Sleep is an integral part of many a cat’s lifestyle, big or small. We all know that cats love to conserve energy because that is how they are built as predators. Therefore, the catnap is a critical factor in ensuring a cat’s comfort.
Still, what does go on in your cat’s mind when you see them seemingly lazing about on the shelf? How do they even fall asleep so seamlessly and easily? A cat can sleep for as much as 20 hours in a given day. That’s twice the amount of even the most sleepaholic human being!
What secrets lie in the catnap?
Secret #1 – Cats actually spend 4-5 hours truly sleeping.
By truly sleeping, this is the deep sleep state. For us humans, this state is the most refreshing state that really alleviates all exhaustion from our body. It is also the only very difficult for us to get.
Cats on the other hand can acquire this almost automatically. It is also easy to see if they are in this state. Their eyes are completely shut, their tails are curled and you have the occasional twitching of paws or whiskers. It is really important to get your fur babies the comfiest pet bed to snooze on.
Secret #2 – The other 12-15 hours is dozing.
Light sleep also occurs in humans but we don’t get as much rest from it as cats do. Neither are we as alert as they are!
You see, when a cat is in this state, they still get a strong awareness of what happens around them. Their eyes may seem shut but their nose and their ears are essentially on auto-pilot, recording even the slightest change in their environment.
Hence, it’s why cats in general are quite difficult to sneak up on even when they’re asleep! Your cat may seem to be dozing as you’re stepping into the room, but you can bet they already know you’re there.
Secret #3 – A cat’s sleeping patterns is as flexible as they are.
Most cats are completely awake only during dawn and dusk but when they have you around for company, you can bet that least some will adjust very quickly.
This is in line with how bigger cats have behaved in the wild. The top factor that determines this behavior has always been energy, and what is the best time to go out to hunt for food.
When it comes to domesticated cats, however, it is pretty much the same. That is why it is important for you to always have a solid routine of playtime and feeding time. They’re adjusting for you because you represent both a wonderful time to expend energy while also gaining back with a nice meal. Even the most active cat isn’t always so lively all throughout the day after all, so give back and show your appreciation!
Secret #4 – Cats dreams are indeed very much like ours.
Studies show that cats share the same hippocampus structure as human beings. The hippocampus is the place where all are dream activity supposedly occurs. Even more intriguing, however, is that the electrical patterns of sleeping cats and sleeping humans is remarkably similar!
This can only mean one thing: Whatever dreams your cat has, is very much as vibrant and life-like as your own. They could be wandering a weird landscape or dream about feasting at a grand table covered with varied cat treats and snacks. Either way, they deserve to dream on so be very respectful when you see that a cat is truly sound asleep.
Catnaps may seem like lazy snoozing but there’s more to what goes on than how it looks. Hopefully, these secrets will tell you more about how to best treat your feline housemate whenever its been lying around.