Cats Sleep a lot– Not to worry
2 October, 2012

It is a well known fact that cats do sleep a lot, but sometimes many cat owners, including myself, worry about it.  I know that Sammy naps all day long.  And other cat owners, at times, have shared the same concern.  But, apparently long hours of sleep are normal for our feline friends.  In fact, they even put dogs to shame.

Cats spend most of the day sleeping

Cats spend a great deal of their day sleeping. The average cat sleeps for thirteen to sixteen hours a day. The exact number can change according to the cat’s age and personality. Cats that spend the day alone at home tend to sleep throughout the day.

Newborn kittens spend most of their time sleeping. In fact, this is nature’s way to make sure that the kittens do not wander out of the nest, or make noise that might attract predators while the mother cat is away. As the weeks pass, the kittens’ sleeping hours gradually change to match those of the adults.

When do cats sleep?

Being nocturnal animals, cats tend to sleep during the day and keep awake during the night. However, you can influence your cat’s sleeping times. If you provide plenty of stimuli during the day, in the form of cat toys or a companion cat, the cat is more likely to keep awake during the day and then spend the night sleeping.

If you wish to reduce your cat’s overly active nighttime habits, you might try to spend some time playing some interactive games with your cat before bedtime.   Throw a mouse to exhaust your cat and it is OK to give your feline friend a little food so he feels full and sleepy.


While cats do spend at least two-thirds of their lives asleep, they’re not really asleep in the way we humans are. Cats are always on the alert, even when they’re dozing. If a strange noise wakes them up, they’re almost instantly aware and fully ready to go.  I know Sammy can seem to be dead asleep and a noise or door opening, he is up and ready.

Best sleeping places

Cats look for a sleeping place that feels safe and has the right temperature. During hot summer days, your feline friends will look for shady sleeping areas. In the winter, most cats will look for a spot of warm sunshine or a nearby heater. The temperature also effects the cat’s sleeping position.

Make sure to provide your cat with a nice, comfortable bed where he or she can sleep at night and enjoys his little bed.  The more comfortable the sleeping area, the less likely your feline friend will be waking you up at night. Throw a t-shirt with your scent on it and your cat will love it.

Our cats sleep a lot because, well, that is how they are wired!

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