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Excessive Nighttime Meowing: Do You Have a Meow Clock?
The Animal Rescue Site ^ | Mar 1, 2013 | Mieshelle Nagelschneider

Posted on 03/04/2013 8:57:36 AM PST by Slings and Arrows

There is nothing quite like waking up to the jarring sound of your cat’s steady meows. In the corresponding groggy frustration, it’s important to remember that she’s not purposely torturing you. Cats use vocalized cues, such as hissing, yowling, and growling, to communicate with each other-- meows, on the other hand, are more commonly reserved for communicating with humans. If she has been waking you up in the middle of the night, or earlier than you’d like in the morning, consider what she is trying to communicate to you.

Not enough activity. If your cat isn’t stimulated enough during the day, she may be up all night, attempting to work out her pent-up energy. Remedy this problem by incorporating more enriching activities into your cat’s day, such as food puzzles, climbing frames, non-toxic cat grasses, and toys. You may also try creating several feeding stations around the home so she will have to search for her food. These tactics will keep her awake and stimulated for more of the day and help her sleep better throughout the night.

Early internal hunting alarm clock. A typical hunting time for cats is between 3 and 5am, but you can try to reset your cat’s hunting time clock to a more human-friendly time. Try triggering her prey drive later in the evening by maneuvering a wanded toy for her. Dishing out her last meal of the day after the play time will help her feel like she caught, killed, and ate her prey. You can then groom (brush) your cat, as she would normally do herself after a hunt, to help relax her.

Feeding needs adjusting. If your cat isn’t being fed late enough in the evening, it may be causing her to wake you up early. Try offering several smaller meals throughout the day (which will help keep her awake and stimulated), including a later evening meal. Timed feeders and food puzzles are great options for easily achieving multiple and prolonged meals. 

Owner reinforcement is a secondary problem that often develops after the issue initially causes the meowing. Once you have pinpointed the problem and made the necessary changes to your cat’s environment, stop acknowledging her when she wakes you up. The meowing may temporarily worsen once you stop reacting, as she pulls out all the stops to regain your attention (perhaps even resorting to measures like knocking books off your nightstand). Standing your ground will pay off. Addressing the problems listed above, then refusing to reinforce her behavior, will have you on the sweet road to restful sleep (for both you and her) in no time.


TOPICS: Pets/Animals
KEYWORDS: kittyping

1 posted on 03/04/2013 8:57:41 AM PST by Slings and Arrows
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To: Slings and Arrows

Cats are nocturnal. They tend to hunt in the evenings.

One way to quiet them down is to play with them in the evening, then feed them before you go to bed.


2 posted on 03/04/2013 9:00:43 AM PST by Jonty30 (What Islam and secularism have in common is that they are both death cults.)
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To: Slings and Arrows; Glenn; republicangel; Beaker; BADROTOFINGER; etabeta; asgardshill; devane617; ...

3 posted on 03/04/2013 9:02:30 AM PST by Slings and Arrows (You can't have IngSoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: Slings and Arrows
CAT_Serval

Heeeeeereee.... kitty... kitty... kitty...

4 posted on 03/04/2013 9:03:26 AM PST by Wings-n-Wind (The main things are the plain things!)
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To: Slings and Arrows; Glenn; republicangel; Beaker; BADROTOFINGER; etabeta; asgardshill; devane617; ...

5 posted on 03/04/2013 9:03:34 AM PST by Slings and Arrows (You can't have IngSoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: Jonty30
Flying lessons also help. Now, if I could keep them from doing a 4 point stance on fiddly bits, that would be a coup.

/johnny

6 posted on 03/04/2013 9:03:55 AM PST by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: Slings and Arrows

7 posted on 03/04/2013 9:04:26 AM PST by KC_Lion (Build the America you want to live in at your address, and keep looking up.-Sarah Palin)
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To: Slings and Arrows

Other suggestions:

-Garage

-Lock outside at night


8 posted on 03/04/2013 9:05:47 AM PST by Arthurio
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To: Slings and Arrows

It’s caused by a lead deficiency.


9 posted on 03/04/2013 9:07:03 AM PST by BO Stinkss
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To: Slings and Arrows

It’s caused by a lead deficiency.


10 posted on 03/04/2013 9:08:17 AM PST by BO Stinkss
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To: Wings-n-Wind

Oh is that an F1 savanna cat?

If I lived in the country I would get one to hunt all the varmints!!!

11 posted on 03/04/2013 9:09:55 AM PST by GraceG
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To: BO Stinkss

What, you don’t like cats?

At least cats don’t bark all the time at the slightest drop of a hat....


12 posted on 03/04/2013 9:10:54 AM PST by GraceG
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To: Slings and Arrows


13 posted on 03/04/2013 9:11:46 AM PST by martin_fierro (< |:)~)
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To: Slings and Arrows
"A typical hunting time for cats is between 3 and 5am..."

I get up for work at 4:00 am - they are both ready to rock-n-roll ("what took you so long, dad" they say in their Cat-alonian dialect....)

14 posted on 03/04/2013 9:12:07 AM PST by Psalm 73 ("Gentlemen, you can't fight in here - this is the War Room".)
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To: Arthurio

We had a cat who liked to walk on the piano keys at night. I don’t remember why we didn’t just close up the piano, but we didn’t.


15 posted on 03/04/2013 9:12:07 AM PST by Eva
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To: GraceG

Cat’s are fine. I was just trying to be provacative ;)


16 posted on 03/04/2013 9:13:23 AM PST by BO Stinkss
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To: Slings and Arrows

There’s nothing like being woken up early for breakfast by someone who sleeps 16 hours a day. Luckily she has otherwise excellent people skills.


17 posted on 03/04/2013 9:13:33 AM PST by Menehune56 ("Let them hate so long as they fear" (Oderint Dum Metuant), Lucius Accius (170 BC - 86 BC))
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To: GraceG
It's called a serval...

Yup--- varmint control extraordinaire..

info @WIKI...

Enjoy your day...

18 posted on 03/04/2013 9:18:42 AM PST by Wings-n-Wind (The main things are the plain things!)
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To: Slings and Arrows

I baby-sat a sweet little kitty cat for 2 weeks, and I was warned to go to bed with the door closed, and to ignore the cat trying to get in.

That first night the kitty jumped into bed with me to snuggle and get petted, and after about 15 minutes, she was ready to go to sleep, got up, curled up between my knees, and went to sleep (I had played with her quite a bit before bed time).

At about 4:30 am, the formerly sweet little kitty cat (anything that wakes me up at 4:30am is no longer “sweet,” with the possible exception of Kate Upton), by head butting my chin... I get out of bed and check her food bowl, and it’s still full... When I go back to the bedroom, she’s sitting on my bed, waiting for me to get back in... At which point she hops back on my chest for another 15 minutes or so of petting, at which point, she gets up and curls up between my knees and goes back to sleep.

It turns out that she just believed that 4:30am was pet the kitty time. And being a loyal member of her staff, who was I to disagree. Seriously though, it’s really funny that she just wanted to get some loving then go right back to sleep. And this went on for all 2 weeks!

Mark


19 posted on 03/04/2013 9:22:53 AM PST by MarkL (Do I really look like a guy with a plan?)
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To: martin_fierro

Party Cat is now my youngest’s nickname.


20 posted on 03/04/2013 9:23:19 AM PST by Slings and Arrows (You can't have IngSoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: MarkL

BTDT, my FRiend.


21 posted on 03/04/2013 9:26:24 AM PST by Slings and Arrows (You can't have IngSoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: GraceG
At least cats don’t bark all the time at the slightest drop of a hat....

Speak of your own catz. One of mine does a fair imitation of a bark. ;)

But when I have dogs, they generally don't bark much, if at all.

/johnny

22 posted on 03/04/2013 9:38:15 AM PST by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: BO Stinkss
I may yell 'PULL!' as they get flying lessons, but the shotguns are generally in other rooms of the house at that time of night. And I'm not that accurate with a shotgun, in the dark, without my glasses, whilst laying on my back.

Besides, none of them are loaded with field loads or #8.

/johnny

23 posted on 03/04/2013 9:41:47 AM PST by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: BO Stinkss

Externally administered, I assume, in calibers .17 to .38.


24 posted on 03/04/2013 9:42:46 AM PST by libstripper
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To: BO Stinkss

It’s comforting to know people like you will end up in Hell.


25 posted on 03/04/2013 9:46:18 AM PST by Fawn (In a World of Information, Ignorance is a Choice.)
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To: Fawn

Somebody makes a joke and that ends up with you wishing they would end up in hell. That is pitiful. You should be ashamed of youself.


26 posted on 03/04/2013 9:50:42 AM PST by beandog (All Aboard the Choo Choo Train to Crazy Town)
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To: Fawn

Lighten up Francis. I was kidding!


27 posted on 03/04/2013 9:54:35 AM PST by BO Stinkss
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To: beandog

You know ,my definition of “joke” does involve threats to kill. Of course liberals who threaten conservatives with death always insist “it was just a joke,or blown out of proportion”;BUT should a conservative say a communist should be tried and hanged for destroying freedom the liberals hound him to hell and back.

Some jokes just never are funny.


28 posted on 03/04/2013 10:01:29 AM PST by hoosierham (Freedom isn't free)
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To: beandog

Shooting cats is not a joke to me. You wrote to the wrong person.


29 posted on 03/04/2013 10:31:07 AM PST by Fawn (In a World of Information, Ignorance is a Choice.)
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To: Eva

I had a cat who would shove his paw down into a bowl of clear marbles that were supporting stems to silk flowers. He would jiggle the marbles around while watching me in bed, to make sure I reacted in typical ‘get out of that bowl’ command. It was the cat’s way of getting my attention for whatever he wanted me to follow him and do, like feed him, change his litter box, or let him outside. The bowl sat on the bedroom dresser across from the foot of the bed. He knew he was not allowed on the bed, so this was his fall back to get his attendants’ attention.


30 posted on 03/04/2013 10:46:46 AM PST by MHGinTN (Being deceived can be cured.)
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To: Slings and Arrows

“A typical hunting time for cats is between 3 and 5am...”

If you have a night vision scope. (looks like I’m going to Hell too)


31 posted on 03/04/2013 10:47:19 AM PST by CrazyIvan (Obama's birth certificate was found stapled to Soros's receipt.)
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To: Jonty30
One way to quiet them down is to play with them in the evening, then feed them before you go to bed.

Not mine. She thinks play is ridiculous. She's the one who's waiting impatiently for me to go to bed. Then it's me having to kick her off the bed in the morning so I can get up.

32 posted on 03/04/2013 10:49:00 AM PST by bgill
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To: Psalm 73

I get up for work at 4:30am and our orange tabby has decided that is kitty-cuddling time. Even though she sleeps curled up next to me on the bed; I guess it doesn’t count as a cuddle if she’s asleep...


33 posted on 03/04/2013 12:07:16 PM PST by ZirconEncrustedTweezers (I'll stop being a cynic when the world stops giving me reasons to be cynical.)
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To: Slings and Arrows
"stop acknowledging her when she wakes you up."

I lmao'd at that one!

34 posted on 03/04/2013 12:07:46 PM PST by NoGrayZone (For evil to triumph it is only necessary for good men to do nothing.)
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To: NoGrayZone

Easier said than done, you bet.


35 posted on 03/04/2013 12:09:41 PM PST by Slings and Arrows (You can't have IngSoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: Slings and Arrows

Ah last night at 4:30 mine starts meowing like she’s possessed. I have to wake up, find her her pick her up, carry her back to bed and cuddle her til she goes back to sleep,

This is newish behavior with her, I thinks in her case she wakes up from my bed to get a snack or use the kitty box and forgets how to get back to the bedroom in her old age. I have to come and rescue her. I noticed when we were hunkered down for both Sandy and Irene I had her box and kibble in the same room and that behavior didn’t happen that night.

I wonder if cats get forgetful in their dotage like people


36 posted on 03/04/2013 1:02:53 PM PST by Gefn ("I am waiting for a rebirth of wonder")
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To: Gefn

It could be loss of sight or other senses rather than senility, but yes.


37 posted on 03/04/2013 1:23:46 PM PST by Slings and Arrows (You can't have IngSoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: Slings and Arrows

I have two Siamese. I shudder to think what “excessive” meowing would be in this breed. =)


38 posted on 03/04/2013 2:15:40 PM PST by Nickname
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To: Fawn

The thought of someone’s soul going to hell comforts you?


39 posted on 03/04/2013 2:28:03 PM PST by Nickname
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To: Fawn

Uh ... nobody wrote you until you wrote them first. The original comment was to Slings & Arrows.


40 posted on 03/04/2013 2:40:51 PM PST by Cyber Liberty (I am a dissident. Will you join me? My name is John....)
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To: Wings-n-Wind

No, that is not a Serval, but Serval’s are used to produce a hybrid cat called Savannah Cats.

http://f1savannahcats.com/


41 posted on 03/04/2013 3:09:53 PM PST by SatinDoll (NATURAL BORN CITZEN: BORN IN THE USA OF CITIZEN PARENTS.)
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To: Slings and Arrows

The best way to stop a cat from incessant meowing is to have more cats. THEN you have to tolerate the nightly game of Thunder Paws as they race around your house at night!

This activity, Thunder Paws, tapers off about age 7. That is the age cats tend to sleep most of the night.


42 posted on 03/04/2013 3:12:26 PM PST by SatinDoll (NATURAL BORN CITZEN: BORN IN THE USA OF CITIZEN PARENTS.)
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To: SatinDoll

I’m familiar with Thunder Paws. My youngest is the Household Champeen. My tomcat is a bit above the age limit but still plays. Maybe the younger one keeps him in the game.


43 posted on 03/04/2013 3:28:20 PM PST by Slings and Arrows (You can't have IngSoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: Slings and Arrows

“Maybe the younger one keeps him in the game.”

No doubt, and it is probably helping your old tomcat to stay healthy, too!


44 posted on 03/04/2013 3:50:25 PM PST by SatinDoll (NATURAL BORN CITZEN: BORN IN THE USA OF CITIZEN PARENTS.)
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To: SatinDoll

He isn’t that old, but I believe you’re right: He’d be a lot more static if not for Misty. (As would his “owner”.)


45 posted on 03/04/2013 4:03:47 PM PST by Slings and Arrows (You can't have IngSoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: Slings and Arrows
We have our two pretty well trained by now. Hubby is the morning guy and they wait for him to wake up, get his coffee and trudge to his office/man cave. It's there that they get their treats. One likes the freeze-dried chicken, the other, salmon. They go to their “places” to get the treats. The male is usually more demanding and will try to get more treats. His last one gets thrown down the stairs, where he runs to retrieve it. After “treat time”, they both come down and join me in bed for a few more hours of nap time. What's really funny is they somehow “know” when he has overslept their regular time and, rather than meow, the male will open the bedroom plantation shutters and the female will scratch on the carpet next to hubby's side of the bed. It usually works! They have us figured out pretty well which means, I guess, they have US trained.
46 posted on 03/04/2013 9:04:32 PM PST by boatbums (God is ready to assume full responsibility for the life wholly yielded to Him.)
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47 posted on 03/04/2013 9:09:38 PM PST by boatbums (God is ready to assume full responsibility for the life wholly yielded to Him.)
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To: Nickname

My first kitteh was a stray who was only part Siamese. We called her “The Mouth of the South”. They are known for being chatty.


48 posted on 03/04/2013 9:21:13 PM PST by boatbums (God is ready to assume full responsibility for the life wholly yielded to Him.)
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To: SatinDoll

My girl kitties have to be around 10, 11...possibly older (We’re not the first owners and they were full adults when we got em) and the 6 year old boy kitties can still entice them into Thunder Paws AKA Feline Derby anytime they want.


49 posted on 03/05/2013 3:09:24 AM PST by Fire_on_High (RIP City of Heroes and Paragon Studios, victim of the Obamaconomy.)
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To: CrazyIvan

Yes :)


50 posted on 03/05/2013 11:03:43 AM PST by Fawn (In a World of Information, Ignorance is a Choice.)
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