Cats – the nocturnal pet
Although they are nocturnal by nature does not mean they can’t let you sleep. If you happen to sleep with cats, it could mean you are headed for sleepless nights.
I have had cats that I was able to sleep with and others that were impossible to do so. The young cats are inclined to come to life after the lights go out or just as you start sleeping. If they decide to use you as a race track it can get down right ugly. It is no fun to have skids marks across your body and explain those lacerations on your face to your friends the next day!
Tire them out
To make them tired at bedtime, make sure you engage them in some playful activities, preferably ones that consist of running at break neck speed. If they are wore out they will more likely go to sleep when you want them to. But there is also the problem that they might be ready to wake up sooner than you do, which is again interrupting your much needed sleep. As they do like to bounce on things such as feet or hands if you just happen to move.
Ban them from the bedroom
If you find that they are causing too much disturbance of your sleep then you will
have to ban them from the bedroom. Of course this now becomes a pathetic broken-hearted plead of crying (by the cat) for the abandonment. So what are you going to do…give in and let them back in? They may give you a few good nights ofsleep and you think that cured the problem. Probably not, soon they will be back at their midnight run across the bed, jumping and bouncing on anything that moves.
Your health is important
Being tired the next day can take its toil on your body and mind, not a good combination for driving in the car. You cannot have the constant sleep deprivation. You need to take control of the situation, it is not for the cats to decide who rules.
One solution that works
The one thing I have found that works very well and being consistent for a few nights will stop the night time serenading. Set your vacuum cleaner just outside your bedroom door and make sure it is turned on. Have the cord in your bedroom and close to an outlet. When the cats come to the door and start crying, you plug the vacuum in. Soon you will hear them take off, well it might be instantly, as it would definitely scare them.
Leave it plugged in for a few seconds so they get the picture of why. Do this maybe a few times the first night and maybe for a few more nights and soon they will quit coming to the door crying. But make that the vacuum cleaner’s new home for at least a month, always use it and put it back there. This usually takes care of the problem, if for some reason you have a slow learner, you may have to put the vacuum back by the door for another month, although I doubt that you will have to plug it in not nearly as much as the first training session.