How much do cats sleep

Both cats and dogs sleep a lot, I mean A LOT. The average adult cats sleeps about 16 hours per day, a kitten and senior cat even more. In order to understand sleep behavior in cats you need to know a few things:

  • Wild cats have few known predators which affords them the ability to nap often. Even domesticated cats have that same ability.
  • Since physiologically they are hunters, they tend to store their energy for the short bursts of speed required to hunt down their prey. They get a substantial amount of exercise during a hunt, or for domesticated cats during play.
  • Cats are crepuscular meaning they are most active during twilight and dawn. They tend to sleep during the day and are more active during hours when we may be asleep.
  • Cat’s truly ‘catnap’ and are never far from total wakefulness. The doze for short periods followed by shorter periods of deep sleep – and they even experience REM sleep as humans do.

They say that cats can sleep just about anywhere and here’s a photo collection that absolutely proves that point:


40 Cats Who Deserve Olympic Medals For Their Ability To Nap Literally Anywhere


Additional Resources:

How Much Do Cats Sleep?

Why Do Cats Sleep So Much?

Here and Meow: What Cats Can Teach Us About Sleep

Cat Sleep: Understanding Your Sleepy Cat

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  1. My cats sleep all day, and play all night! xx
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  2. Those photos are hysterical! Sam sleeps in pretty normal places compared to that, and these days Conrad sticks to the beds or in front of the heater in the kitchen.
    It’s tough if you have dogs and cats when your cats are night owls….since our two cats are older now they stay pretty quiet in the night, thank goodness.
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  3. I think there is a cat napping olympics where they train taking longer and more naps! They are always sleeping…except for Bert who spends a lot of time getting in trouble.
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    • Bert’s too busy looking for food!
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  4. Sleeping…one of our favorite things to do…and we do it well.
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  5. cute cute photos. I wish I could take many cat naps.
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