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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 02-25-2006, 06:40 PM Thread Starter
 
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I'm having quite a problem with my year-and-a-half old male cat, Mimi. He's always been a handful, but lately he's been out of hand with a certain behavior. Every morning at 4:30 for the last six months, he's been jumping up on my bed and stabbing me with his claws. I have always let him sleep in my bedroom, and he didn't bother me when he was younger. So after he scratches and bites my feet, I throw him out of my bedroom into the rest of my apartment and close the door. This has worked for the last few months, but for the last few weeks, when I throw him out he starts screaming and rattling the doorknob with his paws. I don't know what to do! I would never, ever give him up under any circumstances, but this is driving me crazy- I'm a medical student and don't get enough sleep anyway. Any advice would be appreciated! Thanks!
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post #2 of 9 (permalink) Old 02-25-2006, 07:17 PM
 
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Maybe its because you named him Mimi...(lol j/k)

but seriously....cats seem to realize when you give them a name that doesnt suit their sex or insults them...

I once adopted an adult cat and Conan named him "Mr Chunky" and the cat got away from us and ran away as fast as he could...adopted the neighbors just fine tho...they called him Snowy....

maybe call him Spike or Savage or Bear or something and see how he reacts

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post #3 of 9 (permalink) Old 02-25-2006, 10:17 PM
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what about putting a thicker blanket over that part of the bed?
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post #4 of 9 (permalink) Old 02-25-2006, 10:23 PM
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More interactive play to wear him out before bed, it probally wouldn't take alot of time and would be well worth it if 15 minutes play translated to more sleep time.
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post #5 of 9 (permalink) Old 02-25-2006, 10:47 PM
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All of my cats are foot-biters. Fortunately, my son either doesn't notice or doesn't care, so they all sleep with him and don't howl at our door.

I agree, try tiring him out before you go to bed. Play with him really hard and he might go to sleep with you.
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post #6 of 9 (permalink) Old 02-26-2006, 11:26 AM
 
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Maybe he learned his leason and would like to sleep with you again. Let him in and see how it goes for a few days.
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post #7 of 9 (permalink) Old 02-26-2006, 01:56 PM
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Remember that cats are nocturnal creatures, so 4:30 am is primetime for Mimi.

I like the tips about tiring him (and yourself!) out in the evening and then folding a thick blanket over your feet before you fall asleep. If Mimi doesn't get your attention at 4:30 am, he'll get bored and move on to something else. Whatever you do, though, don't punish or scold him for doing what comes naturally to him. He just wants you to join him in the "fun".

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post #8 of 9 (permalink) Old 02-26-2006, 11:04 PM
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I agree with PrimoBabe. Cats are nocturnal.
Their activity time is dawn and dusk.
My cat will come and bite my hair in the morning
if he is out of food. That might be another possibility
Try feeding him to see if that diverts him.
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post #9 of 9 (permalink) Old 02-27-2006, 08:39 PM
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Try feeding him to see if that diverts him.
Wouldn't that encourage the bad behaviour? How about getting another friend to play w/?
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