Cat Sleeping Options: Finding the Right Arrangement for Living (and Sleeping) With Cats

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Having Trouble Sleeping at Night?

When your cat isn’t being curious about her surroundings, odds are you will find her curled up somewhere sleeping. You might even start thinking that all your cat does is sleep, and you wouldn’t be wrong – it’s not uncommon for cats to sleep between 13 and 16 hours a day!

Cats sleep so much that legends have been borne to explain it. For example, ancient Egyptians worshiped cats because they believed their spirits to be guardians of the underworld and the dream realm. 

But while it might seem like your cat is happy napping just about anywhere, the truth is some spaces and arrangements are just better suited for your feline friend. In this guide, you’ll learn about some of the best sleeping options for your cat, so you can provide her with a comfortable place to sleep while she is busy watching over you in your dreams.

Where Cats Prefer to Sleep

It may seem like a cat can sleep just about anywhere, but the truth is they prefer places that are warm and cozy. Just like you, they want to sleep somewhere comfortable, quiet, and at the right temperature.

In the warm summer months, you may notice your cat seeking out high, shaded areas in your home for her daily nap. In the winter, you’ll most likely find her curled up over your furnace’s register or on a sun-drenched windowsill.

When you are home, your cat might be prone to sleep close to you. For instance, if you are on the couch watching television, then your cat might curl up on your lap or on the top of the couch. When you go to sleep, she might follow into your room and sleep on your bed.

In many cases, your cat will tell you where she wants to sleep. If you find her napping in the same place every day, then creating a comfortable bed for her in that spot will be something that she will appreciate and use often. In some cases, you might even find your cat choosing to sleep in different parts of the home at different times of the day or night, so be prepared for her to have several sleeping nooks.

The More Sleeping Options You Give Your Cat, the Better

From setting up a nook in the corner of your kitchen to placing cat condos in your bedroom and living room, the more sleeping options you make available to your cat, the happier and better off she will be. Cats can easily get unnerved by noise and other intrusions, so having multiple sleeping options for her will ensure that she can always find a spot that’s comfortable and quiet.

What Should I Do If My Cat Isn’t Sleeping Enough?

If you have plenty of sleeping options available for your cat but you notice she isn’t sleeping as much as she used to, then this can be something to be concerned about, but it doesn’t automatically mean that there’s something wrong with your cat.

For starters, cats are crepuscular. This means that they are most active after dusk and just before dawn. In other words, they are up and about during the times when you are most likely trying to sleep, so this could just be giving you the impression that your cat isn’t sleeping.

However, if you notice your cat isn’t sleeping much during the day, or is exhibiting other behavioral changes, then it could be a sign of depression or another health issue. In such a case, you should take her to the veterinarian to determine if there is an underlying reason why she her habits have changed.  

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