day, waking only to nurse for short
periods and then going right back
to sleep. If you’ve recently added
a new kitten to your household, don’t worry if he seems
to sleep all the time. A kitten’s
body releases growth hormones when he sleeps, so he’s
just working on getting bigger.
➜ Don’t worry: If your kitten
seems to suddenly fall asleep in
the strangest places, there’s no
need to worry. Phillip would fall
asleep on my daughter’s chest
almost as soon as she picked him
up. I also would find him curled
up in my laundry basket, and it
remains one of his favorite places
➜ Be concerned: Kittens sleep
deeply, but if it seems particularly
difficult to rouse your kitten from
sleep, take him to your vet to
make sure nothing’s amiss.
Adolescent (or junior) cats don’t
need as much sleep as kittens, but
you’ll still find these young adults
stretched out in the sun whenever
they get a chance. You may also
notice that your young cat seems
most active in the evening; Phillip
ten: Birth to 6 months
or: 7 months to 2 years
e: 3 years to 6 years
re: 7 years to 10 years
or: 11 years to 14 years
iatric: 15-plus years
Source: International Cat Care
(formerly known as Feline
in particular gets what I call the “cat crazies” and races
around the house right around the time I get home from
work. At first I thought he was just happy to see me, but
now I know it’s because cats are what’s called crepuscular, meaning they are most active at dusk and dawn.
They’re not nocturnal, though some cats seem to have
active spurts in the middle of the night.
➜ Don’t worry: When your cat wakes up at dawn
every morning, it’s because that’s when his natural prey is
awake, too. He’s wired to be awake with the sunrise.
➜ Be concerned: If your cat wanders the hallways
howling at all hours of the night, he may have a medical
issue, so take him to the vet at your first chance.