How To Get Kitten To Sleep Through The Night
Getting your kitten to sleep through the night can be a challenge, but it’s well worth the effort. After all, a rested kitten is a happy kitten! And kittens need lots of sleep—about 15 hours each day. The good news is that your kitten can learn how to get the rest they need, and it starts with you. Here are some tips to help them achieve those blissfully long stretches of restful slumber:
Respect the kitten’s sleep schedule.
The next thing to do is respect the kitten’s sleep schedule. Cats are most active during night, and they tend to sleep a lot during the day. If you can’t keep your kitten awake during the day, try to keep them awake at night.
Keep it dark in your kitten’s bedroom.
Keeping the room dark will help your kitten sleep, and will also make it easier for you to determine if your kitten is having a bad dream or not. If there’s too much light in the room, you won’t be able to tell if your kitten is experiencing night terrors or just sleeping peacefully.
There are several ways you can keep it dark for your pet:
- Use a blackout curtain
- Use a sleep mask with earplugs (or both!)
Don’t feed your kitten before they go to sleep.
- Don’t feed your kitten before they go to sleep.
- Feedings should be spaced out throughout the day, and your kitten should never be given food within two hours of bedtime or at least four hours before bedtime if possible. This will prevent any indigestion from occurring and keep them from waking up in the middle of their night-time feeding time because they are hungry.
Play hard with your kitten during the day.
- Play hard with your kitten during the day.
- Play hard with your kitten before they go to sleep.
- Play hard with your kitten after they wake up.
Encourage your kitten to nap a few times during the day.
Encourage your kitten to nap a few times during the day. If you want your kitten to sleep through the night, it’s important that you do what you can to help them get into a good sleep routine.
Your kitten should nap at the same time every day and in similar places, too. Try putting them down in their bed when they are sleepy but not yet ready for bed, then pick them up 30 minutes later if they are still awake (but not crying). Make sure there isn’t anything around like bright lights or noisy objects that could keep them awake, and try to make sure they aren’t hungry or tired when they go down for their first nap of the day; this will set up a cycle that works with their internal clock and gets them ready for nighttime sleep.
Bring out the cat toys right before bed.
If your kitten is still not sleeping through the night, there’s still a few things that you can do.
Bring out the cat toys right before bed and play with them for a few minutes so they stay active until they fall asleep. Once they are tired, try to get them to sleep in their bed if possible. Take away the toys once they fall asleep and repeat this process every night until your kitten starts sleeping through the night again!
If you follow these tips, you will help your cat get a good night’s sleep.
- Be consistent: If you want your kitten to sleep through the night, it’s important to be consistent with your methods. Your kitten needs to know that the same rules apply at all times and in all places.
- Be patient: It might take a while for your new cat to get used to having a regular bedtime and wake-up time. Don’t give up if things don’t work right away! The more consistent you are, the faster they’ll adapt.
- Be gentle: You may have had a bad past experience with cats that were scared of being touched, so it’s okay if this happens again with your new kitten (or adult cat). Just try not to scare him or her by moving too quickly or shouting loudly when trying new things out together!
- Understand their unique personalities: Each animal has its own personality traits which make them unique from others of their kind; therefore some may react differently than others would do under similar circumstances.
If you’re a first-time kitten owner, you might be worried when your kitten seems to be sleeping too much or not enough. However, by paying attention and understanding their sleep patterns, you can start helping them get the rest they need. Try some of these tips from experts today!