Anyone who owns a cat knows that they can be the most relentless of alarm clocks. While some people are early risers and don’t mind the morning meowing, other may not appreciate the crack of dawn wake-up call. If you identify with the latter, don’t miss these strategies for uninterrupted sleep:
1.) Play before bedtime: To encourage your cat to sleep for a longer period of time, tire her out first. Try a food puzzle or another interactive toy right before bedtime.
2.) Ignore, ignore, ignore: This one may be easier said than done. Your cat is likely meowing to get attention, for food, or because she wants to play. If you don’t reward this behavior by waking up and giving in, it’s likely the behavior will stop after a few nights.
3.) Shut the door: Revoking bedroom privileges is one of the easiest ways to block out morning meows. This may result in some clawing and meowing at your door for a couple nights, but the end result will likely be quiet mornings.
Whichever method you choose, try not to get too frustrated with your cat’s morning vocalizations. The feline sleep schedule is inherently very different than a human’s schedule and they tend to be most active between dusk and dawn.