Cats can't tell time, but they can stick to a schedule. Naturally nocturnal, felines generally eat, sleep and play around the same times of the day each day. Cats also tend to adapt their schedules around those of the household, so any changes in your family's daily routine can lead to stress. Keeping a cat on a routine is also valuable in that it'll be easier to anticipate when he'll be hungry, in the mood to play or wanting to be left alone. Explain to your child the positive impact that a daily routine has for cats, and ask your child to help manage the feeding or play schedule. Your child might begin to see how keeping up with a schedule is beneficial and how being responsible means making enough time to care for pets, family and one's self, too.