Fluffy can sleep up to 20 hours a day. That’s more than almost any other mammal on the planet! Kittens and senior pets sleep the most. Adult cats somehow manage to scrape by on a mere 16 hours of shuteye. Apparently, being adorable is really hard work!
To be fair, Fluffy isn’t always sound asleep during her naps. Cats process stimuli even when they appear to be catching Z’s. This ability is quite useful for kitties in the wild, as it allows them to snooze while staying somewhat alert to what is going on around them.
Did you know that cats often adjust their sleeping patterns to match those of their humans? For instance, if you work nights, Fluffy will doze while you are away, but will likely still snuggle up with you when you go to sleep.
Have you ever noticed your feline friend twitching or moving in her sleep? If you ever suspected that your furball was dreaming, you may have been right. Studies have shown that yes, cats do dream. (The jury is still out as to what they dream about, but we suspect catnip, mice, birds, trees, and boxes may be involved.)
Fluffy’s Napping Spots
Cats aren’t particularly picky about where they nap. Fluffy certainly loves her beds, but in a pinch, she can fall asleep on a chair, sofa, or bed, or make do with a sunny spot on the floor. In a serious napping emergency, cats can sleep almost anywhere.
Cats sleep in some rather interesting positions. Maybe this is Fluffy’s alphabet, and she’s actually trying to slowly spell something out.
Kitties are always prepared for emergency naps. Encounters with sunbeams, new blanket arrangements, loads of clean laundry, boxes, and empty laps are a few things that may trigger extra snoozing sessions.
Bonus Cute Fact
As if Fluffy’s sleeping habits weren’t already super cute, here’s another adorable fact: cats sleep even more on dreary days than they do in sunny weather.
Does your sleepy pet need vaccinations, parasite control, or an exam? Contact us, your Aurora, CO animal clinic, today.