It’s Lazy Day on the 10th August. And what better way to spend a day than with your cat! Here are 5 things you can do with your cat on Lazy Day.
Lazy Day Tip #1: Nap with Your Cat
If you have a cat, then chances are, they like to nap. It’s just one of those things that cats and humans have in common. So take the time to snooze with your kitty on Lazy Day. Grab a blankie and curl up next to them on the couch (or bed, whichever is more comfortable for both of you.) This will probably make you feel much better about yourself on Lazy Day!
Lazy Day Tip #2: Watch TV With Your Cat
Sure, most cats don’t actually like to watch television. But if a show happens to have animals in it, then chances are, your cat will sit and watch with you even if it’s just for a few minutes! If there is no animal show on, try to play a movie that your cat can relate to (maybe something with mice in it?). Check out my blog on Videos Your Cat Will Want To Watch.
Lazy Day Tip #3: Play With Your Cat
Okay, so this may not exactly be considered ‘lazy’. But sometimes, when you’re feeling too lazy to do anything else, it can be fun to just sit down and play with your cat. Take the time to throw your cat a few toys around and watch them pounce after them.
Lazy Day Tip #4: Make a Cat Collage!
Another cat-related activity that you can do on Lazy Day is to make a collage of your kitty. It’s pretty simple; all you have to do is take pictures of your pet and attach them together using sticky tape (or glue, whatever works for you). Try to place them in positions that look unique and interesting as well!
Lazy Day Tip #5: Bake Some Treats For Your Cat
On Lazy Day, it is perfectly acceptable to spoil your cat. After all, they are a part of the family too! Baking treats for your pet can be a fun activity. The only caveat is that you should make sure not to give them too many treats so that they don’t get sick (after all, they might have eaten just a few hours ago. Remember, moderation in everything!
Lazy Day Tip #6: Just Hang Out With Your Cat
Sometimes, it’s good for both people and pets alike to just sit around without doing anything in particular. Simply find yourself a comfortable, quiet spot and just sit there.
Why do cats sleep so much?
Cats, in general, sleep around 16 hours per day. This is much more than humans (who are usually between 7-8 hours). Why does this happen? Probably because their metabolic process simply runs faster than ours do. A cat uses up a lot of energy while awake looking for food and taking care of their territory so the body repairs when they’re asleep.
Also, unlike most pets that eat mostly twice a day (in the morning and at evening), cats usually go out hunting or prowling at night, which means they consume higher calories and need to defecate more frequently.
In order to avoid waking up with an upset stomach in the middle of the night, cats may have developed habits where they sleep longer periods during the day when their bodies are less active.
As a rule, every cat has its unique sleeping pattern: some animals sleep for 16 hours but wake up more frequently, others have regular 8-hour naps. But the fact is that cats are nocturnal creatures which means that they prefer to hunt at night and sleep during the day. This way, it makes it harder for predators to find them (and easier for your cat to find mice etc.)
So don’t be surprised if your pet wakes up at 4 am in search of food or starts playing with a ball of yarn at 1 pm – this is all perfectly normal!
Another interesting thing about cats’ daily activity regimen is that they usually spend extra time grooming after waking up from a nap. Why is that? As it has been said before, cats need to groom themselves to maintain a healthy coat. This is an important measure that they take to keep their fur shiny and clean. However, after waking up your cat needs some time to get going (just like you) and getting their thoughts together so grooming is their favourite activity to prepare for their next adventure.
Fun Cat Facts
- Cats sleep for 15 hours per day
- Did you know cat paws are just as sensitive as human fingers?
- If your cat’s tail points towards the sky, it means they’re happy
- A cat’s purr is a form of communication, not only to express contentment but also when in pain, playing, or fighting
- It is said that cats can see 5 times better than humans in dim light
- The earliest ancestor of the cat was named Proailurus. It lived in Asia and was similar to today’s panther
- Cats were first domesticated by the Egyptians around 4500BC.
- Ancient Egyptians often mummified dead cats and sometimes even buried them with their owners
- The word ‘cat’ is derived from the Latin ‘cattus’
- In Japan, cats are seen as lucky charms and bringers of wealth.
- It is believed that if you stroke your cat with both hands, they will purr more loudly and for longer – this is because both sides of your brain are being stimulated which messages to the cat that you are happy and content.