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Old August 8th, 2013, 06:18 AM
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CATS Keeping everyone up!

My two cats are keeping everyone up in the house.

Even though they have food, water, clean litters, etc, they will sometimes meow non-stop for 30 minutes or more at random times during the night. The two cats (Kalou and Roo) are really good friends and snuggle all the time but they do rough house sometimes and this is something that they do in the night so we are constantly getting up to separate them to ensure they don't get too rough with each other.

Kalou will also sometimes just scratch at our wardrobe non-stop (he just uses the pads of his feet - not his claws) so he isn't doing damage, just making noise. We can't close him out of our bedroom as he would scratch non-stop at the door (plus we like having the kittens allowed in the whole house).

If anyone has any ideas or suggestions as to how we can stop or deal with these problems it would be greatly appreciated:

1. Meowing non-stop during the night
2. Rough housing with each other
3. Scratching just to make noise (not do damage)
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Old August 8th, 2013, 07:27 AM
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Try some regular physical play sessions with them for a good half an hour right before bed using various interactive toys. Then give them a tasty bedtime snack. And whatever you do, don't respond to them when they make noise at night, that only reinforces the behaviour. Wear ear plugs if you have to until they realize that their shenanigans aren't having an effect.
http://www.catbehaviorassociates.com...-alarm-clocks/
http://www.catbehaviorassociates.com...avior-in-cats/
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Old August 9th, 2013, 10:52 AM
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Try some regular physical play sessions with them for a good half an hour right before bed using various interactive toys. Then give them a tasty bedtime snack. And whatever you do, don't respond to them when they make noise at night, that only reinforces the behaviour. Wear ear plugs if you have to until they realize that their shenanigans aren't having an effect.
http://www.catbehaviorassociates.com...-alarm-clocks/
http://www.catbehaviorassociates.com...avior-in-cats/
I totally second that !

LOL their shenanigans those cute toids!
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Old August 9th, 2013, 11:11 AM
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You refer to them as cats and as kittens so I can't tell how old they are. Hearing loss in some cats (as they age but not necessarily restricted to the old) can lead to what is called the Deaf Cat Howl. As their crying at night seems to be a new thing you might want to check their hearing. Really, it would be an awful coincidence if they both went deaf all of a sudden at the same time and started howling, crying, meowing. But then again isn't it strange that they've both started meowing at night too?

We have two deaf cat howlers. They are 20 and 16 years old and, sorry to tell you, there's not much you can do about it. Our worst is also showing definite signs of dementia and she is the worst howler.
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Old August 12th, 2013, 06:00 AM
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Response - Sugarcatmom

Thanks for the great advice. I can't believe how much just playing with them later in the evening has made a difference. They seem happier and content when we head to bed and we have not had meowing sessions in the night.

Thank you!!!!!!
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Old August 12th, 2013, 09:00 AM
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So glad to hear it's working for you Kalou!
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