How to make your cat let you sleep?
Are you one of those people whose cat snuggles up next to you in bed and refuses to budge all night? Do you find yourself waking up bleary-eyed, with a furball purring contentedly on your pillow while you feel like a train hit you?
Well, fear not, fellow insomniacs! We have scoured the galaxy for top tips and tricks to make your feline friend let YOU get some shut-eye. So grab a cup of tea (or something stronger – we won’t judge), cuddle up with your kitty if they’ll let you, and read on.
The Problem: Cats Are Creatures of Habit
Cats sleep an average of 15 hours per day. And when they’re not sleeping, they’re grooming themselves or shepherding their toys around the house. So it’s no surprise that when bedtime rolls around and everyone is settling down into their cozy spots, your cat wants in on the action too.
Unfortunately for us humans who need more than just catnaps during nighttime hours, cats are creatures of habit that love routine. If yours has slept on the foot of your bed every night for years now or cuddled under the covers right next to you since kitten-hood days then expect them to stick by their habits until taught otherwise using patience…and other secret weapons.
Secret Weapon #1: A Separate Sleeping Spot For Your Cat
If snuggling with Fluffy every night is leaving you exhausted – both from lack of space AND lack of true rest – why not try giving them a separate spot where they can snooze without taking over our coveted dreamland zone?
This could be as simple as putting out a cozy cat bed somewhere in another room suitably distanced-enclosed from outside distractions as well as keeping temp constant whether warm/cool throughout all seasons; also ensuring very comfy pad materials that help avoid joint pain or other issues for your cat.
Secret Weapon #2: Lavender Oil
If you’re looking for a natural way to calm down your feline friend, lavender essential oil can work wonders. Not only does it promote relaxation and sleepiness in humans, but cats find its scent soothing too.
For best results, diffuse some lavender around bedtime or apply a diluted solution at their sleeping quarters – making sure they have plenty of ventilation & light exposure so no health concerns occur with the kitty’s growth.
Remember: while lavender oil is generally safe for cats as long as used correctly in low dosage/cat-friendly portions applied-Consulting vet is never harmful to get optimal results since every cat responds differently especially new ones during adjustment periods.
Secret Weapon #3: Playtime BEFORE Bed
Give your cat some extra exercise late at night before settling down into bed; doing this will reduce pent-up energy reserves (resulting from lack of interactive play) by engaging them mentally and tiring them out physically- giving us more well-deserved quality time to rejuvenate deeply during that much-required sleep pattern minus any intruders keeping us up all night!.
To make it even more fun consider trying new games-models/types featuring toys designed specifically suited according to breed age playing style capacity etc., like those using moving parts/automated sounds/lights/different textures which keeps their interest piqued longer and reduces boredom anxiety overall!
Once upon eureka…Waaalaah!
While these methods are tried-and-tested tips from seasoned pet owners across the globe we hope you remember patience is key when undertaking anything worthwhile such as gaining back precious lost hours spent restless nightly unless…..unless maybe-lifetime supply caffeine offers(??)- who knows?
But until then use the above-secret weapons on rotation-with care-to see which suits best with each individual case/pet personality and eventually we guarantee you’ll be able to get that well-deserved sleep, finally resting & relaxing just as soundly and peacefully as before felinies had invaded you-nightlife of folks!