Why Do Cats Sleep So Much?
Ever wondered why your cat spends so much time sleeping? On average, cats sleep 12-16 hours per day. Plenty of cats sleep even more than this—kittens can sleep up to 20 hours per day!
So why exactly do cats sleep so much? Most of it boils down to their instincts. One of the main reasons cats get so much shut-eye is to store energy. Cats are stalk-and-rush hunters, meaning they are active in short bursts when hunting. After a meal, they typically nap and then get back to it.
Unlike humans who sleep a full eight hours at once, cats take shorter but more frequent rests throughout the day. A lot of energy goes into hunting in the wild. Although domestic cats aren’t hunting, the urge to rest up for bursts of activity is hardwired into their genetics.
Cats are also very alert to their surroundings even when they’re asleep. Even though they appear to be in a deep slumber, you may notice their ears twitching in response to a nearby sound. Learn more about your cat here: