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How can you tell if your cat is sleeping for all the wrong reasons? Here’s what you need to know about why cats sleep so much and how many hours a day they should sleep on average.

On the couch, the kitchen counter, the bed, behind the curtain, your computer, your printer… what do all these places have in common? If you’re a cat parent, you know the answer: Your cat slept in it. Those places and more are favorite resting places for cats.

Have you ever wondered if this sleeping pattern is normal? Cats rest or sleep for 15-20 hours a day. So how your cat catches his ZZZs is no cause for concern. Here are seven reasons why your cat may be sleeping and how to tell if your cat has a normal sleeping pattern.

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Your cat may be nocturnal

One of the reasons your cat sleeps more during the day may be that he gets up at night to hunt imaginary mice. Ancient cats are nocturnal or crepuscular (active in the morning and evening). Most domestic cats have schedules like ours, sleeping most of the night and hanging out with us during the day. But your cat may have kept his old roots, acting as a predator at night and switching it off during the day.

He may not sleep when you think he does

Not all sleep is deep sleep. Sometimes cats hit the pause button and take a short breath – a “cat nap” if you will. Your cat may have his eyes partially closed or completely closed, but his ears or tail may still move occasionally. For the most part, he is listening to the environment, ready to spring into action – never deeply asleep.

Your cat may be conserving energy

Cats are predators (and prey). Like most predators, they conserve energy by resting or sleeping, saving it for when they are most likely hunting. This sleep/hunting cycle is not a cause for concern.

Your cat may be stressed

Hiding and being less active are tools cats use when they are scared or stressed. If your cat hides from the family, only interact with one family member, hides during storms, or is anxious when you are gone, he may be very stressed. Sleeping more may be his fighting tool. Ask your primary care veterinarian about how stress affects your cat. She can refer you to a board-certified veterinary behaviorist. You can learn more about cat stress and what you can do to reduce it in the Decoding Your Cat book.

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Your cat may be bored

Sometimes animals sleep more when there is nothing to do. There are many ways to enrich your cat’s life to reduce boredom. For example, you can make a catio (a safe outdoor space for your cat) or some climbing shelves for your cat. If your construction skills aren’t up to the task, providing enrichment toys is a simple way to keep your cat busy. Offer your new kitten or adult cat three different types of toys a day. Watch what he plays with and buy toys of that type in different designs or colors. By finding out his preference and buying toys of that type, you will help him get rid of boredom.

Your cat may be sick or uncomfortable

Cats tend to hide and become inactive when they are sick or unwell. If your cat spends a lot of time under the bed or up in the cat tree, he may be in pain or discomfort.

If your cat is overweight, he may not be able to move around much and may rest because it is painful to move. Obesity in cats is a serious problem that can cause pain when moving or with endometriosis that requires lifelong treatment. If you can’t feel your cat’s ribs easily, make an appointment with your primary care veterinarian to assess his overall health.

Maybe you need more sleep and your cat’s sleep patterns are normal

Naps help cats (and you!) recharge. Proper sleep is important for the immune system and overall health. Cats, unlike us, know that sleep is intrinsically valuable and invest time in recharging. Your cat may not sleep much. You may be sleeping less!

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It is normal for your cat to sleep and rest for about 20 hours a day. If he feels better, his life is richer, if he is healthy, go with it. Maybe you could use a nap too!

If you are a dog lover then the above points will be very useful for you. If you want to keep your pet happy and give him what he needs, these 7 reasons are definitely worth paying attention to. So what I’m talking about is that if you love dogs, you probably care more about the health of your dogs. These articles may also be useful for you. see this article,

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