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I played along and I am trapped here, too.

Happy birthday, Gwyn!

Today was Day Four of the Bacci Howling Incident.

Ugh.

Day Two, she mowed outside my door again around 7 am, but gave up and started again around 9 am.
Day Three, she started mewing loudly (and relentlessly) at 7 am.
Day Four, she started at FOUR AY-EM. The little jerk.

So.

This isn't just incessant, LOUD mewling outside my door. She also scratches endlessly at the door jamb, and does this thing that I once thought was adorable: she lays down and puts her arm under the door and rattles it in its frame. This was cute, you see, when I was awake and watching the furry little paw stick itself under the door. This is NOT even remotely adorable when it's 4 am and she is SLAMMING the door back and forth in its frame.

I had thought of sleeping with the door cracked last night. She came in and started doing this other uncute thing where.... she likes to burrow, you see. Some days, I'll take a nap and she'll sleep under the covers with me, along my legs. However, if she can't get access, or can't figure out HOW to get access, she digs. A cat digging through a comforter is a weird, rhythmic, severe claw-sharpening sound. Ten minutes of me trying to get her to stop... and out she went.

Suggestions?

In my bitterness, whenever she is happily sleeping today, I wake her up in the most annoying way I know how at that particular moment.

This, combined with a car alarm that went off almost constantly since midnight last night, makes for a very sleepy Aubrey.

Oh, and I still need to take her down to the vet sometime over the next two or three days to get her stitches removed. Any takers for a driver?

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i_beckygardens
May. 28th, 2007 08:35 pm (UTC)
My suggestion would be crate training and earplugs. Good luck!
randwulf
May. 28th, 2007 09:01 pm (UTC)
In my bitterness, whenever she is happily sleeping today, I wake her up in the most annoying way I know how at that particular moment.

Compressed air can horn works great for that kind of thing!

Except you end up with a somewhat leaky cat.

Life's full of trade-offs like that.
tapho
May. 28th, 2007 09:01 pm (UTC)
I don't know if crate training will work on a cat...

My cats were doing the same thing after we started closing our door at night. They used to just sleep with us, but 5 cats + 1 queen bed= shitty night sleep.

So we kicked them out.

Our solution to the arm, scratching at the door...etc was to stick a pillow corner (one you don't care about) and close it in the door. This wedges it tight in between the door and jamb. The door won't rattle. We used a body pillow and laid the majority of in front of the door, closed the corner of the pillow in the door and that was it.

They couldn't scratch because the pillow was in the way and the wedged pillow made the door not rattle.

The meowing....I don't know.

One of my cats still caterwauls at 5 am when he gets a wild hair up his ass. Last time we just threw him in the garage before bed.
ornotmajestic
May. 28th, 2007 09:15 pm (UTC)
My cat did this for a while. Would mew incessantly at all hours, attack my face while I slept, break all of my blinds in my windows. Basically, what used to be cute because hell when she did it at 3am. Which became always. Unfortunately, I ended up giving her away due to: 1) moving to an apartment that didn't allow pets
2) I just couldn't handle it anymore.

Cats are an enigma to me.
baryon
May. 28th, 2007 11:08 pm (UTC)
If only you could get her to wake you up at the time you need to get up.

My cat has been meowing lately around the time I should be going to bed, but I am still up. Then when I finally go to bed, she will meow some more, keeping me awake. Then an hour or two before I need to get up, she will meow some more, waking me up.
gldngrrl
May. 28th, 2007 11:28 pm (UTC)
wheeek!
My guinea pigs are noisy, but they sleep in the other room. The few times I have had to share the room with them... they kept me up.

Crazy animals! but we love em.
onionsniper
May. 29th, 2007 12:13 am (UTC)
Mommycat does that sometimes when she has a wool baby to talk to or an echoey stairwell to yodel in. The answer is squirt guns/bottles and saying NO so that they associate the sound of NO with getting sprayed. Eventually you won't have to squirt her, you can just say NO and she'll stop. Theoretically, anyway. I usually just get up and ask Mommycat what her problem is and take her back to bed with me to soothe her.

You could just make her go to bed with you at the same time as you and see if that helps.

Most weird cat behavior like that clears up on its own in a few days anyway.
macmanchad
May. 29th, 2007 02:05 am (UTC)
She must think you've stashed her girl parts in your mattress.
gautelen
May. 29th, 2007 02:59 am (UTC)
This kitty thing happens to my flatmates and they have a bad kitty spray water bottle, it works wonders.
rock_starlette
May. 29th, 2007 03:51 am (UTC)
In my bitterness, whenever she is happily sleeping today, I wake her up in the most annoying way I know how at that particular moment.

I love that!!!
njsharkman
May. 29th, 2007 04:42 pm (UTC)
Id agree with two things which friends have used...old pillow between door and a child gate...nice and tight from the inside, just prepare to lose the pillow to chew and scratching.

It worked and weaned them off off the rattledoor syndrome. Or put them in the bathroom at night, depends where food and litterboxes are.

good luck.

mh
aintesduck
May. 30th, 2007 01:40 am (UTC)
Suggestions?

Duct tape her into her cat-bed?
mmebutterfly
May. 30th, 2007 11:45 pm (UTC)
Spraybottle thirded!
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