As one of the most popular pets in the UK, cats come with several attractive qualities, which is why we just can't help ourselves but love them!

From their piercing eyes to their sneaky ways, we could watch them explore their territory all day, desperately trying to gather what they may be thinking.

While they're great when they're awake, it's a sad reality for cat owners that they'll often come in to find their cat asleep, snoozing for hours on end without a care in the world!

How Much Time Does Your Cat Spend Sleeping Each Day?

On average, cats sleep for around 15 hours each day, meaning there's only around 9 hours whereby they're actually awake and interacting with you.

To put that into perspective, if you work a 9-5 job with a 30 minute commute each way, theres a chance that you could make it through the week without even seeing your cat when they're awake.

It is, however, nothing to worry about, but it does beg the question...

Why Do Cats Sleep So Much?

Saving Energy

Cats are natural hunters and are incredibly active, meaning that they need to save energy for when they need it the most.

For domestic cats, this isn't so much of an issue, although the instinct is still there. Consequently, they spend a large portion of the day bracing themselves for a kill that probably won't happen.

It's a good idea to provide your cat with toys and accessories to help keep them busy. This way, they'll be able to release their natural instincts without actually going out on the hunt for mice!

50/50

Another of their oddities, cats also do this half-asleep/half-awake thing - have you noticed?

Much like humans, cats either go into full-blown deep sleep or a lighter rest, from which they are able to pounce up at a second's notice.

This usually lasts for 15-30 minutes, and is a staple for both young kittens and older cats.

Yawn...

Cats are also heavily affected by the weather and love nothing more than to spend a rainy day sleeping.

Whilst their behaviour changes as time goes by, a gloomy day is sure to have your cat yawning more than usual, as they pass away the hours oblivious to it all. Well, who can blame them?

Not to worry, however, once it passes they'll soon be back to their usual self!

Time Of Day

Finally, cats are crepuscular, meaning that they're usually most active during the twilight hours of dawn and dusk.

Consequently, it's perfectly normal for them to spend more time sleeping during the brighter days and darker nights when predators would more likely be about.

That does, however, work quite well - they'll be up to greet you in the morning and ready to welcome you back home after a long day of work!

Work, family and social commitments mean that there often aren't enough hours in the day to give our pets the attention that they deserve. Click here to find out how Tailster can put you in contact with hundreds of pet carers in your local area, meaning that you can rest in the knowledge that your pets are being well looked after.