Why Does My Cat… Sleep So Much?

Some cats can spend as much as 20 hours per day sleeping

Anyone who has a cat knows that one of the cat’s favorite activities is snoozing.  While each cat varies in the amount of time spent sleeping, cats spend anywhere from 12 to 16 hours per day sleeping, with some champion snoozers spending as much as 20 hours per day napping. Just why do cats sleep so much, anyway?

You might have noticed that your cat seems especially active at twilight.  That is because cats are crepuscular, meaning that they are most active at dawn and dusk, which is the best time for them to hunt.  This leaves cats with more time for napping during the daytime hours.  It is theorized that because cats are hunters, an activity that requires great bursts of energy, the need for sleep is increased even though your domestic cat’s only “prey” may be his catnip mouse toy.  Of course, elderly cats and very young kittens sleep most of the time.

The next time you see your cat snoozing the day away in a cozy cat bed, don’t think of him as lazy, just think of him as “conserving energy”!

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