For the last 2 weeks, almost every morning my cat has started crying away at 6am exactly. It used to be she'd do this once in awhile, but lately it's been more often than not. As I'm someone who gets off work at 1030pm and usually stays up until about 1am, you could see how this could drive a person a little insane as a meowing cat first thing in the morning is just not fun to listen to. I've had her for almost 10 years, the last year of which she's been an indoor cat. Almost 2 months ago we moved to a new basement suite as the old one had the most assholish upstairs neighbours in the world. The new place is much quieter, but the street it's on is next to a marsh. The early morning this time of the year, you can hear the birds quite a bit, and I'm wondering if this is what is setting her off. I'm only debating because there's been a few rainy days in that time and you hear the birds considerably less on those days. We have one window that we keep the blinds open on for her to sit in and look out (there's no big living room window, just one in our spare/computer room and one in our bedroom which is as far from our bedroom as possible), but we've also tried "grounding" her from the window as a means to keep her from seeing the birds, but it's had no effect on her at all. I'm at my wit's end. Even if I get up and sit on the couch and watch TV it takes a long time for her to stop crying and go back to sleep. I play with her, but she'll keep crying. I gave her some catnip this morning (fresh catnip which I grew in our herb garden) and it's had some effect, but she's still pacing back and forth, not passing out like she usually does after rubbing her face on it (ALSO: she eats this fresh catnip... usually the dry stuff she just rubs her face into it, but this stuff she eats after doing the rub). Anyways... anyone who's a cat expert who can help me out or point me out to an answer, it would be greatly appreciated. I'm a light sleeper anyways, so it would be beautiful to get a full night sleep right about now. We moved because we were getting woken up by upstairs neighbours constantly (note: the cat did not do this crying act until a month and a half after we had movied, so I don't think it's the old place that "programmed" her to do this), I'd rather not be woken up because of my own cat every day.