Post # 1
So I recently got a cat, he is really sweet and does well with pretty much everything but there is one problem:
He sleeps during the day and doesn’t understand that his humans also need sleep. He comes in and nuzzles and walks on us, which is cute, but not at 1 am!
If we close the door, he scratches at it and insistently asks to be let in.
Post # 2
lauralaura123 : I trained my cat to sleep in a cage (extra large so it fit a bed, bowles and litter tray) only solution I found to him waking my up. Just shutting the door meant he would scratch and literally throw himself against it.
Post # 3
MsBeer : He doesn’t yell to get out of the cage?
Post # 4
lauralaura123 : He did for the first few nights I recall but once he figured out he had everything he needed and room to move about, and that I wasn’t going to let him out he kind of packed it in. It may not work but I am glad I went that route. I like my sleep too much. My other cat is allowed to be free as she is good as gold and just snuggles.
Post # 5
How old is he? Can you shut him in another room at night? My cats do this sometimes. On those occasions I like to get my revenge by poking and waking them up repeatedly while they are sleeping during the day. I don’t think they care though….
Post # 6
hollyberry4 : We locked him in the basement with food and water for a night and he’s been better. I did poke him yesterday haha He is 1
Post # 7
lauralaura123 : welcome to having a cat, lol. My cat loves to be on the bed so much that pushing her off is something she feels negatively about (warning: some cats might find this fun and playful). So if she starts annoying us, i literally push her off the bed with a firm “no”.
Post # 8
lauralaura123 : please let me know when you solve this problem. Gahhhh!!! Pet cats are in luck that I love animals!
Post # 9
My cats did that because they wanted me to get up and feed them. I got them an automatic feeder that goes off every few hours at night (I keep it in another room). Since my cats know they’ll get fed, they leave me alone. I got a Super Feeder from amazon for about $100, and it’s been the best $100 I’ve ever spent.
Post # 10
My cat does this sometimes too. She did it all the time when she was a kitten. She has gotten better now that she is a year old, but she occasionally does like to sit on us and cuddle or cradle herself in between us or our arms. It is usually around a certain time in the morning when she becomes restless. Over time, they get better once they realize you aren’t going to wake up and pet them. lol. I made that mistake, and once I stopped responding to her, she didn’t do it as much anymore. Now she kind of does her own thing, plays with her toys, or lays in her bed.
If it’s too much, try locking him in a different room with food, water, and his litter box for the night. He might meow for a while though, but as long as the room is big enough for him to run around he should be fine. You can also bring some toys into your room to keep him occupied during the night if you don’t want to put him in another room.
A lot of cats have nocturnal tendencies, that’s why they are so active at night.
Post # 11
lauralaura123 : How much play are you giving your cat? We run through this problem with our very active 4 year old cat when she doesn’t get enough play. I’d make sure you’re devoting a good 15-30 minutes of play in the morning before work and right before bed time. I’d also make sure that you’re not feeding the cat right when you wake up in the morning — it can train your cat to think that if he gets you up at 1 am, you’ll feed him, because you always feed him when you wake up.
Post # 12
Mine just likes to sleep on my bed, then leave the room, then come back to bed, then leave again, and then repeat this ten times a night.
I followed her downstairs to see what she does. Sometimes she doesn’t even go to eat! She just sits there on the sofa…
And then she comes back upstairs scratches at my door and digs under it like the dinosaurs from Lost World Jurassic Park until she gets her paw under the door and can pull it open… When that doesn’t work, she head butts.
Undortunately, I’m a complete sucker for her baby-ish meows, and I end up getting up and opening/closing the door so much that I’m sure I do half of it in my sleep. Sometimes I wake up to see her on my bed when I could have sworn I completely shut and barricaded the door, so I’m sure I’ve become a sleepwalker now.
Or she grew opposable thumbs…
Post # 13
MsBeer : How did you do that? I need to do that.
Post # 14
sweatergal007 : First of all I called my vet to check it wasn’t cruel. Got a massive dog cage and set it up in another room and then would feed Noah his dinner late a night and say “bedtime” after a few nights of him sulking he realised the only way he was going to get dinner was to get in his cage. Other than that I suggest shutting them in another room away from the bedroom and just realising the door and carpet may get trashed lol
Post # 15
Following the Jackson Galaxy advice to play with our cats before feeding them anything (hunt, kill, eat, sleep) has stopped our cats from every trying to walk on us or wake us up by meowing.
They love the routine and happily let us sleep in until 9 on weekdays and don’t even try to wake us up on weekends.