You’ve probably noticed that your cat spends most of the day sleeping. Well, who can blame them? We wish we had that luxury! In fact, cats typically sleep for between 16-20 hours per day.
The reason that cats do sleep for most of the day is that they’re nocturnal; meaning that they are most active during the night time. Whilst this may seem unusual due to the extent of their sleeping habits, it is often found that cats have more broken sleep during the night hours as opposed to during the day.
So, what does this mean? Here’s what you need to know…
Yes, cats are nocturnal – but it’s not as simple as sleep all day and party all night. They may also display crepuscular behaviour, meaning that they can be active during dawn and dusk hours. Furthermore, some house cats might not demonstrate nocturnal behaviours at all.
If it all seems a bit confusing, stick with us…
The first domesticated cats are believed to be African Wildcats – which are nocturnal – and it is though that they are the ancestors of today’s domestic cats.
Like many other breeds of wild cat, the African Wildcats would hunt for their prey during the night, and today’s domestic cats are equipped with similar evolved capabilities. For example, you may notice your cat’s eyes glowing when light hits them – a trait commonly found in nocturnal animals.
Although domestic cats don’t have to hunt for their food, they may still act upon their nocturnal instincts.
Do Cats Sleep At Night?
As we say, it’s very hard to predict a cat’s sleeping habits, as it is often dependent of several variables. Their routine, along with the amount of exercise that they get during the day, can have a significant impact on their sleeping habits.
It’s likely that your cat will be in tune with your daily routine and will settle down when you do each evening, especially if they’re kept predominantly indoors. If their nocturnal instincts are getting in the way of your night’s sleep, however, here are some ways of managing the sleeping situation.
Keep Them Out Of the Bedroom
If your cat is particularly active at night, it’s a good idea to keep them out of the bedroom altogether.
You have to put yourself first, and having a pet cat is no fun if it’s making you totally sleep deprived. If they’re making noise in the bedroom, it’s often because they’re trying to get your attention, so removing them will eliminate the temptation.
If you do start locking your cat out of the bedroom, make sure they’re in a room with no hazards – you don’t want to be woken up with a disastrous clatter!
Leave The Curtains Open
We all accept that cats are nocturnal and are likely to be awake during the night, but the commotion often comes about because they’re awake and bored.
Even if they’re in another room, they’re likely to become restless, and it’s a good idea to leave the blinds and curtains open to help keep them distracted. At least this way they might keep quiet for a little while longer.
You might want want to mark the window glass just to let them know its there – cats do have an unfortunate habit of running into glass objects…
The key to success is to be persistent and to not give in.
You have to be firm with your cat. If you give in to their demands, they’ll think that they’ve got one over on you and will carry on the behaviour. It’s important that they know who’s the boss!
So, stick with it – the first week might be tough, but the longer you do it the easier it’ll get.
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