Why do cats sleep so much

Sometimes humans wish they were cats. Why? Well, because felines have this slow lifestyle being sleepy all the time. Cats sleep an average of fifteen hours a day, and some can sleep up to twenty hours in a twenty-four hour period. Why is that?


The very first point you should understand is that cats are most active between sunset and sunrise, which means that they get relaxed mostly during the day and become active around twilight. This can come as quite a shock if you’re bringing a new kitty home for the first time. Your cat will waste no time investigating and getting into trouble — usually while you’re fast asleep!  But as soon your cat finished her breakfast, as the rest of the world winds up for action, you’ll find him winding down for a long day of slumber.


Cats have the nature of a predator, meaning that they’re created to chase and hunt – mainly at night. Large cats such as lions have a similar habit of sleeping during the day and being active and/or hunting at night. Although they have been domesticated, for the most part, housecats still keep their wild soul. Even cats at play will display the feline primal instincts of creeping about in the shadows and, without a whisper of warning, pouncing on their target prey.

And hunting takes an amazing amount of energy. Whether your kitty is hunting for outdoor prey or tackling a catnip toy, all that sleep he gets is preserve energy for running, pouncing, climbing and stalking.


Like people, cats either drowse in a light sleep or sleep very deeply. When your cat dozes (which lasts about fifteen minutes to a half hour), he will position his body so that he can react and get into action at a moment’s notice.

During a deep sleep, cats experience rapid (or quick) brain movement. The duration of deep sleep tends to be about five minutes, after which the cat goes back to napping. This dozing-deep sleep pattern goes on until the cat wakes up.

Kittens and older cats tend to sleep more than the average-aged adult cats. A;most the same situation as with humans. You can tell when a cat is in light sleep because their ears will twitch and rotate toward noises and their eyes will be open a tiny bit. You may have noticed that even when they sit upright, cats can slip into that dozing mode.

Changing the sleep habbit of your cat might be a signal for a trouble. If you noticed any significant change, better to contact the vet to make sure that your feline feels fine.