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What Your Pets Are Doing At 3 A.M

I get up early, really early, between 3 and 3:30 every morning. While I know this sounds crazy, it is really the only time I have to myself. So, I make it work.

Getting up early is a relatively new thing for me (all part of my take back my life after 50 plan). Ruby is like my shadow so I’m pretty sure she didn’t get up early until I started getting up early. But I’m not sure about Rosie and Lulu. Maybe they were always early risers and now I’m cramping their style. But regardless, we are all early risers now.

What your pets are doing at 3 a.m.

The Inside Scoop On What Your Pets Are Doing At 3:00 a.m.

Dogs don’t care what time it is. Ruby is flexible. She’s happy to get up at 3, but just as happy to sleep until 11. Her only requirement is that we are together and once we are up, breakfast is served ASAP.

Cats don’t realize humans can’t see in the dark. When you are fumbling around in the dark trying not to wake the other (more sensible) humans, the cats may trip you up. They are happy to see you, not trying to cause bodily harm – but at 3 am this all gets a bit messy and complicated.

Helpful hint: Avoid the stairs until the lights are on and the cats have already said hello. Falling takes all the fun out of getting up early.

Ever wonder what your pets are st 3:00 a.m.

Cats don’t need coffee. But they do want what they want when they want it. And once you start getting up and feeding them before dawn, there’s no going back. Just try and sleep in on an occasional Saturday. Whether it is knocking stuff off the nightstand or pacing across your chest (or possibly your face), there will be consequences. The message is clear, “Why the heck are you not up feeding me?”

While Ruby eats breakfast and then plops down for a nap, once Rosie is up, she’s up. There’s lots of running, howling, and making stuff crash to the ground. A few hours later when we are headed out the door for work and school (and the espresso shot I had at 3 is wearing off), Rosie is settling in for a strenuous day of napping. Sigh, because cats.

What the heck are your pets are doing at 3 a.m.

Bunnies are like furry alarm clocks. Lulu thinks the early morning hours are for redecorating. After she’s had her morning salad, she settles in for 30 minutes of rearranging her stuff – throwing her toys across the room, digging in her blankets, and rattling the baby gate that separates her room from our bedroom. She also occasionally does laps, zooming around her room at top speed and then flopping over with a happy thud.

Cats, dogs, and bunnies agree  – what happens at 3 am, stays at 3 am. Getting up early when you are tired and can’t find your glasses, does make for some funny moments and unexplained bruises. Like the time I leaned over and pet a pair of black boots, thinking they were Rosie. Not sure she has forgiven me for this pre-dawn, pre-coffee blunder.

What your pets are really doing at 3 a.m. and are they having parties

Helpful hint: Make sure the path to the bathroom is clear of all shoes, laundry, toys, and cats (see helpful hint #1). Even a misplaced sock or squeaky toy can cause chaos (or injury) in the dark. But never fear – your pets wont judge you (maybe just a little) or ever reveal your early morning mishaps.

I have grown to love the peace and quiet of the early morning hours before stress and to do lists cloud my mind. Don’t forget to make time for yourself everyday. Your pets will support you in their own unique way.


  1. Madi and Mom
    June 9, 2017 / 1:53 pm

    MOL MOL MOL Kristin are you part FELINE? OMCs I wish I could come live with you.When you said once Rosie is up, Rosie is up! That is for sure true Sometimes momneeds to potty (sorry TMI) in the wee hours but she fears she will awake this sleeping lioness so she waits. Thanks for the smilesHugs Madi and mom

  2. Madi and Mom
    June 9, 2017 / 1:54 pm

    PS we meant to ask what time to you go to bed if you get up at 3 am LOLHUGS M & M

  3. Julie
    June 9, 2017 / 2:57 pm

    3am????? Wow, I didn't nose that time of the morning existed….If you want to nose what this Princess is doing at 3am the answer is ….SNORING!Loves and licky kissesPrincess Leah xxx

  4. Heather Wallace
    June 9, 2017 / 2:58 pm

    While I was pregnant I would get up to go to the bathroom and my black cat, Puck, would come out of nowhere to greet me. I was half asleep and blind (I wear glasses), so it was often a surprise. I'm not a morning person, so more power to you at 3AM!

  5. Collie222
    June 9, 2017 / 3:22 pm

    Too early for me, I'd rather stay up late than get up early! 🙂 But I agree, the collies adjust their schedule to mine.

  6. Two French Bulldogs
    June 9, 2017 / 4:53 pm

    We are snoring as loud as snoring can beLily & Edward

  7. Momma Kat and Her Bear Cat
    June 9, 2017 / 6:02 pm

    I'm more of a night owl … but since "The Boy" moved in … I've gotten to bed earlier and woken up earlier. Bear doesn't appreciate being ignored and will make a nuisance of himself until he gets whatever he's after (attention … his food bowl from the dishwasher …). Sounds like you have three distinct characters … all unique on their own 🙂

  8. Lola The Rescued Cat
    June 9, 2017 / 6:15 pm

    I have been trying to put this advice into practice for a while now, but I just can't seem to get up. I really need to, for different reasons. Meditation, contemplation, being present and writing. I'm going to make more of an effort – you're an inspiration.

  9. Brian
    June 9, 2017 / 7:12 pm

    WOW, we wait unit at least 4AM!

  10. Bella Roxy & Macdui
    June 9, 2017 / 8:15 pm

    We get up at about 4:30-5 a.m. (but Dui often tries at 1 a.m.) We race outside, have our snack, and go back to sleep until SHE is ready for a walk.

  11. Yamini MacLean
    June 9, 2017 / 8:30 pm

    Hari OMI's an early riser… but mostly not 3am… though can identify with some of the more hilarious moments referred to here!!! YAM xx

  12. da tabbies o trout towne
    June 9, 2017 / 8:59 pm

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  13. Marg
    June 9, 2017 / 9:56 pm

    Our Mom likes to get up early too, but not 3 A.M. The cats do know exactly what time it is to get up. And first, is their food. Good idea to make a path to the bathroom. Kristin, you did make our Mom giggle and so glad someone else is wandering around early in the morning.

  14. Tenacious Little Terrier
    June 9, 2017 / 10:33 pm

    Mr. N is not a morning dog. He'll get up if we're doing something exciting like hiking but otherwise he prefers to sleep in.

  15. ♥♥ The OP Pack ♥♥
    June 9, 2017 / 10:50 pm

    Mom is an early riser too, but not THAT early:) She tries to keep us on schedule because if we get to earlier than usual one day, then we are hungry all day and the next morning our food alarm goes off at that earlier hour:} Cute post.Woos – Lightning and Misty

  16. Ruby
    June 10, 2017 / 3:22 am

    I thoughts I was the only early riser! I gets up a little before 4am, so not quite 3. I likes to do my business early, butts I usually got back to snorin' while Ma does her elliptical thingie. You knows there are all kinds of critters out early in the morning! I likes to make sure none are invading my yardie. My work is never done.Kisses,Ruby ♥

  17. Idaho PugRanch
    June 10, 2017 / 3:28 am

    even though mom & dad are retired we still get up about 6 – not near as early as you! hugsMr Bailey, Hazel & Mabel

  18. Fashion Beyond Forty
    June 10, 2017 / 5:35 am

    At 3 am I have been in bed for about an hour and my pets are begging for attention still. Pumpkin is slapping me in the face for attention and Tibet is laying on my head. The other two Nub and Lyla are either doing their own thing or Lyla may be panting heavily if there is a storm. I loved your article and I do agree, sometimes I have a hard time putting them down if they are on the chair with me, or in bed with me but I have to get my time too!

  19. Anonymous
    June 10, 2017 / 6:52 am

    I'm the opposite but my husband gets up early with the pups (sometimes when I'm going to bed!) but the best trick we've found is a flashlight! Sure has prevented some big tumbles for both of us. Lucky me, he feeds etc., goes to work and both pups snuggle me until I get up. Perfect!! Becky

  20. Jeanne Pursell
    June 10, 2017 / 8:00 am

    I am totally the opposite! I usually go to bed around 5 or 6! Your story is quite funny though…and one I can certainly relate to! My dogs are so used to my schedule…it doesn't bother them one bit!

  21. The Swiss Cats
    June 10, 2017 / 1:02 pm

    Claire is a morning person (5:30-6AM), but 3AM is too early for her ! Purrs

  22. meowmeowmans
    June 10, 2017 / 3:12 pm

    This post made me laugh! Mostly because it is so, so true. As someone who wears glasses, I especially loved your mistaking a pair of black boots for Rosie. 😀

  23. McGuffy Ann Morris
    June 10, 2017 / 3:19 pm

    Kenzie is up early. At 5 AM she barks one time. So, we are up then. Chloe Jo and The Dude are up by 4 AM, telling me is is time to get up! At the slightest glimmer on light and the tiniest chirp of birds…UP & AT 'EM! Hugs!

  24. Denise Gruzensky
    June 10, 2017 / 7:11 pm

    Oh my dog and cat this is terrific. I love all the different personalities! Although we don't have any cats… Shasta is pretty difficult for schedule altering as well. Good for you getting up so early. I'm not sure I'd ever be able to…. smiles, barks and wagging tails, Denise & ~Shasta

  25. Jan K
    June 10, 2017 / 9:48 pm

    My hubby gets up at 4 – 5 am every day. It's been like this ever since we had our beagle Kobi and he started the early morning rising because he wanted to eat! He's trained all the animals since to do the same. Luckily hubby doesn't mind this, because I prefer 6 am or so, when I don't have to work.Oh, and after they have their breakfast? The pets all go back to bed. But poor Dad is wide awake by then! 🙂

  26. Jana Rade
    June 11, 2017 / 12:29 am

    My girls always sleep until we get up, unless there are some urgent potty needs. Other than during her episodes with Jasmine, or some kind of a belly upset, they wait for the bipeds to get up before they do. God bless them.

  27. Amy Hempe
    June 11, 2017 / 3:55 pm

    Hahahahaha!!! My dogs usually are asleep at 3 am, but now, since I keep the window open in the hot weather (and the AC doesn't reach my upstairs, grrr) they sleep near the window. And holy moly, they are on high alert. They will bark at someone coming home. Seriously- my dogs have turned into a nosy old lady who needs to know everyone's business.

  28. M Dawson
    June 11, 2017 / 7:34 pm

    Our cats are busy during the night, my Petcube Play has night vision and there is always someone going past the cam and triggering it. I ued to worry when Silver disappeared exploring – thankfully I keep better tabs on him now!I am not one of life's early risers (except when I was studying for exams!) but as I work from home time to myself isn't always a big issue. I do know that if I don't get enough sleep, the following day can be a real struggle and nothing positive or constructive gets done unless I catch up.

  29. Cathy Armato
    June 11, 2017 / 9:13 pm

    You almost lost me after I Get Up At 3am -good heavens!! I could never, like ever get up that early! But I continued on & was delighted by your post, especially about petting boots thinking they were Rosie, BOL!!Love & biscuits,Dogs Luv Us and We Luv Them

  30. Kitty Cat Chronicles
    June 11, 2017 / 10:00 pm

    I enjoyed reading about your morning routing and how your pets fit into it. It sounds like a sweet time that you all share together. I couldn't get up that early unless I went to bed at like 6pm! LOL!

  31. Emma
    June 11, 2017 / 11:07 pm

    We are an early morning home and love it. 3am is a bit too early, but we are usually up at 5am. The one cat tries to wake us up at 4 most days, but it doesn't work!

  32. Raising Your Pets Naturally with Tonya Wilhelm
    June 12, 2017 / 1:30 am

    Cute. My pets are pretty much knocked out at 3 am. Unless there is a potty problem. Now, 5 am the cat thinks it's time to get up.

  33. Sweet Purrfections
    June 12, 2017 / 2:19 am

    I discovered Truffle and Brulee are most active at 3:00 am in the morning when I didn't take my sleeping pills. I had no idea how much they chased each other around the house, especially on my bed and me.

  34. Beth Patterson
    June 12, 2017 / 2:27 am

    I stopped getting up early when my kids were little. No matter how quiet I tried to be, they always woke up and the peace and quiet was broken.

  35. sprinkles
    June 12, 2017 / 3:04 am

    I wake up at 5 AM and thought THAT was difficult!!! I'm a night owl so I could easily stay up until 3 or 3:30, I can't imagine trying to get up that early. I loved reading the accounts of your pets though, very interesting!

  36. Ruth Epstein
    June 12, 2017 / 5:39 am

    HA 3am is early for me, I am normally up at about 6 am but Madam Layla can sleep till 9 am if not later, she does not move which I love as it gives me time for my coffee and catching up but when the bed covers move, everything stops for her.

  37. Robin
    June 12, 2017 / 6:59 am

    Cats are really funny at 3 AM! I have experienced the fact that they don't know when you can (or can't) see them. I'm on the other end of the clock from you. The middle of the night is my work time too, but I usually just stay up through the night and go to sleep after waking my husband up for work. It is great that your pets keep you in line! Someone has to do it. LOL 🙂

  38. Dolly theDoxie
    June 12, 2017 / 12:45 pm

    Uhmm I thought you said this was the time for yourself? Dolly would not get up, Taffy might want to go out, and Rhette would probably want fed, as he's used to eating at 4 a.m. then go back to bed. Oh, in general cats are up when the birds are.

  39. Kia
    June 12, 2017 / 1:19 pm

    Oh me oh my! 3AM? I am soooo not a morning person. If Simba is tired…he doesn't care if I'm up and about or not…he's gonna stay in his bed LOL. I definitely try to make sure all of the toys and other random things are off the floor so if I get up in the middle of the night I don't fall or hurt my foot on a lego or something haha.

  40. Bryn Nowell
    June 12, 2017 / 3:22 pm

    For a person who normally goes to bed between 2:00-3:00 and wakes up at 6:40, we are on different ends of a sleep schedule, but it works and that is all that matters! I agree, having a sliver of time that is all yours, and quiet, is the only way I am able to accomplish the things I'm hoping to accomplish.I think Bean and Yoda would adjust to the schedule you listed without much of an issue, but the husband may have a much harder time! Kudos to you for finding a routine that helps you and for sharing that routine with your furry companions!

  41. Anonymous
    June 12, 2017 / 4:35 pm

    LOL. I could never wake up at 3AM- I am not a morning person at all. Echo likes to wake up around 7- 7:30 and will sleep all night. Gracie does wake up in the middle of the night, but will go back to sleep around 4-5AM and sleep till 9-10AM. Echo does not allow me to sleep in that late. 8:30 is the latest he will allow! LOL. Pets are funny.

  42. Alison Reder
    June 12, 2017 / 5:06 pm

    I swear that I keep planning to get up earlier. I really do. I read all these "success tips from the super successful" type books and they all talk about starting their day early…maybe not 3am early but definitely earlier than I get up 😉 I'm pretty sure my dogs would be fine if I got up earlier, leaving more room on the bed for them to stretch out 😉

  43. Three Chatty Cats
    June 13, 2017 / 6:00 pm

    Oh gosh, now THAT is early! I thought I got up early between 4 and 4:30! My guess is that my cats are snoozing at 3am. But they are wide awake and ready for breakfast when I get up. Eddie, our dog, sleeps in until 7 when Ross gets up.

  44. The Menagerie Mom
    June 14, 2017 / 11:58 am

    What a fun post! I don't know if I could do 3 am, but I do get up every morning at 5. This time of year the sun is already rising then, but in the winter it is pitch black. I have learned to scoot my feet along until I can get lights on, as cats and cat toys and dog chew bones will all trip me up if I don't. And my cats are all about early morning shenanigans and redecorating, too. I really do enjoy getting up before everyone else. It is such a quiet and peaceful time of day, and the kitties make it perfectly entertaining.

  45. Groovy Goldendoodles
    June 15, 2017 / 12:59 am

    Whatever the Boys are doing at 3am will forever be their secret! I will not be up with them, so as long as I don't know everything's cool….

  46. Marty the Manx
    June 16, 2017 / 2:58 am

    I am up around 3am every morning but blessedly go back to bed until 5am. The same thing goes for 5am here though 🙂

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