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I have a pet that often sleeps next to my legs in my bed.

How can I say it properly in English? Is there a neat idiom for it? I want to sound natural and I don't think the above expression is natural.

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    I would say the dog sleeps "at my feet" – Ron Jensen Feb 13 '16 at 20:24
  • Are you saying your pet is in contact with your legs when sleeping? What kind of pet is it? – Peter Feb 14 '16 at 5:47
  • It sometimes is with contact with my legs, sometimes it is 15 cm next to my legs. It's a cat. – user2738748 Feb 14 '16 at 8:54
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At my feet

can mean literally next to one's feet, but also below one's waist

Around my legs

means on, next to, under, in the general vicinity of your legs.

  • Related: at the foot of the bed is roughly equivalent to at my feet. – keshlam Feb 14 '16 at 1:49
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Consider this portion of Rudyard Kipling's poem:

Pussy will rub my knees with her head
Pretending she loves me hard;
But the very minute I go to my bed
Pussy runs out in the yard,
And there she stays till the morning-light;
So I know it is only pretend;
But Binkie, he snores at my feet all night,
And he is my Firstest Friend!

I hope this answers your question. You can find the complete poem here.

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My cat often cuddles with me in bed. Her favorite spot is to spoon behind my kneecaps while I'm laying lying on my side. I don't think there's a name for that spot you make behind them, when you flex your knees.

Cuddles up to my [legs] - and spoons [them/it].

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    I think, or hope, you mean lying on your side. – peterG Feb 14 '16 at 4:18
  • I think I hope I meant the other one actually ;) – Mazura Feb 14 '16 at 4:24

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