How to Calm Down Your Cat at Night!
12 August, 2014
As many cat owners know, our cats are nocturnal by nature and seem to get extremely active at night. It’s especially true when you are at work all day and come home late and all your kitty wants to do is play. In fact, your kitty has probably been napping all day long and is just starting out his day when you are getting ready to go to sleep.
Below are some ways to calm your cat down at night so can you sleep.
Rule Out Medical Problems First
If your cat restlessly wanders around your house at night meowing or crying, he may be suffering from an underlying medical problem that causes pain or discomfort. If you think this may be the case, take your cat to the vet to rule out medical issues, especially if you notice that your kitty meows excessively during the day as well as at night. Once you get a clean bill of health from your vet, you will know it’s more of a behavioral issue.
Keep your cat active during the day to calm him down at night
Keep your cat active as active as possible during the day. A cat that sleeps all day long will be active at night. If you are home, try to engage your cat in play sessions using toys he can’t resist. Cats love toys with lights and beams or you can throw a mouse and let your cat chase it. Sometimes even a brown paper bag or cardboard box are favorites for cats. Try sprinkling some catnip on either of these items and let the fun begin!
If you are not home during the day, try keeping items that are stimulating to your cat
When you aren’t home to play with your feline friends, make sure they have a toy or outlet that is stimulating for them. You can leave out toys that encourage cats to investigate various holes or fine hidden treats. How about trying a window perch so your cat can watch the birds and activity outside? Try leaving the television on with the animal channel and keep your cat entertained and awake during the day. Who knows, your cat might even learn something.
Try a play session with your cat right when you get home. If you can wear your kitty out, this will help tire you and more importantly, your cat.
Adopt a friend for your cat to help calm him down day and night
If you live in a single cat home, you might want to adopt a second cat. This, of course, is great on so many levels. You are saving another cat’s life while enriching the life of your cat at home. If there are two cats, they are more likely to play together all day long and be more awake during the day and subsequently more tired at night.
Feed your cat before you go to bed
Feed your cat a main meal just before your bedtime. Cats tend to sleep after a big meal. If your cat continues to wake you during the night for food, purchase a timed feeder that you can fill and set to dispense once or twice during the night. If your cat’s hungry, he’ll learn to wait by the feeder rather than bother you while you’re sleeping. Make sure you reduce meal sizes during the day so that your cat doesn’t gain weight.
Do not give into your cat’s bad behavior
Don’t reward your cat’s bad behavior. If your cat pesters you during the night, the worst thing to do is give in to him and get up. As soon as you get up to address your cat’s needs, it reinforces the behavior and teaches your cat to do it again the next night. Keep in mind that even yelling at your cat will be perceived as attention and will encourage your cat to continue and we don’t EVER want to yell at our cats anyway (but sometimes sleep deprivation does strange things to us).
I hope these tips help and with a little effort and patience, you should be able to get a good night’s sleep.