Sleep is something that cats do, and they do it well! Many people underestimate just how much a cat can sleep. If you are wondering if your cat sleeps too much, this post should help put some worries you have at ease.
Sleeping for adult cats can vary depending on the exact age, size, weight, and even breed. The most typical answer for adults is 12 to 16 hours a day. Now you may be thinking your cat sleeps way more than this. What it seems like and what it actually is are two different things! Your cat may seem to be sleeping a lot, but you have to consider the amounts of time he or she is lounging. Cats enjoy laying around and just because they are, this does not mean they are sleeping. I have seen many cats who will lay with their heads up and eyes closed for awhile, but they aren’t actually sleeping. I could be far off with this, but I’d like to think that cats do some form of meditation and reflection when they have their eyes closed but aren’t sleeping – Or maybe they are just day dreamers.
Humans need more sleep the older they get, cats are the same! Don’t be shocked if you find your older cat spending more time laying around as the years go on. This does not mean they are sick or ill. Elderly cats will often sleep longer as well. While most cats will sleep 2 to 3 hours at a time, older cats may sleep up to 6 hours at once! Much like kittens, elderly cats typically sleep around 18 hours a day.
Things That Can Effect Sleep:
Boredom – Lack of playing/needs attention. If you want some tips to keep your cat happy, go HERE.
Depression – For signs of feline depression, go HERE.
Illness – Can be a number of things can are known to cause fatigue. (Needs a Vet’s opinion)
Aging – General aging can cause a cat to be more tired. HERE are some tips to help older cats out.
Arthritis/Pains – Most of the time this is caused by overactive rough-housing and lack of vitamin D3.
Obesity – Obesity is not just a problem with us humans. Go HERE for feline weight loss tips.
Allergies – This can be in their food or airborne allergies.
Low Vitamin D3 Levels – YES! Cats need vitamin D3 too!
Heavy Diet – Cats can’t only be given dry food. This should help you understand why.
Flu/Cold – Just like humans, cats will get tired when they catch a cold or a flu.
If you feel your cat is sleeping more than usual, address the list above and rule out anything you can. What can’t be ruled out can be looked over by a Vet. It is normal for cats to sleep a lot more than dogs and yes, a lot more than us humans! Consider your cat’s ancestor the tiger for an example and to better understand how the house cat would be in the wild.
Did you know!? Adult Tigers will sleep up to 20 hours a day! This is because they typically do their hunting in the darkest hours of the night because they are naturally slower cats. What they prey on is sleeping at night making it an easy and more energy efficient kill. They spend most of the hours during the day sleeping and caring for their young.