New kitten not settling at night(5 Posts)
fireplacetiles Wed 11-Sep-19 15:50:09
thecatneuterer Wed 11-Sep-19 16:51:07
ScreamingValenta Wed 11-Sep-19 16:55:08
viccat Wed 11-Sep-19 16:55:40
DementorsKiss Wed 11-Sep-19 16:58:01
Our rescue kitten is now 10 weeks old and has been with us a fortnight, all is going well apart from night routines. Our downstairs is open plan apart from a tiny utility so she can wander around the whole house unless the bedroom doors are closed.
We started taking her bed into our bedroom but she won't settle in it, she is climbing and chewing wires everywhere and getting stuck under the bed, we put her bed on the landing but she is crying and scratching the door for hours. Do we just carry on letting her cry? We have a large totally enclosed playpen thing but she freaks out if we close her in it, we aren't totally aware of her circumstances before being found so she was maybe put in a box or something?
2 weeks of no sleep is wearing thin! Help!
And this is why we only home small kittens in pairs. She needs a kitten friend. Failing that I've no answers I'm afraid.
When I had a new kitten who cried at night, I went to sleep on the sofa with him for a few nights until he settled. I had another cat but this was at the initial stage where they were kept separated. He was just lonely .
You need to tire her out before bed so she'll want to sleep. Lots of energetic play and attention throughout the evening, and a wet food meal just before bed time.
Maybe I'm particularly lucky but I have four cats and have always had this routine with them, and they all sleep through the night quite happily in their chosen places (cat trees and the sofa mainly).
she's a kitten - night time is play time, will settle as she gets older but with ours the trick was to play with her a lot in the evening especially, just before bed to tire her out.
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