My 4 month old kitten wakes me up at 4 AM
August 29, 2008 3:29pm CST
I am assuming her motivation is "feed me" but she is really driving me nuts. She gets into bed with me and sticks her nose into my nostril and pushes. She is purring loud enough so that you'd think she is compressor assisted. I push her away, bury my head in the blankets and sleep with my arms over my face but she gets around all of it. I don't relish the idea of sleeping with a football helmet but push comes to shove . . . Is there a gentle, non-violent way of stopping this behavior?
30 Aug 08
She's looking for love and attention. Just like a small child or infant, she needs reassurance that you'll take care of her and love her. She'll eventually stop after growing up a bit. I have a cat that turns 1 year old on Sept 2nd and she did the same thing as a kitten. She still sleeps on the bed, on my tummy or back depending on which side I'm lying on, but she has stopped poking at me at 4am for the most part. Cherish the time she is small and wants your attention, they grow up faster than you think.
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29 Aug 08
Hello Morrowynd, Your kitten may have been a little young when you picked her up. It sounds like she is still missing mom. The ways that I have dealt with this in the past are; I gently but firmly put them outside of the bedroom door and shut it. I have also set up a bed for them in a separate room with a blanket or stuffed toy that I have slept with. This seems to bring them some reassurance. They still cry and need reassurance same as any baby when first moved to their own bed. She may not be asking for food at all, she may be asking to go outside or to use the 'potty' but it sounds mostly like she just needs some attention. If that is the case and you are up for it try just cuddling her much like you would a teddy bear. That is to say wrap your arm over her and gently but firmly hold her to your chest and pet her chest until she falls asleep (shouldn't take long) then relax and she will usually get uncomfortable and remove herself to another location. Whatever you decide to do patience and persistence are the very best advice I can give. These things have worked for me though. Sincerely, dmpres