New baby + old cat = jealousy, noise edition
August 31, 2014 2:08 PM Subscribe
15+ year old cat is displaced from his regal throne by 7 week old baby. How to stop him from meowing as loudly as possible while the baby is sleeping?
posted by nadise to Pets & Animals (10 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
We've got a 7 week old baby in the house, and the cat who previously considered me his mama is intentionally stirring up trouble.
The first night we had the baby home, he stood on the bed above the sleeping baby's cradle, and meowed at him as loudly as possible, repeatedly in a series. We reacted, and he learned that meowing at the baby is a good way to get attention.
Mind you, he gets what we think is adequate attention. He still sits on my lap while the baby is napping, and I follow him to his favorite parts of the house to get petted in/on several times a day. At 15 years old, he hasn't been one for "play" for years, but my lap is his happy place. He's purring on it right now.
He just doesn't like it that whenever the boy cries, I drop everything and respond. He used to be #1 around here, now he's #2, and having a hard time with it.
Waking people up is his new pasttime. He'll wake the baby from naps, he'll wake all 3 of us from sleep at 5am, he'll wake just the parents by pouncing on us in bed... It's as if he knows sleep deprivation is the worst he could do to us right now.
He doesn't stop his series of loud meows in response to shushing, spray bottle, being picked up, or having a spit rag tossed at him from across the room. What else can we try to stop this behavior in the moment?! What can we try to prevent it?
He doesn't pose a threat to the baby, and we're not getting rid of him. Just sayin'.