Most cat owners know that if you want to go to bed, your cat wants to play. Even my own cats are doing this, and most of the time they start meowing and running around at the time we’re already in bed and want to sleep. Because we have to get up early for work!
Although cats are actually nocturnal, thanks to domestication they can stay awake during the day and sleep through a part of the night, and this is called ‘diurnal’. Some cats need company, and if they can’t get it from you because you’re sleeping, then another cat will cat help them to get rid of boredom.
If he sleeps all day the chance is big he’ll want to play with you at night. It might be a good idea to play with your cats for a few minutes before bedtime. So he’ll get attention from you and work away some excess energy. Or play with your cat if you come home from work/school/whatever and tire him out.
If your cat still cries for attention or food very early in the morning (especially if you want to sleep in – like me), I suggest giving him a snack or food before you go to sleep. Make sure he is hungry, Do it as late as possible. This usually works for me. Another thing that works is one of those little puzzle balls in which you put some food in. This way you’re cat is going to take longer to get the food.
Do not get up(!) to feed your cat, instead, set up a routine where you spend some playtime with your cat before you go to bed and greet them with pleasure and food (very important) first thing in the morning. I suggest wearing your cat out during that playtime.
If your cat still makes noise or whatever he does that wakes you up, a thing that you can get is this device that ‘spits’ out a puff of air when it senses something near the door. It’ll startle him, and only take him a few times before he’ll get the hint.
Does your cat wake you a lot in the morning or at night?