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Gosh, i've sat in bed so many mornings contemplating whether I should write this journal today or not. Welp, today is the day!

Okay.. So we have this problem with our cat (not the ninja one) this one, Napoleon (Po) i71.photobucket.com/albums/i13…


Every morning, a half an hour to an hour before the alarm is set to go off at 6:30, he hops into the bed and wakes us up. I'm such a light sleeper, it already takes me an hour after Matt just to fall asleep, once he wakes us up in the morning I'm pretty much stuck. But thats not even the problem, Matt (boyfriend) has to go to work groggy and pissed off every morning because he cant get a full nights sleep and I get yelled at for wanting the cats in the first place.

Po just like.. gets this ridiculous need to be near our faces and I have no idea why. I feel bad because maybe hes just being affectionate and wants to cuddle but he wont just come and lay down and sleep, he walks around near our heads purring SO loud. At least that early it sounds like a freakin motorcycle in my ear.

I'll put him back on his blanket next to the bed and he'll stop and suck on it for a minute, but then he'll be right back up in our faces, just kind of creeping around purring. I have no idea what he wants. But it seriously has to stop. I cant lock him out of the bedroom or in another room because he scratches the crap out of the carpets or doors. The other cat sleeps fine out in the living room by herself. She actually gets pretty annoying sometimes in the mornings because she gets really feisty and playful. But every morning like clockwork we wake up to his big eyes staring at us in the dark.

After living with him for these few months, I think he's just got some issues. We think he was taken away from his mom at too young an age, which would explain the sucking and kneading on a blanket before he falls asleep thing, and he's very clingy to us, like stresses out if I go into another room and shut the door without him.

Can you train a cat to just.. Stop doing something like that? Doesn't seem like you can train them much for anything, but I even tried a little water bottle sprayer thingy at him this morning and he just kept coming. Uuugh. I love the little bugger, but I would love him so much more if he let me sleep until the alarm woke me up.
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AmonAstarte Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2012
Has this problem been fixed already or do you still look for an answer?
I'm a veterinarian, that's why I ask.
Let me know.
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colonel-strawberry Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2012
Sort of? They're MUCH better now that their eating is scheduled, but we had to resort to keeping the vacuum cleaner outside the bedroom door in case of any scratching. The male cat seems like he still has some serious anxiety issues :/
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AmonAstarte Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2012
How about some Feliway? It's a container with fluid you plug into an outlet and it like spreads a certain scent with feromones that calms them down. It's an option.
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colonel-strawberry Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2012
yeah i've bought a spray with similar effects, I think he's just a nervous dude DX
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AmonAstarte Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2012
That could be possible. btw your avatar is hypnotizing.. just saying lol
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SeaDrops Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I know I'm a bit late, but I though this may give you some insight.
Cats are crepuscular, which means most active at dawn and dusk.
As far as your behavior goes, it just seems like your cat is very affectionate and likes attention. I have 2 cats, and one of them is the same way. She doesn't wake me up quite as much now that I close the door at night (she's declawed so if she paws at it, I can't hear it).
My second cat was a house cat at a kennel I work at (retired now). During my 6am shifts, I'd go and let him out of his room, and he was super active, jumping around, and rubbing on my legs and following me around.

So really it's a cat thing. Of course all behaviors can be trained, but they will always be most active at those times.

Source: I've watched Animal Planet & Discovery Channel all my life and now I work with domesticated animals for a living. XD
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colonel-strawberry Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2012
I've since realized that you really cant change a cat, they end up making YOU change! haha. We've worked out the problem though thank goodness. I leave them a big full bowl of food and we're able to keep the door shut now after some quick vaccuum training over his tearing at the carpet XD
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SeaDrops Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That statement is very much true. Though cat's can be trained, it takes much more time and patience but that cat will still be that cat (if that makes any sense).
But I'm glad you worked through it. :D
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colonel-strawberry Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2012
Yeah, although it seems once we tackle one problem a new one springs up! I've been having a hard time from keeping them off the counters lately. Not sure if they're just bored or what DX
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SeaDrops Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ah, cats and counters. XD Cats naturally like climbing on and across things that are above ground level. That's why they climb on your furniture, get stuck in trees, etc. Some people have built walkways for their cats, along the walls below the ceiling and they love it. But a simple solution to keep cats off counters is to associate something negative with it. You can use spray bottles, aluminum cans filled with coins etc. I've even seen these sticky pads you can place on the counters. Personally, I use a can of air, those ones you use to clean dust out of computers. I don't literally spray them with it, but I get their attention and spray it in the air and they go running. I don't want to terrify them, but water bottles and shake cans haven't worked for me. ^^;
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