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Old 21.02.2011, 16:42
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Lollipop the alarm clock

It seems as if our fluff ball has turned into the living alarm clock. On schooldays, we normally get up anytime between 6.30 and 6.45ish and now she is starting to get restless about this time, miaowing, scratching at my eldest's door, jumping onto our bed and sitting on my chest/back* purring like crazy.
This is all well and good, except she has now taken it upon herself to do the same at weekends. It's kinda funny and cute, but bloody hell is it annoying!
Anyone else with a pet with an in-built alarm clock?

*depending in what poistion I am asleep at the time.
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Old 21.02.2011, 16:45
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Re: Lollipop the alarm clock

Excuse me ehem but that is what fluf balls do, one of ours is a Siamese and at6:30 (OK maybe 6:35) she is already miaowing...now her brother has started joining her. The funny thing is that this only happens on weekdays smart gatos!
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Old 21.02.2011, 16:50
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Re: Lollipop the alarm clock

he he - yes, mine used to that too (as LIB later discovered). I didn't work at the time so my early morning wake-up was a little too early for my taste. And that was after we had to go through our regular nightly love-in, whereby she would jump onto my pillow and circle my face, purring and kissing me for about five minutes, before finally leaving me in peace. Ahhh, bless - I do miss her
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Old 21.02.2011, 16:54
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was way too friggin early for my taste. whereby she would jump onto my pillow back while I was sound asleep and purring and kissing me for about five minutes until I got up to feed her, before finally leaving me in peace. Ahhh, bless - I do miss her
..this is how I experienced her.
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..this is how I experienced her.
oh ... and I thought you loved her too
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Old 21.02.2011, 17:03
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oh ... and I thought you loved her too
I did..absolutely..and if she were a housecat...and little bit older we would have loved to keep her. (I even got some pictures of her)
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Old 21.02.2011, 17:08
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I did..absolutely..and if she were a housecat...and little bit older we would have loved to keep her. (I even got some pictures of her)
Thought so and, damn, I wish I'd known that ...

PaddyG - what we did in the end was to simply keep our bedroom door shut at night. Yes, she miaowed and scratched for a few nights, but she soon got used to it. Just make sure that she has some lovely, alternative places to sleep like a basket, or even a cardboard box with a blanket, which ours liked (they often like to curl up somewhere enclosed so they feel safe).
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Old 21.02.2011, 17:13
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Thought so and, damn, I wish I'd known that ...

PaddyG - what we did in the end was to simply keep our bedroom door shut at night. Yes, she miaowed and scratched for a few nights, but she soon got used to it. Just make sure that she has some lovely, alternative places to sleep like a basket, or even a cardboard box with a blanket, which ours liked (they often like to curl up somewhere enclosed so they feel safe).
Thing is, her catflap is in our bedroom window. If we shut her out, she simply goes buck mad, racing over our good leather sofa and scratching at the kids' doors.
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Thought so and, damn, I wish I'd known that ...

PaddyG - what we did in the end was to simply keep our bedroom door shut at night. Yes, she miaowed and scratched for a few nights, but she soon got used to it. Just make sure that she has some lovely, alternative places to sleep like a basket, or even a cardboard box with a blanket, which ours liked (they often like to curl up somewhere enclosed so they feel safe).
LOL our cats never give up we already sleep with the doors closed...
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Old 21.02.2011, 17:21
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Thing is, her catflap is in our bedroom window. If we shut her out, she simply goes buck mad, racing over our good leather sofa and scratching at the kids' doors.
Nothing for it. You'll just have to sleep on the sofa and leave the cat in your room.
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Old 21.02.2011, 17:26
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Nothing for it. You'll just have to sleep on the sofa and leave the cat in your room.
It wouldn't be the 1st time.
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Old 21.02.2011, 17:28
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It wouldn't be the 1st time.
Yes, but is there room for two* on the sofa?

*to sleep, for those of you with dirty minds!
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Old 21.02.2011, 17:29
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Yes, but is there room for two* on the sofa?

*to sleep, for those of you with dirty minds!
Yup, it's a big L-shaped thing.
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Re: Lollipop the alarm clock

Fellow four-footed alarm clock owners, I feel your pain...

Haifisch wakes up with the sun. Which is not too bad during the winter, but come summer - reveille starts playing about 4:45. And keeps on playing in an endless loop, until I get up too.

Normally I'd nip this behavior in the bud, but Haifisch is ancient, deaf as a post, almost blind, and generally falling apart - so he gets a pass. At this stage I am just happy that he has woken up to enjoy another day, so I get up to share it with him. No matter what time that is.
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Old 21.02.2011, 20:04
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Anyone else with a pet with an in-built alarm clock?
Pets seem to have an internal clock dont they? Its amazing.

Once my husband is out of the door, mine starts pacing around the room, licking my hand (if it falls outside the bed) till I am awake. Either that, he'll put his two front paws on the bed and pants in your face. Its impossible to ignore him.

If I dont go straight to the bathroom and jump into the shower, get dressed to take him out (he'll be sitting by the door when I am out of the shower!!!) - and possibly dare decide to put the kettle on first or check my mails, there the little shadow will be. I'll be nagged - with him following me around every bloody step of the damn way. Its annoying but so cute at the same time. Though the funny thing is, when his daddy is around at weekends not needing to leave the house early to work, he lies in with us and only stirs when my husband does (as hubby takes over the toilet duties over the weekend) not daring to do the same thing he does on weekdays with me. Not fair.
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Old 21.02.2011, 20:18
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Re: Lollipop the alarm clock

My cat will do the same, 6h30 if toddler didn't wake us up yet, cat take the control of it and make it her personal goal to make sure we are all awake!

And she won't stop to meow this very annoying meow she use for the morning food until she has her food in her plate.

After that, she will sit in front of the bathroom door and meow until we get out of the shower so she can go and sit on the wet floor of the shower .

Weirdo!
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Old 22.02.2011, 09:50
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Re: Lollipop the alarm clock

Yep, have purring alarm as well.

Sometimes hubby has early shift (up at 5am), sometimes he has late (I get up at 8, him not til 10), as I usually wake up quite hot, I often open the terrace door for a few minutes to get a bit of cool fresh air.

So, stage set, here's the thing:
Bonny LOVES to watch and listen to the birds waking up so, if we're up early, it's no big thing. We're up, terrace is open, Bonny can enjoy the morning birdsong if she likes.

However, if I get to "sleep in," she still wants the birdsong and my usual attempt to try to lay-abed involves sticking my feet out of the covers to cool down a bit --- something which Bonny uses to her extreme advantage. IF she hasn't wakened me by crawling up my body to lay on my tummy or back while purring and sticking her nose in my face, she then begins the "foot awareness strategy".

She begins by putting her paws lightly on my feet and slowly flexing them until she puts her claws into them with the barest of pricks. Of course, sometimes I'm sleeping deeply and this doesn't work. She continues, putting her claws out more and more until I either wake up fully or pull my feet under the covers to escape her "tender" ministrations.

Doing this worked for a while and depending upon how determined she is, this sometimes still works. Usually though, the movement is enough to set off her predatory instincts so she begins pouncing on my moving feet. If I leave a tunnel to my feet AT ALL she'll reach in and grab at them with claws fully extended.

IF this were happening at 8am it wouldn't be so terrible but as sunrise is coming earlier and earlier, so does birdsong... and so does Bonny's more determined and dedicated efforts to get me out of bed to open the terrace. (Quite chilly here in Basel this morning btw... only 1°C! Brrrr! Good morning fresh air!)
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Cats instinctively know when their owners are going to wake them up. Then wake them up 15 minutes earlier.

(poss. Garfield).
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