Join Date: Jan 2013
Location: Toronto, Ontario, Canada
I'm really lucky that none of my 6 kitties are the least bit disruptive in the early morning. Honestly, I'm usually up before the cats are (I get up at 6am for work). My cats do like to make it difficult to get to sleep some nights, however. Galileo is particularly obnoxious because he sticks his paws under the closed bedroom doors and pulls to slam the door against the door frame, which wakes everyone in the house up. He's ridiculously persistent too; if the person he wants to sleep on won't let him in, he'll come and slam on my door to get me out of bed--and then he'll lead me over to the room he wants access to and ask me to open the door! Galileo's very clever, but he uses his cleverness for mischief like this.
We used to confine Leo to the basement on nights when he was being really obnoxious, but the litter boxes are in the basement, so shutting him downstairs means shutting all of the other cats off from their toilets--unless I want to stagger around the house, half asleep, rousing peacefully sleeping kitties and luring them into the basement (which I don't). Autumn and Choco-cat would probably end up fighting if I locked them all in the basement overnight anyway.
Galileo just wants to cuddle at night; he's not banging for food or anything, but it's impossible to get a good night's sleep if you cave and let him in because he spends the whole night going in and out, and in and out, and in and out, every half hour, waking you up every time he departs and returns.
People in my house tend to stay up really late, so there aren't too many hours between the last person going to bed and the first person getting up, which is, I'm sure, a big part of why our cats are such late risers. And, this time of year, Leo's not as prone to disrupting our sleep cycles quite as often, even if everyone does decide to turn in at a reasonable hour because we have a couple of cat beds set up in the family room, and the heated floor is always on during the winter months, which makes the prospect of sleeping downstairs much more appealing to him.
As far as your girl is concerned, I would suggest not feeding her immediately upon waking--it seems to get some cats in the habit of annoying their people out of bed.
Proud people-mommy of Galileo, Dante, Cosette, Autumn,
Ramona & Choco-cat (and foster kitty, Poe).
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