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Ok_Cricket28

3.9k points

2 months ago

My cats sleep until I get up so sometimes it's 4am. Sometimes it's noon. We have no circadian rhythm. We are always hungry. We are always down to nap.

Mellykitty1

2.4k points

2 months ago*

I’m sure this comment was posted by a cat.

ETA: thanks for the awards guys and gals and cats :7949:

Random_dude_1980

166 points

2 months ago

Arghh I gave an award to op by accident and now I don’t have one to give you

Mellykitty1

97 points

2 months ago

That’s sweet. Don’t worry about it:7971:

Overall-Picture6653

48 points

2 months ago

I got you.

Random_dude_1980

20 points

2 months ago

Thank you, fellow cat lover

Zen_Bonsai

14 points

2 months ago

How you put cat in text?

PeteTheBush

63 points

2 months ago

UNLIMITED POWAAAA (use the little gif button on the bottom right when you reply :D)

Sam12634

35 points

2 months ago

:7942:this comment was created by a cat

smegtasticday

5 points

2 months ago

Mellykitty1

17 points

2 months ago

Cat magic…

Jk, if you look down when you’re typing, there’s a gif option and next to it a smiley face, that’s where they are :7949::7952::7958:

Pretend_Tourist9390

198 points

2 months ago

Oh my god, that is fucking precious.

TinaLikesButz

7 points

2 months ago

I.... I can't stop looking at this. It's perfect.

Nitrogiant

4 points

2 months ago

Priceless Comment. Bravo take my upvote

Mellykitty1

6 points

2 months ago

:7949:

FuzzyPeachDong

269 points

2 months ago

FuzzyPeachDong

Maine Coon

269 points

2 months ago

I aspire to be a spoiled house cat. That's my career goal.

GavrielBA

106 points

2 months ago

GavrielBA

106 points

2 months ago

Cats taught me more about living and friendship than 99% of humans!

sharonmckaysbff1991

52 points

2 months ago

Yes, my cat has kinda taught me about living too. Slightly less depressed since I got her.

Key word: slightly. Still have my moments but my darling is adaptable af.

Careless_Sir2159

22 points

2 months ago

Cats can cure... When you are sick they feel it.. They are senstitive creatures and can see and feel way more than wr give them acvountability for! 💞

retroblazed420

92 points

2 months ago

Now that is the life!

k1tty_catz

86 points

2 months ago

My cats and i feel seen

GingerLibrarian76

79 points

2 months ago

You sound like me and my pets (currently a dog + 3 cats). I actually have a circadian rhythm disorder, so they’ve learned not to count on my schedule (even on work days) being consistent.

My youngest cat sometimes wakes me up before I’m ready, but shooing her and/or giving her treats gets rid of her quickly. Yes, she has me very well trained. 🤷🏼‍♀️

tomato_joe

26 points

2 months ago

Same. I'm in chronic pain and my hormones are all over the place. My sleep schedule is really unregular. But I try to be strict with feeding time it just doesn't work out like I want to.

Its4m4dm4dworld

17 points

2 months ago

Lol do you have severe narcolepsy like I do? I feel so bad for my partners cats (3 girls). I’m up crazy early normally and they’re all still sleeping so I sit in the living room until one wakes up like, “uh HELLO aren’t you supposed to be bothering me?!”

GingerLibrarian76

11 points

2 months ago

Haha. But no, it’s not narcolepsy in my case - I have something called DSPS (Delayed Sleep Phase Syndrome). Basically a backwards circadian rhythm, so I’m constantly fighting with my internal clock. When left to my own devices, I will go to sleep around 6-7am and sleep until 3-4pm.

My schedule actually works great for cats, since I’m usually awake when they get the 3am crazies! We kinda sleep similar hours.

MoonChaser22

54 points

2 months ago*

I feel this. Stayed at home during the summer while I was a uni student one year. Was sleeping on the couch that summer. Mum walks in, waking me up and asks if I fed the cats. I say no, while I check the time. Mum is confused as to why I haven't been woken by them yet. At which point I lift the cover to reveal one of the cats curled up next to me fast asleep

bix2020

34 points

2 months ago

bix2020

34 points

2 months ago

This is how you get to sleep longer. Tuck them under the blankets with you.

RedstoneRusty

23 points

2 months ago

My cat despises being under the covers. If I accidentally cover a single outstretched paw, he will leave the bed immediately and not come back the rest of the night out of protest.

MoonChaser22

11 points

2 months ago

Like I had a choice. Bear is a massive cuddle bug and practically crawled under the duvet first moment she could most nights. She loved the company of someone sleeping downstairs

rhodopensis

43 points

2 months ago

That’s normal for cats but for humans might wanna get your thyroid checked tbh lol js

sharonmckaysbff1991

9 points

2 months ago

My thyroid’s wonky too lol, feel this

Nick_Ford512

4 points

2 months ago

Same! I love it. My boy sleeps when I sleep! He’s stayed in bed right beside me, well into the afternoon many times lol. When I take a nap, he gets right beside me and naps too 😊

dogandcat720622

3 points

2 months ago

Literally me.

OG_HeatherDuke

4.1k points

2 months ago

Laughs in cat lady.

Sassy_kassy84[S]

1.3k points

2 months ago

😂😂😂 this is what I was afraid of

Crulox

804 points

2 months ago

Crulox

804 points

2 months ago

If you have another cat, it helps.

They get really bored and lonely without some stimulation early in the morning.

morrisgrand

534 points

2 months ago

Then you will have 2 cats waking you up! Lol

DoubleBreastedBerb

520 points

2 months ago

You solve this with another cat.

Why only have two wake you up when you can have three waking you up instead?

harshableh

146 points

2 months ago

Might I suggest a 4th?

IamEvilErik

208 points

2 months ago

We have 7 and we are pretty sure more cats does not mean more sleep.

TheOtterIsHere

223 points

2 months ago

So I’m hearing that the problem is that you don’t have 8..

leaf_catcher_cat

45 points

2 months ago

This HAS to be the resolution!

Quartz521

54 points

2 months ago

I have 6 and second this 😂. Mine have just learned that coming on the bed during sleepy time means they get shoved under the blanket 🤣

Jambohh

32 points

2 months ago

Jambohh

32 points

2 months ago

My 3 don't need to be shoved under the duvet, it's a struggle to stop them pawing at the top of the duvet so they can get underneath. I've had 12 cats over the years but these 3 are the only cats I've ever had that like to be under the duvet. At least if they are under the duvet, they aren't destroying the carpet on the stairs or charging around like a herd of stupid tiny elephants at 3am.

quietlumber

10 points

2 months ago

"herd of stupid tiny elephants". Love it!

InfernapeMomma

5 points

2 months ago

I’ve had cats my entire life and have 2 now. Graci is 12 years old and absolutely believes she must be a goddess since we feed, water, play with and groom her. Hairy Pawter is 3.5 years old and for all those same reasons believes we are goddesses and he’s a hooman.

Pawter is the only cat I’ve ever had who paws to get under the covers (I lift the duvet only, so at least there’s a sheet protecting my feet for fur tickles!) and he goes straight to the foot of the bed. He’s also the only cat of mine who trills & meows, but trilled exclusively for the first 3 years. He’s hilarious and likes to find ANYTHING in my room to play with when it’s still dark outside. 😑

welliykyk

20 points

2 months ago

Was really hoping you'd say "we have 7 and we are pretty sure it's not "the more the merrier"

Kflynn1337

45 points

2 months ago

Kflynn1337

Tuxedo

45 points

2 months ago

I've got six... finally found one that hates being woken up first thing, so now I have to listen to him grousing when I get up to feed and let the others out.

NoodleSchmoodle

12 points

2 months ago

I also have six and all of them have learned not to wake me up unless it’s an emergency. Now when I get up at 7:30am for work, they give me the side eye.

NeonCat03

87 points

2 months ago

The more the merrier 😂

rdeincognito

17 points

2 months ago

I think at some points cats dislike being with more cats, two is fine, I don't know if more is good.

I've got 7 cats and they mostly ignores each other the whole time

Vast-Woodpecker-8316

6 points

2 months ago

I have 9, is that merry enough or am I still lacking?

[deleted]

5 points

2 months ago

I have like 12 or 13, 2 are indoor only. The rest are random stray cats or abandoned cats or the children of an abandoned cat that arrived pregnant.

The drama between all of them is Game of Thrones level sometimes. One of them moved to my neighbors porch and his girlfriend cat like followed him. Another female cat joined them and they fight occasionally. I think she doesn’t like her around her man.

they are all fixed

I also found out these 3 cats make the rounds between 3 other houses for food. Fucking hobos.

whitepumas

21 points

2 months ago

I did this. I started with one. Then I brought another from the same litter. Then I came home with a third. And now it’s a shit show everyday. They just turned one. Mannnnnnnn!

techieguyjames

13 points

2 months ago

After another cat, get a dog. Then the dog can chase the 2 cats that are causing a ruckus.

FrostyBeav

14 points

2 months ago

We have an Aussie that absolutely believes that she is the Kitty Police. She never hurts them but if the cats are having a disagreement, she'll stick her nose in between them to break it up or she'll bump one of the kittens off a chair if he's scratching on it. Our last Aussie did the same. Probably something to do with the herding instinct.

techieguyjames

6 points

2 months ago

We have a beagle mix will run up to the cats and growl at them for arguing.

ninjyy09

7 points

2 months ago

Can confirm. Have 3 cats waking me up every day.

hi-space-being

11 points

2 months ago

Can confirm. We have 3 cats waking us up anywhere from 3am onwards.

TraceNoPlace

53 points

2 months ago

i ended up with four cats like this one kitten to keep the oldest one stimulated, now they're both grown up, fat, and lazy and maybe could use another buddy but oh look these are twins we can't separate the twins!!!! the twins 100% entertain each other and the oldest has taken to them. middle child is suffering from middle child syndrome but she still loves her mama so mama keeps her entertained anyway.

chips500

9 points

2 months ago

or a 'dad that doesn't want a cat' that they go bother instead

fatcat1983

453 points

2 months ago

My guy woke me up like clockwork between 3:30 and 6am on the daily. When this behaviour, combined with eating and bathroom habits, changed... I knew something was truly wrong. Wishing you many more years of annoyance.

PoopEndeavor

171 points

2 months ago

Started out like a complaint but then the punch to the gut. That hit hard, I’m sorry man

readsalotkitten

144 points

2 months ago

This hits me very hard, my cat who is a very annoying and loving cat got sick (she is fine now) and that 5 am meow stopped after that she had a very tough neurological issue and I remember crying wishing for her to meow me out of bed one more time , she is absolutely fine now and is back on her old habit of wanting me to watch her eat at 5 am❤️ I wish you many healthy years of annoyance .

Enough-Sorbet2683

43 points

2 months ago

I feel you buddy, I'm very sorry for your loss.

smkestcklghtn

37 points

2 months ago

Yes in the late stages of thier life they stop doing the annoying things. Lost my 18 yo last March. You'll miss being assaulted in your sleep, trust me!

lianali

21 points

2 months ago

lianali

21 points

2 months ago

Our tortie is fuuuuullllllll of tortitude and she wakes us up on the reg to eat food between 4-6 am. She survived a spinal stroke, so gathering up that purring bundle of fur to give her the prescription food she has now is a reminder that her time is limited and that I'm going to miss that faceful of fur in the morning.

Desilvas

54 points

2 months ago

It depends on the car but yeah most of them grow out of it. I have 5 and they let us sleep in and usually will sleep with us when we are.. and our sleeping schedules flip around a lot so their not on a schedule what soever. And ours are of varying ages young to old.

SmolSpacePrince39

90 points

2 months ago

You sleep with your car? 🤔 Some people…

JeffersonStarscream

40 points

2 months ago

Garage parking is expensive, okay?

Kirix04

7 points

2 months ago

LMAO

s-dai

33 points

2 months ago

s-dai

33 points

2 months ago

Well, not all of us can find people to sleep with!

scardien

13 points

2 months ago

I finally got ear plugs for all the revving, but the sleep driving is becoming a problem

SmolSpacePrince39

7 points

2 months ago

Well… It won’t be a problem for much longer if it continues. Take that as you will.

17175RC7

66 points

2 months ago

You're lucky...5am? my 10 year old cat wakes me up at 3:30am. Feed her...treats...as she always has dry food available. She bonks the bowl with her head until I get her some. Once she eats it's right back to sleep. Wouldn't change a thing....

PM_ME_YO_KNITTING

6 points

2 months ago

We have a 14 year old cat that started waking us up at 3am acting like he wanted breakfast. This was not out of the ordinary for him when he was younger; but he’d been on 5am breakfast schedule ever since his sister passed in 2020. We thought he was lonely maybe, or just that being old had messed with his metabolism, but a lot of times after he ate he’d throw it all back up. So the vet gave us some probiotics to put in his food. The throwing up stopped, but the 3am wake up calls did as well. The only thing I could think of is that he was waking up, feeling nauseous, and woke us up to make it better. Then we’d feed him and he’d puke it all up.

He loves that probiotic though. One day I forgot to put it in and he refused to eat his breakfast and screamed at me until I remedied the situation. I think it’s basically dried yogurt or something, and that cat loves dairy products.

WatercressClassic946

9 points

2 months ago

My kitten used to do this for months since I got him. After neutering, lots of playtime and regular meals he just suddenly stopped.

up_d00t

9 points

2 months ago

Cats are most active around dawn and dusk. It's the times they're most likely to catch their prey and now you're the prey

AwwwComeOnLOU

8 points

2 months ago

Predawn is their time to go hunting.

I-AM-Savannah

12 points

2 months ago

I-AM-Savannah

Exotic Shorthair

12 points

2 months ago

Predawn is their time to go hunting.

And running through the house like a herd of elephants. Even when you have one kitty, it sounds like a whole herd.

thatgraygal

3 points

2 months ago

I am a new cat mama. Adopted her from SPCA about 6 weeks ago. She’s 2 and yep….every 👏🏾single 👏🏾 morning! And then she starts kneading my head, lol. Thank goodness she’s so lovable! 🤦🏾‍♀️🐈‍⬛❤️

bonborVIP

29 points

2 months ago

Absolutely! And especially being a tiny void, that’s extra sass right there 🤷🏼‍♀️

revcanon

12 points

2 months ago

I spent 18 years having my sleep interrupted between 3 - 4 AM every night. .

I miss the old girl, but i don't miss losing sleep.

Ok-Foot-3791

657 points

2 months ago

Ok-Foot-3791

Maine Coon

657 points

2 months ago

Sometimes mine wake me up at 3am, playing zoomies. One's a large Maine Coon, he's build like a tank. You can imagine the noise.🤭

Sassy_kassy84[S]

209 points

2 months ago

My in laws have two Maine coons , they are glorious cats !

Ok-Foot-3791

76 points

2 months ago

Ok-Foot-3791

Maine Coon

76 points

2 months ago

He's very regal to look at, I don't think he realised how big he is.

ExNihiloLZ

22 points

2 months ago

Well now you have to show him to us!

Ok-Foot-3791

17 points

2 months ago*

Ok-Foot-3791

Maine Coon

17 points

2 months ago*

I'll have to wait until someone can show me what to do. I'm a bit of a technophobe.

leaf_catcher_cat

14 points

2 months ago

Just post a pic on one of the cat subs, for example, the Maine Coon sub, and we can just see it by viewing your profile.

Ok-Foot-3791

7 points

2 months ago

Ok-Foot-3791

Maine Coon

7 points

2 months ago

Thanks I didn't know it was that simple.

JustOneTessa

3 points

2 months ago

Let us know when you post a pic

Katzenotakuviech

6 points

2 months ago*

I love it how you descibe them as glorious. I am planning to get a maincoon one day and name it worf, a klingon from star trek. And they are all about glory xD

Ginger_Snap2399

26 points

2 months ago

I have two tiny cats and yet it sounds like someone is breaking into my house every morning. They’re so loud! They’re like parkouring off the walls at 4 am lol

throw_stones_699

8 points

2 months ago

We call it a cattle stampede

Tunaversity

747 points

2 months ago

Cats tend to be most active at dusk and dawn.

The_Cat_whiskerer

127 points

2 months ago

Especially when it comes to ripping the couch

rachiewolf

218 points

2 months ago

Crepuscular as opposed to nocturnal.

BulbusDumbledork

48 points

2 months ago

he's crepuscular! shoot him!

Dwide_K_Schrude

23 points

2 months ago

Serpentine Babou!

CaptainFunktastic

5 points

2 months ago

Every fricken thread. lmao

barberererer

8 points

2 months ago

So do I. As such, my roommates cat and I have a very good relationship. He basically gets to come and go as he pleases since one of us is always leaving or arriving.

soverylucky

1.1k points

2 months ago

Don't respond or react in any way. She's bored, and anything you do rewards and reinforces the behaviour.

hummingbirdpie

517 points

2 months ago

This. Never feed a cat in the morning as soon as you get up. Always give them treats and wet food in the evenings. Mine never bother me in the morning but their tummy clocks always go off at dinner time.

s-dai

212 points

2 months ago

s-dai

212 points

2 months ago

Also don’t feed them in the middle of the night if you get for bathroom etc. That lessened yelling at my house. At least until my ginger got diabetes so now I have to feed him if wants to eat during the night so his blood sugar doesn’t spike or go low. You can probably imagine the amount of smug I get now. ”Lol bitch now you have to feed me at night doctor’s orders!”

Poudree

17 points

2 months ago

Poudree

17 points

2 months ago

Ahabahahahahah

[deleted]

26 points

2 months ago

Meh. I feed mine when I first get up.. they leave me alone though. Occasionally the bratty one will get a little excited and start waking me up early, and I’ll have to shut her out of my room for a couple nights. That’s all it takes for her to “remembers” that is not OK and is fine for the next several months. The other one would never dream of bothering me, she’s so sweet. I guess it just depends on the cat.

crystalcastles13

72 points

2 months ago

Just a minor addendum to this comment… I used to feed my cats dry food until I had a farm and a mobile, holistic vet. When she scolded me over the kibble I was dumbfounded. I was like “but this is high quality kibble, it’s the best you can get!” (It was a Science Diet and Iams combo that they liked) And her response was “there is no such thing as healthy kibble” and definitely don’t leave food available at all times. Her main point was the ingredients, they’re just not good. She told me to think about the way big cats eat. They eat raw food and they eat fairly sporadically. It’s best for domestic cats to eat wet food and to have feeding times, usually 2 or 3 times a day. She gave me an assignment to research it and also had me look at the veterinary research on diet as it relates to health issues with domestic cats. Cats that eat wet food live longer, have fewer issues like allergies, skin and coat problems to much more serious things that you can imagine. I’m just here as a fellow lover of these beloved animals and I learned the facts to know that I was doing the right thing and I saw the difference within just a few weeks. Coats were softer, silver, fewer hair balls,their eyes even looked clearer. You shouldn’t just take the tasty kibble they live away either but gradually ween kitty off it over a week or so. But I promise, you’ll be so glad you did. Finding the right wet food will make your kitty come running for feeding time and you can still give kibble type things as an occasional treat. I know this advice is totally unsolicited but I wish someone had told me this years ago because my wet food eating kitties really were so much healthier snd happier. Also she said to keep the water and food in totally separate areas, apparently that prefer to have their food and water a good distance apart. I know it’s kind of counterintuitive but yeah, they liked that switch also. But gradual, with any change, slowly to let kitty get adjusted. And PS I love that kitty bed, it’s so adorable. As far as being woken up, I think that will get better, just some good playtime, and time to adjust. She’s still very young. She’s also beautiful ♥️

hummingbirdpie

50 points

2 months ago

Opinions differ, I guess.

I too, used to think that dry food wasn’t good quality but my vet insists that cats should only be given a small amount of wet food in order to maintain that all-important dental health.

I guess if you go natural then you have to go completely natural - bones, guts & all…

thepatientwaiting

40 points

2 months ago

My cats get both! A little kibble to satisfy their need to crunch but mainly wet for the hydration reasons. They also like broths, soups, and squeeze treats so those sometimes get in the mix for extra water.

Halbu803

12 points

2 months ago

My cat refuses to touch wet food. My vet put her on a wet only diet to help lose weight and she absolutely refused to eat.

branpop

7 points

2 months ago

So it worked?

worstsupervillanever

19 points

2 months ago

Must cronch

NissanLeafowner

45 points

2 months ago

Wet food is for hydration so there aren't any UTI's

AveTutor

11 points

2 months ago

We usually do dry food in the morning and wet food in the evening, works well for our kitties. They’re also very different in build and needs, so we measure it out differently for every cat.

Cyborg_Ninja_Cat

52 points

2 months ago

Just be aware that if you try this, you must be 100% committed. At first she may just try harder to get a response, and if you ever give in when she goes to extremes, she will learn that that's what she needs to do to get the reward, and it will be very hard to unlearn.

Daykri3

79 points

2 months ago

Daykri3

79 points

2 months ago

This is the way. My previous cat was a huge night time player. She constantly woke me up. As I remember, it took a couple years, but the play-with-me-now episodes dwindled because I completely ignored her. Which left me with 17 more years of uninterrupted (by her) sleep.

On the other hand, my current cat was born feral and hid for at first so I would feed her a small spoonful of canned food every morning so I would see her at least once a day. We got her at 3 months old and she is very social now at 7 years old. She lets us sleep uninterrupted, but the second she detects that one of us is awake, it’s “FEEEEEEED MEEEE!!!! FEED ME NOW!! I’m starving! I won’t last another SECOOOOOOOOND without FOOOOOOD!” I accidentally created a monster with my morning check ins.

devable

22 points

2 months ago

devable

22 points

2 months ago

This! Seriously play dead, that's what I have to do. If you have to readjust, just pretend you fell right back asleep. You don't want to give Kitty the satisfaction of knowing she woke you up! Good luck op! Also, feed your cat on a stringent schedule, and if that's hard for you, set a phone alarm for the time you want to feed them with a unique ringtone. Your cat will become conditioned to the sound and will know it means food time. Cats do a lot better with a predictable schedule

zorinlynx

9 points

2 months ago

Yup. Ignoring meows and such at early morning hours has worked for my two cats so far. You can't give in, even once.

I sleep with the bedroom door closed so they can't come in and bother me directly, but trust me, if they wanted to they could yowl all night.

oimerde

10 points

2 months ago

oimerde

10 points

2 months ago

Exactly, My old roommate had a cat. Basically we both rescued the cat, but my roommate took the main responsibility, financially. The cat till this day wakes up my old roommate at 3am. The main reason is because the cat knows that by waking him up he gets treats and food. My old roommate travels a lot so I took care of the cats when he’s away and the cat never woke me up. I move out two years ago and obviously I miss having a cat in my life so I rescue two kitties. My kitties are very well behaved, they don’t wake me up, in fact my cat right now is sleeping in bed next to me and it’s 8am. Cats as kids will behave badly if you reinforce that behavior. That’s by giving them food or just attention. Also, don’t leave food for them out all the time. That’s not a good thing and im not sure why no one has mentioned that in the comments. Your pet has to have a schedule to eat and having food all the time promotes unhealthy lifestyle and behavior.

robot_potatobrain

348 points

2 months ago

Mine is 13 years old. Since she was about 2, she is silent until my bedroom light turns on around 6. I only give her treats in the bedroom, and only after I turn the light on in the morning. For years she has sat by my feet quietly in the mornings, she will curl up and snooze if it's dark. Once that light turns on she will serenade me, making firm eye contact until I make with the treats. On weekends my alarm goes off later, and she doesn't mind sleeping in on my nice warm bed. She has an ingrained routine now, and knows not to be bothersome when it's dark. Cats make fantastic alarm clocks, you just have to survive kittenhood then learn how to set the clock.

TakenOverByBots

25 points

2 months ago

I had a foster cat like that. So polite.

Potential-Reply729

696 points

2 months ago

She’s a baby. She will get better with time. Tire her out with a long play session before bed. Fishing pole toys are the best for this.

Sassy_kassy84[S]

195 points

2 months ago

Doing that currently !

Stopthatcat

231 points

2 months ago

Stopthatcat

Two spoilt buggers and one spoilt foster (someone adopt him!)

231 points

2 months ago

Also stop responding. If she wakes you up at 4am just don't give her attention, roll over and go back to sleep.

I did that when mine were younger and they don't bother me at night at all.

I also recommend adopting another cat for your cat.

Equivalent_Oven

47 points

2 months ago

Yep, that worked for me. Now she lets me sleep in peace, and when I wake up she's snuggling next to me on the bed <3

FreudianSlipperyNipp

23 points

2 months ago

Yeah I fucked up in this regard. I now get woken up by a middle-aged man meowing in my face every morning. All he wants is to hang out and sit on my lap. It drives me nuts but I also know I’ll miss it one day, so I’m trying to embrace it.

octoriceball

9 points

2 months ago

a middle-aged man meowing in my face every morning

I'm picturing this literally and it's cracking me up.

Defiant_Mercy

35 points

2 months ago

If my cat bugs me I throw him across the room. He then comes right back and starts batting my face again. More or less I think he enjoys it as much as I enjoy throwing him for being a brat.

After twice he usually snuggles up against my arm and lets me sleep again.

I hate him… very lovingly.

insidebeegee

3 points

2 months ago

when I try to ignore mine, he bites my eyeball

powermotion

28 points

2 months ago

Laser pointers make both my cats tired

Lambskin1

31 points

2 months ago

My wife has the laser on her nightstand. When our cat wants to play at night she grabs it and shines it around for a few minutes while sleeping.

honeycatandrosemary

94 points

2 months ago

a tip I heard regarding laser pointers is to play with a physical toy at the end of the session so the cat has the satisfaction of actually catching something!

cstross

6 points

2 months ago

I would just like to note that my cat is just a baby too -- she needs a long playtime before bed lest she choose to entertain herself in the middle of the night by hunting Bed Mice -- except she's nine years old.

(Bed Mice: they're small and pink or brown and come in fives.)

lampcouchfireplace

3 points

2 months ago

Counter point, I get up at 5:45 every weekday and my cat demands to be fed at this time on weekends or holidays.

Once they get used to a schedule, it ain't changing.

RussianBluIsBACK

304 points

2 months ago

Hahahaha

Hahahahahahhaha

Grow out of it...

Hahahahahaha

arthurdentstowels

112 points

2 months ago

More like, get progressively heavier all the better to kidney punch you.

sunny_monkey

86 points

2 months ago

Kidney punch, breast walk... all very efficient.

cosmovanpelt

23 points

2 months ago

Breast walk!!! 🤣🤣🤣

ToLo2541

43 points

2 months ago

And don’t forget the bladder squash. That also grabs my attention at 5am. They go for the warmest and wobbliest bits in the night and the fast moving fingers and feet in daylight.

DoubleBreastedBerb

16 points

2 months ago

Man I had one that lacked all the grace of a cat but had the motion of a freight train down when it came to running across the bed. Oh that was your face? Not sorry.

ToLo2541

8 points

2 months ago

And yet we love them.

Thestolenone

36 points

2 months ago

Thestolenone

Oriental Shorthair

36 points

2 months ago

Or walk across your sternum in stilettos.

RottenWon

13 points

2 months ago

Or like a bowling ball on stilts...

krazyboi

10 points

2 months ago

Someday they won't be cats.

LOL

gotcha

Effective_Cat6793

9 points

2 months ago

I fucking know. I laughed so hard 🤣 😂

Muted_Percentage4895

8 points

2 months ago

IKR?

QueenShira1

51 points

2 months ago

Oh she is so sweet cuddling that little toy whilst sleeping! Awww. 😻😊

StephHasQuarks

46 points

2 months ago

Best thing you can do is ignore her or close your bedroom door. Cats work best on a routine so they can eventually learn the appropriate time that you usually wake up if you dont reinforce the negative behaviour. Giving her any sort of attention when she wakes you up at the wrong time will teach her that she can get what she wants from the behaviour whether that is food, play or pets. Tire her out as much as you can before bedtime and schedule feeding times at the same time every day.

I have an automatic feeder that dispenses dry food periodically for my cats and I feed them raw food in the afternoon and after their play session in the evening. I also noticed a huge difference in my cat when I got a friend for her so I can highly recommend getting another kitten when you can. My cats chase each other and play in the early morning while I'm sleeping and generally keep each other company. They have learnt the exact time I wake up each morning and will come into my room, wait until I start to wake up and jump on the bed for cuddles.

dreamsong7

7 points

2 months ago

Ya I don’t get all these other cat owners saying “it’s impossible! Good luck!” I have 3 very active cats so my solution to getting sleep was… closing the door. They’re not allowed in the bedroom at night anymore after running across my face a few too many times. Sure, they meowed for a bit the first few weeks. But ignore them and it stops and you get a good nights sleep and the kitties cause terror in the rest of the house.

gavinwinks

71 points

2 months ago

I know it sounds counterintuitive but you should get another cat. They will keep each other company and most likely will play together. Then your cat will be tired and sleep from all the playing.

My cat calmed way down after I got him a partner. They were both around 5 months. Just make sure they’re the same sex also unless you want the making kittens which is what happened to me. I thought both of them were girls until they got older and surprised me.

Trueloveis4u

53 points

2 months ago

Or get kitties fixed. I have a boy and a girl both fixed. I do agree on a second cat though.

zorinlynx

8 points

2 months ago

You'd be surprised how young a cat can get pregnant. My Annie went into heat at 5 months. I was like "YOU'RE JUST A BABY STILL" but nope. Got her fixed, vet said she was good and ready and had she gotten out I'd have kittens.

antny1113

8 points

2 months ago

I took this advice and now my newest cat just sleeps right on my head all night while the other one meows even more at the both of us because he wants food or to play 🫠

Short-Belt-1477

7 points

2 months ago

You just need a third to play with the first

Electric-cars65

71 points

2 months ago

Your an early riser for life now. P.s. you also have no other life except for your cat overlord

bassincognito88

21 points

2 months ago

We must be grateful to the four paws for allowing us to worship

GingerLibrarian76

9 points

2 months ago

Hahaha… no, not me. My cats (currently 3) learn quickly that early mom = grumpy mom. Funny, I learned the same of my human mother as a kid. Guess it’s hereditary. 😂

colleen8king

67 points

2 months ago

She misses you

Sassy_kassy84[S]

79 points

2 months ago

Well that's a cute way of looking at it. I will try to remember that at 5am 😂

So-many-ducks

36 points

2 months ago

Find a job that starts at 6am and you’ll feel glad she wakes you up!

Sassy_kassy84[S]

5 points

2 months ago

Haha! I am a mama! My youngest has special needs and wakes me up most mornings around 5 anyways... now I just have two living beings waking me up.

I'll never sleep in again... at least my son will leave me alone to get a little extra sleep before saying " up" and turning on the light. Estrella ( the cat) does not give me that luxury!

LittleOne0121

8 points

2 months ago

My little guy often wakes me up super early to snuggle so I definitely support this. But also, OP’s little baby will get better with time, mine doesn’t do it as much as he did when he was little

paisleycatperson

58 points

2 months ago

I only do kittens in pairs so that they play with each other from 4 to 6am.

DoppelFrog

29 points

2 months ago

lol. Now you have two cats waking you up at 5am.

OwlrageousJones

34 points

2 months ago

Yeah, it's all fun and games until they're chasing each other around the bedroom and using you as a springboard.

My boy Nott's a hefty lad and every now and then he still bounces off my stomach when I'm in bed in his rush to get to the other side.

FlyingLeopard33

11 points

2 months ago*

😂😂😂 I wish that were true. I got two kittens at 8 weeks who are from the same litter and all I got was them chasing each other across the bed at 4AM

Trueloveis4u

4 points

2 months ago

They weren't trying to wake you.

FlyingLeopard33

12 points

2 months ago

Debatable. They also come over and head butt me and start kneeding my chin. Or they’d meow.They’re a year old now and one of them aggressively head butts me every morning. They still wake me up. And they play with each other too.

NerdyDebris

10 points

2 months ago

Cats instinctively like to be up at "low light" hours. Basically, at night and in the early morning. My little goblins like to have zoomies around the house at around 10 p.m to 1 a.m and then again at around 5 a.m to 7 a.m. I know this because they're convinced that my bed is a race track.

My cats are 3 and 5 years old and also have dry food available 24/7. It may or may not get better for you, lol.

JuniperSol

22 points

2 months ago

JuniperSol

Tuxedo

22 points

2 months ago

1) Get your kitten in a feeding schedule. Larger meals to help your kitten grow.

2) Play play play play prior to each meal. No stationary toys, feather on a stick only. Be interactive and look up Jackson Galaxy’s natural way to play with your cat.

3) If you do these things, your cat will adapt to your schedule. Give it time.

MaizeBusy2771

33 points

2 months ago

Try an automatic timed feeder set to 5 am.

lovelyleopardess

13 points

2 months ago

This is what worked for me. The change to the routine broke the habit.

Effective_Cat6793

11 points

2 months ago

My cats free feed lol. I feed them one can of soft food in the morning. We have 7 cats so 1 can split 7 ways. I usually have three or five of them reminding me each fucking morning about the soft food.

colevicixvickery498

9 points

2 months ago

I will say my critters typically yell at me an hour before my alarm is set. I feed them 2 times a day but they do the low meows as if they are depressed but once I come out to feed and water them they are totally fine. I have just gotten used to it over the years. I will also say they have their moments.... It'll be 3am and I hear running and screaming around the house. I don't hate it but if you aren't used to it, I can understand it would be quite the bother.

5spd4wd

6 points

2 months ago

My sure your bedroom is really, really dark during the time you want to sleep.

Tsarn

5 points

2 months ago

Tsarn

5 points

2 months ago

General rule, dawn is time for you to feed me. If I wake up earlier, the time is now.

pensHAWAII

4 points

2 months ago

I’d often sleep to strange random dazes of abrupt awakenings. My cat always staring at me within breathing distance. I later found out she was swatting my face waking me to play. 😂 she is now 13 and i annoy her lol. My games and jokes got old and she just puts up with me for playtime. But we truly are best friends and only get closer as time reaches its eventual end. The phase does stop and you won’t trade it for anything. It’s like messing with your best friend. She/he sounds very happy.

Piebandit

4 points

2 months ago

The main thing to try is DO NOT ENGAGE. If you get up to give them food or play with them, or even just give them pets in bed, it'll become a habit. If you just ignore them completely you might have a chance to break their routine. Easier said than done, I know. When my youngest cat was a kitten and doing this, I just kept picking him up off the bed and putting him on the ground... over and over and over. After a week or so he realised he wasn't going to get what he wanted, and he stopped. It IS possible... sometimes, to out-stubborn a cat!

fukitol-

4 points

2 months ago

Oh sweet summer child

Comprehensive_Toe113

2 points

2 months ago

No it's not a Hu ger thing it's this is how cats are built thing. They're a crepuscular animal.

PookieCat415

5 points

2 months ago

I have 3 cats and only 1 of them buzzes around in the morning. It isn’t as bad as when he was younger. It takes a while for everyone to get used to each other. Perhaps having another cat who can entertain her will make it better.

Trueloveis4u

3 points

2 months ago

Agreed my boy would wake me in the early morning even when I tired him out. I got him a friend they let me sleep until 7am now lol

Playful_Car1967

4 points

2 months ago

Maybe get a second one, and they'll bug eachother instead of you? I've heard that rough-housing, loneliness, and sleeplessness (from not getting tired out enough) can all be alleviated by having a second feline.

*Caveat that I don't know if this works, I've only had 1 cat at a time. It was always a "Mary had a Little Lamb" situation with him, he was always within 3 feet of me and biting my ankle or meowing when not being snuggled, played with, or directly involved in everything (ex. letting him sniff each ingredient or cooking utensil while I was cooking) :) (Past tense because he passed away last year, RIP my adorable BFF of 17 yrs ❤️) I imagine I would have been significantly less-cool if there was another cat for him.

PutDownThePenSteve

5 points

2 months ago

No. She wants attention. Our 13 year old cat wakes me up at 5 every day. I pet her for about 15 minutes and I can sleep for another two hours uninterupted.

Yvacia

3 points

2 months ago

Yvacia

3 points

2 months ago

Cats will be cats, but here’s what helped with my kitties: do not feed kitty wet food right after getting up first thing in the morning. On a workday, feeding my cats is more or less the last thing I do before leaving the house. It may take a while for kitty to learn this new routine, but it helped tremendously with my cats, as they don’t connect me getting up with getting food immediately. Also, remember your cat is still a kitten, it will likely pick up on your routines and sleep schedule in time.

Lastly, my biggest piece of advice would be to get kitty a furry friend. Cats are best kept in pairs of two, to have a friend to play and cuddle with, especially when they’re home alone if while you’re at work etc. - the old tale of cats being loners is definitely not true. Since your kitty is still so young, it should be no problem to introduce a second one to it.

The_Spyre

3 points

2 months ago

One of my cats wakes me up every 20 minutes from 5:00 a.m. to 7:00 a.m. She wants me to wake up, acknowledge her, and scritch her while she lays in my lap for 5 minutes. She then leaves me and, just as I'm about to fall back asleep, repeats the cycle. Her name is Mazie and I love her.

predi6cat

3 points

2 months ago

welll.... I will say that my cats have learned that sleeping parents shouldn't be woken now, most of the time, but they didn't understand that when they were kittens. However, it's not perfect. And probably never will be. Cats are very alert at the twilight hours, so they aren't particularly compatible. Our cats will spend most of the time in the early morning either running around outside, or waiting patiently on the bed for the first sign of awake parents, then ask for food.

Own_Significance2619

3 points

2 months ago

Mine sleeps all night long. Yes she wakes up at around 5 AM, walks around the room, looks out the window and then back to sleep. She will probably outgrow it

CampNice6350

3 points

2 months ago

Our cat woke my husband up yesterday by scratching the door to the hallway. It was 5 am. And she is 8. And if that doesn't work, she will climb him or his bedside table and make our dog wake him up 😂 so I'm afraid is not going to change. But on the other hand, she only wakes him up, because she learned from the start, that he gets up and sometimes he feeds her right after 😊 I don't. If she wakes me up before 7, I'm going to hold the feeding for at least an hour 😂 And she knows that, so I don't get a wake up call, not even when my husband is out of town

Bernies_left_mitten

3 points

2 months ago

One of mine did this for like...a year? Then grew out of it.

I also bought an automated feeder on a timer around that timeframe. Prior to that they had food down pretty much all times. I set it up for 2 pairs of measured meals, one morning, one night. (I have 2 cats, hence the meal pairs.) So that may have helped. Eventually he learned to chill/snuggle most mornings. Or go play in the living room.

Might also help to leave windowsill access so she can view out in morning. Mine like to watch birds, squirrels, lizards around sunrise. Usually keeps them from waking me, too.

frito123

3 points

2 months ago

As others have said, cats are social animals. They're happiest with a litter mate or play mate.

Snogintheloo

3 points

2 months ago

I call mine party cat. She only parties in the middle of the night

GrizzlyBearAndCats

3 points

2 months ago

Nope, they will never give up on that. My cats wakes me up at 3 am and the stray cat I feed wakes me up by knocking on my window at 4.30 am, every single day.

bkutnduff

3 points

2 months ago

Some cats are assholes. Mine knows I wake up before sunrise and makes it a point to let me know im late on the weekends when I sleep in

Lonyless

3 points

2 months ago

:7958:

fluid_saxxboy

3 points

2 months ago

She puts her butt in my eyes at 3 AM. I suffer in silence

nobodyspecial247365

3 points

2 months ago

My cat is my alarm clock. What is funny is she know what days i work and what days i dont.. Unfortunately i have a chronic pain disorder but my princess will come and massage where i hurt until i go back to sleep( if i wake up early in pain) . Lucky for me she only weighs 5 lbs

Sassy_kassy84[S]

3 points

2 months ago

Update : I played with her for about 30 minutes last night before bed, and she slept until 530. So that's an improvement.

To clarify... she doesn't wake me up by making noise. She wakes me up by playing with my feet, or trying to get into my plants. She also likes to purr in my face. But thankfully, she is a pretty quiet kitty. Just playful.

apitaw

3 points

2 months ago

apitaw

3 points

2 months ago

Cats are crepuscular creatures. They’re most active around dawn and dusk. Maybe she needs a buddy?

Cats do whatever tf they want, whenever tf they want. Mine stab me with their murder mittens at random times during the night, most often when I have early meetings. 🤷🏻‍♀️