Cats sleep a lot. They sleep 15 to 18 hours a day, which is more than half the time they’re awake. And that’s not all, they spend about 72% of their sleep in deep sleep (the most restful kind).
Cats are considered polyphasic, meaning that they take multiple short naps throughout the day and night instead of one long sleep session. This is because cats’ circadian rhythms are more flexible than ours; they can adjust their sleep schedule according to what’s going on in their environment. The most important thing you can do for your cat’s health is to make sure they get enough sleep. Cats have been shown to suffer from depression when they don’t get enough rest, so be sure to give them plenty of opportunities to snooze.
But why do cats sleep so much? It all comes down to their biology: Cats have smaller brains than dogs (which means they need less energy), they have more efficient metabolisms than humans (which means they can go longer without food), and they have denser bones than humans (which means they can lie down comfortably without hurting themselves). Cats also tend to sleep a lot when stressed out because the chemicals released in their brains during stressful situations make them feel more tired than usual, so if you want your cat to be happy, make sure she gets enough rest.
As a cat gets older, it develops recognizable sleeping patterns. It might wake up early, spend two to three hours socializing with you, and then go back to sleep. It also snoozes, much like people do, and spends approximately 1/4 of the day in light sleep and 3/4 in deep sleep.
Light sleep mode
Cats have two basic sleep modes. One is known as dozing sleep and the other is known as deep sleep. These phases alternate and each one lasts anywhere from fifteen minutes to half an hour. Cats in dozing mode will often turn their heads from side to side and will open their eyes if they hear something interesting. They also may twitch their paws.
REM sleep accounts for about 25% of the sleep a cat gets. This type of sleep is associated with dreams and involves higher brain activity. A cat will be able to tell if it is dreaming if its whiskers are moving and its limbs are twitching. REM sleep is probably associated with hunting, so if your cat is dreaming, it’s probably dreaming about hunting.
Cats generally sleep about fifteen hours per day, but some cats can sleep up to 20 hours a day. This is why it’s important for them to get both light and REM sleep. Cats need sleep to replenish their energy and repair their muscles. REM sleep helps cats maintain a healthy immune system and ensures proper digestion of protein. Cats can adjust their sleep hours depending on their feeding schedule and their owners’ activities.
Research has shown that cats can sleep in light modes during the day. This type of sleep mimics the behavior of wild cats. In the wild, cats are more active at dusk and dawn because they’re predators and potential prey. It takes time for cats to adjust to this new habit and become accustomed to the light sleep mode.
The catnap is short-term and usually lasts fifteen to thirty minutes. They also position themselves for quick action. During catnaps, only 25 percent of cats sleep deep. Cats can also sleep during the day while sitting upright. They’ll sometimes shift into dozing mode while doing something else, such as scratching their paws.
Cats can also sleep by themselves. Usually, they snooze for about three-quarters of the day and nap for about a quarter of the day. During these periods, they may twitch their ears or be open-eyed. Although cats are in light sleep mode during the day, they’re still alert and can spring out of sleep mode at any time.
Weather conditions can affect the amount of sleep your cat gets. Extreme cold or heat can make your cat feel lethargic and tired, and can even cause heatstroke. Your cat also needs adequate ventilation to stay comfortable. Hot weather can cause overheating and dehydration, which can make your cat prone to heatstroke and cramping. Fortunately, most cats prefer mild weather and regulate their body temperature when they sleep. Extreme heat or cold can also make your cat sick.
The weather can also affect the amount of time your cat sleeps during the day. Cats generally prefer sunny days to stay warm, and they also enjoy natural light. This is why cats seek out spots with natural sunlight for their sleep. Depending on the position of the sun during the day, they might even move to a different location.
During hotter weather, cats tend to stay indoors. When it is cooler outside, cats like to venture out. This physical activity can help them conserve energy and keep them from overheating. However, if the weather is extremely hot, cats will want to sleep in cooler areas.
Whether you have a cat who likes to go outside or an indoor-only cat, it’s important to know how to encourage them to sleep. Cats sleep much more during winter months than they do during warm months. This is a natural instinct that cats use to conserve energy.
Cats love their privacy and like to sleep in private spaces. While an indoor cat may have a favorite cat tree or bed in your house, an outdoor cat may have a favorite spot outside. Either way, you can make sure your cat has a place to sleep during the day where it doesn’t have to share with anyone else.
Cats also like to sleep in out-of-the-way, dark places. For this reason, cats prefer sleeping at the foot of a bed rather than in the middle of the room. This is because cats tend to jump off a bed if they feel like there is a threat.
While cats are active throughout the day, they also need to rest. This is called crepuscular behavior. Cats usually nap in the morning and wake up around dusk or dawn. This habit allows cats to conserve energy for their hunting activity. In addition to saving energy, cats also sleep for mental health reasons.