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Old 05-26-20, 08:17 AM
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Cat wake up calls - anyone else?

Anyone else experiencing the joys of cat wake up calls?


If you are, what solutions besides getting up and feeding the little monster do you have? I find pulling the covers over my head works for a little while. Although it does tend to get stuffy/warm after a while.
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Old 05-26-20, 08:57 AM
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Old 05-26-20, 09:43 AM
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My alarm cat usually goes off around 5, but it can be earlier. Sometimes he goes away for a while after getting on the bed for some pets. But more times than not I have to feed. Tried the mister, but that only deters him for maybe 15 min.
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It was 4:35 AM today. Usually its 5'ish or a bit after and I typically need to visit the bathroom anyway so get up and feed her. She typically walks across me with a few chirps to let me know she's here, then sits on the pillow and lets her tail dust my bald head. Or she knocks stuff around and then off the end table. Today I knew my wife was getting up at 5:30 so I went in the spare bedroom, shut the door and went back to sleep. Then the sweet little girl came back at 7, which she often does. Someday's I will have an English Muffin for breakfast and little sweety likes to get a piece of butter so I assume the 7AM trick means she's ready for her butter fix. Thing is this is all evolving behavior of the past 2 months of lock-down. The cats OWN us, in every sense of the word !.

OTOH, this cat is going to be 18 years old this August and shows no signs of slowing down, she's healthy, maybe a bit deaf, but in great shape, so I am perfectly happy to deal with her shenanigans.

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My cat is 15lbs of will not be denied. Her favorite strategy for commanding my attention is plunking herself down right on top of my head. Itís hard to ignore. If sheís in a frisky mood she likes to position herself so that her chocolate star is *right* in my face. Imagine waking up from a profound slumber, opening your eyes, and being confronted at very close proximity with the southerly end of a north bound cat. If sheís seriously pissed of at being ignored sheíll do the aforementioned and then queef right in my face. No way thatís not getting my attention. 8^0
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Old 05-26-20, 03:11 PM
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Friend told me she feeds her cats immediately before bed, and doesn't feed them for an hour after she gets up. They don't try to wake her up.

Mine likes to sleep on the corner of the bed right next to my face. I sleep on my side. When I wake up and roll onto my back, she gets happy and tries to help me get up. But she knows I'm not getting up before that and doesn't even bother.

Cats are very good at noticing patterns. ("Anybody who doesn't understand the importance of protocol has never lived with a cat." -Robert Heinlein)
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Old 05-26-20, 03:43 PM
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I rented a room to a friend with a cat. His cat; he knew I was allergic. But the cat loved me. She'd rub my legs hard when I walked in the door. If I sat in the living room, she was all there. Sweet but it really didn't work for me. I had to pick her up, firmly scold her and remove her from the room. Over the years, she learned. The last several, she knew she couldn't be near Ben, except if he had just walked in the door, was about to take a shower anyway and toss those clothes in the laundry. On those days, she''d greet me. I'd pick her up and hold her to my chest for as long as I could with her purring like a machine. Set her down and she would leave the room. "My time with Ben is over."

I loved that cat. Maggie.

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Old 05-26-20, 04:15 PM
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Cats tend to like hanging out with people who don't want to hang out with them. Ignoring them is being polite in cat world. They don't like people who are too eager, it weirds them out.
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Yup, took 6 months to win over my mouser when she wondered up years ago. Now she owns me she says you didn’t choose me I chose you.
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My last cat would wake me up around 4 for her last few years, and I never figured out why. She also liked to go to bed around 9, and got me in the habit of going to bed early then.
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Old 05-26-20, 04:51 PM
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I used to feed my cats before I went to bed too, that helped me sleep later.
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Yup, took 6 months to win over my mouser when she wondered up years ago. Now she owns me she says you didnít choose me I chose you.
I was doing volunteer work at the animal shelter. When I went by one of the cages, a paw reached out and grabbed my shirt. I took her home the next day (and I regret not doing it right then). I got her home and opened the cat carrier, she was a scared and curious/nosy about her new home. Not really sure what to think about me. I sat down and let her explore on her own terms, when she thought I was asleep she jumped into my lap.

Best cat anybody could hope for.

She comes to me whenever I whistle, which I learned by accident. The other one comes when I whistle too, he wants to know what I'm calling Parsley for and make sure he doesn't miss out on anything.
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I've had a migraine exactly once in my life. Spent most of the day in bed feeling crappy. Miss Parsley spent most of the day wrapped around my head, purring. When I finally got over it, she looked relieved like she was worried I might not make it. Between that and other behaviors, she earned the name Nurse Parsley.
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Old 05-26-20, 05:54 PM
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OTOH, this cat is going to be 18 years old this August and shows no signs of slowing down, she's healthy, maybe a bit deaf, but in great shape, so I am perfectly happy to deal with her shenanigans.
Miss Parsley is almost 16. That's 15 years of friendship. I want much more. She's still playful. We walk around the building, the little one tends to join us. They're a little uncomfortable out front near the road, so they stay close there. The neighbors must think I'm the Pied Piper of cats. She's become slightly far sighted, when she has trouble finding something up close she understands what it means for me to point.

Glad to hear yours is still healthy and doing well at 18. I have a lot of anxiety about eventually losing my friend. I know that's the price of entry.
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I've had cats that woke me up for breakfast, but none of the current ones do that. However one of the ferals now spends the night on the screened porch at times. She's never come in the house. She likes to go back out around sunrise and she calls me from the porch with the softest little mews. Somehow, it's enough to wake me up.
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Old 05-26-20, 08:26 PM
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Yup. My nearly 20 lb tabby pounces me around 6 am for food dish inspection. Even if the bowl is full we must inspect it to be sure. If there's a single shiny spot visible from the stainless steel dish, she'll look at me like "This is okay with you? Really?"

A couple of times when I've fallen and bruised or broken ribs I've had to sleep with a pillow on my side just to cushion against her early morning kung fu.

The two older cats are a bit more mellow. They know they won't starve. Probably.
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Sounds like 5am is the wake up time/call across the board. That's when our little girl comes up and starts pawing at our heads. Usually it's a test of wills between Mrs. NoWhammies and I as to who gets up first. 9/10 it's me. Still wouldn't trade her for the world. Or Mrs. NoWhammies for that matter
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0400 for two of my three cats. One is subtle about it and the other leaps from the floor onto me laying in the bed, as many times as it takes for me to get up The third cat formerly lived life on the streets and will stay in bed as long as I do.

I've often wondered what makes cyclists cat lovers because it seems that's the case.
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My last 2 cats were opposites in many ways. The former feral was very quiet and patient, the other a spoiled princess. At feeding times they would both be by their spits as I prepared their meals, the princess making a racket and the shy one quietly waiting. The shy one would look at the princess and wonder what she was complaining about too, she knew what it was like to go without.
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I was doing volunteer work at the animal shelter. When I went by one of the cages, a paw reached out and grabbed my shirt.

I also volunteer at a shelter!!!!! Cats and bikes are the best, huh?
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My hat is off to those of you who volunteer at the cat shelter. I know my heart wouldn't be able to handle it.
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My hat is off to those of you who volunteer at the cat shelter. I know my heart wouldn't be able to handle it.
Thatís why I stay out of Pet Smart I see the cats and kittens that need a home. Got to protect the tough guy front itís survival here.
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My older cat I call Azzcat because he acts like an azz . At 3 am Azzcat pics on my runt little girl cat then the 3 legged cat gets angry at Azzcat then the other cat joins in and it’s a 3 on 1 at 3 am. Out of a deep sleep I get the can of Glade and spray it at them. They scurry away and back to sleep I go.
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I'm a Petco volunteer. Sure, little kids come and see the cats in small cages and cry for them.

However, in those small cages, they're warm and protected and fed and loved. It's SO much better than being on the street and getting into fights over food and territory and having 2 litters of kittens each year.

In addition, all of our cats and kittens get wonderful homes. All of them! It's a no-kill shelter so when a cat or kitten is lucky enough to join our ranks, they are treated royally from them on.

Don't be upset when you see animals in a shelter. Be happy for them!
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I think Latte is finally bringing some sanity back to life.

She'll watch and listen for me. As soon as I start rustling in the morning, I'll get a purring cat on top of me.
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