Cats do sleep deeply, but most of their rest time is taken up by napping.
In fact, roughly, three quarters is devoted to light snoozing.
This varies with age.
Newborn kittens can sleep for 22 hours a day with mealtime bringing small bursts of energy. Senior cats are less active, have less energy, and will sleep for longer periods than their adult counterparts.
Even while they’re ‘catnapping’ their bodies are still getting all the rest they need, so do not disturb.
You’ll know your cat is gently snoozing because their eyes will be slightly open, their ears will be twitching and they’ll still be on high-alert, ready to spring into action at the slightest bit of noise…or smell.
When immersed in deep slumber, a cat’s body enters full relaxation mode. They’ll most likely be stretched out, led on their side, with their eyes tightly shut.
And yes, just like us, cats do dream.
If they’re twitching, ‘talking in their sleep’ or moving their paws, chances are they’re embarking on an imaginary hunt, or dreaming about their next bowl of Encore.