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Need Cat HELP!!!

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by Circle_One, Mar 1, 2012.

  1. Circle_One

    Circle_One Well-Known Member

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    Ok, so I have this kitten, I'm sure you all know about him by now.

    Bubs is the love of my life. He's everything to me, but the problem is, he's starting to drive my boyfriend insane, and could very well get us kicked out of our apartment.

    Here is my problem: EVERY night, Bubs goes absolutely INSANE around 2am, and this can last anywhere from 1 to FIVE hours. Yes, I've had to stay up, locked in the bathroom with him until 7am!

    Starting at 2am, he does wind sprints around our apartment, and literally like parkours off the furniture. He knocks things over in his jumping, and breaks things, and attacks my other cats. He wakes up our downstairs neighbour and we've had so many complaints that the landlord said if we don't do something soon, we'll be evicted.

    I had him neutered on Monday, because everyone said this would calm him down, but it hasn't. Also, he's about 6 months old.

    What do I do?? PLEASE HELP!
     
  2. dyanaprajna2011

    dyanaprajna2011 Dharmapala

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    Sounds almost like my ex-wife's cat, except her cat is in insane crazy mode almost all the time. She's about the same age too. Me and my ex and her family have all tried to come up with ways to calm her down, but so far, nothing has worked. So, I can't really be of any help. BUT, if you do find something that works, let me know, so I can pass it on to my ex.
     
  3. elmarna

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    That is the time when cats are most active.
    Get him 1 of those toys that has a ball in a circular track.
    It will keep him occupied. The feather on a spring is another good toy!
     
  4. dyanaprajna2011

    dyanaprajna2011 Dharmapala

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    My ex-wife's mom had those for her cats, and they seemed pretty happy with them.
     
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    If you just had her fixed, you need to give it some time. It typically takes a couple of weeks for their hormone levels to drop after the procedure and for you to see any changes.
     
  6. blackout

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    My cat was insane when she was a kitten.

    Age mellowed her.
     
  7. Valjean

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    These are Bonkers Attacks. Some cats are just naturally high-energy. The neutering might help a little, but don't count on it. He'll also calm down some as he grows older.
    Cat toys might distract him for a short time, but they're no substitute for the nightly parkour.

    You might have to lock him in a safe room at night, or in a cat condo, till age mellows him. He won't like it but it's better than being evicted.

    Or you can advance all the clocks so he's fooled into going bonkers at a more appropriate hour....:rolleyes:
     
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    Our cats love to do that to. I've tried to play with them a bit earlier to tire them down a bit before sleep time. They love chasing toy mice I throw at them, they get to rush after them with my permission. You could try tiring him down before sleep time, but kittens are incredible energy bombs. Good luck. :D
     
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    My kitten does that, too. She has calmed down with time. We got her some balls with bells in them and she plays with those for hours.
     
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  12. Circle_One

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    Unfortunately no. My cat is one of the few that actually LIKE water. Not only likes, but loves it. He takes baths with me, and if we don't close the lid on the toilet, we'll find him laying in the bowl, happily sleeping in the water.

    We've tried the spray bottle thing though, in the hopes that maybe the shock of a squirt would bother him, but to no avail. He simply carries on misbehaving, as if nothing had happened.


    And to everyone who said he'll mellow with time: Thanks for the advice :) I know he'll eventually mellow with age, the only problem is, I don't have that kind of time. The cops were actually at my door tonight, because someone filed a noise complaint. I'm going to be evicted within the next couple of weeks at the most, unless I figure something out.
     
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    Cat's sleep a lot and have brief, but highly active periods in the day.

    If you want him to sleep at night or at least be quite, might I suggest playing with him for a while before you go to bed and wear him out a little.

    When our cat wants to play he means business, but after about 15 mins of running and jumping he's tired and we don't see him for a good long while, around evening.

    Right around coffee in the morning and dinner/getting home time in the evening.

    tl;dr get that kittay on a schedule.
     
  14. Circle_One

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    Not too long, totally read :)

    This is my problem. My boyfriend recently changed schedules at work. Before he was working from 7am to 4:30pm, and Bubs would have his burst of energy around midnight, which was still a problem, but not as bad as now.

    Now, however, Jay works from 1:30pm to midnight, and he doesn't get home until 1am. We're not in bed before 5am, so playing with him before we go to bed isn't an option either. That would be playing with him around 3 or 4am, and that's still too late/early for my downstairs neighbours.

    Do you think if say I played with him for a good hour or so around 10pm, and then didn't let him sleep (like, pick him up, or move him when he's trying to sleep), until we go to bed, that it would have the same effect?
     
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    I understand....

    That last part sounds reasonable. He needs to get the wiggles out at least twice a day.. I'm not sure it matters WHEN exactly, just so long as one is near wake time and one is near sleep time... or at least darkness as I feel the instinct towards dark will override the effects of the earthly time slots.
     
  16. Trey of Diamonds

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    Easy fix, get another kitten. The problem is a single cat doesn't get enough activity and stimulation. Two cats will play with each other until they are exhausted without forcing you to pay attention to them. Two cats is much easier than one, trust me.
     
  17. Circle_One

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    How about 4 cats? Cause that's what I've got here, hahahaha.
     
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    Four cats and the new kitten is still going nuts? Wow, sounds like you have a wild one on your hands. Do the other three play with the kitten or ignore it? If they aren't playing with it then it isn't getting the stimulation necessary for calm nights. Not that I'm suggesting you go to five cats by any means.

    Best of luck and no, I don't need another cat. I have two and that's enough. ;)
     
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    Based on the equation maybe if you had EIGHT cats?

    Ya, know what I mean?
     
  20. SageTree

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    Letting the kids watch the kids, to solve the problem eh?


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