TIL That dogs and cats circle around before bedding down as a throwback to their wild ancestors. Their survival instincts provoked them to position themselves in the direction of the wind to pick up predator scents and choose the best angle for keeping an eye on the environment.


TIL That dogs and cats circle around before bedding down as a throwback to their wild ancestors. Their survival instincts provoked them to position themselves in the direction of the wind to pick up predator scents and choose the best angle for keeping an eye on the environment.



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28 thoughts on “TIL That dogs and cats circle around before bedding down as a throwback to their wild ancestors. Their survival instincts provoked them to position themselves in the direction of the wind to pick up predator scents and choose the best angle for keeping an eye on the environment.

  1. If you are ever in a situation where you have to bed down in high grass, try various ways of doing it. The best way is to walk in a circle so all the stalks align, like, you know, dogs and cats.

  2. Apparently it’s to disturb anything that they may be about to drop their sensitive undersides on top of ie snakes, bugs etc and also flatten it out uncover obstructions.

  3. State that animals have leftover instincts that still manifest in action and nobody bats an eye. State that humans do and everyone loses their minds.

  4. The final position most likely is about protection. The circling, I’m sure, was to flatten the bedding area.

    I love when certain “experts” just make certain assumptions.

  5. This whole article is pure bullshit. It cites no supporting evidence and I’m sure it’s simply some people’s guesses and opinions. I can do the same too: I think cats and dogs curl up when it’s cold. I think they turn around a bit to keep their hair organized for both heat retention and comfort. So who is right? There’s no way to tell! Feel free to tell me why your guesses are better than mine, because neither of us can claim to know.

  6. Mine do that when they try to fit next to us b when we are sleeping on our sides. Then stretched out next to us when we are on our backs.

  7. This is the root of one of my favorite sort of evolutionary jokes. Humans put their feet toward the entrance when sleeping to protect themselves. Dogs sleep facing the entrance (in general) so that they can be ready to protect. Therefore we are subject to doggo farts as part of the deal we made

  8. This title is a wild ride.

    It’s not a throwback anymore than humans ducking when they hear a noise or when there’s rain, or feeling a sensation of falling from when being in trees was normal.

  9. I read that dogs look at you when they poop to see if you are keeping a look out for them, don’t know how they could know that

  10. I always just thought they were “making their bed” moving things out of the way and flattening the spot they wished to sleep.

  11. I always thought it was because their ancestors did that to flatten out their bedding before laying down. TIL

  12. When we’re done snuggling on the bed, my boy gets up, twirls around three times, and lays down with his ass right in my face.

  13. Coulda fooled me. I thought my cat was just trying to find the most comfortable spot that is of maximum annoyance to her dad lol

  14. *TIL one theory for why…

    A moments thought should make people realize that there is no possible way to know this for sure. Genetic science doesn’t work like this.

  15. I’ve owned lots of dogs in the some home, and EVERY SINGLE ONE of them lays in the exact same position in the living room since it gives a sight line through the kitchen, down the hall, and into the den where the front door is, as well as window view to the driveway and street. I’ve always found it interesting how, independently of each other, each generation instinctively rests in the spot with the most coverage. All good boys and girls.

  16. What a load of rubbish.

    And OP picked *one* of a host of reasons why *cats* (dogs aren’t even mentioned in the article) turn around before sleeping.

    In short, OP is really full of shit

  17. This sort of post is the worst of Reddit pseudo intellectualism.

    There’s no accredited scientist in the world that would make such an absurd claim that’s immune from scrutiny due to total lack of evidence. Any fun fact that claims human or animal behavior is due to primitive instincts is pure conjecture

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