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Alarm Clock Kitty, How to Stop Early Morning Meowing


Meow! Meow! Meow! I bury my head underneath my pillow. Meow! Meow! Meoooooow! The high pitched meowing persists and penetrates through my feather stuffed shield. Meow! Meow! Meow! My eyes open only with the greatest of efforts. Grudgingly, I drag myself out of my warm bed and look at the clock; 3:47 am. I reach over to the night-stand and turn on the light, pain is the result, the light, so bright, the light is, so, so bright. My wife rolls over on her side and I can see the annoyed look on her scrunched up little face. "Must.... feed.... demon... cat...." I say to myself as I trudge to the kitchen to empty a can of cat food into the little yellow cat dish. The cat has by this time woken up the entire household and I wouldn't be surprised if the neighbors were also awake.

Our cat is a loud cat. Unnervingly loud. 747 jet-engine loud. And there was a time that she woke up every morning before even the sun had the nerve to peek over the horizon. Our loveable little ball of fur wanted to be fed. While the rest of the household was fast asleep our sweet little kitty wanted to have some food to suck down her gullet. This caused quite a bit of frustration for us, especially since this was not a one time thing. No, this was indeed becoming her morning ritual. Every morning, our cat would sit in front of our door and meow at the top of her little kitty lungs the most blood curdling meows I had ever had the displeasure of hearing. Our initial reaction, after caving in and feeding her several nights/early mornings in a row, was to put her in the laundry room before my wife and I went to sleep at night. This, however, was not the best solution in the world, our cuddly little black mass didn't seem to like it very much and after a while she wasn't the warm and cuddly cat we knew before.

There must to be another solution to this dilemma. Fortunately, there is. What your cat is, is what has been termed as an "alarm clock kitty", what that is, is a cat that wakes up very early (or stays up very late) and begins to meow at approximately the same time every single, bloody day in expectation of being fed. Unfortunately for those of us who enjoy sleeping at night this is a natural behavior in cats and while the problem may not happen to every cat owner it happens to many. So what can you do? Even though cats have been domesticated animals for thousands of years now dating back to ancient Egypt, they still have retained most of their wild instincts and this is a cat's natural instinct; hunt and feed. Cats are predatory animals, they hunt, and the cat's natural time to hunt generally falls between dusk and dawn because most of the prey they hunt are nocturnal (rats, mice and other rodents). So, if you can't or don't want to let your cat out at night to hunt on her own what should you do?

Training your cat to stop this behavior may be fairly easy, but be warned, it will take a little patience on your part but a good night's sleep may be the reward. What you need is a cat toy, preferably a mouse or something similar, a piece of string and a stick. Attach the cat toy to a string and the string to the stick. While you are watching your bedtime TV or doing whatever your before bedtime ritual is take your cat toy and play a hunting game with her. Cats love to chase things because of their hunting instinct. Play with your cat for about 15 minutes, enough time to tire your cat out and give her the satisfaction of having hunted. During your game create as realistic a hunting scenario as you can, make noises like a mouse (or whatever animal you are emulating) squeaking or scurrying through the brush. Let your cat catch the toy from time to time so that your cat will feel as if she was involved in a successful (rather than a frustrating) hunt. Towards the end gradually slow down the game drawing your little hunt to a close. Your cat will probably be sufficiently tired by this time. At the end of the game feed your cat something you know she likes. You don't need to feed her a full sized meal, but feed her an amount sufficient enough to satisfy her hunger. A handful of cat treats or a little piece of left over pork chop may be sufficient. Then go to sleep. In all likelihood your cat will be satisfied and will not continue her ritual of waking you up every morning.

You may need to continue your hunting game with your cat for a week or two before the early morning meowing goes away, and even after it does its a good idea to play this game with your cat from time to time in order to keep the behavior from returning and to keep your cat feeling like an accomplished hunter. But if you follow this routine you should be able to satisfy your cat and get a little shut eye at the same time.

Andy Markison is an illustrator, graphic designer, animal lover and pet owner living in Germany. His website, ZapGraphix.com, sells fun and humorous pet related merchandise.


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Animal control reminds everyone not to leave pets in vehicles  WWBT NBC12 News

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Extreme heat is here; protect people and pets  Las Cruces Bulletin

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Pets of the Week at Pasadena Humane Society – Pasadena Weekendr  Pasadena Now

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Column: Don't rubber-stamp misguided pet policy  Milford Daily News

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Pets of the week: Ruger and Gertie are ready to come home with you  MLive.com

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East Bay pets of the week for July 17  East Bay Times

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Pets of the Week: July13  The Herald-News

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Puppy starter kits can help when furry friend comes home  Quad-Cities Online

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Ever Thought About Getting Pet Insurance? It Just May Be Worth It  POPSUGAR

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Take 'Mugshots' of Your Pets in Case They Get Lost  Lifehacker

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How to protect your pets at the groomer  KTSM 9 News

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Local business helps pets who need hospice care at home  WKRC TV Cincinnati

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Campaign aims to screen 2000 pets for diabetes  VeterinaryPracticeNews.com

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All About Pets: Thunder, fear and solutions  Prescott Daily Courier

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Dangers of extreme heat for children, pets  CBS19.tv KYTX

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Become a Pet Trainer in the Newest Mabinogi “P.E.T.” Update Arriving on July 16  Business Wire

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Report: separation from pets can be 'ruff' when owner returns to work  Times Daily

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Brexit Border Bureaucracy Looms for Truckers, Pet Owners and Travelers  The New York Times

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6 tips to keep pets safe during storm season  Niagara Frontier Publications

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PET OF THE WEEK, JULY 13, 2020: MEET LUNA  wvua23.com

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N.J. pets in need: July 13, 2020  nj.com

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To prepare your pets for the end of working from home, start right now  Mashable SE Asia

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Pets of the Week: July 11, 2020 - Washington Daily News  thewashingtondailynews.com

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Dumb Friends League Adoptable Pets Week of: July 13 | YourHub  The Know

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European Travel Post Brexit: Pets, Passports, Insurance And More  Forbes

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MADACC: How to keep your pets safe in the heat this summer  WITI FOX 6 Milwaukee

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Anti-Cruelty Society Will Do Pet Portraits Of Your Fuzzy Friend This Week  Block Club Chicago

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Leaving pets in a hot car can cost you in Rhinelander  WSAU News

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Knife-Wielding Polish Man Flees Into Woods, Hoping to Keep Pet Puma  The New York Times

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Fire reported in Kanawha County, several pets unable to escape  WSAZ

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PHOTOS: Gwinnett Animal Shelter Adoptable Pets of the Week -- July 13  Gwinnettdailypost.com

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Taking care of your pets during the warm summer months  WGN Radio - Chicago

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Green Algae Concerns For Minn. Pets  WCCO | CBS Minnesota

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Give up the pets or go homeless; Ashland resident speaks out about breed restrictions  KTVL

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Boulevard Veterinary Clinic Pet of the Week: Rubble  TAPinto.net

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Pet Doc: How to keep your pets safe if you test positive for COVID-19  WJHL-TV News Channel 11

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PET OF THE WEEK, JULY 12, 2020: MEET DANNY  wvua23.com

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Pet Project 2020: Pets available for adoption in Massachusetts on July 10  masslive.com

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Interested in adopting a pet of the week? Here's what you need to know  kjrh.com

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AAC’s virtual event supports homeless pets  Buckrail

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Nonprofit needs help to continue providing for pets in the Rogue Valley  KTVL

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Fresno-based pet food treat company expands online during pandemic  KFSN-TV

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Happy Tails Pet Hotel and Daycare Open to the 'Pup-lic' – Ellwood City, PA news  EllwoodCity.org

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Pets are stressed out, too  Jill Lopez

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This July discount can help Houston’s senior pets find ‘fur’-ever homes, you a new friend  KPRC Click2Houston

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Pet of the Week  The Daily Advocate

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Covid-19 kept them separated from their pets for months. So they've chartered a plane to bring them home  CNN

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Pet Tales: Helping domestic violence centers that shelter pets, too  Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

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People may have kept pet cats 1,000 years ago, fossil finding suggests  CNET

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Pets In Need Delivers Medical Aid To Stockton Animals  Capital Public Radio News

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The Pet Gal Kona expands to brings its expertise to North Hawaii pet owners  West Hawaii Today

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Pet of the Week: The Adventures of Calvin  WOAI

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Empty the Shelters: Pet adoption fees reduced this weekend  WDIV ClickOnDetroit

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Mobile veterinary services tend to Tenderloin's homeless pet population  SFGate

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Seeing Pets as Human  Psychology Today

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Pets and fireworks: how to keep your animals calm and safe on July 4  CNN

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150-pound pet tortoise Solomon on the loose in Cheatham County  Clarksville Now

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Humane Society of South Miss offers tips for taking care of pets in the heat  WXXV News 25

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Pet food giveaway held in Newville  ABC27

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Grand Prairie is waiving pet adoption fees  The Dallas Morning News

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Mystery illness has Arp pet owners worried  KLTV

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Pet Teams celebrate pet therapy graduation at Gulfport Memorial Hospital  WXXV News 25

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Pet Adoption League founder arrested after struggle at Yukon shelter  TribLIVE

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Pet hospitals say they’re seeing a big increase in parvovirus cases this year  WSB Atlanta

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Startup Spotlight: Richmond-based company creates food toppers for pets made from water soluble organic hemp  Richmond.com

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Pepin's Pet Projects: Tips on easing pets into the "new" normal as you return to work  WCYB

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Pet of the Week: “Blue” might just be the cure for your blues  WKRG News 5

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Wimauma Pet Rescue Seeks Donations For Animals In Need During COVID-19  Osprey Observer

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Adopt a Pet, Get Free Pizza for One Year  New Times Broward-Palm Beach

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Eight people displaced after Jefferson City fire, two pets died  krcgtv.com

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MADACC reminds pet owners of heat stroke symptoms, provides prevention tips  WITI FOX 6 Milwaukee

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Adorable & Adoptable–Pets of the Week: Teton, Smokey, & Calypso  SweetwaterNOW.com

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CDC gives recommendations on keeping pets safe from COVID-19  KYTV

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As weather grows hotter, pets could be at risk  Carolinacoastonline

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Pet Owners Struggling To Reunite With Their Furry Family Members Amid The Pandemic  NPR

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What you need to do before bringing home a new pet  The Washington Post

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How To Ease Separation Anxiety For Pets Being Left Alone For First Time In Months  Block Club Chicago

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Fireworks and Pets: How to Keep Them Safe and Calm  The Weather Channel

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Apartment associations, RWAs cannot deny permission to have pets  The Hindu

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Pets: Rx for a happier life  The County

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GALLERY: All American Pet Photo Day  WEAR

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The Animal Foundation takes in more than 270 lost pets in first six days of July  News3LV

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The Pets Left Behind by Covid-19  The New York Times

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Pet CBD Market Analysis Future Growth Study by 2028 – Cole of Duty  Cole of Duty

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Animal Control Concerned About Pets During COVID-19 Pandemic  Santa Barbara Edhat

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A Chinese vase from a pet-filled home just sold for $9 million - Insider  INSIDER

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Meet Tyson, FOX8’s Pet of the Week  WGHP FOX 8 Greensboro

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Pet of the Week: Dakota  newschannel20.com

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WATCH NOW: Pet owners and outdoor workers advised to take precautions as heat wave hits Dan River Region  GoDanRiver.com

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Adopt-A-Pet Dog of the Week: Choco  ThurstonTalk

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These 17 pets would love to share space with you: June 27-28  SILive.com

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Pet of the Week is a Labrador retriever  The San Diego Union-Tribune

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Pet of the Week: Fuzz  Arizona Daily Sun

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Brooklyn 99: Every Pet Owned By The Team | Screen Rant  Screen Rant

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SAFD: Homeowner, six pets rescued from house fire on Northeast Side  KSAT San Antonio

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Pet of the Week: Jake  Arizona Daily Sun

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Area pet services see revenues return to pre-pandemic levels  INFORUM

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