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Old Yesterday, 14:50
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Its been 20 years since I've had a kitten - our older cat was an adult Rescue - and I had sort of forgotten their little foibles like the random attacks.

But I don't remember them being as difficult as this one at night

Because of the dogs I (or occasionally son) kept him in the bedroom at night. When he was tiny this wasn't a problem. He'd have a mad few minutes then climb under the duvet and sleep through until the alarm went off. If I was quick & careful I might even get to hit snooze!!

As he got bigger he would sleep on top of the duvet and wake at dawn He would then purr and play with my face until I woke up & took him downstairs. My day starting before 5:00am isn't fun, but if I go to bed early enough it is tolerable (catch up a little at the week end when Son has him)

Now he is playing all night He's 13 weeks old now and can co-exist with the dogs so I don't take him up with me. But he follows me. He runs up and down both flights of stairs then throws himself onto the bed then jumps on my head. Then he runs off. Rinse & repeat half the night. If I shut the door he just cries. Loudly and heart breakingly. He then settles down for a short nap before waking me up by purring and biting my face then doing the stair thing again. Next nap is again short before dawn comes and he tries to eat my face. I pull the duvet over me, it is a game & he pounces on me under the duvet or tries to get under the duvet too. I put him on the floor - even better game!! Jump up & get put on the floor again. And again.

Until I get up.

He has water, food, toys, safe places (stair gate at the top of the first stairs to stop the dogs coming up), beds. He has the other cat for company. He is played with during the day to try to wear him out. He seems a very happy kitten.

Me on the other hand....

What can I do to get tome sleep? I've started drinking coffee at work just to stay awake
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Old Yesterday, 14:59
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Don't allow access to your bedroom.
Cats are naturally crepuscular and not ideally suited for human bedtimes.
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Old Yesterday, 15:31
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He'll grow out of it ... Eventually. You may want to get a large carrier or kennel so that he has his own space in your room. I've raised many a kitten over the years and a ginormous dog crate is a sanity saver. Kitties get to be with people, so they feel secure, but they're not in your face or annoying a dog that would rather be sleeping.
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Old Yesterday, 16:14
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That's an idea - I have a spare crate. Well, haven't got round to getting rid of old Murphy Dog's & he's been gone a year. I could hang toys to keep him occupied.

Thanks Maggie
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Old Yesterday, 21:31
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You're welcome! Best of luck.
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