Sunday, February 26, 2017

Don't bother the napping cat! (Why kitties really do need their beauty sleep)

Maggie the senior cat needs her sleep

Senior cats like Maggie spend the vast majority of their time asleep. In fact, a senior cat sleeps--on average--20 hours per day. That leaves just a few precious hours for all the other things a kitty needs to do in order to get through the day. Tasks like eating, hitting the litter box and grooming all must be crammed into the cat's precious 4 hours of unaccounted time.

So cats can get cranky when they are awakened for tasks they don't consider vital. They need that sleep to repair cell damage, digest their dinners, build up new tissues and recharge their minds. Those are tasks that happen deep in restorative sleep (when kitties tend to bend and twitch as they sleep), and it takes time to hit that level of sleep.

So, in general, it's best to let a sleeping senior cat keep on sleeping. Even if you really want that cat to interact with you. But sometimes, you simply must wake the little one up for something important.

You know, like cat photography.

Maggie, for example, needed to open up her peepers and participate in the Sunday Selfie blog hop, as hosted by The Cat On My Head. But when I told her she needed to wake up, she had other ideas.

Looks like she is thinking about writing a letter to express her displeasure.

Maggie the cat with her pencil

If she only had thumbs. This whole thing would be a lot easier. Or paper. It's hard to write a letter without paper. But she was determined to make something happen.

Maggie the cat is trying to write a letter

She almost has it figured out here. Now, she's just trying to figure out what her strongly worded letter should say. And who she should send that letter to. Who might hear her plea?

Maggie the cat drops her pencil

Rats. That lack of thumbs is a bigger problem than she realized. Maybe giving up would be wiser.

Okay, okay. I'm kidding here.

But it's a kidding with a point.

Just because senior cats like to sleep a lot doesn't mean they're not up for a good play session from time to time. Maggie is wonderfully playful in short bursts that last for about 20 minutes. She'll play with anything I dangle in front of her, and she's remarkably quick and agile. Playing with her in the moments she's awake and ready to engage keep her active, limber and healthy. She may not be able to play all day long, but she wants to play. And after a good play session, back to sleep she goes.

But before she goes to nod off, I did manage to get some selfie work in.

Maggie the cat in her selfie

I think she did a good job, don't you? Leave me a note in the comments and let me know.

And be sure to visit the other blogs in the hop!

It's a fun way to see more kitties, engage with cat bloggers and make new friends. Join in!


  1. Maggie - what great selfies. My senior like to sleep a lot too, but they still like to play. Pawsome post!

  2. Beautiful selfie! I hope you find someone to listen to your complaints :)

  3. Beautiful pictures of Maggie. She's beautiful and adorable ... I want to reach in and give her some ear rubs!

  4. Looks like no grass is growing under Your feet! that's right, stand up for yourself! Happy snoozing tonite.

  5. You did do a great job Maggie! You are a sweetiepie.

    the critters in the cottage xo

  6. Sleeping is good!

    Nice selfies :)

    Purrs xx
    Athena and Marie

  7. Maggie, you are so very beautiful. Of course you need lots of sleep to stay that way too. Such a pretty girl. Okay, now you can go back to sleep sweetie.

  8. These are lovely photos, Maggie. My mum says I sleep for 23 hours and 30 minutes. I have 5 minutes litter box time, 5 minutes playing, 10 minutes eating and 10 minutes patrolling. I say she exaggerates.

  9. Maggie, you are so pretty! And this really is such a wonderful post. My angel Rosie lived to be 21, and her last couple of years were primarily sleeping. But, she still had her favorite toys and bursts of playfulness. I loved to sit with her on her favorite napping couch and just spend time with her and take pictures of her. I have such a fondness for senior kitties, and your Maggie is a gorgeous one!

  10. You are very pretty sweet Maggie and our seniors still like to play a bit too!

  11. Peanut loved to play as a senior, but Harvey and Dusty did not, we think ha.e playing parents sos we find it difficult to ensure them to place, but they do love being in a good senior home just like gorgeous Maggie~