Cats are known to be renowned napping champions with an average of 16 hours per day spent dozing off during this cringy film called life. After so much practice in the sleep department, they really know what it takes to get a good catnap. The answer is not much.
Our furry friends have been spotted sleeping nearly anywhere. The locations speak for themselves—tissue boxes, wine glasses, winter shoes, terrariums, flower pots, and laundry racks. Sometimes, it’s the pose that catches the eye—on the head, upside down, all stretched and curved, or using a dog as a pillow. I'll just leave it here.
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In an interview with Bored Panda, Molly DeVoss, a certified feline training and behavior specialist, told us that our domestic cats sleep on average from 16 to 20 hours a day, and that’s all part of an ambush strategy. “This strategy consists of stalk, chase, pounce, catch and kill. Cats will eat about 10 small meals throughout a day, which equates to around six cumulative hours of daily hunting; they are sleeping to refuel their energy for the hunt.” However, indoor-only cats may be napping out of boredom.
Some felines feign sleep as a defense mechanism to cope with stressful situations. Other times, nodding off during the day may be a sign of aging. DeVoss suggests keeping an eye on your fuzzy companion and being aware of the signs of lethargy that would signal it’s time for a visit to the veterinarian.
To us humans, who’d rather sleep in a warm and comfy bed, some places and positions in which felines are found taking a nap look rather absurd. Cat behavior expert Rita Reimers told Bored Panda that it really is true—cats can sleep virtually anywhere. Among other places, they adore “sunspots, your bed, or tucking away in little quiet corners and cubbyholes.” They also prefer warm places like a warm basket of laundry fresh from the dryer.