Skip to comments.Excessive Nighttime Meowing: Do You Have a Meow Clock?
Posted on 03/04/2013 8:57:36 AM PST by Slings and Arrows
There is nothing quite like waking up to the jarring sound of your cats steady meows. In the corresponding groggy frustration, its important to remember that shes not purposely torturing you. Cats use vocalized cues, such as hissing, yowling, and growling, to communicate with each other-- meows, on the other hand, are more commonly reserved for communicating with humans. If she has been waking you up in the middle of the night, or earlier than youd like in the morning, consider what she is trying to communicate to you.
Not enough activity. If your cat isnt stimulated enough during the day, she may be up all night, attempting to work out her pent-up energy. Remedy this problem by incorporating more enriching activities into your cats day, such as food puzzles, climbing frames, non-toxic cat grasses, and toys. You may also try creating several feeding stations around the home so she will have to search for her food. These tactics will keep her awake and stimulated for more of the day and help her sleep better throughout the night.
Early internal hunting alarm clock. A typical hunting time for cats is between 3 and 5am, but you can try to reset your cats hunting time clock to a more human-friendly time. Try triggering her prey drive later in the evening by maneuvering a wanded toy for her. Dishing out her last meal of the day after the play time will help her feel like she caught, killed, and ate her prey. You can then groom (brush) your cat, as she would normally do herself after a hunt, to help relax her.
Feeding needs adjusting. If your cat isnt being fed late enough in the evening, it may be causing her to wake you up early. Try offering several smaller meals throughout the day (which will help keep her awake and stimulated), including a later evening meal. Timed feeders and food puzzles are great options for easily achieving multiple and prolonged meals.
Owner reinforcement is a secondary problem that often develops after the issue initially causes the meowing. Once you have pinpointed the problem and made the necessary changes to your cats environment, stop acknowledging her when she wakes you up. The meowing may temporarily worsen once you stop reacting, as she pulls out all the stops to regain your attention (perhaps even resorting to measures like knocking books off your nightstand). Standing your ground will pay off. Addressing the problems listed above, then refusing to reinforce her behavior, will have you on the sweet road to restful sleep (for both you and her) in no time.
Cats are nocturnal. They tend to hunt in the evenings.
One way to quiet them down is to play with them in the evening, then feed them before you go to bed.
-Lock outside at night
It’s caused by a lead deficiency.
It’s caused by a lead deficiency.
Oh is that an F1 savanna cat?
If I lived in the country I would get one to hunt all the varmints!!!
What, you don’t like cats?
At least cats don’t bark all the time at the slightest drop of a hat....
I get up for work at 4:00 am - they are both ready to rock-n-roll ("what took you so long, dad" they say in their Cat-alonian dialect....)
We had a cat who liked to walk on the piano keys at night. I don’t remember why we didn’t just close up the piano, but we didn’t.
Cat’s are fine. I was just trying to be provacative ;)
There’s nothing like being woken up early for breakfast by someone who sleeps 16 hours a day. Luckily she has otherwise excellent people skills.
Yup--- varmint control extraordinaire..
Enjoy your day...
I baby-sat a sweet little kitty cat for 2 weeks, and I was warned to go to bed with the door closed, and to ignore the cat trying to get in.
That first night the kitty jumped into bed with me to snuggle and get petted, and after about 15 minutes, she was ready to go to sleep, got up, curled up between my knees, and went to sleep (I had played with her quite a bit before bed time).
At about 4:30 am, the formerly sweet little kitty cat (anything that wakes me up at 4:30am is no longer “sweet,” with the possible exception of Kate Upton), by head butting my chin... I get out of bed and check her food bowl, and it’s still full... When I go back to the bedroom, she’s sitting on my bed, waiting for me to get back in... At which point she hops back on my chest for another 15 minutes or so of petting, at which point, she gets up and curls up between my knees and goes back to sleep.
It turns out that she just believed that 4:30am was pet the kitty time. And being a loyal member of her staff, who was I to disagree. Seriously though, it’s really funny that she just wanted to get some loving then go right back to sleep. And this went on for all 2 weeks!
Party Cat is now my youngest’s nickname.
BTDT, my FRiend.
Speak of your own catz. One of mine does a fair imitation of a bark. ;)
But when I have dogs, they generally don't bark much, if at all.
Besides, none of them are loaded with field loads or #8.
Externally administered, I assume, in calibers .17 to .38.
It’s comforting to know people like you will end up in Hell.
Somebody makes a joke and that ends up with you wishing they would end up in hell. That is pitiful. You should be ashamed of youself.
Lighten up Francis. I was kidding!
You know ,my definition of “joke” does involve threats to kill. Of course liberals who threaten conservatives with death always insist “it was just a joke,or blown out of proportion”;BUT should a conservative say a communist should be tried and hanged for destroying freedom the liberals hound him to hell and back.
Some jokes just never are funny.
Shooting cats is not a joke to me. You wrote to the wrong person.
I had a cat who would shove his paw down into a bowl of clear marbles that were supporting stems to silk flowers. He would jiggle the marbles around while watching me in bed, to make sure I reacted in typical ‘get out of that bowl’ command. It was the cat’s way of getting my attention for whatever he wanted me to follow him and do, like feed him, change his litter box, or let him outside. The bowl sat on the bedroom dresser across from the foot of the bed. He knew he was not allowed on the bed, so this was his fall back to get his attendants’ attention.
“A typical hunting time for cats is between 3 and 5am...”
If you have a night vision scope. (looks like I’m going to Hell too)
Not mine. She thinks play is ridiculous. She's the one who's waiting impatiently for me to go to bed. Then it's me having to kick her off the bed in the morning so I can get up.
I get up for work at 4:30am and our orange tabby has decided that is kitty-cuddling time. Even though she sleeps curled up next to me on the bed; I guess it doesn’t count as a cuddle if she’s asleep...
I lmao'd at that one!
Easier said than done, you bet.
Ah last night at 4:30 mine starts meowing like she’s possessed. I have to wake up, find her her pick her up, carry her back to bed and cuddle her til she goes back to sleep,
This is newish behavior with her, I thinks in her case she wakes up from my bed to get a snack or use the kitty box and forgets how to get back to the bedroom in her old age. I have to come and rescue her. I noticed when we were hunkered down for both Sandy and Irene I had her box and kibble in the same room and that behavior didn’t happen that night.
I wonder if cats get forgetful in their dotage like people
It could be loss of sight or other senses rather than senility, but yes.
I have two Siamese. I shudder to think what “excessive” meowing would be in this breed. =)
The thought of someone’s soul going to hell comforts you?
Uh ... nobody wrote you until you wrote them first. The original comment was to Slings & Arrows.
No, that is not a Serval, but Serval’s are used to produce a hybrid cat called Savannah Cats.
The best way to stop a cat from incessant meowing is to have more cats. THEN you have to tolerate the nightly game of Thunder Paws as they race around your house at night!
This activity, Thunder Paws, tapers off about age 7. That is the age cats tend to sleep most of the night.
I’m familiar with Thunder Paws. My youngest is the Household Champeen. My tomcat is a bit above the age limit but still plays. Maybe the younger one keeps him in the game.
“Maybe the younger one keeps him in the game.”
No doubt, and it is probably helping your old tomcat to stay healthy, too!
He isn’t that old, but I believe you’re right: He’d be a lot more static if not for Misty. (As would his “owner”.)
My first kitteh was a stray who was only part Siamese. We called her “The Mouth of the South”. They are known for being chatty.
My girl kitties have to be around 10, 11...possibly older (We’re not the first owners and they were full adults when we got em) and the 6 year old boy kitties can still entice them into Thunder Paws AKA Feline Derby anytime they want.
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