Do your cats have a schedule

My cat Lucy - This is a picture of my cat that is not at 11pm when she is going crazy. At 11pm every night she moves to fast for me to get a picture of her.
@sunnypub (2130)
United States
April 24, 2007 1:19am CST
Okay cat owners I know I can't be the only one who has cats that seem to run on a schedule. Around 11pm every night one of cats has her freak out time, you know where she runs around the house attacking every little particle of dust floating in the air, and then speeds back and forth across the house. I mean this happens like clockwork every single night. It is so cute to watch her, she seems so excited about it. So do your cats do anything on a schedule so regularly that you could use her as a clock for yourself? Tell me your stories.
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@SageMother (2277)
• United States
24 Apr 07
I used to have cats years ago. I remember tha once my cat had kittens. It was as bad as having a very small herd of baby elephants in the house every morning at 2 am! They would wake up and run all over the place chasing each other. They would run across me while I was trying to sleep. They were nuts.
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@sunnypub (2130)
• United States
24 Apr 07
that picture brings a smile to my face because I know exactly what you are talking about. For such tiny creatures they sure can make a lot of noise when the run and jump. I am glad that my cat has her freak out at 11pm because I am usually awake at that time. Thanks for responding.
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• Philippines
24 Apr 07
well, yeah, cats are more active at night... mine also runs around usually after 12am... they sleep most during the day till afternoon then they went out to play after then return home to eat and sleep again... :)
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@sunnypub (2130)
• United States
24 Apr 07
I have 4 cats and this is the only one that really freaks out around 11pm. the other three seem to sleep through the night and then freak out during the day. It is funny to be lying in bed and hear your cat stomping around the house. It just makes me smile. Thanks for responding.
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@sarapooht (271)
• Philippines
24 Apr 07
Hello Sunnypub! I'm a cat owner and I really love my pets. My cat doesn't have any schedule she is free outside the house to breathe all the fresh air that she can breathe. my mother doesn't allow me to let my cat inside the house because she sh**s every where, my mother really hates what ever she does. My cat is happy with her other friends outside the house. My cat and her friends play in the backyard everyday and every minute. They run around, they bite each others ears softly, licks each other, groom each other and etc. They do a lot of crazy things. When ever my cat gets inside the house she always jumps at our table and eats our food, jumps to our figurines, eats lizards and she really cause lots of trouble thats why my mother doesn't allow her in. Although she is like that I still love her so much.
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@sunnypub (2130)
• United States
24 Apr 07
two of my cats are indoor outdoor. One mostly comes in just to eat and the other will go outside for a few hours then come back inside, but she always sleeps inside with me. the one in the picutre that I am talking about will be allowed outside once we have her spayed. She actually is my daughter's and my daughter wants her to be able to go out. I think the annoying things cats do are actually part of the reasons we love them so much. they are so independent and they don't need us to survive, so it warms our hearts to know that they choose to stay with us. Thanks for responding.
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@rosie_123 (6118)
24 Apr 07
Oh yes - I could set my clock by Sasha, He is a stately old gentleman now - not much playing for him at his age - but his schedule is still exact. At 5.00am he will get up and go out. He doesn't stray much further than the garden now, but he will always do a circumnavigation of the garden (just to make sure no intruders are around), and then find a quiet corner to "do his business", have a wash, and then sit on the wall for half a hour or so before returning for his breakfast. After his breakfast, he will sit on the window sill and look out of the window, and growl at passers-by for an hour (LOL!), before retiring to bed at about 7.00am. He will rise again at about 4.30pm and eat his evening meal, before going back outside to spend an hour "patrolling" his territory. Then he will come back in, sit on my partner's knee while he reads or watches the TV, then eat a final evening snack, go out again for 5 minutes to make sure he is comfortable for the night, and then he comes up to bed with us. He is very predictable and loves his routine just like many "older" people!
@sunnypub (2130)
• United States
24 Apr 07
I have and old lady (11) and an old man (14) and they both are less acive than the other young'uns but they still do have thier playtime. the old man is mostly outdoors so he gets his excecise in while he is out side. The old lady likes to have us play with her. OF course the 2 young'uns loce to chase her around so she gets he excercise runnning from them. I don't think my young'uns respect their elders very much. I could just watch cats all day long, they are so amamzing. thanks for responding.
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@rosie_123 (6118)
8 May 07
I could watch them all day too! And thanks for the best response.
@Woodpigeon (3710)
• Ireland
24 Apr 07
i swear, my cats hve invisible watches! They know exactly when the alarm is about to go off and will hop up on the bed right before it does and siton me. They know their feeding times, as well. They are amazing, really!
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@luay673 (153)
• United Arab Emirates
24 Apr 07
i believe you, coz one time we missed the correct alarm instead of am it was been alarm at pm. our cat started to meow and jump to our bed to wake us up. i was getting angry coz i thought he just wanted to disturb us but when i looked at my cellphone it's 10mins after my wake up time. so i hurriedly stand up and fixed myself to work. so kissed my cat for that :)
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@sunnypub (2130)
• United States
24 Apr 07
Oh they make great alarm claock don't they. They are so helpful to us poor humans. I knwo my cat has helped me get up on time many times before. I agree that they are totally amamzing animals. Thanks for responding.
@hezoid (2147)
4 May 07
My cat has a definate morning shcedule. She's always there to greet us in the morning when we go downstairs, and she will actually come up to me and miaow to be hugged, which i do, then she follows me into the kitchen where i'll give her some food before making my own brekky. She then goes upstiars untill it's time for us to go to work when she comes down again. She sticks to roughly ther same routine of greeting us again when we come in and being fed, though it does depend on whether my partner has been off work that day (he's self employed so has odd days off here and there) and wether she's asleep or not, but she usually wakes up when we get home.
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• United States
27 Apr 07
Well, my 3 kitties are also some of those renegades that do what they want when they want to. My old calico stays in my room and just comes out to eat and use the litter box but every once in awhile in my bathroom she finds her toy mouse and goes crazy on it all over my bathroom, like a relapse to the good ol' kitten days. My tabby spends her days either running like a maniac randomly or sleeping in the trash bag box so I cannot get to them wihtout a fight. And the other one just does strange things all the time. They too have an auto feeder but will make it VERY clear when it is empty.
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@sunnypub (2130)
• United States
27 Apr 07
Oh yea, I hear you. My cats also will make it perfectly clear when the food dish is empty. Actually sometimes they can be so picky that they will even let me know when the dish is only half full. It is interesting how we can learn their signals for things, isn't it. Thanks for responding.
@someonesmom (5765)
• Canada
26 Apr 07
My cat Anna Belle (as seen in photo), always seems to run out of food at sometime during the night. She only eats hard food, due to a very delicate stomach, along with crunchy treats. Each morning around 7, before my alarm goes off, 'my cat alarm' sounds. I can hear her meowing from downstairs in the kitchen, and then she comes running up, jumps on the bed, and crys, and purrs loudly, until I'm fully awake. This is her way of telling me she 'needs' to be fed, and I already know what time it is, before I'm even wide awake. She's also nowhere to be seen, by mid morning to mid afternoon, as that's when she 'gets her beauty sleep,' in her basket at the foot of my bed. Your cat Lucy is soooooo cute!
@sunnypub (2130)
• United States
26 Apr 07
Anna Belle is adorable and she sounds like my cat Jordan, who is my avatar. She can get pretty pushy when she wants my attention. When trying to wake me up she crawld up on my chest and nibbles on my chin and purrs really loud. Jordan will eat just about anything. I just love cats, they are too cute and I love their little ways of doing thing. Thanks for responding.
@r3v3ng3 (484)
• Romania
26 Apr 07
I have a cat, he is 5 and he's name is Tomy. I live in an apartment and because of that my cat don't have much things to do. I can't let him out because he is very scared and out he is not safe and I don't want to lose him, because I love so much . Every day he sleep very much, he eat, if is a nice day he goes at the balcony and when I'm at home he play with me. Every night beside of that he is sleeping, he eats and he wakes me for petting him.
@sunnypub (2130)
• United States
26 Apr 07
I understand about wanting to keep your cat safe and I think there is nothing wrong with that. It is nice that he has a balcony to go out on and get some fresh air. Thanks for responding.
@kitkat1 (1227)
• Canada
25 Apr 07
Yea my cats all have their own agenda i like to say. The simese he sleeps in the bed under the covers and does the same sleep schedule as me lol. And the other three are up to no good all night long. They sometimes make more mess through the night then my three kids can make in a whole weekend if you can believe that. I have had to cat proof all of my house lol. They all have a regit food schedule though i have to be on time delivering or they are under my feet meowing there heads off lol. But you got to love em.
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@sunnypub (2130)
• United States
25 Apr 07
Cat proofing is an improtant part about having cats, and you can never think of everything. Just when you think everything is cat proofed they will go into one of their freak outs and hit places you never thought of, and next thing you know all of your stuff is flying around. I swear I spend more time cleaning up after my cats than my daughter. But you are so right, you just gotta love them. thanks for responding.
• United States
25 Apr 07
My cat has food issues. Every night at around 8:30 he starts to meow. If I am taking a bath he will sit outside my door and meow. Even if I leave food in his dish he will nag me. We tried an automatic feeder for a while. He would sit on the feeder and howl until it opened up at 8:30. If you leave food in his dish, he will want fresh food at 8:30. Tonight he was sitting right behind my computer chair meowing at my back.
@sunnypub (2130)
• United States
25 Apr 07
Oh wow he sure is finiky isn't he. My cats can be pretty picky too sometimes with wanting fresh food. They are definately that way with wanting fresh water. We used to have a big water feeder also but I got rid of that and now we have multile little cups that I fill up frequently so they can have fresh water. Of course i have the cups placed right next to sinks so I see them frequently and can fill them without actually making much extra effort. You know I have to atleast seem like I am actually in control at times. LOL Thanks for responding.
• United States
25 Apr 07
Yes our three cats do have their own scheduals and routines. The one has a little path she goes every mourning in the house. She checks everything out to see if everything is OK. The littlest one always goes and finds Mom when it is 6 PM (fedding time). She is rarely late but sometimes early. The third one runs around the house bout midnight. Then she goes and scratches on a cardboard box. We can always tell when she is doing it because she really rips into it and the others aren't as rough.
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@sunnypub (2130)
• United States
25 Apr 07
One of my cats really likes to hit the cardboard boxes too, but she doesn't have any front claws as my husband had her declawed when he first got her. The surprising thing is that she makes an awful lot of noise when doing so even without the claws. Thanks for responding.
@bonbon664 (3470)
• Canada
25 Apr 07
My cat"K2" - This is one of my cats, "K2".
Hey, my cats do the exact same thing, and the funniest thing is that one of my cats looks almost exactly like yours. They run around like lunatics, I figure it's because they've slept all day, and this is their play time.
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@sunnypub (2130)
• United States
25 Apr 07
Oh wow they do look alike don't they. They are both adorable in my humble opinion. LOL I think a lot has to do with using up their energy before settling down for the night. Thanks for responding.
24 Apr 07
Let me guess, is Lucey the one that does this at 11 o'clock every night? Doodlebug looks just like her. Doodlebug does this freak out every night around midnight. Attacking anything and everything. Tries to climb the walls and crashes into things. As soon as I get up in the morning she is yelling at me to clean her litter box. After dinner again with the litter box.
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@sunnypub (2130)
• United States
24 Apr 07
Yes Lucy is the one who freaks out around 11pm. She is too cute the way she zooms around the house. She is so picky about the litter box too. If she had her way she would have it changed everytime after she uses it. I am actually saving up to buy one of those automatic cleaning ones to help with this issue. they are expensive but I think it would be so worth it. Thanks for responding.
@dlhnola (70)
• United States
24 Apr 07
I have 2 cats who also have what I call their "freak out" time anywhere between 9 & 11 pm. They seem to grow wings or motors and race around the house, up the curtains, over the furniture, everywhere.....
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@sunnypub (2130)
• United States
24 Apr 07
Oh it is so funny when two of them are freaking out at the same time. Very entertaining. And they sure don't care what gets in their way, they will run over anything and everything. man they are cute. Thanks for responding.
@KrisNY (7591)
• United States
24 Apr 07
Oh yes my cat Gracie does just that- She sleeps during the day when we aren't home or when we are outside-- then when we come home she runs all around! About 9 pm when it's time to start settling down she flips out and chases everything all around- Every morning between 2-3am.. she comes up to bed and meows very loudly until you say Gracie- come on-- then she jumps up on the bed and you have to pet her to get her to stop meowing. I think she thinks you have slept long enough! Drives me crazy! Even on weekends
@sunnypub (2130)
• United States
24 Apr 07
I just love watching them chase dust particles. they are so cute when they are jumping around and then it's like some fire was lit under then and they tear off from one end of the house to the other, not letting anything get int their way. too cute. thanks for responding.
• United States
24 Apr 07
Cats are creatures of habit, my cats have such a schedule at 5:00 am, noon and 5:00 pm, they beg for wet food, around 10:00 am my white cat wants to take his nap and will look for towels, blankets or something to lay on, he would prefer to lay on the kitchen counter for this and will call me there to help him find something to lay on. My other cat likes to nest with me, he starts around 8:00 am and will continue until his nap at 10:00 am. At 3:00 they both come out from where they are to be petted and look out the window for the next 30 minutes and then back to naptime.
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@sunnypub (2130)
• United States
24 Apr 07
My cat Jordan likes to get up on top of our kitchen cabinets and take one of her many naps. It is so cute. Samantha likes to sleep on clothes and can often be found in the clothes hamper. Lucy would prefer to sleep cuddled up next to a persons hip no matter where the person is. If she can't find a suitable hip, then she could be anywhere. thanks for responding.
• United States
24 Apr 07
I used to have a cat that when and used the litter box at the same times everyday, and wanted to be fed at six not six o one or anything else six at night. He was cald dman. short for demand.
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@sunnypub (2130)
• United States
24 Apr 07
They can be demanding can't they. the really sad part is that as cat lovers we allow them to get away with it. I don't know what kind of hold they have on us, maybe they hypniotized us or something. I am going to have to pay attention to see if they use the littlerbox at the same time. that is something I never paid attention to. thanks for responding.
@TerryZ (22083)
• United States
24 Apr 07
I have 3 cats and one of them always will start to run around the house too at night time. And like you said for no reason at all. I dont know why they do this but yes its pretty funny.
@sunnypub (2130)
• United States
24 Apr 07
It sure is great entertainment. It is really funny to see them running as fast as they can and then they hit the kitchen floor and try to turn around and go sliding around. Man that is funny. thanks for responding.
24 Apr 07
Moomin - Yes it is Moomin's bed, not mine
Yup, my cat Moomin definitely has a schedule. Regular in that she is always a lot more active in the evenings, and she know when it's time for bed too. Normally around 11pm she will amble into the kitchem for a late snack and a drink, then she comes to me, headbuts me for some attention, then races upstairs to our bedroom where she settles on the end of the bed.
@sunnypub (2130)
• United States
24 Apr 07
Moomin is such a cool name and a beautiful cat. She kind of looks like a cross between 3 of my cats. they sure can't forget their late night snacks can they. My avatar cat sleeps with me in bed either at my feet or at my head, Lucy sleeps with my daughter, Samantha sleeps in our bedreoom but on a bed on the floor, and Tigger, the old man sleeps outside, by his choice. Thanks for responding.