The cat sploot is by far my absolute favorite thing that a cat does. Two of own my cats do this cute frog sitting style…and I’m sure that many of you have cats that do this is well! Not sure exactly what a sploot is? Well, it’s a way they position their bodies so that they look almost like they’re frogs. Cats can do this position with their legs out to the side or straight back behind them. Or even just one leg if they’re really showing off and captivating our attention. But regardless of how a cat chooses to sploot, it’s just really friggin’ cute!
There are often dogs that like to do this cute little behavior as well. The Corgi is by far the most notorious splooter of the canine world. Both dogs and cats alike will do this for a few reasons. Keep reading and I will tell you everything you ever wanted to know about this adorable cat behavior!
Oh, that feels nice
Okay, so we all know that cats are the connoisseurs of comfort. And flexibility? We’ve all seen those legs up way behind their heads during grooming sessions! So think about it like this: your cat chooses to sploot because not only does it feel good, it serves them with a relaxing stretch. Like cat yoga positions, really!
Although, it might be easier for your cat to sploot if they are younger or in shape. Older cats and cats with more to love on them can certainly sploot as well, but it just might be a little bit harder for them to master.
Oh, that’s much better now!
If your cat is hot, they will pant. And just as dogs do, cats sweat through their paw pads. As a way to cool off when they are hot, your cat will like to sploot on the cool tile, wood, or cement since it releases heat from their body.
I do what I want
Okay, all jokes aside, your cat is always going to do as they please! A cat will sploot because they are terrific at contorting and bending their bodies in such a way that would be downright painful for us. Kittens and younger cats are more likely to sploot due to their loose joints, but really any cat can perform this adorable frog sit.
- The Full Sploot: The most popular sploot is when both hind legs are splayed behind the cat
- The Side Sploot: This is when one hind leg sticks out to the side while the other leg is tucked in
- The Half Sploot: When one back leg sticks straight out and the other is tucked underneath their belly
Your cat splooting is not a cause for concern, and they are not “broken” and you shouldn’t worry. Simply admire them and all their glory, and of course, snap lots of photos to share with us cat lovers of the world.