We have a 5-year old Occicat, along with four other cats. Initially, all our cats were allowed to go outdoors whenever they wanted through cat doors (we live in a rural environment). But, when we lost two cats (likely to bobcats)a year ago, we have been keeping them in at night. This has worked fine, until a couple of months ago. The Occicat (very bright!) first figured out how to open the door at night and get out (get on the counter, pull down the handle, get down by the door and pull it open with claws under the door). We then placed a barrier in front of the door at night so he cannot do this. Since then he scratches at the door, and yowls constantly and loudly, almost every night (ususally around 2-3 AM). Any ideas on how to stop this behavior? We can't let him out at night due to bobcats and coyotes, but we can't continue not sleeping due to his loud and incessent yowling. Thannks for any ideas.
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1/15/03 at 8:26am