Cats Amazing Sleep Behaviors

A list of amazing facts about cat’s sleep behaviors.

A list of interesting and amazing facts about cat’s sleep behaviors.

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It is a general fact that cats sleep a lot. On average, a cat spends about 13-18 hours a day sleeping! These felines do this to conserve energy. There are several factors that contributes to this cat behavior including age, personality, environment and diet. Most cats, specially domestic cats, do their sleeping act at night. Why? Because they are “crepuscular,” animals, meaning these felines are most active at dawn and dusk. They sleep much to gather energy for a successful hunt.

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Like humans, cats also experience both Non-REM (NREM) or deep sleep and Rapid Eye Movement (REM) sleep, when dreams happen. During NREM sleep, a cat’s body grows and do body regeneration. While the cat’s eyes move behind the eyelids, whiskers move around and limb’s jerk during REM sleep.

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During these sleep behavior cats are always on the alert. Just a strange noise will wake a sleeping cat in a matter of seconds, even when it is dozing. Cats left alone at home tends to sleep all day long out of boredom. Cats do short nap leaving their eyes half closed. Depriving them of short naps will make them irritable and confused.

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A cat which sleep less than the normal sleeping hours may be ill. It may be suffering from a thyroid problem wherein the body produces too much thyroid hormone (hyperthyroid). This hormonal abnormality leads to higher metabolism rate, and the cat sleep less.  Another amazing facts.

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Kittens, specially the newborn ones spend most of their time sleeping. This keep them quiet and safe from predators harm. As they grow older, their sleep patterns gradually change adapting adults sleep patterns. Instead of having long sleep, juveniles tend to sleep less and in naps.

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Do you ever wonder why do cats sleep in their litter boxes? One possible answer is – security. House cats in particular, consider litter boxes a safe place where they have full control over them.

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But cat sleep…anywhere, be it a chair, a table, window ledge – just anywhere. Just like humans, they love sleeping where the temperature is just right. Cats have thick overcoat that’s why they love to sleep in hard flat surfaces. These type of surfaces allow air current to flow smoothly down their bodies, in the process cooling them. Credit cats intelligence for this amaizing fact.

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Lastly, you can help your cat sleep well by making or buy them a comfortable bed. If you think you have a great attachment with your cat, why not share your bed with your cat.

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Oh well, cats and dogs can sleep side-by-side as well.

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  1. Saurav Banerjee

    On August 18, 2011 at 2:49 pm

    This is an amazing research!!! Simply great!!!

  2. SharifaMcFarlane

    On August 18, 2011 at 3:43 pm

    Cats like to live like royalty. lol

  3. CA Johnson

    On August 18, 2011 at 4:45 pm

    This is very interesting. I didn’t know the sleep patterns of cats. I really like the pics of the cats. Thanks for sharing.

  4. erwinkennythomas

    On August 18, 2011 at 5:38 pm

    fantastic! lovely visuals!

  5. Ruby Hawk

    On August 18, 2011 at 6:05 pm

    Neat pictures, looks like cats will sleep anywhere.

  6. lapasan

    On August 18, 2011 at 8:09 pm

    Nice article and nice pictures too. I never thought that a cat can sleep on top of sleeping dog.

  7. galore

    On August 18, 2011 at 9:29 pm

    really amazing!

  8. Judy Sheldon

    On August 18, 2011 at 9:47 pm

    Loved your animal pics; lots of aww factor.

  9. LCM Linda

    On August 18, 2011 at 10:10 pm

    Lovely cats, especially when they are sleeping. I think their sleep habit is one of the reasons why so many people like to have cats as their pets.

  10. Lady Sunshine

    On August 19, 2011 at 2:57 am

    *Purrs* Loved the pics! Cats will sleep anywhere.

  11. FX777222999

    On August 19, 2011 at 7:40 am

    Loved these pixx…cute as usual Papz!

  12. Mark Gordon Brown

    On August 19, 2011 at 2:12 pm

    Some of those look just like my cats.. they sure have it easy.

  13. juliachild

    On August 19, 2011 at 2:13 pm

    Good share.

  14. nobert soloria bermosa

    On August 19, 2011 at 3:24 pm

    nice info and cool photos,i like the way the white cat sleep

  15. Goodselfme

    On August 19, 2011 at 11:42 pm

    I actually had a tabby boy who slept on my clothes rack like your picture. He climbed ladders like a fireman too. His life was a long 20 years full of love and adoration. He died in my arms. Thank you for this delightful article and well done by you.

  16. Christine Ramsay

    On August 20, 2011 at 7:56 am

    Oh this is such an endearing post, Papaleng. Beautifully written and brilliant photos.

  17. bolive

    On August 20, 2011 at 8:21 am

    Hahaha very cute cats!

  18. LoveDoctor

    On August 20, 2011 at 9:45 am

    I love the photos. I learned a lot about cats sleeping patterns.

  19. juliachild

    On August 20, 2011 at 9:45 am

    Nice share…

  20. Tulan

    On August 20, 2011 at 11:51 am

    they are cuties, every one.

  21. Joe Ram

    On August 20, 2011 at 10:46 pm

    lovely pics!

  22. vijayanths

    On August 20, 2011 at 10:54 pm

    interesting share.

  23. mtrguanlao

    On August 20, 2011 at 11:08 pm

    Love all the pics idol,so cute! It’s only now that I’ve learned they sleep too long,yay!

  24. Melody SJAL

    On August 21, 2011 at 9:30 am

    Very interesting… and I so love the photos.

  25. Starpisces

    On August 21, 2011 at 10:31 am

    very cute, i love cats pictures only, but not actual ones.
    cats sleep anywhere, any table any chair….
    :)

  26. beingwell

    On August 21, 2011 at 10:13 pm

    They look so cute!hahaha

  27. D Crockett

    On August 22, 2011 at 12:08 am

    Great article

  28. pruelpo

    On August 22, 2011 at 1:44 pm

    really cute cats…sarap kargahin dude.

  29. reiny

    On August 22, 2011 at 10:30 pm

    really cute.. I would love to hug them while they are sleep.. :)

  30. Phoenix Montoya

    On August 24, 2011 at 1:53 am

    An educational at the same time, very cute article. Thumbs up na po.

  31. juliachild

    On August 26, 2011 at 2:54 pm

    Thanks for sharing

  32. Aces15

    On August 27, 2011 at 2:46 pm

    I’m a dog person myself :p

  33. ilovebaboy

    On August 30, 2011 at 11:35 am

    Nice post and funny but cute photos.

  34. dame016

    On August 31, 2011 at 10:46 pm

    Cute! Interesting photos..

  35. athena goodlight

    On September 5, 2011 at 10:29 pm

    Wonderful info and pics. I really enjoyed them.

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