[quote]Originally posted by Barney's Mom
WOW. So other people have the same problem! I have the sweetest cat, Buster who is such a chatty little guy. BUT he YELLS and whines, and drives me nuts when I am home- unless he is eating his dinner or taking a nap. He has a sister who hates him (don't know what is up with that, it happened after he went to the vet and came home-apparently she didn't know it was him anymore). She won't play with him, it always ends in a fight. Anyhow, he has his quiet sweet moments.... which is part of why I absolutely adore this little guy! I have figured out that whenever he sees another cat outside the window, he goes beserk with the howling and mewing and trying to talk to them. He runs from window to window, hoping to get a glimpse. If I play with him and bug him so he doesn't sleep, it definately helps. And then there was the time I actually prayed to relieve him from his anxiety, and it seemed to work for a couple of weeks! But then he goes back to the old ways- or some old stray cat gets in his view at 4 am. I leave the window open by the bed so he can keep watch. All the windows have shades on them, and he just nudges them out of the way. Besides, closing all the windows and shades means I will boil to death, and that doesn't work for me.
The interesting thing is that his sister Precious is SUCH A GOOD GIRL. She wakes up in middle of night and plays by herself. Sometimes she shouts out a few words here and there- (and her voice is so funny), but she really keeps to herself! When she is done, she goes back to sleep- the only way I know she got up is because he has made enough noise to wake us both up! But she is such a good girl, and never does anything bad-- ever!
So what can I say to help? I have tried it all- playing with him with a flying bird, laser pen, squirt bottle, chasing him around, throwing him in the shower, yelling, putting him back in bed, you name it. I think he knows he is being bad, because if I put him in bed and scold him with my finger (you bad boy!) it appears like he gets it. But then, in a few minutes he is right back at it. Sometimes when he sleeps til 4 am and then wakes up howling, I just take a pillow and cover my ears! If he doesn't get any response, he has to give up, right? Well, I have to say covering MY ears is the most effective method- I think it works because I am so tired, I fall back asleep because I can't really hear him through that pillow, or he just gives up trying to wake me up.
The thing is though, it is such a big drag to go through this every single night! Oh, excuse me a minute... I have to go wake him up now before he gets too much REM sleep. When I go to sleep tonight I will say another prayer to relieve him from any anxiety he may be feeling because the cats in the neighborhood are lurking outside.
By the way, I tried the leash thing with him= taking him out on Sundays. That ended up being a HUGE NIGHTMARE, because I found that I could NOT reason with him and tell him that we only go out on Sundays. He wanted to go out any time I got home, or was home on the weekends. Its like with kids- once they get to a certain age you can tell them no and explain why. With Buster, no reason ever worked, because he just doesn't understand why he can't go out when he wants to.