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The Nocturnal Habits of Cats

By Cheryl Lock

 

Since Penny was my first cat I can easily say – I had absolutely no idea how crazy cats can be at night.

 

Given the fact that most of what I heard from people who owned cats in the past was about how much they slept and the types of games they liked to play, I really didn’t know what I was about to experience once darkness fell in our tiny apartment.

 

It’s as if Penny waits all day to unleash her energy on her parents right when they’re getting ready for bed.

 

If you have cats, you probably know the drill. There’s the running up and down the hallways, the jumping off the walls (literally, Penny runs and jumps off the walls at night), and the inability for her to let us get any sort of work done at night, because she’s right there, climbing all over the computer and head-butting our hands with her cute little noggin.

 

So what’s the nocturnal craziness really all about? Turns out, it’s actually normal for cats to be active at night. Most cats prefer to sleep the day away and use the nighttime hours as a way to let off a little steam. (Translation: Run up and down the hallways, jump off the walls, etc.)

 

Experts suggest that if this nocturnal burst of energy puts a dampening on your own idea for evening fun, you can try to shift your cat’s hours of play to a slightly earlier time of night. So for example, if you know that your cat gets the crazies at about 9 p.m., try taking 20-30 minutes right when you arrive home to play with your cat and help him release some of that pent up energy he’s gained from sleeping all day. Drag a string along the floor, point a laser around the house or try teaching him to play fetch. (We’ve heard this is possible!)

 

Have a little patience, and with a little time and energy you can probably help shift your cat’s nighttime behavior so that it’s more in sync with what you had in mind which is probably, let’s say, a little more relaxing. 

 

Image: Trevor Allen / via Shutterfly

 

Original article published on Pet360.com

 

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  • An idea for indoor cats
    03/10/2016 06:33pm

    We had this night-time activity issue for quite some time, but found something that helped a great deal. We got our guy a cat window patio that fits in the window and has three screened-in sides so that he can sit it and feel the breezes, sniff the air, and look all around the outside, which we feel gives him back some of his instinctual behavior that he misses as an indoor-only cat. He now is more active during the day, spending hours in the Kitty Peeper patio, and even at night, he will often be in there instead of running all over the house, and us! You can find them by googling Kitty Peeper cat patio. Hope this helps some folks who have a randy nocturnal cat!

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