My cat is preventing me from sleeping: what to do?


Your mustached companion, you adore him and would do anything for him. Yes, but now, for several days, it has prevented you from sleeping as you wish. Whether it creeps into your bedroom to jump on your toes at the slightest movement, or it mews unexpectedly, you’ve had enough and would like to enjoy a restful sleep.

Why does your cat make your nights a nightmare? How do you get out of it to break this infernal circle? Here are our tips and tricks to finally purr in harmony and find a balance between feline and human!

Why is your cat preventing you from sleeping?

All cats do not have the same rhythm of life. For some, the night is a real playground, very attractive to them. For others, they sleep peacefully with their master, either in their bed or in another room of the house. Finally, some cats in heat let you know with a lot of meowing. Whatever the case of your cat, we can provide you with solutions.

The cat is a nocturnal animal

First of all, you should know that the cat, in its natural state, is an excellent hunter. He therefore does not hesitate to go out at night, after having sunk the pill in the sun for most of the day. Because it is indeed in the evening that it hunts its prey, most of the time small mammals, such as rodents.

And this hunting instinct, which is systematically found in the wild cat, is still very present in our pet hairballs. Thus, their desire for nocturnal activity quickly regains the upper hand, especially if you have a so-called “apartment” cat, since he does not have access to the outdoors during the day to satisfy his need to hunt.

Here is the first of the explanations we can give you to better understand your cat, his desire for nocturnal activity and his natural instinct.

Your pussy is in heat and looking for the projection

In the second place, you should know that an uncastrated cat has a marked reproductive instinct. So, as soon as he is of childbearing age, usually at an age varying between 6 and 12 months depending on the breed, your feline will let you know. Both male and female seek a partner to mate at night, when outdoor cats make their presence known to your indoor companion.

Thus, a male can happily urinate and meow to ask to go out, because he has detected female hormones in the surroundings. But most of the time, it’s the unsterilized pussy that will make your life the most impossible. Indeed, she uses a high-pitched and repetitive meow to make known to the tomcats of the district her availability for a projection.

Here is a second explanation that will help you understand your cat’s nocturnal behavior. In this case, it is not possible for your female to do otherwise, and it recurs with each ovulatory cycle.

Tips for sleeping well when your cat wakes you up at night

Neutering your cat or neutering your cat

Unless you are a breeding professional, we can only remind you of the need to have your cat operated on for sterilization. Not only is this act painless, but it also brings many benefits.

First of all, from the side of the master and mistress, a sterilized cat:

  • Don’t meow at night to go out
  • Does not urinate to mark its territory
  • Does not have its heat and does not lose blood
  • Less inclined to hunt and run away
  • Has no unwanted litters of kittens

In general, sterilization or castration of the cat prevents the overpopulation of stray cats and their massive arrival in shelters. In addition, your cat is less restless, calmer and makes your daily life smoother.

Also know that sterilization of the cat is beneficial to its health:

  • It greatly or even completely reduces the risk of sexually transmitted diseases
  • It strongly limits fights between cats, often a source of injuries and consultations with the veterinarian.
  • It greatly reduces the risk of breast tumors and infection of the uterine system in the cat

In the end, a sterilized cat is healthier than an unsterilized cat, and its life expectancy is longer. Sterilization is recommended from the age of six months, do not hesitate to render this service to your cat and to yourself quickly.

Feed your cat before going to bed

A cat who is hungry or wants to get your attention because their bowl is empty will not hesitate to let you know. For example, he could scratch at your bedroom door or meow to ask for kibbles, mash or a treat.

Also, cats are like us, if they don’t have a full stomach and don’t feel full, they have a hard time being calm or falling asleep. You can therefore institute a ritual before going to bed, making sure that your cat has food and drink available at night.

Cuddling your cat in front of the TV

Whether you are more into watching television, reading, cleaning up or any other activity after dark, do not neglect your cat. Give her a good dose of hugs each night before you go to sleep.

We tickle, we scratch and we take advantage of his purring to soothe his body and his mind. You are more zen and your cat too. By letting him know through a play session followed by a petting session that you are going to leave him for the night, your cat will take up his bearings more quickly and will be more peaceful at the time of separation.

Let your cat enjoy their day by playing

If the environment is secure and you are lucky enough to have a garden, do not hesitate to let your cat enjoy the days outdoors. In particular, you can install a cat flap so that it can come in and out of your house as it wishes. The latter will also allow him to take refuge indoors in case of danger or rain for example.

If he can exercise as much as possible during the day, he will naturally be calmer in the evening. If you don’t want or can’t let your cat out, don’t forget to provide exercise and fun, with homemade or pet-store cat toys, as well as a cat tree and scratching post.

Don’t react to his meows

The first instinct of the owners of a cat that meows at night or turns over the house is to worry about it, and that is only natural. However, indifference is often the best solution to a dissatisfied behavior aimed only at making you come back to take care of it.

Easier said than done, but it’s essential not to crack. If you get up to pet your cat, reassure it or constantly check that everything is fine, it will start again as soon as you are comfortably lying in your bed. Indeed, he will associate his behavior with a reward.

So be firm, even if he already has this habit. The first nights will be difficult, then it will get better and better. Buy yourself earplugs if necessary.

Close your bedroom door

Let it be said, having your cat or kitten sleep with you is a bad habit, which will be difficult to get rid of. So get him used to sleeping alone from an early age. With a little time and patience, the scratching and meowing in front of the door will be distant memories.

The benefit is twofold: you sleep better, and your cat has access to his bowls and litter box at all times of the day and night. And the icing on the cake? No more cat hair on your sheets, and no more biting toes and ears!

If, despite all our advice, your cat or your cat continues to prevent you from sleeping very insistently every night, it is undoubtedly the time to consult a veterinarian to rule out any risk of disease or stress. If he does not suffer from any pathology, you can then go to a feline behaviorist to help him sleep better.