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When was the last time you got a good night s sleep? If your cat won t let you sleep or your cat isВconstantly waking you up at night,Вhere are six things that might be causing that kittyВwake up call:
Note that this article addresses repeat offenders. If your typically quiet cat suddenly pounces or meows relentlessly one night, investigate: She could be ill, or warning you of a problem. 1. Your cat is waking you up because he or she is sick Some medical conditions inhibit a good night s sleep. Even a mild ailment such as a toothache can make a feline restless. Be particularly suspicious if this is a new behavior, especially in an older cat, warns Cindi Cox, DVM at the MSPCA-Angell adoption center in Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts. Some of the more common culprits for sudden onsets of yowling are arthritis, hyperthyroidism, and high blood pressure, all of which can be diagnosed and treated by a veterinarian. Start with a call to your vet if your cat is repeatedly exhibiting unusual behavior at night. Getting her on the road to recovery may mean you ll both be sleeping soundly again. 2. Your cat is bored at night If your cat is alone a lot, she s probably resting during the day, leaving her energized to play all night. Look into ways to amuse her while you re out. Toys, window perches, and innovative feeding methods, such as foraging toys or hiding small amounts of food throughout the house, can help, says Cox. Interactive play with her human family is also important. Get her moving around with a laser toy, dangle a wand while you watch TV, or toss a ball around before you leave for work.
Keep her toys fresh by rotating them or bringing home something new. Tucker her out for the day with a longer playtime in the evening, at least an hour before lights out so she has time to unwind. 3. Your cat learned some bad sleeping habits Perhaps when she was a kitten or a new cat, you responded to her wake-up calls by giving a cuddle or freshening her water. Unfortunately, you taught her that you re receptive to midnight visitors. Habits can be reversed, so even if you got off on the wrong foot, you can reclaim your evening. Next time she pounces at an unacceptable hour, roll over and stay put. After several nights of your boring reaction, she ll lose interest. 4. You feed your cat immediately afterВ you wake up Do you sleepily dish up the cat food mere minutes after rising? If so, she may be waking you to invoke the feeding process. Go about your morning activities for a while before feeding or lavishing attention on the cat, suggests Cox. Fend off her hunger by giving her a healthy snack before bedtime, such as a high-protein treat. Or ask your vet about dividing her daily food into smaller meals, spread throughout the day, to help her feel more satisfied. If your cat is finicky for fresh water, indulge her with a self-filling water dispenser. 5. Your cat likes your night light What s dark to the human eye isn t so dark to the feline. Cats see better in the dark due to having more light-sensitive receptors in their eyes, and small amounts of light may be quite disruptive, Cox explains. If you leave a nightlight on, sleep with the TV flickering, or have streetlights shining into your room, that may be just the right light for fun.
Minimize light in the sleeping area or try room-darkening blinds to discourage activity. On the other hand, if your cat is a senior citizen, her failing vision may be making it difficult to see at all, causing her restlessness. A soft light can help. Adjust your lighting, giving each change about a week to take effect, to see what works best for your situation. 6. Your cat isВ waking you up for attention Just like children, some cats will act up for attention even if that attention is you grumpily telling her to get lost. Any attention, even negative, could paradoxically reinforce [the cat s] attention seeking behavior, says Cox. In addition to perpetuating the problem, your harsh reaction can be damaging to her trust in you, and in humans in general. Tough as it may be, keep quiet during her escapades. She s more likely to learn a lesson from your silence than from your annoyed antics. No one likes to be roused from sleep. Assess the situation to discover the problem. With a few corrective measures, you ll both be on the same sleep schedule. Does your cat wake you up at night? How did you deal with the problem? Let us know in the comments! Thumbnail: Photography by Shutterstock. Have you ever wondered if your cat loves you? Cats express love for their owners in a number of ways. While some of these may be a bit obvious, other tokens of their affection have some hidden meaning behind them and you may have overlooked them not even realizing. 1.
Your cat brings you their БpresentsБ Not for the faint of heart, when your cat brings you their kill it is actually meant as a present even though it s a present you won t want to touch with your bare hands. Cats are natural hunters, so when they bring you these gifts they are trying to show you what they can БofferБ you. Think of it as a love token, even if the sight of a dead bird/rodent makes you squeal. 2. Your kitty will flash you their tummy Like most animals, cats do not show their stomachs to just anyone. If your cat rolls over on its back to give you a flash of that fuzzy belly, this is an indication that they feel comfortable around you. And not only this, but they feel loved and protected by you, rendering themselves defenseless while on their backs. Cats are prideful animals, so if they do this for you they have no concerns letting their guard down when in your presence. 3. Your cat has a thing for head butting you Although you would never think of this as a friendly gesture with a human, to receive a head butt (head bunt) from a cat is a pretty big deal. When your cat shares this special privilege with you, they are actually depositing facial pheromones on to you. These serve to represent their feelings, and their possession towards you, as if they are leaving traces of their scent to claim you with. 4. Love bites but hopefully not too hard! When your cat nibbles on you playfully, this is one of their ways of showing their affections towards you. It s much different than a bite that could cause bodily harm, and tickles more than anything. 5.
Following/Lingering around wherever you are Cats often linger around their owners when they are fond of them, so if that furry feline is rubbing around your legsБor even accidentally tripping you as you walkБknow that they are only doing this because they want to be close to you. Even though your cat may pretend to be aloof when you are around, he s bluffing if he always seems to be nearby. 6. Kneading (and needing) their master If your cat kneads you like pizza dough, this is really their way of showing you the love they developed as babies when nursing from their mothers. Usually when your cat stays by your side while catching some Z s, they are known to drift themselves into a heavenly state while kneading away at parts of your body. б 7. Twitching the tips of their tail A cat s tail is like a mood sensor, with each movement depicting their feelings. If your cat holds their tail up casually, flipping the tip when they re around you, they think you re the cat s meow. 8. The power of the purr Everyone knows that a cat purrs when it s happy. If kitty happens to purr loudly every time you pay them some attention, this is a very good sign they ve developed special feelings for you. 9. Eye contact with a kitty kissБif you re lucky Cats only tend to make eye contact with those they know well and have developed trust for so if you catch your kitty giving you the eye, don t be worried. When your kitty locks eyes with you, casting a slow blink once eyes are met, this is their version of a kiss. Be a sweetie and give them a slow blink in return.
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