How to Get Your Cat to Sleep at Night
Picture this: you’re already tucked in for the night — your catto snuggled warmly against your feet — when suddenly, you feel movement. The next thing you know, your cat has already hopped off the bed and has resorted to running around the room, suddenly finding everything amusing despite the dark.
Does this scenario sound too familiar to you?
If the answer is yes, you’ve probably experienced getting woken up by your little meow-meow in the middle of the night at least once. Our cattos can be the cutest creatures but they can also turn into the most troublesome ones, especially if they’re disrupting our precious slumber.
Luckily for you, we’ve consulted our team of experts here at Maxime and gathered some simple tips on how you can get your cat to sleep at night.
Why is your cat up at night?
Cats follow a different biological clock compared to humans. Unlike us, who are diurnal creatures (which means we’re awake during the day and rest during the night), cats are crepuscular, which means they are primarily active during dawn and dusk.
Most desert animals like lions, bobcats, coyotes, and rabbits are crepuscular because the twilight period allows them to escape the heat of midday while hunting for their prey.
Many domesticated cats evolved from the African wildcat — a desert-dwelling animal. While our fluffy, house cattos no longer have to hunt for dinner (thanks to us, paw-rents!), they still retained the behaviors of their ancestors, which explains their nighttime activity.
How to get your cat to sleep at night
If your floof baby is disrupting your beauty sleep, don’t lose hope! Just like dogs, cats are routine animals, which means we can train them to change their routine in order to have the same sleeping schedule that we have.
Here are some things you can do to get your catto to snooze at night.
1. Dedicate a period for playtime.
Cats tend to sleep for at least 15 hours during the day, then burn off all that pent-up energy through zoomies during the night. If your floof baby keeps having zoomies at 3:00 AM, maybe it’s time to amp up your play sessions with them during the early evening hours.
Similar to how humans turn into bed early after a long and physically strenuous day, there’s no better way to get our cats to sleep earlier than to tire them out. Keep them engaged by playing with them; try a combination of enriching toys such as laser pointers, feather wands, or fetch. The longer you play with them, the more likely for them to get exhausted and sleep at the same time as you.
2. Feed your cat a small meal before bedtime.
You’ve managed to get kitty tired after their exercise, now, what’s next? Feed your catto a small meal before bed. Cats tend to fall asleep faster right after getting their tummies full.
If your cat is the type to ask for a midnight snack before bed, you can leave them a small bowl filled with their favorite Maxime kibbles before getting settled for bedtime.
3. Be patient and ignore your cat as needed.
After doing steps 1 and 2, your next best course of action is to ignore them, no matter how cute they look or sound. If you answer to their every demand, especially if the demand involves feeding them or playing with them in the middle of the night — congratulations! You have now been trained by your cat and not the other way around.
The key is to establish a routine that will be beneficial for both you and your cat. And remember to exercise patience: newborn kittens may take a while to develop this habit and adult cats who have been newly adopted adult cats may also take time to unlearn certain behaviors.
With time and patience at your disposal, it’s still possible for you to enjoy a good night’s sleep together with your catto! Don’t forget to treat them to a yummy and minerally-balanced meal with Maxime Cat, enriched with taurine and available in delightful tuna and salmon flavors to help you #LiveTheBestLifeTogether with your floof babies!