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Why do cats sleep just about all the time

If you ever been the owner of a cat, you’d likely noticed that your feline friend spends most the day with either eyes closed or half open. Such an independent, agile and skillful hunter, often regarded as the king of the jungle when it comes to its bigger cousin, nevertheless one that appears to be equally lazy as deadly. But why is that the case;

In this mini article we’ll explore some of the reasons why cats sleep so long.

“Sleep is the best meditation”

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How many hours do cats sleep?

The time a cat sleeps varies based on age, character, environment and weather conditions. Younger cats tend to sleep a lot more at the early stages of life up to 20 full hours, conserving needed energy for growing and timing their awakening period around mealtimes. This amount drops between 12-15 hours a day by the stage they reach adulthood, with much more predictable sleep cycles that often influenced around the owner’s routines and time schedule. Elderly cats may return to increased sleeping and resting hours, being less active when awake.

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Why cats sleep so much

While sleeping 2/3rd of the day may seem a lot, there’s a reason why your furry friends spend most of their time with their eyes shut, it all has to do with genetics. Cats have evolved over many years to be natural predators, conserving most of their energy during daylight hours and hunting at night when potential prey is on and about. This evolutional trait Is very much alive on pet cats too, which adopt similar sleeping patterns as those in the wild. Nevertheless, pet cats may change their rhythm with time to match more-so that of the owners.

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The two states of sleep

Similar to humans, cats maintain two states of sleep, the slow wave sleep (SWS) and true deep sleep. Around three quarters of the time cats experience SWS, which allows them to be in a near waking state, aware of their surrounding noises and movements of other animals or objects, ready to bounce off when in danger or strike when prey is near. For the remaining quarter of the time, cats may enter in true deep sleep, at which point their surrounding awareness is greatly reduced and they may experience dreaming. This state only lasts around 5-minutes at various intervals of SWS and true deep sleep.

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How temperature can affect a cat’s sleeping

A major influence when it comes to the time you cat spends sleeping is temperature and weather conditions. In colder climates and seasons a cat will typically sleep more to conserve needed energy and maintain body heat while on the other hand, when awake, they will stay less active and wont exercise as much.

Rain has been observed to also affect a cats sleeping habits, with some cats experiencing phobias with thunderstorms.

“A well-spent day, brings happy sleep"

In conclusion, while many may think a cats are lazy animals, there is a purpose behind their long-lasting hours of snoozing and as any cat owner will reaffirm, they more than make up for it with their explosive high-activity & energy when awake.

Nevertheless, ensuring that your feline friend has plenty of interaction and play-time with their favorite human each day, is a geat step towards a sweet restful nap.

For the best of nap times, consider providing your pet cat her own Little Cave, a most warmest home for them little paws.
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