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My cats were always allowed in the bedroom. Lately, the youngest one, who is the least affectionate and the most adventurous and most-likely to get into trouble, has been waking us up every night. He will leap into the air to grab onto the curtains, he will jump onto the bedside table and knock off pill bottles or jewelry, he will scratch at the closet and meow and jump on things. He doesn't come up onto the bed at all or touch us, but he definitely seems to be trying to get our attention. We have two other cats and they just sleep throughout the night and never wake us up.

I have tried spraying him with a water bottle, but that only stops him for ten minutes or so, or he goes and does something outside of my range. We've been locking all of the cats out so that we can sleep but we would like to let them in.

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Have there been any changes in his environment that correspond to when this started? (Temperature, feeding patterns, when you go to bed, anything like that?) Or did it seem to start randomly? –  Monica Cellio Nov 20 '13 at 21:58
    
possible duplicate of How can I teach my cat that the middle of the night is not the time to play fetch? –  user87 Nov 23 '13 at 3:12
    
also related pets.stackexchange.com/questions/43/… –  user87 Nov 23 '13 at 3:12

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He's bored.

The first goal should be to make some place (not your bedroom) a much more entertaining place to be than your bedroom is. Set up some toys in your living room or some other place like a puzzle feeder, automatic wand toys, or other toys that he likes. In the morning these toys should be put away to keep his interest level in them up.

Then, make your bedroom as uninteresting as possible. Put the pill bottles and jewelry away, don't respond when he steps on you, etc.

Last, take advantage of the cat's hunt, feed, groom, sleep cycle. Use an interactive toy for awhile right before bed, then give him some food. He should settle down pretty quickly after that (it works amazingly well on our youngest).

Pam Johnson Bennett outlines this plan in more detail on her site.

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what does groom mean in context with cats? i am not-native and cannot understand from this word definition. –  naxa Jan 26 at 13:23
    
@naxa groom means to lick itself, cleaning its fur (if it's still not clear, let me know) –  Zaralynda Jan 26 at 22:11

This probably sounds really mean, but there is demonstrated evidence that cold temperatures tend to encourage animals to curl up and sleep. So, I would recommend turning down the air temperature in your room and the cat will probably look for a warm place to snuggle instead of running around all night. I've done this many times with my own 2 cats and it definitely has worked.

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could you link to some internet resource showing the demonstrated evidence? –  naxa Jan 26 at 13:24

You do not mention the size of your living accommodations - but if they are large enough you could contain the playful cat in another room that has litter and toys. That way your door is still open to the others. That is assuming, of course, that you have an available litter pan for the other two.

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