Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Let Sleeping Cats Sleep!

When I have difficulty falling asleep, there is nothing that can soothe me faster than watching my two Oriental shorthairs, Trouble and Hush Puppy. As I observe the gentle movement of their breathing, I often am mesmerized.

Their total submission in worship to  Hypnos, the god of sleep, from which I should take lessons, since I abhor tossing and turning for hours.  My mind races a thousand miles an hour while the clock ticks by the seconds and minutes, reminding me that I am still awake. Am I jealous of my cats?  You bet I am!

What special talents do cats possess in order to attain slumber in the blink of an eye? I know that they are nocturnal by nature, and require eighteen hours of sleep a day,  but these two kitties have honed their catnapping skill to an art form. Why do I resist that surrender into oblivion?


Are you feeling a bit drowsy as you gaze at these two sleeping beauties?  I suspect have been hypnotized as my eyelids are getting a little heavy.

Purrhaps the power of suggestion is overtaking me, letting me know that it is time to join my cats in a delightfully refreshing nap!

What kind of sleep habits do your cats exhibit?  Leave a comment and tell us about it.


Anonymous said...

Oh, what a life. In my next life, I want to come back as one of my cats. Wait..that can't work can it? LOL They're beautiful...and so close!

None of my 6 seem to be bestest buddies, and few sleep together unless they're sleeping with me. Unless of course it Pirate (13) and Flakey (12) in the fleece bed on top of the heat vent when the furnace is on. That heat has to feel good on those ol' bones. Dumb...they're NOT!

Leo said...

Many people tell me that their cats are up all night. Ours are not. I think it is because their main meal of the day is served just before we go to bed. With full stomachs they want to sleep. In the wild the big cats feast and then sleep so I figured it would work with my house cats. It is easy to fall asleep when you have the contented sound of purring in your ears.

kneadstoknow said...

Leo, you may just be onto something I need to consider. I do feed my kitties shortly before we retire for the night, but since I feed them moist food four times a day since they cannot tolerate dry food, my feeding schedule may be the culprit here.

I think they are secretly watching nature shows on TV and taking lessons from those big cats to which you refer!