Those of us who only recently got to deal with a
Now, you are probably wondering ‘why do cats sleep so much?’ and that is perfectly normal for a newbie
A history lesson
So, why is your
What does this mean? Well, a carnivore has to be in tip-top shape in order to eat. That’s because a carnivore’s prey doesn’t grow on trees, meaning that there is a lot of work at stake.
Think about those Discovery Channel documentaries about lions or cheetahs. Once they come across potential prey, they shift into stealth mode, inching closer and closer until they are ready to pounce.
Felines are what experts call an ‘ambush predator’ and this type of predator requires short but demanding bursts of fuel while they attempt to catch something to eat. Because they are not scavengers like hyenas, felines have to eat fresh meat and this means that they have to hunt on a constant basis.
Hunting requires a lot of energy and you also have to add that smaller cats have to deal with the stress of being potential prey themselves. All this means that a predator
How can a
Another important factor to consider
Now that we found out the answer to ‘how many hours a day do cats sleep?’ let’s add another important aspect to consider. We are sure that at first you panicked when you saw your snoozefest of an animal and start asking around ‘how long do cats sleep?’ and ‘is this normal to happen?’ without finding a satisfying answer.
Well, let’s bring the big cats back for another round of evolutionary reasoning. Since our pet shares his/her roots with all the voracious felines from the savannah or the Bengali region, we can explain his or her behavior quite easily through analogies and comparisons.
The majority of felines are active between dusk and dawn, making them nocturnal animals. That’s why Felix can see so well in the dark — years and years of evolution perfected his/her eyes to catch deer while not bumping his/her head on trees.
This means that these animals have to get their sleep mostly during the day. This is a never-ending cycle which you can’t (and mustn’t) try to change. You wouldn’t like to change your whole lifestyle just because another being’s feeling like it, right?
cat twitching in her sleep? Read this.
First of all, there’s nothing to worry about, so you can relax. According to the American Animal Hospital Association, there are numerous cats that experience some small twitches while they nap. Does your
The twitches seem to occur during a phase of sleep which is similar to our own rapid eye movement period. That’s when we experience dreams and get the best kind of rest, meaning that even your little kitten might be in fact dreaming of finally catching that eluding, pestering mouse.
Sleeping next to you
This is yet another important topic we need to go through especially if you are just beginning your relationship with your
That’s because these animals can be really vulnerable and when they sleep they like to find a place where they can feel protected. The fact that they choose to share this space with you means that you have completely gained their trust so it is a big confirmation sign that your little pet likes you and trusts you.
Besides this heartwarming reason, we mustn’t get fooled too easily because cats mainly look to themselves. Sure, it is nice to think that your
No, really. Think about it. We have to wear hats when it is cold outside, right? Why do you think that is? Because a lot of our heat gets lost through our head, meaning that our cats love the big stove we have on our shoulders.
Why do cats like to sleep with their owners? To sum it up, they do it when the owner is a decent human being who treats them right and when he or she has plenty of body heat to spare.
The bottom line
There are tons of questions you can ask about your
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