How long do cats sleep?
How long do cats sleep and why do they sleep so long?
Cats certainly sleep a lot. Cats sleep 16 or more hours per day.
Cats sleep a lot to preserve energy. You may be thinking:
All cats do is sleep, eat, visit the litter box, and play occasionally.
Why would cats need to preserve energy?
It is in their nature to preserve energy, because they are hunters.
Hunting for prey requires a lot of energy and thus they instinctively
save energy. Don't worry. They are not bored. They enjoy sleeping
and a rested cat is a happy cat.
Comments from Research Maniacs' patrons about how long do cats sleep.
My cat fluffy actually sleeps 18 hours a day, but it is very
light sleep. It's like she's resting more than actually sleeping.
Nolan - Omaha, Nebraska
To Nolan: Yeah, my cat Spencer also 'rests' and goes in and out of sleep all
day long. Maybe that is why they call it catnaps?
Vicky - Vancouver BC, Canada
My cat just had a litter of kittens and those little babies sleep like
22 hours/day. I read somewhere that cat babies need to sleep
for the growth hormones to work.
Isabella - New York, New York
If you have an outdoor cat like me, you can see why cats
need to save energy. Muffin runs around all day long. If I exercised like
that I would be sleeping 16 hours a day too! I would probably weigh
30 pounds less too!
Bertha - Miami, Florida