You know that your cat spends a lot of time sleeping. You have heard the phrase, “let sleeping dogs lie.” Pets need sleep just like us, but in most cases, they need more. Regular sleep is an important part of your pet’s health. So, how can you make sure that your pet is getting enough sleep?
Understanding Your Pet’s Sleep Patterns
On average, dogs need ten or more hours of sleep. The amount can vary from dog to dog, and things like age can be important factors, too. The important thing to know is that a lot of sleep is important for your dog, and you shouldn’t disrupt that sleep cycle, just like you shouldn’t disrupt your own.
Cats will sleep even longer, even near 20 hours per day. Despite this being true, sleeping for a cat is not the same as for a human. When cats sleep, they’re still somewhat alert, which is why you see them react suddenly to noises you didn’t hear, even when they’re supposedly asleep. Even though your housecat doesn’t hunt like his wild relatives, his genetics still dictate that he needs more sleep.
Help Your Pet Get Enough Sleep
How do you know your pet isn’t sleeping well? It’s not always easy to be sure, but there are a few signs. If your pet is disoriented, or has difficulty performing normal tasks, sleep might be a problem. This would be particularly true if you notice your pet waking often, or snoring loudly, which is a sign of breathing trouble.
The tips to help your pet sleep well are much like what you might do for yourself if you had trouble sleeping. Start by trying these natural sleep remedies if you suspect your pet isn’t sleeping enough:
Exercise Before Bedtime and Before Eating: Physical exhaustion is often a great way to help sleep. Your pet needs exercise to stay healthy, so try scheduling that exercise at the right times. After eating, most pets relax, ready to nap. Try walking your dog, or playing with him, or using toys with your cat just before feeding time. It may help sleep come easier. The same can be said if you get exercise near bedtime, but not too close; you don’t want to rile them up.
Keep to a Schedule: If you change a schedule too much, your dog’s entire day could be disrupted, which could affect sleep. Your pets know your routine, and they rely on it to maintain theirs. Whatever the routine, do your best to stick to it so that they know when it’s time to sleep and have less trouble with it.
Make a More Comfortable Space: there are all sorts of dog and cat beds. How does your pet sleep? Curled up, or stretched out? Consider some new bedding (have a look at this Tuck.com post on dog beds). Ask what vets recommend for pets and their sleeping positions. Your pet should feel safe, too; too much noise in an uncomfortable space will disrupt sleep. Make sure your pet seems content in his or her spot.
You can try edible sleep aids, but always speak to a vet beforehand. If you’re concerned about your pet’s sleeping habits, bring him into Pet Vet Hospitals today. We will help with any related health problems.