Cats and their sleeping habits

Cats sleep a lot and like to - the fur noses rest on average around 16 hours and more every day. But why do they have such a great need to sleep? You can find out more about cats' sleeping behavior here. Dream, cuddle, sleep: cats love it cozy - Image: Shutterstock / MaxyM

Cats are considered to be nocturnal, but they are actually active at twilight. The morning tigers are particularly lively in the mornings and evenings, they sleep or doze most of the time during the day and at night. Because they live so closely with us humans, cats often adapt to our rhythm: at night, we sleep, get up briefly in the morning to eat and play, and then go back to the cat basket.

When mistress and owner come home from work in the evening, the room tigers are alive and looking forward to their supper, the playing time and lots of cuddle sessions.

How long do cats prefer to sleep?

Some velvet paws sleep more than others. How big your need for rest depends on, among other things, character, temperament, age, housing conditions, weather and season. Some breeds, such as the Siamese cat, are said to manage with less sleep. The British Shorthair (BKH), on the other hand, loves it cozy and likes to sleep a little longer.

And what exactly does that mean? How many hours do cats sleep each day? The four-legged friends spend about two thirds of the day sleeping, i.e. between 16 and 18 hours. Kittens and seniors have an increased need for sleep, and most house tigers naturally have plenty of time to doze and relax.

Why do cats sleep so much?

The reason cats sleep so much is that they use a lot of energy in their short waking phases. For hunting, they have to be wide awake and highly concentrated, as well as fast, agile and skillful. In addition, they are almost always in a watchful position, which is also very tiring.

In order to keep their strengths to a good level, they always rest when the opportunity arises and save their energy for procuring food and escaping from attackers. When cats are not sleeping or hunting, they groom themselves extensively. Of course, playing in between should not be neglected either.

Keep an eye on your cat's sleep behavior. If she seems to be resting longer and more often than usual, you'd better go to the vet with her. Sick cats are physically weak and therefore need more sleep. An increased need for sleep can also have harmless causes - the short days in winter, rainy weather or old age - but be on the safe side if something seems unusual to you.

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Sleeping behavior of cats: different phases and dreams

Cats are not deeply asleep all the time. For the most part, the velvet paws remain lightly asleep during their rest phases - and remain alert despite the relaxed posture. This is because they are both predators and prey in the wild and must therefore be prepared for potential dangers or hunting opportunities at all times.

A gentle rustle is enough to keep them awake and focused, to chase a mouse, or to escape to the next tree from an attacker. If you remain undisturbed during the light sleep phases, doze off for up to 30 minutes at a time.

The actual deep sleep, also called the paradoxical phase, usually only lasts up to six minutes. Cats are completely relaxed, maybe twitching their paws, ears or the tip of their tail in their sleep, and do not react to outside noise at all.

The occasional, involuntary movements such as a twitch or tremor indicate that your cat is dreaming. Cats only venture into the deep sleep phase if they feel absolutely safe. If your kitty sleeps soundly next to you, even showing her stomach as the most vulnerable place, she has great trust in you.

Cat and her sleeping place: which places do you prefer?

Velvet paws are extremely creative when it comes to choosing the optimal place to sleep. After all, it has to meet a number of typical requirements. In the first place are the temperature regulation and the feeling of security and security. Depending on the cat personality, pronounced curiosity and the pleasure of observing can also be added to the need to hide or attract attention.

In winter, the fur noses can be found on warm water pipes, close to the heating, on a running laptop or in the laundry basket, where they snuggle up on the freshly washed and dried laundry. In summer, on the other hand, a bathtub, sink and a floor made of cool tiles are popular sleeping places.

Sometimes it is not so easy to find cats when they are enthroned at the top of the bookshelf in their observation post. Other kitties love squeezing themselves into tiny boxes or bowls because it's so nice and warm there.

Warmth is also the reason why the velvet paws prefer to sit comfortably next to their favorite person when he tries to sleep himself. House tigers looking for attention like to spread out on computer keyboards, newspapers or books that mistresses or masters are trying to read.

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