Wild cats are at the top of the food chain, so they can relax. They can relax because they won't be eaten while sleeping. It also means cats must catch their meal, which drains a lot of energy they've saved by resting all day.
Cats have a protein-rich supper then snooze after hunting in the outdoors. They needn't spend hours grazing like cows or fishing salmon from streams like bears. Most cats live by eating, sleeping, and repeating.
Cats nap, although not necessarily deeply. Cat owners know that even when napping, a cat pays attention to everything intriguing. Cats sleep with one eye open
Five minutes of deep sleep, then the cat resumes napping. This deep sleep continues till the cat wakes up." Cats dream during deep slumber, says Catster.
How much sleep is excessive? Depending on the cat. As the cat's trusted human, you know typical sleep and behavior well. Habitual cats follow schedules.
Your cat may need to see a vet if it abruptly stops eating around 7 a.m. VetInfo.com says, "If the behavior changes for only a few days, your cat may have just been sleeping off a mild bug,"
but major health issues usually have other indications including eating and drinking changes. See a vet for further symptoms."
According to the site, stressed, anxious, or bored cats may sleep longer, which is easier to fix than a medical issue.
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