Before you think I'm bat shit crazy, yes you read that right. I bought an automatic cat food feeder for Smudge.
He used to jump up in bed with me, give lots of nice cuddles and then do that oh so cute kneading thing cats love to do. This is great when it's not three in the morning!! His favourite way to wake me up? Slowly, and loudly pushing everything that is on my bed side table off onto the floor. This included my glass tub of face cream. That shit is loud.
With the automatic cat feeder I set it for three times throughout the day and I only have to refill it every two -days. It's perfect. I set it for 5am so he doesn't wake me up, 1pm when no one is home, and 10pm just before i go to sleep.
I found mine for under $50 on Amazon which is still pricey for a cat food dish but I honestly can't say enough good things about it! Highly recommend if you have an annoying cat who believes you are on earth to feed him.