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What time/how do your cats wake you up?

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TheDoctorsNewKidneys Fri 31-Jan-14 06:44:02

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!

So far (only had them since October, might be different when it gets light earlier) they don't wake us. They sleep in our room and have free run of the house at night (but the catflap is locked). They get given the last of their food before I go to bed.

Sparklingbrook Fri 31-Jan-14 06:49:53

About 3am. She wants a cuddle, so she usually licks my eyebrows and pats my face.

Sounds like you need to put him a bed in the bedroom. smile

HidingUnderMyDuvet Fri 31-Jan-14 06:51:03

If my cat had her way it would be 4am very single day. Only because she is a greedy little thing who constantly wants food (which is difficult because she is actually overweight!) We got her a timed feeder which pops open at 4am so she doesn't need to bother us. I'd be sleepless without it!

OneDayWhenIGrowUp Fri 31-Jan-14 06:53:54

My little lady has never woken me up. But she waits at the end of my bed and as soon as I start to stir in the morning will rush up to the head end, chirping and demanding head scratches and good morning loves. It's quite nice really.

Anatana Fri 31-Jan-14 07:02:23

Never. He sleeps (on our bed) 10pm - 6.30am every night. He actually squawks indignantly at night when we are up past our bedtime. I have told him cats are meant to be nocturnal but he's unmoved.

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

TheDoctorsNewKidneys Fri 31-Jan-14 07:20:11

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

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.

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!!!

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.

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

PestoStormissimos Fri 31-Jan-14 08:22:48

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!

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.

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.

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

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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.

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.

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.

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

Usually at about 6.30am... like this

BadgersRetreat Mon 03-Feb-14 20:02:17

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.

GerundTheBehemoth Mon 03-Feb-14 20:12:22

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.

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.

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)

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...

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