Pet Care

Reasons Why Is My Cat Sleeping All Day?

Has your cat been snoozing longer or deeper than usual? Cats often sleep 12 to 16 hours per day. For kittens and older cats, the duration rises to twenty hours. Of course, every cat is unique, but in general, your cat would sleep or nap for roughly 2/3 of its life. 

Cats snooze a lot, to put it mildly. However, alterations in sleeping habits, as well as other warning signs, may point to the possibility that your cat needs medical attention. Has your cat been napping a lot more than usual? Here are some potential causes of your pet cat's excessive amount of sleep.

Reasons for Cat Sleeping All Day

Following are some reasons of a cat sleeping the whole day:

1.    Age

Your cat is more likely to sleep as he gets older. An elderly cat may sleep for up to 18 to 20 hours every day. However, they would follow the same cycle while awake, whether it be prowling, searching for food, or attracting attention before taking another slumber. He should see a veterinarian if he consistently appears lethargic because there may be a medical issue at play.

2.    Boredom

Cats under boredom or stress may sleep longer than the typical 12 to 16 hours. Don't be surprised if your cat spends most of the time you're away from home sleeping if you leave him home alone when you go to work. 

To keep your cat from being bored at home, try to create a more engaging environment. You can give him toys to play with and set up scratching posts. Play with your cat for at least 10 minutes every day if you can.

3.    You Cat May Be A Nocturnal

In the past, cats were nocturnal, or they were active at night and in the morning. The majority of domestic cats follow routines similar to ours, resting for most of the night and spending time with us during the day. However, your cat may be adhering to his primal tendencies and spending the day dozing off and acting as a predator at night.

4.    Stressed

If your cat hides from the family, only interacts with one member, runs away during storms, or exhibits other signs of worry, he may be under a lot of stress. His coping mechanism can be to sleep more. Consult your cat's primary care veterinarian for information on the effects of stress. 

She might suggest you to a board-certified veterinary behaviorist. Additionally, you can find out more about cat stress and what you can in the book decoding your Cat to lessen it.

5.    Exhaustion

Have you recently concluded a lengthy game of fetch with your cat? If so, your cat might be dozing off because they are simply worn out. After expelling such large amounts of energy, they must unwind and recuperate. 

If this is the cause of your cat's excessive sleeping, you'll probably be able to tell because it will usually happen right after a significant amount of activity and playtime. While playing with your cat is fun, try not to play with them until they become exhausted. As a general rule, 15-minute intervals are effective. To prevent your cat from becoming injured, make sure any automated cat toys have an auto-shutoff.


Many significant medical problems are characterized by low energy levels and daylong sleepiness as prevalent symptoms. Your cat may, however, be sleeping more because they are overfed, overheated, or recovering from a vigorous play session. You should always make an appointment to see your veterinarian.

If there is a problem, your veterinarian can cure it and get your cat back to being the energetic, fun cat they usually are. If not, it's wonderful to know that your cat is healthy, despite being a little lethargic, and to rest easy.

Beth Norris

Beth Norris has years of experience working with top cosmetic and skincare brands for years  which reflects in her blogs which are packed with beauty and skincare tips. She has amassed a big following over the years, who wait for her content anxiously.