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I need help and in a hurry! (This is a bit long.)

post #1 of 6
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I've posted about my Finnegan before. He was keeping me awake all night by attacking my bed frame and pouncing on me throughout the night.

That problem, luckily, seems to have been resolved. At least it was. I made it a habit to spend more time in the evening with Finnegan: playing, watching TV, whatever seemed to meet the needs of his mood. I started a routine of feeding my kitties just before bed, and Finnegan sort of started getting that bed time wasn't play time. Things were great for a couple of weeks!

Then, about a week ago, I was sleeping in on a weekend. Well... trying to. It was about 6:00 a.m., which is about the time I usually get up during the week. As far as Finnegan is concerned, I am fair game after 6:00.

I could hear him scratching and pawing around under the bed. I got up to get him out of there and looked under the bed. But he wasn't there. I couldn't figure it out for a second... until I saw him moving around INSIDE OF MY BOX SPRING. The little bugar must have been working on the dust cover while I was at work instead of while I was sleeping. He'd finally made a hole big enough to fit his ten-pound body through and has worming around inside.

For the past few nights, I've put Finnegan in the spare bedroom at night. I feed the kitties, Finnegan knows that he eats in the spare room. He's very good in there. He plays with his toys and doesn't make a peep until about 6:00 a.m. when he knows I should be getting up.

I don't want this to be the answer to the problem, though. I'm thinking of duct-taping the dust cover to the bottom of the box spring (the hole is far too big to sew or staple) and spraying the bejesus out of it with some of that repellent spray I've heard about. Does anyone know if this works?

The problem is increasing because Finnegan has now discovered that the underside of my couch has the same sort of material as the bottom of my box spring. Whenever I sit on the couch, he wedges himself under it, flips upside down, and goes to town. I can't just let him do this, can I? If I spray that repellent stuff on the bottom of my couch, do you think that will work?

I ask with urgency because I'm getting ready to move into a new apartment. I'd love to be able to leave Finnegan out all night and not have to figure out where to shut him overnight in a new place. Plus I just feel terrible when I close him in a seperate room.

Any ideas? Anyone know anything about those repellent sprays? Help!

post #2 of 6
This is a common problem with cats and they love to tear apart the box springs liner and hop in- I can't remember when the last time I had an intact mattress was! You can give him alternative cavelike areas in your new home to hide- but he will probably just end up under your recliner, or couch anyway- They just like cool dark places to hide where no one can reach them-
post #3 of 6
Thread Starter 
I honestly wouldn't even mind the box spring thing if he didn't crawl around in there while I was trying to sleep... and if I wasn't so allergic to him. LOL

This poor kitty can't get a break. Maybe I ought to try the repellent on the underside of my couch and just forfeit my bed to Finnegan.
post #4 of 6
Or you could buy a cheap box spring from Goodwill or somewhere, and do some of his job for him (tearing apart the side so he can crawl in and some of the liner) and put it in a spare room for him then spray repellent on yours and under the couch, or buy a piece of board to put under the box spring if all else fails. I have a cat that did the same thing to my box spring, goodness you should see my floor right now as I type this, I am mortified because all the "filling" is EVERYWHERE. Anyway I have read about people setting up a spare cat-couch for their cats to scratch, with the "good couch" being off-limits; so maybe the same will work for a box spring?
post #5 of 6
Sometime in the past we had this problem and cured it by taking an old sheet and a staple gun and covering over the complete underside of the box spring making sure it was tight.
post #6 of 6
Thread Starter 
Thanks everyone!

I think I'll try sealing up the bottom of the box spring and then spraying the underside of my couch with some repellent (I'll check Petsmart) and see what happens. He only pays attention to the couch when I'm on it and I think he's only interested in the box spring now because he's gained entry.

It's so nice to know that I can always ask someone what to do here. You guys are the best.
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