• Adele Danskin

The Nocturnal Habits of Cats

If you have cats, you probably know the drill. There’s the running up and down the hallways, the jumping off the walls (literally, running and jumping off the walls at night), and the inability for them to let us get any sort of work done at night, because they are right there, climbing all over the computer and head-butting our hands with their 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 behaviour so that it’s more in sync with what you had in mind which is probably, let’s say, a little more relaxing.

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