Do your cats ever want to play, when you want to sleep?

United States
October 10, 2008 2:33am CST
When my two oldest cats were kittens, they would love to play, even way past my bedtime. It was hard to go to sleep with them running over me constantly and wrecking the house. Now that we have a new kitten in the house, he's got the rest of them stirred up and now they all want to play at bedtime. Do you have any tips for getting cats to sleep on a human's schedule or to quiet down so that I can get to sleep? Please share.
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@lilaclady (28245)
• Australia
10 Oct 08
I only have one cat and she is not a playful type of cat, except with mice, when it comes time for bed she just pounds away and settles down, I thin k she is lazy like me...
@fifileigh (3619)
• United States
16 Oct 08
my cat does his own thing on his own. but usually if i want him to sleep, i carry him upstairs with me and put him on my bed. and he usually sleeps with me all night on the bed,just moves around to different area.
@jenboops (96)
• United States
11 Oct 08
Cats are instinctively nocturnal, lucky for my kitties I am too, hehe. I have one kitty that likes to play at night and my oldest cat likes to be all crazy knocking stuff off counters. For the most part, my kitties tend to like to cuddle at night, usually right on my face. They don't seem to understand when I shoo them away, they just come right back. Nothing like waking up with kitty hair on your face.
@miryam (6510)
• Italy
11 Oct 08
sorry, i have adog.............. and if i sleep, sleep it too. so u've no problem........ bye myryam
@bestboy19 (5482)
• United States
11 Oct 08
Our cats have never been that big on playing. Mostly what they want to do is explore. Sometimes they want us to go with them, but usually they want to be on their own. They all want to be loved.
@AmbiePam (48123)
• United States
10 Oct 08
I don't have a cat, but boy does my dog want to play when I'm ready to go to sleep. He can be sleeping, but when I get up to go to my room and he follows, he suddenly gets perky and is ready for a good 'ol time. I'll lay in bed and he'll 'attack' my toes. He'll nip at my feet whether they are under the cover or not. I just try to ignore it, and after about ten minutes he usualy stops and settles in to go back to sleep.
• United States
10 Oct 08
Partly, you have to wait til the kitten outgrows it. But there are things you can do. Find your kitten and the others, during the daytime and early evening hours, and get them playing. They will go an take nice naps in the afternoon and then be up half the night. So drag them out of their napping spots and give them toy mice, play with fishing pole toys, or whatever they like, but keep them busy. To an extent, the kitten will probably still be up in the night, but it should help a good bit. Do you shut them out of your bedroom at night -- that can help too. But the best help is to wake them up in the day time as much as you can, without making them completely crazy (they need some nap time, but just don't let them sleep for a long time in the daytime). Good luck. Kittens are so delightful! And sometimes SO ANNOYING!