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Stopping your cat from waking you up in the night by Simple Steps


Stopping your cat from waking you up in the night by Simple Steps

Stopping your cat from waking you up in the night by Simple Steps

 Playing on the bed, begging for food or asking for cuddling time when you're trying to sleep is all your cat does to get your attention in the middle of the night.

  • Your health depends on a good night's sleep, and your cat shouldn't be interfering with that. It's much worse if you have a sleep condition and can't go back to sleep when a demanding cat wakes you up.

  • But you don't have to suffer from insomnia caused by cats. As an alternative, try one or more tried-and-true methods for ensuring you get a good night's sleep while still giving your cat the love and attention it wants.

Why Does Your Cat Keep Waking You Up in the Night?

Kittens spend the majority of their time sleeping at night in their natural environment. They spend the day dozing off and the night time is spent engaging in activities like as playing or hunting. If your cat wakes you up in the middle of the night, there are a few possible explanations.

  • During its active times, it may not get enough stimulation, enrichment, and exercise, so when you're about to drift off, your cat may be wide awake and ready to play.

  • If your cat spends the majority of its active time alone at home while you are at work or elsewhere, it may be lonely and in need of a friend.

  • Whether it's for a late-night snack or a special treat, your cat is famished or thirsty.

  • Your cat's routine has shifted and is no longer in line with yours.

  • The contents of your cat's litterbox or bedding have been messed with.

If your cat is elderly or if its nocturnal friskiness is a new or uncommon habit, keep an eye out for any changes in behavior. A vet should always be seen as soon as your cat shows unusual behavior, wakes up at night without apparent cause, seems unwell, or displays other signs that it is ill.

Even something as simple as a toothache or high blood pressure may cause frequent sleep interruptions and be a symptom of something more severe like arthritis or hyperthyroidism.

Ways to Stop Your Cat from Waking You Up in the Night

  1. You may teach (or retrain) your cat to not disturb you up in the middle of the night using a variety of methods. Some may need some behavioral changes on the part of pet owners, so make sure everyone in the household is on board with the adjustments.
  2. Before you turn in for the night, plan your response to your cat. There is no good moment to make decisions at 2 a.m.
  3. Plan an engaging hour-long play session with your cat an hour before sleep to help reset its internal clock. After the play session, give your cat a tiny reward or a light snack that is kitty-appropriate, so that he or she will not want for food in the middle of the night.
  4. Ignore your cat if it wakes you up in the middle of the night. Once your cat realizes that you are not giving it the attention it desires, it may decide to leave you alone.
  5. Never let your cat lie on your bed if you have a sleep problem. This implies that your bedroom should be completely off-limits to everyone but you. Put a cozy cat bed in a spare room, a living room corner (with a privacy screen), or even a bathroom for your cat. If you do this, make sure the cat has access to food, drink, and a litterbox wherever it spends the night. To get your cat to utilize the bed, try rubbing some catnip on it.
  6. When left alone all day, a solitary cat may quickly grow bored and begin to demand attention from its human partner at night. If you have a second cat, you'll have company throughout the day as well as less midnight wake-up calls for play. Especially with kittens, who have a lot of extra energy in their first year of development, this is important to remember.
  7.  Most of the time, having two kittens is preferable than having only one. In order to make sure your original feline friend isn't stressed out by a new cat in the house, choosing a second adult feline for your household may be a tough task.
  8. Feeding your cat when it wakes you up early in the morning to demand food would just encourage it to keep interrupting your sleep. To assist with your sleep pattern and your connection with your cat, consider setting up a separate room where your cat may sleep, eat, and drink away from your bedroom.
  9. Cats dislike surprises and prefer a regular routine in their home environment. Assuring that your cat has a regular bedtime and feeding schedule can help you get a good night's sleep and preserve your cat's well-being.

What's Next?

  • Make an effort to establish a quiet atmosphere for you and your cat so that you can both get some restorative sleep if your cat is making a lot of noise. Always make sure that everyone in the family is informed of your plans. It's pointless to ignore your cat if someone else comes to feed him in the middle of the night.

  • Even if you keep your cat's bedroom door closed, it will claw at it for a time before giving up and going to sleep or finding something else to do. A vertical scratch mat, frequent nail cutting, or fitting your cat with Soft Claws plastic nail covers may all help keep your door from being scratched up.

  • There are a variety of commercially available sleep aids that play relaxing sounds (with your cat on the other side of the door). Bird noises, ocean and waterfall sounds, and white noise are all options. The sleep-inducing effects will be amplified and enhanced if you use earphones or headphones.

  • Use room-darkening shades to fully darken your room at night to avoid those pouncing, biting assaults on your toes. Use your phone instead of any digital or fluorescent-dial clocks by your nightstand instead.

  • Even if all else fails, and your cat is making sounds or scratching at the door is keeping you awake, try swimmers' earplugs, which effectively block the ear canal and should provide you with some respite from the noise.