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post #1 of 23
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Hi everyone,

I have had my cat (Chili) for 1 1/2 years. She's a 2 year old female American short hair. I close the door to my bedroom when I go to sleep, because she will keep me up, jumping on my bed, if I let her in. Should I let her in and just have her adjust? Is it mean to keep her out in the rest of my apartment? It is roomy - she has her food,water, litter, etc... out there and the couch she sleeps on. I just wanted to get other peoples' opinions. Thank you!

Max
post #2 of 23
I feel it is ok. I had a cat Taz who loved my bed but as she got older she could not jump so I had to keep my door closed or she would of broke her back.
post #3 of 23
If she's used to it, and isn'r crying or stressed out, and is happy and okay with it, then I don't see there being any problem.
post #4 of 23
I think it's fine if she's ok with it and you're ok with it. The first 2 cats I had always slept out in the living room/kitchen - I think they enjoyed the routine (they got a couple of treats at bedtime) although towards the end one of them started crying and scratching at the door at about 4-5am. Now that I've got a new kitty (and one of my original cats) I've relented and let them both sleep in the bedroom. At first I couldn't sleep for their wandering around (older cat tends to settle on the bed but my kitten is all over the place!). However, I'm now starting to get used to it and am able to block out whatever they're up to and just go to sleep. They are getting into a routine and now settle down quite quickly. She'll get used to whatever routine you establish. And if you do decide to let her into the bedroom you will get used to it.
post #5 of 23
I think it's fine, my 7 don't sleep with us and they are fine with it.
post #6 of 23
All depends on what they are used to - Loki sleeps with me - would not have it any other way. My mom's sleep any where they like - they tend to rotate their sleeping spots.

Bottom line - as long as they and you are happy NO problem
post #7 of 23
All a personal preference. I can't imagine not sleeping with our kitties but then again, I'm a very deep sleeper so it would take quite a lot to keep me awake.
post #8 of 23
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Originally Posted by caly312
Hi everyone,

Should I let her in and just have her adjust? Is it mean to keep her out in the rest of my apartment?
Max
Hi, Max. Welcome to TCS!
I think you should let her in, but she won't be the one adjusting - you will be.
Its not that its mean, keeping her out. Its just that you are missing out on some very good snuggles! Sometimes if our cats are not in our bed, I get up in the middle of the night and get one!
post #9 of 23
I wouldn't mind cats in the bedroom if they'd sleep.

Last night, for instance, I left the door open. At one point 20 teeth and 5,000 claws grabbed onto one of my feet and sank all the way in. The more I moved my foot the harder they/he attacked- I came up a foot off the mattress, shouted "Ow, ow, ow!!!" then turned over and went back to sleep.
The only way you are safe is to stay under a thick comforter and my A/C bills are high enough as it is.

To be fair I have three 6 month old kittens- I hope things get better as they age. Yes, we play with them actively before we go to bed, but with daylight savings time we turn in before dark and they wake up again for a massive playtime right around 10PM.

I'm remembering to close the door tonight.
post #10 of 23
I know exactly what you mean - no matter how sleepy my 4 month old kit is he always wakes up and gets hyper for a bit at bedtime! Imo 1am is not the time for him to discover he can climb on top of the wardrobe I don't really appreciate being woken up by him playing footsie under the duvet at 5am either but he'll grow out of that (I hope!). And it is lovely to wake up in the morning to find he's crept under the duvet and snuggled up to me. My older cat settles himself down in his favourite spot on the bed and doesn't move all night. There are times when I wonder if I should shut them out but for me the nice things about having them in the bedroom outweigh the bad. And like I said earlier, I'm getting used to them now and am better able to ignore what they're up to.
post #11 of 23
due to allergies, we sleep without kitties. in fact, the doors to all of the bedrooms and bathrooms are closed all of the time. they have full run of the living room, kitchen, family room, foyer and laundry room. plenty of room for 2 mischeivous kitties to play and sleep when we're not around. i don't think it's mean at all.
post #12 of 23
I think the kittens will still know and love ya and at the same time respect the fact you need sleep. Shut the door and get some rest. Make sure toys are out for them. Night Night
post #13 of 23
My cats dont sleep with me...they run through the house all day but at bedtime...i go to my room they go to theirs. They have a 10 x 12 room with all their *stuff* Its a jungle gym in there
I didnt let my kids sleep with me when they were home either...they grew up well adjusted
post #14 of 23
LOL That is true the cats are the kids too and we have to raise them equally
post #15 of 23
I kept my kittens outside at first too ... until one of them learned how to open the door. :-D then I just left the door open so they wouldn't hurt themselves. at first they went wild, but now that they're about a year old, they pretty much sleep through the night -- except my girl, who wakes me up regularly at 4 AM to play (and then i put her out ... she doesn't know how to open the door lol).
post #16 of 23
We close our bedroom door as well at night..We have done this since Trout was a kitten and so now she's used to it. She does try to sneak in unnoticed some nights..but then we just coax her out with treats
post #17 of 23
Baby Girl sleeps under the blankets with me and Otis usually sleeps around our ankles. He also bites my boyfriends toes in the mornings and Baby Girl and Otis like to wrestle in the morning so I usually kick them out if they're too roudy. No harm in making them learn to be alone a little
post #18 of 23
I say it's fine if it works for you and you and your cat are happy with it. I could never not sleep with Sash though in the bed cuddling with me, after he's done eating or having his playtime at night I will actually go get him and carry him back in the bed if he doesn't come back in. I just cannot sleep unless my boy is right by my side.
post #19 of 23
I can't imagine not having Zissou snuggle with me sleeping. Sometimes she's too busy staring at squirrels and doing whatever it is they do while we're asleep (mwahhhhaaahaaahaaaaaa, she says) to come in. I don't think its wrong though. If she was so stressed out that it'd be wrong, you'd be getting less sleep trying to keep her out than letting her in!

Does anyone else feel like they wake us up on purpose?
I have this string of bells by my door which she only plays with when I'm asleep. Also, if I move a noisy toy into my room that she never plays with, she'll move it to my nightstand and play with it, again, only while I'm sleeping. And every time, she acts like "What? Oh, you can't sleep through this?"
Then again, sometimes she just sits by my head and meows as loudly as she can. Or walks on my neck. Or jumps up and down on my back.
post #20 of 23
When I first got my kittens I tried to let them sleep with me but I couldn't get any rest because they were attacking my feet and climbing up on everything and knocking stuff down so I had to put them out. For the first few nights they would cry outside the door and scratch and it was breaking my heart but now they know the routine and everyone is happy. They have a huge kitty condo they sleep on.

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post #21 of 23
Quote:
Originally Posted by Zissou'sMom

Does anyone else feel like they wake us up on purpose?
I have this string of bells by my door which she only plays with when I'm asleep. Also, if I move a noisy toy into my room that she never plays with, she'll move it to my nightstand and play with it, again, only while I'm sleeping. And every time, she acts like "What? Oh, you can't sleep through this?"
Then again, sometimes she just sits by my head and meows as loudly as she can. Or walks on my neck. Or jumps up and down on my back.
Of course they do it on purpose!
Smidge's new thing is to whisk my glasses right off the nightstand onto the floor. Gee, they only cost $400, oh please do that some more!

OP: Cats are fine if you leave them outside your room. My old cat of my family's was destructive at night and she got locked in the basement, never a problem.

I let Smidge in though b/c she is alone all day and an only cat, and I dont want her isolated for yet another eight hours while I sleep. When she was still a bit of a kitten though, she kept me up way too much and I locked her out. Months later I started leaving my door open, but what do you know? SHe just kept sleeping on the living room sofa anyway and only coming in to my room in the morning to wake me up I have a fleece blanket she adores so when it is bedtime I put it on the couch for her, she jumps right up into it, curls up, and closes her eyes. She sleeps in that spot whether the blanket is there or not, but I keep up the snuggly blanket ritual for her.
post #22 of 23
I got tired of our cats messing with us when we were sleeping so we locked them out when we slept for a couple of weeks so we could get some sleep. Then we ended up missing them and letting them back in when we sleep, and it wasn't the same, they won't actually sleep in our bed anymore now.

And they also get very insecure if we shut a door and it keeps them out of a room we are in and both of them get very upset.

So whatever you decide...choose wisely.
post #23 of 23
I am sure you will be fine and the cat
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