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post #1 of 22
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i've never had a cat before and i purchased a kitten last weekend. i kept her in the bathroom for the first two nights with her food and water and her litter box. she picked right up on the litter box and began eating and drinking normally. after a few nights of sleeping in the bathroom i let her into the bedroom with me. while purring is cute during the day, she curls right up next to my head and the purring is like a jackhammer. i don't want to have to lock her in the bathroom but i can't sleep with her walking over my head and purring right next to my head. does anyone else have a similar experience? can anyone tell me if she might grow out of it and stop constantly purring?
post #2 of 22
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Originally Posted by segundo3000gt
i've never had a cat before and i purchased a kitten last weekend. i kept her in the bathroom for the first two nights with her food and water and her litter box. she picked right up on the litter box and began eating and drinking normally. after a few nights of sleeping in the bathroom i let her into the bedroom with me. while purring is cute during the day, she curls right up next to my head and the purring is like a jackhammer. i don't want to have to lock her in the bathroom but i can't sleep with her walking over my head and purring right next to my head. does anyone else have a similar experience? can anyone tell me if she might grow out of it and stop constantly purring?
We ALL have this EVERY night... I would just get used to it! It never ends. It's a sign of her affection and love for you. You have to realize she is used to being around her mother and littermates. You're now both her mother AND littermate. Wait until she sleeps on your chest and kneeds your belly

Seriously though, almost all cats do this... If it's going to be a problem, then maybe it's not the right timing for a kitten in your life
post #3 of 22
Cats purr as a sort of depencency gesture - usually it means 'hey, I'm really happy to be with you' and sometimes it means 'I'm in a lot of pain'.

She's just happy - some of them are loud purrers, and some you can't really hear at all unless you press up against them. I could be wrong, but I'm not aware of purrs changing.

If you can't sleep with her in your room (and frankly, I think that's kind of sad - most people love sleeping with their kitties, myself included) maybe there is a compromise, so she can sleep in a comfy kitty bed in another room (not necessarily the bathroom).
post #4 of 22
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Originally Posted by Satai
Cats purr as a sort of depencency gesture - usually it means 'hey, I'm really happy to be with you' and sometimes it means 'I'm in a lot of pain'.

She's just happy - some of them are loud purrers, and some you can't really hear at all unless you press up against them. I could be wrong, but I'm not aware of purrs changing.

If you can't sleep with her in your room (and frankly, I think that's kind of sad - most people love sleeping with their kitties, myself included) maybe there is a compromise, so she can sleep in a comfy kitty bed in another room (not necessarily the bathroom).
But you know the general rule... buy a catbed and YOU will have a place to sleep when the cat takes over yours!
post #5 of 22
just move the kitty to a different spot in the bed, after a few times they will get the message.
post #6 of 22
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Originally Posted by DixieDarlin256
But you know the general rule... buy a catbed and YOU will have a place to sleep when the cat takes over yours!
Shh! Trying to ease the new parent into it!

post #7 of 22
Thread Starter 
wow you guys respond quickly. i don't mind her purring in my bed. i just wish she wasn't directly on my head. i think it might work to move her away a little until she learns where i want her to be on my bed.

am i wrong though? don't kittens purr more than cats?
post #8 of 22
I don't think there is a definate answer to that. All cats are individuals.

I personally LOVE when my cats purr by my head or directly in my ear at night. It is so relaxing and completely adorable and nice to know that they love you so much. My cats have basically stopped doing that and I miss it. It's like they grew out of it. Now she is a dependant kitten and will be right by your side until she is a little older and explores the rest of your house at night.

Pretty soon you will be complaining about her tearing through your house in the middle of the night knocking things over and you won't even remember her purring in your ear. Or you will wish she would do that again instead. Gotta love kittens!

How old is yours? does she have a name yet?
post #9 of 22
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she's 9 weeks now. i think i'm going with hunter.

i don't know if my ears are just really sensitive in the middle of the night but it's almost painful when she's right on my ear purring. i don't think it would be something i'd be able to find "relaxing" and "adorable"
post #10 of 22
My cat purrs 24/7. It's only gotten worse as she got older. I got her at 6 weeks and now she is over a year old. It doesn't bother me, but it drives my boyfriend crazy.
post #11 of 22
Purring is just a way of life for them. Outta the 10 cats in this house six are mine and they all sleep with me and my husband. I have one cat that purrs 24/7 and never stops only time you can't hear it is when she is sleeping but as soon as her eyes open she is loud and stays that way. As far as your baby goes I would try moving her down see if she will sleep near your chest if its still to loud move her down to your stomach and so forth.But remember that may not work and she may just love sleeping near her mommys head.Remember when all else fails Ear Plugs will help
post #12 of 22
My 7 year old sounds like a lawn mower once her motor gets going, LOL

She is a real cuddler but only on her terms and she loves to cuddle in bed. Sometimes I wake up in the night with the feeling that someone is looking at me and sure enough there she is sitting beside the bed watching me sleep and purring!! lol

My oldest is 14 1/2 years old and loves to come and cuddle on the pillow next to me before I go to sleep and in the morning. Often she will come up in the morning to wake me up for breakfast (her's!!!) and will settle on the pillow and we'll have our morning cuddles and kisses while she purrs and I'll fall asleep again from her purring.

I love it when my kitties cuddle and purr. It's the sweetest sound in the world when I'm not feeling well or have had a rough day.

It's just like anything, you eventually get used to it. I wouldn't keep locking her in the bathroom though. She's only doing what kittens and cats do, which is expressing their love and affection for you. It would be a shame for her to feel punished for doing that.
post #13 of 22
heeh as soon as my kitty finds out i am awake she will come over and get on me or lay down right next to me, but she is does not have a real loud purr. but yea, i have also woke up to find her sitting there looking at me,
post #14 of 22
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well, i gave it a try last night but had a secondary effect. i layed on my back and she crawled towards my head but i put her on my stomach. after a few times she settled there and fell asleep. i woke up at rolled over onto my stomach and she jumped off the bed and ran around a bit and then came back up between my legs and then it got too warm. she decided to pee right on top of me. i'm not sure if she did it because she was angry or if it was an accident. she has an upper respiratory problem right now and i do know she was sneezing at the time. either way, i think i'm learning that it might be too early for her to be out of the bathroom at night.
post #15 of 22
Put some pillows around your head for a couple of nights. She'll get used to sleeping in another spot.

This purring thing is good, so guard your head or get some earplugs! I've found the young kittens like to be near my head in general and they take to playing in my hair. It could be the smell of hair that attracts them. So maybe a swimming cap for a couple of nights--seriously.

Good luck.
post #16 of 22
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Originally Posted by segundo3000gt
well, i gave it a try last night but had a secondary effect. i layed on my back and she crawled towards my head but i put her on my stomach. after a few times she settled there and fell asleep. i woke up at rolled over onto my stomach and she jumped off the bed and ran around a bit and then came back up between my legs and then it got too warm. she decided to pee right on top of me. i'm not sure if she did it because she was angry or if it was an accident. she has an upper respiratory problem right now and i do know she was sneezing at the time. either way, i think i'm learning that it might be too early for her to be out of the bathroom at night.
She probably didn't like peeing on you either. Aw, she is sick so do keep her with you. Do you have a cat carrier? If so, put her in it and have it on the bed with you. Or try my suggestions up above?

Poor sneezy kitten.....poor you too.
post #17 of 22
I think that some cats like the body heat that is released from your head and your feet. Etain either sleeps on my head or my feet depending on her mood. It does help to provide her with her own pillow right above mine. I just sleep with my feet hanging off the end of the bed Midir is a tummy sleeper which is difficult cause I lay awake, worried about rolling over on him, but he's a big boy, so it won't hurt him, he'll just give me a dirty look and wait for me to move out of his way.

Here's a thought, if she's seeking heat, maybe try putting a hot water bottle or one of those microwavable pillows in the bed near you. I might keep her off your head ... then again, it might not

btw, Hunter is a cute name, and very appropriate for a cat
post #18 of 22
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good suggestions guys. i'd like to let her sleep on the bed with me but i'm worried that she's just not fully litter box trained. it might just be too early for her to be out on her own at night. otherwise i could try to get a little electric blanket or something to see how she reacts to that.

any home remedies for cleaning a mattress? i used vinegar as suggested for cleaning my comforter when she peed on that and last night i just used a standard cleaner to clean up the mattress.
post #19 of 22
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Originally Posted by segundo3000gt
good suggestions guys. i'd like to let her sleep on the bed with me but i'm worried that she's just not fully litter box trained. it might just be too early for her to be out on her own at night. otherwise i could try to get a little electric blanket or something to see how she reacts to that.

any home remedies for cleaning a mattress? i used vinegar as suggested for cleaning my comforter when she peed on that and last night i just used a standard cleaner to clean up the mattress.
It's probably not too early - it's most likely just because she's sick, poor baby.

Can you get a hold of an enezyme cleaner? See if you can get one that you can use on your mattress.
post #20 of 22
My husband, who has the most sensitive ears on the planet... he actually has a condition called Tinnus < sp > where his ears ring alot.. well... he is both our cats bed... he welcomes the purring... he says it is a nice change from the ringing... both our cats sleep between his legs... and if he rolls over, the spoon up behind his butt... LOL


Purring = love



Good luck
post #21 of 22
I LOVE it when my cats sleep next to me -- they are just a year old now emma's purring bothered me a lot of first, cuz she likes to sleep right next to my head. eventually though i just got used to it and fell asleep. so give it a try - you might not fall asleep at first but you'll get used to it soon ...

it's a really special thing to have your cat purring next to you while you sleep few other animals can show affection in such a way!
post #22 of 22
Bijou has a loud purr also, but he only purrs while I pay attention to him. As soon as I settle for sleep and stop stroking him he stops purring and settles down to sleep himself.
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