How to Acclimate a Cat to Bedtime Rituals
March 12, 2014 2:14 AM Subscribe
A kitty has joined my home as of 48 hours ago (photos eventually, pretty sure a coworker is on here and I need to preserve anonymity right now). She's 7 months old ish and now that she's made a fantastic turnaround from being huddled in a corner to triumphant queen of my entire apartment, I need to start getting her acclimated with some things so we set some behavior boundaries right away. Help!
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I made a big mistake and let her explore my room AND sit with me on my bed while I fell asleep. I don't want her sleeping with me on my bed because in general sharing a bed with anything makes me claustrophobic. She has seen how wonderful my bed is and loves pouncing on me under the covers any time I move. No bueno. I gently moved her off the bed and out into the living room where she has taken up residence under my couch. I now feel guilty but I am determined to make this stick no matter how cute her mouse like meow is.
How do I get her to sleep outside my room without bugging me, and what's the best way to redirect her pouncing without scaring her so that she gets my body isn't a toy?
The shelter told me she was a mellow, low key cat. Clearly now that she has her very own human this is not the case. Sigh.