The Mischief Begins at Midnight!
Cats are sometimes at their most playful in the middle of the night. After a long day of napping and eating, it is time to come alive! It makes perfect sense since today’s domestic cats are still so much like their wild ancestors. Most wild cats hunt do their hunting after dark. Domestic cats retain a bit of those nocturnal tendencies. Their sleep schedule has slid towards a human sleep schedule, but it’s quite there. Domestic cats have a sleep schedule in which they are most awake during twilight hours (dusk and dawn), called crepuscular.
The human-cat relationship is sometimes strained when a cat continually wakes their human during the night. It is important for cat owners to learn about their cat’s sleep schedule and what steps they can take to make adjustments to that schedule. Cats don’t mean to do any harm, they are just doing what cats do! If you want to learn more about what you can to keep your cat from waking you up, please read my post, What to do About Your Cat Meowing At Night.
As for my experience, Cinco and Manna have never given me or my husband too much trouble when we want to sleep. Every once in a while, one of them will yell at a toy while they are playing with it in the middle of the night. Manna loves her mousies! Sometimes they will accidentally wake us up while they are trying to find a spot to cuddle with us in too. They don’t wake us up for food because their breakfast time isn’t until 10 AM. Sometimes they don’t want me to get out of bed! MOL
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What is your cat’s favorite type of nighttime mischief?