Cat lovers often chuckle about the "midnight zoomies" — that sudden burst of energy cats seem to have just when you're trying to get some rest.
While it’s endearing to some, it can be disruptive and even frustrating for others, especially when it happens regularly. If you've ever wondered why your cat is so active at night, and how you can help them (and you) have a more restful evening, then this blog is for you.
Why is your cat active at night?
Natural Instincts: Cats are crepuscular, which means they are most active during the dawn and dusk hours. This behavior is linked to their hunting instincts. In the wild, this is the time when their prey is most active.
Sleeping Patterns: Unlike humans who have consolidated sleep, cats sleep in short bursts throughout the day. These daytime naps can lead to nighttime energy spurts.
Environment Changes: Sometimes, factors like a new pet, changes in the household, or even outside noises can disrupt a cat's usual routines, leading them to be more active at night.
How can you correct it?
Play and Exercise: Engaging your cat in play sessions during the evening can help tire them out. Use toys that mimic prey, like feather wands or laser pointers, to stimulate their hunting instincts.
Adjust Feeding Times: Feeding your cat their main meal just before your bedtime can make them sleepy, as digestion requires energy.
Create a Routine: Cats thrive on routine. Keeping feeding, play, and other activities consistent can help set a natural rhythm for your cat.
Safe Outdoor Access: If it's feasible and safe, allow your cat some controlled outdoor time during the day. The new environment and stimuli can tire them out, ensuring they’re more relaxed by nighttime.
Comfortable Sleeping Spot: Ensure your cat has a comfortable sleeping spot. Sometimes they can get restless if they don't have a designated place to rest.
UnRuffled Pets® Therapy: A Secret Weapon?
If you've tried various methods and your feline friend is still keeping you up, pheromone therapy might be your answer.
How can UnRuffled Pets® Help?
These can create a calming environment for cats.
Diffusers: Plug-in diffusers release pheromones continuously, creating a calm environment. It's perfect for general stress or large areas. Use them where your cat sleeps.
Sprays: Pheromone sprays can be used on specific spots like beds, furniture, toys, or carriers. They are ideal for targeted applications.
While pheromone therapy is safe and can be highly effective, it's essential to remember that every cat is unique. What works for one might not work for another. Always consult with your veterinarian if you're unsure about any behavioral changes or treatments for your cat.
Nighttime hyperactivity in cats can be a mix of instinctual behavior, environmental factors, and individual quirks. While it's essential to understand the root causes, with patience, consistent routine, and possibly the aid of pheromone therapy, you can ensure both you and your feline friend get a peaceful night's sleep.