My husband and I sleep in the master bedroom and Kitty sleeps in the bed with us. She gets up and does her thing in the night eating / drinking / using her litterbox typically.
she is adamantly waking us up to pet her. A sleepy pat or two will not do. She wants me to be awake, engaged with her, preferably sitting up and petting. If I wake up and pet her for about 5 - 10 minutes she'll go on her merry way. I don't want to do this because I have trouble falling asleep and staying asleep as is. If I ignore her she goes into psycho kitty mode and attacks me by biting and clawing. Badly. Like, blood and scars attacking.
Attempted Solution That Has Created New Problem:
I've closed her out of our bedroom so she can't sleep in the room with us. She paws at the door and cries.
I totally understad what you're saying because I too have a similar problem to you (minus the pooping).
Milky slept in his cage until a couple of weeks ago, so now he has freedom of roaming around the apt while we're asleep/gone out. When we first let him out, we didn't realise that he would keep us up all night. It was sleepless nights for far too long, until I read on this forum that what we should be doing is ignoring him completely. Well it worked, but not for this past week...
Basically he's been doing the same thing as kitty, trying to wake us up in the middle of the night by meowing incessantly, pawing at us, nudging our faces, even biting me quite hard, etc. We ignored him but for some reason he's started to scratch around the bed (I guess in a hope to get us up). My husband was very annoyed because even if we said no, moved him away from that spot, he would only go back to it again within a minute. So this went on for about half an hour every night lately until we couldn't stand it any longer. We then attempted to close the bedroom door and leave him out but he has started to claw at the door nonstop
, which was really frustrating as we didn't get any sleep. Eventually last night after an endless amount of sleepless nights, we had to cage him because it was almost dawn and we still hadn't slept a wink!
I would really like to find a way to have him rest peacefully or at least go about his own business at night without disturbing us too much. Honestly, I don't know how much longer we can take this. We are just so tired!! However, in any case, we will try again during the weekend and see if his behaviour has improved. Otherwise, we're definitely going to have to cage him at night again which I don't want to be doing.
I hope somebody has a way to help us!!!