How much do cats need to sleep?

Posted by David on December 5th, 2010

cat_content_logoIf you spend any time with cats, you’ve probably noticed that a lot of their quality time is devoted to snoozing. Kitty sleeps up to sixteen hours a day, which means that two thirds of her life may be spent in dreamland.

Your feline friend may have taken it upon herself to give you a personal wake-up call at dawn. This is because the sleep patterns of domestic cats are inherited from age-old hunting habits. Large cats in the wild peak in activity at dawn and dusk, since this is the same time their prey is most available.

If you find that tabby has taken to the pillow more or less than usual, contact your veterinarian. A cat that seems lethargic may be ill, and a cat that’s sleeping less may have a thyroid problem.

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