Sunday, 18 August 2013

How to train your cat at bed time

  1. Feed your cat before bedtime. Be sure you feed your cat a nice, warm meal before going to bed. It doesn't necessarily have to be warm, but it helps. This will help to relax the cat, especially if you give a saucer of milk (be sure to use cat's milk, regular milks have been known to cause diarrhea in cats).

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    Give your cat some attention. Your cat loves attention, and nothing is more relaxing to a cat than being gently stroked by their beloved owners. Be sure to do this for at least a few minutes before going to bed.

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    Make sure your cat is hygienic. Not only will this keep your bed clean of dirt and fleas if your cat sleeps in your bed with you, but this will also help your cat feel more comfortable at night, and more willing to sleep.

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    Go to bed at a regular time. Cats quickly adapt to routines, so be sure to set a common time that you will go to bed.

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    When it is bedtime, create the same environment. If you sleep with the lights off, turn them off. If you turn the TV off at night, turn it off. If you leave it on, leave it on. If you turn on the fan, turn it on. If you listen to radio, listen to it. Create the same environment every time you go to bed. Your cat will recognize this environment, and understand that you will be sleeping and not giving them much attention. This might also help them to sleep in your bed.

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    Leave your cat in a separate room. This should be true if you don't want your cat sleeping on your bed with you. Leave them out of your bedroom with nothing that might intrigue them nearby. Cats don't suffer from boredom, when nothing is happening, cats will simply lie down and sleep. Remember that they get at least 18 hours of sleep a day.

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    Make sure they have food and water. One of the biggest reasons a cat might wake you in the middle of the night is to cry for food and water. If they have it, they'll have no reason to wake you.

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