Cat Owner Shares Plan to Stop Night Zoomies, But Not Everyone’s Convinced

If you own a cat, you know that when they get the zoomies at night, it’s probably going to be a sleepless one for you. But one cat owner recently revealed how she’s dealing with this problem in a clip that has since gone viral on social media.

In the footage, shared on TikTok earlier in December under the username Claudia._.b1, the cat owner wakes up her two kittens, who are napping on the bed during the daytime, keeping them awake in the hope that it may encourage them to get some sleep at night instead.

The video comes with a caption that says: “POV: You can’t let them nap [because] then they have zoomies all night.” Followed by: “They literally won’t let me sleep.”

The clip caused some controversy among TikTok viewers, some of whom pointed out that as crepuscular beings, cats should not be woken up during the day, but the poster quickly clarified that her clip was just a joke and that both the kittens fell asleep again right after the clip.

Moreover, the poster added in a following viral clip, that her kittens are actually rescues, and she found them in a shed, cold, starving and scared, before she decided the take them home with her and give them a new life. “I treat the life royalty,” she explains in the clip.

While cats sleep at night for many reasons, including their hunting nature and the owner’s busy day schedule, there are ways you can help your cat adapt to a different routine, and regulate their sleep in order to avoid night zoomies.

RSPCA Knowledge Base explains that you can gradually try to alter the cat’s schedule by encouraging playtime and feeding during the daytime and earlier evening hours so that the cat’s schedule more closely matches that of the humans in the household. You can do this by offering smaller but more frequent meals and by feeding the evening meals at a different time.

“Owners can feed a meal earlier in the evening and then another meal closer to bedtime. This way the cat is less likely to wake their owners for a meal during the night,” the website says.

The video quickly went viral on social media, getting viewers from across TikTok. It has so far received over 5.4 million views and 792,200 likes on the platform.

One user, Kyle, commented: “What do you mean? zoomies [are] the cutest part about baby animals.” And Starchaser (Taylor’s version) said: “The zoomies never go away by the way.”

7273635user added: “their not nocturnal and this won’t do much, they just prefer to sleep in small times, be active in small times.”

Newsweek reached out to Claudia._.b1 for comment via TikTok chat. We couldn’t verify the details of the case.

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This story was originally published December 18, 2023, 10:06 AM.

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