If your cat is causing you to lose sleep at night, you are not alone. A study released by the Mayo Clinic Sleep Disorders Centre found that 53% of the patients who are pet owners have their sleep disturbed in some way every night.
So what can you do to save your precious snooze time? The solution is more often than not, down to managing your kitty’s energy level and needs before bedtime every night.
Set a Kitty Playtime
Set aside 30 minutes to an hour everyday for an engaging play session. You can use toys that will get your cat pumped up, such as laser lights and colourful strings. Playtime is also a great opportunity for you to bond with your cat.
Get a Companion
If you are away from work most of the day, you may want to consider getting a companion for puss. Having a play buddy will help reduce boredom as they can keep each other entertained while you are away. Like humans, cats in general require socialisation with others for overall wellness.
Ignore Unwanted Behaviour
If your cat is giving you a hard time scratching at your door in the middle of the night or invading your space on the bed for no good reason, you have to let it know that this behaviour is wrong. Giving in to your cat’s cries and demands will only encourage it to continue doing it for attention. If required, lock your cat out of the bedroom and ignore it until the unwanted behaviour dies down and eventually disappears. Remember, perseverance is key for permanent peace!
Sometimes cats ask for attention in an ungodly hour because it’s hungry. Try adjusting your cat’s mealtimes to a later hour so it doesn’t have to wake you up and beg for food at the wrong time of the day.
Sterilise Your Feline
Amongst other benefits, neutering your cat may help calm it down. It eliminates a cat’s raging hormones and its desire to mate - making it easier to manage.
If your cat is still a kitten, it will start to settle down and be less energetic as it matures. Always remember to treasure its playful moments growing up, instead of seeing them as an annoyance!