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Why do cats sleep so much?

 

Why do cats sleep so much?

 

Cats love sleeping. They can stop their morning nap just to move to another armchair to continue with their mid-day nap. Their daily schedule, with 16 hours assigned to sleeping, conforms to their predatory nature and the hunting instinct. Even if they live in a flat.

Short regenerative naps

Cats are predators. Hunting is in their nature, but it requires a lot of effort and energy resources.

Therefore, regeneration is very important. Although our domesticated companions no longer hunt their prey so frequently, their physiology remains unchanged, making them nap as often as their wild relatives.

Napping. Right – 75% of a cat’s sleep consists of series of short naps, during which the animal’s strength will be recovered but its vigilance is not disabled. The cat will still receive stimuli, but without responding to them. This light sleeping cycle is easy to observe – you can see the gently twitching, sensitive ears, enabling the cat to rapidly respond to any threat.

Deep sleep

A cat’s proper sleep, with deep phase, is the most significant part of the recovery process. It takes up only 25% of the animal’s daily sleep requirement, but the cat will not react to external factors during that time. It will just curl up and rest. In this phase, it may have dreams, during which it will sometimes wave its paw or bristle up its sensory hair.

Can you hear this? It’s your cat snoring!

Although this problem does not occur in most cats, there are some that snore. Typically, the reason for that is the soft palate hypertrophy. It mainly affects flat-faced breeds, such as Persians or Himalayans.

The snoring problem will also affect visibly obese cats. With their body weight increasing, the tissue enclosing the upper respiratory tract will gain fat, hindering breath and causing the animal to snore. If your cat never had any breathing problems and has no excess weight, sudden occurrence of snoring should be reported to a veterinarian.

Concern about changing sleep habits

Any deviation from normal behavior is a good reason to visit a veterinarian. If your cat starts sleeping much longer, it may be actually fighting a disease. Excessive sleeplessness, on the other hand, can be a sign of hyperthyroidism, a condition you must not disregard.

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