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Why Do Cats Sleep So Much?


When you’re a cat owner for the first time, it’s normal to wonder about how long your cat sleeps every day. In this article we’re going to clarify what should be considered normal behavior for your own personal satisfaction.

Sleeping Cycle

Cats spend considerably more time in light sleep than in heavy sleep. Cats in the wild need to be able to take action at a moment’s notice, whether to take prey nearby or to protect themselves against a greater predator. Cats are involved in short periods of deep sleep, just about 10-15 minutes at a time. So, while it may seem like cat’s sleeping sound, the odds are that they’re only resting their eyes.

Conserving Energy 

Cats, that are predators (and also prey). As all predators, they save energy by resting or sleeping, saving time while they do the most hunting. This sleep/hunting period is not a cause for panic.


The behavior of cats may differ considerably based on their personality, age, breed, and general health, but it should make no difference that they are as affected by the weather as humans are. Irrespective of the normal cat’s temperament, it has been found that the cats sleep most when the weather calls for it-even though your cat is an indoor pet, a chilly or snowy day would find them curled up in their favorite spot. When the cats are cold, they prefer to sleep in a curled spot, and when the temperature is high, they might sleep more.


All cats need protein. This is the primary source of their wellbeing. A cat without a daily protein supply would be lethargic and get sick easily, even if they’re hydrated and fed. In order to survive, they need protein. The problem with the requirement for high protein levels in cat’s diet is that it is difficult to ingest, even for a cat. Thus, the cats sleep to make the digestive process simpler and to save the energy provided by the protein when it is most required.

Pet owners need to be mindful of what this is and look forward to any shift in sleep behavior, as a change could mean potential issues. If a sudden increase in sleep can be a symptom of sickness, more activity and less sleep than normal could be a sign of hyperthyroidism—a common disorder in elderly cats. If you have any questions about a cat’s sleeping patterns, then it’s best to speak to a vet.