Have you ever wondered why cats sleep so much? The average house cat sleeps 14 to 18 hours per day. This is about twice as long as the average human. It’s easy to attribute this to laziness, but there are actually some good reasons for it.
Cats sleep in a way that’s different from humans. They have a unique way of sleeping that is self-preserving and perfect for when they hunt at night. They also have a much higher metabolism than humans, which means they need food more often and need more time in the sun for vitamin D absorption.
In this article, we will explore some of the science behind why cats sleep so much and what makes them tick.
Why do cats sleep so much?
First off, let’s talk about why a cat needs sleep.
The cat’s need for sleep is more than just a desire for a nap. It is essential for their survival. A cat cannot live on just hunting for food. They need to also be able to forage for their favorite treats. Many animals, including cats, prey on small animals or snakes, which are awake during the day. This means that a cat needs to sleep at night when most predators are asleep.
Also need to regulate their body temperature. The best way to do this is to sleep while they are slightly hot. Cats do this by keeping a body temperature of about 102 degrees Fahrenheit.
Secondly, cats sleep to recharge their brains. It takes only about 20 minutes for a cat’s brain to rest from a night of activity.
The reason why cats sleep more than humans
The reason why cats sleep more than humans is because they are fast, small, and independent creatures who are unlikely to be bothered by humans. The human being is too big, cumbersome and still needs constant care. Cats can go about their day without being bothered and without the need to hunt and kill other animals. They can relax, play, eat and sleep in peace, and spend their days in the sun, getting as much vitamin D as they need.
Cat’s desire to sleep also make them sleep longer than humans. Cats will often play with toys or sleep in the sun, but when they get tired, they usually just lie in one place and sleep. Humans also tend to get up a lot, walk around and check the time on the clock before going back to sleep. The cat does not need to do this.
How does a cat’s metabolism compare to a human’s?
The main difference is that cats’ metabolism runs at a much higher rate.
The maximum rate at which a human can burn food is between 2,200 and 2,600 calories per hour. Cats can burn up to 4,600 calories per hour. That’s a difference of more than 300 percent. As a result, cats need to eat at least twice as much as humans. They need to eat all the time and in massive amounts to maintain their fast metabolism and large body.
Over the course of a day, a cat will burn as many as 18,000 calories, which is nearly enough to build a new cat every two days. On top of that, most cats are nocturnal and only spend a few hours in daylight, so they don’t get much sunlight. This is where their hyperactive metabolism comes in.
It takes a long time for cat’s to digest the food they eat.
What is a cat’s metabolism?
Cats’ metabolism has a unique and incredible process that’s absolutely fascinating and has many applications in human medicine. Cats are masters of hibernation. They sleep with their body temperature low enough to avoid overheating. In order to do this, they will shut down two of their systems. One is the release of glucose into their blood. When there’s little glucose in the blood, it cannot be used for energy. The other is the release of cortisol, the main stress hormone. When there’s no glucose and cortisol in the body, they are kept in check. To do this, they will shut down their heart rate.
What are the advantages to this unique physiology?
It’s obvious why they need to sleep so much. During the day, their metabolism is high and the body needs energy to do everyday things.
While it’s easy to blame their predilection for sleep on laziness, it actually makes a lot of sense that cats sleep so much. They have an incredibly active lifestyle that requires constant energy. While it may seem like cats just sleep a lot for no reason, we have known for a long time that they have specific sleep behaviors that are part of their survival instincts. If we are lucky, we will have cats that live long, healthy lives, and we owe it to them to learn more about why they sleep so much.