How to Sleep With Your Cat
There’s an old adage that a dog is a man’s best friend, but what about our other furry compatriots, cats? Sure, it can be easy to grab old bed mattresses for your dog to sleep on. But a cat is a little more of a finicky sleeping companion. It doesn’t matter who you are. A lot of times it’s nice to just have a cuddle with your own best mate, be it dog or cat. Let it be known, that you aren’t alone. Over 62% of pet owners sleep with their animals in their room. While this can seem like a good idea, in theory, sometimes sleeping with an animal can cause a loss of sleep due to their restless nature.
Cats are nocturnal, so oftentimes that means they get up, they prowl around, they scratch up your bed mattresses. If this is the case for you, we’ve come up with a handy way to sleep in the same room as your favorite kitty.
A Good Sleep Starts During the Day
No, we don’t mean that you should cat nap during the day. Although that never hurts. It means that getting your naturally nocturnal cat ready to sleep with you in the evening. And this means keeping them active during the day. There are all kinds of things you can try. Take your cat for a short walk around the block using a cat leash. Keep regular play sessions in the morning and in the evening. It’s also always a good idea to try and get cats to amuse themselves. Try grabbing a puzzle toy that you can put a treat inside. Or try an assortment of toys that the cat likes to play with to get them tuckered out by bed time. Cats are intuitive. If you schedule a regular playtime before bed every night, eventually they will learn that this is the signal to start winding down for the evening.
Food is Key
Another way to gently signal the transition from play to rest is by giving your cat a treat before bed time. If you have scheduled it out, that can even be a meal. Cats (like us humans) love to crawl on to some bed mattresses and snooze after a big meal. You can even try leaving a treat under your pillow so that your cat will train itself to creep up there before bedtime.