Cats! Naps! Let’s agree on a couple of things before we dig into the subjects: 1. Cats nap better and harder than humans; 2. Cats are smarter than humans. Are we on the same page? Great!
Let’s move on to five ways cats make the most out of naps.
Have you ever left your chair for a few minutes only to return to find a feline in your place? They’re either zonked (how do they do that so quickly?) or staring at you with the sweetest-yet-smuggest look you’ve ever seen. We choose to either grab a different chair, move the cat or balance ourselves on the very edge of the seat. Cats know we face this conundrum. They also know we will probably let them stay where they lay. Not only do the cats get a spectacular nap, but they’ve also manipulated us (again), which pleases them.
Some kitties snooze in the open, loafed on a sofa arm or resting in yoga-like repose in the middle of the floor. While they nap so openly, we get to admire their grace and beauty. But cats are smarter than us (remember?), and sometimes they prefer tucking underneath a bed or behind a curtain. They’re such skilled hiders that we occasionally cannot locate their napping headquarters. This is by design. By hiding, they raise their chance of getting a bomb-diggity nap, and they rest in the knowledge that they’ve pulled yet another one over on us.
Kitties love naps atop our clothing, especially if it’s nicely laid out on our beds, clean and mostly wrinkle-free, ready for the day ahead. And then we emerge from the shower to find our cat taking a grand snooze on the aforementioned outfit. Let’s face it, friends: We’ve become accustomed to wearing cat hair as an accessory. We’d like to think our cats aren’t trying to sabotage our black pants and white sweaters, but instead believe they do it because they adore our smell and want to send us out into the world with layered reminders of them on our clothing. Nice nap + retaining control = making the most of a nap.
If the sun’s streaming through a window, there’s a mighty fine chance a cat is lying square in the middle of a sun puddle. And why not? It’s warm, and heat can make us feel sleepy. I may or may not have curled up in a person-sized sun puddle a few times. What cats know is that, not only is it a sweet nap spot, but it’s also full of solar charging power. While kitties are off in dreamland, chasing mice and swatting bathrobe belts, their inner power meter is rising. They may not use this power reserve the minute they wake up, but they will use it. I’m sure you’re familiar with 3 a.m. hallway races and post-litter box zoomies. These are sponsored by sun puddles.
Scoring lap time
We humans and our cats benefit from shared snuggles while we’re watching TV or reading. The warmth of a lap cat is pure heaven for us, and kitties can’t get enough of our hands stroking their fur and feeling that love vibe. Smart cats all over the world know this is a recipe for a quality nap. Even better? Sharing a nap with a human. Our naps are way better when we’re spooning a kitty, picking up on their supreme napping mojo. Hey, maybe that explains those mysterious mouse-chasing dreams I sometimes have.
7 thoughts on “5 Ways Cats Make the Most Out of Naptime”
These cats are smart and wonderful and loving, but they can be sneaky.
Cat napping. They do it so well. Sprawled out on the living room floor if it is showered in sunlight. They seek out my lap throughout the day. Sometimes being a velcro cat. I try to quietly sneak in the bedroom to take a short nap. Rarely do I get to take it alone. Within a minute or two I have a cat walking up to my face. Trying to get between my arm and my face. I usually give in or it becomes a battle, with either one persisting to be the closest to my face. I have found the sicker I feel the closer the littlest cat gets to my face. Love napping with my youngest cat. The other one sometimes wants to start playing. Up and down chasing a ball. Can't sleep with the older one at night… so neither sleeps with me at night. But it is nice if they just curl up and sleep with me. The purring relaxes me.
My cat has to have horrible-tasting medicine twice a day. She has never been a lap cat but when it's time for her medicine, she snuggles in to me and goes to sleep (I think) just to put off the inevitable for a few minutes. I confess, I take advantage of any snuggling I can get from her!
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I would like to know to get my now 4;year old female cat to be more lovable, cuddle and be a lap cat? She was four months old when I adopted her from PetSmart. She was very loving and would curl up next to me. I worked 8 hours a day up until two years ago when COVID 19 hit. I've been home with her over two years now. She became Ms independence and won't be the lovable cat she once was. She does let me play with her, hold her for a few minutes and then she wants down. I would love your advice.
Cliches are that simply bc they are true. Sadly, "Absence makes the heart grow fonder" applies here. Your kitty has endless time in which to get her cuddles now, whereas before they had to be scheduled.
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Kittens come into rescue in my area all the time (though I haven't seen a munchkin kitten here yet) so you can get them young too if your heart is set on it but I strongly encourage everyone to give a home to an older cat.