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How Much Sleep Does My Cat Need?

How Much Sleep Does My Cat Need?

Just Like Humans, Your Feline Friend Needs To Sleep To Maintain An Optimum Level Of Health

However, you might wonder, how much sleep do cats really need? Is my cat sleeping too much or too little? Is there more to sleep that I need to understand?

If you have asked these questions, then you are in the right place. Let’s take a deeper look at the sleeping habits of your cat.

How Much Sleep Does My Cat Need?

How Much Sleep Does My Cat Need?

Generally speaking, cats need about 15-20 hours of sleep per day. Now, that’s a lot. That’s about two-thirds of your cat’s life.

However, please realize that the amount of sleep your cat needs depends on his age, mood, health, and level of activities.

For example, young and old cats would most likely be sleeping longer compared to cats who are in the middle age spectrum. Cats who love to play tend to sleep less. Those who are suffering from diseases may sleep longer or shorter depending on how their illness affects them. The amount of interaction that you have with your cat also affects his sleeping pattern.

How Much Sleep Does My Cat Need?

What Sleeping Means To Your Cat?

From the human perspective, you might think that cats are sleeping too much. However, sleep in humans is different from sleep in cats.

Studies show that only 25 percent of your cat’s sleep is considered to be deep sleep while the rest is just light sleep. Most of the time, your cat isn’t completely asleep, but resting and they only have their eyes closed. They remain alert and spring back to life almost at any time something disturbs him.

This has to do with their primal instinct. In the wild, cats need to be alert and be always on guard from any danger even when they are asleep.

How Much Sleep Does My Cat Need?

Why Do Cats Sleep So Much?

Your cat is still a cat who is related to other cats in the wild. Deep down in their biology, they have their hunting instinct even if they are already domesticated.

What this means is that in the wild, cats need to hunt and hunting needs a huge amount of energy. That’s why your cat needs a lot of rest to conserve and build up energy, which they would need to hunt for food.

Moreover, food in the wild can be scarce. Spending too much energy on non-essential things can be detrimental to their health and future. Thus, they would rather save their energy than to waste it on non-productive things.

How Much Sleep Does My Cat Need?

When You Should Worry

You probably know by now the sleeping habit of your cat. You get a good idea of how much sleep he typically needs.

If there’s a sudden change in his sleeping behavior, like he sleeps too little or he sleeps too much that you rarely see him awake, then you need to have him checked with your vet. The need for a check-up is even greater when the disruption in his normal sleeping pattern is accompanied by other signs and symptoms of a disease.

 

 

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