Why do cats sleep all the time?

Ever wonder why cats sleep so much?

Either on a visit to Catoro, or as a cat owner, you may have noticed that cats spend a significant amount of time sleeping. In fact, it's not uncommon for cats to sleep for up to 16 hours a day! But why do cats sleep so much?

One reason for a cat's apparently excessive sleep is that it's simply a natural part of their behaviour. They use up lots of energy quickly when chasing prey, pouncing, and running around, and so they need lots of rest to regain and conserve energy. As predators that evolved in the wild, cats need all this energy in order to hunt effectively. And so, they sleep for long periods of time in order to rest and recharge.

In addition to conserving energy, sleeping also provides numerous health benefits for cats. When a cat sleeps, their body is able to repair and regenerate tissues, build bone and muscle, as well as process and consolidate memories. This helps to keep them healthy and fit, which is important for their overall well-being.

Sleeping is also important for a cat's mental health. Just like humans, cats need rest in order to stay alert and focused. When a cat is well-rested, they are better able to respond to stimuli and make quick decisions, which can be important when it comes to avoiding danger, catching prey (or running after a treat you toss their way).

So the next time you see your cat snoozing away on the couch, or notice lots of napping faces in the Cat Forest, don't be surprised. It's simply their natural behaviour, and it's important for their overall health and well-being!

If you want to visit the Cat Forest when the cats are awake and active, we recommend visiting early in the day. The first time slot normally has the most out and about kitties who are eager to meet you, and through the day they get more tired and start catching up on valuable sleep. Find out which time slots are available here.