Post # 1
I have two one and a half year old cats. One of the cats, Xander, spends a lot of the nights crying after we’ve gone to sleep. We have a loft apartment, a no door to the upstairs so he can access us during the nighttime, I think he just sometimes forgets. The crying is pretty bad and keeping us up most nights–but we try not to give in and go down stairs and get him. He has toys out, and his brother cat to play with. We always make sure they have food, water, and a clean litter box before bed. I was worried it may be health related, be he only every cries at night and doesn’t seem to be displaying any health issues.
Does any one have any thoughts on how to best handle this?
Post # 3
@Tigerlynn: Is there a warm place for him to curl up? It may be good to put a little heating pad out for him to curl up on and feel comforted.
Post # 4
@Tigerlynn: Not sure how crazy this sounds, but if he’s doing it only at night, it makes me think he doesn’t like the darkness. Maybe get him a night light or keep a lamp lit for him?
I’m also bumping this for you as the Bee has some pretty good cat experts!
Post # 5
It is entirely possible that all he’s crying for is attention. By attention I mean play with me not snuggle me. Before you go to bed, I would play with him for a while. Tossing toys, making him jump with a feather wand, any activity you can think of. It may wear him out and cause him to sleep at night.
Post # 6
- Wedding: January 2013 - Harbourfront Grand Hall
@Tigerlynn: My cat cries to wake us up to feed him! Even though we faithfully feed him every morning at 6:30am. The cat needs a watch!
We deal with it by closing the door (sorry that won’t work for you!) and turning on a sound machine to drown the noise out. It has saved our relationship, two grumpy people on no sleep was no good for us!
Post # 7
I don’t know what to tell you because I am the crazy one who would reward bad behavior by picking up the kitty and snuggling with it.
Post # 8
- Wedding: July 2015 - Briarwood Golf Course/ Country Club
My cat does this all the time!!! She starts about 30 minutes after I go to bed… she is playing! She will walk around with a ball and meow so loud like she is talking to herself. I was also worried when it first started happening and then one day I caught her doing it in the afternoon. She also has 2 brother cats to play with. I think she does this at night b/c its the only time she has alone to play without another cat trying to join (the other 2 boys always sleep at night when I go to bed). So I say don’t worry. It’s strange she always cries when she is carrying something.
Post # 9
Can you take him and put him on the bed when you go to sleep at night? Once our cats snuggle up for the night they seem to stay put.
Post # 10
My family’s cat cries frequently at night. He’s like 10! He gets frisky at night, and when no one wants to play (hey, we’re asleep, you jerk!) he meows as loudly as he can.
Post # 11
Cats are nocturnal, they like to play at nighttime. My cat does the same thing. Tucker that little boy out before you go to bed, it should help
Post # 12
I agree with PPs our kitty had issues like this for awhile, and we started just playing with him for about an hour before we would go to bed, and then for a few minutes in the morning,and he has kind of adopted to our schedule, also he has 2 cat beds (ok 1 actual cat bed, the other is his and my favorite throw blanket that stays out year round that he claims as his bed most of the time when we are downstairs) so after awhile he just started getting used to our schedule, and started comming to bed with us at night, if he gets bored we will here him get downstairs and play during the night and then come back, snuggle and then he hops in his cat bed and goes to sleep…it works really well….we also put nightlights up for him, I know cats can see in the dark, but he really dosent like it if no lights are on, I think it makes him think we are not home or something, so we put night lights around the house for him and us since our house is big…..
Post # 13
My cat does the same thing every night but we can’t let her in the bedroom because then she just walks all over me and eats my hair and licks my shirt..she’s very weird lol
This morning when I opened the bedroom door her toy mouse was right in front of it haha so its pretty apparent when my kitty does it, it is because she wants attention/wants to play.
Post # 14
Can you increase the size of his territory by adding vertical space such as cat trees or arboreal runs? Howling at night can be a sign of territorial behaviour.
Post # 15
Can you just bring him to bed with you when it’s bed time?
Post # 16
Cats are both nocturnal and diurnal, which means they’re active both day AND night. Obviously, that’s not very convenient for us humans. The best thing I’ve found to combat this is play time. Our boys get crazy play time that ends about 15 minutes before bed, and we run then till they’re exhausted. They pile up in a heap and they’re done till the early morning. It takes a little time to settle into a routine, but once they do, everyone is happy. Keeping a warm, comfy place for him at night will help too, it’ll encourage him to be on a closer schedule to yours.