How to Keep Your Cat Calm at Night

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Is your cat a lover of the night, to the point that he’s always making noise that keeps you awake in the wee hours? Then you probably feel frustrated and helpless by your furry friend’s antics, and you may not know what you can do to get him to operate on your sleep schedule.

Thankfully, there are steps that you can take to help calm your kitty down at night so you can both get some rest and relaxation.

Schedule Mealtime and Playtime at the Right Time

One way to prepare your kitty for bed is by property scheduling his dinnertime and his evening playtime.

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If you feed your pet right before you head off to bed, he’ll likely want to sleep with you because felines tend to rest after they consume a large meal. But if this doesn’t work and your cat continues to try to get you up in the middle of the night for more food, you can buy a timed feeder that will automatically dispense some food while you sleep. Just reduce other meal portions throughout the day so your kitty doesn’t gain too much weight.

In addition to eating a big meal, cats also tend to relax and take a nap after they’ve had a solid play session during which they can let out their excess energy and fulfill their predatory instincts. So make it a point to schedule interactive play sessions during the evening. Use toys that your cat likes to chase, pounce on, and claw at, and play with your cat until he gets tired.

Provide Environmental Enrichment

Whether you’re too tired to play with your pet after a long day at work or you want to make sure that your cat has something to prevent his boredom overnight, there are plenty of toys that you can leave around the house. These include balls and stuffed mice that your cat can find and play with on his own. And there are also a variety of treat balls, puzzle games, and automated toys that can keep your cat playing even while you sleep so he doesn’t bother you.

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These same types of toys can also make it easier for your cat to stay more active throughout the day so he’s more tired at night. If your cat is bored during the day and naps while you’re at work, he will be a lot more awake and ready for interaction and play when you get home.

You can also install window perches so your cat can look outside, play cat videos on TV while you aren’t home, and set up a cat tree for climbing.

Consider Getting Your Cat a Companion

A single cat who spends a lot of time alone when you aren’t home may become bored and lonely, and this could result in him wanting to interact with you throughout the evening and late into the night.

Consider getting him a companion that he can play with and interact with whenever you aren’t around, as well as while you sleep. This may even help if your cat doesn’t let you close the door to your bedroom at night. If he has a feline friend to snuggle with and share toys with, he won’t feel left out, so he may be less likely to meow behind your bedroom door.

Make Sure Your Cat is Healthy

If you notice that your cat wanders restlessly throughout the house at night, and if he cries or meows a lot, he may actually have a medical condition that’s causing discomfort or pain. Therefore, it’s best to have your pet examined by a veterinarian to rule out any health problems.

Once you know that your cat’s nighttime behavior isn’t related to a medical issue, simply enriching his environment and spending time with him before bed could help you both sleep through the night in peace.