Friday, May 11, 2012

Springtime with the teenage cat...

This may be unfair of me, but I am placing a lot of blame for my morning attitude on our two year old male cat, Harry.  In the past month or so, he has started with some really annoying behaviors - including howling in the foyer at night, after the girls and I have gone to bed, and teasing the dog into whining and barking by about 5 a.m. every morning.  The dog is on a leash in the house and can only get to the landing on our stairway, so the cat sits at the top of the stairs, flicking his tail at the dog.  This used to begin about 5:30a, then has moved up to 5a, and in the last couple days, more like 4:45a.  Once I'm awake at that hour, I have very little chance of going back to sleep, even if the dog listens to my "leave it!" and stops his racket.  I resent my morning routine being directed by a cat.  But what frustrates me the most is that I haven't yet found a good option to manage the problem.  If I put the cat in a room and shut the door, he will yowl and paw the door continuously for hours, which keeps me awake/wakes me up.  If I put him in the basement, he yowls and paws the door, and I can still hear it.  I may consider putting the dog's cage in the back porch, now that the weather is nice, and locking him in there...perhaps that would be far enough away from me to work...

An ADHD dog and a PITA cat ... pet life is good around here!

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  1. Perhaps the kitty needs a friend? :)

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    1. Or sedatives...since he simply torments his friend the dog.

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  2. Oh, Sarah! I relate! I think maybe the time change has something to do with it - maybe?? I know at our house it's starting to get light around 5:30 a.m. - - well, I guess that doesn't really explain the 4:45 a.m. thing. Well, it was a good theory, but . . . Good luck with the ADHD and PITA cat :)

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    1. I think you are probably at least partially right - it's light here by 5 a.m. and the birds are really loud these days.

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