In 2018 I am resolving to get more sleep.  Studies show that, for a human, eight hours of sleep nightly is optimal.  Less than that, and you have problems with your health, concentration, mood and weight.

Getting more sleep is easier said than done, though, if you live with a cat. A cat’s sleep cycle and a human’s sleep cycle often do not exist in harmony. Precisely during the prime hours of treasured human REM sleep between 4 and 6 am, our feline roommates are at their most active.  Not good.  It is very common for cats to wake their humans to be fed in these early morning hours.


To a cat, these early morning hours are prime hunting time. One of their favorite prey– mice–are most active at this time of day, er, night. Although our cats live inside with us, Mother Nature has programed them with a strong desire to hunt and eat during pre-dawn hours, whether we like it or not.

And we do not like it.

Without prey to hunt and eat in our homes, our cats are hunting our slumbering bodies and rousing us to get up and serve them food.

Is there another way?  Yes!!!!  Doc & Phoebe’s feeders or other types of food puzzles are the solution.  Simply fill and hide the feeders before turning in for the night, and your cats can hunt for “prey” the way nature intended.  And you can spend the early morning hours in your favorite way.  ZZZZZZZZZ

Happy restful 2018.

This article was reviewed/edited by board-certified veterinary behaviorist Dr. Kenneth Martin and/or veterinary technician specialist in behavior Debbie Martin, LVT

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Dr. Liz Bales
Dr. Liz Bales, VMD, has been in practice for 17 years and has a special interest in the unique behavioral and wellness needs of cats. She is the founder of Doc and Phoebe’s Cat Company and the inventor of The Indoor Hunting Feeder for cats. Dr. Bales is featured as an expert in feline medicine for the 2017 series Natural Pets Tv - The Cat Edition, and in her Pet-X talk on the natural feeding behavior of cats. In print, Bales has contributed to Modern Cat Magazine, and Cat Talk magazine, in addition to her own blog, Dr. Bales has been a guest speaker at The University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine and The University of California Davis School of Veterinary Medicine.