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My Cat Sleeps Constantly: How much is too much and when should I worry?

If you've ever spent time around a cat, you likely observed their love for napping! But have you ever wondered whether your cat sleeps too much? Our vets at Roswell address questions such as 'Why do cats sleep so much?' and 'How much do cats sleep?

Why do Cats Sleep so Much?

In the wild, cats expend significant energy stalking and hunting prey, necessitating ample sleep to recharge. Although domesticated cats no longer hunt for food, their evolutionary habits persist.

How many hours does a cat sleep?

The amount of time your cat sleeps generally depends on its age.

  • Kittens will likely sleep most of the day, with a few brief bursts of energy between meals.
  • Adolescent cats may have erratic sleep patterns combined with periods of intense playfulness.
  • Adult cats tend to have more set sleeping schedules that average about 12 - 20 hours of sleep each day.
  • Senior cats tend to have less energy and reduced mobility, which means they will sleep more than younger cats.

As your cat matures, it will likely establish a distinct sleeping and wakefulness routine. For instance, you might observe your cat waking up just before you in the morning, spending an hour or two eating and socializing with you, and then returning to sleep as you go about your busy day.

Is my cat actually asleep? Or are they just lying there?

Cats often engage in light sleeping rather than deep sleep, similar to humans. Approximately 3/4 of a cat's sleep time is spent in light sleep, with only 1/4 dedicated to deep sleep.

During light sleep, cats rest while remaining alert. You may observe their eyes staying slightly open or their ears twitching and rotating toward noises when they are sleeping or napping.

When should I be worried about my cat sleeping so much?

No specific amount of sleep indicates a health problem or emergency for your cat. Instead, focus on understanding your cat's normal sleep patterns and identifying significant changes.

If your cat starts sleeping significantly more or less than usual, it could signal a health issue. In such cases, it's advisable to consult your vet.

Increased sleep in cats may be a sign of illness or pain. Conversely, decreased sleep might indicate conditions like hyperthyroidism or other health issues.

Note: The advice provided in this post is intended for informational purposes and does not constitute medical advice regarding pets. For an accurate diagnosis of your pet's condition, please make an appointment with your vet.

Are you concerned about your cat's sleeping habits, or are they showing other concerning symptoms? Contact our Roswell vets to schedule an examination.

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Animal Emergency Center of North Fulton is an after-hours and critical care hospital, providing veterinary emergency care since 1991. If your pet is experiencing an emergency, contact us to get the help your pet needs.

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