Hi, my cat Ginger is about a year old. Since I got her I have kept her in the bathroom at night. Recently I have decided to try to retrain her to be outside the bathroom at night. She's not doing so well. I understand that cat's are nocturnal. I read some articles, but this is out of hand. I leave a light on in the living room, she has toys, she has a post, I'm trying to play with her a before I go to sleep, waking her up during the day, even spraying boundary spray on a towel in front of my door. If not she comes into my room and jumps on the bed and starts either attacking feet or purring in my face. She also plays with the wires and jumps all over the furniture. If I throw her out and close the door, she just comes back and scratches at the carpet in front of the door until I get up again. I guess I've been doing the wrong thing.. I wake up 10+ times a night, get up and walk out into the kitchen with her.. usually I start eating I'm so frustrated.. then try to go back to sleep. Sometimes I even feed her to make her go away. I now realize those are BAD things to do. I read that spraying the cat with water might work. For example when she starts scratching to open the door fast and spray her then close the door again. The only thing that seems to work is putting her back into the bathroom, but I can't do that anymore, she's too old for that and my bathroom gets dirty and gross. PLEASE HELP! I'm not getting ANY SLEEP and it's starting to really get to me.
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6/12/06 at 9:34am