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Posted on Monday, April 16th, 2012

How to cut down on your feline’s early morning meowing

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If you’ve recently adopted a cat, you may start tonotice that he will begin waking you up early inthe morning with loud howling or scratches atthe door, which could make you question why you adopted him in the first place! Instilling goodbehavior is one of the hallmarks of animal wellness and is the only way that the two of youcan develop a balance that can suit each other’sneeds. According to CatChannel.com, there is amultitude of ways to cut down on your cat’smorning meowing while improving your overall pet care.

1. Don’t give in! If you sleep in the same room as your cat, you may need to start practicing a bit of behaviormodification. When he wakes you up in the morning and starts vocalizing, you should place him outside and onlylet him back inside when he has stopped meowing. This will help reinforce good behavior and help him associatetime with you as being a direct result of him quieting down!

2. Increased play time. Most of the time, your cat meowing early in the morning is a cry for attention, and hismethod of trying to release pent-up energy. According to the Seattle Times, you can tire your feline out a bit byplaying with toys before bed. A feathery toy attached to a pole is the best choice, and you can have him chase youall around the house and burn off a bit of that extra energy. When he starts to pant a bit, slow down the activityand feed him a good meal. After filling up, he will probably groom himself and take a long nap, leaving you extratime to rest in the morning.

3. Divert his attention. One of the reasons a cat will meow each morning is due to a lack of stimulation in his mainplay area. Consider placing a cat tree near a window that faces your yard – with all of the birds flying around in theearly morning, he will have a perfect vantage point to check them out and focus his attention out of your window.

Breaking your feline of his morning meowing habit will be difficult, but with a bit of patience and accommodation,he can find better things to do with his time each day.