Crazy jumps. Why do cats rush around the apartment screaming at night
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An energetic and healthy cat is the dream of any owner, however, the excessive activity of the animal at night is for many does not allow you to sleep well at night.
Almost every cat owner is familiar with the situation when the quiet and calm Murka turns into a real fury at night and rushes from room to room with the grace of a small elephant and loud meowing. According to Mikel Maria Delgado, a researcher at the School of Veterinary Medicine at the University of California at Davis, there is a good explanation for this behavior of animals.
“One reason is that cats are naturally crepuscular, meaning they are active at dawn and dusk when their natural prey (rodents) are active. Cats are not actually nocturnal, this is a common misconception. So their inner rhythm just tells them it's time to step up and start hunting,” she said.
Cats naturally spend most of their daytime sleeping to recuperate from the previous night and build up enough energy for their next hunt. The energy in them becomes so intense at night that it makes them overactive, and this manifests itself in their hunting technique when they approach their prey unnoticed and pounce on it with full force. If their accumulated energy reaches its peak, they can no longer hold it and spurt it out, causing them to jump and run at night for no apparent reason.
The second reason that makes cats run, make noise and scream is banal hunger. Cats are nocturnal animals and the night can be too long for them to go without food. This feeling leaves them no choice but to meow and harass their owner all night when they are hungry, even if he has to get up for work the next day.
An energetic healthy cat is every animal lover's dream, but even the most devoted cat lovers who have problems with sleep are unlikely to be happy with such nightly jumps and screams. Therefore, there are several tricks to calm the animal a little before its owner goes to bed.
It is best to get an automatic cat feeder so that they can go and eat at any time. If there is no such thing in the house, then it is necessary to “play” the animal as much as possible in the evening with the help of, for example, toys in the form of a fishing rod, and then feed it with dinner just before going to bed.
“Usually a combination of exercises and food helps your cat calm down for the evening,” Delgado explained.
So that the cat does not wake up the owner in the morning with a heart-rending cry, demanding food, it is worth using another method: do not give her breakfast immediately after the person gets out of bed. This will prevent the animal from linking the two actions (“wake up the person” and “have breakfast”) with each other.
What other causes of nocturnal hyperactivity in cats
- It could be an infection or health problem.
- If the cat is running around midnight accompanied by a meow, this may be the result of a flea biteand. Therefore, this can lead to severe itching that is uncomfortable for the animal.
- Running in the middle of the night can also be the result of a skin disease that worsens at night, and Feline Hyperesthesia Syndrome (CHS) is a well-known cause of this reaction in animals. This disorder leads to an increase in general activity and causes the cat to exhibit some aggressive behaviors such as attacking its own tail, grooming and jumping on its own, vocalizing or dilating pupils for several minutes.
- G overactivity causes hyperthyroidism in cats resulting from increased production of thyroid hormones.