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Cat won’t let me lie in bed

Discussion in 'Cat Training and Behaviour' started by Kazzy1986, Mar 6, 2021.


  1. Kazzy1986

    Kazzy1986 PetForums Newbie

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    Would appreciate advice...

    My almost 3yr old British shorthair female cat has learned that scratching curtains gets a reaction. Every morning at 0630 without fail so begins to scratch the curtains to get us out of bed. She usually wants us to put on the tap for her (she has a water fountain but stopped using it since she found the tap!). However, the scratching isn’t purely for food/water - most of the time she still has biscuits in her bowl, other times I’ve turned taps on and fed her then returned to bed and she comes back into the room to scratch and won’t stop until we get up. She ultimately wants us up and following her routine. I’ve tried putting her out the room and shutting the door but she scratches a lot to get it in or hides and it turns into a game. Sometimes my husband is up before me, sitting in the living room and she comes into the room, looks at me and begins to scratch curtains. She’s ruined furniture in the living room but I can’t ignore this and let her damage new curtains. We’re due a baby this year and would like to try and nip this in the bud as I’m exhausted. I know she’s probably bored as she does settle all night but I can’t get up at 0630 every day to appease her. Has anyone had a similar situation or have any advice? I have never been a fan of sprays but starting to wonder about spraying the curtains with a some sort of deterrent

    thanks
     
  2. bmr10

    bmr10 PetForums Junior

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    Cats are crepuscular so they’re prone to getting up at dawn. My kitten climbs my curtains all the way up to the curtain rail when she’s bored. Within the past few couple months as the sun has been getting up earlier each day so has she. I was in the same situation as you where she was waking me up before 7am by climbing curtains and crying. The way I got around this is an hour before we go to bed I will play with her. This usually ends up with her still being asleep when I wake up at 8am.
    I cannot speak for sprays or scratching deterrents but I’d recommend tiring her out extensively before bed time and then playing with her in the morning again.
    I hope this helps!!
     
  3. Lina84

    Lina84 PetForums Junior

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    Sorry long post:
    Are you mainly feeding her biscuits or wet food as well? If you are feeding mainly dry than switching to wet food would help with the drinking issue as she would get most of the water though her diet.
    My cat used to scratch the carpet in the morning to get us up. We addressed this on several levels and now she lets us sleep in the morning. This is a Jackson Galaxy inspired approach (youtube). We have an automatic feeder, so she gets a small amount of food at 5am and we also feed her before we go to bed. We play with her for 15-30 min before we go to bed. We stopped letting her in our bedroom for a while (where she mainly scratched) and ignored all her other attempts to wake us up. We covered the carpet in the hallway with towels so she could not scratch there but we also bought her some new appropriate scratches so we could redirect her. We tried to teach her that we get up when the alarm goes off, so we progressively set the alarm later. E.g. if she wakes you up at 6:30 start by setting the alarm at 6:50 and if that's okay go later until you are at the tome you want to get up. The first days were a bit of a nightmare, scratching at the door crying, but you just have to get through that. It also took us about 6 weeks until the new routine was established, but now she lets us sleep until 10 at the weekends.
     
  4. Pepperpots

    Pepperpots PetForums Senior

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    I have found in the past that the only way to stop the behaviour is to ignore it completely and make absolutely zero reaction. It takes a few days, but they soon get the message and change their routine.
     
  5. Kazzy1986

    Kazzy1986 PetForums Newbie

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    Thank you all for your responses. I think the play is a good idea as we’re probably slacking a bit with burning her out at night. She is a bit lazy and likes to play rolling on the floor on her back or stops after one big run for a rest! . I agree with the ignoring as she does this more with me as my husband can ignore better, she’s just very clever at scratching harder when I ignore!

    @Lina84 she’s on a specialist dry diet as she has IBD. Before we knew this, we tried her with various wet foods like a KatKin box but she’s just not interested, unfortunately. Getting the food timer might help keep her distracted and not rely on us so much first thing.

    thanks again, it give me some new things to try
     
  6. Lina84

    Lina84 PetForums Junior

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    Yes, mine is tricky with food as well. I think the most important thing is that you establish a routine that you follow. We often only play for about 15 mintes and then cuddle a bit because mine is lazy as well but even the short time seems to help. I think giving her appropriate scratching posts where she likes to scratch is also important, mine still likes to scratch in the hallway but with positive reinforcement and covering up the alternatives we got her to only use the scratching board now and can trust her with an uncovered carpet. The other option is to put her in a separate room at night. I know some forum members do this with litter tray, food, water bed and toys. Again you would need to have a play, feed, good night routine. That was our plan B.
     
  7. Douglas’ Dad

    Douglas’ Dad PetForums Senior

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    Shouldn’t feed her dry food. It’s poison for cats.
    Read this:

    www.catinfo.org
     
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