If you’re lucky enough to have a cat in your family, you’ve probably noticed that your cat likes to take naps at all hours! So, you have certainly wondered about the nature of this great need for sleep. All the answers to your questions are in this article!
A record sleep requirement
Amazingly, the average adult cat sleeps up to 16 hours a day! Given that a day is 24 hours long, the calculation is simple: your little feline spends about two-thirds of his life in the arms of Morpheus, knowing that this duration can be more or less important depending on his age.
In fact, sleep time can be as much as 20 hours for kittens and older cats, whose need for recovery is much greater.
In kittens, sleep is necessary for their growth and brain development. Therefore, it is very important not to disturb her when she sleeps, even though it is extremely tempting during this tender moment!
Most cats rest during the day and become active at night, which is a good time to go hunting outside.
Although the feline is now domesticated, this wild instinct remains in some individuals, especially for those who have access to the outdoors.
As for the indoor cat, it tends to sleep more and to copy its sleeping habits on those of its family. If this is not the case, you can play with your cat in the evening in order to ensure its physical activity and to make sure that it does not feel the need to sleep during the night!
The cat’s sleep in detail
As you’ve seen, sleep is an essential part of your cat’s daily life. For a good quality and restful sleep, it is necessary that he is in a place where he feels comfortable and safe.
Your little feline’s sleep is not always deep and alternates between different phases: REM sleep during which the cat dreams, slow wave sleep and light sleep.
Most of the time, the cat is content to rest while remaining on guard. This light, but restful sleep has its origin in a natural habit of watching for prey or watching for predators. The cat’s eyes are half-open or even slightly closed, but the ears are alert to the slightest noise.
The positions your cat adopts during the deep and REM sleep phases are more characteristic and sometimes original! He will curl up and sometimes hide his face with one or more of his paws or his tail. Also, your cat may snore and/or stir unconsciously during his dreams.
Finally, the quality of your feline’s sleep depends on several factors that you can influence. Thus, a good quality and sufficient quantity of food, a secure and warm environment, nice moments of sharing or the fact of moving enough, through play or outings, will inevitably have a positive impact on the quality of its sleep.