Our Nocturnal Furbabies (Cats)
You know the scenario: You’re just settling down to go to sleep for the night and all of a sudden you have your crazy furball pounce on your face, or perhaps your kitty jumps on your bed and starts to meow for attention and doesn’t stop. Why are our cats this way and what can we do to possibly change this?
As we know, wild cats tend to do their best hunting at night, thus this behavior has trickled down to our domesticated cats. Another reason for this behavior is that our cats don’t get enough playtime during the day (because we are gone to work during the day), therefore when we get home from work, and offer food and socialization to our cats, by the time we go to bed, they are just hitting their mid-day stride.
How can we try to fix this? We need to offer more playtime for them before we go to bed. Make sure to feed them before bed to make sure they are full. Also, if you work from home during the day, try to play with them more often and get them to be tired out enough by the time you go to bed.
For more information on how to make your cat tired enough to sleep at night and not use you as a springboard/jungle gym, here is an article that explains more ways to tire them out.