I just brought home a three month old kitten that loves to snuggle and climb around my face and hair when I sleep. Due to my allergies, I am congested in the morning. I would like her to sleep with me, but not on my face - how can I train her to sleep elsewhere on the bed? Amy
Cats & Kittens love to curl up and get cozy in warm and comfy places. Your kitten obviously views you as possessing those qualities. One way to train her to sleep somewhere else is to create a comfy cozy place for her. Do this by taking an old sweatshirt or towel and placing it in the dryer a for a few minutes right before bedtime. As you go to bed, grab the sweatshirt/towel and place it above the covers, at the foot of your bed. When you kitten comes to your face, gently pick her up and place her on the warm sweatshirt/towel. Repeat this for a couple of days. She should take to the warm comfy material quickly and migrate to it naturally. Simba
another way to keep your allergies from flaring up is to vacuum your house regularly and to give your kitten baths. See the Grooming section for more on this.
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I acquired an adorable female British short hair kitten one month ago. She is now 6 months old and has been spayed. For the past 2 weeks she has taken to middle of the night forays on my bed-I know this is because she wants to play or be near me-I free feed her so I know she is not hungry. I'm a very light sleeper, and have pretended to be asleep and just ignore her, hoping the lack of attention will make her stop, but it hasn't. She is alone all day and I play with her in the evenings; she gets loads of attention when I'm home. I am considering shutting her out of the bedroom because I need my sleep. I have lots of toys for her and blankets to make a cozy bed in the living room, but I'm concerned she is going to feel neglected or punished by not being allowed in the bedroom. Friends who have cats say she will grow out of this, but I cannot wait. They also suggested I shut the bedroom door when I'm home so it will always be off limits, which is what I did when I first got her. What would you suggest? Marlene Y.
Dear Marlene Y.,
I think that shutting your bedroom door at all times is a good idea. This way she will perceive the bedroom door as she does the front door, and will find her own entertainment outside of it. Just be sure to move any of her toys & blankets that may be in your bedroom out into other areas of your home. Keep me posted. Simba
Late Night Meowing
I have male and a female cat, each 2 1/2 years old. Both have been fixed; neither is de-clawed. Leo, my male cat, has been meowing at the door at night for a while…it has recently gotten worse. I have tried everything I can think of. I talk to him, I try to pet him and give him attention, thinking he was meowing because he was lonely. He runs away from me when I walk toward the door (as though he knows he is doing something naughty).
Since affection did not work, I squirt him with water and put things that he does not like near the door where he meows. I give him "time outs" by shutting him in the bathroom. he is quiet in the bathroom, but as soon as I let him out, he goes back to the door. He is now meowing all day long, and not just at the door. When he is quiet, I give have him lots of attention to reinforce the quiet behavior, but I do not know that he makes that connection!
I live in an attic apartment, and my landlord has cats downstairs (but they have always been there). Leo has never been an outdoor cat, he was a 4-week-old orphan when I adopted him. He has gotten out a couple of times into my landlord's house, but each time I catch him I tell him "No" and carry him back up the stairs. He no longer tries to run out when I open the door, so I know he can be taught.
I called my vet and she suggested things I have already tried. I do not think he is in pain or sick because he does not exhibit any other symptoms. His incessant meowing is driving me crazy, and I am afraid it keeps my neighbors awake. I love Leo and would never get rid of him, but I could use a good night's sleep and some peace and quiet during the day. Any suggestions? Door-o-thy
Certainly sounds like you have your hands full with Leo. You have done all the right things so far. From the all-around nature of his meowing, it sounds as though it is more than just the door. His not trying to escape reinforces that. You may just the same want to get a cat Scat Mat. These mats give off an unpleasant sensation when stepped upon. This would certainly discourage Leo from going to the door. However, that is not going to solve the underlying problem, that something is bothering Leo!.
I recommend taking Leo to the vet and perhaps having him prescribe an anti-anxiety medication, assuming that he does not have a more serious illness. Some questions I would ask myself are:
I have 2, 6-month old cats, 2 boys, both neutered. One of them (midnight) whines at 4AM! It used to be at 5 when my fiance would get up for work, but since the time change its been 4. He stands at my closet door and scratches and "chirps" at it. We used to lock him in our spare bedroom with all their toys with food and water but he would scratch at the doors. I have asked everyone for advice and they all said keep them up past 6pm and let them out of their room. I tried that, they now sleep through the night but he still wakes up at 4. Help! I am exhausted, and my fiancé wants to get rid of him. Sleepless in CA
Dear Sleepless in CA
Try placing them in their own room with their water and toys. To avoid being woken by their scratching at the doors, place some material, like an old quilt or carpet on the inside part of the door so they can scratch away without disturbing you guys. Be sure to that the material stays on the door (you may want to nail it, or hang it over the topside so that it stays on).Keep me posted. Simba