Mammals really love sleeping. In fact, they do it more than any other type of animal. Cats have long since been famous for their ability to spend huge portions of the day napping. One of our colleagues at the Me & My Pets team claims that their cat actually spend an entire 24 hours asleep in the same spot once!

But is that really accurate? Why have cats got such a reputation for sleeping? And is there such a thing as a cat who sleeps too much? Our cat expert explains all.

British Blue Shorthair kitten sleeping on a pillow

How much sleep does my cat need?

Cats need between 13 to 16 hours of sleep per day. When they’re kittens, they will sleep around 20 hours a day. As cats get older they may start sleeping more again.

Are cats nocturnal?

Not exactly – cats are at their most active during dawn and dusk. This is a simple matter of evolution! As predators, cats are hardwired to be ready for the hunt at the same time as their prey. Small animals such as rodents are also at their most active during these times, so it makes sense for a cat to be as well.

Some cats prefer to sleep at night time, some cats prefer to sleep more during the day. Just like humans! Some humans would never be able to manage a night shift, but some love it. Some of us love to wake up at the crack of dawn and others can’t function before 10am with three strong coffees. Cats are very self-serving and they’ll always do what feels right to them.

I think my cat might be sleeping too much

If your cat is still young then this shouldn’t be a cause for concern. Equally, if your cat has always slept a lot then this could just be the type of cat that you have!

However, if your adult cat changes its sleeping habits then we recommend getting them to the vet for a check-up. Sadly, excessive sleeping can be a symptom of illness, such a kidney disease or arthritis.

My cat doesn’t sleep enough!

Conversely, if your cat seems to be up all day and night, it can also be a symptom of a medical condition. Just like humans, cats can have hyperthyroidism, which can cause them to have unending energy and sleep less.

Hyperthyroidism usually starts to develop in middle-aged cats, so make sure you are taking them to the vets for regular check-ups. Cats can’t tell you when they feel ill so these regular check-ups are essential to ensure the prolonged health of your cat.

The bottom line is – if your cat sleeps a lot, that’s fine! You don’t need to time them or monitor them closely. But always trust your instincts – if you suspect that something might be wrong then make sure you visit the vets. 

 

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