Here’s our top ten sleeping beauties, as well as some facts you might not know about cats and sleep.
1. They sleep a lot
Domestic cats sleep for 12-18 hours a day - zzzzz.......
In the wild, cats have to hunt in order to eat and the stalking and chasing of prey burns a lot of energy.
This means they are more awake and active at dawn and dusk, favouring sleep during midday and in the dark of night, which explains the early wake-up calls!
This is why you might find them lazing around all over the house, sleeping on fresh laundry, snoozing next to radiators…
It’s in their nature to act quickly at a moment’s notice, so you’ll notice how quickly they can spring into action – even if they’re having a cat nap.
While it might be tempting to stroke a snoozy cat on your lap, they might become disorientated and react defensively with their claws.
Cats in deep sleep are usually curled up with their eyes tightly closed. If you spot their whiskers or paws twitching while their asleep, there’s a good chance your cat is dreaming.
Kittens are more active than adult cats, and sleep more. Senior cats (those in their mid to late teens) sleep more hours each day than they might have done as a younger adult cat.
When cats are in a relaxed sleep, the soft palate relaxes, causing them to make those cute little snore-like sounds.
Don’t be surprised if your feline friend seems sleepier on rainy or dark days. Whether you’ve got an outdoor or indoor cat, you might notice a difference in their sleeping habits.
To find more about cats and sleep, go to www.cats.org.uk/cats-and-sleep