Why Does My Cat Sleep So Much? We’ve Got The Answer For You

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.


How many hours do cats need to sleep?

The number of hours of sleep your cat needs will be individual. The more active the cat is, the more sleep that will be needed to recuperate energy.


Seasonal weather changes can also impact your cat. Kitties are much like their human friends in this – sleeping more in the winter and on rainy days. There can also be sleep variations according to breed, temperament and health. Kittens and senior cats will sleep more than adults.

So, a lot of sleep is normal for a cat. You shouldn’t worry unless you see changes in your cats sleep patterns – either listlessness and perpetual drowsiness or restlessness and prolonged wake periods.


Warning! Do NOT attempt to wake your cat. Your four-legged friend won’t be happy with you and may even react by scratching you. It is very important to respect your cat’s sleep patterns. How many times are you in a good mood when someone wakes you up?

There really is nothing like seeing a cat sleeping. These tiny hunters look adorable!