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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 02-19-2005, 08:16 PM Thread Starter
 
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cat drumming...

I desprately need some answers. My cat is about 3 years old, and she has this terribly loud behavioral problem. She knows how to drum~ Basically she puts her paws up on anything such as my bedroom door at 4 am or the TV or couch or well, I could keep on going for days.. but what she does, is steps up on her back legs and makes a wipeing motion with her paws from top to bottom and it gets louder because she is alternating her weight with it so it echoes. I have no idea how to solve this. I have tried all I know including a spraybottle, timeouts, rewarding good behavior, nothing works.
It is all spontaneous. she can be calmly lying on the couch and then the next you know she is pounding on the front door. She has no claws, and is an indoor cat which I play with regularly. These events are like an alarm every morning and evening when I go to bed, as well as throughout the day. I love her dearly, but I am pulling my hair out trying to get some sanity without giving her up. If you have any suggestions please please let me know . .. behavior modification, or even kitty ritalin would be ok smirk*. She is also very vocal along with this. Aghhh
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post #2 of 4 (permalink) Old 02-20-2005, 11:28 AM
 
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4 am is wake up time, I have two cats who sleep on the bed with me and exactly at that time they wake up and proceed to try and wake me up. My problem is more easily solved, I just put them out of my room and close the door, then they run up and down the hallway chasing each other and crashing into things as they slide on the runners. you might have to use more drastic measures, maybe put your cat in a bathroom or a room where you wont be able to hear the drumming, cats are creatures of habit and if they get results like waking you up and they know it then they follow that pattern. So remove kitty from your room to an area where it wont disturb you, sometimes this works.good luck, wish I could be more help. Maggie
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post #3 of 4 (permalink) Old 02-20-2005, 02:56 PM
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Do you have a room available where you could confine your cat at night? I got my cats used to sleeping in their own room, so they don't bother me. They can do whatever they like in there, but since there's not much to stimulate them, they're usually pretty quiet all night until I get up in the morning. I takes a while to get them used to it if they've had the run of the house, but with patience and persistence and consistency, it should work, even if you have to put cardboard on the door and wear earplugs for a while.
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post #4 of 4 (permalink) Old 02-21-2005, 09:04 PM Thread Starter
 
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4 am is wake up time, I have two cats who sleep on the bed with me and exactly at that time they wake up and proceed to try and wake me up. My problem is more easily solved, I just put them out of my room and close the door, then they run up and down the hallway chasing each other and crashing into things as they slide on the runners. you might have to use more drastic measures, maybe put your cat in a bathroom or a room where you wont be able to hear the drumming, cats are creatures of habit and if they get results like waking you up and they know it then they follow that pattern. So remove kitty from your room to an area where it wont disturb you, sometimes this works.good luck, wish I could be more help. Maggie
~I have tried to put her in the bathroom all night with a cozy bed of soft blankets, fresh h2o and food and litter box. It is the only room I have in my apartment that is private besides my room. She hasn't taken to it yet, and it's been 4 months that I have tried this more often than not. Thanks for the advice anyways I appreciate it. sleepy yawn*
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