Anyone who has a cat, knows how much they love to sleep. They usually do not like to be irritated and they play with you when they like, eat when they like, and sleep most of the time. For some new and unaware cat owners, this could be a cause for curiosity and concern. In this article, we are going to tell you why cats love to sleep as much as they do. And no, it’s not because they do not like you.
An evolutionary characteristic in most wild animals, including cats, is to conserve their energy for hunting. Wild animals did this by sleeping a lot and cats have evolved the same way. Even though pet or domesticated cats do not go around hunting for food, they still have the characteristic of sleeping for longer periods of time ingrained in them.
Because cats have been evolved as predators, they are usually most active between sunset and sunrise (when you are asleep!). Most of their sleep time occurs during the daytime. If you are a new pet owner, you should be aware that your cat is usually more prone to getting into trouble once you are in a deep slumber (more so if it is a kitten).
However, these patterns can change because felines are also extremely sociable and adaptable. Once they are in a domestic setting with their loving owners, they can adapt their sleeping schedule to maximize their playtime with you. You may observe that they synchronize their sleeping time to match yours (but you shouldn’t synchronize yours to theirs or you won’t get any work done!).
Often, a cat’s sleep is not a deep sleep. They get their deep sleep, like humans do at night, usually once a day. The rest of the time, they sleep lightly or take a nap, which conserves energy and provides the needed rest that they require. You may often notice that while they are sleeping, your cat’s eyes are sometimes half open and can still rotate towards any noises, or they may twitch their ears even when are appear to be napping.
How Much Should My Cat Sleep?
The amount of sleep that your cat needs mainly depends upon their age. As kittens, they are likely to sleep through most of the day, only waking up and feeling energetic around mealtime.
Adolescent cats have random and sporadic sleeping schedules, sleeping and playing at whim, whereas adult cats have set sleeping schedules that often range between 12 and 20 hours of sleep every day. If you have an adult cat, you may have noticed their fixed sleeping and waking behavior, set mealtimes, set play times, and set sleeping times.
The most sleep loving cats are senior cats who do not have much energy and mobility, so they would rather spend their time sleeping for very long periods of time.
When it comes to cats and sleeping, this also depends upon a number of other factors. One of these factors is the weather. No matter the age, breed, health conditions, or eating habits that your cat has, felines sleep more on a rainy day.
If your cat is sleeping the day away, it should not be a cause for concern. On average, kittens and senior cats sleep longer than adult or adolescent cats. Do consult a veterinarian if you notice some other erratic patterns in your cat such as any unusual behavior, or irregularities in terms of food or health. Lastly, whatever little time your cat spends with you, rest assured that it will be full of fun and activity because of all that conserved energy. Make sure you have also recharged your battery by sleeping well so you can match your little friend’s energy!