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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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Telehealth for Pets: Petzey Launches First-of-its-Kind Virtual Network of On-Demand Pet Healthcare  dallasinnovates.com

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Tips to avoid separation anxiety in pets once routines return  Baltimore Sun

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

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New Survey Reveals Effects Stay-at-Home Order May Have on Pets and their Owners  Chinook Observer

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First-ever national virtual pet super adoption hopes to place thousands of pets  KUTV 2News

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Pets of the Week -  WBKB-TV

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Pets can get coronavirus, but vets say no cause for concern  Carolinacoastonline

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Meals on Wheels, The Arboretum hold 3-day food drive for pets of seniors amid COVID-19 pandemic  KVUE.com

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Protect your pets from summer heat as you would yourself  WKBN.com

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Pawsing 4 Pets: Tips to Keep Your Pets Safe During the Summer | River City Live  WJXT News4JAX

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How to prevent separation anxiety in pets as you head back to the office after Covid-19  KVIA El Paso

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Pets of the Week: Wilbur and Orville  Chesterfield Observer

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Hot weather safety tips for pets  WXXV News 25

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Don’t let ticks bug your family and pets this season  WWLP.com

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After two months in coronavirus lockdown, how will we ever leave our pets?  NorthJersey.com

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Local organization fosters pets for deployed military  WCTV

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Pets can provide positives for seniors | Seniors  Elizabethtown News Enterprise

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How to prepare your pets for your return to work  WISHTV.com

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Next Normal: Animal control’s new protocols when retrieving pets exposed to COVID-19  KLTV

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Austin Pets Alive! asking for donations after kennels flood over Memorial Day weekend  KVUE.com

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How to tell your dog or cat that Beshear said it's OK to leave and go back to work now  Courier Journal

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An Essential Veterinarian Keeps Working Because 'Pets Don't Know There's a Pandemic'  New England Public Radio

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Free pet food distribution - Chadds Ford Live  Chadds Ford Live

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Festival to match food programs for humans, pets up to $25,000  News8000.com - WKBT

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Pets of the Week: May 25  White County News

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Global Pet Food Packaging Industry (2020 to 2025) - E-Commerce and Online Delivery Channels Present Opportunities - ResearchAndMarkets.com  Business Wire

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Family pets killed in house fire  newschannel20.com

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House Shoppers Don't Want to See Your Pets -- or Smell Them  Motley Fool

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Local veterinarians seeing an increase of pets with snake bites  WBRC

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Lost And Found Pets In Metro Denver, Boulder: Week Of May 25  Patch.com

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Roice-Hurst Pet of the Week: 'Meet Mildred'  KKCO-TV

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Balancing humanization, sustainability trends to best serve pets and planet  Pet Food Processing

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Coronavirus News: Paw it Forward Pet Pantry in need of donations in Valley Stream  WABC-TV

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Need help? Animal shelter to hold pet food giveaway on Saturday  The Daily Journal

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Fewer pets being left at shelters | Local | Journal Gazette  Fort Wayne Journal Gazette

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The best pet insurance companies for your beloved cats, dogs, and more - Business Insider  Business Insider

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

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Cornerstone Animal Hospital -Our pets are an important part of our families and they receive quality care (052220)  KSNF/KODE - FourStatesHomepage.com

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Humane Society of Louisiana distributing pet food across state  KALB News

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What to know before taking a pet to the groomer in Massachusetts during the coronavirus pandemic  MassLive.com

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Back to work: What does the routine change mean for your pets?  WKBN.com

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Animal Humane Society hoping families adopt pocket pets who still need a home  KSTP

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There's still time! The best extended Memorial Day deals for pets — starting at just $2  Yahoo Lifestyle

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How Seasonal Allergies Affect Your Pet | Tufts Now  Tufts Now

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Let's be honest. Our pets have been the real MVPs of this quarantine - they've b...  Portsmouth Press

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SAP teams with Petco to offer expanded employee pet insurance benefits  Employee Benefit News

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Four people escape Houlton house fire but pets likely perished  The County

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N.J. pets in need: May 25, 2020  nj.com

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Pets of the Week for May 27, 2020  The Advocate

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Mid-valley rescue shelters continue finding pets homes despite pandemic difficulties  Albany Democrat-Herald

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Food bank and animal shelter join forces to provide human and pet food pantry  WHSV

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Mass. Pets Getting Seriously Hurt in Grooming Mishaps, Veterinarians Say  nbcboston.com

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Pets are also going through the coronavirus pandemic. Here's why they need an emergency fund, too.  USA TODAY

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Dorothy O'Connor Pet Adoption could use the community's help  Crossroads Today

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Kennels at Austin Pets Alive! flood due to severe weather  FOX 7 Austin

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Rabies found in Longmont and Lafayette bats  Longmont Times-Call

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Hill's Pet Nutrition Partners with The Association for Animal Welfare Advancement to Provide Disaster Relief Grants to Shelters Impacted by COVID-19  PRNewswire

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Homeowner, 2 pets killed in Security house fire  KKTV 11 News

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Pet Adoption Spikes During The Pandemic  WXPR

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Find cool things for your pet at these family-owned stores  WDIV ClickOnDetroit

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KRDO's Tuesday Afternoon Pet of the Week  KRDO

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San Francisco Giants pets: Do you have one?  McCovey Chronicles

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Families Foster Classroom Pets During Coronavirus Shutdown  NPR

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Coronavirus and pets: Scams exploit animal lovers in crisis  Los Angeles Times

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Mars Petcare, Waltham introduce digital resources for pet owners  Pet Food Processing

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KCBD’s Pet of the Day: Meet Friskee  KCBD

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‘Just keep your dog at home’: Vets, police warn against leaving pets in cars amid heat wave  Globalnews.ca

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40 Photos of Old Hollywood Stars and Their Pets  MSN Money

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Hawai'i Land Board Says No to Aquarium Pet Trade  Earthjustice

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This is what happens to the pets left behind when their owners die from coronavirus  CNN

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What to Consider Before Adopting a Pet in a Pandemic  Mpls.St.Paul Magazine

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Houston nonprofit launches free pet boarding program to aid survivors of domestic violence  KPRC Click2Houston

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Dad’s Garage to team up with pet rescue for online event  Atlanta Journal Constitution

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Pet grooming and vet care amid pandemic  FOX 5 NY

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How Safe Are Pets from Coronavirus?  Bloomberg

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Betty White: 'Slow down, enjoy what you have: family, friends, pets'  WISHTV.com

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'Office' star Rainn Wilson hosts Zoom call with 900 pets - Insider  INSIDER

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Jeremy O. Harris and the Bushwick Starr Announce Pet Project Grant  American Theatre

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

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Pet food bank, cat adoptions reopen at Safe Haven  Peninsula Daily News

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Your quarantined pet may be acting odd. Here’s how to help.  The Washington Post

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Adopting a Pet From a Shelter in California: What You Need to Know  The New York Times

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Pet Python Bites, Wraps Around Owner's Arm and Leg in Seconds  TMZ

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How to adopt your next pet safely and virtually  The Verge

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Pet insurance continues double-digit growth  Today's Veterinary Business Magazine

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Adopt-A-Pet: Petunia and Silk from Independent Animal Rescue  Chapelboro.com

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Pets strange behavior amid COVID-19  11Alive.com WXIA

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Animal Shelter Report: Princess Diana is the Pet of the Week  Chinook Observer

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New pet food pantry locations added - 47abc  WMDT

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Pets and the Humans Who Loved Them  The Wall Street Journal

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Can pets be taken for a walk, State seeks to know  The Hindu

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Alligator found in Kentucky Lake likely a former pet  UPI News

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Pets will feel the shock when you go back to work. Here's how you can help  KUTV 2News

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Pet spot: Whistle Britches enjoyed De Soto family's sun room  Leader Publications

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Veterinarians reveal the biggest mistakes you're making when buying toys for your pets - Insider  INSIDER

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How's your pet's life in quarantine?  Herald-Mail Media

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Man Stomped on and Killed Family’s Pet Chihuahua, Police Say  nbcboston.com

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PHOTOS: Walk your dog while practicing social distancing for National Pet Month  KUTV 2News

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'Dangerous wildcat' on the loose in London turns out to be pet cat  New York Post

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A Guide for First-Time Pet Owners During the Pandemic  The New York Times

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