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laura2379
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posted 08-31-2003 07:41 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for laura2379     Edit/Delete Message
I have a 3 month old kitten. And ever since she has gotten over her illness, she will wake us up in the middle of the night. She does this by crawling all over our heads and licking our face while purring very loud. The time she goes for it varies, and I do not beleive it is because she is hungry. She has a lot of food, and even if I walk her to her food she will eat a little then come right back.

Yes we have a door, and I have been trying to shut the door as soon as she starts bothering us. However she then proceeds to throw a fit outside the door, meowing and scratching at the door non-stop and loud.

She is a very playful cat, and it seems that she is either sleeping, eating or being very hyper in her play.

But other than this problem and the fact that she will only eat the wet food she is a very good cat. I do not feel I am ready to get another cat.

Does anyone have any suggestions on my problem? Also if anyone had expierence with this can you tell me if the cat grew out of it once they grew up?

Thank you

LAURA

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PinkRoxi
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posted 08-31-2003 12:39 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for PinkRoxi     Edit/Delete Message
She is only a baby. Kittens need A LOT of attention. That's probably all she wants...attention. Try playing with her for 10 minutes a day or something. When i first got my kitten she was the same way. Try playing with her with some ribbons that you can buy at your grocery store, the ones you can wrap presents with.

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sarah207
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posted 08-31-2003 01:38 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for sarah207     Edit/Delete Message
PinkRoxi is right...she is just a kitten and wants to play a lot....
but my cat does the say thing but she is three years old....she used to always stand outside the door and scatch and meow...but we just kept the door closed and now she does not do it any more...she just figured that shes not coming in so she gave up....
i dont know if it would be the same with your kitty....
but thats what happened with mine.....

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laura2379
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posted 08-31-2003 03:37 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for laura2379     Edit/Delete Message
Oh we play with her for more than 10 minutes a day. I get home from work between 4-5pm and between then and going to bed I'd say about 40-50% of my attention is on the cat. And my boyfriend is home more often during the day and she gets alot of his attention too. So this cat gets alot of attention when we are awake. And she has alot of toys in one of the empty living rooms so she does not have a lack of stimulation either.

I do agree with you guys in the fact that she wants attention, but it is just frustrating when every night at between 2:30 and 5 am I am woken up by a cat in my face who will not go away. Sometimes I want to just wake up for 10 minutes and play with her then go back to bed, but I dont want her to think she can always get what she wants by bothering us. If this is just a kitten phase that is fine, but I dont want to be doing it for the rest of her life.

Does anyone have any suggestions as to toys you can make or buy that will entertain a cat by themselves? I have thought of buliding something to go over the air vents so when the AC or heat turns on it will blow around.

One thing I have noticed is that if I play with her the hour before I go to bed she usually holds off until 5am to bother me. And if I dont play with her as much it's earlier in the night. I am trying to play with her in ways that force her to run around alot, but as you all know cats have alot of energy.

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lucidity03
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posted 08-31-2003 08:07 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for lucidity03     Edit/Delete Message
The only thing I can say is that we got a two month old kitten last year and she did the same thing. It didn't matter how much we stimulated her, she would persist at licking me, mewing, pawing at me... etc.

Honestly, all I did was not play back and try (operative word) to ignore her. I think it's very common for people to experience this with kittens.

She stopped and we sleep through the night very soundly with four cats and one dog in our household. It was very frustrating that the kitten bothered us (at about the same times you have the problem).

I don't remember how long it lasted for us (a month?) We were miserable at first but she did end up settling down and it was very much worth the frustration. She is the most well behaved sweeheart I could imagine.

I hope you can hang in there!

(As for toys, I have no suggestions. My cats won't play with anything unless we're there using the toy with the cat. Maybe someone else on these boards knows of something.)

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