How to Stop Your Cat from Keeping You Up at Night

Does this sound familiar? You’re settling in for a good night’s rest after a long hard day. You’re almost asleep, when you’re awakened by the sound of your cat’s squeaky toy. This is followed by the pitter-patter of little paws, and then the forceful thump of your playful furball hopping onto the bed, hoping to get you to play with her. Fluffy has many wonderful qualities, but sometimes her routines for sleeping and playing aren’t the same as our own. We are here to help! In this article, a Riverside County, CA vet offers advice on how to handle your kitty’s midnight zoomies.

Play Sessions

If Fluffy has enough energy at night to race around the house, then try to keep her more active during the day. Daily play sessions will help burn off your furball’s excess energy. Use interactive toys, like laser pointers or wand toys, to really get your feline buddy interested and moving. Ideally, you should aim for a few daily 10 to 15 minute sessions, but even a few minutes a day will be beneficial.

Late Dinner

After you’ve played with your cat, give her a late dinner. Try to give your feline pal her evening meal right before you go to bed. After a tiring play session and a yummy supper, Fluffy will probably start yawning and looking for her next napping spot.

Bedroom Access

Many people let their kitties bed down with them at night. Fluffy’s soothing purr can definitely make a great sleep aid. A kitten pouncing on your feet? Not so much. Fortunately, your furball’s playful phase will diminish pretty steadily. Although your feline friend may still be spirited when she’s fully grown, mature kitties are usually nowhere near as frisky as young cats. Actually, many felines adapt their schedules so that, despite taking numerous daytime naps, they can snuggle up in bed with their owners overnight. Decide whether your cat will or won’t be allowed into the bedroom, and stick to your choice. If you let Fluffy in one night, then keep her out the next, she’ll probably scratch and meow at the door, which, needless to say, is the opposite effect of what you’re hoping for.

Do you have any questions or concerns about your cat’s health or care? Call us, your local Riverside County, CA animal hospital, today!

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