Is it Normal For Cats to Sleep All Day Long?
23 October, 2017
Every cat owner knows that cats sleep a lot! I mean, it seems like that’s all they do sometimes in between snacks! You might just take it for granted. And then some days you can’t help but wonder if it is normal for cats to sleep all day long.
Cats sleep twice as much as humans do
Cats sleep twice as much as we do so it naturally seems like they sleep all the time. It’s just part of their daily routine. Cats typically sleep from 16 to 20 hours a day. For very young and very old cats, it’s near the upper end of the range, and newborns sleep almost all day long.
Cats don’t sleep like we do for hours in a row
While cats do spend at least two-thirds of their lives asleep, they’re not asleep in the same way we are. Their hours of sleep do not happen in a row. Cats don’t have daily sleep-wake cycles like many mammals. While they are not nocturnal, they are often up at odd hours during the night and this can cause disturbances for many of us!
Cats are crepuscular which means they are the most active at sunrise and sundown
Many people believe their cats are nocturnal and are awake and active all through the night. This is not true. Cats are crepuscular animals. This means they are most active at sunrise and sundown — the easiest times for cats to find and catch their meals. Indoor and outdoor cats too!
Genetics play dominantly into why cats sleep all the time!
Cats nap constantly and are exceptionally good at it. After all, where do you think we got the term cat nap? In the wild, cats must hunt for their food. Regardless of whether it’s a cougar or a feral kitty, he must find a way to get food. This takes a lot of time and energy. Sleeping conserves energy so that the cat can chase down their dinner whenever dinner makes itself available.
Even though our indoor domesticated cats don’t need to hunt for food, they need to sleep and their necessity to save energy will always be there.
Due to their high protein diet, cats sleep to help digestion
Some biologist thinks that due to our cat’s eating a mostly protein-rich diet, it requires longer periods of rest help digest their food. You know how tired we get after a big meal.
So, really the take away is this: if your indoor cat sleeps the day away, just know that your kitty’s a perfectly normal feline. However, if your cat is lethargic and isn’t acting like his or her usual self, make an appointment with your veterinarian to make sure there isn’t an underlying issues.
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