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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 02-08-2005, 05:32 PM Thread Starter
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Help - me get sleep

My kitties are driving me crazy. Due to my allergies to them, they can not sleep with me. Believe me I wish they could, because when they sleep with me they are content to stay on the bed all night long. They scratch at the carpet outside the bedroom door every night. I put down a throw rug every night to save the carpet from permanent damage ( you should see the damage to the throw rug). It used to be that it started at about 5am, night before last it started at 2am, last night it started at 12:30. Now the scratching is accompanied by loud meows. Any ideas to get them to stop?

I know I should play with them and wear them out before bedtime, but then I get myself wound up. Another problem with playing with them is they won't both play, Sassy is on top of everything and Kitty will just sit back and watch.

How can you keep a cat awake during the day, a big problem is they sleep most of the day - from about 1-2 in the afternoon, they get up about 5 to eat, go back to sleep until about 10.
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post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old 02-08-2005, 06:46 PM
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There's a device, I hope someone else remembers what it's called, because I can't at the moment, and you stick it on a wall or something (like outside your door) and if it senses the cats in that area, it emits a spray of air, with a hissing noise. I've heard that's a good solution to them keeping you up from outside your bedroom door at night...


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post #3 of 6 (permalink) Old 02-08-2005, 07:20 PM
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I think vanillasugar is talking about the ssscat, and you can look into it here
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post #4 of 6 (permalink) Old 02-09-2005, 02:38 PM Thread Starter
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Thank you -I'll check it out. I hate to use something that will scare them, but I may have no choice.

Last night I didn't hear a peep out of them. Either I was SOUND asleep for a change or maybe they are realizing they aren't getting in.
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post #5 of 6 (permalink) Old 02-09-2005, 02:42 PM
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Persistence is the key... they'll eventually get the message
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post #6 of 6 (permalink) Old 02-10-2005, 01:34 AM
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Scaring is better than other options. Plus with the ssscat, the reaction to what they are doing it always the same in timing and intensity. Since you can't always be there to catch them doing what they couldn't, YOU are not the best type of discipline. (not sure if I worded that right)

After a few times, they will learn that doing that thing produces a negative situation, and they will avoid it.
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