It is not uncommon for a cat to live at night and rest during the day. Its sleep cycle and habits are radically different from those of humans. What to do if your pet prevents you from sleeping or constantly wakes you up? How to ensure a serene cohabitation when night falls?
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Why doesn't my cat sleep at night?
Even though they are domesticated and fed daily by their owners, cats have retained their hunting instinct. In the wild, they are predators that come out at night to track down their prey (mice, lizards, moles ...). If some cats adopt the same rhythm as their master and manage to sleep at night, others are very active for many reasons.
First, it may be that your feline is not stimulated enough during the day. In the evening, he will need to let off steam and play. Left to himself, he will find solutions to evacuate his energy since he is not tired.
The other reason is that he is hungry. Be aware that a cat eats small amounts of food several times in a day. He can also make up to fifteen meals daily. If your pet is hungry, he will instinctively head to his bowl.
Finally, it is possible that your cat is stressed and suffers from a lack of attention. He will not hesitate to express his discomfort, including in the middle of the night. Concretely, he will rub against you by meowing.
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How to make a cat sleep?
Does your cat meow, push objects and run around your home after dark? During this time, you fail to rest properly. Adopt good habits: when you are about to go to bed, set up rituals.
Make sure your cat has a full stomach. It is the assurance that he will quickly fall asleep. At the same time, remember to fill his bowl with kibble and put fresh water at his disposal. If the bowls are empty, the feline will not hesitate to wake you up to claim its due.
Then, spend time with your cat. You can pet him, give him a hug and cuddle him. These gestures of affection will soothe your cat and help her have a quiet night.
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My cat prevents me from sleeping, what should I do?
Are you regularly woken up in the middle of the night by your hairball? Not sure how to react? If your cat enters your room several times, you can simply close the door or not react. The latter will get used to it after a few days if you have set up the rituals mentioned above. If nothing works or if you notice other symptoms, talk to your veterinarian about this problem: if necessary, he can advise you on a suitable treatment.
In general, make sure that your cat has something to stimulate him during the day, especially if you are away. Balls, mice, cushions with catnip, circuits, tunnels, candy balls... There is no shortage of games.