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    A common behavior problem that plagues our clients is best described as "the early morning wake up call".

    Picture this scenario:




    You're sound asleep and pushing some serious Z's.
    Suddenly, your chest gets heavier by about seven pounds (if you're lucky).
    You feel like someone or something is watching you.



    "Nah, its just a dream. I'll just turnover and go back to sleep".
    Then, the weight moves to your back.
    A faint purr, followed by a low toned mew is heard right next to your ear.
    And then....it happens. You get tapped on the face by a paw...again and again and again
    as the low mew becomes a demanding MEOW! What the *#!%!?!?!




    You open your eyes and notice that within inches of your face is
    your beloved best friend staring at you. It's feeding time and you have
    no other option then to get up, get yourself together and crack open
    a can of cat food. You my friend, have been trained by the
    cutest alarm clock ever invented!



    Please pardon my puffy morning face! Oh, like you look like a beauty queen
    when you wake up?

    As cute as this may sound to those of you who have well behaved cats that
    sleep in, it can be a total nightmare for those us humans who want to get
    a few extra hours of sleep in the morning. So, what do you do about it?
    Buy earplugs? Wrap yourself in a cocoon of blankets and pillows?

    The first rule of the "early morning wake up call" is out-stubborning your cat.
    You absolutely have to ignore the cries for attention. Easier said then done?
    Not really. Its a matter of changing your cats routine around so that there is
    no reward to the behavior. Don't feed your cat when you wake up! Switch the
    feeding time to the afternoon when you get home from work. Just getting out
    of bed at all is a reward to your cats cries for food. Your cat will try to up the
    ante each day to get you closer and closer to their goal. Sometimes even
    negative attention such as yelling can reinforce the behavior.

    Be as active with your cat during the day as humanly possible. Your cat should
    be tired out before you go to bed. This means more than a few minutes of
    interactive play. Try to have 2+ interactive play-sessions a day. Give you
    cat a play session in the evening - try to squeeze in at least 10-15 minutes
    each time with the help a toy that keep your cat's interest. The same old toy
    on the floor each night is totally boring. Switch things up a bit!

    Of course, you could lock the cat out of the room as well, but you are likely
    to have similar disturbances outside of the door. Try something aversive outside
    of the room, like sticky tape or an upside down carpet runner (with the nubby side up).
    You could also try a piece of cardboard on the floor with the sticky tape on it -
    which they will likely not want to sit on while they try to scratch at the door.
    Once again, DO NOT ANSWER THE CRIES FOR ATTENTION! If you follow these
    simple guidelines, a good night's rest may be in your future.

    The Cat Behavior Program wishes to thank Matilda the cat for demonstrating her
    ability to get Daniel to work on time every day.

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    My calico used to curl up on top of my head. I would wake up with my head still asleep!
    I didn't start out to collect diamonds, but somehow they just kept piling up.-Mae West

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    Quote Originally Posted by McJag View Post
    My calico used to curl up on top of my head. I would wake up with my head still asleep!
    Yeah, I've had some freaky, freaky dreams thanks to my cats sleeping on the top of my head (I always have odd dreams when I overheat when I'm asleep). I've also woken up waaaay down the bed with my feet hanging off the end but a happy cat or two occupying the space up top that is rightfully mine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kittylady View Post
    Yeah, I've had some freaky, freaky dreams thanks to my cats sleeping on the top of my head (I always have odd dreams when I overheat when I'm asleep). I've also woken up waaaay down the bed with my feet hanging off the end but a happy cat or two occupying the space up top that is rightfully mine.
    Cats are self centered. We should be so lucky!
    I didn't start out to collect diamonds, but somehow they just kept piling up.-Mae West

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    One of my exes had a damn cat that would sleep on my head and freaking purr every time I stayed over. I'm not a cat person, so it was quite annoying. But, I have been warming to the idea of getting the Yorkie's their own little himalayan cat to annoy, once the remodeling is done.
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