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Sleep, sleep and more sleep!

Cats sleep on average 16 hours a day!
Cats sleep on average 16 hours a day!

Cat owners will not be surprised to hear that cats enjoy a good sleep but did you realise that on average cats sleep a staggering 16 hours a day? That equates to spending two thirds of their lifetime asleep! The question is why do they sleep for so long?

One of the main reasons is to conserve energy. It is sometimes easy to forget that cats are essentially predators and therefore their natural instinct is to go out hunting. This usually takes place around dusk and dawn when their prey is likely to be most active. The hunting process requires a lot of energy, which explains why cats spend a lot of their day sleeping before coming alive at night.

It will also come as no surprise to hear that like us humans, cats do not appreciate cold or wet weather. For this reason, they may often retreat inside for a nap when adverse weather arrives.

On the whole cats are very sociable animals and appreciate company, so when this is not available, such as during the day when you’re at work, they often get bored and pass the time by having a snooze. Cats are also more likely to have a nap after a meal, after exercise or if they find a nice warm spot to curl up in, such as our laps!

As designers of cat beds we take great interest in where cats sleep. The truth is, cats very rarely stick to one sleeping spot, and wherever they choose it may not always be the lovely new bed that you have recently purchased for them!! They are often just as happy sleeping on the sofa, the radiator, your bed, your lap or even in a cardboard box!

 

Fat Cat

5 Things Your Cat Should Do This Spring


1) Cut out the bad stuff

We’ve had a really wet winter, Christmas was filling and Easter is later than usual. Be aware that when your cat starts eating things it shouldn’t, it can be quite hard to wean them off it.  With Easter holidays just around the corner remember, cats shouldn’t eat any chocolate. Some studies suggest switching between dry and wet diets for the warmer months may also be helpful for your cats health.

Fat Cat
2) Have a Spring Clean

Like humans, a regular clean out of things your cat doesn’t need or are ruined should happen this time of the year. Your cats may have for example destroyed the litter box or worse, big pieces of furniture! Cluttered areas, lack of space or just anything inhibiting your cat from having a good run around, or general laze can cause a bit of feline stress. We love this cat shelving mixed with err hmm, facilities.

Bookcase
You wanted privacy…

3) It’s all about the relaxation

Cats cannot unfortunately laze in a hammock like a good human. We’ve checked videos on YouTube and definitely know that is the case. Cats will still sleep for 16 hours daily on average, even in the summer months. The right sleeping environment is crucial, so make sure they have the best bed possible. We’re not even going to sneak in a link, our duffle and radiator beds are 100% cat approved, and look stylish in any home.

sitting
A little too relaxed

4) Play more!

Most cats do not exercise enough, simple. A study in 2012 showed that cats with owners were twice less likely to get enough than stray cats. But there is something that you the owner can do, and hopefully your willing cat can do about it… Play more often. Think of it this way, if something is active and fun, you’d do it more often, cats are no different. Fun little games, chasing mice or playing with springy toys is a great starting point.

cat playing
GOTCHA!

5) Pamper session required

Spring, its all about new beginnings, change, a chance to take a step forwards and be rejuvenated. A trip to a day spa is what most of us may decide to day, a cat cafe’ is what our feline friends can aspire to. Unless Starbucks changes its no pet policy however, the later may be harder for both cat and owner to achieve. The most important thing? Keep those claws clean and not too long, a scratch post can help achieve both and don’t require a trip to Japan for a cat friendly coffee.

glasses
Do I look like a film star yet?

A Better Sleep Guide For Your Cat

Cat Sleeping
Image courtesy of Sleeping Polly by Marina_in_Wonderland on Flickr.

Cats, would you believe it, sleep a lot. You probably already knew that if you are a veteran cat owner, but to some, the amount of hours a cat sleeps during a day can startle even the most avid cat lover.

On average, a cat sleeps up to sixteen hours a day. Yes, sixteen. Put another way, in the average life span of a cat (fifteen years), a cat will sleep for ten of those years.

There are lots of reasons as to why cats sleep so much. These are mainly;

  • Genetics. Cats would spend a lot of time hunting a gathering prey using up all of their energy, so it is only natural that they sleep so much. Of course, in a home environment, there is no need to use up that energy, but the genetics remain the same.
  • Nature. Cats are very light sleepers, spending most of their lives in light sleep, once again caused by an evolutionary tale of being alert against larger predators.
  • Boredom. Cats, like humans can get very bored. Boredom in the animal kingdom can lead to prolonged hours of sleep. If you can keep your cat regularly exercised and entertained with toys and games, this will cut down the amount of hours a cat sleeps.
  • Diet. Have you noticed how much food they eat and what kind of food it is? Full of nutrients and protein from meats and fish, cats are the carnivore kings of the animal world. If they don’t have a balanced diet, this will lead to longer hours of cat sleep time.
  • Time of day. Cats are crepuscular which means that they are most active during the twilight hours of dawn and dusk. They tend to lay low in the darker night-time and day-time hours, when other predators may be hanging about.

So what can you do to help your cat get the best possible sleep and ensure that they are getting enough exercise to fill their day?

  • Give them plenty of exercise. Unlike dogs, cats are a lot harder to walk, but activities which involve climbing, scratching, chasing items and general play will help keep their activity high levels high during the day.
  • Feed your cat before bed time. A warm meal isn’t only good for humans, but for your cat as well, it helps relax them and automatically helps their body clock adjust to sleep time.
  • Give them attention. A few minutes of gently stroking before bed time will help set them off for the evening.
  • Set a time. If humans have a regular bed time, so do cats. Keep a regular time for bed set, this will help your cat sleep through the night.
  • Set a good environment. Make sure that the room is quiet; that their cat bed is in a warm well ventilated area. Turn down the lights and cut out noises. Remember, your cat sleeps on average for sixteen hours a day, so if the environment isn’t distracting they will rest comfortably.
  • Give them a comfortable sleeping area. Cat’s seek the warmth, even in summer, so a comfortable and warm environment is ideal. Our Cleo Pet radiator and Duffle Beds are ideal solutions.

These are of course just some general sleep facts about a typical cat sleeping behaviour and should help with abnormal sleeping patterns or behaviours. If you notice any changes in their sleeping behaviour, whether it is more or less than they should be getting, then contact your local vet and get them in for a regular check up.