Owners of cats note that their pets spend a lot of time in a nap or sleep, sitting in a cozy place. Games and fun often tire them and sleep helps to replenish their strength. But many worry why cats sleep all the time, considering this behavior to be abnormal.
Most often there is no reason to worry, because by nature cats are sleepy. A short period of vigor is replaced by a deep sleep or a long nap. This is not a malaise, as it might seem at first glance, if the cat is generally healthy. Anxious bells joining drowsiness can be:
- sluggish behavior during wakefulness, when your favorite games become a burden, apathy, lack of mood and sparkle in the eyes,
- refusal of food and drink, even from your favorite treats,
- dry nose, pale integument, fever.
These symptoms indicate that your pet is sick and must be shown to a doctor.
Cats spend almost two-thirds of their days in a dream, but any deviations in the direction of a significant decrease or increase in hours of sleep should make the owner look at the pet. Little kittens can sleep almost all the time, interrupting only for food and a short study of the world. Adults, on the other hand, become more active, mobile, and spend periods of wakefulness longer and more interesting.
Several factors can affect the duration of sleep.:
- seasonality and weather conditions, in hot weather cats become drowsier,
- age, little kittens and old individuals sleep more,
- how full the pet is, a feeling of fullness always tends to sleep,
- the atmosphere of the house, the calmer and more comfortable, the serene the pet is resting,
- activity and health.
It should be noted that well-fed cats can sleep more than the norm and be less active and mobile than their "slender" brothers.
The continuous sleep of cats can not be called. He goes through phases, the first of which is a nap. At this time, the process slows down, but the cat can return from a nap to wakefulness instantly. If nothing hurts, then he plunges into a deep sleep. And then comes complete relaxation, during which the pet is quite difficult to wake.
These two phases are constantly alternating. At the same time, you still need to leave time for games, entertainment and, of course, delicious food.
Long sleep and its causes
There are several reasons for a prolonged sleep. If they are not associated with general lethargy and refusal to eat, then they are considered normal.
Cats are very active by nature. Replenish their strength is vital and sleep for this is the best medicine.
Again, returning to the natural premises, it should be noted that in nature felids are predators. Their main diet is protein-rich foods. Pets also eat mainly protein foods that require long digestion.
After sterilization, the cat may sleep longer than usual.
Prolonged sleep: normal or pathological?
In general, only a veterinarian can make conclusions about a pet’s health. Perhaps the cat is sick, and sleep is the result of malaise, weakness and loss of strength.
Kitten, a small cat sleeps all the time and this is normal. Her sleep may be interrupted for short-term games and food. At the same time, during rest, he can twitch his paws and squeak quietly. Do not worry, these are signs of emotionality experienced during the day of events.
Experts believe that weather conditions have a big impact on the number of hours a pet’s nap and sleep. Since thermoregulation is important for animals, during the summer period, especially on hot days, the period of rest can increase and the impression is made that the cat sleeps all day.
A combination of drowsiness and a lack of appetite should alert. Then you must show the pet to the veterinarian.
In general, prolonged sleep is normal for cats, if during wakefulness there are no obvious deviations in behavior, there are no problems with appetite and stool.
Signs of the disease
An attentive owner will always notice that something is happening to the cat. Lethargy is always a sign of illness, as are the following symptoms.:
- the appetite is absent or significantly reduced, the pet may even refuse favorite treats,
- the nose has become dry and hot,
- the cat sleeps all day, apathy appeared,
- rejection of water
- diarrhea and vomiting are noted
- the coat became dull, the mucous membranes turned pale.
Any of these symptoms is a reason to consult a specialist. The presence of two or more signs at the same time can be a sign of an acute or chronic disease.
The main reasons that the cat has become lethargic and always asleep can be diseases such as worms, ticks, poisoning, problems with the intestines or urogenital area, as well as injuries of a different nature. And the sooner the disease is detected, the faster and easier it is to defeat it.
It should be noted that after the sterilization operation the cat does not eat and sleeps all the time, this is a normal condition after anesthesia. If this period lasts for a day, then there is nothing to worry about. If the day has passed, but the condition does not change, you need to urgently see a veterinarian.
The first day you do not need to make the cat rise, wake up if she does not want it. As well as insist on food and drink. Give her a little rest, recover and she will again delight you with her cheerful look.
If the action of anesthesia has not ended, and the cat does not sleep, gets up and tries to move around the apartment, do not lose sight of her so that she does not accidentally get injured. Better take her in your arms, calm her down and maybe she will fall asleep. Sleeping here is the best medicine.
How to change sleep mode
A cat is a relative of predators and the usual hunting time for them is evening and morning. These are nature and instincts that cannot be taken away. But hardly any of the owners want to get up with the first rays of the sun to feed a mewing friend. Blind the windows, and let him doze off a little longer, and frolic a little longer during the day.