Domestic cats are among the animals that sleep the most in the world, in fact, if we take an adult cat as an example, we find that it sleeps from 13 to 20 hours a day, with an average of 16. But why do cats sleep so much? Is there a motivation? And what effects does it have on their everyday life?
All animals from the family of felids need long periods of sleep due to their diet and lifestyle. The herbivores, to satisfy their energy needs, need long grazing periods. However, the natural daily routine of carnivores includes a hunting period, and one where the meal is consumed. The hunting period in the family of felids is particularly intense and tiring, which is why they need long periods of sleep to rest, they must always be fast and snappy to catch their prey! Furthermore, smaller animals need more sleep because their metabolism, unlike that of larger animals, is faster and requires more energy … Energies that are recovered during sleep.
That’s why our cats need to sleep so long. Of course, being domestic, hunting is not part of their daily routine, but the natural need to spend a lot of time sleeping, remains. And this is also why as soon as they can they curl up and try to take a nap wherever they are.