3 Ways to Help Cats Sleep Through the Night

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3 Ways to Help Cats Sleep Through the Night
3 Ways to Help Cats Sleep Through the Night

Cats are great sleepers and can nap for up to 16 hours a day, but those sleep hours are not uninterrupted. Unlike many mammals, felines do not have daily sleep and wake cycles. Although they are not nocturnal creatures, they often wake up in the middle of the night, which can annoy some owners. There are several ways to help a cat sleep on time if it is disturbing her sleep at night. Keep reading to learn more.


Method 1 of 3: Setting Schedules

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Step 1. Set a bedtime and stick to it

Cats are like children - they respond well to routine - and this is the first step in getting your pet used to sleeping on time.

  • Create a bedtime routine. Cats are social creatures and crave the love and attention of their humans. If possible, wake up and go to sleep at about the same time each night. This will help the pussy adjust to your schedule, making it more likely to sleep and wake up at the same time as you.
  • Turn off the lights at a specific time. Darkness suggests to cats that it's time to relax and get ready for bed. Keep in mind that they also like to hunt at night, so darkness alone is not enough to make them sleepy.
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Step 2. Provide the same environment every night

Cats do very well with routine and will easily assimilate signals related to their owners' daily activities. If you always sleep with the lights off, turn them off. If you usually turn off the television at night, turn it off. If you always turn on the fan, turn it on. If you listen to the radio, listen to it. Always create the same environment every time you go to sleep, the cat will recognize the circumstances and realize it's time for bed.

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Step 3. Change the way you feed it

Feeding dramatically affects a cat's sleep schedule. Often, when a pussy is particularly agitated at bedtime or during the early morning hours, they are just hungry. You can have quieter nights if you change your cat's shape and feeding schedule.

  • Try to feed him just before bedtime. Everyone falls asleep more easily after enjoying a nice meal. Some people believe that feeding a cat half a cup of dry or wet kibble just before bedtime makes the cat more likely to sleep through the night, as it will be satisfied and have a full belly.
  • Purchase an automatic feeder for morning meals. These devices can be programmed to release portions of dry food at specific times, and are available from online stores, department stores and pet stores. The feeder can be helpful if the cat always wakes up hungry in the early hours of the morning. Also, pussies are famous for their sense of anticipation, so they're likely to be near the feeder first thing in the morning rather than making noise near your bedroom door.

Method 2 of 3: Entertaining the Cat

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Step 1. Take time to play before bed

Play at night is a great way to get a pussy tired before bedtime. Toys that mimic the movements of mice and birds, animals that cats hunt in the wild, are ideal options. Look for toys that jump and twist, such as ping-pong balls, rope toys and stuffed mice. Play with your cat until it looks tired or uninterested. Cats do quick hunting sessions, so they get tired quickly (since they are sprinters, not marathon runners). They are usually exhausted after ten to 15 minutes of play. However, it is important that he participates in several play sessions spread throughout the day.

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Step 2. Provide all-day entertainment options

Life in our pets revolves around our comings and goings. It's normal for cats to get bored during the day when their owners aren't home. This causes over-deprivation at night when we are trying to relax and sleep. Keep the cat entertained while you're at work or school so he'll be less prone to attention at night.

  • Give him toys that he can play with on his own. Plush mice, especially those that come with catnip (also known as catnip), are a great choice. The cat will be able to toss them back and forth without the help of a human. Also remember to change toys often, as just like humans, cats like to vary and get sick of a particular toy after a while.
  • Videos with content designed specifically for cats can be found in physical stores and online, The “CatNip from Pet-A-Vision Inc.” video, for example, includes images of birds and mice that cats will try to capture when you're not home. Simply leave the television on, at cat's eye level.
  • You can find battery-operated toys in most supermarkets, department stores and pet stores. They move around on their own and can stay on for a few hours during the day while you're working. However, remember to read all warnings in the instruction manual, some toys of this type can only be used under the supervision of a human.
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Step 3. Install a bird feeder

Cats love windows and enjoy watching the outside world, so anything you can do to make your yard or garden more attractive helps. Installing a bird feeder is a cost-effective way to provide something for the cat to watch while you're not home.

  • Place the feeder in a quiet place where it is easy to replenish the food. Ideal places are those close to natural shelters, such as trees and shrubs, where birds will feel safe.
  • It is important to install the feeder at least one meter away from the window, this will reduce the probability of collisions with the glass, an accident responsible for the death of millions of birds every year.

Method 3 of 3: Creating a Sleeping Space

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Step 1. Leave the pussy in a separate room

Close your bedroom door at night, if possible. We all know how difficult it is to sleep with cats, as they rarely sleep for eight hours straight and can hurt their owners with bites and scratches if they are frightened by human movement during sleep. The ideal is to keep the cat out of the room at night and fully establish the idea that the room is no place for cats, leaving the door closed during the day as well. Cats are territorial creatures. The more access they have to a space, the more they'll feel like owners of that particular environment, and the harder it will be to get them out of there when you're trying to rest.

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Step 2. Create a resting area for the cat

He's less likely to invade your room if he feels he has his own place to sleep. Pussies take refuge in comfortable spaces, surrounded by their toys, litter box, food and bed. Creating a comfortable environment will provide a place for the cat to spend the night and prevent it from disturbing its sleep.

  • A high resting place is ideal, as cats are natural observers and love to have a wide view of their surroundings. A good option could be a multi-story cat house, available in various stores and pet stores, as it is comfortable to rest in and allows the pussy to feel high.
  • Cats need different places to sleep, so provide several different options. Although the beds sold in stores are expensive, a pillow or blanket is enough. Put beds around the house and in places where he likes to nap. Leave a small pillow on the arm of the sofa, or a warm blanket at the top of the stairs. The cat will understand that these are places to sleep.
  • Cats feel more vulnerable when they are sleeping, so they prefer to rest in places that feel safe. Provide refuge in quiet places in the house, especially those a little hidden, such as behind furniture or under the bed.
  • As stated earlier, pussies feel that an environment is their property when their stuff is nearby. Place food, water, litter box and toys near these places, so that the cat realizes that he owns that space.
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Step 3. Difficult access to the bedroom door

If the pussy keeps trying to enter the room, there are several ways to stop it. Create some kind of inconvenience or something that will frighten him so he's less likely to make it to the door to cry and scratch.

  • Place something in front of the door, such as an upside-down vinyl mat (to expose those little balls that keep it fixed to the floor), double-sided masking tape, or aluminum foil. The unpleasant texture of these objects will make the cat think twice before bothering you.
  • Create a trap to scare the cat. Hang the hair dryer on the doorknob or leave the vacuum cleaner about two meters from the door. Plug the dryer or vacuum cleaner into a power outlet that can be operated remotely, available in many stores. When the cat starts meowing or scratching at the door, turn on the device. He will be startled by the noise and will be less likely to bother you again after that.


  • While play is a great way to get a cat to sleep, remember that these animals like to vary. Different games and toys are ideal for keeping your pet engaged.
  • Before going to bed, hide toys and treats with strong smells around the house. The cat will enjoy the challenge of finding his favorite treats and toys, as this mimics the predatory behavior that felines exhibit in the wild.
  • Many people turn to catnip as a way to distract cats at bedtime, but it's not the best option. Many animals become more restless, playful and excited after consuming the herb and may even become aggressive towards other animals.
  • Pussies love warm and cozy spaces, similar to a nest, so use a very soft and pliable material for your cat's bed, so your cat will be as comfortable as possible.


  • Cats are difficult to train because, unlike dogs, they don't respond well to reward-based training. Do not try to curse or trap the cat as a form of punishment, it will not understand the cause and effect relationship.
  • Remember to keep the litter box clean at all times. Cats don't like dirty sand and can wake you up at night if they are having trouble using the bathroom. Clean the litter box at least once a day.
  • Do not feed the cat milk or cream. Despite the popular belief that pussies love milk, many of them actually have difficulty digesting lactose. This causes diarrhea and other discomfort, making them unable to fall asleep at night.

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