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How to get my cat to stop meowing so I can sleep?! Read details, 3rd night in a row.

I always sleep with my cat in my room but now she won't let me sleep. I won't let her wander the house unsupervised because she's gotten into trouble before where she shreds paper and an important document for a landlord was destroyed. She also needs to be told not to jump on counters and tables but with everyone asleep, who's going to stop her? I want to sleep and this is the 3rd night. I leave our bedroom door open all day when I'm home so she can come out so it's not like she's cooped up unless I have to leave the house for something. She isn't hungry - food and water are there in my room and the litter box is as well - so it's not that. I can't get her to stop the meowing and it's her demanding meow but I end up messing up my room by throwing stuff - pillows, any kind of clothing I can reach, just stuff that won't hurt her - to get her to stop and after a few hours it does and then around sunrise she starts back up but at this point I've only gotten 3 hours of sleep if even that.

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She wants her freedom. To roam, like a cat. Being locked in a room is totally against her nature. If you insist on confining her to your room at night, invest in ear plugs. She is not about to quit her protesting, to make you happy, when you are making her unhappy.



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She's never done it before, this only just happened.

I have to keep her confined. If you were renting a room to someone with a cat and that cat ended up destroying a very important document or you found fur on the kitchen counter what would your reaction be? I was almost evicted from one place because of that, the landlady was so pissed.
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Well, my cats are trained. And, I do not leave important things out for my cats to destroy. Cat proof your place, and train your cat. It is not only for your convenience, but for her safety and health as well. If you cannot do these basic things, as you would for a dog, you do not need to have a cat, or any other pet that needs attention.
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Bitchy much?
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I see comments like "Well if you can't let the cat do whatever it wants you shouldn't have a cat." That's a stupid comment and extremely dangerous to the cat. What if the asker actually takes your advice? 71% of cats turned over to shelters are euthanized(Percentage is from the american humane association). You're basically telling the asker that if they can't give their cat every single thing it wants they should just kill it. I mean honestly, do you people not even think about your comment before you type it out? Or are you seriously saying that if you can't give a cat an entire house to roam free in at night you should kill it? Personally I would rather be confined to a small place than killed. Try being constructive with your comments.

Hopefully you're not still having this problem but if you are try just ignoring the kitty's meowing. When you throw stuff at her you're giving her attention. You won't get much sleep for awhile but hopefully she'll stop eventually.
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put her in your bathroom and shut the door.. she can't get into but so much trouble in there and you'll be able to sleep:)

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Wish that would work. First, it's a shared bath and second she always gets scared in the bathroom.
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By that last part I mean I'll be hearing her cries and so will my landlady, her 2 adult sons - 1 of which lives here and the other who is visiting with his girlfriend for the holiday - and the girlfriend of 1 of the guys.

I'm not about to risk eviction because my cat is making noise at night.
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First of all how old is she?? my be she's demanding a company of a male cat. She also might be suffering from something and you might wanna take her to a vet's check. There's a possible reason which is her sleep is not organized so she sleeps all day long and then she feels active at night and she needs a little attention and playing. Be careful, cats are like babies, they won't meow unless there is something they need so bad...

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She's 13, I've already got a vet appointment for something else and she IS active during the day.

Remember, cats are nocturnal. They don't just sleep all night long.

She's also spayed and therefore doesn't need a male cat.

I know what she wants, I just won't let her have it unless I am around and awake. She shuts up the moment the door opens and she can get out to roam around the house.
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ok then, mybe you shouldn't just give her what she wants but you need to endure the annoying meow for a few more days. I had a similar problem with my cats and they ruined all the furniture outside; however, I tried to keep them so active during the day and they slept almost all the night let's say from 11 p.m till 5 am.
I don't know if it's safe to use some kind of a drug like that may make her asleep at night for at a few days. I think she'll get used to sleeping longer hours.
hope your problem is solved asap :)
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In my view, the best way to stop your cat from meowing is by finding out what could be the cause. It could be she is not well fed, sick , thirsty or uncomfortable where she sleeps. Look for other symptoms of sickness or get her checked by the vet. You can also ensure that she feeds well and has drinking water.

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All cats are nocturnal. My cats would do the same thing but I'd suggest also finding a way to give her, her space back. Keep things that you don't want destroyed away and also cats like to be high.

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I know that, but I'm worried because it's not my place and I don't want to tell my landlady to move the Thanksgiving meal she has laid out into the cupboards. She's cooking it today for tonight (her son came up yesterday) and it's all spread out on the counters with no space anywhere else.

I can't give her the freedom because I also am afraid she'll end up outside and her previous owner had declawed her so she can't defend herself against an attack which is why she is kept indoors. However, what happens when my landlady opens the door to her bedroom at 6 am when I'm still asleep? She keeps the sliding glass door open in her bedroom and my cat has already twice gone into her room.
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Why would your land lord open your door at all? Specially why you are sleeping. My only advise is to get something she can climb and a window seat so she can look out the window. Keep your blind pulled up enough at night so she can see out.
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Cats like to be high...lol
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How about purchasing a kennel and Putting it in a separate room
At night. Cats are nocturnal, but they're also trainable. She needs to learn to behave.

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At 13 years I doubt she's going to change. She's set in her ways for many things. Plus, she'll still make her meows which happen to be very loud. These walls are thin and you can hear people talking 3 rooms away.
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If this is new behavior, I'd have your vet check her over. I read one of your comments to another answer that says your cat is 13; there's a feline equivalent of Alzheimer's in humans and your cat may have developed a cognitive disorder. Could be also that if her confinement at night is new for her, she may just be expressing her displeasure at being cooped up.

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Now, it's not new to her. Before I lived here I had to keep her confined almost 24/7 because I lived at places with big dogs who chase cats and I was gone so much of the time in the day for college. I tried letting her out 1 night at the first place and ended up getting reprimanded by my landlady because my cat had knocked over stuff on the counter.

She's only ever meowed at night before for her food and she's usually settled down after she realized I was too tired to cuddle with her right behind my head.

I already have a vet appointment for something else this coming Friday since I'm broke until Thursday.
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I suggest that you get someone to be there with her during the day maybe another cat.

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No, that would be horrible! She hates other cats, I can't even afford vet care most of the time - I'm taking her on Dec 2nd since I get my check and she needs an exam - and I can't afford another cat.

It's not the day that worries me, if I'm not home she'll stop after a short time because she realizes I'm gone. I'm only concerned about letting her out at night because she just won't stop shedding paper with her teeth. I've tried different ways to train her not to stop but she is 13. She'll get to paper anywhere she can find it. She'll even chew on plastic bags trying to rip them apart. She jumps up on counters AND my landlady keeps her sliding door open in her bedroom so her dog can go in and out but my cat is indoor-only and has twice now gone into her bedroom to explore it, what if she got outside and was attacked by another animal? Her previous owner had declawed her so she has none of that for defense.

What I really need is a place of my own but I can't afford it.
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Sounds like she's in heat. If she doesn't stop in a few days there might be something else wrong.

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No way, she's spayed and 13. She was spayed as a kitten so it's not like that is recent. She just wants to be let out to roam.
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you should probably keep her awake all day and make sure she has no naps and then sleep with her or you should try to calm her down or talk to her, cats love to hear their masters and everything around them, cause it makes them curious and she will calm down either way.

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When she starts to meow place her in a carrier where she has even less freedom. When she quiets down let her back out. Repeat the process until she gets the idea that it is the carrier or the bedroom and there is no other option.

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She's probably bored. Since cats are nocturnal they don't want to be cooped up. Get her toys that won't make noise, or a cat plant (that keeps my cat entertained) or even a cat house that she can play around in.

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Cats usually meow when they're hungry or anxious. She might not be getting enough exercise.

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I know this may be coming a little late, but I also have a naughty 14 year old cat who likes to wake me up too early in the morning. The easiest way to tell them you're not happy with their behaviour is to get a water bottle and give them a squirt with it. Whenever she wakes you up with her meowing, give her a firm "NO" and a well aimed squirt with the water bottle. They hate it, and soon get the message to stop the noise. Of course, it goes with out saying that you wouldn't do this if they're meowing for a legitimate reason. Hopefully by now you've already sorted something out, but if not, maybe this could help. Good luck :)

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Just do a quiet squeal like (eeee) and dont give it any attention and it will stop that also works to make your cat stop biting and DO NOT hurt that cat like put it in a plastic bag or keep it in a room i work in a animal clinic that can get you in trouble ( I saw some answers that will hurt the cat)

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My cat does the same thing. She is four years olds and has two other cats to play with. The other two curl up and cuddle with me and my husband while she meows very loud and obnoxiously in another room of the house......she has fresh food and water and a clean litter box. We have no idea why she does it. My husband is in the military and has to get up really early, he needs his sleep.

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to u and kaylah ogden i have only one question are these female cats if so then these cats are in heat same thing happened to me took her to the vet she would howl i mean scream i thought she was in pain i ended up having to have her spade i couldnt stand the noises she would make all night long

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I have tried everything for the same problem. The only solution, and a partial one at that, was the company of another cat. Locking her in a room only makes her meow more. Food, water, freedom to roam are all available yet my cat is lonely while I 'sleep' (and I use that word loosely). It wasn't so bad when I lived in a place that had other cats.

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Play with him or her during the day and that will tire him or her out

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You have to put her outside and after a couple hours either A. She'll have come to her senses and stop or B. She'll be gone and you can start sleeping.

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My cats aren't allowed in the room with me at night. I run a box fan for white noise. If kitties cause damage and destruction when left to roam the house, put them, food, water, a fresh pan of litter per cat, all in a room that can be closed off at night, even if it has to be a bathroom, a walk-in closet, or the garage. But if they DO have the run of the house, and decide to scratch on your bedroom door to be let in, or stand out there meowing, throw shoes at the door. With my cats, it only takes one shoe, one time, to give me peace the rest of the night. There's no way I could keep my sanity if a cat or cats forced me to go pleading for answers on how to keep them quiet so I could sleep. Cats are happier when you don't let 'em run rough-shod. Those that get up on the counters at night when they think you can't catch them at it: get that can of pennies, or that water-squirt bottle, and ambush them every now and then. My cats got it. They didn't even WANT to get on the counters, once it became no fun at all. Oh, and that is great advice (above) about keeping blinds raised on windows so kitty can look outside at night. You can still keep curtains closed.

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