Sleeping Cat Keeps Eyes Open

Wondering why your cat sleeps with open eyes? Let's look into it.

Watching your cat sleep with open eyes cat be a little creepy. Via Gina Cioli/Lumina Media

My cat sleeps with his eyes open. It scares me. Why does he do it? –Melissa Harrigan

Eyes-open unconsciousness reminds us of death, so I understand why it scares you. Fortunately, you don’t need to worry about him. Some pets do it, as do some people, and the behavior seems to happen more frequently in older age.

Your cat could get dry eyes if he frequently sleeps that way; your vet can prescribe drops if needed.

Keep this in mind about your open-eyed cat: Sleepy as he is, with those eyes open he’s probably more prepared to spring into action at a moment’s notice than his closed-eyed counterparts. Keep that in mind when you’re
• Walking past him in bare feet
• Sitting next to his sleeping self when you’re about to eat some ice cream
• Knitting
• Admiring the birds/squirrels outside your window

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