What time/how do your cats wake you up?

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This morning at four (yes, FOUR) thirty, boycat started scratching at the bedroom door. Normally this isn't a problem, but he's recently learned that he can open the door by jumping up onto the handle, so after dozing back off, I then got woken up by a large ginger lump jumping on my head and settling there hmm

We live in an open-plan flat so there's no way I can shut them into the kitchen overnight or anything either!

WholeNutt Sat 08-Feb-14 19:01:09

Ours would bugger about at 5am, never meow just play with anything to wake you...then we got an automatic feeder smile life is peaceful now!

Mine has a perfectly comfy bed in the kitchen and is shut in the kitchen at night (with catflap to garden). No bloody way I'm being woken up at dawn by a cat!

Corygal Tue 04-Feb-14 21:18:59

Now he has started his thyroid meds, Mr Cory slumbers peacefully in the dead centre of the bed, and waits for me to get up.

I'm amazed - the scars on my legs are healing - the little lad used to bite any bits that poked out of the duvet to encourage me to serve a dawn meal. Best of all, my GP no longer gives my slashed arms a disapproving glance before asking if I self-harm.

Mr Cory's favourite thing is having an afternoon nap on me, I am forbidden from MNetting or even reading and instructed to lie dead still.

cozietoesie Tue 04-Feb-14 20:18:25

You'll be OK if you get the right cat, Minimalist. One thing to remember is that they mostly adore an afternoon snooze with their person - which might be good for you.

17leftfeet Tue 04-Feb-14 20:07:51

Mine headbutts me at about 6.30 but not at weekends -he seems to know I have a lie in grin

Fluffycloudland77 Tue 04-Feb-14 20:02:47
MinimalistMommi Tue 04-Feb-14 19:15:48

This is one of my worries a bout getting a cat (Ragdoll) I need my sleep after lots of health issues...

dunmopin Mon 03-Feb-14 22:55:05

Usually waits till alarm these days, but Some Mornings:

rrr rrr (gently in ear)

Rrr rrr (nudges face. One human eye opens)

RR RR RR (stampedes back and forth across pillow)

(tentative stroke, sometimes works and she settles down. Otherwise)

RRRR RRRR (nudge nudge) RRRR RRRR (nudge nudge)

(awake now and need a pee. Get up, feed cat. Go back to bed. Alarm goes off 15 minutes later. Get up properly. Cat promptly jumps on bed and goes to sleep)

cozietoesie Mon 03-Feb-14 20:16:49

The Lodger used to wake me up at about 8.30 if I'd slept in.

Seniorboy, on the other hand, snoozes until his breakfast is brought up to him when he'll lope out of bed. Then has a pee and goes back to his electric blanket, the house being chiller than is his taste at the moment. Jee it's tough being a cat.

About 7am-ish. Actually they make quite a bit of noise running around the place through the night (foster cats, living indoors) but that doesn't wake me up much any more. So boy-cat now wakes me by jumping up and down on my feet.

we are up at 5am in the week so they don't wake us, but hop up and down squawking for food as soon as DH opens an eye!

Then at the weekend Fatcat does 'drive-bys' if it gets to about 7am and no sign of her breakfast...

...she charges into the bedroom, across the bed, and us, with as many heavy footfalls as she can manage, to wake us up...repeat as necessary grin

The kitten just watches and learns waits for one us to get up.

WhoNickedMyName Sat 01-Feb-14 17:14:25

Usually at about 6.30am... like this

Anatana Fri 31-Jan-14 16:10:43

Oh, I didn't train him; he trained us! grin

If he pesters me for food outside of food times, though, I throw him out of the back door and he knows this so he doesn't often push it.

Lovethesea Fri 31-Jan-14 10:09:32

Neither Huuntercat or Tortie wake me. They are usually sleeping on my bed and start looking hopeful when the alarm goes off. Once I am up there is a lot of watching and leg weaving and they rush to the kitchen once I start down the stairs.

We've a 3 and 5 year old so they are used to chaos and waiting their turn as I sling breakfast at everyone before school.

BroomstickRider Fri 31-Jan-14 09:36:26

Mine don't wake me for food, just go crazy when I get up. The youngest one wakes everyone up sometimes by charging around like a maniac with his friend from next door who comes in through the cat flap. He also woke me repeatedly the other night by pummelling me and sucking at my fleecy pyjamas as if he'd get milk out of them. He has a weird liking for fleece.

Preciousbane Fri 31-Jan-14 09:06:11

Our cat is very well behaved, she comes in when she hears the alarm go off and at the weekend when there is no alarm she appears as soon as she hears us get up.

She sleeps on the end of DS bed.

Mostly they sleep on my bed, and get up when I get up. If I'm not up at what they consider a reasonable time, they go and wake up my DD instead. Apparently they do this by 1) sitting on her chest and giving her The Stare 2) pretending her feet are mice and pouncing on them or 3) running in and out and chirruping.

I've told DD she's allowed to shut them out and ignore them, but she never seems to mind.

I've no idea how much ours sleep during the night, they often snooze most of the evening so I suspect not much. They are sometimes prowling around when we get up in the morning, other times they are in their beds but not usually asleep. One of them does jump on me in bed in the night once in a while but she never shows any inclination to stay there thank goodness, I would not want them sleeping in our bed.

PestoCat is lovely, he is usually snuggled in with me on the bed when i wake up. I am the first one awake here! That could be because he's still a baby (not yet a year old) though!

HowAboutNo Fri 31-Jan-14 07:39:41

They never do thankfully!

I find one in particular only tries to if she's feeling under the weather, so I let her in and we have cuddles or she opens the door handle and forces her way in anyway

mscnile Fri 31-Jan-14 07:30:33

Sometimes ours wake me around 4-5am on their way back after a night out, usually having a scrap with another cat, but generally I don't hear them at all. They are shut in the kitchen with a catflap, food and water though.

ben5 Fri 31-Jan-14 07:27:18

tiger is great. she doesn't bother us at all. Wendy is a nightmare. As soon as the sun rises which is about 5 am at the moment!!!

Madratlady Fri 31-Jan-14 07:23:17

They don't thankfully. They sleep happily all night taking up half of my side of the bed so I end up sleeping round them. Girlcat has a really loud purr which I find very relaxing.

sparkling - we tried having them in with us in a bed (we have boycat and girlcat, siblings) but they just played and charged around the room destroying things - I wasn't getting any sleep at all! They're only young still.

antana how did you train him to do that?! Ours are awake pretty much all night, and if you dare to wake up and go to the toilet, you get attacked and pestered for food at 2am looking at you boycat hmm

antimatter Fri 31-Jan-14 07:08:04

4 am
I make they have food&water for then otherwise one of them is shouting VERY loud

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