And, do you know who else has their internal wake up timer set? Our very verbal cat, Popoki. She has figured out that if she jumps on our bed at 5:49am, then that will most likely involve some petting and affection until the wild little people invade the room. I refuse to pet her but she persists, maybe thinking that my pushing her away is at least some form of petting? She stands on my hip meowing "Oh, thank goodness you're awake! I'm here and it's time to pet me now come on hurry up now is your chance please please please aren't I cute I know you've waited all night to pet me I've been sooooo deprived for way too long pet me pet me pet me nowwwwww...". If I don't pet her then she will attack my feet to get my attention, and if that doesn't work, then she'll throw her body somewhere on my body and make herself comfortable. Gee, why don't we just close our bedroom door? Seems logical. But, then she'll sit outside our door scratching and crying...at 5:49am. Trust me, she's done it and it's not pretty. She has us trained well because that's her job.
So, what's the answer? Go away to a cabin in the mountains for two weeks, alone, to reset my internal clock? Not going to happen. I think for now I'll just relish those five minutes of glorious cuddle time because soon my kids won't want to do that anymore and be happy that my little rescue kitty has finally come out of her timid shell and realized that she's home for good and not going anywhere.