Why Do Cats Sleep So Much?


Sleeping is probably one of your cat’s favorite activities.  Sometimes it seems like all our cats do is lay around!  On average, cats sleep for 15 hours a day — and some can sleep up to twenty hours.

Although they might seem lazy, it’s normal (and healthy) for your cats to sleep throughout the day.  Here are a few of the reasons behind your feline friend’s cat naps.

1.  Cats are more active at night.  Cats are more active between dusk and dawn.  This means that they spend most of the daylight hours sleeping around.  If you’re new to owning a cat, you might be surprised that they find ways to get into trouble late at night!

2.  It’s a natural instinct.  Cats are natural predators.  It is in their biology to expend energy while in pursuit of prey.  While your kitten doesn’t need to hunt for it’s food further than it’s dish, his ancestors did!  Because of this, your cat spends most of the day sleeping and conserving energy until it is night time (when they can hunt — or play).

3.  They’re not feeling well.  If you notice that your cat has been sleeping more than usual, they might be stick.  Bring your cat into one of our cat-friendly hospitals for a checkup and we can determine if your cat is suffering from anemia, hyperthyroidism, etc.

If you have any questions about your cat’s odd behaviors, contact our office!  Feel free to contact any of our Brooklyn or Long Island offices for more information.

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