How does the age of a cat influence how many hours a day he sleeps?

As cats age, they become much less active and tend to sleep more. Thanks to advances in veterinarian care, better nutrition, and the safety of indoor living, domestic cats now routinely reach 12 to 14 years of age. It is not unusual for some to live into their early 20s.

Aging should not be considered a “disease,” but a stage of life. The behavior of aging cats should be monitored. If they are sleeping more and losing weight, for instance, the combination indicates a health problem. Take note of even gradual changes, as senior cats like senior humans will just naturally need more support.

Cats especially enjoy warm places to snooze and this is even more important for elderly felines who will have the same issues with creaky joints as any of us. Older cats also like their solitude, especially if you’ve been rude enough to introduce a kitten to the household. Make sure your senior cat has a private place.

Think about things your cat may no longer be able to do well and adapt the environment. If your cat seems unable to jump up on the couch, put a little stool at one end so Fluffy can use the stairs.

On average, cats sleep between 13 to 16 hours a day. If any cat of any age seems to be sleeping more than that and/or if the sleeping habits are accompanied by dietary or behavior changes, consult your veterinarian.

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