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He's bored. The first goal should be to make some place (not your bedroom) a much more entertaining place to be than your bedroom is. Set up some toys in your living room or some other place like a puzzle feeder, automatic wand toys, or other toys that he likes. In the morning these toys should be put away to keep his interest level in them up. Then, make ...


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So, first thing to note... Cats tend to actually be more active at night and so, if you're sleep disturbing then, the impact is probably lessened. Having said that, I don't think you need to worry. Why? Because cats have very different sleep patterns (pg 9) than we do and are more often in a light doze than a deep sleep as a result of being predator aware. ...


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This has to do with security. A box has 4 sides so they feel safe and protected since they are closed off. It also gives them the element of surprise and if anything happens they can easily escape/attack etc. (src) They like the security of an enclosed space. A box resembles a cave and may make your cat feel secure knowing they are protected and, ...


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Diurnal by definition means of or during the day. Animals that are diurnal are active during the day. Though times of activity of an animal are in relevance to the animal, as in it is to its advantage, it can act against it when this animal is a pet. Pets are usually diurnal, which is generally great for them since mostly humans are also diurnal, so their ...


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My girlfriend and I fostered a dog who was insistent on being in the bed with us every night. Something that ended up working for us was to put a couple old shirts in her dog bed (because they smell like us), get her to lay down in it, then cover her with a blanket. Once she settled in we would go to bed. It took a night or two for her to get used to it, but ...


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This probably sounds really mean, but there is demonstrated evidence that cold temperatures tend to encourage animals to curl up and sleep. So, I would recommend turning down the air temperature in your room and the cat will probably look for a warm place to snuggle instead of running around all night. I've done this many times with my own 2 cats and it ...


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Stop trying to force your cat to go to bed. Cats sleep a lot more then us humans do. According to wikipedia up to 20 hours a day. And they sleep differently as well in that they are prey animals in the wild and will sleep lightly. And you cannot tell you cat when to sleep. Or where to sleep. They have mind of their own. Same with food and toilet needs, ...


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Unless your blanket is a solid plastic sheet or some other gas impermeable material your cat will not suffocate. Normal woven fiber blankets still allow air to pass though the fibers. As long as you are not claustrophobic or have some unusual fear of suffocation you can test this by laying on your side and the pulling the blanket over your head. While you ...


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Stertor, also known as snoring, isn't as common in cats as with dogs, but there are no obvious age/breed/sex patterns to it and it's well known, though being overweight can exacerbate the condition. In general, there are surgical treatments for it (not surprising, the same is true for us), but if they're not distressed and generally healthy, I wouldn't be ...


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My cat does this too. You have to remember, cats were not always domestic animals. They still have instincts and memories from when they were wild animals. In the wild, there is no fluffy bed or cat post, and if there was it was probably a furry predator. Naturally, being small animals, they would sleep wherever they felt safe. Whether that be a pile of dirt ...


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You may be observing your cat having hypnic jerks. From http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hypnic_jerk A hypnic jerk, hypnagogic jerk, sleep start, sleep twitch or night start, is an involuntary twitch which occurs just as a person is beginning to fall asleep, often causing them to awaken suddenly for a moment. Physically, hypnic jerks resemble the "jump"...


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You can take your t-shirt that you have used for the day and put it on the cat's bed. This makes your cat more comfortable as your cat can smell you even if you are not there in person. I have used this solution for many years when I worked in the night and had several cats. (Some people say cats do ignore their owners but they don't as you will see if you ...


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As Skippy says, cats definitely dream. For a slightly less disturbing reference, this article summarizes the current state of the research and includes a brief biological explanation (the short version is that the hippocampus operates the same way in almost all vertebrates including mammals - meaning that if it's got an internal skeleton it probably dreams)...


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Cats can, and will, sleep for 15 to 20 hours a day, but it's important to realize that it's usually a light doze and not the full-blown deep sleep. They're quite able to spring into action from this dozing state with very little hesitation. They do have deep sleep, which only lasts minutes, but that will happen a various times during periods of dozing. Most ...


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Put the cat food up on a counter where the cat can get to it but the dog can't. If the cat does not get all of the medicine you can create worms in the cat that are immune to drug you are using to treat cat. That which does not kill a parasite makes it stronger


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Looks like his nictitating membrane (the "third eye lid") is inflamed. You should go to the vet for several reasons: Get some antibiotic or anti-inflammatory eye drops to treat the current inflammation. Eye drops work better than antibiotic pills, because the active substances cannot be transported very well from the blood stream into the eye. I think vets ...


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Cats aren't toys! They are living creatures - and like (most) living creatures they need a sufficient amount of sleep in order to maintain their health, and cats in particular sleep quite a lot (16-20 hours a day depending on their age) and are naturally awake on a different rhythm than humans are (they are crepuscular so are most alert at dawn and dusk). ...


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I have had experience with snoring dogs. When I exercise my dogs all day, especially right before bed, they tend to be so outrageously tired that they snore all night (but not too loudly that it keeps me up). My advice is to not exercise him extensively before bed, give him like an hour or so of rest. This way, when he sleeps, he isn't as tired when it is ...


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Cats and dogs become very accustomed to recognizing your scent. This also applies to items belonging to you that carry your scent. If you spend a solid amount of time with your cat and it likes to play with you etc: Then alongside the catnip I would recommend placing a recently used t-shirt of yours in the cat's bed. The catnip relaxes the cat and makes ...


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These terms all fall under various sleep clocks that animals may follow. Sleep patterns for almost all species are monitored by the light given off the by the sun. If you've ever woken up early in the winter and noticed you get tired much earlier than you do when waking up the same time in the summer, you've experienced the sun's effects on daily life. Since ...


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Look into crate training. It is a great solution and once crate trained the dogs really like their beds and sleep well. It also gives them a bed that they feel comfortable in away from home. It is important that you learn how to crate train an adult dog before you start though if these dogs have never been crate trained.


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The behaviour is called Kneading. There could be multiple reason for it, but I'll go with Bedding Down: The wild ancestors of domestic cats liked to lay down on soft, comfortable surfaces to either sleep or give birth to their young. By kneading down tall grass or leaves, cats were able to fashion a comfy spot to lay down in, and also possibly to check ...


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Same reason they sleep in other locations - warmth and comfort. Plant pots containing soil warm up in the daytime in summer, the soil and pot retaining that heat (especially if they're terracotta pots). It seems natural that a cat would find a plant pot an attractive place to stay. Being round allows the feline to curl up comfortably as well. They don't ...


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An additional thing to consider: Cats like warmth. Curling up vs stretching is the ideal sleeping position to maintain body temperature, or keep warm when the temperature is cold for all animals, as well as humans. Taking that into account, tucking one's head is an additional way to keep warm.


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It does matter if you have the light on or off for cats, or any animal that sleeps. Inside cats' brains along with mammals and some reptiles' brains, they have what is called the pineal gland. This gland has been shown to be very sensitive in its reaction to light and production of melatonin which supports animals in hibernation as well as normal sleep. The ...


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Yes, this is absolutely normal; no, your baby isn't narcoleptic. Puppies sleep a lot -- just like babies and toddlers. If you take a look at this source, the estimated amount of sleep that a 16-week-old puppy should get is 18-20 hours/day. Gathering from my own personal experience and various sources across the web, I'd say the number is closer to 15-19 ...


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Cats don't do something because you tell them to. Cats do what they want, and you have limited influence on steering their own voluntary behavior. Cats don't scratch things because we buy them scratching posts. We buy scratching posts because our cats keep scratching things. If your cat scratches the wallpaper and you want it to stop, put a scratching post (...


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Is there a room that you can put the cat into at night, along with her litter box and her bed (or a cushion that she can use as a bed, if you haven't already gotten her one)? Another bedroom, a bathroom, a garage, or something like that. Just give her cuddles before bedtime, carry her into her bedroom, and then close the door and leave her in there until the ...


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