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Cats’ Welfare Tenerife 

PAGE 12 CATS

Our feline friends are true masters at falling asleep any time, any place, under any circumstances.

Even a cursory internet search will reveal thousands of photos of cats sleeping in cute or crazy positions. But why do cats sleep so much, and what happens in their minds when they’re sleeping? Do they have sleep cycles like people do? Read on to find out.

1. All that snoozing is in your cat’s genes

Cats can sleep as much as 16 hours a day, and older cats spend even more time at rest, as much as 20 hours a day. That sleeping habit is a result of the cat’s evolution, nutritional habits, and physiology. In the wild, cats have to hunt in order to eat, and the stalking, chasing, and killing of prey burns a lot of energy. Sleeping helps cats conserve energy between meals.

2. Cats aren’t always sound asleep

Of the time cats spend sleeping, about three quarters of it is snoozing. In that state, cats can get all the rest they need, but they’re still alert enough to awaken at a moment’s notice. You can tell when a cat is in light sleep because their ears will twitch and rotate toward noises and their eyes will be open a tiny bit. Even when they’re sitting upright, cats can slip into dozing mode.

3. They do, however, sleep deeply and even dream

The remaining quarter of cats’ sleeping hours is spent in deep sleep, but older cats might spend as much as 30% or 40% of the time at that level. Cats in deep sleep are usually curled up with their eyes tightly closed. Sometimes they might even have their tail over their face, like a fluffy sleep mask. Deep sleep is critical for the body’s ability to regenerate itself and stay healthy. It’s also the time when your cat dreams. If you’ve seen your cat’s whiskers or paws twitching while she’s asleep, there’s a good chance she’s dreaming.

4. Some cats do snore

Snoring happens when the airway is obstructed by extra skin from the soft palate. This is most likely to happen when your cat is relaxed and is more common in short-nosed breeds such as the Persian, Himalayan, or Exotic Shorthair.

5. A change in sleeping habits could be a sign of trouble

If your cat starts sleeping a lot more or a lot less than usual, contact your vet. Excessive sleep could be a sign of illness or pain, while frequent wakefulness can indicate a problem such as hyperthyroidism.

Adoptions

At this time of year we have very few kittens available for adoption but we do have lots of young adults and older cats that are often over looked. All cats go on trial so you can be sure you’ve made the right decision prior to adoption. If you would like to ask questions or meet them with no obligation ring or whatsapp Maria on 646629129 (7 days a week 9.00 – 18.00), message us on Facebook or contact us from our website www.cats-welfare-tenerife.com. All our adult cats awaiting adoption can be seen on our website at www.cats-welfare-tenerife.com/pets. But we do also have lots of young adults so contact us to discuss your requirements.

Donations

Good condition items can be dropped into the shop on San Blas in Golf del Sur (Behind Hiperdino). It is open 7 days a week 10.00 until 18.00 but on Saturdays is open from 10.00 until 16.00. If you don’t have transport or have large bulky items such as furniture and household effects to donate please ring Mark on 636590557 and he will arrange collection from you.