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post #1 of 15 (permalink) Old 01-15-2003, 10:55 AM Thread Starter
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my cat won't stop from 5am - 11am EVERY DAY


My cat is 2 years old and every night at around 5 am, he starts to scratch on the basement door, which is located in my room in my apt. He does this loudly for long periods of time until i WAKE up and let him downstairs... only for him to return 15 min later, and 5 min later want to go back down again. He does this from around 5am until 11am, over and over again. It's really irritating because i can't sleep at night.

I tried putting things in front of the door so he doesnt scratch- but crawls under or around or scratches on the stuff i JUST PUT IN FRONT of the door.... I've tried "cat repellant" that you spray around areas that you dont want your cat to go near. After about 10 min, he goes back anyway. I tried warning him with a firm "NO," and then if he scratches again, spraying him with a bit of water and saying NO again. But he just returns. I tried locking him out of the room, but he just scratches at the door.

HELP!!!! what do i do!??!?!
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post #2 of 15 (permalink) Old 01-19-2003, 03:44 AM
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Have you thought about just leaving the door open and let him wander in and out whenever he wants? Is it safe for him down there.....if so I would indulge his curiosity. You could also get him some toys, like mice, balls etc that don't make much noise that will keep him occupied when he's feeling restless. Good luck and let me know what happens.
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Yeah, just let him in there. Otherwise you could try to ignore him until he figures he can't go downstairs. If you get up and let him in everytime he scratches well then he's going to learn that scratching means you come and open the door. Good Luck
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post #4 of 15 (permalink) Old 01-20-2003, 06:08 PM Thread Starter
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i cant leave the door open

i cant leave the door open to the basement because there is another door about 1 foot from this door that leads to outside, and there is a huge hole in the bottom where cold air gets in... so if i leave the door open, my apt will be 40 degrees all the time...
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post #5 of 15 (permalink) Old 01-21-2003, 06:10 PM
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Oh Well I'd either just try to ignore him which I know will be hard and annoying at night until he gives up with trying to go in there or you could give him things to do at night like with toys and such. Give him something to keep him busy.
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thanks for the advice, guys... its hard to ignore him, he's soooo loud!
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post #7 of 15 (permalink) Old 02-04-2003, 09:19 PM
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my idea

someone told me to use vinegar in a spray bottle, they remember this alot longer than water in the face.
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vinigar?

isnt vinigar bad for them? can it hurt their eyes??
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post #9 of 15 (permalink) Old 02-04-2003, 09:26 PM
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exactly my friend, exactly
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correct do not spray your cats with vinegar

Kittliness is giving out bad advice and telling some bad stories. Kittliness give it a rest.

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