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6/16/12 11:53 A

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Catlady that is so funny! My Jasmine wakes us up in the morning if she is hungry but it isn't consistent so I just accept that occasionally at 5 am I'll have a cat on my back waking me up!

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6/15/12 5:07 P

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CATLADYX8, Alice used to dunk her stuffed mice in the water bowl and leave them to float (but no other toys). I don't know why. I switched from buying the 'neon-colored' mice to those with the natural coating (such as sisal), because I got tired of fishing waterlogged mice out of bright pink, green, or purple water. Not to mention stepping on a squishy partially dismembered mouse in the dark! But I guess it was something about those cheap mice that she liked, because I don't think she dunks the plain ones.

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6/15/12 11:56 A

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Ah, I can so relate to that! I have 6 indoor kitties and 2 outdoor kitties. Three of the indoor kitties are ~ 1 year old and they start running around like crazy starting around 5 or 5:30. I use them as my alarm clock and get up to feed them. Then I get on with the rest of my morning chores. Makes getting up much easier (vs. an alarm clock). I live in Hawaii so it is easier to wake up early here than on the mainland, I find. The warm weather just makes it easier to leave the comfort of my bed.


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6/15/12 11:49 A

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My cats do the same thing in the morning. I have 8 of them so usually 4 of them start in walking all over me, patting me in the face, sitting on me, meowing. I get the full treatment. A bad habit my black and white , Big Guy, has is to bring things to the water bowl and dunks them...underwear, socks, papers, plastic bags. You name it, he dunks it. have not been able to find out why he does this. He yowls while carrying the stuff to the bowl. Any ideas???

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6/15/12 11:27 A

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Alice continued her 'pestering' this morning, but I kept ignoring her until 6:30. I'm determined to stick it out for a few days. I'm hoping she'll get the message. Maggie May just sits over out of the way, patiently waiting. LOL! (but she has her 'pest' ways, though. She begs for food off my plate, and Alice doesn't do that. But I'll work on that later. One bad habit at a time.)

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6/15/12 3:15 A

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Good job on ignoring her - keep us posted and how this works for you.

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Well, last night they got their wet food for dinner just as usual. But, I did give them a little more wet food right before bedtime (just to see if it made a difference). It didn't. Alice woke me up at around 5:10 am with the usual 'breakfast, mom!'. I totally ignored her. She pestered me for a while, but I guess she eventually gave up because I went back to sleep. I woke up right before 7am. Then they got their morning wet food. (I think Alice was confused. When I started to get up, Maggie jumped on the bed, but Alice was sitting in the hall, just watching me. I'm sure she was thinking 'fool me once....' LOL!)

I'll give it a few more days to see how it goes.

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6/14/12 1:01 A

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My female cries and won't stop until you turn the water on in the tub so she can drink! UGH ! She dashes to the bathroom when I move in my chair to get up to beat me in there! LOL

Ignore her she will get the hint-- my girlie got the hint too

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6/13/12 11:59 P

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Could you give Maggie May her Cosequin in the evening rather than the morning?

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Well, I hate to tell you but my experience with cats (I have had 5), is that they do not break the habit! Even removing them from the room...the persistence to scratch, cry, and jump up and down to get back in works! And you can ignore that paw in the face, bed running, and hair eating...they also will win out! I am agreeing with the schedule change to night feeding! My girlfriend's Zoey doesn't even want to eat...she just wants her up...and often after a half hour Zoey goes back to bed!
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6/13/12 9:58 P

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You could also try feeding them later at night (if that is an option). That way she might not be hungry so early in the morning.

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One of my cats, Alice, has picked up a doozy of a bad habit (although after 'googling' it, it seems to be fairly common. My other cat, Maggie May, has to take some Cosequin (glucosomine for her bladder health) each morning. I started giving her this several months ago. So, in order to administer it, I give each cat half of a small can of wet food (previously, they only got wet food at night and had dry the rest of the time). Maggie eats hers on the counter and Alice's is on the floor. I think this was the start of the problem. Alice used to be my alarm clock. She would wake me up at a reasonable hour each day (maybe 6:30 or so) so I could get ready for work. I noticed recently, that she's been waking me up earlier and earlier each day. Now she's trying to get me up around 5am each day! She starts in with the meows, poking my nose with her wet nose, patting me with a paw (with the claws out), running across me, etc. She's driving me crazy! And I know it's because she is wanting her breakfast. After some research, most people seem to find that the only thing that works (other than locking the cats out of the room, which I don't want to do) is to just ignore her and be diligent about not getting up until I'm supposed to. Don't talk to her, don't pet her, just pretend that she's not there. And, if I do get up earlier than I should, don't feed them until the 'approved' time (which is around 7am). I read that it might take a few days of aggravation, but it should work. I start tomorrow morning.

What kinds of bad habits do your cats have? (if any)

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