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Scratching @ the window

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I'm having trouble with my 2 1/2 year old male cat Hugo. I live in a small studio apartment w/ Hugo and his younger female playmate Hyphen. I have a sunroom in which I sleep in the front seperated from the rest of the apartment by french doors with glass windows. Hugo has this terrible habit of scratching @ the glass doors when I'm trying to sleep. I keep the doors open and he can come in and out of the sunroom as he pleases, but he scratches at them anyway, making a clickclickclickclickclickclick sound of his front claws on the glass. I don't think he's looking to play because Hyphen and him have woken me up with their thundering around the apartment playing @ wee hours of the morning. The only thing I can do to make him stop is to put both cats in the bathroom for the rest of the night. I'm stuck - I don't want to keep the cats in the bathroom when Hugo's doing this, but if he wakes me up, what else can I do? His food and water bowl are always filled, and he's a good cat when he's not doing this.
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One of my cats does this whenever outside cats or racoons stroll by the door.

To keep Hugo away from the door get a large piece of cardboard or a beach towel and cover one side with double-sided tape. Every night place the cardboard, sticky side up, in front of the door. Because cats hate touching sticky stuff, this will keep Hugo away from the door.

Good luck!
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I have a Persian cat that does the same thing. She will scratch at the sliding glass door in my bedroom. I really think she does it to wake me up and get my attention. She only does it in the early morning around 5:00 or 6:00 am, when I'm still sleeping. I think it's her way of telling me to get up and feed her. If I get up and give her some food, she stops scratching.
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Oddly enough... some cats like the cool feel of glass against their paws as they strop. Our Bugs does this to window surfaces, especially when they have condensation on them but really he'll do it any time.

This hasn't resulted in any inconvenience (except cleaning streaky windows every week), but I do think that Lotsocats' suggestion may really help. In addition, I'd see if his desire to scratch can't be redirected... maybe to a sisal scrathing post is there isn't something in the sunroom he can strop on.
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