How to Curb Your Cat’s Midnight Shenanigans

Is your cat keeping you up at night? If so, you’re not alone! Our feline friends may spend what seems like a rather excessive amount of time sleeping. When Fluffy is awake, however, she’s often bright-eyed, bushy-tailed, and ready to play! Unfortunately, kitties’ sleep and play cycles don’t always match up with ours. Many people who are owned by cats find that their furballs are the most active in the middle of the night. Below, an Upper Arlington, OH offers advice on managing Fluffy’s midnight ‘zoomies’.

Late Dinner

Just like people, cats often feel tired after a big meal. Given that our feline friends can sleep up to 20 hours a day, kitties apparently also feel tired after blinking, moving, grooming, and using the litter box, but that’s beside the point. Give Fluffy her dinner shortly before your bedtime. After eating, your furball will be more interested in napping than chasing catnip mice.

Hard Day’s Work

Fluffy doesn’t have a day job, unless one counts eating, sleeping and looking cute as work, so it’s up to you to try to keep her active during the day. Provide your furball with plenty of fun toys, and tempt her into moving with engaging, interactive play sessions. Use a wand toy or laser pointer to pique her interest and stimulate her natural hunting instincts.

Bust Fluffy’s Door Scratching

Sometimes cats wake us not by batting a toy down the hall in the middle of the night, but by scratching or meowing at the door. Deciding whether or not to let Kitty sleep with you is a matter of personal choice, but whatever you decide, stick to your guns. If you let your kitty in one night, she’ll expect the same every night. On the one hand, if Fluffy snuggles up to you, purring, and is mostly quiet once she’s settled in, she could make a great sleep aid! Letting your cat sleep with you may also help her adjust her sleep cycle to match yours. However, if your cat tends to bat at your eyelashes, pounce on your feet, or knock things off your dresser, you’ll probably get more shuteye without her in the room. Try putting a buffer, such as a vinyl rug or pillow, before the door.

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