Are house cats really nocturnal?

When are cats most active and how much sleep do they need?

The average cat sleeps between 13-16 hours a day. That is almost twice the human average. When are cats most active? And why do cats sleep so much? Learn more about cat behavior and their psychology so that you can enjoy the little free time with your house tiger as much as possible!

Cat Psychology: When Are Cats Most Active?

Cats have different sleep patterns than humans. Your velvet paw is more active at twilight.

This means cats are most active in the morning and at dusk.

This behavior is based on their hunting behavior, as their prey are also most active at dusk. If you have a bad feeling about your kitty walking around at night, remember that she is much better equipped for the dark than you are.

Did you know that?The cats' eyes see much better in the dark so they don't miss out on their hunting opportunities.

Cat behavior: why do cats sleep so much?

The ancestors of the cat are predators. This means that she is well equipped to hunt prey, both anatomically and psychologically. Even if only one fly is being chased, the cat needs a lot of energy to hunt, so it takes a lot of time to recover.

So cats sleep so much to recharge their energy stores.

Domestic cats use energy-intensive movements, such as climbing, rushing at prey, or chasing mice. These actions not only require high concentration, but are also associated with a lot of adrenaline and energy consumption.

When cats sleep, they rest and recharge their batteries, which they need a lot in their movement pattern.

The fact is: Some cats sleep up to 16 hours a day, which actually shows that sleeping is a cat's favorite thing to do.

So basically you don't have to worry if your cat spends most of its day sleeping. But be careful: if your cat eats less or no more, see your vet.

Cats' need for sleep

Cats' need for sleep varies and can depend on different factors. There are several reasons your cat may need more sleep. For example:

  • Kittens: very young cats need sleep for proper growth. Kittens can sleep up to 90% of the day.
  • Age: old cats sleep more because they need sleep for regeneration.
  • illness: your weakened body needs more recovery.
  • Shorter days in winter: getting up and looking out in the dark is not really worth it in winter. Sleeping in sounds much better for your velvet paw!
  • Rainy weather: Cats don't like getting wet because most cats are afraid of water. In bad weather, the fur noses lie down comfortably and enjoy their favorite pastime.

Curious what percentage of the day your cat actually spends sleeping? With the included activity tracking of the Tractive GPS tracker for cats, you can keep an eye on your favorite's sleep behavior.

Sleep behavior in cats

However, a cat's sleep phases also vary. One distinguishes between:

Light sleep phase

Deep sleep

  • Takes between 15-30 minutes
  • Cat can wake up at any time
  • Cat sleeps deeply relaxed
  • Ears stay up
  • Cat reacts to all ambient noise
  • Cat is not sensitive to noise
  • Furry nose now and then moves its tail or opens one eye
  • Fur nose rows one paw in the air, as a result of deep sleep and a dream
  • Muscles are sometimes tense
  • Muscles are completely relaxed

Your cat's sleep phases always alternate. At least until hunger or an outside noise brings your cat back from the dreamland!

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