Join Date: Feb 2013
Location: Hamilton, New Zealand
I've had to retrain Tyrion over the last few months for the same problem - he had decided to start waking me up earlier and earlier until he decided morning started at around 5am. This is NOT a good scenario for me!
I don't have any of the cats in the bedroom with me as I'm a really light sleeper so Tyrion started moaning, crying, wailing, trilling and then body slamming the door. At first I'd get up an let him in for 1/2 an hour before I got up and we'd have a big cuddle and smooch. HOWEVER - this simply reinforced the behaviour and before I knew it it got out of control.
So, I made some changes. I turned my white noise up to drown him out. I started feeding 3 meals not 2 so he'd have food late at night and not get so hungry. I'll play a game with him before bed if he's feeling like it. I TOTALLY ignored him - this meant quietly lying in bed from when he woke me up until when I got up which was sometimes hours, SIGH. When I do get up I don't immediately open the door but will potter around in my room first. Then, I open the door but COMPLETELY ignore him (I feel SO mean hehe!) and go about my business. I don't greet him for at least 10 minutes and I don't feed him for at least 1/2 an hour. If I have to get up in the night I also completely ignore him and his unbearable cuteness :/
It's taken quite a long time as he is a persistent little blighter, but I have won hehe. Now - 95% of the time, I might hear the odd moan but on the whole he is sitting and waiting quietly outside my room in the morning beside Lisbeth.
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RIP Miss Effie, Mme Coco, Basil, Horse & Toby
Be Happy in your new forever home Mr Tyrion