How much sleep do our pets really need?

Author: Neil Smith   Date Posted:18 July 2017 

Many of us have dogs and cats for different reasons. Companionship, for the kids, or because we love animals! Regardless of the reason for having a furry friend, we need to ensure that they are getting more than enough sleep (and a comfortable one too!)

Ensuring your pet has a quality sleep is just as important as a healthy diet and regular exercise. The amount of sleep your dog or cat needs depends on many factors including their breed, age, size and general health and wellness. On average, dogs sleep for around 12-14 hours a day, while cats can sleep for up to 16-20 hours a day!

Cats are either lazy or SUPER energetic. There is no in between! So why do cats sleep for such extended periods of time? Well, because they can! Cats in the wild need to hunt their prey by stalking and chasing in order to eat and of course that burns A LOT of energy. Sleeping helps their body conserve energy between meals. Even though we give our pets the food they need, they still have those natural instincts to chase and pounce on things that interest them! 

On average, dogs will sleep 12-14 hours a day. Large breeds, puppies and senior dogs can sleep up to 18 hours a day! Larger dogs like St Bernards, Great Danes and Bull Mastiffs have a tendency to just be reaalllly lazy, making them surprisingly ideal apartment dogs. Puppies and senior dogs, on the other hand, need a decent sleep for healthy body development.

 

Studies show that like humans, sleep deprivation in pets can lead to negative effects including; aggression, a cranky temperament, change in eating habits, lack of concentration and an increased chance of illness and nervousness.

Whether they live inside or outside, we want to make sure your pet has the best place to sleep. Ensure that their sleeping area is comfortable and dry 24/7 - You wouldn’t want to sleep somewhere that wasn’t!

Here at Ready Pet Go, we have a variety of super cosy kennels and beds for your dogs and cats. Our range of dog kennels/beds includes; HoundHouse Dog Kennels, MidWest Defender Beds, The Squirt Luxury Bed and the Memory Foam Pet Mat.

For cats, we stock Majestic Pet Burrow Beds and Crinkle Sacks, Defender Beds and Memory Foam Mats!


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