Cats are naturally wide awake during the twilight hours. This is called crepuscular behaviour and describes an animal that is primarily active at dusk and dawn. As a result, our cat companions often never seem to align with our activity schedules. When we want to snooze, they want to play! When we’re home in the middle of the day, they’re sound asleep!
Cats can also become night owls if their owners are away during the day, as they spend the daylight hours snoozing while awaiting the return of their owners. The cat’s day therefore only really begins when their owner gets home. Because of this, the middle of the night really only feels like midday to the cat.
Night owl cat behaviour can include nibbling or pouncing on an owner’s toes in bed, walking across a sleeping owner, vocalisation during the night or high energy play sessions across the owner or the furniture.
Fortunately, there are steps you can take to manage this behaviour in your night owl cat.