Are Cats Nocturnal? How to Sync Your Schedule With Your Cat

Animals are usually classified according to many different criteria. One of them being about what time of a day is the animal most active and when they are not. Different animals have different schedules and their species have a specific set of time for how they are to normally function in the wilderness. This classification also does affects the cat family. The classifications of animals according to their schedule falls under three categories: nocturnal, diurnal and crepuscular. Most cats are usually classified to be nocturnal as they tend to be mostly active at night.

When an animal is said to be nocturnal, this means that it’s predominantly active during the night. Diurnal animals are animals active during the day while, Crepuscular animals tend to have the ability to do it’s activities during the day and at night. This raises the question, is a domesticated cat nocturnal? The answer to that question is a yes and a no. Cats, especially stray ones, are usually nocturnal. Studies show that stray cats tend to be active at night as they go hunting in search of food, but during the days they are usually hold-up in their hiding spots.

The home domesticated cats usually display a different narrative from stray cats. They are crepuscular in nature. Domesticated cats are crepuscular because of the interaction with their human owner. As the cat interacts with its owner, its schedule tends to change as it accommodates and familiarizes with the new timing and scheduling. This makes it easier for us pet owners to have time to play and spend time with our cats.

If you are a cat owner and you tend to leave the house to go to work, you ought to find a way to mentally and physically engage the mind of your cat. This is because the cat will regress back to its normal schedule of sleeping more during the day. Making it to have more energy to spend at night.  Your cat will be more active at night and this may run into the time when you need to sleep and your cat might keep you awake. There are ways to make sure your cat sticks to a routine where it’s active when it both suits you.

Here are some few tips that might help in training your cat’s internal clock.

  • When they wake you up at night, never reward them with what they want at that time of the night. Doing so is like validating their behaviour hence they will repeat it again.
  • Tire your cat out during the day. Find activities your can do together during the day that will mentally and physically drain your cat. This will make him so tired at night allowing you both to sleep.
  • If you do go to work, find a way to engage your cat with activities even when you are not around.
  • Play with your cat for about 20 to 30 minutes every day during dusk and dawn.
  • Do not punish your cat for waking you up at night as it is not its fault.
  • Try and feed your cat a few minutes before bed time as they tend to get lazy when they have full stomach.

Working with the following tips above will help you find a better schedule for you and your cat.


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