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Thu Oct 11, 2012, 07:28 PM

Do kittens have a shorter sleep cycle, like human babies?

Or could it just be his sleep cycle is still set to where I found him?

Here's the story, I found and rescued a kitten this summer about 2 months ago, who is now about 6 months old.

I found him living in a weedy thicket next to busy highway back in mid-July. About a week after I found him (and had been feeding and taming him) he got a really bad cut or scratch on his right cheek, that quickly got infected, so I trapped him and took him home August 5, 2012 and took him to the vet the next day.

He's fine now, his face healed up well, but he seems to get more active in the early morning hours, around 6am and 8am and 11am, etc, knocking things over, chasing the older cats and generally making a lot of noise in the morning when I'm still trying to sleep, but he almost always sleeps ALL afternoon and most of the evening.

So the question is, do 6 month old kittens have shorter or weird sleep cycles? Something he will grow out of?

Or could it be because his sleep cycle was set to wake up in the morning to be alert to or aware of the people and traffic near where he was living, and then sleep time was during the hot hours of the afternoon? Which might mean I need to try to keep him active in the afternoon, or my usual waking hours, so he will start to sleep more in the mornings.

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Reply Do kittens have a shorter sleep cycle, like human babies? (Original post)
Up2Late Oct 2012 OP
ginnyinWI Oct 2012 #1
meti57b Oct 2012 #2
Up2Late Oct 2012 #3
ginnyinWI Oct 2012 #4
KC Oct 2012 #5
Up2Late Oct 2012 #7
KC Oct 2012 #6
Curmudgeoness Oct 2012 #8
Up2Late Oct 2012 #9
ceile Oct 2012 #10
Up2Late Oct 2012 #15
eridani Oct 2012 #11
Up2Late Oct 2012 #13
Warpy Oct 2012 #12
Up2Late Oct 2012 #14

Response to Up2Late (Original post)

Thu Oct 11, 2012, 08:03 PM

1. I'm no expert, but...

Cats' sleep cycles are shorter than humans--I think they go through about three cycles each day--eat, sleep, play.

My adult cats are up early, eat, nap a little, then are up again around noon, looking out the window at birds or whatever. Eventually they conk out and have a long afternoon nap. Wake up around 5 and wait for dinner to be served. Then they nap a little more, but around 9 or 10 p.m. they are up and ready to raise a little hell. Like chasing each other, running away from an imaginary enemy, playing with toys like there's no tomorrow, and having lap time with me, including being brushed and petted. Then around 11:30 they are ready to sleep again until around 7 a.m. when it starts over again.

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Response to Up2Late (Original post)

Thu Oct 11, 2012, 09:16 PM

2. My three cats run around the room in early morning, they knock things over ....

that I don't have glued down with "Quake-hold", they makes lots of noise ....... they want me to get out of bed and get them their breakfast. Once I rustle up their chow, they calm down. ... but by then, I'm too much awake to go back to sleep.

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Response to meti57b (Reply #2)

Thu Oct 11, 2012, 11:51 PM

3. I have 3 older cats too, youngest is about 5, but they usually sleep till at 11am...

...I'm just hoping this is something he'll grow out of, because he's the first kitten, under 7 months old, in about 40 years.

Want to see him? He's really cute, but was a very sick kitten when I first trapped him 2 months ago. He's a mix bread between a Somali and probably a domestic short-hair. He has all the traits of a Blue Somali, except for the bi-color coat.

Btw, this is the first time I've tried linking to a photo album at facebook, here he is, if this works:

https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10150966241316174.404868.593816173&type=1&l=df6d2b13ca

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Response to Up2Late (Reply #3)

Fri Oct 12, 2012, 01:29 AM

4. up at 11?

Wow you have been very lucky until now. Most of us cat owners never get to sleep in very late. Mine are very nice about it, but one will walk around on my bed sniffing at me and waiting...the other waits at the top of the stairs. I usually get up between 7 and 8 and never need any alarm except for the kitties. They are ages 8 and 9, by the way.

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Response to Up2Late (Reply #3)

Fri Oct 12, 2012, 03:47 AM

5. What a

beautiful kitten! I love his eyes.

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Response to KC (Reply #5)

Fri Oct 12, 2012, 04:21 AM

7. Yeah, he's just over 6 months old and he's already as big as my fully grow girl cats...

...but both of them are kind of small cats at only about 9 pounds. All 4 are found or rescue cats. My 5 year old female I found sleeping in my garden 9 years after my big (15-1/2 pound) former neighborhood tomcat found me when I moved into this house.

Bobby (the kitten) has some really big paws, ears and whiskers, so we figure he's going to be 14 pounds easy.

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Response to Up2Late (Original post)

Fri Oct 12, 2012, 03:57 AM

6. My cat

is about 5 years old. He usually wakes me up first by pacing up and down the bed. If that doesn't work he walks across me several times and then he will plop down and stare at me until I open my eyes but if I ignore that then it's table time and he starts knocking off things like the tv remote. He will continue until I finally stumble out to the kitchen and feed him. Sometimes I wish I had some kind of automatic cat feeder! lol

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Response to Up2Late (Original post)

Fri Oct 12, 2012, 12:32 PM

8. It sounds to me like you have been extremely fortunate

up to this time. Cats will be cats, and if you have had cats who slept in so late all the time, you were just lucky.

You ask about a sleep cycle???? Isn't that all cats do most of the day, with spurts of "feed me" and "play with me", followed again with sleep?

My best suggestion is to ignore all the fuss and do not give in and get up just because the cat insists....then he will know that he won, and you will never have another good morning sleep-in. He may (one day in the far off future) get accustomed to this schedule.

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Response to Curmudgeoness (Reply #8)

Fri Oct 12, 2012, 02:17 PM

9. Yeah, I think that's how the other 3 adjusted to it...

but today he was making so much noise and trouble, I had to put him out into the main part of the house and close the door behind me, twice. The first time I opened it up was because the younger girl was crying like I had her in the box going to the vet, she hates closed doors and being shut out of where I am. She's definitely my sweet heart.

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Response to Up2Late (Original post)

Sat Oct 13, 2012, 03:40 PM

10. It will be a while til he sleeps "through the night"

When we first got a new kitten (who is now 3 1/2), she and Gracie (2 years at the time) would tear it up from about 4am until we woke up. Kitten now has her most active time around 9pm. Try and play with Bobbie Jo every night to try and tire him out. Other than that, you just have to live with the disturbed sleep.
He's beautiful by the way.

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Response to ceile (Reply #10)

Tue Oct 16, 2012, 07:18 PM

15. Thanks, yes he is, and more so everyday.

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Response to Up2Late (Original post)

Tue Oct 16, 2012, 12:40 AM

11. From the kitty haiku collection

The Big Ones sleep now
Every room is dark and cold
Time for Cup Hockey!

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Response to eridani (Reply #11)

Tue Oct 16, 2012, 07:06 PM

13. Good one!

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Response to Up2Late (Original post)

Tue Oct 16, 2012, 01:51 AM

12. Cats are crepuscular beasties

which means their main hunting times are dawn and dusk. Most of them have the 6 o'clock crazies in the evening, when they rocket around the house for about half an hour before they settle down, at all.

In addition, he's getting to be a teenager and he's all energy. The best way to take care of the morning crazies is to wear him out completely in the evening, to the point that he flops down and pants for a while. Taking him for his snip will help a little, but not much.

When he's at least 2 years old, he'll grow out of those kitty teenage years and be a little more respectful of your sleep time, especially if he has a window seat where he can chirp back at the birds.

Good luck with him and thanks for rescuing him. It's a good thing they're cute, isn't it?

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Response to Warpy (Reply #12)

Tue Oct 16, 2012, 07:16 PM

14. It sure is, as they said in a recent movie....

"He' so FLUFFY!!!"

He's got all the traits of a Somali breed Cat, except for his bi-color coat, so I figure he's a Somali/Domestic Short hair mix, so as someone wrote about the Somali breed, he has a strange fascination with water. He loves tipping over the water cups (water for him and the other cats), so I have found putting the water cups in the tub and the shower stall helps with clean up when he eventually knocks it over. Only problem now is, he LOVES knocking over the water cups just to watch it go down the drain.

Other than that, he's a great kitten.

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