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Do Cats Hibernate in Winter?

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Do Cats Hibernate in Winter?

If you have a cat, then you likely know that they love to sleep. Most cats are happy to spend hours curled up in your lap or on the couch, and if you try to wake them up it can be tough. So why does this happen? And why do some cats seem more sleepy than others? Well, kitty hibernation is one of the most important things for them to do in winter.

Hibernation is a big deal.

Hibernation is a big deal. It’s not just about sleeping more, but it also helps animals survive the winter.

It’s a natural process that helps animals like bears and hedgehogs survive the harsh winter conditions. They spend most of their time in hibernation at cold temperatures, which slows down their metabolism and allows them to avoid food shortages during this period. Hibernating animals are able to stay active during certain times of day; they become mostly inactive at night when it gets colder outside and they need a lot less energy to stay warm enough for survival.

The amount of time an animal spends hibernating depends on where they live, as well as their species-specific needs (for example: some birds may migrate south for the winter). Some animals only need 3 weeks or so while others need several months!

A little bit of sleep but nothing like hibernation.

Though cats do sleep more in the winter, they don't hibernate. In fact, they are not true hibernators like bears and groundhogs. Cats may sleep more when it's cold outside (just like you!), but most of their increased slumber time happens because that's when it's dark for longer periods of time.

So why do we think cats sleep more during the colder months? Well, obviously there are fewer hours of daylight to play with or chase after little birds and mice during darker nights; however, they can still get all their energy needs met by sleeping less—more efficiently than we could ever hope to achieve! The truth is that our furry friends have adapted to live just about anywhere on Earth!

They do make their own beds, though!

Cats are clever creatures, and they have a knack for making themselves comfortable no matter where they find themselves. If your cat has access to your bed (or any other warm, soft place), you may be surprised one day to find that they've claimed it as their own.

Cat beds aren't just for humans! Cats will often make a bed of blankets or clothes on top of the couch, or even in a corner under the blanket! They'll also sometimes make themselves at home in laundry baskets or bathtubs.

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If you don't want your cat laying claim to an area of your home as their own personal territory, don't give them access to these areas!

Cats do sleep more in the winter but they are not true hibernators.

You might be surprised to see a cat snoozing away by the window, but your feline friend isn't taking a nap—he's sleeping for up to 20 hours per day. While this may seem excessive, it's normal for cats to sleep more in winter because they aren't hunting or being active during the cold months.

Cats have evolved to enter a deep sleep cycle known as "torpor," which allows them to conserve energy while still staying alert enough to respond if necessary. Torpor is similar to hibernation in bears and other animals that live in cold climates; however, unlike true hibernators who drop their body temperature and enter an inactive state (called torpor), cats don't drop their temperature at all. They just need extra shut-eye because they're not running around catching mice or birds like they would be were it warmer out!

Conclusion

To conclude, it is important to know that while cats do sleep more in the winter they are not true hibernators. They still need you to take care of them!

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