Thursday, January 23, 2014

How much does a cat sleep?

Cats are experts at enjoying life. They make stretching out in a ray of sunshine for a nap seem like the epitome of joy. The average cat sleeps fifteen hours a day, and some sleep as much as twenty.

The website says the only well known animals that sleep more than cats are bats and opposum.

Why do they sleep so much? has the answer. Cats are born hunters, and all that creeping about in the shadows and pouncing on prey - real or imagined - uses up enormous amounts of energy. The large amounts of sleep is reserve energy for running, climbing, and creeping.

Cats are most active during the twilight hours between dawn and dusk, which is inconvenient for cat lovers who want their kitties to play and be awake during daytime. Luckily cats are both sociable and adaptable, and quite able to adjust their sleeping habits to be awake when their human is. Not to mention to be awake when there's food!

~ Maria Sadowski ~


  1. Cats sleep way too much, but our cat sis Sophie always has to be up at like 4am asking for food. They sure can be irritating!

    1. LOL! At that time a day she's probably super-bored and wants you all to come play. Then, when you wake up, I bet she's sleepy again. ;-)