"I Love You, but I Just Want to Catch some Zzzz's!" - 5 Ways to Combat Nighttime Hyperactivity
We all know that cats are nocturnal by nature. Great for them, not so great for us. So how do we combat nighttime noise to catch some zzzz’s and make that morning meeting? We’ve put together a few tips for you to try at home.
1. Burn Some Energy - Play with your kitty. Buy a toy that you can dangle in front of her and make her chase and grab at. Even ten minutes of this will spend energy she would otherwise use to tap on your door at night.
2. Make it Fun - Have engaging toys and scratching posts at home for her to play with while you’re at work. Tapping at a ball, chasing a toy mouse, rolling around with bell and feathered string, all these activities will help her get to slow down a little more come nighttime.
3. Take a Walk - It is becoming more and more common for Vancouverites to take their kitties for a stroll. Just keep her on a harness and make sure you take a little dish for water breaks, and she’ll be thrilled.
4. Induce a Food Coma - Feed your cat before bedtime. The same way we get tired after a satisfying meal, cats do too. Consider giving her food or treats before you tuck in for the night.
5. Don’t Cave - It’s very easy to just get up from bed for a cuddle when your kitty is meowing or clawing at your door. Don’t. Train her to stay out and to be ok with it by not giving in. If she keeps it up, consider getting a little squirt bottle and when she meows and claws: just open the door slightly and give her a tiny squirt. Very quickly she will learn to leave your door alone at night.
Additional insight courtesy of kittencare.com and sixwise.com