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Uncommon Knowledge: How long is a catnap?

April 1, 2013

That cute, fluffy-wuffy little kitty cat nuzzling up against your leg right now is actually a vicious predator. Like its lion and tiger cousins, it requires periodic bursts of heightened speed and focus in order to catch its prey, whether that’s a gazelle or your sock. In order to preserve their energy, cats spend much of their time dozing, often sleeping only lightly, in order to be able to leap back into action at a moment’s notice. An individual cat nap typically lasts for 15 to 30 minutes, but add them all together and your cat is getting some serious down time: they sleep an average of 12-16 hours every day, with some even sleeping up to 20 hours in a single 24-hour period!

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