How Much Sleep Do Cats Get?

8 Things Owners Need to Know

On average, cats sleep 15 hours a day. Some cats can sleep up to 20 hours a day. Cats are crepuscular.

This means that they tend to be most active at dusk and dawn and sleep in between.

There are several factors that can influence how much a cat sleeps.

Senior cats tend to sleep more than adult cats. Cats will sleep more frequently and for longer periods of time as they grow older.


If it is raining or cold cats tend to sleep more. For outdoor cats, this will be because they can’t explore as extensively outside.


If a cat is exposed to higher amounts of artificial or natural light they will sleep less than cats who are not. Cats will often sleep more in darker months as well.


Just like us humans, feeling sluggish or depressed can result in a cat that spends more time sleeping.

Activity Level

Cats need their energy for when it comes time to pounce – even if that pounce is only on a toy mouse. Running, climbing and pouncing take up a lot of energy!

Why do cats Sleep All the Time?

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