Cat's sleep

The cat is an animal that needs a lot of sleep and so spend a good deal of time sleeping. Unfortunately, cats often have a very different pace than ours.

A cat sleeps an average of 16 hours a day, that is, he spends two-thirds of his life to sleep . In the wild, hunting animals such as cats sleep much more than their prey, which are always on the alert.

save their

energy waiting for a new meal that is still uncertain. Domestic cats have kept some vestiges of this lifestyle. The brain activity during sleep is measured as an electroencephalogram (EEG). In the cat, we observe a wave pattern very close to that of the man. The cat, an animal that sleeps a lot

The long phases (of 20 to 30 minutes) of mental rest are visualized by slow waves of great amplitude. During these periods of cat sleep, breathing slows down, muscles relax and eyelids are closed. The cat is either in sphinx position, or coiled on the side.

This sleep represents 9 to 12 hours in all in the adult cat and practically does not exist in the kitten. These phases are regularly followed by rapid wave sequences of low amplitude: this is the paradoxical sleep : the cat sleeps deeply but his eyes, his tail, his paws and his mustaches move.

These sequences correspond to the

dream periods in humans and are predominant in the kitten. Can we say that the cat dreams? Unfortunately, we have no way of asserting it, but this is what the EEG suggests. Cat's sleep during the day

Some factors can affect the sleep of a cat : antibiotics, fasting, noise, the presence of a new cat in the apartment, the disease, especially terminal illness in the old cat, or sometimes even the presence of fleas in the floor can reduce the quality of sleep of a cat. On the contrary, in a cat wandering outside for weeks, sleep can be almost incessant during the first three to four days after returning home.

Unfortunately for us, cats sleep a lot during the day and are perfectly awake when we arrive from work in the evening. The maximum activity periods are in the evening at sunset and in the morning at dawn. When your cat is too restless at night, try to tire him at night with a long play session with moving objects (balls, string...). Some cats can wake you

at night to ask you to eat and even if their plate is full, they will attract you to the kitchen because they want to eat in company . It is then advisable to leave their plate in your room near your bed. Attention: prefer the pâté because the noise of croquettes! Some cats, getting older, start meowing the night

. It is usually enough to talk to them to stop. It is often the sign of a disease (hypertension, renal insufficiency, hyperthyroidism, hypokalemia...). You should consult your