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Any suggestions on getting a cat to sleep??

post #1 of 19
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Milo will wake up at 3:30 in the morning when the Robins start chirping and wonder around the house MEOWING. Any ideas how to shut him up? He normally woke up about 1/2 hour before sunrise and would sing around the house but geez - 3:30 and he is so freaking loud.

he's about 2 years old now and STILL a kittin. 10 pounds of play and mischeif. He's in great shape, not fat at all just large. Loves climbing screens and running around with his hind legs trying to catch up (and sometimes winning) to his front legs before he crashs into kitching chairs.
post #2 of 19
You could try 15 or 20 minutes of intense interactive playtime before you go to bed.

But the only thing I know of for sure that works is confining my cats to their own room overnight.
post #3 of 19
Thread Starter 
Then he would just make a racket in the bed room LOL.

From Madison!
post #4 of 19
Get him a playmate!!!! that might help....sorry I dont have any suggestions...I am prone to my the noises my cats make through the night it would wake me up if I didn't hear them at all....
post #5 of 19
I agree with Tim, intense play before bed. I feel for you, I hate that! It's like, when I go to bed, it's time to start TALKING really LOUDLY.

Does your cat have a friend? That could really help, then all you'd hear is the pitter patter of galloping kitties through the hall way, lol.
post #6 of 19
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Originally Posted by coaster
You could try 15 or 20 minutes of intense interactive playtime before you go to bed.

But the only thing I know of for sure that works is confining my cats to their own room overnight.
Aww, do you do that? I'm suprised to hear that...Do you do that every night?
post #7 of 19
My cats do that at about 3 am. I just got used to it and can now sleep through it. When Annabelle was by herself I invested in a Panic Mouse interactive toy and that seemed to help quite a bit. She went nuts all night long prior to that. Since I got Isabelle, Annabelle has calmed down- although they do go nuts once in the middle of the night for about a half hour.
post #8 of 19
My kitty usually is awake until 11 or 12 at night, but then sleeps through the night. The odd time, when she wakes up in the night, she'll come sleep on my head and flicks her tail in my face to wake me up! I usually play with her for at least an hour before bed, and that wears her out, and sometimes I'll give her a treat of wet cat food , and then she goes to sleep right away, full and happy!
post #9 of 19
What is this panic mouse interactive toy? Where can I get one?

My Finnegan is a terror all night long. I usually have to resort to putting him in his own room (which I hate). I've been able to leave him out for two nights now, but when I wake up in the morning I find things EVERYWHERE. He's now discovered my bathroom counter (he's ignored it until now). I keep finding q-tips and rubberbands throughout the apartment.
post #10 of 19
my cats have had their own bedroom from day one. they have beds, scratch post, toys and food.
they meow to go in at 11pm everyday, they know the routine and want their wet food they are very good and remain quite until 7am when they meow to come out.
post #11 of 19
There's three different Panic Mouses: Panic Mouse, Panic Mouse 360, and Garfield Panic Mouse. I don't recommend the Panic Mouse at all. It tips over too easily. Here's a link to pics of all: http://www.panicmouseinc.com/shop/cu...home.php?cat=1

You can probably buy them cheaper elsewhere.
post #12 of 19
That looks SO fun!! How does it work exactly? Does it take batteries? Is it noisy?
post #13 of 19
It just swings it around it random directions. Runs on batteries. Makes a little noise.
post #14 of 19
Everything everyone on here has told you sounds right to me. Sometimes cats can get their sleep cycle confused, and sleep during the day and play at night. To change this, play with them intensively before you go to bed, wake them up every chance you get during the day and play with them, at least until they get their sleep cycle back in order. A playmate may also stop the meowing, because he wants someone to play with and he'll have it. They will also poop each other out during the day, leaving them time to sleep during the night.
post #15 of 19
I feel your pain! My question is -- what do you do when your little one starts talking up a storm at 3:30 a.m.? Do you pay attention to him -- yell at him to stop? Because sounds like he wants your attention OR that he needs to be tired out before bedtime.

Hissy gave me some great advice on my Gabby Girl. She would literally just start to meow, meow, meow at like 4-5 AM. I was sleep deprived! I love her so much that of course I would talk to her, pet her, do anything to get her to stop. But that was the problem -- I was paying attention to her and that was why she would wake me up night after night. Hissy said that by giving Gabby attention, I was giving into her and basically saying that it was OK for her to just get me up at night. Well, I just started to ignore Gabby (even though it was soo hard!) and surely but slowly she stopped waking me up at all hours of the night. Now she will make little peeps closer to the time I usually get up.

In any event, I hope this helps!
post #16 of 19
Right on!! You have to be consistent and you have to be persistent with cats. Giving in just once and you can figure on starting all over again!!
post #17 of 19
It took almost 5 years but now I am fully trained.
Every morning around 5AM ... my furry alarm clocks meow in my face until I get up.
That's it...they won. Case closed.
post #18 of 19
Dax used to be a nighttime player - crashing and banging around the apartment in the wee hours chasing her toy mice and breaking things. Now she has settled down and sleeps right through till morning! She is often the first one to go to bed, and the last one to get up - unless we are having a really lazy morning.

I'm sure it helps that she is outside during the day in summer, and I try to play with her just before bed so she is very ready to snuggle down on the quilt.
post #19 of 19
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There's three different Panic Mouses: Panic Mouse, Panic Mouse 360, and Garfield Panic Mouse.
Which one's the best? ???
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