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