You may have noticed your feline family member tends to sleep a little, okay A LOT! Did you know adult cats sleep 12 -16 hours a day, while kittens and senior cats may sleep up to 20 hours a day (Wow, fur real?). That is what I would call professional sleepers!
But, most of the time we are just snoozing – have you ever heard of a catnap? About three quarters of our daily sleeping is actually considered catnapping (or dozing) where we are sleeping light enough to pounce at a moment’s notice! We may even have one eye open – watching you (lol).
Cats spend the remaining one quarter of their sleep in a deep sleep. Senior cats spend probably more like forty percent of their sleep in deep sleep. Deep sleep helps us regenerate and stay healthy, and, YES this is where we DREAM!
You may see a cat’s whiskers or paws twitching, this is probably a dream in the works. Also, in dream sleep, you may see a cat with his paws or tail over his eyes, like an eye mask.
Okay, so cats dream, but what do they dream about? Well, thankfully you have a cat writing this blog, so you can be comfortable knowing you are getting the facts!!!
We dream of being on the hunt. For my wild cat friends or those that aren’t lucky enough to be living in a house, they dream about being on the hunt. They will dream about whatever prey they were chasing in the previous night, what they caught, and what got away (sigh). An interesting fact, us house cats actually sleep more than our wild feline friends because we don’t have to worry about a predator coming after us! Now, just a friendly reminder here, cats that stay indoors stay alive longer, and so does the wildlife.
We dream of the entire day. For most of us felines, we dream about what happened during the day. Maybe we saw our human do a funny thing (like always!), or maybe we played with the resident dogs (NOT!), or maybe we watched the birds in a nearby tree. But, most often I will dream about the fun times I had playing with my humans during the day.
We dream of YOU. Now, don’t let this go to your head, but YES, we dream about YOU. We dream about your face, your smile, your voice, your smell, your laugh. We love you, and we dream about you. We cannot wait to see you again when we wake up.
Now, what about the cats at the shelter that do not yet have a human? Who do they dream about? Well, they dream about the day that YOU will come rescue them. Are you ready to make a special cat’s dreams come true? There are so many wonderful cats waiting at a shelter near you.
If you are in the Costa Ballena area of Costa Rica, come stop by the El Refugio shelter and meet some of our professional sleepers that I have mentioned in this post. Maybe they are dreaming about YOU right now.
Well, all this talk about sleep sure has made me sleepy. It’s time for a catnap.
“All I do is eat and sleep. Eat and sleep. Eat and sleep. There must be more to a cat’s life than that. But I hope not.” – Garfield
Don’t forget to spay & neuter your cats & dogs. There can be too much of a good thing! There’s only so much catnip to go around.
Cats and wildlife live longer when cats stay indoors.
FELNE FAVORITE OF THE DAY
Graycie at El Refugio, Costa Ballena Costa Rica
Hi, my name is Graycie, and I bring Sunshine into a room on a Cloudy Day. Do you want some sunshine in your life? Come meet me. xoxo Graycie