Post # 1
I have a 10 month old kitty who has developed some bad habits. He’s always been a bit naughty at night running around, climbing things, and pestering the dog, but lately it has gotten worse. He is up ALL night and sleeps ALL day.
Before we had him neutered (at 7 months) we used to make him sleep in the front room if he was being bad and this usually worked. After he was neutered though he became an outdoor cat. Now, if we put him in the front room at night he meows and meows and scales our french doors. I literally came out the other night and he was hanging in the window of the doors crying. It was funny, but pretty annoying at 11:30 at night! He WILL NOT stop until someone lets him out. I’ve tried closing our door and turning the fan on, but he’s so loud that it keeps me up all night.
I’ve now resorted to letting him be free in the house at night. He will go to sleep and not bother anyone until about 3am-4am. Every morning though on the dot he wakes me up at that time or starting biting the dog and wakes him up. I’m getting so damn annoyed with my sleep being disrupted! The only way I can get him to leave us alone is to let him outside, but I hate him being out in the middle of the night. It’s a no win situation right now.
What can I do to get him on our routine? Do you think I should keep waking him up during the day when he’s cat napping? He literally sleeps for hours in the house during the day. Please help!!
Post # 3
we had the same issue with our cat, mostly because we are gone during the day. we live in an apartment, so she is an inside cat. so to fix the problem, we keep the t.v. on in the bedroom, and the living room and make sure the doors are shut to the other rooms, so she has no where to go during the day but the living room and her food/litter box area. this has worked for us. we also keep the blinds open, so the light comes in. maybe it’ll help some for you, too? we figured the human voices would be enough to keep her up, and it’s working.
Post # 4
lol! i’m sorry, that sucks. cats are nocturnal though, so your cat is unfortunately just acting within his nature! i just leave my door closed but not completely shut so if kitty gets the urge to come in and sleep at the foot of my bed she can, but the dog knows to stay out. i get home around 1630 most days and she perks up and starts whining to go outside (which i don’t allow) so then she throws herself a nice tantrum and runs around the house angrily, which gets some energy out of her. by night time she’s usually quiet and waits until about 0630 before she runs in and jumps on me with a big wakeup “MEEEOOOOW?!?!?!” haha… if only she knew what Saturdays are…
so long story short, maybe try to play with/annoy your cat in the late afternoon? that or a squirt bottle lol.
Post # 5
Dang, I wish there was something else I could do! He’s such a little shit lol. Oh and we have an open concept bedroom that is lacking a door on one side, hence his ability to wake us and the dog at his pleasure…
Post # 6
I would try waking the cat up during the day & playing with him. My kittens went thru nocturnal “phases”, on days when we were out of the house a lot & when we didn’t really see them during the day, at night they would be very rambunctous. They woke us up because they would slam into our door or knock something over. I usually wake my kitties up during the day, sometimes not on purpose, sometimes I’ll pick them up while sleeping & then feed them & play with them & then they’ll start playing with each other. At nights, they don’t wake me up. I don’t hear them playing at night. When I wake up in the mornings, they wake up too, so I think we’re on the same schedule :).
You could also try feeding in small portions. I did this ever since I got them. I feed them probably 3 times a day, I feed them a portion of their daily food in the mornings before work, sometimes at lunchtime, then after work & then again before bedtime. It keeps them awake because there’s food, not sure if that would help?
Another option could be getting a 2nd kitten? About the same age & opposite gender as your current one. They take their energy out on each other & are great company to each other.
Post # 7
I have no advice, because our cat is usually pretty good. He sleeps during the day, but we keep him up after work until we go to bed. Then he will sometimes cry at night, but most of the time, he sleeps next to the dog in our room. I woudl suggest keeping him up as much as you can during the day, but unfortunately it might be a good idea to keep him outside at night if you can’t figure it out. That is why we never allowed our cat outside. His dad’s cat is like that, and she cries whenever she is in the house to go outside. I can’t stand it
Post # 8
My kitty was like this too. We always have “playtime” about an hour before bed and we keep her up which seems to make her really tired. We have a laser pointer (not every pet owner is a fan) and its so easy. We just sit there and twirl it around. She freaks out for a good 20 min chasing after it. Seems to do the trick.
Post # 9
My cat went through this phase as well. She would wake us up around 2am EVERY night just because. If we closed our door, she would meow and dig at the carpet outside. She finally started digging the cheap apartment carpet up, so we started leaving the door open. She eventually just stopped. As long as we leave our bedroom door open at night, she’s happy to come and go as she pleases. She sleeps at the foot of our bed throughout most of the night. She also sleeps all day because she’s a spoiled, lazy queen 🙂
For now, I’d recommend playing with your kitten a lot before bed so that you tire him out. My cat likes to chase us around, and then we chase her. You could also get a laser pointer for him to chase. If you’re home during the day, make sure he doesn’t nap too much. He might also just be going through a rambunctious kitten phase that he’ll grow out of like my cat.
Post # 10
I have three cats and they all have their special quirks. But I have an especially wild kitty. She will violently shake my bedroom door and scratch the door until I get up. It’s very annoying. My only suggestion is to play with him really hard before you head to bed. That usually gets a lot of energy out of them. Good luck!
Post # 11
Thanks for the advice everyone 🙂
I went home at lunch and woke his little kitty butt up. After he had something to eat I kicked him outside and I’m planning on keeping him out for the day. He usually likes to stay in the house and lounge around while I’m at work so hopefully this will do the trick. I’m crossing my fingers at any rate..
Post # 12
@OP- We have 2 cats and let me tell you they are LAZY. They are inside cats and only allowed outside with DH or I in our fenced in backyard (they have cat caps on their nails so I don’t want other animals to attack them). If I stay home sick they sleep ALL day with me, then are up all night, it’s annoying because one will meow and play and the other will walk on me and headbut me until i pet him. To stop this behavior we try to take them outside if it’s nice weather and let them run around to tire them out, also we play with them until they get sick of us, it tires them out so they get a full night’s sleep. It usually works really well….except this morning when I got a headbut at 3 am. Let us know how yesterday worked out for you!
Post # 13
We have two indoor kitties and they sleep in our bed with us, if they please to do so. DH works nights, so there often is at least one of us awake to play with them. I’m not gonna lie, we are a bit obsessed with our cats. They get tons of attention from us. When we go to sleep at the same time, they sleep too. If we try to close the bedroom door, or any door that would separate them from us, they cry and cry until we open the door again.
When they were younger, they would wake us up more often to be pet or played with, but I was usually so tired that I just ignored them. That seemed to help. Now our sleep time = their sleep time.
I can see why you are concerned about letting him out at night, but for a cat, it really doesn’t make much of a difference what time of the day it is. They have fantastic night vision. So unless you have dangerous nocturnal wild animals around, is there a way that you can install a cat flap so he can let himself out at night?
Post # 14
@AprilJo2011: I’m worried about him being out all night because we have coyotes in the area that don’t normally venture closer to the residential areas except for at night (and there is a large open field with trees boarding it behind our house). There is also a main street about 2 blocks away that I’m scared he will have a greater chance of getting hit on at night because he is black. I guess I am a worrywart, but I try to minimize the risk for him as much as possible.
I’ve been waking him up during the day and making him stay outside where he normally just roams around the yard while I am at work. This hasn’t helped at all though. If anything it has just made him crankier during the day and when I get home. My only solution is to just let him stay outside at night like he wants. He’s a stubborn kitty.