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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 10-26-2011, 11:35 PM Thread Starter
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Yowling! At wits end!!

still dealing with the 4am yowling, going on 2 months now...I try to ignore her but I end up dealing with her...petting, feeding, rubbing the ears...HELP! How can I stop this behavior!!

Jodie is needing a good nights sleep!
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post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old 10-26-2011, 11:41 PM
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You really need to stay firm and ignore her for a while. She will eventually learn that she isn't going to get what she wants from doing that! When she's being good, give her extra praise, petting etc and reward her for her good behaviour.
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post #3 of 7 (permalink) Old 10-27-2011, 11:05 AM
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Has she been spayed?

The last time people tried to elimate free roaming cats it resulted in The Black Plague.
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post #4 of 7 (permalink) Old 10-28-2011, 12:05 AM Thread Starter
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yes she is spayed.


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post #5 of 7 (permalink) Old 10-28-2011, 02:20 AM
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Because your cat has trained you to give him/her attention when he/she demands it at 4 AM, you now have a longer re-training period to go through.

I would simply say "bedtime," stuff in ear plugs and ignore him/her until it time to get up. Try dividing the second meal into dinner and a bedtime snack, to rule hunger out as the cause.
My dogs and cats have adapted to our sleep schedule.

You could also try pushing the response back to 4:30 AM. Once the cat gets used to waiting until 4:30 to start acting up, then move it back to 5 AM.

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Excellent idea, Mom of 4! I am gonna try that myself and see how it works, starting from tonight!
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post #7 of 7 (permalink) Old 10-28-2011, 12:54 PM
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If she does have a UTI or urinary crystals that may explain why she's howling. I'd howl too if I were in pain.

Glad she is seeing the vet today so you can start moving forward with fixing your issues.
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