About to lose my mind from lack of sleep due to our cat!
I'd say it's been about 2 months now that one of our cats, Ichi, has decided she wants us up way earlier than we want to get up. About mid-December she started waking us up about 4:30AM by scratching at the covers or the carpet or the door and vocalizing. She will come to bed with us every night and happily lay down and go to sleep immediately, but its like she has an alarm and decides its time to get up and wake us up. We've tried putting her out of our bedroom at night but she will then come back to the closed door at 4:30 and and start meowing, scratching and throwing herself at the door. We've tried to ignore it but it goes on forever and it drives us nuts. I usually end up getting up and going out to the couch to sleep which seems to keep her quiet. Now the wake up time has been getting even earlier, around 2:30 or 3AM and that is just not acceptable! The thing is, she's not hungry. I'll feed our other 3 cats and they eat but she doesn't, at least not until much later. We have window seats everywhere, a cat tree, toys but I don't know what she wants.
And to add to her, our other cats have started driving me crazy in the morning too. When I get up and go lay on the couch, it may quiet Ichi, but another one, Bubu, will yowl at her bowl because she wants to be fed, but I'm not about to begin feeding them at 3AM. I grab her and try to get her to lay next to me but she hops off and goes back to sit by her bowl. Then another one, Momo, will start scratching at the front door wanting out, which I am also not doing at 3AM. If the stars align, and they all end up being quiet, I can fall asleep for a brief period, but that rarely happens. Meanwhile my husband ends up sleeping okay because i'm dealing with trying to keep the cats quiet so he can sleep. He'll just be grumpy if he doesn't get his beauty rest. I'll be tired, but at least I won't be a jerk!
We don't have a basement, nor do we have a room to put them into. I mean, we could put them into the computer room, but that is right across the hall from the bedroom and they would immediately claw up the carpet and the door to get out. I wish we had our previous house (before we had all the cats). It had a breezeway connected to the kitchen with a door. We could close the kitchen door and they could have the breezeway and another room to run around in all night while we slept.