How Much Sleep Do Our Pets Really Need?

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31 May 2024

Ensuring your pet has quality sleep is just as important as a healthy diet and regular exercise. The amount of sleep your dog or cat needs depends on their breed, age, size, 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? Well, because they can! Cats in the wild need to hunt their prey by stalking and chasing to eat, which 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 the 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 daily! Larger dogs like St Bernards, Great Danes and Bull Mastiffs tend to just be really lazy, making them surprisingly ideal apartment dogs. On the other hand, puppies and senior dogs need decent sleep for healthy body development.


Studies show that, like humans, sleep deprivation in pets can lead to adverse 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 and MidWest QuietTime Beds.

For cats, we stock Snugglesafe Heat Pad!