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Rita    Dublin, MA

6/23/2013 7:21:51 PM

my cat scratches me so hard at 3am I have to get up to feed him. What shuld i do?

deb    englewood, FL

5/16/2012 6:01:58 PM

my cat Sara is very good except for waking me up at night. i let her meow and she will not stop. i put her out and she gets up on my window and screams louder an louder. one night she did it all night! i feel like i have a permanent newborn. four were enough thanks. help me!sleep deprived in fl.

Jenny    Monticello, MN

11/15/2011 9:20:33 AM

I have a 5 month old male kitten who sleeps in the same room as me and his 2 sisters. Every morning I am not sure what time he comes by my head and meows to be pet. How do I make it stop and/or could it be not giving him enough attention during the day?

Laura    Seattle, WA

5/7/2011 9:28:14 AM

Hmmm, interesting idea but are you then suggesting that she gets an extra meal per day? or are you suggesting that her dinner be moved to later in the night? I'm afraid three meals a day plus a bowl of cat crunchies that she can eat anytime will be costly and make her fat.

Kristy    Conneaut Lake, PA

7/15/2009 7:02:39 AM

After I made my comment and read the following comments, I can see that our cats have to find a way to communicate when they are hungry because they cannot talk. They are also on different eating schedules than ours. While it is frustrating and annoying to us sometimes to be awaken early, they are happy that we feed them and love them. The love they give us in return is worth the hassle. :)

Aimee    West Simsbury, CT

7/15/2009 6:38:43 AM

my cats used to do the same thing early in the morning, but now they've gotten better, for I just sleep through their meowing.

Coral    Greendale, WI

7/14/2009 11:27:32 PM

My cat Babe-a-la hates to have ANY doors closed even closets and bathrooms.

Ever since he was little he was afraid of being locked in a confinded space. I never knew why this was. Babe and his sister Nala were strays so anything from before I got them is a mystery to me.

My husband and I did our best to prevent Nala from spraying all over the house when she went through her heat session. :P
So we had the doors closed most of the time to limit the mess that needed to be cleaned up in the morning. Well Babe would SCRATCH up a storm to be let out of the confinded bedroom that my husbaand and I slept in to point that the doors began to peel and chip away.

After monthes of trying to ignoring and also switching of by letting him out, it just seemed to be an endless battle.

We let him out. He wants to be back in. (Hahah! little brat!) He just had the door open. Final we gave up and left it open and borrowed the money to get his sister spayed. Problem solved.

All was left was to replace the door.

Ava    Springfield, OR

7/14/2009 11:00:14 AM

I recently had my kitty's dental problems taken care of & have noticed that she is becoming much more assertive. When she had the health trouble I wasn't aware of she shrank from the outdoors; now she joins my other cat outside for at least 15 minutes. The trouble is that she is also becoming a virtual glutton. She wakes me insistently early in the morning, runs thru the house moaning or wailing if I don't respond or scratches. She is a 13-year-old cat and I'm afraid too set in her ways to enjoy a game in exchange for food, but I may try that.

KinKy    Lake City, FL

7/13/2009 8:43:38 PM

Ugh, it's happening here too! It started when I adopted an overweight cat and had to stop leaving the bowls out with food all the time, which never affected the other cats.

It does get old when they (9 catZ - I know!) start chewing magazines, playing with the window blinds, and scratching at the carpet to get me up!

My way of dealing with it is to give them a little food before I go to sleep, which is usually about midnight. This helps keep them from feeling their 4am alarm - growling stomachs!

Lori    Apple Valley, MN

7/13/2009 7:13:23 PM

My brother has a cat that like to wake up at 4:00 also if they ignore him ,he starts scratching at the carpet outside the bedroom until someone gets up and lets him out.I too suggested they ignore him and that's what I was told, it's easier just to get up.

Gina    Rochester, NY

7/13/2009 7:00:15 PM


Anon    City, CA

7/13/2009 6:34:39 PM

Sometimes ignoring the cat is harder than just giving in. I have tried on several occasions to ignore my cats and then they go an bang on my toddlers door. I won't have them disturb him so I just give into them.

S    3 Oaks, MI

7/13/2009 4:04:54 PM

I agree w/ the simple solution: don't EVER feed your cat at 4am--it's a reward for waking you up.

Shirley    Tucson, AZ

7/13/2009 3:30:05 PM

Thanks for the information.

John    Cupertino, CA

7/13/2009 1:49:47 PM

I really don't know why people have these problems with their cats. I mean it just seems so obvious. But anyways these topics aren't so interesting I think you should post articles about cat emergencies.

Eileen    Roanoke, VA

7/13/2009 12:42:31 PM

Have been doing the exercising and it is helping

Cathy    Hubbard, OH

7/13/2009 7:57:11 AM

I have four kitties and three of them, especially one, wake me up every morning to be fed at least by 6 am. Teddy rattles the blinds, walks on you, etc. He used to pound on the open door just to make noise. We try and ignore him. If he knows he has your attention, he will do it all the more. Unfortunately, we have one cat Niki; whom would eat everyones food if we did the above.

Kristy    Conneaut Lake, PA

7/13/2009 7:49:54 AM

My 9 mo. old kitten also wakes me up before my alarm goes off at 7:30 in the morning for breakfast and attention. Sometimes she wakes me up at my boyfriend's alarm which is 5:30 AM. I leave dry food out for her (which she likes) always but she still seems to want to wake me very early. Should I still try the same advice even though there is always food around? Does anyone have any suggestions? I would at least like my kitty to ask me for breakfast after my alarm goes off.

Linda    Mandeville, LA

7/11/2009 7:51:37 PM

Good advise.


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