My cat is in a room of her own, every night she jumps and claws at her door to get out. Any sound she hears (from me), she starts yelling and jumping to open the door. If I have to go to the toilet or something, she starts again.
I'm fighting a cold, I must have been coughing in my sleep. I've heard her 6 times last night.
She's a very fit cat, she can keep it up a very very long time.
If she wakes me early in the morning, like a few hours before I need to wake anyway, I'm usually insufficiently tired to find sleep again. Which I then pay for later in the day or the next.
Things people have told me I should do
Just ignore any kind of bad behavior. Let her figure out that it's unwanted.
She just doesn't learn. Ignoring her does have the benefit that I don't have to leave my bed, but I'm still kept awake.
Buy a second cat.
My parents have veto'd this. They are my baby sit and they don't like the idea of having two cats around.
Also, it might just be two cats jumping at the door then.
Buy plenty of toys for her to keep busy
She has a lot. She'll play a bit, but has always shown limited interest in any of them, She's just not the type that goes crazy over toys. Even in general these have little effect.
Play with her before going to bed so she's tired
I do that anyway. Again, since she's not particularly triggered by any of the toys, it's hard to get her tired. And again, she's very fit, even if she -is- triggered, she wont be tired enough to sleep the entire night through.
Let her sleep with me.
There are two opposing teams on this opinion, strongly yes and strongly no. I've chosen to be on the no side, because I think it's good to have -some- kind of boundary in place. She might keep me up even worse than what she does now.
Also, my girlfriend is against the idea. She doesn't live with me (yet), but she doesn't like the general idea (not a huge cat fan, she likes her and wouldn't mind having her as pet because she's my cat), nor having cat hair in/on the bed.
What I think the reason for this behaviour is
Since my cat isn't really into toys, and it's just me living with her, I think she wants to have access to me.
What I've tried
I've let her in the general area, in hopes that it's larger space to walk in at night that she wants. But no, she wants access to me. That just means she will jump on -my- door directly. That's even worse.
I've tried sleeping in my couch to see if she would then jump at my door(s). She doesn't. Generally she's quiet, but she might do other things to get my attention.
People say you should lay out aluminum foil at the door, cat's are suppose to not like the feeling of it. Maybe, mine just plays with it.
Spray water on her when she does it. She doesn't like it, but isn't too impressed either. She'll just get right back at the door after I leave.
I've used an automatic spray device, the kind you use to spray pleasant odours if someone passes it. Doesn't work. It's too random, too slow to spray and there's 20 minutes between each attempt (if it goes off at all).
What I can't find
I'm told there's some kind of rubber of plastic mat with cone shaped spikes on it that you can place outside your door. Cat's are supposed to not like the feeling of it.
I haven't found a brand name or retailer that sells this.
What should I do to stop my cat from displaying bad behavior (especially the kind that keeps me awake at night)?
Update regarding mats
I've received more information regarding the mats, it's this type (I was mistaken on the cone shape, this looks to be spikes). I'm curious to how large the gaps are, I kinda think she might tip toe through it, though jumping at the door would be hard I guess.
Update - in response to questions:
Did she have easy access to you before this problem occurred. Or did she do it all her life?
I've never allowed her to go into my bedroom (and toilet). It's been going on for a while, but not all the time afaik.
Was she adopted or raised by you?
Raised by her mom and siblings until 13 weeks (at the breeder), she's a British Shorthair.
Are there other people living in the same house as the cat, and if so does she do the same when they "wake" her up?
Just me. Possibly related, she's never been really brave and I've had a burglary 3-4 years ago where she was home alone.