Making sense of catnaps

By Connie Orcutt • Published: October 1st, 2013
Category: Animal Airwaves

Cats and naps … there is a reason those two words go together. Have you ever wondered why your feline friend snoozes so many hours a day?

It all boils down to genes. All cats, large or small, domestic or wild, typically get 10 to 16 hours of sleep every day. As they have evolved, cats have developed a routine of hunting at dawn and dusk with long periods of rest in between. Just look at the African lion as a perfect example. Once prey is caught and eaten, the high-protein content required lots of quiet time for digestion.

Your coddled cat may not hunt for food, but the best kitty diets are still high in protein, so the same rules apply. However, if your normally frisky feline suddenly becomes sluggish, something more may be afoot. Acute lethargy or inappetence can be a sign of illness requiring veterinary attention.