Originally Posted by withabrick
I have a 2 year old cat named Pickle who until our recent move into a house with two other cats, didn't bother me at night at all. Every night/early morning he's scratching at the door, waking my boyfriend and I up in the process. At first I thought it was because he was hungry, since the other two cats will eat his food if there's any in his bowl. But at night they sleep in our roommates bedroom with them so he has food all throughout the night.
I've tried playing with him before bed, no-scratching sprays, squirting him with water to try and fix his behavior, and even fixing him a blanket to sleep on out in our living room.
My boyfriend is growing extremely impatient and I can't take the stress it causes anymore. We rent and my cat has already torn most of the paint off the doors in our room and a third room we have where his litter and food are. I'm about at my wits end and am considering declawing him even though I'm very against it. Please, any advice would help tremendously!
First do NOT declaw.
It is horribly cruel, like removing your fingers. It also will cause other behaviors worse than the cat scratching at the door. Since they lack claws to defend themselves, they will resort to biting instead. And, many cats become litter box adverse because it's so painful to step in the box. They also can wind up with arthritis. Seriously, NOT a good or humane idea at all.
The Cat Site is seriously against declawing so don't be surprised if others comment about the dangers of doing this. I urge you to read these articles which detail the problems and give alternative solutions:
Second, stop with the water bottle. This does not curb the behavior and if misdirected can injure their eyes and ears. Plus it destroys the bond between you and the cat. Why would you want your loved pet to be fearful of you? Last, it won't teach the cat not to scratch. Cats just don't work that way.
Why not just allow him access to your bedroom? That would solve the problem of the door scratching. It sound like he wants your company. I know some people don't like having cats in their rooms when sleeping but overall, since you rent, it's a better choice than having the cat ruin items which you'll lose your deposit over. I can assure you, it's less annoying to be woken by a purring cat on your bed than to hear it tearing at a door.
Cats notoriously hate closed doors, nearly all will try to get into them at some point (our basement door is the one our cats focus on since it's the only one they aren't allowed access into).