Are your cats disturbing you from getting a peaceful night sleep? Are they waking you very early in the morning? Many individuals love their cat pets, but I bet nobody is happy when they interject your good night’s sleep by pouncing on your face or any body part very late in the night or at the crack of dawn. Felines are gifted by doing things in calculated moves. If your pet disturbs you when you’re sleeping, the following is how to keep a cat from waking you up.
First, if you want to change the traits, you should find out and understand why felines do it. Cats are nocturnal creatures by nature. They primarily hunt and eat during night-time. This natural instinct still dominates in many cats. Research has revealed that tamed cats get used to their cycle of activities to their surroundings and human activity as well. Also, most cats are left all alone for long hours during the daytime hence spending that time by sleeping; therefore they tend to become playful at night. You, therefore, need two primary things to change this trait;
a) take advantage of your pet’s natural cycle
b) don’t reward undesired trait
Don’t reward undesired trait
When your cat wakes you up very late at night or very early in the morning, you try getting back to sleep. In most cases, it’s hard to do so especially when your pet is pouncing on your tender parts of the body. You eventually get up and probably feed the kitten. By doing this, you’ve just rewarded a behavior that you want to kill. You need to alter this cycle by stopping to respond to your pet’s attempt to get you off the bed for several weeks. It is not an easy thing to do since it takes some moral resilience to do this for quite some time but you’ll eventually succeed.
Take advantage of your pet’s natural cycle
Many individuals feed their felines immediately they get home from work. You can decide to move dinner time close to sleeping time. This is a gradual process since you don’t want to handle an unhappy feline by shifting the usual feeding time to other time all at once. You’ll, therefore, feed her with small amounts of food each day ad this should help you to shift your cat’s feeding time with minimal pressure. You can make your feline active by playing with it before you feed her. Involving your cat by playing with her supposedly twice a day and at a similar time, every day will play a big part in doing away with the behavioral issues. The cat’s natural traits of hunting, killing, and eating are mimicked by playing her before feeding her. 5-10 minutes a day is worthwhile for indoor cats.
Similarly, you don’t have to change your cat’s dinner time. You can feed her at the usual time but reduce the amount just a little. Feed her with the remaining amount after 5-10 minutes playing time before you sleep. It is therefore correct to say that taking advantage of your cat’s natural cycle and not rewarding the bad trait, your feline should exhibit some changes in behavior after two weeks.
c) get rid of any temptation
Naturally, felines love jumping from raised points and pounce on things. Cats find a perfect target for pouncing on when you’re asleep. Make sure you look for any points or positions around your room where your pet can pounce from. Headboards, dressers or high shelves are things to look out for since felines climb on things like these and ponce at you when you’re sleeping. You can remove them from your room or position them in a way that your pet can’t jump on you. You can as well put a slippery material on them or simply surround them with hardy stuff that she can’t move. This will prevent ha from climbing up these items and pouncing on you.
d) Lock your cat out of your bedroom if you can
You can lock her in a warm place with water, some food, and comfortable sleeping places. Just make sure you leave her in a beautiful place. By giving her access to a secure room at night will keep her away from your bedroom at night, and you’ll probably get a peaceful night sleep. Also, you can allow your feline into your bedroom during weekends when there’s no problem even if you’re woken up.
e) reduce your kitten’s access to pests
You need to eliminate your cat’s behavior if she alters your sleep by bringing vermin to your bed. If your cat is an indoor/outdoor pet, ensure you keep her indoors at night. This will help in removing the disturbance pests bring when you’re sleeping. You can get your cat examined by a vet in case the pet has a health issue that’s waking it.
f) Break their biting habits
If your kitten likes biting your toes or fingers, try to prevent it from happening during night time. You can as well cover yourself completely with your beddings; you can put on your socks to keep off your feet for the cat. You can similarly give your pet the access to sisal balls, scratch poles, catnip toys and anything she likes chewing.
g) Be committed and consistent
Being firm and not wavering on your decisions for your feline by deciding to shut her out from a whole range of rooms in the house or the bedroom, make sure to stick to your decision. Once the feline recognizes you mean serious business, she will tend to adopt the new changes. If you act softly, the kitten ill realizes that things are back the way she wanted them to be all along.
Finally, cats are like children, and they will act to get your attention. It is said that any attention however negative can paradoxically strengthen the cat’s attention seeking traits. In perpetuating the issue, your severe reaction can be ruining her trust in you and human beings in general. No matter how hard it is, try to remain calm during your cat’s escapades. The feline is most likely to learn a few things from your silent behavior than from your annoying pranks. No one likes to be disturbed while sleeping. Closely examine the situation to find out the problem. With a few well-planned corrective measures, both of you will be on the same sleep schedule with your cat pet.