Cats are champion sleepers, clocking around 15 hours a day, but their sleep cycles aren’t the same as ours. A cat who snoozes the day away might be ready to compete in the Kitty Olympics come 2 a.m., racing around the room and leaping off furniture. Athletic feats aside, cats may snore, scratch, or simply prod you for attention during your sleeping hours, which can take a toll on your ability to get good rest and leave you feeling drowsy and sluggish the next day. One Mayo Clinic Sleep Disorders study found that more than 20 percent of patients who sleep with their pets say the animals disturb their sleep. Check out these fascinating facts you never knew about your cat.
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Litter boxes are dirty places, and cats’ paws can capture bits of cat litter and waste, which can end up in your bed. While rubber mats placed outside the litter box can cut down on the amount of litter and waste that gets tracked through the house, you can’t eliminate it entirely from your bed without making the bed a cat-free zone.