Simple Ways to Make Your Cats Sleep Better

vcadmin | December 8, 2017

Willoughby cat

Every cat owner knows his or her furry companion sleeps a lot. That means that they probably don’t need any help from us to get even more sleep, right? Well, that’s not necessarily the case. Our cats may be getting a lot of rest, but that doesn’t mean that the sleep they are getting is necessarily of the greatest quality. In fact, if they don’t have a good place to relax, or if their sleep is being interrupted too often, they might not be getting nearly as much sleep as they need, even if it seems to as that they are sleeping for most of the day.

To understand why this is the case, you must first understand a few facts about the nature of sleep when it comes to cats. First and foremost is how much cats sleep. It may seem bizarre to us humans who only sleep for about eight hours a day on average, but cats typically sleep for sixteen hours a day – and that’s for an adult cat. Kittens and older cats can sleep for even longer than that.

Another misconception that many people have is that cats are nocturnal by nature, meaning that cats sleep all day and are awake all night. However, cats spend most of the day as well as most of the night sleeping. The times when they are most active are at dusk and dawn. In other words, they are “crepuscular” – the same as many wild cats, such as ocelots and jaguars.

So, what does all this mean for humans who want to help their feline companions get the best sleep possible? One of the biggest things to start with is where your cat is getting her sleep. It stands to reason that if your cat is sleeping for most of her day, then she should have a good bed. However, surprisingly few people think about getting a good, quality pet bed for their cat.

It is important to point out that a quality bed provides more than merely a soft place for a cat to rest. A good bed also offers somewhere where a cat can feel protected and safe. An excellent example of this is the J’adore Cuddle bed, which has raised sides. The J’adore Cuddle and J’adore Cozy Cuddle also have raised sides that can help provide this sort of security for your kitty companion.

You’ll find your cat eagerly snuggling up in this bed for the same reason that they instinctively curl up inside boxes and other nooks and crannies inside your house for a quick catnap. It helps them feel as if they can hide away from predators. We’ll take this moment to point out another quick cat sleep fact. Cats have a few different stages of sleep – a shallow stage in which they are almost partially awake, and a deeper stage of sleep. Allowing them a safe place to rest helps to ensure they are getting enough of this deeper stage of sleep.

Simon in a J’adore Throne Bed

However, some cats prefer “higher altitudes” if you will, and a custom pet bed such as the J’adore Cuddle may not be for them. For those cats that seem to choose lofty spots to get their rest, a custom cat bed such as the J’adore Throne can be a good choice. The J’adore Throne can be a good choice if you have a cat whose sleep is interrupted continuously because they pick spots such as the top of the sofa to rest. The J’adore throne can give them a similar spot where they won’t be interrupted, but they can still sit up high and maintain their lofty position over their household King or Queendom.

Although all kitties have the same sleep needs, every cat will have different sleep preferences. That’s why it’s important as a cat owner to pay attention to the way your cat sleeps and what they will likely prefer when it comes to a bed. That way you can make an informed choice when shopping for a custom cat bed.