Post # 1
I’m posting this thread because I’m in desperate need of help to see how we can control our cat from waking us up everyday at 4 am. I wake up at 5 am for work and everyday I’m awakened by our cat jumping, running and knocking things over around the house. if we leave her in the room she claws at the carpet underneath the door until we let her out. DH and I wake up annoyed and sleep deprived and its taking a toll on us. I know she’ll grow out of it when she gets older but omg I need my sleep!
So if anyone has any tips or suggestions on what to do I’d really appreciate it!
Post # 3
@kryssbride: I had this same problem when we got our cats, the little one would jump on us at 5am every morning. She still does it sometimes, but we just ignore her and she lays down and sleeps at our feet.
When she was really annoying, we’d close the door and lock her out. She’d cry but give up.
Post # 4
@kryssbride: When do you go to bed? We are up at 6 and we’re in bed by 10. I usually am woken up either by the cat or having to pee, and I deal with it lol. I know it’s not a very good suggestion, but you could try going to bed earlier. I usually am able to get back to sleep pretty quickly, though.
Have you tried tiring your cat out before bed? Maybe setting an automatic feeder? When my cat wakes up it’s usually because he’s hungry.
Post # 5
No advice, but my friend’s cat wakes them up before the crack of dawn to be fed… once with his claws out and paw to his jugular… no joke.
Post # 6
we actually put my kitty in the laundry room every night, away from the bedrooms. that way when he bangs on the door we can’t hear him
Post # 7
We have a 5 month old kitten who was doing that. We have banished her from our room and locked her out, that usually sends her sulking into the living room. But, we just got a laser pointer ($7 at PetSmart) and DH plays with her for 30-45 mins before we go to bed. She goes nuts chasing the light and she’s been sleeping most of the night since. Best $7 we’ve ever spent on her!
Post # 8
Lol it sucks! Before I moved in with DH I lived in a two story condo and I could banish the cat downstairs. Now we live in a one bedroom and she’s close by all the time. I’m thinking of getting her an automatic feeder and hopefully that could be why she wakes up early. We usually keep her up to play so she’ll be tired but right on the dot she wakes up at 4. also, I’m a light sleeper and once I’m up its hard for me to fall back asleep. I guess I’ll have to try some other methods.
Thanks for all your tips and stories! Lol
Post # 9
Feed the cat right before you go to bed – a full stomach helps them sleep longer!!!
Post # 11
@kryssbride: How old is she? My little kitty used to do this (bring us toys, etc.) when she was super young. She grew out of it eventually. The big one will wake us up to be fed, although we now feed him before bed and he doesn’t generally do it anymore.
The little one will keep checking on me if I sleep past when FI gets up on the weekends, haha. She’ll lay in the hallway so she can watch us both, and comes to check if I move or something. On weekdays, she’s always right there when I get up and starts talking to me and wants to snuggle. I’m like, you could have snuggled ALL NIGHT. Dork.
Post # 12
How old is she? Has she been fixed?
Also… are you feeding her dry or wet food? My cat is a food snob – and eats wet food a LOT faster than her dry food.
Post # 13
Fix her if she can be fixed. Feed her before bed and play with her before bed as well.
Post # 14
Air can outside the door.
Post # 15
Get a dog instead ;-P
But really, wearing her out before bed and flipping eating habits so that she isn’t fed right when you get up is a biggie.
Post # 16
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@kryssbride: My brat cat does the same thing and FI and I have learned to cope. We bought a sound machine, shut kitty out of the bedroom and put a blanket under the door so he can’t claw at the carpet or push toys under the door.
It was a bit hard at first to get used to sleeping with the sound machine and ignoring the sounds of potential murderers breaking in, but at least we sleep now!
I hate to offer this as advice, but my friend just got a second cat and said hers behaves SO MUCH better at night now! Of course, when you first get a new cat it’s probably double trouble trying to sleep at first.