Cats disrupting your Sleep at Night… A Step-by-Step Guide for Cat Owners to resolve this Kitty Behavior
“Every dog has his day – but the nights are reserved for the cats.”
Every cat owner has dealt with the scenario of waking up in the middle of the night and suffer from midnight blues due to their kitty. Hence, the above quote sums the theme of this write-up quite beautifully. Before rectifying this cat behavior, let us try to find out the root cause of the problem.
People perceive cats to be nocturnal – a lifestyle of being awake at night instead of day but this is incorrect. In fact, cats do sleep at night, but not for long. Felines are crepuscular – meaning they are most active at dawn and dusk. This is due to their nature; since their prey is generally active during the heat of the day or in the middle of the night when it is pitch black. It is due to this reason they stay awake at midnight.
But it has been found that cats cannot see anything at night without light and so during the pitch black moments it is but obvious for them to sleep at midnight. But are they really sleeping during the wee hours of the night? You guessed it right…They aren’t. This piece of information deals with this problem.
Resolving The Chronic Alarm Clock Cat Syndrome
As a cat owner, it is frustrating when your feline wakes you in late midnight and you cannot help but play with her sacrificing your good night’s sleep. But believe us these sleepless nights are things of the past because now you can resolve this kitty behavior once and for all. Look at the tips given below that will assist you in overcoming this problem:
- Ensure that your kitty has a fixed schedule for different activities including getting into the bed and waking up. This means keeping her active during the early mornings so that she can tire her, eventually leading to sleep at night. Once she follows the regimen rigorously, things will slowly but gradually fall in place.
- The next step is to rule out any possibility of illness by taking your kitty to the veterinarian. There are certain diseases like inflamed gums, arthritis or thyroid problems that can result in keeping her awake during the wee hours of the night. Never assume that it is a behavioral issue as this can escalate the problem further. Get her treated immediately if she is suffering from any of the diseases.
- Cats are creatures of habit and so if you give your kitty her favorite treats at 3 AM in the night she will wake you up and remind you to give the treat at the same time. To break this undesirable habit, the best thing to do is avoid her. Do not give her treats at that particular time for several days. With time, she will understand that it is not good to wake you up and ask for treats at 3 AM.
- Unspayed or unneutered cats become highly active during night. The queens coming in heat attract the attention of the toms for mating while the unaltered males get restless when they are in close proximity to felines. Hence, the way to deal with the situation is to spay the queens and neuter the toms. Once that has been done, the queens will no longer experience hormonal rush of being in the heat to attract male cats while toms will not roam around and yowl for females. It will also curb their aggressive behavior and prevent different types of cancers associated with the reproductive organs of male and female cats.
It may take several weeks to train your kitty in accomplishing the objective, but with time she will understand that midnight is not the time to wake you up and then you will be off the hock!!