Why Cats Run at Night and Yell: Causes and Ways to Deal with “Crazy Jumps”

One of the reasons for the “crazy jumps” of cats and cats at night and early in the morning is that the natural way of life for these animals is crepuscular.

Cats are more active at night and at dawn because that’s when their prey, rodents, become active, and their internal rhythm tells them it’s time to start hunting, said Mikel Delgado, a researcher at the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine.

Why cats yell at night – top reasons:

  • The animal has rested alone during the day and is dumping excess energy and asking for attention at night;
  • The cat is hungry and thirsty, and its feeder and drinker are empty;
  • The cat’s litter box is out of order;
  • If you took the cat from the street, he may feel trapped;
  • Restlessness;
  • Animals may be annoyed by the glow of unplugged appliances, some light or sound;
  • Irritability and anxiety in cats can provoke health problems, including thyroid problems;
  • Mating time: Cats meowing lets the males know they are ready for mating, and cats screaming try to attract attention from females;
  • Older cats can meow because they develop cognitive dysfunction syndrome. One of the symptoms of this disease is nocturnal meowing;
  • Flea bite or skin disease;
  • Deterioration of hearing;
  • Breed peculiarities. Cats of some breeds, such as Siamese, are prone to screaming.

Once you understand the possible causes of a cat’s screaming, you can begin to wonder how to calm the cat correctly and quickly – now it won’t be much of a problem.

If you suspect that the cat has any health problems – do not hesitate to go to the vet. Also, you should not look for ways to soothe animals during the mating period on your own.

How to pacify a cat on your own:

  • Make sure the animal gets food in small portions throughout the day and has something to do. Play with the cat in the evening to get him to throw out a lot of energy, and then feed and water him;
  • Leave both food and water in the feeder overnight;
  • Check that the litter box is in order;
  • If you take the cat from the street, it is best to allow it to leave the house on its own, for example through a window. This way the cat will not feel trapped;
  • If the cat is restless, it is best to have him by your side;
  • Check to see if there are any appliances that might annoy the animal. You can close curtains and windows to keep extra light and sound out of the house. Remember that cats can hear sounds up to 64,000 Hz, while humans can only hear sounds around 20,000 Hz. That is, cats can be annoyed by sounds that humans can’t hear;
  • Make sure the cat is not plagued by fleas – you can use a collar or special drops;
  • If the pet is old and cannot see or hear well, leave a small source of light at night. Then the animal will not feel very disoriented.

In any case, what to do to make the cat stop screaming, is best advised by the veterinarian.

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Written by Emma Miller

I am a registered dietitian nutritionist and own a private nutrition practice, where I provide one-on-one nutritional counseling to patients. I specialize in chronic disease prevention/ management, vegan/ vegetarian nutrition, pre-natal/ postpartum nutrition, wellness coaching, medical nutrition therapy, and weight management.

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