Sleepy Kitties

Did you know that cats sleep more than almost any other mammal?

Vangie and Abe napping
Vangie and Abe having a nap (photo by Scott Haywood)

Cats average from 13 to 16 hours of sleep per day, which is perfectly normal for them. They spend much of this time dreaming. If you see your kitty asleep with eyes moving, whiskers twitching, or paws flexing, they are deep in dreamland. But cats can awaken very quickly from a deep sleep, a survival behavior inherited from the wild ancestors of our domestic cats.

Also like their wild ancestors, house cats are most active at dawn and dusk, the best hunting times. These times are great for playing with and interacting with your cat. A fifteen minute playtime when the sun goes down followed by a little snack can help your kitty be ready to snooze quietly at night with you.


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