HomeCat Behaviorcat attention-seeking‘My cat wakes me at 4am’ – Jackson Galaxy tells you how to stop it

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‘My cat wakes me at 4am’ – Jackson Galaxy tells you how to stop it — 5 Comments

  1. The digestive enzymes of the domestic cat are most prolific at crepuscular times of day.

    There are limits as to what humans should do to try and re-programme biological processes.

    Providing timed feeders for that 4am sweet spot would be more humane and more effective, if cat stewards find that their cats are waking them too early.

    I am surprised that Jackson Galaxy has not mentioned this simple fact of the cat’s biology.

    We created the domestic cat, we have an ethical responsibility to understand them and provide for their needs humanely.

    • “There are limits as to what humans should do to try and re-programme biological processes.”

      Yes, I think JG is being too optimistic. I don’t think we should force the cat to unlearn eons of evolution. Much easier for humans to get up at 4am 🙂

  2. My cat’s nocturnal habits had nothing to do with interacting with me. She simply loved to race around the room in the middle of the night. We lived in a garage. She would jump up on the improvised wooden closet, trot across the top of the garage door, pounce onto my loft bed and race for the other end, glancing at me in terror, jump down, race around the room, jump up on the closet…. and keep it up half the night. Nothing but putting her in a crate could stop her.

    • Hi Dora, is your cat an indoor cat? It looks that way. She is just active at at time when she is ‘programmed’ to be active. I agree it is not about interacting with you. It is all about her needs. The article does not say that this is about cat to human interaction. It does say that the cure for JG is to get your cat into the same rhythm as humans.

  3. Of the 19 cats I’ve had the past 24 years, only one was very active at night, and I believe that had to do with being on the street most of his formative years. I’ve found they all have a degree of adaptability, and honestly all my other cats adapted easily to my sleep rhythm, as long as I feed them at dawn and dusk. I get the play part can help but if they get too used to it they’ll bug you if you stop. I agree that yelling at them in the middle of the night to shut up will only make it worse and cause more tension. Everything happens easier when you’re groovy and copasetic… man. Just be cool. Dig?

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