Cat won't let me sleep!!

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Old 08-18-06, 10:23 PM
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Question Cat won't let me sleep!!

I have a cat that's about 1 1/2 years old - Buddy is very friendly and loves being around people. I've always locked him in my office at night however that office is now becoming the babies room so Buddy's out of luck...I would like to keep him out at night but when I do he's constantly pulling my hair with his teeth and trying to get me to play...(I'd lock him out of my bedroom but it's a converted attic bedroom and there is no door or a place to put one)

I've tried to make it through about a week of waking up and telling him "no" everytime this happens, I've tried a squirt bottle, I've tried keeping him awake all evening and day so he'd sleep at night but he just isn't learning

I'm pretty much out of ideas...any help would be great...This is my first cat and I don't want to have to put him in a kennel or lock him in the bathroom all night.
 
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Old 08-19-06, 08:27 AM
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What would be the difference if he was in the bathroom at night versus in the "office"?

Cats are very independant and tend to be very difficult to train or change their behavior.
 
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Old 08-19-06, 04:41 PM
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I solved a similar problem.

This will sound cruel.

I am a VERY heavy sleeper. When the cat wakes me up, I become motile before aware, and respond instinctively.

In other words, I wallop the cat and knock her off the bed onto the floor. Cats are not stupid; she seldom wakes me up now.

I don't know how you can make use of my experience, as even I would have a hard time deliberately wallopping the cat.
 
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Old 08-19-06, 09:08 PM
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You can cage cat at night like at the pet store. Put some food and water in the cage and one of your soiled t-shirts so the cat feels like it is close to you.
 
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Old 08-22-06, 08:58 PM
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For starters, quit using fish oil in your hair... (just kidding!)

Actually, it seems that some cats can't resist the smell of hair oil, or certain types of hair spray which must taste like cat candy. You might try washing your hair before bed (or changing brands of shampoo), or perhaps wearing a night cap would help.

Putting him in a pet carrier overnight is a good idea.
 
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Old 08-30-06, 08:39 AM
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My wife and I had the same problem with our kitten.

She just started to grab him and make him cuddle with her. About after a week of struggling with him he quit waking her up and now he loves to cuddle.

The only time he wakes up in the middle of the night is either to tell us we locked the other cat in a room or to cuddle.
 
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Originally Posted by jhomeowner
This will sound cruel.

I am a VERY heavy sleeper. When the cat wakes me up, I become motile before aware, and respond instinctively.

In other words, I wallop the cat and knock her off the bed onto the floor. Cats are not stupid; she seldom wakes me up now.
Sometimes the walloping isn't nessecary. Try shoving him off the bed every time he pounces on your toes, pulls your hair, or whatever other obnoxious things he does to get your attention at night. If that doesn't work, then spank/wallop him, then shove him off the bed. Cats learn quickly (but they test you out every so often).
 
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Old 08-31-06, 06:14 PM
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Oh, I do not try to do anything; knocking her off me is just automatic when I start to have trouble breathing [I am mildly allergic to cats, and can not stand them within a foot of my face.]

We have reached a compromise; I sleep on my side, and she sleeps on my hip. But, being a cat, sometimes she has to test boundaries ...
 
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Old 09-07-06, 08:10 PM
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Ignore him. It'll get worse before it gets better, but eventually he'll quit it when his behaviors aren't getting him what he wants. You might have a couple tough nights but the best thing to do is absolutely nothing when he's being obnoxious. He'll stop.
 
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Old 09-08-06, 08:47 AM
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Talking cat wont let you sleep

I have tha same problem almost there is three of us in the bed at some poin at night I just move over closer to the hubby at night but back to the point my cat is 18 and he has been doing it for about a year now I would keep your door close at night unless he can open it up cat are strange they will go in spurts sometimes they want you and them other time want nothing to do with you it also some type of closeness that they are lacking and you give it to them
 
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Old 09-09-06, 12:45 AM
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I've heard the dark meat makes you sleepy...
 
 

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