My girlfriend has a shitty, shitty cat.
February 24, 2011 12:22 PM Subscribe
My girlfriend's cat has a tendency to become REALLY active at night, most often between the hours of 4 and 6 in the morning. Loudly running around the bedroom, knocking things off of tables, clawing furniture, whatever she can do to make noise. How can we curb this behavior?
posted by incomple to Pets & Animals (43 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
I try not to anthropomorphize animals willy-nilly, but the worst part is that the cat seemingly only does it to be antagonistic. She'll briefly stop or run away if either of us even raise our head to look at her, and she's proven herself to be content to sleep quietly until morning if either of us happen to be awake. She honestly seems to take pleasure in disturbing us while we sleep.
Keeping her out of the bedroom isn't an option, as she'll just sit outside the door and cry, which is worse. And unfortunately, my girlfriend's apartment isn't large enough to keep her sequestered, out of earshot.
The only "solution" I've been able to find is picking her up and restraining her while I repeatedly smack her ass HARD. This usually gets her to run off into another room and chill out, but needless to say, I'm not down with hitting any animal that isn't directly attacking me, so I don't really consider this a solution... Unfortunately, having one's sleep cut short like this, repeatedly, has been enough to take its toll. Other of the more common solutions, like shooting her with a spray bottle of water, don't really deter her.
As you can imagine, our patience with the cat is wearing very, very thin, but my girlfriend would feel too guilty if we tried to find her a new home. Does anyone have any tips or solutions on how to stop this behavior, or know if it might be linked to something else? (I'm not considering changing our sleeping or living arrangements to be an option, as everything we've tried just results in the cat finding new, more creative ways to wake us up.)
Thanks so much!