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How-To Prevent Your Cat from Waking You Up

By Edited Nov 28, 2013 1 5
It is bad enough we have to wake up most mornings earlier than we would like, but there is one thing that is even more annoying than the alarm. When our cats decide to wake us up when they feel its time for you to get out of bed and pay them some attention.

I am going to give you five insightful tips to teach you how to get your cat to leave you the hell alone when the last thing you want to do is be woken up at 4am when your alarm won't be ringing for a couple more hours.

5 Tips to Stop Your Cat from Waking You Up

5. Close the door
Yes, closing the door is probably the easiest thing you can do. Unfortunately a lot of people actually enjoy letting their cat or cats sleep with them. If you can handle spending the night without your cat, just shut the door and enjoy a sleep free of cats trying to sleep on your face.

4. Keep a squirt bottle bedside
You don't need a super soaker, but if your cat insists on giving you a kitty massage in the middle of the night, grab your spray bottle and mist the little fur ball. After a few nights of spraying they usually start to get the idea

3. Feed them late at night
By feeding your cat late at night, they won't wake up in the middle of the night starving. Anything you can do to deter your cat from waking you up for one of their needs is another thing that could supply you with a few extra hours of hassle free snoozing.

2. Tire them out before bed
If your cat hasn't had much exercise they might not require as much sleep and as far as they know, why shouldn't you be up if they are up? If you play with your cat for a little bit before you go to bed, they will most likely be much more tired and won't want to get up at the break of dawn.

1. Evil noises
This one is pretty much a last resort, but we all know cats HATE vacuums, blow dryers and other loud noises. Every time they wake you up prematurely, give them a dose of their most hated noise. You can easily accomplish this by keeping a blow dryer plugged in beside your bed. The biggest issue with turning on a loud piece of equipment in the middle of the night is it might actually wake you up too! However, after scaring the crap out of them a few times, they usually learn that waking you up is not the most fun kitty activity.


Jan 2, 2010 8:12am
My cat was never afraid of vacuums or blow dryers, but he HATED my roommate's trumpet and would run away if he even saw it out!
Jul 6, 2011 8:23am
WOW! We just adopted a kitten that looks 100% identical to the one in the picture which is odd because it is rather unique. You're not from Toledo by chance lol!
Jul 28, 2011 10:36am
My cats love water, think the vacuum cleaner is something they should chase and can spend hours just running towards the door and bashing it they feel like cuddling.
Giving them enough food and water and cuddling them a lot as soon as I wake up seems to work.
Cats are evil creatures. I love them anyway.
Oct 18, 2011 6:41am
Great suggestions! But my problem now is that I got used to my cat waking me up, so now I use him as an alarm clock, and of course what does he do? Yup, he leaves me alone now that I need him. HA!
Mar 29, 2012 10:22am
Good ideas, my problem is the dog he always jumps up on our bed about 4am. Our bed is pretty high and now when he jumps down he hurts his old legs so maybe we will have to start shutting him out. He is a beautiful Blue Heeler and now nearly 12 years old so hard decision to make. Good ideas for keeping the cat off the bed and prevent him from waking us up.
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