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Your Sleepy Cat

If there is one thing that we can say for sure about cats, it’s that they are tired. Very, very tired. Kitties can sleep up to 20 hours a day! Is being adorable really that exhausting? A Bee Cave, TX vet discusses Fluffy’s sleeping obsession in this article.

Why Are Cats So Tired?

As noted above, kitties can spend up to 20 hours a day sleeping, though most cats average about 14 hours. That’s more than almost any other animal on the planet! Does Fluffy actually need that much sleep? Some theories state that this is because cats expend lots of energy while hunting, and need to recharge. Kitties also don’t have many ways to cool off if they overheat, so maybe they’ve just learned to be extra careful not to overexert themselves. That said, it is worth noting that every other animal on the planet gets by on 8-12 hours of sleep.

Dozing

Most of the time, when Fluffy is napping, she’s still processing sounds and stimuli. If you call your pet’s name while she’s napping, she may flick her ears or her tail in response. In the wild, this helps ensure that cats are alert enough to know if another animal approaches while they are asleep.

Sleeping Patterns

Cats are particularly drowsy when they are kittens. This makes sense, as feline growth hormones are released during kitty sleep cycles. Senior cats are also expert nappers. Our furry pals sleep more when it’s cold or dreary outside. Fluffy may also adjust her napping schedule so she can snuggle up with you at night.

Beds

Make sure your kitty has plenty of comfy napping spots. Many cats like to curl up in warm spots, especially in winter. Sunbeams are very popular with our feline pals as well. In summer, you may find Fluffy sprawled out on the kitchen or bathroom tile. That’s because tile naturally stays cool.

Dreams

Studies show that yes, kitties do dream. You may have noticed your furball twitching or making adorable little noises when she is dreaming. No one knows exactly what Fluffy is dreaming of. However, if we had to guess, we’d say that laser pointers, sunbeams, catnip mice, boxes, food, and squirrels are all on the list.

Please contact us, your local Bee Cave, TX pet clinic, for all your cat’s veterinary care needs. We are dedicated to providing great service!

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