Nocturnal Activity Nighttime Crazy
What is it?
Cats snooze for long periods of time
interspersed with brief periods of
It not uncommon for cats to explode
into action sometime during the
evening or night. One moment, the
cat may be grooming herself, when
you hear a loud yowl or just cat
tracks being laid across your floor
release of adrenaline gives the cat
a wide-eyed, crazy look as if
suddenly possessed by a deranged cat
will see your cat display natural,
normal feline behaviors that don't
get enough exercise within most
human homes. Your cat will
stalk imaginary prey, crouch,
pounce, dash off in pursuit with an
explosive force and speed.
What to do?
climb curtains and
bookshelves during these
moments of wild cat safaris
in your home.
If the cat's
activities are harmless, then simply
ignore them or enjoy watching the
show from a distance. Do not
accidentally reinforce or reward
this behavior with your obvious
attention unless you want it to
escalate in the future.
Altering cats - neutering and
spaying - often have a general
calming effect as fewer hormones are
racing through the body.
proof your home so that valuables
are not broken. Most cats outgrow
this behavior or can be easily
redirected into daily play sessions
by you using cat toys to exercise
these natural behaviors and needs.
indoor cat climbing trees to allow
the natural instinct to climb and
use toys, catnip, and treats to
encourage your cat to use his own
furniture for climbing games.
Shooting a water pistol at
your cat to hyperactivity is
inappropriate unless you are
providing plenty of
alternative positive outlets
for normal feline behaviors.
What not to do?
NEVER punish your
cat for normal behaviors. Never hit,
chase, swat or yell at your cat.
Even water pistols make you the bad
guy unless you are VERY sneaky.
Punishment with a water pistol is
not appropriate unless you are
meeting your cats needs in other
positive ways. Don't expect your cat
to stop being or acting like a cat!
Dunbar, Ian & Bohnenkamp, Gwen
Booklets. Berkeley, CA: Center for
Applied Animal Behavior.
"Helping you raise a fabulous feline
friend for life."