Hello everyone. I just discovered this forum and have been reading the posts for hours! Great info here! Hopefully someone who has been through my situation with positive results can give me some suggestions:
I have two cats, Melek (F) and Zorba (M). They are approx. 16 mos. old, fixed, and from the same litter. They get along great--share a litter box, etc.--but for the past 2 weeks Zorba has started meowing and scratching outside our bedroom door everyday around 6am. Melek for the most part doesn't make a peep, but occasionally partakes in the scratching. I have tried spraying water, ignoring them, telling them 'no', letting them in the room, but nothing has worked. Up until this week, I would wake up when the meowing starts and feed them. This would buy me another 30 min. of sleep, but then they come back and meow when they're finished. The last two nights, I tried giving them extra play time before I go to bed (didn't know about that suggestion until this week so it may need some more time) but this morning the meowing started at 4:30am!!!
If I lived alone, I could ignore it, but I live with my bf and he gets up for work before I do and cannot simply ignore the meowing/scratching. They are "my" cats afterall so I feel an obligation to solve the problem. I haven't allowed them to sleep in the bedroom with me since I got them at 6 weeks old so this is nothing new for them. I've tried leaving the door open at night, but they just run around the room, jump on the dressers, chew on electrical cords, basically anything except lay on the bed and sleep. I usually feed them when I get home from work (5:30-6:00pm) and in the morning around 7:00am. They're both on dry food, but I can't just leave it out all night for 2 reasons:
1) Melek is on Rx food for a urinary infection so they're currently being fed separately.
2) For the 1st year, I left their food out all the time then the vet put them on Adult Light and told me to feed them 2x/day.
Is it too late in the game to invest in a kitty condo for my living room? They usually just sleep on a cushy chair. I've heard about the SSSCat thing, but I'd rather not invest in all these gadgets if they're just a short-term solution. I really do not want to resort to locking them up in another room as the only other rooms with doors are right next to our bedroom so chances are we would still be able to hear them.
I have always been the type of person who needs at least 8-9 hours of sleep so this recent behavior is leaving me severely sleep-deprived. Help!!!