Cat Noctural Tips
Causes of night activity
Cats are naturally nocturnal animals. They naturally would hunt at dawn and dusk, when small mammals are active. Given any opportunity, our pets will revert to their natural, nocturnal selves. Unfortunately, they would really enjoy it if their owners kept them company! Or at least got up to open the door or feed them.
There are some medical conditions that result in cats being overactive or active at unusual times. Hyperthyroidism can cause an excess of energy in your cat so if your usually placid pussycat is frantically pacing your place, do get a vet check.
Older cats can suffer from Feline Cognitive Dysfunction - dementia. They will often pace from room to room, sometimes appearing to be lost. They may also have a mournful meow. Again a vet check is in order.
Solutions for nocturnal activity
Play during the day
Cats will tend to sleep during the day if we let them. If we are at work then then are sleeping. When you are at home, try to exhaust your cat with a variety of play games. Use automated feeding machines to occupy your cat periodically during the day. Stop prior to bedtime, to give your cat time to calm down.
Calming your cat
Ensure your cat has areas to sleep comfortable overnight and exclude them from your bedroom if you need sleep. Lavender or classical music can calm animals.
If you get up overnight
If you do get up to your cat, try to do so when your cat is calm and quiet, as this will reinforce this behaviour. Respond to your cat's needs but do not give them much attention or play with them.