The life of a cat is envied by many
By Catalina Barrios
They call it a cat nap for a reason!
How many hours do you sleep each night? Before I had my son, I used to sleep a lot. I remember waking up at 10 a.m. or even 11 a.m. on the weekends. I probably slept way too much. Now, the latest I would ever sleep in is 8 a.m. Still, it doesn’t seem like enough most days. Wouldn’t it be nice to sleep as much as cats? Their relaxed and stress-free life is the envy of many.
Cats sleep twice as much as humans. They are excellent nappers, perfectly comfortable in weird places – like a bookshelf or a bathroom sink.
How do cats sleep so comfortably in such weird positions?
Cats generally sleep between 16 to 20 hours a day. This does not usually involve deep sleep cycles, more like a series of short “cat naps” that maintain energy. These naps are shallow enough to allow kitty to jump up when he senses excitement or danger.
Cats are very active between dusk and dawn (6:30 p.m. to 7 a.m.) which means most of the day is spent sleeping. You will often see your cat start his nap marathon shortly after breakfast.
Cats don’t sleep because they are lazy or bored. They sleep so they are ready to hunt. You may be wondering why “hunting”? Many, many, many years ago, before cats were domesticated, they had to hunt to survive, which took a tremendous amount of energy. All cats are nocturnal and spend their days napping so that they can be ready for the evening hunt. Now a days, house cats don’t need to hunt but their genes are coded for napping just in case.