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Cat scratching

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My cat always wakes me up in the middle of the night when i have to sleep for high school.. She is always a lovable well behaved cat.. I call her up, and she comes up.. I broke her habit of scratching at my door, and she is very affectionet.. But when it comes to night-time she has a VERY bad behavior.. SHE SCRATCHES AT THE CAT BOX FOREVER.. she literly will scratch at her cat box for about 5-10 minutes at a time.. for NO reason..


Please reply fast, I take sleep very seriously and she always ruins my sleep.. Please help me

Picture of my cat: http://www.flickr.com/photos/11229703@N08/1323769189/
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That is GREAT picture of your cat!

Some cats take a lot of time to cover up their stuff and some also like to make sure their box is immaculate.

Also a lot of young kitties will play in their litter box. Some feel comfy there too, when there is no strong other scent of them in the room.

Anyhow, the most important thing is not to acknowledge that you even hear your kitty at the box; and don't call to her or say anything. She will probably know you are awake (b/c cats have such awesome senses that we don't have) but your goal is to not acknowledge her noise and therefore not reinforce the noise-making.

The other thing you can do is to play with her a lot at the same time every evening before you go to bed. You want her to be tired and relaxed. And make sure when you get up early in the morning that you get her up and moving too. Talk to her and have her around for your morning routine so she is definitely awake (but don't do a play session b/c she will anticipate it and wake you up too early).

She will still sleep during the day, but the key is to get her on an overnight sleeping routine that matches yours.

I am assuming she is making the scratching noises to wake you up based on your description of the other things she used to do, and not to actually use the litter box. If she is actually using the box, then you may want to think about changing her feeding times and making sure she uses the box before you go to bed. A good play session should also help with that too. Good luck!
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