Do you have a kitty? If you do, there’s a pretty good chance that your cat is snoozing as you’re reading this. Our feline friends certainly are sleepy little furballs! A Coon Rapids, MN vet discusses Fluffy’s penchant for napping below.
Cats are among the sleepiest animals in the world. Your feline friend can doze up to 20 hours a day. Kittens and seniors sleep the most, but even adult cats average about 16 hours. Why is Fluffy so tired? Well, when Kitty lived in the wild, she spent lots of energy stalking and hunting her dinner. It makes sense that she would need to recharge after all that hard work. That said, most of the other predators on the planet get by just fine with less excessive amounts of sleep.
If there’s one thing we can say about kitties, it’s that they are masters at getting comfortable. Fluffy may choose to nap in a position that makes you think of a pretzel! Your kitty isn’t always sound asleep when she’s napping, however. If you say your cat’s name while she’s dozing, you may see her ears move. Kitties continue to process stimuli, such as sounds, while they are sleeping. In the wild, this helps them stay alert to the presence of other animals.
Fluffy’s Sleep Patterns
Many kitties adjust their sleeping habits to match their owners’ schedules. If you’re a night owl, your kitty may get most of her sleep during the day, so she can spend time with you later. This is one cute way cats show their love. Unfortunately, it isn’t universal practice among our feline friends. Some kitties are at their most playful when their owners are trying to sleep! If Fluffy is keeping you awake at night, play with her before bed, and follow up this play session with a late supper for your furball. Chances are, your cat will feel sleepy after all that activity and food.
Studies show that cats do dream. If you pay close attention, you might notice your furball twitching in her sleep, or even making cute little sounds. What do kitties dream about? No one knows for sure, but we think catnip, mice, and boxes are probably on the list!
Do you have questions about your cat’s health or care? Contact us, your local Coon Rapids, MN vet clinic, anytime!