How do I stop my cats from waking me up

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My cats are really making me frustrated recently. They scratch at my door to go in and out of my room. I really love y cats but they are making me want to kill them because I am not getting enough sleep recently and then they make me angry which really stops me from sleeping. I can get in bed ready to sleep but after they start scratching I am in a blind rage.

They sleep in my room and the litter box and food bow,s are just outside my bedroom. I have tried sleeping with the door slightly ajar but the light keeps me awake, I need total darkness or natural light to fall asleep.

I don't want the litter box in my room! Or the bowls even.

What should I do? I need my sleep but I can't get it thanks to my cats.
 

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I have a lot of Smart** answers about cats, but that will not help.

My suggestion is moving the cat box away from your door. IF they are anything like my 3 "owners" then they have to scratch everything within their reach of the cat box.
 

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The litter box is not right next to my door, they scratch to come in into my room and to go out of it again, either to use the litter box or to eat
 

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They are cats ... I don't think there is anything you can do to get them to stop to be honest. We have 2 cats here ... and literally every night Blacky comes into the room and walks all over me, paws at me, meows, rubs on me and lays on me. I just have to give her love and attention and she will eventually calm down and go away or lay down at the side or end of the bed.

So the only solution is to give your cats what they want. If keeping the door ajar bothers you due to light, then maybe hang up a blanket or something to block out the light but still keep the door open.

Edit: Also, you can sleep with the light. The reason why you have difficulty sleeping with it not being complete darkness is because you are concerned about not being able to sleep with the light. In other words, you pay too much attention to it. Which then makes you frustrated and that is what is keeping you up, and not the light.
 

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My dad is talking about having the bowls and the box in my room which I am not happy about
 
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My dad is talking about having the bowls and the box in my room which I am not happy about

No - the litter box should not be in your room... it is hazardous to you health, due to bacteria and fine dust particles going, into the confined space and close proximity- the latter, which may prove damaging to your electronics too...

One way and yes, you can train cats - I've established my role with the many cats here...

Don't free-feed (don't leave bowls of food out all the time)... Do, always have fresh water available - always.

Feed twice a day, giving them enough time to consume a proper amount of food... then remove any remaining food(put-away) *it will take them a few days to get used to the habit-routine, that' you'll be introducing*

Be very consistent with feeding times... I typically use 10-a and 10-p (not too early and, not too late) Often times too - they'll tend to use the litter-box at more regular times and, typically will sleep soon after each feeding...

Except not as much, for older or fragile cats... wake them or, keep them awake more throughout the daytime... give them activities, things to play with and, some of your attention...

Teach them to ask you first, before jumping up into your lap You're not a piece of furniture and, you really aren't their pet or, if you are now - it's probably time to change those roles...

Moderating the feeding, activity and, sleeping conditions of the cats; should get them into a routine, that will be more conducive to your needs and, they'll come to know you as a respectable leader - not simply as another one of the pride...

You'll have to inconvenience yourself MORE, at first yet, if you stay the plan... you'll eventually find these annoying, arrogant, demanding little creatures - quite comforting and entertaining... especially, when they're not running you anymore and, you can get some sleep... I believe, that it's also more healthy for them too; as it should reduce their stress as well... everybody knows what to expect and, what to do too...

Another advantage to quitting this habit of free-feeding is, you can afford to get a much higher quality food for them, the dogs won't eat it all, they'll have regular stool/BM's *that should be less smelly with better food*, they won't simply eat out of boredom (another reason for activities, play and, attention)and, they won't simply eat because someone else is eating...

They need structure too - no, they're not going to try to please you like a dog will though, they will become much more structured and relaxed... and actually - kind of nice (or at least, much-more tolerable) to have around...

Frankly, this would be a good exercise for you too!

Here's an 'old school' tune for your contemplation...
[video=youtube;nW8S58CYQqs]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nW8S58CYQqs[/video]

Many happy meows and some purrring too ;)
-Marka
 
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Well, that is certainly a way to go about it that I had not thought about XD.
Well - lol... let's just say that I became highly motivated, as I was nearing the brink of 'going-postal' myself, at one time...-
I began the my research into feline training...

I have experience with training doggies too... Dogs are not people, cats are not dogs yet, we all share some basic tenants of need, of structure and leadership, as well as some adaptability too...

-Marka
 
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Thanks marks, I am trying to train myself to sleep with the door slightly ajar so that helps quite a lot.
 
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