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Sleeping Cats - Why do cats sleep so much?



Have you ever wanted a cat because it sleeps most of your life? The eight-year-old cat was actually awake for up to three years. Why does cat behavior require so much sleep?

Kittens actually have two types of sleep. One is what is commonly called a cat nap where the animal can easily wake up. This sleep type allowed felines to wake up quickly in the wild when threatened.

The second type is deep sleep similar to human sleep. Cats dream during their deep sleep. Sometimes you can see the tails shake, or you can hear small cocks like a kitten dreaming of chasing this mouse. Their eyes can move quickly while they are closed because they are in the REM phase of sleep. The deep sleep phase lasts only a few hours each day. The rest of the time the cat sleeps consist of cat sleep.

Felines enjoy snoozing in high places. Then they have a better overview of everything that is happening around them. Cat favorites are also laid in sunny places or in soft, cozy places like your bed.

The main reason why felines sleep so much is that they had to hunt prey in the wild, requiring short bursts of huge energy expenditure. The cat had to be well-rested to be strong enough to catch dinner. Since most cats may not be self-catering these days, many are overweight.

If you notice a big change in your cat's sleeping habits, it's a veterinary test. Some diseases can disrupt sleep and you will want to treat any medical condition as soon as possible.

Whenever you are jealous of your pet's lazy lifestyle, remember that he or she is genetically involved in sleep most of the day. Constant sleep is the only normal behavior of cats.


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