Re: Middle of the night wakings
A good play session with Da Bird or a laser pointer and a snack before bed will put him out for several hours. Then when he wakes you, ignore him, roll over, bury your face in the pillow, pull the covers over your head, do not move, do not talk, completely ignore him. It may take a week or two of this, but he'll get the message. Any response from you, whether positive or negative is a response and he's learned that he can get a reaction by bothering you.
Also, don't feed him as soon as you get up in the morning. Cats will typically wake up about an hour before normal feeding time and become active...in the wild they hunt, in captivity they bother their human. So if you get up at 7 and feed him immediately, he will wake at 6 and start bothering you. If you then start getting up at 6 and giving him some food and going back to bed, eventually he'll start getting up at 5 etc. If you wait to 8 to feed him, he'll stir at the same time you do.
Oh...and clip his nails so when he bats at you he won't be hurting you.
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