Cats are nocturnal, so you’ll need to make sure there is total darkness in their room before bedtime and they have a cozy spot for them to sleep. If the cat is still restless after these two steps, try petting them or making some noise-this will usually do the trick!
How to Calm a Cat Down at Night
You’ll need to make sure there is total darkness in their room before bedtime and they have a cozy spot for them to sleep. If the cat is still restless after these two steps, try petting them or making some noise-this will usually do the trick!
Cats are nocturnal creatures who love staying up late into the night. Unfortunately, our human schedules often conflict with theirs in ways that can create problems for both parties.
Cats sometimes struggle with insomnia when not enough time has passed since their last nap, while people end up feeling frustrated by trying to get work done at night because of all the meowing going on next door. Fortunately, there are many things you can do about this.
1) Add enrichment to your cat’s routine
Cats are natural night owls, but busy days can make them want to play all afternoon. Giving your cat plenty of activities to keep him or she entertained during daylight hours is important for keeping the kitty happy after dark!
2) Make sure your cat is getting enough sleep
Cats need between 12-16 hours of sleep each day, so you might have trouble with them being awake at night if they are not sleeping enough during the day. If this is the case, try putting your kitty in their room every night by 6 PM and make sure they don’t come out until it’s lights-out. You can get them used to this starting a few days before the change happens so that they don’t get anxious at night.
3) Make your cat feel safe in their room
Cats are naturally cautious, so if they hear strange noises or feel unsafe where they are, they will have a hard time sleeping. Make sure there is no furniture in their room so that nothing blocks them from getting away if needed and try to leave your cat alone as much as possible at night-especially during bedtime rituals. If they are still fidgety after you’ve followed these two steps, try petting them or making some noise to calm them.
4) Use a cat app for sleep
Cat apps can be a great tool to help your kitty get a good night’s rest. If you download one that has music or nature sounds, it might lull your feline friend to sleep. Otherwise, try an interactive game-like Big Top Bop that requires cats to go and find hidden treats.
5) Adjust your nightly activities
If you need to be up at night for work, make sure the lights are out as soon as possible. If you must stay up late, try using earplugs or a white noise machine to block out any extra noise and give your cat some peace and quiet.
6) Provide an evening snack
If your cat wakes up in the middle of the night and is looking for a snack, give them some wet food. This will help to keep them satisfied until morning so they can go back to sleep with no interruptions.
7) Be patient!
It may take some time to adjust to the new bedtime routine, but your cat will likely settle in after a few days or weeks. Do not give up! You and kitty will eventually fall into a nice schedule that works for everyone.
Cats are nocturnal by nature, so their sleep patterns typically don’t match up with our own. If you are struggling with keeping your furry friend quiet after dark, follow these steps to make sure they can still get their beauty sleep.
1. What age should kittens be to wake up at night?
There is no real recommended age for kittens to begin sleeping through the night, but many do so around six to eight weeks of age.
2. How often should I feed my kitten wet food?
It is best to feed your cat wet food fairly often, about twice a day. This will keep them happy and their energy level up, preventing them from waking you in the middle of the night for food.
3. How much water should I give my cat?
Cats need to drink about 100 ml (about 1/2 cup) of water per pound they weigh each day.
4. What is a good way to keep a cat from waking me up in the middle of the night?
Cats are naturally less active at night, so use this time to play with your kitty! Try interactive toys like cat tunnels and wands that require your pets to be more active after dark. You can also get them used to stay in their room by playing with them there before bedtime so they get used to the idea.
5. What things should I do when I get home from work?
If you get home after dark, make sure to give your kitty some time to adjust before you begin playing and interacting. Try feeding them their dinner around this time so that they may settle in and go to bed after. If your kitty wakes you up while you’re trying to sleep, try gently petting them or making some noise so they know everything is okay and fall back asleep on their own.