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change in behavior, 5 am

post #1 of 22
Thread Starter 
its been going on for a few weeks now. around 5 am one of cats scratches on our comforter, walks all over the bed, plays with toys on the bed and also scratches on the blinds. we think she wants attention from me, since she's very attached to me

we live in a lower flat so there aren't many place we can put her. we can put her in the basement but she will scratch at the door wanting back in.

she is just about 2 years old and an orange tabby

any thoughts?
post #2 of 22
get up earlier or put her in the basement. You wont change the cat's morning fun.
post #3 of 22
You could be describing my cats! I wake up to the sound of a cat scratching the bed, and sure enough, it's 5 am. It's like they're programmed to wake us up at this time. We've just gotten used to the idea that one of us will have to get up at 5 and feed them.
post #4 of 22
I'm lucky, Sadie sleeps in until 5:30 a.m. But, at 5:31 (like clockwork), she's full of beans and there's no sleeping through her playtime for me. It's something I'm learning to live with. Good luck!
post #5 of 22
Have you had her for the full 2 years? If not, could be she was never taught otherwise.

Try leaving the quieter toys out (furry mice and such) to help you sleep better. We had to take a ball away from Luna at night since she decided to it would be fun to roll it under the bed at 5 am.
Otherwise that's the time that cats are most awake at and playful. Its just something that you get use to (and can eventually sleep through)
post #6 of 22
Haha, good luck to you. You are also describing my cat. Stewie wakes us up everyday at 4:30am in the morning. He will always bring his favorite toy, a string with hair rubber band tied to the end, to our bed. He will then sit down, smell your face, and start crying until you pick up the string and start playing with him. If one of us does not wake up, he will pick up the string, walk around the bed to the other side and does the same thing. If none of us wakes up, he will lie on the bed, sleeps for about 30mins and do it all over again. Yep, everyday….we are beat….
post #7 of 22
After over 6 years of having to get up at 5 a.m. on weekends and holidays to please our cat, I've bought an automatic feeder with a timer. There's just enough room for one meal (in his case dry), and now, instead of waking me up, he goes into the kitchen and waits for his feeder to open. Once he eats, he's content to come back and cuddle and snooze for another hour or two.
post #8 of 22
3am ON THE DOT!!! Jackson is playing with his tail, nipping or scratching any oart of our bodies that is outside the covers LOL. Trying to climb up the drapes in the window!!!

We play REALLY hard with Jackson before bedtime. And on the odd night he will sleep until 8am or so.

But at 3am, yes, we usually get up and have a 15minute play time with o0ur boy!

GOOD LUCK!!!
post #9 of 22
sounds like my Prue!!! she does this every morning, jsut about when the light starts to creep in, drives me insane,lol.
post #10 of 22
I must admit The morning wouldn't be the same if Jackson didn't do it!

Jayme
post #11 of 22
Ha. I'm NOT alone! Miew does this every morning now, about 6 ish (mebbe earlier... I can't see my watch at that time in the am!). I have resorted
to putting in the basement... of course, she has other cats to play with, Lexi in cheif... don't know if it helps or not...

This am ran out of food - I usually leave out bowls for all...
was a disaster. Miew bugged me till I got up and fed her, LOL!
post #12 of 22
ditto sandy usually begins between 5 and 6:30 and we have just gotten used to waking up, opening the blinds for her to look out at the birds and having her jump right in the bed.
post #13 of 22
As soon as spring hit Smidge started to do the same thing (yet she was soooo good in the dark and cold months!)

I'm chalking it up to Spring Fever. She seems to have much more energy overall - not just in the early morning.
post #14 of 22
Thread Starter 
thanks for all the replies. glad i'm not alone

well i tried feeding our cat at 5am, she was ok for a while but eventually went back to her old ways. so today i put her in the basement, but yet again she was scratching to get in and now meowing

the last 2 mornings, i went into another bed, which seems to help although today she was still obnoxious

i read on here that you should ignore bad behaviour, maybe i should try this
post #15 of 22
Lilly does the same thing nearly every morning- sometime between 4:00 and 5:30. She has food, toys, etc... she just wants me to get up. Since I can't just close her out of the bedroom (she pulls out individual strands of carpet around the door frame ), I now get up and put her in her carrier. She likes her carrier because it sits out all the time, and she'll hop in on her own occasionally to nap, so it's not a big deal. She's fine being confined in there until my non-kitty alarm says it's time to get up.
post #16 of 22
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Originally Posted by CurlyQ629
Lilly does the same thing nearly every morning- sometime between 4:00 and 5:30. She has food, toys, etc... she just wants me to get up. Since I can't just close her out of the bedroom (she pulls out individual strands of carpet around the door frame ), I now get up and put her in her carrier. She likes her carrier because it sits out all the time, and she'll hop in on her own occasionally to nap, so it's not a big deal. She's fine being confined in there until my non-kitty alarm says it's time to get up.
there is no way in hell my cat will go in a carrier! you should see what we have to go through when we take her to the vet, it's living hell
post #17 of 22
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Originally Posted by Furry Things
there is no way in hell my cat will go in a carrier! you should see what we have to go through when we take her to the vet, it's living hell
That's too bad! My parents had the same issue with one of our cats when I was growing up, so when I got Lilly, I made it a point to have the carrier out in an inviting place. Now it's totally not a big deal because she sees it, and uses it, all the time. It's not the "dreaded vet transportation torture device" in her mind!
post #18 of 22
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by CurlyQ629
That's too bad! My parents had the same issue with one of our cats when I was growing up, so when I got Lilly, I made it a point to have the carrier out in an inviting place. Now it's totally not a big deal because she sees it, and uses it, all the time. It's not the "dreaded vet transportation torture device" in her mind!
well this is a cat that noone wanted. it used to get dragged to the pet store just about every weekend, plus we think she wasn't treated the best, and lastly we think she had a lot of problems with mites and other various things, so she went to the vet often
post #19 of 22
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Originally Posted by Furry Things
well this is a cat that noone wanted. it used to get dragged to the pet store just about every weekend, plus we think she wasn't treated the best, and lastly we think she had a lot of problems with mites and other various things, so she went to the vet often
I'm glad she found a great home with you! What a lucky girl.

Hopefully someone else was able to provide you with ideas that might work with her to help with the early morning wake up calls.
post #20 of 22
Around 6:30, Angelo goes off like an alarm. He doesn't get more active; he just starts meowing like nuts.

Only thing I can figure is 1) I tend to wake up naturally around that time and he knows it and 2) the strays I feed pop-up around that time. I've learned to tune him out and go back to sleep for another hour.
post #21 of 22
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by CurlyQ629
I'm glad she found a great home with you! What a lucky girl.

Hopefully someone else was able to provide you with ideas that might work with her to help with the early morning wake up calls.
yeah. when we got her, she was terrified and wouldn't come out for several days, then she started to warm up and would sit on my lap as well as right in front of my computer. now she layed up against me when i lay on the flor watching TV. as i said earlier, she very attached to me now. as soon as i get enough posts, i will post her picture, as well as her 2 sisters
post #22 of 22
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Quote:
Originally Posted by random
Around 6:30, Angelo goes off like an alarm. He doesn't get more active; he just starts meowing like nuts.

Only thing I can figure is 1) I tend to wake up naturally around that time and he knows it and 2) the strays I feed pop-up around that time. I've learned to tune him out and go back to sleep for another hour.
i would ignore her but then i'd have to deal with my wife!
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