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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 11-22-2013, 02:29 PM Thread Starter
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Cat waking me up

My cat is insisting on waking me up just as itís starting to get light outside Ė around 5:30 at the moment. Since I tend to go to bed after midnight, and need to be up at 7:00 most days, this is a real problem. I canít afford the lost sleep.
He always has dry food available.
Iíve tried giving him wet food just before I go to bed. He still insists on getting me up just as itís starting to get light outside.
He seems to want attention more than food at this hour.
Usually by 7:00, when I need to get up, heís crashed out for the day, though of course heíll come get breakfast when I serve it.

Any suggestions how I can get him to leave me alone until the alarm wakes me up?

Thanks in advance.
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post #2 of 10 (permalink) Old 11-22-2013, 02:34 PM
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I lock my new arrival out of my room when he tries to wake me up.. my other cat snuggles til the alarm goes off... the new cat hears me get up to pee at 5am and starts to meow for food. If I shut the door he goes down stairs and lets me sleep.. he used to bash the door... but jackdon galaxy says you have to ignore it.. when you give in it reinforces the bad behavior and they keep doing it

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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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I call my Angelo the 15 lbs white furry 5:30 alarm clock. He is always on time, not giving up, for food. I go back to bed afterwards and then Ponyo will come in and snuggle on my neck around 7. I think she wants to make sure I'm still alive. It became the new normal for me. Sorry can't help that much.


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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.

No need to repeat... what this says, soooo agree with it. Tough love and consistency wins the day in the end. +1 to white noise machine (I know it doesn't help with door bashing, but it does with normal meowing).
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I like having Yochanan (my cat) sleep with me in my bedroom. Itís just him and me here in the apartment.
I havenít been catering to his desire to get me up. On days where he only makes a couple of tries to get my up I push him away and sometimes yell at him to leave me alone.
If I do get out of bed because of him, itís only to lock him up in the bathroom until Iím ready to get up.
So far he hasnít gotten the message.

When my alarm goes off (either in the morning or to get me up from a nap), he always comes up to greet me and get some petting. Very Pavlonian .
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I think she wants to make sure I'm still alive. .
Hahaha I feel this way too!!!!! Hahaha
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Does anyone have any more constructive advice?
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Have you tried an active play session right before you go to bed to see if that helps?

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My cats act as alarm clocks too - normally I don't mind but you might consider keeping a toy somewhere close to hand but where the cat can't get at it. When the plaguing starts, try tossing the toy - some of mine can almost always be distracted by catnip.
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