How to Stop Cats from Howling at Night and Driving You Crazy
Who let the cats out? Meow! Meow, meow, meow!
What? Okay, so I tweaked that song a bit, but you got to agree, a howling cat at night is a lot worse that a howling dog in the day.
You see, cats are naturally nocturnal. Just like their bigger, fiercer cousins that roam the jungles and savannas, their energy levels spike as darkness embraces the sky and most creatures, humans included, lay to rest after a tiring day. Unfortunately, that isn’t a good thing for us as we typically need to be up at dawn to prepare for another grueling day at work.
In this case, what’s an exhausted cat servant, err, owner to do?
5 Effective Ways to Stop Cats from Staying Up and Howling
There are a lot of reasons why cat howls, scream, or screech like a mad man, but there are five that seem to always top the list. And those five are resolved with these simple solutions:
Spay or Neuter
Everyone is looking for love, and at certain times of the year, your cats do, too. Sadly, they can’t communicate through quiet dates, phones, or computers like we do. Thus, they resort to ear-numbing shouts to get the attention of all the candidates in the neighborhood.
The quick and easy fix for this is to have them spayed or neutered. Aside from keeping the heat at bay, it also helps them avoid various diseases like uterine infections and breast tumors for females and testicular and prostate problems for males.
Have Routine Check-ups
What do you do when you’re hurt? Say, you’re cooking and got scalded or have just cut relationship with someone you truly love? Most likely, you will scream or cry in pain. It’s the same thing with our cats.
If they are feeling sick or if their senses have deteriorated due to old age, they will be scared and searching for you to help and soothe them. Routine check-ups will help you determine what’s ailing your furry buddies and discuss the best options to cure or alleviate their sickness.
Stop Paying Attention
What if kitty’s young, healthy, and already spayed/neutered? Well, then he may simply want your immediate attention.
Like a spoiled child who will wail and lay on the floor grumbling to get you to buy that coveted treat or toy, your cat will howl at night to wake you up and give him some undivided attention. Although difficult, the best solution for this is to leave him alone.
Don’t respond in any way—don’t go out of the bedroom and don’t talk to or yell at him. Remember that any attention, regardless if it’s positive or negative, is still attention, so giving in will make kitty think that he just needs to howl every night and you’ll come running.
Other times, it might just be that kitty got hungry from playing by himself while you sleep. So he howls to wake you up and make you prepare him a meal fit for a king. In this scenario, what you need to do is give him his dinner some time before you go to sleep. Half an hour or so before your usual bedtime is a great time to feed your cat and keep him full until the sun rises.
No matter how nocturnal cats may be, they will sleep through the night if they are drained of all excess energy before bedtime. You know, just like how little human kids tend to do after a whole day frolicking at the park.
So once you got a bit of rest, take out kitty’s favorite toys and spend 15-30 minutes, depending on your cat’s stamina, playing. Have dinner ready after, and you’ll both soon be ready for a long peaceful sleep.
Howling cats can be a huge annoyance, but know that they do it not just out of boredom. Sometimes, they have valid reasons that you, as their darling human, ought to be aware of. Think over the five causes of cat howling we shared today and our suggested resolutions, and see which fit your furry child.
Do you know other tricks for stopping cats yowling at night? Be sure to share them with us!