Cats do things at night
Cats do things at night . Cats sleep and wake up at different times than most other animals, and they are often busy at night. This is because cats are crepuscular, which means they hunt and are active in the evening and early morning.
This nighttime behaviour of cats is sometimes called “the night crazies,” and it can keep cat owners from sleeping. There are things you can do if your cat won’t let you sleep.
How Your Cat Acts at Night
Your cat may do a lot of different things that keep you up at night. These things could start happening in the evening or wake you up in the middle of the night.
Playing wildly and excitedly on you or your furniture
Putting your toes together at night
Trying to hurt your ears while you sleep
Crossing you while you sleep
Howling or crying
Why cats act differently at night
Cats are often more active at night or early in the morning. Usually, this is because your cat has a natural urge to hunt and move around at these times. But there may be other things going on that make cats stay up too late, such as:
Being alone at home. You can go to work or school during the day and leave your cat home alone. During this time, your cat may spend most of the day sleeping or just chilling out. Cats can be more active at night if they sleep all day.
Boredom. If your cat spends most of the day alone, it may be bored and want more attention and interaction. Cats are social animals, so it’s possible that your cat has extra energy or is waking you up to get your attention. This could be a way for your cat to play with other cats.
Hunger. Cats often wake up in the middle of the night to eat. This is because it is in their nature to hunt in the dark.
Get old. Cats often change how they sleep as they get older. You may notice that your cat is more active at night. This could be because of health problems that come with age.
Concerns about health. If your cat is sick, he or she might be too active, too uncomfortable, or too loud and needy at night. Some of these are:
Alzheimer’s disease that causes trouble with
Not remembering well
Your cat may naturally be more active at night, but if their nighttime behaviour suddenly changes and gets worse, you should talk to your vet to make sure there isn’t a problem with their health.
How to Make Your Cat Go to Sleep
With a few changes during the day, you can teach your cat to sleep at night. The most important thing is not to pay attention to your cat when it acts up at night. Instead, plan to play with and feed your cat during the day.
Play with your cat to keep it awake. When you get home from work or later in the evening, spend time with your cat. Don’t let your cat nap, play with it, or train it. This could mean:
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Change when they are fed. After they eat, cats often go to sleep. If you change the amount of food you give your cat and feed it more often during the day, it will stay busy while you’re gone. You can set up a small amount of food to be fed at different times of the day using an automatic feeder.
Changing the type of food your cat eats and putting dinner later in the evening might also make it tired before bed. If your cat gets up early to eat, set up an automatic feeder to feed it in the morning. Don’t feed your cat in the middle of the night, though, or it will learn to stay awake all night to get food.
Do things with your cat during the day. A feeding toy with food or treats inside will keep your cat’s mind and body busy. You can also keep your cat busy by getting it new toys or switching out its old ones.
Take care of your own room. If changing the time of day doesn’t work, close your bedroom door and keep your cat out. Set up a cosy place to sleep with the litter box as far away as possible from your room. To stop the door from scratching or rattling, put a towel under it.
Some medicines might help. If none of the other changes work, your vet may give your cat medicine or natural sleep aids like melatonin or valerian. But your cat can get used to sleeping pills, and after a few nights, they may no longer work.
Cat night behaviour may also be helped by treating health problems like hyperthyroidism or dementia that cause hyperactivity or sleep problems.
How to Handle Cats That Sleep All Night
You might think that getting up and calming or feeding your cat will help, but it’s best to ignore your cat’s behaviour as much as possible. If you pay attention to your cat at night, it may learn to stay awake for food and attention.
Even if you’re tired or annoyed, remember that your cat’s nighttime behaviour is normal. Don’t punish your cat for this normal behaviour, because it could make him or her feel worse. If your cat won’t let you sleep, you should change your daytime plans so your cat can play and exercise more.