Post # 1
OK… I love my little kitten. She’s a 7 month old calico with the best personality in the world. An absolute lap cat.
Recently (maybe because she’s a teenager now?) she’s been waking us up at 6:00am on the dot. She brings in her toys and drags them on the bed for us to play with her and she jumps around by the windows to watch the sun come up. After the time change, it got earlier and now she’s got this clock in her head where 6:00am is wakup time!
We don’t feed her to reinforce this behavior. We give her three meals a day, the latest at 11:00pm, and we play with her at night. We don’t know how to get this cat to wait out the extra hour or two.
Any suggestions? Will she grow out of this?
Post # 3
@destinwed: I was going to give advice, but I see that you already feed her her last daily meal rather late (11 pm). That was what got our male cat to leave us alone (he’s 9) in the mornings – we would give him a “midnight snack”
Now I am just commenting to follow to see what other cat-owner Bees have to say (as for some reason subscribing doesn’t work for me)…
Post # 4
My cat waking me up TOO EARLY is the story of my life! He stands on or near my head and eats my hair to tell me it’s time to wake up, which apparently is around 4 or 5 to him. He never bothers my boyfriend (except when his licking/eating my hair is too loud and wakes the boyfriend up)… I guess he loves me more? lol
I’m not sure if age has anything to do with it since my cat is 9. For a while we would just close the bedroom door so that he stayed out in the rest of the apartment but he’s such a good cuddler that we let him back in. Now I just kick him out of the bedroom when he starts his morning shenanigans and he has the rest of the apartment to be a morning cat in.
I’d love to hear it if there’s a real solution to this though…
Post # 5
- Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL
Mine liked to jump on my head around 6AM. It only stopped when I closed him up in another room at night with the dog (they were buds so they got along just fine.)
Post # 6
I would just keep pushing my cat off the bed until he got the hint. Or I wouldn’t let him in my room.
Post # 7
We have a 9yo tuxedo cat whom we love but will wake us up at 6-7 every day. She normally sleeps in the living room, but will come into the bed to woke us up when she gets hungry. Then she will either sit by my head, cuddle or purr loudly until one of us wakes up.
I find giving her a feeding before we turn in for the night helps
Post # 8
Hah, my friend’s cat wakes them up at 3:30 every single morning. Count yourself lucky!
Post # 9
Try grabbing her and “force-cuddling” when she does this – most cats hate to be constricted, so she will soon learn to stop jumping on you in bed unless she wants to be snuggled! And it doesn’t hurt them 🙂 Worked with my fur babies
Post # 10
Our cats are perfect angels until about 3 a.m., when the female comes in and starts f*cking around with EVERYTHING SHE CAN GET HER GRUBBY PAWS ON. They’re allowed to snuggle on the bed with me when I turn in, but when FI comes in about an hour or two later they get kicked out and he shuts the door.
So, my solution is: if the animal in the room is being a jerk, prevent the animal from entering the room 🙂
Post # 11
@destinwed: I would like to say she will grow out of it, but both my cats still go through their phases of doing that. We just got a puppy who is up at 5:45 every morning now and doesn’t go back to sleep! The cats have mellowed out a little bit now, since they have the puppy to get into trouble for them. haha
Post # 12
My cat goes through cycles of this when the sunrise times change when he was a kitten. He got into his kitten head that he got fed when the sun came up. The best policy we had was to ignore him and get up on our own terms. Roll over, let the cat do thier dance (and if you ever watch, it is a dance, and it’s hilarrious) It takes some time to train it into them (sorry) but they do eventually get it.
Post # 13
I don’t know anything about cats but we had the same problem with our dog and we have her trained to sleep in until the alarm now. It took about a week of ignoring her until the alarm went off, and then getting up with her. But now she lets us sleep until we tell her it’s time to get up rather than the other way around.
Post # 14
My oldest girl used to be like that, we changed our feeding time and ignored her in the morning, and she eventually grew out of it
Post # 15
@destinwed: Have you thought about getting her a friend?
Post # 16
Welcome to life with a cat. If it makes you feel any better, my cat starts his morning nonsense at 5AM. He jumps on the bed. He walks all over me. If he doesn’t get sufficient attention he’ll put a paw or two on the nightstand (he’s not allowed on the nightstand). If I have a pony tail holder on th night stand he’ll “steal” it. If he hasn’t gotten in enough trouble (read: attention) he’ll bring one of his toys along and loudly play with his toy in the bedroom. I will give the cat some credit and say he’s not as bad as he used to be. Winters are a little easier as he is cold so usually will jump on bed and lay down, happy to be warm. Summers he can usually be distracted by the birds outside the windows so we strategically leave him a good window for bird watching — in the living room. It sounds like you are doing all the right things as far as food, play, attention. Hopefully you and your cat will find some mutual understanding regarding mornings.