Why Do Cats Sleep Too Much?
Have you ever noticed just how much cat’s sleep? It seems like when they’re not eating or grooming themselves…they’re sleeping. Sounds like the ideal life doesn’t it? But why do they sleep so much? It isn’t like they work very hard. I mean unless they’re an outdoor cat, it isn’t like they have to go out and hunt for food or run from predators.
I was curious too, so I decided to do some research and I’m really glad I did.
You see, there are some pretty good reasons why cat’s sleep so much. And in this article, I’ll give you the top 7 reasons I found as to why cat’s sleep too much.
1. Cats Were Once Great Hunters
I know it’s hard to believe that your little fluff ball could be a vicious hunter, but you’d be surprised. In fact, given the opportunity most cats still have those skills. They just don’t need to use them. Over the past few thousand years as cat’s have become domesticated they haven’t had to use their hunting powers. But back in the day, they spent their time stalking, chasing and killing their prey. And trust me, that took a lot of energy. After a hunt, cats would need a few days of rest to recover and get ready for the next hunt. Obviously, cats still have that killer DNA and apparently the need for sleep that goes with it. Don’t think your cats much of a hunter? Just spend some time playing with your them and soon you’ll see all those old hunting instincts kick in.
2. Cats Aren’t Always Sleeping Sometimes They’re Just “Chillin”
Cats don’t always sleep, sometimes they are just chilling. You know…relaxing. If you were given the opportunity to just sit back and enjoy some rest and relaxation wouldn’t you take it? When was the last time you slept in, had a movie day or just took a nice long afternoon nap? Well, unlike you and me with our mile long to do lists…cats don’t really have anything else going on. So, they CAN take advantage of that free time of theirs and use it for relaxing. Plus, cats have the ability to regenerate their energy while they are half asleep. And during these relaxation sessions, cats are still aware of what’s going on around them. This goes back to their hunting DNA and allows them to get a little rest while staying alert. Pretty cool, huh?
3. The Weather Can Change Your Cat's Need For Sleep
Have you ever noticed that when its sunny and warm outside you tend to have a little more energy? And on cold, cloudy and gloomy days you have a little less? Staying in bed or snuggled up on the couch sounds a whole lot better, doesn’t it? Well, your cat feels the same way. Studies show that regardless of your cats age, breed or their normal disposition rainy days make them tired and less likely to want to do pretty much anything. This often leads to your cat laying around, sleeping and lounging the day away. So, let them sleep, who are we to deny them their biology?
4. Older Cats Need Even More Sleep
If you’ve had your cat for a long time you may have noticed that as they get older they require even more sleep. And while younger cats still sleep 12-14 hours a day, researcher has shown that as cats grow older, cats can sleep up to 20 hours per day! This is primarily due to the fact that like older human, older cats don’t recover like they used it. Older cats also don’t run or expel as much energy as they used to either. But don’t think it’s because they can’t, they have just learned through the years it takes them longer to recover in between, so they have gotten really good at conserving their energy.
5. Cats Get Bored
By now you should have a pretty good idea as to why your cat sleeps so much. And if you think about all the reasons they do it does make sense. That’s also why you’ll probably relate to this next reason too, boredom! Yep, cats get bored just like you and I do. And when we get bored, we get tired and so do they. And cats get really bored when they’re left alone. Why? Because when you’re not around and they have nobody to play with they’d rather sleep. When there’s nothing to do, wouldn’t you just rather sleep? I know I would.
6. Their Health
When cats are awake, you should hear them running around, playing with their toys and just being cats. If your cat doesn’t have a tendency to exhibit that kind of energy and is sleepy and tired ALL the time, there may be some other issue going on. Like I said earlier, cats will sleep for between 14-16 hours a day, but if they aren’t expelling energy the other 8-10 hours of the day there may be some underlying health issues. Even if your cat is mostly active at night (like my Ziggy), that’s ok. There just needs to be some time during the day where they are actively doing cat things.
If you are the parent of an overweight cat, then you may have noticed that they require a lot more energy. Carrying around that excess weight is hard, and it can take its toll on your cat’s energy reserves. This can result in your cat laying a round a lot more than seems normal. Because when they do move they have to use a lot more of their energy reserves than more slender kitties. In fact, a study done by the American Veterinary Health Foundation found out, that approximately 58% of domestic cats are overweight. What this means is that most cat owner have fat cats, and this is probably one of the biggest reasons they sleep so much. What’s the solution? Cut back on food and try to engage your cat in some extra play time.