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How to wean a cat to wake you up early in the morning: expert tips and tricks


This article is co-written by Pippa Elliott, MRCVS. Dr. Elliot, BVMS, MRCVS is a veterinarian with over 30 years of experience in veterinary surgery and the treatment of companion animals. She graduated from the University of Glasgow in 1987 with a degree in Veterinary Medicine and Surgery. He has been working in the same animal clinic in his hometown for over 20 years.

The number of sources used in this article is 8. You will find a list of them at the bottom of the page.

Does your cat like to hunt mice at three in the morning? Does she ride you? Or just meows to lift you out of bed? Cats are masters of prudent action. And this can lead to your loss of the opportunity to sleep well. If you have problems with the cat, then there are some tricks that will allow you to take control of the situation.

Owl cat - grief in the family

You may have seen a funny cartoon about the cat Simon, which shows all the most striking features of our harmful, but such beloved cats. One of the most popular cartoons depicts the morning scene of the awakening of owner Simon. And it all starts with a gentle poking of a cat's nose, and ends with a bat on the head.

Of course, the picture is a little exaggerated, but if you analyze the forums of cat owners and their numerous complaints, it becomes a little uncomfortable. What kind of measures do the pets don’t take to get the owners out of bed ... they claw them over the glass, bite their faces, arms and legs, write on the pillow and this is not the end of the list. All these strange manipulations are done with only one purpose - to raise the owner from bed early in the morning or even at night.

Reasons for the early awakening of cats

Turning to history, we know that cats live next to humans for more than 10 thousand years. This period was more than enough for tailed people to learn how to coexist with their owners without conflict. Moreover, cats are very territorial, but they perceive people as members of a pack, protect and protect them. If this algorithm has been embedded in the behavior of cats for centuries, for what reason can a “crash” occur?


We spoke about the territory not in vain. One of the first reasons that a cat can sleep poorly, constantly worry and wake up the owner is the lack of a clear framework.

In the understanding of the pet, the living area should be divided into:

  • Shelter.
  • Place of eating.
  • Protected area.

Unlike dogs, cats tend to separate their sleep zone from the owner’s, so if a pet is equipped with a comfortable lounger, it will not climb into the owner’s bed. However, if the pet does not have a place where he feels completely safe, he will not sleep all night. Until the sky turns gray, the night remains quiet, but at dawn birds and insects wake up, reaching for the warmth of the sun. Birds prey on insects, and this is a whole bustle, inaudible for you and very noisy for a pet.

If bad weather, wind, noisy people going to work in the early morning join the natural course of nature, the cat will be awake. A pet simply cannot sleep if it does not feel safe, and he wakes you up to make sure that he is not alone in the "defense barricades."

The rhythm of life

Cats are very constant, they prefer to live their lives on a certain schedule. Simply put, if a cat is used to getting up at 5 in the morning, then there are reasons for this. Let's not forget that cat nocturnal predator. The sleep of our pets at night is a favor, accommodation, but not a natural norm. Of course, if a cat had to get food, she would not be able to afford a night's sleep. While you monitor the balance and satiety of a cat’s diet, it’s more profitable for her to adapt to your daily routine.

Perhaps you know that cats sleep up to 18 hours a day, that is, a pet needs to do something for at least 6 hours. Part of this time will be spent on eating, washing, satisfying natural needs, communicating with the owner or passively observing his behavior.

Like it or not, but at least a few hours, the pet has nothing to do and this moment is crucial. If the cat does not have the need to do something day or evening, she will go to bed and, naturally, will wake up earlier. If you find something to keep your pet busy, it will get tired, go to bed at about the same time as you, and sleep for 8–9 hours in a row.

Note! Many cats do not sleep at night because of instincts, but they behave quietly and do not cause inconvenience to the owners.

A few free hours a day can go to sleep without consequences in the autumn and winter season. The colder it is on the street, the more the cat strives for energy conservation - this is an instinct. In addition, in the fall, pets try to gain mass in order to comfortably survive the cold.

Any event that does not occur constantly is stress for the cat. How changes will affect the pet depends on the psyche and external circumstances. For example, moving is a very serious stress. Severe shocks include the appearance of a new pet in the house, a change of furniture, and repairs. Very often, cats cuss about the appearance of a child in the family and they can be understood. To the lesser degree of stress can be attributed the arrival of guests, the owner’s delay at work, a quarrel in the family, and loud noise among neighbors.

If a cat wakes up early in the morning and looks worried, it should not be pitied or punished. The pet needs to equip a shelter and allow it to adapt independently.

Many cat owners share their own disappointing experiences on forums. The stories begin the same way - he screamed, and we punished. But every time it turned out that the pet was sick and he screamed because he called for help. Before taking any measures against the pet, make sure that he is healthy.

A cat can scream in the morning, from pain with:

  • Urination - urolithiasis or cystitis.
  • Trying to eat - diseases of the teeth, gums, oral cavity.
  • Change of posture - arthritis, arthrosis, problems with the spine.
  • Weather dependence is a headache.

And this is not the whole list. Watch the pet carefully during the night owl if its behavior comes as a surprise. If the cat began to wake you up early in the morning, but did not do this before, this is an occasion to contact the veterinarian for a routine examination. In the best case, the doctor will not find anything and you will have to take up raising a pet.

The most common and commonplace cause of the owner’s early awakenings is cat hunger. As mentioned above, your pet has a sharper hearing and wakes up always before you. If the cat is full, warmed up and in a comfortable environment, it will drink water, go into the tray and go to bed until you wake up. If the pet is hungry ... he will look for ways to solve his problem.

Note! Pouring food for the future to solve the problem of awakening in the morning is not an option. The cat should receive food according to the schedule.

The solution to this problem lies in the basic rules for keeping animals - feeding on a schedule. The cat's digestive system works at a certain pace. After eating, the pet needs 6–8 hours to get hungry. If you correctly calculate the time of the last feeding, then you do not have to get up at 5 in the morning for the cat to have breakfast.

What to do to sleep in the morning?

Start with the fact that useless, namely, you will only aggravate the situation if:

  • You will make the cat sleep.
  • Will cover the cat.
  • You will beat or punish the pet in other ways.

What needs to be done to make the cat sleep until morning? Try starting with a schedule and a hearty dinner, as the most common reason for waking up in the morning is hunger.

The second reason for popularity is the desire to play, that is, to lower the ardor. To stop this need to play with a cat you need in the evening. How to do this when you come home from work and don’t feel your legs? Very simple - with the help of a laser pointer or another toy that will make the cat run with minimal energy on your part.

Perhaps you suspect that the cat does not have enough communication with you, but there is absolutely no time. The alternative in this case is a joint dream. Transfer the cat's lounger to your bedroom and take your pet to bed when preparing for bed. Most likely, the pet will just lie with you a little, satisfy its need for communication and go to its place.

Many cats love to be cared for. For example, the ritual of combing wool contains three important points at once:

  • Tactile pleasure - the skin of cats is very sensitive, stroking and combing calms the pet, stimulates the production of hormones of happiness and even eliminates pain.
  • Communication - even sitting in front of the TV, you can take the cat in your arms and scratch it a little with a brush. You combine rest with parental responsibilities, and the cat will be sure that they have not forgotten about it.
  • Care - Many, especially long-haired cats, are very concerned about their appearance. When you put your pet’s hair in order, you sort of share the cat’s experiences, help her, and it costs a lot.

A young cat, even if it does not have a lively temperament, strives to control its territory. Your task is not to interfere. Try to give your pet access to all areas of the home, including storage rooms, a balcony, etc. Some cats are more scrupulous, they prefer to check not only the visible surfaces, but also the contents of the cabinets. This behavior indicates increased anxiety, the cause of which needs to be identified and eliminated.

Special attention should be paid to kittens and elderly cats. In both cases, the pet has a tendency to anxiety. The kid misses his mother, and an elderly cat feels vulnerable. The problem of anxiety that arose against the background of experiences must be addressed comprehensively. The best medicine is care and attention. For older animals, the use of sedatives such as collars, sprays, fumigators, medications, homeopathy is acceptable.

Why cats wake us up so early

Do not forget that cats are predators, and the habits laid by nature remained with them. Most often, they go to prey at night, and cats always have their own regimen. It’s impossible to hunt for food at home, and the cats are accustomed to tidying prey depends on the person.

Many tailed ones begin to become impudent and believe that they can always beg for a treat - they don’t care what time of day it is. If the owner easily makes concessions, he can forget about a normal dream. However, any prankster can be raised.

How to wean a cat to jump in the morning at the owners and yell

As with any training - no matter whether it is a cat, a dog or a hamster - you need patience. Each pet has its own character and features, so re-education can take several months. On the Internet you can find tips to spray a cat from a spray bottle, wrap it in a blanket and threaten with a towel - but you should not do this in any case. This will cause only distrust and resentment, and the cat will consider himself an outcast. By the way, in this case, most likely, the awakenings will not stop.

The best way to sleep soundly at 5 in the morning is to ignore it. This method will not harm the psyche of the animal and will make it clear to you that you will not succumb to protests. Here, as with dogs, there will be a demonstration that you are not reinforcing bad behavior. Otherwise, the cat will serve as an unwanted alarm clock again and again.

Even if you woke up and worried about the purr, in no case do not get up and do not run into the kitchen to feed the cat.

Lie down, think about yours, make plans for the day, you can even quietly scold the cat for yourself with the last words, but do not do what the pet requires of you.

Over time, the cat will understand that it has no choice but to wait until you get out of bed, and no matter when it happens, at 6 a.m. on a weekday or at 11 a.m. on weekends. Do not forget to stand your ground.

If in a month of endurance you decide to give in to the cat once as an exception, everything will have to start all over again, because the fluffy will not understand why then it was possible, but now it is impossible. However, disturbing your sleep is not the main problem.

Sometimes cats bother us early in the morning for other reasons. Perhaps the caudate has something to hurt or needs moral support, so before drawing conclusions, look at him carefully and, if you have concerns, take him to the veterinarian.

Most owners are faced with the fact that the cat does not sleep at night and wanders around the apartment, meowing plaintively. The owners see no good reason for such a nightly "concert". But cats roam around the house at night, meow plaintively and yell for a reason.

For such incomprehensible behavior for the owners, the pet has a number of certain reasons. Before just yelling and scolding a furry pet, it is advisable to understand the causes of his heart-rending cry and take appropriate measures to eliminate them.

Why a cat yells at night: the main reasons

Some pets cry all day long, and not just at night. At the same time, castration helps extremely rarely and the pet continues to scream at night.

Any cat, regardless of gender and breed, has its own needs and desires, which it tries to convey to its owner by meowing, and sometimes screaming. Therefore, these animals rarely cry for no apparent reason.

Hormonal disbalance

The first and most common cause of cat screaming is hormonal surges. Uncastrated (written together) cats scream at night from the physical and mental stress they experience due to these failures, and unsterilized cats can behave this way during estrus.

People suffering from a lack of carnal love are called "March" cats, but pets can yell at night not only in the spring season. The cause of the scream in this case can be solved by giving the uncastrated cat a female, and only then will he stop waking the owners at night. You can castrate a young pet. The castration procedure is carried out by a veterinarian in a hospital under general anesthesia. Such an operation is harmless to the feline organism and is effective in the fight against pet night concerts.

Psychological reasons

The following reasons are not related to the physical, but only to the psychological state of the pet. Among them are the following.

  1. 1. Longing. Most often, kittens who have recently been weaned have experienced it. They behave uneasily, wander around the house in search of mom and meow plaintively. The owners need to caress the kids, give them more attention, calm them down and then they will stop being nervous.
  2. 2. Extortion. The nightly cry of a cat for no apparent reason indicates a simple extortion on his part. Most often, cats try to beg their favorite treat from the owners. If you treat him to delicious food and follow the further reaction, you can easily figure out this tricky trick. Having received the desired, the cat instantly calms down and stops screaming. But only in the future it is not worth giving the cat a treat every time when she screams, otherwise the owners can not see a good sleep.
  3. 3. Attraction of attention. Cats that are alone all day try to attract the attention of the owners at night. The cat jumps onto the crib of a young child or at the head of the owner, starting to scream near the ear. He wants to just chat or play with him, because in the afternoon he does not have such an opportunity. On weekends, it is advisable to pay more attention to the pet and then the problem will be solved by itself.
  4. 4. A sense of anxiety. Being in a state of tension, cats often scream not only at night, but also in the morning. Most often they anticipate something was amiss and try to warn the owner. Cases are known where cats with their restless behavior predicted earthquakes and other natural disasters.


The most serious cause of a cat’s nocturnal scream may be a certain illness. Among the main ailments that provoke a pet to scream at night, it is worth highlighting the following:

  1. 1. Nervous disorder. If an old cat wanders around the apartment and finds no place for itself, then it has obvious health problems. Older pets, even those who have undergone sterilization, suffer from Alzheimer's disease or a nervous breakdown. At home, it will not work out with these irreversible disorders, and the pet must be taken to the veterinarian. The hospital will prescribe medications that will help alleviate the condition of an elderly pet.
  2. 2. Diseases of the gastrointestinal tract. After eating, the cat can constantly walk around the house and scream heart-rendingly. This behavior may be due to acute abdominal pain. You can determine it at home using palpation. In healthy pets, the stomach is soft, and palpation does not cause discomfort in the cat.
  3. 3. Worms. Another reason for the meowing of an animal at night can be helminths. The cat experiences pain due to the worms that have settled in his body, and finds no place for himself.
  4. 4. Urolithiasis. Кастрированные взрослые начинают громко кричать при мочекаменной болезни. Определить наличие у питомца этого заболевания самостоятельно несложно. Заболевший МКБ кот ведет себя беспокойно не только по ночам, но и во время похода в туалет или же вовсе не может пописать несколько дней.
  5. 5. Complications after sterilization. Sometimes, after sterilization, young cats keep their owners awake and scream at night, demanding a male. This behavior is not typical for sterilized females and therefore it is advisable to show the cat to a highly qualified veterinarian.

If you suspect a pet disease, you must urgently show the veterinarian. Fighting an illness at home without first consulting a veterinarian can only aggravate the condition of the cat.

Some cats have an amazing talent: screaming with their own voice for days and nights. Sometimes such behavior seems strange and unreasonable to the owners. Indeed, it is not always possible to understand why the cat is yelling, especially healthy and neutered. But try to deal with this issue still have to.

Why can a cat yell

Loud cries of a pet can be heard at any time: in the middle of the night or in the morning. Some vote during the day. And there are those who are able to yell around the clock. For oriental animals, this is the norm, but the rest of the pussies always have a good reason for this behavior.

During estrus, all non-sterilized cats scream without exception. The desire to acquire offspring is so strong that it gives the animal not only psychological, but also physical torment. The same fate awaits the cat, if it is not neutered.

In addition, during mating, a loud scream is a signal for an individual of the opposite sex. The cat reports that he is full of strength, energy and longs for love. Of course, the constantly screaming animal makes the owners uncomfortable, especially if concerts happen in the morning or at night. But this is a natural phenomenon that cannot be fought. It remains to wait patiently when the difficult period ends.


If the old cat is constantly yelling, he may have Alzheimer's disease or a nervous breakdown. This is a consequence of irreversible age-related changes in the body of the animal. The owner should consult a veterinarian. There are a number of drugs that can alleviate the condition of the pet and help him calm down at least temporarily.

The heart-rending cry of a young cat may indicate some kind of injury or severe pain. Perhaps the animal is concerned about acute abdominal pain. The owner can determine this by carefully probing the cat. Normally, the abdomen should be soft and gentle pressure will not cause anxiety. If the abdomen is firm, swollen, resembles a drum, and the animal violently scratches the owner's hands, then you need to immediately go to the veterinarian.

Helminthiasis can also cause previously calm purrs to scream at night. Worms cause pain in the intestines and often even lead to intestinal obstruction. Preventive treatment of a pet from worms should be carried out regularly, starting from the third week of life.

With urolithiasis, fluffies also experience acute pain. They meow plaintively and loudly at every attempt to go to the toilet. If such symptoms are noticed, you should immediately contact your veterinarian.

To attract attention

Sometimes a pet walks and yells for no serious reason, just attracting attention. Adult cats quickly realize that a person is responding to a loud scream, and thus try to achieve what they want. Sometimes this is the persistent solicitation of goodies. Some vote when they are hungry. If it is not clear why the pet started yelling, it is worth trying to treat him with a yummy treat. Perhaps he will calm down after that. But if this phenomenon occurs again, ignore the pet's requests. Otherwise, the cunning gets used to and will constantly terrorize the owner.

It also happens. The favorite spends most of the day at home alone, and he simply does not have enough attention. He screams trying to attract the attention of the owner to get his portion of affection. It’s easy to calm kitty - you need to play and talk with her so that she does not feel forgotten. Leaving the cat alone at home for a long time, provide him with toys and food so that he can occupy himself with something.

With heart-rending screams and incessant meowing, the cat expresses his alarm. This may be a premonition of some event, even a natural disaster. Still fuzzy react strongly to changing weather. Among them, as among people, there are weather-sensitive persons.

Fight for territory

Modern cats have received many instincts from their wild ancestors, which do not survive, despite the changing conditions of existence. One of these instincts is the struggle for territory.

To claim their rights, the animal is not enough to put tags. It is necessary to declare oneself with a loud cry, so that the rivals do not even risk entering into a fight with him. This behavior is often observed after moving to a new place of residence. This is not a pathology, but a completely natural phenomenon that will pass over time.

The little kitten that has just appeared in the house can also scream loudly in the early days. The reason is the longing for a cat mom who was just around the corner recently. The kid meows very loudly and plaintively. To reassure, try to distract him with an interesting toy or just be there.

Reaction to inappropriate host behavior

Not all cat owners are madly in love with their pets. Of course, a small and fluffy kitten in most people causes emotion. But over time, the baby grows up, becomes an adult wayward animal and begins to annoy its owners. Constant spanking, kicks and loud screams force the cat to defend itself. He actively marks the territory and screams loudly, instinctively trying to scare and kick you out. The problem has a solution - you just need to change your attitude towards the pet.

How to calm a cat if he yells

If before a calm cat suddenly began to yell heart-rendingly, there is only one way out - consultation with a veterinarian. Proper treatment will not only save you from a cat's eye, but also greatly facilitate the life of a pet.

Craving for reproduction is more difficult to overcome. There are many hormonal drugs that reduce the sexual activity of animals, but such drugs are very harmful to health. Their use is justified only in the most extreme cases. It is better to give your pet freedom and let go for a walk. He will calm down himself when he completes all the important things. Well, after that, the animal is better to be neutered.

If the cat walks, yells and keeps you awake at night, you can try this strategy:

  1. During the day, play with the animal as much as possible, forcing him to actively move and jump. This is an imitation of hunting, which all wild cats are constantly busy with. Satisfying its instincts, the domestic predator will calm down.
  2. After the game you need to feed the cat more satisfying, preferably meat. This is also an imitation of the natural process: hunting - eating prey. After such a ritual, the following instinct should work - a well-fed dream.
  3. Don't let kitty doze off, especially in the evening.
  4. From the first day of the appearance of the kitten to teach him to sleep in his place, preferably not in the room where the owners sleep. Then in difficult periods it can be expelled from the bedroom and relax. In especially severe cases, you can even lock the voting purr in the back room, not forgetting to leave him water and a tray.

If you suspect that the cat's screams are caused not by illness, but by a bad mood or a desire to annoy, you can give him herbal preparations: Cat Bayun, Felivey and others. They are safe for pussy health and have a mild soothing effect.

The only thing you can’t do is scream and offend your pet. Physical abuse will not produce a result: the pet simply won’t understand what it deserves. We must try to find out the cause of the cries and eliminate it. Then the cat will be calm, and the owners will be able to sleep normally.

To what extremes just do not reach the owners of cats who have to get up before dawn because of the purr. The biggest problem is that most owners do not even know the reasons for such a strange pet behavior. If you want to wean a cat to wake up in the morning, first of all you should be interested in precisely the reasons, not the methods, but first things first.

You may have seen a funny cartoon about the cat Simon, which shows all the most striking features of our harmful, but such beloved cats. One of the most popular cartoons depicts the morning scene of the awakening of owner Simon. And it all starts with a gentle poking of a cat's nose, and ends with a bat on the head.

Of course, the picture is a little exaggerated, but if you analyze the forums of cat owners and their numerous complaints, it becomes a little uncomfortable. What kind of measures do the pets don’t take to get the owners out of bed ... they claw them over the glass, bite their faces, arms and legs, write on the pillow and this is not the end of the list. All these strange manipulations are done with only one purpose - to raise the owner from bed early in the morning or even at night.