If you’ve witnessed your kitten have a shut eye more frequently than not, you’ve naturally got some questions about your cat’s sleeping patterns. Find out how much sleep our dear feline friends need to feel refreshed and ready to play with their favourite owner.
A cat’s sleeping habits can easily puzzle anyone less familiar with the feline lifestyle. For the best part of the day, a cat will act like the retired elderly on a well-deserved holiday, constantly on an all-day snoozing diet. If your cat’s always-off mode makes you feel like the world’s most boring housemate, you’ll be happy to know this is not personal. Cats sleep a lot, naturally.
If you’ve been wondering ‘how long do cats sleep?’ and ‘why do cats sleep so much?’, we unpacked some of the amazing facts surrounding their siesta habits to help you better understand your kitty’s unconventional take on sleeping schedules.
How long do cats sleep?
Cats sleep on average 15 hours a day, with some sleepy kitties getting in up to 20 hours of shut-eye each day.
There are a few factors influencing how long a cat sleeps, age being one of the most important ones. Kittens will sleep most of the day, but as soon as they turn into “teenagers” you’ll notice a change in their sleeping patterns as they become more and more active. Senior cats tend to slow down their activity levels and turn in earlier, snooze more often and for longer periods of time than an adult cat.
You will also notice your cat dozing off longer than usual when the weather doesn’t allow for proper outdoor exploration. When it’s cold or raining, your cat will likely try to add even more hours to their already impressive sleeping record.
Why do cats sleep so much?
Cats sleep long hours in order to recharge for their next hunting spree. Although your domesticated cat’s existence couldn’t be more different to the wild felines’ such as lions, the genetic programming is pretty much the same. Just like its big cat cousins, your fluffball instinctively conserves energy in case they have to chase down their next meal, which they do despite all the nice dinners they get at home, served in a timely fashion every day. Never mind the premium cat food the loving owner puts in front of them day in and day out, their innate instincts can easily take over despite the countless comforts of home life.
Do cats sleep at night?
You might have noticed your cat is fast asleep during the day and wide awake at dawn and dusk. This sleeping schedule has helped your cat’s wilder relatives to be such efficient hunters. Their prey, usually small mammals and birds, are less likely to take notice of dangers during twilight hours and thus become easy targets for the hungry feline.
The same hunting instincts are responsible for your cat’s playful disposition just as you get ready for bed. Their crepuscular nature means they’ll be running up and down your room exactly when you’re least likely to appreciate it: early mornings and late evenings.
However, some domesticated cats are nice enough to adjust their sleeping routines to match the waking hours of their owner. After all, they do need a cooperating human around to give them their share of food, water and play time.
Since it seems that dreamland is their favourite place to be and you should feel lucky whenever you manage to catch your cat between naps, for all these reasons, preparing a comfortable, cozy cat bed for your cat is a good idea. Sweet dreams, kitty!