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Old December 18th, 2013, 10:58 AM
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We recently adapted a sweet cat that is about 2 yr old and was already declawed when we go him. He is very sweet and loves to lick us and sit on our laps. He is very playful and we try to play with him 2 times a day so he can get his energy out. The big problem is at night. He will jump on mine or my sons bed, lick either my wife's hair or my sons hair and then start biting them. I feed the cat 2 times a day the last being in the evening close to bed time hoping he will be full and sleep through the night. I have a cage and I am thinking of locking him up at night which is not my first choice but we have to get some sleep. Any idea why he is doing this and what can be done to stop it? When ever we play with him and he bites we say ouch loud and stop playing with him hoping he will get the message.
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Old December 18th, 2013, 11:09 AM
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Without actually seeing the behavior, it's hard to say for sure, but it sounds like either love bites, or an invitation to play, most likely an invitation to play. we have two male cats and this is how they invite each other to play: One cat walks up to the other, licks him between the ears to show he doesn't mean what comes next, then bites him and either starts a wrestling match, or races off to start a game of chase.
Annoying for the human, I agree. Is there any way to lock him out of the bedrooms over night?
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Old December 18th, 2013, 11:14 AM
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He is very playful. We have closed both of our doors but he pushes on the door and meows causing us to wake up anyway. I think I will put him in the large cage we have for a few nights. Maybe he will just sleep since there is nothing else he can do and then he will be on the sleep through the night track. I still hope to hear other people input though.

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Old December 18th, 2013, 12:03 PM
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Just thinking aloud here....but what if you gave the cat some vigorous exercise right before bed.... and THEN fed the cat after that.

That might tucker out and relax your kitty more than the current routine.
Just a thought - and good luck!
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Old December 18th, 2013, 05:21 PM
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Just thinking aloud here....but what if you gave the cat some vigorous exercise right before bed.... and THEN fed the cat after that.

That might tucker out and relax your kitty more than the current routine.
Just a thought - and good luck!
I second this above.
BTW he sounds ADORABLE!!!!!
I think he just wants to love you and play some more.
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Old December 19th, 2013, 08:19 AM
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We played with him last night again before bed and fed him. At 10PM into the cage he went. He meowed and meowed until 1:30AM and I could not take it any more. I let him out and I put a chair against my sons door since he has an accordion door and I closed mine. What does my son tell me this morning? The cat was in his bed and bit his head. I need to find a solution.
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Old December 19th, 2013, 04:44 PM
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We have a cat that enjoys being a wee bit disruptive during the nights (on occasion - it has gotten mostly better). We would close the bedroom door and he would simply claw at it (ruined a few doors this way..) We ended up buying a few of these http://amzn.com/B000RIA95G - works like a charm

Where was the cat caged? Do you have a basement you could put him into instead and shut the door?

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Old December 19th, 2013, 09:32 PM
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My bedroom is the only place my cats are not allowed, I would never get any sleep if they were. This might sound cruel, but when one of them scratched or meowed at my closed door I opened it a crack and squirted water at them with a bottle I had handy. I only had to do it a couple of times, and they don't bother anymore. I also keep the door closed during the day so I'm not sending them mixed messages. You could also try turning plastic carpet runners upside down outside your door at night, some cats don't like stepping on the plastic bumps on the bottom.
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Old December 20th, 2013, 08:26 AM
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The Product that LL recommended scaaaat, I've seen that work for other cats as well. Might be worth a try.
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Old December 20th, 2013, 08:39 AM
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Cats do get very play at night, they sleep most of the day , like to play or hunt at night. I agree with others to give your a good work out before going to bed and try feeding him a snack at night time if he start to wake you up at 5:00 AM. Some declawed cats will bite , I was at a shelter once and saw cat I liked but there was sign on his cage that said " Cat been declawed and neutered be careful he bite."
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Old December 20th, 2013, 03:06 PM
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Thanks for all the suggestions. I was talking to a friend and she said by playing with him before bed I might be getting him all excited so she suggested not playing with him before bed and feeding him about an hr before bed because that will give him a little time to digest the food and get sleepy. Well last night we did all of that and we found a way to keep my son's door closed so there were no issues last night. Maybe we found a system, i hope. Thanks again everybody.
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