The very basic activities of every living being include sleeping. While humans sleep for one-third of the day, cats spend more than half a day sleeping. Not only do cats sleep too much, but they are also experts in it. Nights are there to sleep, but if you find your cat sleeping even in the day, it is totally okay!
Well, you do not have to be sad about seeing your cat sleeping all day long, as that’s what they are made for. But, apart from the normal activities, if you find any action to be abnormal then, stay tuned. Below are some important facts about your cat’s sleep. You must go through everything.
Your Cat’s Sleeping Pattern
Your cat can have a normal routine of 12 to 16 hours of total sleep in a day. As already told, it may vary according to age and health. A healthy kitten, especially below one year may doze off for 20 hours. It needs to conserve energy to grow up to a full-grown cat.
As its age grows to 7 years and more then, it will be lacking energy. And that means a night of deeper sleep. This also defines its health and physical illness.
The rest of the long cat sleeping hours can be explained by the next fact. The wildcats and the lions, the tigers used to hunt at nights. They take rest the whole day to conserve their energy so they can prey. Similarly, your little cat also sleeps all day. Though, her prey is her stuffed toy or your woolen ball.
Why not let the cat sleep with you?
Who doesn’t want to sleep with their pets? Hugging a furry baby gives utter coziness. But the more it looks nice on the outer, it actually has a lot of health risks to you and to your cat.
Your eight hours’ sleep will not be disturbed but your cat might wake up in between its sleep. Not everyone sleeps still. You will not negate the fact that people twist and move a lot in their sleep. This may disturb your cat’s sleep.
On the contrary, there has been a survey that many of the sleep-deprived patients told the doctors that their pets would not let them sleep. Moreover, you will be exposed to a range of fungal infections and allergies. Sleeping with your cat means getting introduced to their excretory and that is a door to another set of hazardous diseases.
What we suggest is, make your cat comfortable in its own nice bed and do not let it sleep with you.
What is the Snoring Thing?
Does your cat snore? It is a casual thing for a person to snore but when your pet does the same, you might get tensed. Well, that is a usual thing too. It depends on the position of the cat’s body while sleeping. Some of the cat breeds like the Persian or the Himalayan cats are more into it due to their facial structure. So, if you have one, it means the snoring is normal.
In fact, sometimes when your cat is sleeping and a partial obstacle in its nose can also make it look like snoring. That is not an issue at all. Let it sleep that way!
What Affects the Cat’s Sleep?
Though it is sure that your cat sleeps for 15 hours on average per day you may notice a difference. This time can increase or decrease with the effect of some factors. Nights may be the time period when your cat disturbs you to either play or just to be in your company. The wild ancestors of your cat were more active during the nights. Though the domestication of cats has made them active during the dusk and dawn, they still wake up at night. This explains their crepuscular nature.
1. Age factor
When cats are around one year old, they tend to sleep for almost 20 hours. They are small and to grow up they need energy. Cats grow very quickly. To cope up with that it needs to conserve energy and that’s why they sleep for so long. While on the other hand, cats that grow and become old, sleep similarly, for hours. They lose energy and prefer dozing.
2. Illness and anxiety
There must have been times when your cat became restless the whole night in some odd ways. This is the time that you should look for the current stress creating factors. The biggest factor is the cat’s physical illness. If the cat is meowing a lot at nights, it must be in some pain. This is a general case of senior cats. A continuous physical illness to your cat can cause psychological sadness and hence, turn into chronical anxiety. The cycle continues this way. It ends up with more illness. This can make it restless and with disturbed sleep. This is serious!
3. The environmental factors
The environment of your cat is basically your home or wherever you take her to. There can be times when there is no illness and no anxiety still it is not able to sleep properly. It is due to a noticeable change in your family. It can be due to the shifting of your house of the change in the look of your house. Even the change in the smell can disturb your cat. Noise and smells can irritate your cat easily. All you have to do is check the factors that are making it sad and address them. As soon as the job is done, your cat will be back to the regular sleeping pattern!
What should be Done for a Healthy Sleep?
There are things that can be done by your side too, to let it sleep properly. There can be many ways but few of them can be as follows.
1. Food is the basic necessity for everyone and even for the cat. Just as you cannot let anyone in your family sleep with an empty stomach. Similarly, being a good parent feed your cat with fully flooded nutrients and of enough amount. Provide her an adequate amount of water.
2. Another thing to keep in mind is the litter box. Clean it as regularly as you can. Also, place it in a safer place.
3. Moreover, keep it in mind that cats are one of the pets that do not believe in an all-time interaction. This does not mean you will ignore it the whole day. They might become violent and excessively active. Play with it in some part of the day when your cat is not snoozing. This will empty its exert energy and make it feel tired enough to sleep.
4. Before letting your cat sleep, cuddle it if it is comfortable and brush its fur. As soon as it starts closing its eyes, it is your time to leave it.
What You should be Avoid Doing?
There are a lot of things which you might be ignoring. These activities trigger your cat’s sleeplessness and you remain clueless. Below are some of the points that you should avoid doing.
1. Do not motivate your cat
Many times, you have seen your cat is waking up at night. You, being a very good parent, play with her. You may sometimes think that it is hungry and you feed your cat. These all are a kind of motivating ways that can increase her sleeplessness.
Your cat finds this as a treat can will wake up each night.
The remedy this is, YOU DON’T MOVE AT ALL! Even if your cat comes to you and you find it to be healthy and fine but wants to play, don’t move.
2. Do not Punish!
If you think that punishments and negatively forcing works on many then we want to tell you something. No, it does not. It does not work in at least the cat’s category.
If you think that you will shout on its behavior and in return it will understand it. No, it will not. It will take it as mere attention and will increase the same activity again and again at night.
Ignore it. It will be doing it lesser times and everything will be fine.
Your little kitten’s sleep is very precious. Though it is difficult to understand what is needed for your cat and what is not, but caring for it is not that tough. As much as you are educated about your pet’s health more will it be on a safer hand? Depending upon their age, mood, health, and other factors, your cat will have a varied amount of sleep. Though they are really active when they are not sleeping yet, they are categorized in the sleepiest animals.
We know that you know a lot about your pet but make sure that consulting a veterinarian is not a bad option. Some of the issues are noticeable and you find a cure for that but some are subtle. For them, take your lovely cat to the doctor.
Apart from that this was a little guide to help you out. We hope you got a lot of help. Keep loving your pet! There is something for dog parents as well, check it out.