I have had my cat for almost 2 years now. When I got him, as a stray probably abandoned by owner (according to his card at the Humane Society; no further information), he was already neutered & declawed.
For the most part, he's a very good cat. Lately, over the last several months (some nights more than others), he is pawing everything. I live in an apartment with those very cheap hollow doors and so when he's pawing the doors its like someone is holding a megaphone up to an electric sander (I'm an extremely heavy sleeper, as in 4 alarms to wake me up, and this wakes me up everytime!). I wish I could get a video of it so you can actually hear how loud it is because it does sound like an exaggeration until you actually hear it.
I correct him during the day if I catch him, but my concern is he does this all night long (usually starting about 3 am). As soon as I sit up he runs and hides (I think he thinks its a fun game), but I correct him (He's well acquainted with the phrase "Bad Kitty!").
I've tried multiple suggestions. He's gotten light swats on the rear and firm no's & "bad kitty"s. He's been squirted with water. I've turned the hair dryer on at him (I have a cold setting so its just cold air). I've tossed things at the walls around him (NOT AT HIM).
Its not one particular area. For example, if I'm sleeping he paws the closet door closest to my bed. Or if I'm in the living room (I've tried moving to the couch to sleep), he'll paw the hall closet door or my front door. He paws cabinets and walls and windows and furniture. The windows and furniture I really don't care about because that doesn't make any noise when I'm trying to sleep, but I try to correct him when I see him doing it so he doesnt get confused on what is ok and whats not....
If I leave the closet door open, its just worse because he paws it and that in turn makes the door bang up against the wall.
I don't understand what started this behavior, but its getting progressively worse and I'm not getting much sleep! I had to put him in his kitty kennel the last two nights, which I don't want to do since I want him to be able to run around if he wants, but unfortunately, I don't seem to have much choice unless someone can give me a few more suggestions. I do have to move the kennel into another room because he then paws at the kennel door, which isn't as loud as the electric sanding noise.
He has a large scratching/climbing post that have ledges and hideaways that he doesn't paw at all; he just jumps from ledge to ledge and into the hideaways. I've also tried wearing him out during the evenings before bed time. He's got a billion and one toys to play with, but that doesn't seem to do any good either!
If he had claws, I wouldn't have an unscratched piece of furniture, cabinet, or door in the place.....Can anyone offer a better suggestion besides what I've tried and locking him into his kennel at night??