Why Do Cats Sleep So Much?

why cats sleep so much

Having a cat as a pet can fill the family with joy as cats can be entertaining and make excellent companions for children and guests. Although cat breeds differ in appearance, personality, mood, color, etc., one thing is for certain: cat’s like to sleep a lot. Along with the other 35 members of the Felidae family (lions, tigers, leopards, etc.), they follow the same pattern of sleeping during day time and then hunting after the sunsets.

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How many hours a day do cats sleep

Though domestic cats are not as active hunters as other prominent members of the cat family, it is their habit to conserve energy to run, play, or do anything with high activity during the night. On average, a cat sleeps for 15 hours a day. Some breeds can even sleep for over 20 hours a day.

Cats can stay alert while sleeping

Cats like to relax, sit back, and enjoy their environment most of the time, especially if they have nothing to do. If they do fall asleep during this relaxation period, a deep sleep may last for as little as 5 minutes. Then they can alternate into periods of light rest to be more aware of their surroundings. They position their body in a way that lets them pounce if something startles them.

Weather can be a factor

Weather can affect the mood of cats and influence their sleeping pattern. Cats usually become lazy when it rains, or when the weather is cloudy. They like to stay in the corner of the room, bed, or cat hammock, and just chill. Like humans, cats require more energy during hot summers. During a warm sunny day, your cat would prefer to nap in a cool area instead of going outside.

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What’s age got to do with it?

A healthy and active younger cat (2-5 years) may like to sleep 12-14 hours a day, but kittens and older cats need longer times to rest. Kittens aren’t very good at different activities, so they spend most of their energy adapting and training their muscles to move correctly. They will need to relax all day, and even during the night. For older cats, they cannot recover their energy as quickly as younger cats. Their bodies are more focused on conserving energy, and in some cases, older cats may require 20 hours of sleep every day.

Health Factors

There can be some other unexpected issues if your cat sleeps more than usual. It is normal for a cat to be active in the night and relax during the daytime, but if your cat sleeps for more than 20 hours a day, there may be health problems you should be aware of. In this case, you should consult with a veterinary expert. A survey revealed that more than 58 percent of domestic cats are overweight. Obese cats usually have a harder time breathing. Therefore, it is hard for an obese cat to pray, play, and exercise actively. They will need longer sleeping times to recover.

Cat Breeds sleep differently

Each breed has a different personality that comes with its genetics. A British Shorthair, for example, will be on the lower energy side and they will be happy to relax if there is a comfortable place to do so. A Savannah Cat, on the other hand, is highly active and requires physical challenges and mental stimulation. When they get bored, they may not just fall asleep. Instead, they may find something curious to pique their interest.

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Different personalities have different sleep patterns

Cats are adaptable and tend to adjust to a sleeping pattern that matches its owner. If the owner is active, plays a lot, and is entertaining, a cat will stay awake and be more active. However, they do get bored quickly. If you leave them alone, or nobody else is present, there is nothing for them to do. Naturally, they will fall asleep.

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