Have you lain awake at night because a cat is scratching at the door, running across your bed (and you), pawing at your face, or meowing to be fed? I've shared my own Top 10 Ways to avoid cat-related sleep deprivation. Here is your opportunity to share your own solutions with other readers. Perhaps you've come up with a novel idea not covered in my list.
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- My 5 month old kitten George sleeps in a crate and he loves it. I started crating him because I didn't want him getting into trouble at night. I always ensure he has his stuffed toy (he curls up with it). Now, if my bf or I fall asleep before we close the crate door for the night George goes in himself and sleeps until morning.
- —Guest Keightie
- My cat Is very sweet and gentle but at night he used to become crazy running everywhere on top of us under the bed he would throw himself against the window and do a 360 flip in the air. Watching a cat doing Parkour is awesome but not at 2am. After many failed attempts at playing with him before going to bed, we just locked him in the washroom. He has a little bed where he sleeps right besides the sink (we figured that's the cleanest area) and right before he goes to bed we give wet food and water and a clean litter. So now he looks forward to going to the washroom at night and he knows is sleep time and he actually sleeps and runs during the day. At the beginning he would cry but now he is okay with it. AND now everyone is happy :)
- —Guest Cat lady
- I have two 4-yr-old bengals, a male and female brother & sister who go outside during the day. Usually let them out around 6am and they come in around 6pm. The male wakes every night like clockwork around 4am and yowls until we let him out at 6. We live in a tiny house that is passively heated with a woodstove so if we shut the door, there is no heat in the room (we have three rooms - our bedroom, our daughter's bedroom and a main room where the woodstove is located). Can't let them out before dawn bc too many predators (coyotes, fishers) out at night. Don't know what to do. We both work full time and have a 3-year-old who is in daycare, all three of us are exhausted but we can't shut our boy up. We would never consider sending him away, he's family, but we need a workable solution. He doesn't want food, he doesn't want cuddles, all he wants is to go outside and hunt, but he can't go out until dawn. Any suggestions?
- —Guest tundraleigh
Its a process
- 1) I was not aware until recently that all cats have a need to hunt- and they WILL FIND a way to do it- even if it means hunting you! To satisfy this need get a "Cat Teaser" - a long stick with feathers on the end. (Available at PetSmart) When you shake it, it sounds like a bird flying- and they love to chase it. Play this game at before bed, and when you get up with you cats ( on your timeline not theirs) . It satisfies their need to hunt, and helps them settle down. 2) feed them only at night, right before bed. Never in the am. 3) wake them up during the day (if you are home) 4) bad behavior - waking you up- gets them removed from you (gently and temporarily). They will learn to not displease you.
- —Guest jelly
- Im taking care of my roomates cat, charlete, and she constantly wants to be petted and loved but when lights go out she tends to want to rip out the window screen and mess up the curtains. I put her away from the window and she crys cause she wants the window. I block the window she goes all the way around and finds a way back onto the window. I finally put her in her crate and she hates it. You can hear her clawing at it, but I rather have her in there getting used to it then her being on the street. Shes meowing a little less now I think she might be calming down but every so often she starts up again.
- —Guest Layla24
cat related sleep deprivation
- OMG people they are cats! cats are naturally active at night, LOCK THEM OUT! also if u feed them/give attention at 3am it will be expected. never give positive reinforcement to unwanted behaviours. they love to race and play in the wee hours, put dry food/water and a litter tray in the lounge and shut the door. your sleep must come first. Be consistant, your cat will still love you.
- —Guest jess
Lock em out.
- It's the only way to get the message across, we find it hard to play with our Kitty Astro during the day in order to tire him out because he ends up becoming too agressive and nasty, and he's a very heavy sleeper!! He is a year old and although is purely an indoor cat, needs to be desexed so we have resorted to locking him out of the hallway -the main entrance way to any of the bedrooms- at night because he's yeowling is terribly loud, even my husband who could sleep through a bomb going off gets woken up by his meowing. It wasn't just meowing for me either. He would make an absolute pain in the butt of himself because he would be trying to get behind the venetian blinds of the window right next to my bedside and the clanging of the blinds against the window frame would wake me between his melodrammatic yeowls of "harrrooooww?!" so out he stays until he's desexed which hopefully works to calm his hormones down. If not, then he'll be lounge room cat at night forever more.
- —Guest Eerie
Crated cats yell!
- Cat's do not stop yelling in crates at all, I have 8 cats, 5 are starting to scrabble and poop at night making us on the verge of divorce cos all my partner does is moan and threaten me because of it yet he is the animal hoarder! 3 of the cats ruin the home and I have cancer. I struggle to decorate 1 room, it causes me to go back into hospital ill and before I know it he has let them in there and it's destroyed, they have lived in crates for 3 years and they rattle and yell every single evening, they will rattle and jump up at the door so I can't leave them loose either. Where we live is pretty open plan so I have nowhere to shut them in downstairs either and the kitchen even if a door was added is too tiny for that number of cats. I just want to die. I can't cope!
- —Guest RedCyan
Sleep problem Solved
- I have two cats that used to run through the house late at night running under the bed and provoking the dogs to bark at them which would in turn wake up my wife and I. My cats also would get fed a half a can of wet food with a bowl of dry food twice a day. I noticed my cats were getting a little chubby and so I built a kitty wheel (retail ones are about $200) and now the youngest gets on it late at night while we are sleeping and we don't hear a thing and since I built the wheel, she doesn't run around the house acting like she's high on kitty weed and I also quit giving them wet food in the morning because both of them would meow every morning and wake us up. So now I feed them half a can of wet food in the evening and dry food morning and evening. Cats aren't meowing every morning for wet food and getting on the Kitty wheel every day to walk off some of those calories. Hope this is helpful to anyone looking to solve the sleep problem.
- —Guest Jessi
- My boyfriend and I got two kittens about a month ago. Well they have slept fine until maybe a week before Xmas. They jump on his face ready to play, every night. Always between 2:30-3;30 am. But its only him. He has work so early and they keep him from sleeping. Its making him Moody. I don't understand though. They play all day and eat everyday at the same times. Shouldn't they know its bedtime?
- —Guest lynn
- Two hot water bottles. Kitty thinks he has won, sleeping right on top of the warm bit...... little does he know......
- —Guest bengal
My cats are driving me crazy
- I have 2 one year old cats that drive me crazy starting about 3 am every morning. I have put them out of the bedroom - they scratch at the door - I let them stay in the bedroom and they jump all over me at night. I have put them in another room with toys and litter boxes and closed both doors and I can still hear them. Help. I don't want to have to give them up but I need to get some sleep.
- —Guest Offalycute
Breakfast in bed
- Our cat, George, would wake us up every night around 3 am for food. The solution was simple; we just put a bowl of dry food next to our bed. Now, he gets up, jumps off the bed, we hear crunching in the darkness, then he's back up and back to sleep.
- —Guest George's Owner
- Nemo (orange tabby) is about three years old. & for the 1st year- 2years he was fine- on schedule. meowed only at 7am & 7pm to eat. But within the last year he has been waking us up very early (multiple times) & it's never to cuddle or play (I don't think) it's too eat!! Some mornings he will eat about 3 times in a 2 hr span because my mother, father, & I will all get up & feed up without knowing he has already eaten. He is really smart & knows that if he pretends to be hungry- he will be fed. He is getting too fat too. He doesn't mind being sprayed with water, & tossing a slipper or toy his way for distraction never works because he always returns. He wakes me at 5am, 5:40am, (which I give in and feed him) then at 6:40am to eat again! He has dry food in his bowl at all times but considers this just a snack & always cries for the fancy feast grilled (his fave). I have a full time job & am a full time student that is sleep-deprived enough without this- is locking him in the basement ok?
- —Guest Dali D
"Go to your room!"
- When my cats were little I tried sharing the bed with them. They would wake me up having running races several times a night. I put them outside my bedroom, but they just laid by the door and cried. Eventually I decided to just put them in my office at night (that's where their litter box and food are anyway). There's a futon in there, so they have a comfy place to sleep. In order to give them extra incentive and to keep their tummies from rumbling early in the morning I started filling their food bowls at night. I used to tell them to "go to your room". Now all I have to do is stand up and say "go to your room", and the kitties run upstairs to the office. I feed them, close the door, and go to bed. They're quiet all night unless I really sleep late. Even if they do get upset with me, there are two closed doors between them and me. I sleep much better, and honestly, I think so do they.
- —Guest Abby