Cats spend an average of 16 hours a day dozing away, and that’s all right — it’s their preference. What’s a little odd is that they’re doing it in the most bizarre places ever. Like terrariums, vases, laundry racks, plants, your bed, your dog’s mat, the list is never over.
At this point, it’s safe to say that cats will sleep anywhere but their perfectly good, brand-new, super-comfortable and stylish cat beds. Does that mean you were wasting your money on a cat tree? Well, kinda, man. And the vegan hipster pad that you got your feline last Christmas? You should have splashed the money somewhere else.
But late is easier to understand cat logic than never before.
1- Cat was exhausted and jumped into the house of my daughter Doll and actually used the bed.
We reached out to Mikel Delgado, a postdoctoral fellow in animal behavior at the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine, to find out more about feline sleeping peculiarities. Mikel advised us that cats prefer to “act hard, sleep hard” as predators.
2- Mom, it’s in my bed
Yet their sleeping habits are very different from ours. “Cats prefer to sleep for short periods during the day and night, unlike humans, who tend to sleep in one long (hopefully!) bout.” In total, felines sleep 12 to 16 hours a day, and all that sleep allows them to “preserve energy when they need it most — to hunt.”
3- My Cat ‘s Kids Have Found A New Comfortable Room … In the A Cup Holder
Mikel also clarified that most cats sleep a lot during the day because their owners are not at home and their environment is not busy enough to keep them stimulated. “Providing your cat with a perch window, food puzzles, enrichment like cat grass, and healthy solo play toys will help keep them more involved while you’re away.”
4- We got him a bed, but then a paper towel on the floor, so never mind.
It turns out that cats can sleep in all these odd places because they fall asleep far more quickly than we do. Plus, “they’re much more flexible so that they can fit into spaces that don’t look comfortable to us.”
5- My cat has three beds
Mikel clarified that some of these spaces may “provide cats with a sense of safety or the opportunity to see what’s going on in their world.” Because even though we focus on cats as predators, they’re still prey animals, so they need to be aware of what’s going on around them.