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In this article, we are looking at the question ‘when do Bengal cats sleep?’
Maybe you’re thinking of bringing a Bengal cat in to your home, but you’re not so sure on when your Bengal cat is going to want to sleep (perhaps this might be problematic due to you doing shift work, for example).
Let’s take a quick look at when Bengal cats sleep, and go into a bit more depth about their sleeping habits.
Cats Love To Sleep
The first thing to understand, is that cats love to sleep and they tend to sleep a lot!
Cats sleep – on average – 15 hours a day. This is double what most humans tend to achieve.
It’s not uncommon for cats to sleep up to 20 hours a day as well. In fact, only bats and possums are known to sleep more than cats.
Cats do sleep in a different manner as well; preferring to nap for periods of various length during the day, as opposed to sleeping like most humans (one solid stretch of sleep a night).
Bengals “conform” with the sleeping habits of regular domestic cats – there is nothing particularly unusual about the sleeping habits of Bengal cats.
Cats sleep so much to conserve energy for hunting. Of course if you are feeding your Bengal cat properly (check out our guide to the best food for Bengal cats here for more information on how to do this) then the hunting isn’t really necessary any more … but the sleeping still occurs!
When Do Bengal Cats Like To Sleep?
Like all other domestic cats, Bengals are crepuscular, meaning that they are primarily active during twilight hours.
This means that your Bengal cat probably prefers to sleep during the day, to conserve his/her energy to be active at night.
Of course this can vary from cat to cat, so don’t be surprised if you find your Bengal more active in the day, and sleeping more at night (part of this tends to come down to when human interaction is available as well … chances are that your cat is fast asleep when you are not around and able to play).
Basically, although your cat has a natural tendency to sleep during the day and be active at night, this may be overcome by his/her desire to be active and engaged when you are around!
So if you find your Bengal cat sleeping lots, don’t be alarmed. This is totally normal behaviour, and nothing to be concerned about.