Why Do Cats Sleep So Much?

Sleeping kittensMost petowners would probably admit that having to share a home with cats can be one of the most fulfilling responsibilities. Some would even acknowledge them as part of the family. Among all the types of pets, cats are probably the most popular in the world.  Aside from their affectionate nature, it is truly interesting to note that these feline creatures have a bit of a sleeping habit to get used to. For example, cats sleep twice as much as humans do, averaging as much as 12 to 16 hours in a day.  And why is that exactly? Being crepuscular animals, they tend to be asleep during most of the day and then become active during daybreak or nightfall. By nature and by instincts, these feline animals are predators, ready to chase and pounce on their target preys such as rodents or birds. The frequent sleep times enable them to gather enough energy for the chase. In between naps, they do engage in spurts of activities like playing with their favorite toys or wrestling with a mouse, and then easily slide back into sleep. And not only can they snooze while simply sitting down, but their sense of smell and hearing remain active, enabling them to react to a slight movement within their surroundings. The term “cat nap” was perhaps coined to refer to the quickie, light naps that humans sometimes take for some power boost in between activities, similar to what the kitties do. There are several factors that can play significant roles in their sleeping habits.  Primarily, the cat’s age affects the amount of activity he can engage in. Newborn kittens, as well as the older ones of about 7 years old, tend to sleep more than the average adult cats. Of course, the senior cats may start to develop some physical conditions such as arthritis or joint issues that could affect their mobility, thus making them feel tired more often and need more sleep to preserve their remaining energy. Another consideration is when indoor cats, in particular, lack activity or become bored. It is quite common for catsto be left at home alone while their owners go to work during the day. Naturally, the cats will try to find something to keep themselves occupied when they wake up from slumber. Play toys that resemble mouse movements can keep them busy and active until they need to doze off again.Lazy cute red cat However, if your cat seems to be sleeping more than the usual, in spite of all the stimuli, perhaps it would be best to have a veterinarian check on him for possible health concerns. Apart from the potential health issues, a cat may become overweight or obese. Excess weight will further limit his movement or exhaust his energy faster, making him sleep more. Freedom of movement is very important to a cat’s well-being. Just like how the extra pounds may cause a human being to feel sluggish, a cat will also experience diminished energy to move around, even causing him to gain more weight, and perhaps develop other health concerns. The veterinarian could recommend the appropriate diet and medication for your beloved cat to help him become energetic and active once again. Cats may sleep a lot, but when they are well and awake, they become quite a ball of fun. Overall, you just need to provide your cat with proper care, attention, and a comfortable bed to sleep in and they are yours for the long haul. Being a responsible cat owner would also mean that you need to respect the nature and personality of your cat and train them accordingly. Love them the way they deserve to be, and in turn, they will become your most loyal buddies or even ardent protectors.