When your cat plays hunting games, they expend a great deal of energy. So it’s a natural instinct to take a long rest – up to 18 hours a day catnapping – to prepare for the next feed, hunt or play time.
Cats are naturally active at dawn and dusk. Which means your cat could be active when you’re not and vice versa. Here’s how you can help give yourself an extra long lie-in or enjoy a better night’s sleep.
Put your cat's bed somewhere safe and warm, such as near a warm pipe, radiator or wall, to create a super cosy place for your cat to get all the rest they need.
Playing with your cat earlier in the evening may help them expend their night time energy a bit sooner. They'll then be more likely to need that all important rest when you do.
Sometimes you need to establish a firmer rule, like simply shutting your bedroom door at night. And if your cat still insists on waking you up early, consider leaving out some food in a timed feeder.
When you go to bed, try leaving some quiet toys around for your little friend to play with or hide treats around the house for them to practise their hunting skills. Avoid leaving your cat unsupervised with string toys though.
Few spare minutes? Make it cat playtime to stimulate your little friend’s natural instincts - giving them a chance to exercise and stay happy and healthy. It might lead to a good night’s sleep for both of you!