Originally Posted by Reina465
Originally Posted by gus
It was sweet, but I'd like she kept away from the bed ... It's MY
or at least shoud be regarded as such.
You had me laughing pretty hard when I read that.
Originally Posted by Reina465
What she also did was take a huge towel and she slept on it for a week or so and put it on the couch. Sure enough she would find them on the towel in the morning. I suggest you do something similar.
Dalila doesn't seem to be much attached to the place where there's noone. (She's still a kitty, 4 months and about a week.) Of course, there are some places she already elected for herself, specially when she's alone (and everyone out, or closed in their places -- my dad works at home).
She's beginning to get more independant, now. However, when I switch the lights off, she searches for me, in my room, because I've been sleeping with the door open. (She already knows that
Originally Posted by Bethany
Actually, I don't think it's impossible to convince a cat that the bed is "your territory." At least, for quite some time Misty maintained that the bed was HER territory from the time I went to sleep until it was time to wake me up in the morning
, and enforced it with an iron paw. Stormy was NEVER allowed on the bed until it was time for me to get up. If Misty can do it, I assume we could do it.
But I think the problem is that maintaining a territory requires constant enforcement. It's not like they agreed that the bed was Misty's and then Stormy gave up. Stormy kept pushing and pushing (several times I woke up because a little cat scuffle was going on at the end of my bed) and eventually they worked out a new arrangement, such that I went to sleep at night with Misty and woke up with Stormy.
So I suspect convincing a cat that the bed is "yours" means throwing her off every time she jumps on... and she'll keep jumping on, because anyplace the human spends so much time MUST be good and therefore a desirable place to sit. (The computer chair is the second-most-hotly contested property in my apartment, I suspect for this reason.)
I think teaching her not to wake you up will probably be easier than keeping her off the bed altogether.
"But I think the problem is that maintaining a territory requires constant enforcement."
Well, I think I'm on my way to that. As I go to sleep, I have to put her on the floor for ... around ten times, a little more, a little less. But then, when she sees that I intend to sleep, she goes search for her toys, or walk around in the house, and I only see her again around seven o'clock, when she decides it's time for me to wake up.
I'm also getting Dalila to learn that the couch is someone else's territory (my mom's, once it's because of her that I do it ...), but I think she's got to figure that I keep that for myself as well. We don't fight. Only, every time she goes on the place
, I put her back on the floor
, and she says a dull, short and sweet "h'm!" of disappointment with her high-pitched faint voice (she isn't noisy), and it goes until she forgets that I'm there, and jumps on again, with a confident jolly "pr
~" ... I don't mind putting her on the floor every time she climbs it. (And one of her elected places are a nearby higher place, so, when she sees that I'm there, she goes to the higher place, and feels well there ...)
She doesn't like much my stool (I write in the computer on a stool ...), but she's always a little curious to know what's going on in the computer
but she realized already that there isn't much for her here, so, she easily (and by herself) gets distracted with something else (the floor, the cables, my hair or beard ...)
(By the way: is it dangerous for her to play with the electricity cables?
Are they male and female, or both male or both female, Misty and Stormy?