Your Sleepy Cat

Your Sleepy Cat

If you have a kitty, there’s a pretty good chance that your drowsy pet is sleeping right now. Cats certainly are tired! In this article, a Sayville, NY vet discusses Fluffy’s sleeping habits.

Why Are Cats So Drowsy?

Cats sleep, on average, about 16 hours a day. However, senior kitties and kittens sleep even more: up to 20 hours a day. That’s more than almost any other animal on the planet! Why does Fluffy need that much rest? Well, there are a few possible reasons. In the wild, cats spend a lot of energy in a short time hunting, and need to recuperate. Fluffy may also have learned to be very careful about overexerting herself. Felines can’t cool themselves off easily if they overheat: they only sweat through their paws, and panting doesn’t work very well. That said, 20 hours a day does seem a bit excessive.

Fluffy’s Sleeping Patterns

Did you know that cats sleep even more than usual in dreary weather? Rainy days make Fluffy quite drowsy! Your furry friend may also adjust her sleeping habits to match your schedule. For instance, if you work nights, your kitty will probably doze while you are gone, but will still snuggle up with you when you go to bed in the morning.

Napping Spots

Cats all have their own unique purrsonalities. One way Fluffy’s individual character becomes clear is in her choice of sleeping spots. Some pets may love sprawling out in the middle of the floor, some prefer napping on chairs, beds, or couches, and others like closets or other small spaces. Fluffy may also move from spot to spot for her morning, midmorning, noon, afternoon, and evening naps. Of course, many of our feline pals also like sleeping on their people! This is actually one of the best parts of being owned by a cat. It’s always nice to settle down at the end of a long day with your furry buddy purring in your lap.

Dreaming Kitties

Have you ever wondered if cats dream? They do! You may have noticed Fluffy twitching or making cute little noises in her sleep. While no one is sure what our feline friends dream about, we suspect that catnip mice, boxes, sunbeams, and trees are all on the list.

Do you need to make an appointment for your cat? Contact us, your local Sayville, NY animal clinic, today!

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