What Are the Best Ways to Teach Cats to Nap

cat sleeping

Many people wonder if there’s a secret to how cats sleep. Is it something we just don’t know about yet? Is there a reason we never take the time to really learn how to cat proof our homes so that our feline friends are kept safe and secure at night? There is a real answer to that question but it isn’t quite as simple as snapping your fingers. Here is how cats sleep, in a nutshell.

Now that you have learned what cats sleep, let’s get down to the most common cat sleeping positions. This cat sleeping position isn’t going to make you catch your every single camera. Too many people have their cameras on stake out in the open during the day when they’re not even there. Cats have a way of coaxing you to take out your camera by cajoling you into a more comfortable position. The more comfortable they are, the less noise you will pick up from them. Even the smallest enclosed space is a lot louder than a cat sleeping on a bed.

The next cat sleeping position we’ll cover is curled up. This is a positive sign. When they curl up they are comforting themselves. It also gives them a little bit of privacy, although you wouldn’t want them snuggling up against a full length mirror. Just a smudge off the side is enough to send them over the edge. Remember, a cat sleeping in a nice cozy ball is a cat sleeping in a cat sleeping posture.

An Overview

A cat that is lying down in the dark

Most people think cats sleep for only eight hours a night, but depending on the species, they can actually sleep up to ten hours. They also have an amazingly good memory and can recall a whole lot of things. We tend to forget a lot of things when we are trying to take time out to do them, so it helps to keep a lookout for any signs that your cats may be tired. This could be as simple as them curling up in a ball on your bed or beside you at the computer.

A number of health benefits come from having a feline friend who is always up and about. Cats are nature’s great walkers. Sure, you might think they sleep all day long like some do, but they also spend time running around. Running and jumping around keeps them fit and active, making them look and feel a lot more like their human companions than a lazy house cat might. If you ever have the opportunity to take time out of your day to play with your adorable cat, it would be a wonderful idea to do so.

How to Teach Cats to Nap

A cat lying on a bed

While they may appear lethargic during the day, most felines enjoy a good night’s rest. Cats sleep for a reasonable amount of time, which is similar to humans, sometimes for as little as 5 minutes. If you’ve ever watched a cat you’ll know that they wake up often in the night and spend a great deal of time either snuggling up amongst your bedding, or out in a sleeping position. Cats sleep for a few hours every night and whilst they may not always appear overly rested, they will most certainly be feeling better than if they had woken up and gone for a walk around your property.

Some cats sleep on their stomachs while others will roll over onto their backs. The majority of felines will turn over on their back, as this has more sleeping opportunities. If you ever watch TV or have a DVD on you can see that felines enjoy rolling onto their backs whilst asleep. It may not always be apparent whether or not they are asleep, as it can be hard to tell if they’re watching or not. If you suspect they are awake, attempt to wake them up by gently pushing them onto their back.

Felines like to move around and stretch out, so it’s worth giving your cat a moving motion every once in a while. Just make sure you don’t hurt them. You could try to move your cat into another sleeping position, such as on your shoulder or back, or place them on their side. Cats like being affectionate and often look forward to sleeping with their owners, so it’s worthwhile trying and getting them used to sleeping in various sleeping positions. Try to mix different types of sleeping arrangements and don’t put your cat straight into their usual sleeping position – they may still be a little nervous about it.

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