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holetoledo 01-25-2009 08:58 PM

Am I doing the right thing?
 
I've had my cat for three months (and she is a little bit older than this) and she still keeps me up. She is a nocturnal cat and she plays around when I try to sleep. Today, I moved her to the hallway and I feel so guilty because she used to stay in my room all the time and it's the only thing she knows, but I spent all of this week getting her introduced to the hallway so it's not completely foreign to her. It's not like I'm shutting her out of my room forever, just during the evenings so I can get some sleep. Is this the right thing to do?

acerlt 01-26-2009 12:57 AM

How is she handling it?

Does she have everything she needs in this hallway? Safety? Toys, bed, something to jump up on or climb on, litter box, water bowl?

That's the thing about kittens, they just go and go and go and go.

You need your rest, and time will take care of the energizer bunny kitten and she will learn to sleep when you do, providing she gets enough stimulation and attention from you at other times.

I suggest you engage in a vigorous interactive play session with her every night,, and put down a snack, just before you go to bed and shut your door. this way she will associate that time of night with good things.

If she is alone much of the day, she may need two play sessions at night. One way to keep her from sleeping too much or being bored during the day is to put a bird feeder outside one of your windows. She will have plenty to keep her busy and stimulated druing the day, then. I call this "cat TV".

Lyka_01 01-26-2009 05:12 AM

observe if you baby is doing great in the hallway...
if she is not maybe you find other option for her...
just provide her all she needs when she is in the hallway...

holetoledo 01-26-2009 08:50 AM

Well, she started pacing the hallway after she noticed that I wasn't going to open the door anytime soon, and then she started yowling and I didn't know what to do so I took her back in the room. :(

krzekmaya 01-26-2009 12:14 PM

Oh, that's better. Pls be patient! :roll:

holetoledo 01-26-2009 08:07 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by krzekmaya (Post 71618)
Oh, that's better. Pls be patient! :roll:

I'm not sure if you're being sarcastic. T_T

krzekmaya 01-27-2009 04:27 AM

I'm not sarcastic, I'm serious!!! :mad:

portrait priestess 01-27-2009 06:49 PM

i was going to say try to be patient also... young furkids are much like human babies... they have needs and don't always "get" your schedule... maybe a nice wild round of play with her before bedtime?

holetoledo 01-27-2009 10:53 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by krzekmaya (Post 71652)
I'm not sarcastic, I'm serious!!! :mad:

Don't be angry, I was getting mixed messages by your eye rollin' smiley.

draconvarie 01-28-2009 01:21 AM

I can sympathize. We have two indoor kitties, one 8, one 9. They were kittens once too. Now we have a new roommate with two dogs and our kitties stay in our bedroom. It's a very large bedroom with a walk-in closet and a bathroom and everything so they have plenty of room. However, even though they are not kittens anymore, they have taken to running back and forth and playing all night again. They will adjust as they get used to the situation and settle back down again. Your little kitten will calm down eventually too. Be patient.

I know what it's like to go without sleep. It's hard.

Playing with her when you can during the day is also a splendid idea.

Best of luck to you.


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