Cat In The House
How many cats sleep?
If you own a cat, you have probably noticed that cats spend a lot of time in a state of sleep. In fact, cats sleep anywhere from 13 to 16 hours a day. In other words, your feline friend spends about 2/3 of his life in a dream world.
Cats sleep more than any other mammals. In fact, your cat sleeps twice as much as you. But these are average values of how much an individual cat sleeps, depending on his age, satiety or hunger, on ambient temperature and weather conditions. Like humans, cat sleep is divided into phases of REM and non-REM sleep. REM sleep (REM sleep). sleep phase, characterized by increased activity of the brain. One of the signs of this phase is the rapid movement of the eyeballs. These so-called quick eye movements. a characteristic feature of this phase, hence its other name: REM according to the first letters of the English words Rapid eue movements. REM sleep phases alternate with REM sleep. In the REM sleep phase, larger muscle groups are in a relaxed state, and brain activity is activated. Although no one can question the cat about this, it is assumed that your cat sees dreams during REM sleep. You may notice the vibrations of the whiskers or the twitching of an eye moving over the eyelids. The presence of the REM-sleep stage is characteristic of almost all mammals. However, this stage is far from safe for most animals, as it implies complete immobility and defenselessness. Moreover, during it, the body consumes as much energy as in the wakeful state, which greatly distinguishes REM sleep from other stages. REM sleep is extremely important in the evolutionary development of mammals.
During deep (non-REM) sleep, the cat’s body grows and his vitality is restored.
As with other aspects of your cat’s behavior, you should pay attention to how much your pet sleeps. Some changes in sleep habits are normal, but if you find that your cat sleeps more or less than usual, this may indicate a problem. If you notice any changes in sleep habits, you should contact your veterinarian.
If the cat sleeps a lot, seems lethargic or depressed – it can be sick. Conversely, a cat that sleeps less than usual can have problems with the thyroid gland. Although dogs are more likely to suffer from hypothyroidism (a lack of thyroid hormones), a cat is likely to have hyperthyroidism (i.e., an excess of thyroid hormone). Since the cat utilizes additional thyroid hormones in its metabolism, it sleeps less.
Most cats, especially domestic cats, sleep a lot at night. Owners of cats that their pets woke up in the middle of the night often say that their cat "night"although this is not true. Cats "twilight". this means that they are most active at dawn and dusk, at which time instinct calls them to hunt, because their potential victims are also active during this period. During the heat of the day, the cat is sleeping. Although cats have good night vision, cats cannot see in total darkness, so they tend to sleep.
If you have a cat that wakes you up early in the morning, get used to easily reacting to its twilight nature. When the sun rises, the cat wakes up. At certain times of the year, dawn will undoubtedly happen before the alarm rings. During this period, very dense curtains in the bedroom will help, which will not allow you or your cat to wake from the light.
Remember, if you feed a cat in the morning, do not feed it immediately after you got up. Never respond to feline demands to raise you up early in the morning. Otherwise, you will be forever doomed to the morning “cat alarm clock”.
And finally, if your cat rebuilt its schedule to "night shift" wake her up during the day and play with her. In the end, the animal needs 16 hours of sleep, which it will replenish at night.