Owning a pet isn’t all cuddles and insta-perfect moments – it can be challenging, confusing and downright frustrating at times. To help you navigate pet-parenthood and all that it brings, we have launched Dear StyleTails – think of it as your really cute four-legged agony aunt! Every month our team of pet experts, including trainers, behaviourists, vets, nutritionists and holistic pet therapists, will answer a burning question from our community.
Q: Why is my cat being naughty at bed time?
Our cat Muffin seems to want a lot of attention right when we are going to bed. She cries, pulls at the carpet in our room and unravels the toilet roll, which is funny but rather annoying. What could be causing her to do this and how can we stop it?
Rachel, from London
A: Anita Kelsey (BA Hons, MCFBA, CIDBT) from Cat Behaviourist
Anita Kelsey holds a first class honours degree in Feline Behaviour and Psychology (work based BA Hons) and runs a vet referral service dedicated strictly to the diagnosis and treatment of behaviour problems in cats. She is also a master cat groomer, specialising in working with aggressive or timid and phobic cats. Her debut book Claws. Confessions Of A Professional Cat Groomer is out now published by John Blake.
Sorry to hear you’re having issues with your cat at night.
Cats have very different inner clocks to ours. The times they are most alert are dusk and dawn, and night when their ‘prey’ is out foraging. This is the natural time a cat will become restless and awake especially if they have a high predatory drive. What cat owners can try is a good old-fashioned play session before bed with good hunting toys. Try Purrs In Our Hearts for good quality ethically sourced real fur toys that resemble a cat’s prey. Then give a midnight or pre-bed snack or small meal. This should help your cat sleep more at night.
Also, add a nice cat tree in your bedroom if you can as this will be a new fun cat bed that will entice your cat off of the bed if you wanted! Cats also learn that ‘bothering’ mummy and daddy results in extra attention, so ensure you ignore any unwanted behaviour.
Hope this helps! Good luck.