why does my cat cry in the morning
Is your cats meowing and loud crying (yowling) driving you crazy? PPIs your cat waking you up at 3 a. m. with this behavior? PPAccording to world-renowned cat Behaviorist Mieschelle Nagelschneider, thousands of cat owners are dealing with excessive meowing between 3 and 6 a. m. Mieschelle found many possible reasons why your cat may be excessively vocal or meow at inappropriate times. PPHave you ruled out a medical reason? PPDiabetic cats have been found to eat continually yet are still hungry should get a full medical checkup with blood work, urinalysis or other tests. PPSome meowers may be senile or suffer feline cognitive dysfunction. 1. Your cats hunting clock is turned around (set for morning instead of evening)
2. Separation anxiety 3. Your cat has trained you that when he meows, he gets what he wants 4. A move, or other change in environment, or change in schedule (yours or his. 5. Loss of family member (other pet) 6. Pent-up energy needing to be released (boring or stressful environment) 7. Hunger 8. Meowing has become a self-rewarding habit and just feels good! 9. Your outdoor cat has been brought to live indoors 10. Your cat is in heat which may go away but will recur if your cat remains unspayed My cat, Furball, likes to whine in the morning for breakfast.
To hear him, you d think he d been starving for weeks. He also used to be a crazy kitten who attacked anything under a blanket, so I had to keep him outside the bedroom at night. What this created was a finely tuned whining machine complete with razor-sharp claws capable of scissoring up carpet. Furball s morning ritual wasn t a big deal when I was single and living in an apartment with hardwood floors. Then I got married, moved into a townhome with carpet, and had a baby. Then, I had a problem. As a result, I tried many ways to stop Furball from whining and ripping up the carpet. Here s a list of techniques I tried a list of shame, really. 1. The Water Pistol My first attempt was this old standby. When Furball started whining, I opened the bedroom door and gave him a squirt. The good: The cat ran away and stopped whining for 30 seconds. The bad: I had to get out of my nice cozy bed. The ugly: I was breaking the seal when I opened the door. Furball liked the attention, so he started whining earlier and earlier each day. 2. The Strategically Placed Sofa Scram I tried placing a outside the bedroom door. The mat beeps when it s stepped on. The good: The beep scared Furball away and stopped him from ripping up the carpet.
The bad: Furball figured out he could simply avoid stepping on it. The ugly: He started ripping up the carpet next to the Sofa Scram. 3. The Upside-Down Hall Runner I did some research and read a recommendation to use a hall runner with the spikes turned upward to deter cats from sitting on furniture or jumping on counters. I bought a hall runner and placed it next to the Sofa Scram. It was so spiky that I felt guilty, and I hoped the cat wouldn t get hurt. The good: The hall runner protected the carpet next to the Sofa Scram. My concerns about the spikiness were unfounded. See the bad. The bad: Furball actually liked the hall runner and would stretch out on top of it. The ugly: Imagine needing a glass of water in the middle of the night, opening the door in the dark, and forgetting about the hall runner. OUCH! 4. The Hair Dryer In my home, the master bathroom is next to the bedroom. I plugged in a hair dryer and blasted it under the door whenever Furball started whining or scratching. The good: Furball ran off and would whine 10 feet away instead of right next to the door. This also stopped him from scratching the carpet right next to the door. The bad: Furball ripped up the carpet that was 10 feet away from the door.
The ugly: The blow dryer woke up the baby. 5. The Book Toss Have you ever seen the book about babies by Dr. Bill Sears? It s the size of a telephone book. Picture a sleep-deprived new mom being woken up prematurely by a whining cat. Out of frustration, I hurled the book at the door. The good: Furball stopped whining and scratching for a few minutes. The bad: Hubby was not thrilled about me hurling stuff. Picture a sleep-deprived new dad being woken up prematurely by the sound of a giant book smacking against the bedroom door. The ugly: I started wondering whether I had anger-management issues. 6. The Solution My friend told me about her brother s cat, who also used to whine for food like Furball. Her brother successfully solved the problem by disassociating himself as the source of food. We bought a pet feeder and set it to dispense food in the morning. The good: It worked! The bad: Since Furball is the Houdini of breaking into automated pet feeders, we had to spend more than $500 for a cat-proof one. The ugly: Furball still whines for food at dinnertime. So does my son. Does your cat whine for food? Have you tried to stop it? Tell us your story in the comments!
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