Help! I’m Exhausted! How Do I Stop My Cat From Waking Me Up at 6:30 a.m. Every Morning?

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Ragdoll CatMopsie is my 10 1/2 year old rescue kitty. She's such a sweetie! I have had cats most of my life, but this is the first ragdoll that has owned me, for truly that is what happens when you acquire a cat.

My question, and I hope someone has an answer, is: how do I break her of waking me 6:30 a.m. every morning?? Evidently her previous ownee was an early riser and Mopsie was fed promptly in the wee hours. I don't mind so much on weekdays, but sometimes on the weekends I stay up later and need to sleep!

Don't tell me to go to bed earlier. My husband is the other Love of my life and he is a night owl. I try to stay up with him as late as I can so we can have quality time together.

I have tried ignoring her, but although she normally has a meek voice she can be quite vocal if she wants something. And the other morning I made the mistake in my sleep of sticking my foot out from under the covers. She nipped my toe to awaken me, which I did with a start! Another waking habit she has is to paw at the door. It doesn't matter if I leave it ajar for her to come and go as she pleases, she does it anyway, sometimes shutting the door in the process.

Please give me some suggestions. I am afraid I am losing my sanity with my lack of sleep. This has been going on now for 5 months, ever since we took her in and I am sllep-deprived.

Thank you in advance for any help you or your readers might give me…
Fran

Kitty's Name: Mopsie
Name: Fran
Where: Greenville, SC

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