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Is my kitten sleeping too much?

Oh, to be young again!

No troubles, responsibilities or expectations, and all you had to worry about was feeding, going to the toilet and sleeping.

Kittens can spend up to 90% of their days in dreamland. Yes, that’s right, they’re literally living the dream.

The bulk of their daily routine consists of closing their eyes and drifting off into the land of nod, where they can spend almost 22 hours of their time.

Incredible! They’re cute enough as it is, so why they’d need so much beauty sleep is beyond us. Then again, things are slightly less chaotic when they’re snoozing.

Our kitty-cats will sleep less when they mature beyond the newborn stage, but even at six months they can still spend about 16 to 20 hours a day dosing.

The average amount of sleep a kitten should have


Sleeping plays an essential role in your kitty’s growth and development. In fact, it’s just as pivotal as a proper nutritious diet in supporting your kitten’s brain, nervous system, muscles and bones. The type and quality of sleep is highly dependent on their age and lifestyle.


  • 0-2 weeks: In the early stages of life your cat can nap for more than 20 hours a day. REM (Rapid Eye Movement) sleep is light and causes contractions of the facial muscles. Ample sleep supports the accelerated growth process because your kitty can double in size within the first seven days.


  • 3-8 weeks: As your cute little kitty’s senses develop, and they gradually become more active, they’ll start to sleep less. This phase of slumber (non-REM sleep) is deeper, more relaxed and their breathing is steadier. At this point they enter a ‘polyphasic sleep’ stage as their nap times are split into numerous segments.


  • 12 weeks onwards: At this stage your pet’s siestas can take up three-quarters of their day, so around 18 hours. This equates to how much an adult cat would generally spend snoozing. When catching 40 winks, their cycle can be divided into a phase of sound sleep (around 20-25 minutes) followed by a stage of REM-paradoxical-dreaming (five minutes).


Is it normal for my kitten to be tired all of the time? 


Your kitty might only be active for around 10% of their day, and be in a comatose state for the rest, but they don’t always enter a stage of ‘deep’ sleep.

Approximately 75% of their kip consists of a light snooze, which is more than substantial for them to thrive. They’re relaxed, untroubled and rested, but their senses are still alive and they’re still alert.

Sleep, and plenty of it, in whichever form, is integral for your purr-fect pet!


Should I sleep with my kitten in my bed? 


It can be extremely tempting to allow your new feline friend to sleep with you in bed at night-time.

After all, why wouldn’t you want them there? They’re cute, cuddly, vulnerable and, as a pet parent, you feel protective of them.

Their first few days away from their mother and their siblings, who made them feel warm and safe when darkness descended, can be daunting.

It’s perfectly natural that you’d want to keep them company to ensure that they are able to relax without fear or trepidation.

But there are better ways to keep your kitty comfortable and cosy in their new surroundings without introducing bad habits.

Keeping them close and in a secure place can go a long way to helping them feel as snug as a bug in a rug.

Your presence will make them feel at ease and they’ll soon get used to the sounds, smells and sights of their new environment.

Trust us, they’ll appreciate their own space, rather than an overwhelming bed, so confining them to their own quarters will work wonders.


Be alert to any drastic changes in your kitten’s sleeping pattern


Sleeping for prolonged periods is perfectly normal for our precious pets.

It helps them grow into the classy and cultured cats that we know and love.

But we understand that their habits can be quite concerning for some pet parents.

There isn’t a specific period of time that would indicate an underlying health issue or emergency.

Though a significant change in their normal behaviour or sleeping pattern could suggest that something more sinister is at hand.

If you suspect that your furry family member is ill or in pain, it’s time to seek help from your vet.

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