For those of you who know my struggles with my 3 year old Barkley, here is an update on his status as of this time. Back in July it was recommended by the vet that Barkley be placed on Amitriptyline in an attempt to change his budding behavior problems (nervous behavior, incessant meowing at front door at night, attacking and destroying certain things in the house, etc). The vet believed this behavior was mostly attention seeking and some showing of anxiety on his part. As of this time Barkley is no longer on the Amitriptyline because as the vet stated might be the case, it is not working and the negative behavior has not changed for the better but instead for the worse. For awhile, Barkley would wake me up in the mornings starting between 2am and 3am. This behavior would happen about 2 or 3 times a week, mainly on the days that I do not have to be at work at 6am. But now he insists on waking me up everyday, between the hours of 1am and 4am, whether or not I have to go to work. I have attempted to ignore his negative behavior and go back to sleep, he only gets louder and more bolder and destructive. I have placed him outside of the bedroom and closed the door instead of leaving it open so that he can roam freely in and out throughout the night as he likes. This does not stop his meowing/crying because he then begins to attack the carpet, literally pulling it up from the floor, ruining it in the process. It is hard for me to turn a "deaf" ear to this behavior and act like I dont hear this in an effort to get him to stop. Another thing that he does now incessantly is that he will climb up using my computer monitor and will start ripping at my pictures on the walls, that I most certainly can not and will not ignore as those pictures are priceless to me and I have no room to move them elsewhere so I dont know what to do about that one. I am now at my wits end because although I do not want to I am considering surrendering him back to the Humane Society where I originally adopted him from. I will see that only as a last resort and hope it does not come to this. The vet recommended an Animal Behaviorist who I have spoken to via the phone but the only problem with that is this man costs entirely too much money right now that I can not afford. The vet stated that since the Amitriptyline seems not to be working that he can not make any other suggestions other than the Animal Behaviorist. I am thankful that Petunia is the one who will go to sleep at night when I do and pretty much sleep through the night with no problem. I just wish I could get Barkley to do the same thing because I can not afford to continue to lose sleep like this on a nightly basis. Sorry for this being so long and thank you for reading this and offering suggestions/advice.
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11/4/06 at 7:51am