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Cat’s Amusing Wake-Up Call Has Owners Losing Sleep



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  • A cat video is amusing the internet, racking up over 3.2 million views, as it features the pet’s unique tactic to prevent its owners from oversleeping.
  • Veterinarian experts interpret this behavior as crepuscular instinct, where cats are most active at dawn and dusk, even simulating hunting behavior.
  • TikTok users were thoroughly entertained by the cat’s methods, resulting in a myriad of playful comments.

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An entertaining video of an ingenious cat executing its unique ‘wake-up call’ has gone viral on the internet, thanks to its exposure on TikTok. The video, uploaded by @ashford.squirrel on June 16, has since amassed an impressive 3.2 million views. This comedic masterpiece is captioned, “This is why we don’t sleep in at our house.”

The funny video showcases a cat, seemingly perched on a dresser, wielding a small fan in a unique manner. The cat creates a chorus of sound by cleverly brushing its paw against the fan’s blades, producing a loud, vibrating noise intended to awaken even the deepest sleepers.

Veterinarian Dr. Michelle Meyer provides a potential explanation for this unusual behavior, stating that “Cats are crepuscular, meaning their peak hours of activity are at dawn and dusk.”

Although domesticated cats no longer need to hunt for their meals, it’s noted by The San Francisco Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) that such twilight hunting instincts persist. Dr. Kira Ramdas, another veterinarian, agrees, suggesting that during the early morning hours when cats are most active, “they may attack your feet, a normal predatory hunting behavior instinctual for cats.”

Further understanding is offered by Teresa Keiger, a licensed allbreed judge at the Cat Fanciers’ Association (CFA), who explains that cats usually awaken from their late afternoon naps around sunrise and sunset and start exploring, playing, or metaphorically ‘hunting’ in their surroundings, which might have inspired the ‘attack’ on the unsuspecting fan.


“They may continue to be somewhat active late at night, but typically, they align their sleep patterns with those of their owners and snooze throughout the evening until daybreak,” Keiger further clarified.


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  1. cougrrcj

    July 7, 2024 at 6:32 pm

    40 years ago I had a Siamese that would try to wake me up. At first he’d just cry next to my head. I ignored that. Then he resorted to licking my mustache. I learned to ignore that as well. Then he really stepped up his game and would bite my nose – putting his whole mouth around my nose. Cat breath at 5am is impossible to ignore!

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