Post # 1
We have an absolutely beautiful, possibly purebred Ragdoll rescue named Khaleesi. She is such a sweetheart, great tempermant and a very good girl. But my God she NEVER SHUTS UP. Normally it doesn’t bother us b/c the noises she makes are really cute, but when she wants attention at 1, 2, 3:00 in the morning and howls outside out bedroom? Not cute.
She’s about a year and a half so we hope it’s something she’ll grow out of (even though she’s an adult cat at this point). We even took her to the vet to make sure she was OK, no medical problems. Honestly, she just wants attention and since she sleeps all day while we’re at work, her bewitching hour is the middle of the night! The one quasi good thing is we said her antics are preparing us for a baby since there are entire nights we “take turns” getting up and trying to calm her lol.
Does anyone out there have a similar problem with a pet, particularly a cat? Any tips or advice? Thanks!
Post # 2
I have very vocal cats as well, however they’re only vocal when we’re around – never in the middle of the night. I guess we’re lucky.
Maybe on the weekend you could try keeping her up during the day. Wake her up everytime you catch her sleeping. Keep her active and then see if it helps during the night. You could also try tiring her out right before you go to bed.
Post # 3
My cat used to headbutt my bedroom door until i let her in. this would go on for a good 3 hours anywhere between 3-6 am. Usually I would yell be quiet or shush! at the door and then thats when the meowwwwwwwww would start lol. I started letting her in my room, all she wanted to do was sleep by my head….So that is not good advice whatsoever lol im sorry lil bee!! I caved! But i do love kittycuddling now lol.
and she was 9 years old lol.
Post # 4
One of my cats is really clingy and needy and really really loud. I found him in the river opposite my house, and he was very very young and, at that point, feral. Because he needed round the clock care and feeding, he slept in our bedroom, and I was up with him at all hours of the night until he was old and strong enough.
Unfortunately he was very used to me being at his beck and call, so when he had to move downstairs overnight with the other cats, he wasn’t happy at all. He’s super loud – and we would hear him at the top of the house every night, all night.
From day one though, we just stuck it out and ignored him. Like children, as soon as you get up and fussed him, we were back to square one because he knew we’d turn up eventually.
It’s hard, but you just need to tough it out until she learns that you won’t go to her throughout the night. Do you have any other cats? If not, try putting the radio/tv on low for her overnight for a bit and fill the room she’s supposed to be in with toys to amuse her. You can get laser toys that work on batteries and zip around the room if she likes playing with those.
Post # 5
The thing to add is that, as pitiful as cats sound, that meow at night isn’t because they’re upset or in pain, they just want attention. It can be so hard to ignore it, but she will be fine after a while! Remember, she probably does it when you are out or at work, and she has survived that!
Cats also start to attune themselves to your routine after a while. Some of my cats go in and outdoors as they please, and they will be up a lot of the night, going in and out as they please. However, the others are currently indoor cats, and they now are awake most of the day and they sleep throughout the night. So if you ignore your cat and leave her be, eventually she will learn that when it gets dark it’s time to sleep and you won’t be there.
Post # 6
MrsCallalily: We try tiring her out before bed but keeping her up during the day is a great idea. Never thought of that!
Amerie27: Oh gosh, no end in sight!! Once we buy a house at least we can keep them on a separate level!
MrsRs: Yeah the vet confirmed she’s not in any distress, she’s just an attention whore. She does this during the day like when we’re playing with our other cat, she has to jump in, totally discouraging the other one. We try so hard to ignore her, but it’s impossible at times. My DH doesn’t want to keep putting her in our spare room b/c he doesn’t want that to become our “solution” and I agree but there are so many nights were we just need to sleep!! I think we may need to invest in some kind of self-play toy for her that is also quiet haha. Thanks for your insight!
Post # 7
Our big boy is a talker. It’s usually cute and we “talk” back and forth- but sometimes he gets going in the middle of the night and wakes up everyone, including the kids. Arrrrgh!
Post # 8
We have one very, very, very vocal white and orange cat. He would “Sing the song of his people” outside our bedroom doors at 3am, looking for pets and general attention. Sometimes you’d go to pet him to get him to shut up and he’d run away and want you to follow him to a different spot to pet him even! I think some cats are just more vocal. I have 9 rescue cats in my current house and I’d say out of 9, 2 are very much just naturally more vocal. And Peeky, the orange and white musical cat, is the most vocal.
What did we do to fix it? I know it might not work for you, but we ignored him. We pretended to be dead or asleep if he was in the room at night (hahaha), and we did not respond to his meows at all. I did not move, did not pay attention, gave him nothing. It took maybe a week and he stopped. Yes, during that week we were exhausted, but after that he just gave up. Wasted effort right?
My dad told me about his boss, a lovely woman with a very persistent orange tabby as well. This cat would not shut up and she had to get a zap collar for it. This cat is the size of a small dog (it’s a rather large cat), and after 1-2 small zaps for meowing it actually stopped. Now all she has to do is leave the collar out and the cat doesn’t meow in the night.
Those are just two solutions we’ve used or heard of!
Post # 9
- Wedding: March 2014 - A castle!
I have a purebred ragdoll and he’s definitely a talker. I let him into our bedroom at night so he doesn’t cry, but he isn’t any less annoying while he’s inside, lol. He wants to constantly lick my face and burrow into me, or put his paws in my mouth, or lay over my face. Eventually he’ll settle down and lay next to my pillow or at my feet.
Could your cat be hungry? I’ve found that he’s most annoying and vocal when his bowl is empty. Ragdolls should have food in their bowls at all times until they are 3 and are done growing.
Post # 10
Our Maine Coon is very vocal, and we also have a calico who talks a lot. No real advice from me besides what others have suggested. We just try to tire them out when we can before bed, and we also let them in our room. Our tabby would not allow us to close the door anyway. He knows how to open them. I’m not sure how it is for Ragdolls, but I know Maine Coons mature slower than normal cats, so they are still “kitten like” until 3-5 years of age. Ours is definitely staying true to that!
Post # 11
FutureDrAtkins: he sounds like my cat! Mine will stare at me until I roll over on my back so he can lay on my chest. Then he wants to lick me all night. the only thing that stops him is blowing on his face LOL
Post # 12
- Wedding: May 2015 - Walnut Hill Bed & Breakfast
Can you let her in the bedroom? My cat could care less about being in the room with me but if I shut the door and he CANT come in… it’s meow meow meow hey let me in meow. So as long as I don’t close the door, he’s quiet and half the time doesn’t even sleep in there with me. He just doesn’t like to be “locked out” of wherever i am.
Post # 13
eeniebeans: omg i want to cuddle his face off!
Post # 14
BurlapnLace: yeah definately keep them on a different level!!! That could be your best bet unless he learns to scream! lol Bloody kitties, but i love them so much!!!
Post # 15
BurlapnLace: I also have a 3am attention whore but in my case hes fat and wants a snack. he also it super talkattive and loud!!! nehbors in our apartment have said they can hear him in their appartment! we find a solid play session in the only way we sleep. like go hard for an hour play until he gives up and a little snack before we go to bed. My Gizmo just turned 4 and the past 2 weeks was the first we have slept all night. the play session i highly recommend but you need to find that toy that just makes her crazy! the lazer pointer is that toy for us or sometimes he will go for a game a fetch.
PS! I LOVE YOUR CATS NAME!! post pictures!