August 22nd, 2011
Why do Cats Sleep so Much?
Posted by Francesca
Sharkey and I always wonder why cats sleep so much. Do you know it’s estimated that felines will sleep two-thirds of their lives away? That seems like such a waste of time! Now dogs, on the other hand, are much more active and lead far more interesting lives. And we, dogs, only sleep, on average, for half of our lives. Yawn!
1 It's been thirty minutes since I last slept...time for a nap! Those silly Frenchies think cats sleep too much but we need to sleep 12-16 hours a day.
2 Cats conserve energy by sleeping. We are natural hunters and need to retain that energy to be able to sprint and pounce on our prey.
3 I need to find some higher ground. Cats like to sleep high up so they can maintain a good vantage point of their surroundings. Where is everyone else sleeping?
4 Vivaldi looks to have found a cozy spot on that couch.
5 Hmmm...this might be suitable for Vivaldi, but I think I need to find something a little bit more...private. Luckily, I'm not disturbing Vivaldi from his catnap.
6 The word catnap came from our ability to fall asleep easily and still be alert. Oh, is that Princess Peony? Maybe she can help me!
7 Well, Bartok, I often sneak outside and sleep in the shade so I can keep a lookout in the yard.
8 Thanks, Princess Peony, but it's a little too humid out for me. Considering that we cats don't sweat like humans and other animals do to cool themselves, I think I'll stay inside.
9 Verdi found a cozy couch to settle on in the living room. There's another couch in here for me!
10 But, I think I'd rather find a cozy spot so I can sleep until dusk...I'm not nocturnal, like many think. I'm actually crepuscular, meaning I am awake at dawn and dusk. That's prime hunting time.
11 There we go, a nice chair for me to snuggle in. Now to drift off and save all of this energy for playing, hunting, and chasing!
12 Cats, bah! Such lazy animals! We Frenchies only sleep about 10-12 hours a day! And on beds, like civilized animals!
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