Maggie the cat was my chosen feline for today's Sunday Selfie post, although she decided to take a low-key approach to her photography session. In fact, I couldn't get her to get up out of bed at all for her photo. So I took my photos as she drifted in and out of sleep.
Someone hoping to get photos of alert, awake cats would have do to a great deal of planning. After all, most experts suggest that cats sleep for about 12 to 16 hours per day. That long sleep time is something they inherit from their large-cat ancestors, who also sleep a great deal.
Big cats need to sleep so much because they expend so much energy when they find a prey animal, chase it, kill it and then eat it while defending the kill from other predator animals, including hyenas and vultures.
It's a lot of work!
Maggie is no huntress, and she's never chased anything through the savanna. But, she also lives her life with a pesky kitten that seems to have an endless passion for play. Often, her naps are interrupted by a small cat that stalks her or pounces on her or chases her. She has to sleep when she can, so she can be ready to rumble when he wants to play again.
Lately, I've been working hard to take the pressure off of Maggie, so I've been playing a few games of my own with the little mister.
I recently got a big jackpot of toys (more on that on Tuesday, so check back!), and I've been devoting at least 30 minutes to playing with Fergus each day.
Think it's working?
Fergus has been sleeping harder these days, as he's pretty worn down by all of the play and stimulation. And he's been less inclined to start unprovoked play sessions with Maggie, because the two of them have been playing together in games I've been directing.
Fergus would like the camera to go away so he can get back to his nap. I'll leave him to it.
Thanks as always to our hosts from The Cat on My Head. This is such a fun hop, and I look forward to it all week.
Before you visit the other blogs in the hop, leave me a comment, won't you? I'd love to know more about you and your cats.