.” Moreover, “cats that dislike each other will not sleep touching.”

Meanwhile, clinical feline behaviorist Trudi Atkinson also assured us that cats which are part of the same social group will often sleep and rest "cuddled up" together. Trudi warned that “not all cats that live together do consider themselves to be in the same social group as their feline housemates.” So if you come to witness two or more cats sharing the bed, it’s likely a sign you’ve got some BFFs in the house.

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Like the zebra photo, I don't know which head belongs to which body...

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Would "love this" be a pun?

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Aww they love each other

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The other incredible thing about felines is just how flexible they are, which allows them to arrange in what we’d consider very extreme resting positions. “Their spine rotates far more than ours does, and they have special cushioned discs between the vertebrae.”

Plus, “They also don’t have a collar bone attached to their shoulder blade. Instead, their shoulder blade is attached to the rest of the body with muscles, not bone.” Celia explained that these two unique features allow felines to get immense flexibility.

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pei meow
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Caterpillar

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Mimi
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Cats! If you think they cannot be weirder. They. Always. Can.

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Eye ball

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Another explanation for cats napping like twisted balloons has to do with temperature. If it’s hot, cats get relaxed and often sleep with their belly exposed. When it’s cold, they curl up tight to keep the heat in. “If it is cold, cats that are friends probably sleep with more of their bodies touching,” Celia added.

The animal behaviorist also said that if humans twisted their bodies like their furry companions do, “we would feel uncomfortable or even in pain, so we couldn’t sleep in these positions.” Don’t try it at home!

She also said that cats often get more cautious about where they sleep as they get older: “That is often because, like us, they get arthritis so they need more comfort.”

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I gasped when I saw the negative space heart. Then I saw paws touching, and one paw on top of another. My heart melted.

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"It's my Happy Heart you hear, singing loud and singing clear, and it's all because you're near, Oh my love."

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4 beds for 3 cats and they do this

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Love the blue eye

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When it comes to humans sleeping with their feline friends in the same bed, Celia said it's totally fine as long as you both feel comfortable. “Cats enjoy it because we give off heat, so we are like electric blankets for them,” she explained.

They often have a sixth sense about moving around so we won't squash each other while asleep. Plus, a little purr is said to help us to relax before falling asleep.

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Sue Hazlewood
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Stacka cats

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This is what I come home to almost every day.

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ƒιѕн
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2 months ago

Its warm up there if the dryer is running

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Seems uncomfortable?

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ƒιѕн
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2 months ago

I always keep a few boxes laying out for my cats to curl up in, not sure why I wasted money on cat beds.

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Gotcha!

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My two cats sleeping in their tunnel look like one extra long kitty

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pei meow
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2 months ago

Another CATerpillar

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Copycats

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Cat crossing. No dogs beyond this point.

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Two headed Kitty!

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ƒιѕн
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2 months ago

Love the splotches

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Wow thats a lot of scissor/clamps

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Cecilia Herrera
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It looks like they fell asleep while kissing. Sweet dreams sweet kitties.

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These three confuse me a bit

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Michelange...a7ed09.jpg Michelangelo_Creazione_di_Adamo-2000x932-5f19417a7ed09.jpg

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Kitties hugging while sleeping in their tree. :)

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The art of symmetry

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Aromatic cuddles

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Please dont fart...

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Oh, I love Siamese cats!

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It looks like the cats were doing yoga and they fell asleep.

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There’s three cat beds in the room. No need to share

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Jessica Cifelli
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But sharing is caring...

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Cecilia Herrera
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Hugs.

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Cecilia Herrera
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Comfy Kitties. What are they pointing at? Who, or what are they watching? Only The Shadow knows.

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Heather
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So cute!

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I’m reaching out for you baby

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Head butting can be so exhausting.

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Butt warmer, or head warmer... you decide.

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my black kitty also has no bones - blurp cat!

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All snuggled up!

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