Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Quick Question: How to Handle a Naughty Pine

Okay. I'm about at my wit's end with my cat. He is the most attention-seeking cat I have ever met, and literally howls and breaks things if I am not actively giving him attention. So my question is... how do you handle a cat like this? I have tried everything; laser toys, scratching posts, fluffy mice to chase around, feather chasers, etc. Plus, I always leave my window shade up so that he can watch the cars on the street when he wants to watch "TV". 

He spends the nights breaking things, getting into everything, and meowing. I play with him constantly... so it has nothing to do with him being left alone with no entertainment. Someone with a cat like this - what do you do?!

P.S. He is REALLY cute... but goodness he is a monster. 




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  1. I have three beautiful furry beasts of my own and goodness one of them can be a handful. At 18lbs. he jumps up on me in my sleep and then meows for a pet so I feel your pain. My vet has always told me don't respond to their bad behavior with anything but a stern no and removal (down to the floor you furry tyrant!). Once removed do not pet them or pay attention to them for a period of time. It will take time for them to understand you mean business but Pine might be thinking that it works in getting you to respond to him. You might be paying too much attention to that beautiful, beautiful ball of fluff. When he does something good, then reward him with a treat or a little play time. This way he starts to know the difference. Hope this helps!

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    1. I've honestly tried all of that - I don't think he cares! He destroys things in the night even if I sleep through it!

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    2. I feel for you, I really do. It seems like a common trait of deaf cats. You'll find a lot of threads on it. One thing to try is to get him one of those cat jungle gyms that he can climb on and jump from. If there are counters that he's going up on to knock things over you can put the sticky tape on the counter that they have to deter furniture scratching. They don't like the stickiness. Or, and this may be a pain for you in terms of cleaning, is to spray some of these items with cat bitters. When he licks his paw it will taste awful.It will help train him not to touch these things. I wish I could help you, there's nothing harder than changing a cat's behavior!

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  2. I'm sorry but that's just funny. it made me laugh. he's so freakin adorable it's hilarious.
    bratty pincecone!

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  3. Oh dear .. My cat tends to be quite pushy when she wants our attention, but never experienced she actually broke things ... Good luck with finding a solution!

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  4. It may seem a little harsh but apparently using a little water spray bottle to gently spray some water at the naughty kitty when they misbehave will work... sounds a little mean but if he is that bad may be worth a shot! Not sure what to suggest about night time though when you are asleep so cant be spraying away... I didnt realise cats could be so troublesome!!
    Good Luck!! He probs thinks his good looks means he can get away with anything :P

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    1. we used a water spray bottle to train my cat, she was bad but not awful, and now she is pretty mellow when it comes to breaking things, biting etc.

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  5. Could the reason he is such a "tyrant" be because he is deaf? Every time you try to teach him something, he doesn't understand it, so he also doesn't know he's doing something wrong?

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  6. A spray bottle filled with pure water and squirt him when he is being "naughty". They usually learn quickly and it won't hurt him at all.

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  7. I have two maine coon cats

    we started "training" them as much as you can with a cat right from the start. Whenever they go on a counter or do something damaging we just say a very very firm "no" and gently pick them up and remove them from whatever it is they were doing.

    It can feel mean sometimes because cats can do the funniest/cutest things - but it's important to understand that something may seem funny in one instance but could be pretty bad when you're not able to supervise, so you have to squash out the behavior altogether.

    our boy cat is particularly mischievous so I do need to "reprimand" him pretty often. sometimes if he is acting up a lot I simply carry him around everywhere with me for about 15 minutes or so. I don't know why or how I started this little ritual but it settles him down. He is removed from the bad thing he did and he kind of just has to hang out with me and do whatever I'm doing at the moment - putting away dishes or whatever. My friend actually called it the "holding method" and I didn't know such a thing existed but it works!

    Not that you personally ever would, but a lot of people think that lightly "spanking" a cat is acceptable - it's absolutely not. some animals will recover from a light spank on the butt but a cat will definitely not. they quickly learn to associate your hand with punishment and this can never be recovered. the absolute most you should ever do to punish a cat physically is to tap your finger onto it's nose & I wouldn't even do that!

    Hope something from this is helpful! It definitely needs to be very consistent though :)

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    1. She can't say "no" to her cat... he's deaf...

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  8. I think he needs a puppy friend to entertain him :)

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  9. Ok, so all of my life I've had cats in my house and this is what my dad always did to I guess you could say tame or train them...
    Whenever the cat would do something bad such as jump on the kitchen table, knock over a lamp or brake something, we would spray the cat with some water in a spray bottle. I hated doing this to the cats but it did work and all of our cats were very well behaved. Besides drinking it, cats hate water (usually).
    I have one cat now and I don't think he is as attention demanding as Pinecone but he does love attention! He's amused by just staring out the patio door window all day and he loves when I crumple up a piece of paper or tinfoil for him to play with.
    I also have the same problem with him meowing at night. But I've noticed he only meows when the bedroom doors are shut. So I just leave them open.
    I hope this helped some what! :)

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  10. Maybe another cat could give him the attention you can't give him especially at night. A friend of mine had a similar problem with their attention seeking cat. It got a lot of better after they bought a second kitty. I think the reason why he brakes so much is because he's deaf. He can't hear the noise he's making. My cats are always afraid of the loud noise when something falls down.

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  11. Unfortunately because he's a pedigree he will be a little bit of a tyrant. Pedigree cats are renowned for their weird antics and incredibly vocal behaviour, because he's death I'd imagine its worse. His noisiness may be due to the fact that as a death cat that he'll be incredibly visual and tactile, relying on sight and feel and he has no hearing. I have a Russian Blue and he's exactly the same, except I can use my stern voice and he'll calm down (for 2seconds) unfortunately until they get out of adolescence they will be handfuls, but from my experience they do calm down (Blue is my 3rd pedigree) it just takes ages. I would imagine his antics are just the usual pedigree behaviours but with the deafness playing a large factor. Also, it could be worse, when it comes to cats, i'd personally rather a high maintanence cat than one who is aloof and ignores you :) xx

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    1. Oh dear I'm sorry but I can't let you go on thinking that "death" and "deaf" are the same words. "Death" is in reference to dying. "Deaf" is when you can't hear.

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    2. Thanks for that, its always nice to know the auto-correct police are lingering. I do know the difference, but English isn't my first language and that was a typo due to a setting on my spell-check. Thanks for feeling the need to draw attention to that though. So kind.

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  12. Maybe he needs another animal to play with. When my cat is being bad my dad will squirt her with a water bottle. Like he won't get her wet, he will just squirt in her general direction, but she knows he's squirting at her and she doesn't want to get wet, so she will stop what she's doing. Also, it helps to get those scratching boxes where you can put cat nip in them and then put them in the areas where she likes to scratch. I will scratch on it for her to see. So when she scratches something I don't want her to scratch, I will get the scratching box and scratch it in front of her. When I see her using the scratching box, I make a big deal about it and pet her and tell her how good she is and give her a treat or something. She can be really noisy though. Like she thinks I'm her playmate and will wake me up in the middle of the night with her bunny to play. I tell her to go away and that I want to sleep. If she is persistent, then I will shut the bedroom door and put bunny and her out of my room. Sometimes she will knock on the door, but then she will give up and go play by herself.

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  13. I would definetly try the water bottle method to correct bad behaviors. As for nights, I think the best would be to crate him with a 2 l pepsi/cola bottle filled with hot water and blankets. That way, he will feel the warmth and may be less noisy. I know it worked with my puppy! Good luck.

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  14. I think Pinecone needs a furry friend to play with! Perfect excuse for you to get a puppy, Elle! xx

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  15. I've talked to the vet about my cat's behavior which is similar. It could be that he's still technically a kitten, he could benefit from a kitty friend, you could try using a spray bottle. As far as the vocalness, my cat is not deaf, but he does not respect me enough to react to scolding. Ultimately, I found these calming chews at Petco which seem to calm him down for bedtime. They have melatonin tryptomine and camomile in them

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  16. Please DO NOT spray your cat with water! Cats don't understand your logic behind spraying them and will likely continue whatever behavior you are trying to discourage. Cats also don't respond to discipline like dogs do, which I'm sure you know. A better explanation from an actual cat behaviorist is here: http://jacksongalaxy.com/2011/05/28/about-this-squirt-bottle-thing/. His site probably has lots of good advice regarding special needs kitties, too!

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  17. I understand what you mean! I have these problems with my cat, Skye, myself. I always put him in my bedroom at night (he has access to water and the litter box) but he wakes me up around 5 am playing in my blinds. Nothing on the counter is safe, either. I know it sounds crazy, but I put Painters Tape (facing up so the sticky side is toward the the ceiling.) on the edges of my countertops or whatever he is jumping up on. When he jumps on the counter, the sticky tape sticks to his paws and he jumps down and takes it off with his mouth. This DOES NOT hurt him, but it does teach them a lesson on jumping on unwanted places. I find this very effective, as it works within 2 weeks. If you don't mind having blue counters for a while!

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  18. Hey elle I've had cats my entire life you definitely need to get a spray bottle filled with water to spray him when he climbs up on things he shouldn't be (aka knocking over stuff). Close doors of rooms you aren't in so he can't get in there and break things.

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  19. My cat carries around socks all the time...maybe he just needs something he can easily grab and tote around?

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  20. My cat Nigel has been especially clingy and attention seeking ever since his "sister" Wrigley died. I've been thinking about getting another cat to occupy him. Maybe this would help Pinecone? Do you take Pinecone to bed with you at night? Maybe if he got the idea that it's bedtime, he would hangout with you in bed and sleep at night instead of rattling the Dollhouse.
    Good Luck! :)

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  21. My two cats are the same way. They are constantly wanting attention 24/7, especially as they are getting older. They meow extremely loudly and jump up on the counters if we are not petting them that second. However, since we have two, they give each other lots of attention and happiness. Cats always seem to like having a buddy. My cats are 12 and 13 years old, and we had to get the younger one after a year of having the first because he was so needy. They love having each other! Since I'm such a cat lady I feel bad squirting then with water from a spray bottle, but it does work to keep them off of the counters... Oh and by the way my mom actually trained them to go to the bathroom on the toilets when they were kittens! Cats are very smart, so hopefully you be able to train pinecone to be a little quieter! Good luck! :)

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  22. Maybe take him to the vet. See if anything else is wrong with him. It could be the move. Moving can be very stressful for animals.

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  23. My cat acted exactly like that. She would knock things over when she didn't have my undivided attention ... it got so bad that she would pee around my place. I ended up finding a stray kitten at my mom's place and brought it home ... and to my surprise that changed the behaviour of the cat I already had. She stopped howling for my attention and stopped breaking things and peeing around my condo. If you were thinking about getting another fur baby, it might be just the thing Pinecone needs too. :)

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  24. My cat used to be just the same - my boyfriend and I used to shut her out of our room at night while we slept, because she'd meow and step all over us in our sleep, and even then, she cried and slammed herself against our bedroom door.

    The method I have found to work best is train him exactly like you'd train a bad puppy. If he knocks something over, hold him up to it, and very firmly say "NO. BAD." - Don't be soft with him because you think it's mean, he has to learn discipline, which is the most difficult part.
    If he climbs all over things, breaks things, jumps on you when you don't want to, do the exact same thing. "NO, PINECONE. YOU ARE BAD." and put him somewhere that is HIS area where he is not being naughty - I bought by cat a 6' cat tree for about $100, and it has platforms, and houses for the little kitty, and scratching post - Pinecone might have anxiety, especially since he has a busy mommy, he may want his own special place where he is comforted.

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    1. I think telling a cat that he his bad is just kind of harsh, its like telling a child again and again that he/she is bad, eventually they begin to believe it, and you didn't even mention anything about praise for good things, where is the balance? *just a plus* her cat is deaf?

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  25. Try a product like Feliway - it is a pheremone that calms them down. Talk to your vet about it :)

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  26. I had a cat that had anxiety disorder and was deaf, he would get upset if I wasn't nearby because he couldn't hear me. At night I had to put him in a house (a very large dog crate) in another room far from mine and put a sweater inside with a bunch of toys that were only in the crate. This kept him from breaking things and eventually he'd go to bed on his own so he could play with his night time toys. I used light up toys for him at night since he couldn't hear.

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    1. I think you have the best idea on here. The sweater has your smells so it would love to curl up on it to smell you. I also recently read somewhere that cats like to nest in something warm. Which is why they like to sleep with us in bed (plus they don't like to be alone).

      My guess Elle is that Mr. Pinecone doesn't hear you at night and goes searching for you. Knocking things over is because he thinks your things are like toys. He needs something more mentally stimulating. Like the light up toys the girl above suggested. It gets his sight, and touch engaged at the same time.

      Also, I have watched a bunch of "My Hellish Cat". You may think your playing with him enough but in reality you may not be. There was one breed on the show that literally required and hour plus in order to behave. They had to exhaust the cat in order to get peace and quiet.

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  27. Use some sort of citrus spray on your furniture where you don't want him to climb :) Cats don't like citrus. But don't spray him with it D:

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  28. I think Pinecone needs a cat friend! My cat Calvin had very similar behavior problems, but it has stopped since he has a new friend to play with!

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  29. It's what cats do - demand your attention all the time. Mine sits on my keyboard and swipes at me every time I try to reach only certain keys, making spelling REALLY interesting - but they enrich our lives so much, so it's fine with me :O). x

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  30. lol. i think thats just cats for you. they own us, not the other way round. i have a little boy birman called Alfie and he's a wee pest too. so cute and loving but in at everything and destroying things. I cant leave any blankets lying around because he's like a baby and likes to sook them, only problem is he has sharp teeth so my bankers end up covered in holes! lol

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  31. I always blow really hard in my cats face when she's noughts, the sensation is unpleasantness. I don't like the water bottle method I'd feel mean making her wet. But blowing in her face really works.

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  32. My mum had this problem with her cat who strangely looked a lot like Pinecone! She had more toys for the cat than she ever did for me! It was ridiculous! In the end she found three main things that really worked:
    1) Use a spray bottle if he does something naughty
    2) Tap him on the nose. Apparently it is an unpleasant feeling?
    3) Blow in his face however this one is kind of weird as you constantly have to get down to his level and then blow in his face...
    Eventually though she decided the only thing that would stop it forever was to buy another playmate. She ended up buying a little Kitten and Rue acted like a mother to her and then ended up playing as she grew up. However this story doesn't have a happy ending as Rue passed away and little Tess became a nightmare so Mum bought a little puppy friend and Tess was so terrified of it that she ran away and we haven't seen the poor girl since.
    Hopefully this sort of helps?!

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  33. I feel you girl! My kitty is the same way!

    He is completely adorable but a total monkey & he knows it =^_^=

    I have the same issues with him being destructive & knocking things over & yowling for whatever reason. He likes to play and chase me and sneak up on me and "help me" do errands like dishes and laundry. It's crazy!

    Mine tends to be active at around the same times every day/night so I spend a good half hour or hour playing with him. I usually give him a toy with catnip in it or his "candy ball" (a ball for cat treats so they can chase it) to keep him occupied.

    To discipline him, I have a small bottle with some water & vinegar to deter him from areas he shouldn't be in. I also stomp & clap and repeat the same thing everytime he misbehaves so he knows when I'm not pleased.

    I've had to surrender to moving some of my more fragile decorations & "pretty things" so my kitty doesn't eat them. It sucks bc I like having things out but he just can't resist his kitty urges :P

    Pinecone might need a friend tho, so consider that idea. Also, Feliway Spray can help calm them down. It's like a Febreeze with calming pheromones in it.

    Good luck <3

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  34. My cat is the exact same way. My solution was to get him a kitten buddy! I think cats do best in pairs anyhow, particularly the very social ones. Obviously this would only work if Pinecone likes other animals, but I have noticed a big difference in my guy. Now I have two furbabies to love, and while both of them can be bad sometimes, it isn't nearly as awful as when I had the one solo!!

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  35. Do cats go through 'puberty' like dogs do? Maybe he's just in his 'teenage years?' Good luck Elle!

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  36. Maybe he needs a playmate. I have some friends who have a dog who was hyper and got into everything. They got their dog a little sister and now they play together and he doesn't get into things anymore. :)

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  37. Is he fixed? Cause if he's not that would mellow him out a lot. If he is fixed and he is acting this way. You need to yell at him. And I know he's deaf so that might seem pointless. But cats can feel vibrations. The louder and more stern you yell, the stronger the vibration is, whether he feels it through the floor you're standing on, or through your hands if you're holding him. One of my cats is a bit of a tyrant, he likes to bite the slip covers on the couches and bite the curtains. I just yell at him. And he's learned over time that if I even begin to stand up or come near him when he's being bad, that he's in trouble and he runs off. You could also close him in a room at night with less breakable things. Or you can put him in a bigger cage, with a used sweater of yours so he feels like you're there but he can't break anything.

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  38. It's not necessarily about keeping him occupied.... Cats have very confusing behaviors but they always have a reason. For example my cat was the most perfect kitty in the world until one day he wasn't he would claw at the couches in my house and pee all over the house we found out he had a bladder infection. While everyone told us it was behavior issues he was actually sick. On the other hand my other cat was horrible to everyone and destroy anything except for me. We never knew why and I always thought it only happens when I am not around so maybe I need to keep her occupied because I am gone 9 hours a day at school. Nothing worked so people said to punish her and so we yelled at her or we used the spray bottle on her and that stressed her out more and she got worse in behavior which stressed my other cat out and they started fighting. Finally we just took her to the vet and she actually has well on the most basic terms lets call it "cat anxiety" (of me leaving her) so she has to eat a special food and she has gotten increasingly better. I wouldn't try to find some cure for pinecone I would just take her to the vet because cats are very finicky in their behavior and you don't want to mess with it and stress them out.

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  39. I would also try squirting him with water if he gets on any counters or anywhere he's not suppose to during the day. That worked with my youngest cat who always knocked off objects on my dresser. At night you could put tape or certain scented sprays cats detest on the spaces you want him not get into.

    I also would check with a vet and see what they say, as well as to make sure he's physically okay. Some behavior problems can stem from illness. Maybe you could even ask for anti-anxiety meds, melatonin, or other medication to calm or keep him more restful at night. If he's not fixed already, definitely do so. Maybe he's stressed out about something?

    Try to keep him more active during the day, so he'll be less energized and active at night. Make him sleep less during the day!

    Also try reading more on cat behavior in books or online. I'd also suggest finding out about a cat behaviorist. Jackson Galaxy seems wonderful from Animal Planet's My Cat From Hell, he has a website and blog I believe.

    I am by no means an expert, but hope I helped a bit.

    Best of luck to you and Pinecone!








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  40. First of all, please do not spray Pinecone with water like others have suggested, it can make your cat associate you with the water and not the their misdeed, and it is abuse! :(

    Second, I don't believe that Pincone is acting this way because he is deaf, my cat acted like that and he is not deaf, I think Pinecone is acting this way because he is a male. I have had a few male cats and they have all been very demanding at night and all of the female cats I have had seem to adjust better to a human schedule.

    My cat used to be very bad at night, he would wake up multiple times and meow and knock stuff over. If I locked him out of my room he would just meow louder and slam against the door.

    Part of the problem is that cats are nocturnal and what cats do at night seems normal to them, as unfortunate as it is for us. What worked for me was changing my cat from active to night to active during the day. Once I realized this I started a schedule with my cat to signal that it was time for bed.

    My cat goes outside, so I make sure that he comes in at an exact time and I pet him for a good half an hour, I then make sure he gets a snack and some water and play with him for another half an hour. Then we go to bed. If he wakes up during the night, I do not get up with him. I keep hearing protection muffs by my bed and I put them on so I can continue to sleep while he is being bad. I also make sure that anything I don't want broken I put somewhere where it can't get knocked off.

    Ignoring my cat while he is up at the wrong time alerts him to the fact that it is not time to get up. He usually just curls back up and goes to sleep, then wakes up when I get up.

    The other trick is to make sure that your cat doesn't sleep all day. Pretty much you are disrupting their schedule to get them on their own schedule. If you make them stay up during the day, they will be tired and sleep all night. My cat now sleeps from when I go to bed all to 7 hours and he gets up and doesn't make a peep until I get up.

    Its actually kind of funny, now when it is "our" bedtime, he starts to bug me about going to bed. If I am in a different room, he will go to bed for a bit, then run up to me and meow then run away and when he gets half way to my room he turns and looks to me as if he is saying "Well, are you coming to bed?!" and he doesn't stop this until I get in bed.

    After getting him on this schedule I can go a day or two where I don't go to bed and wake up at the usual time and it doesn't disrupt his new schedule. When I get home late, I find him asleep in bed and when I join him he doesn't even wake up from me getting in bed. I am sure you will find it more difficult due to your insomnia, but as long as you get a schedule of what he should be doing at what time, he should do just fine.

    Good luck!

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    1. I forgot to mention that I do not have to have my breakables hidden anymore, my cat no longer gets onto the furniture.

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  41. In my experience using a spray bottle with cool water works best. When kitty is naughty just give him a quick little gentle spray a couple of feet away from the front of their face.
    I think the key to any training is consistence and dedication. You have to make sure every time you catch him being bad you implement the punishment. Google "reinforcement schedules psychology".
    Also, -on a beauty note- Elle you mentioned a while back you were going to get your hair done soon. What did you get done after? I have the same hair problems and texture as you and i'm looking for some ideas. I'm needing to make a salon appointment soon too!

    Good Luck!
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  42. Have you tried spraying him with a spray bottle, we've done that will all the cats we have had and it seems to work? Also try giving him just like one spot that he is allowed to go one so that it feels special to him and then spray him when he gets on the other areas you don't want him on.

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  43. My cat used to do the howling also. And SOOOOOOOO loud. To the point where my neighbor would be woken by her (i live in an apartment). She is deaf from 'old age' so my vet thought the tone and volume were related to her deafness but I was to the point where I was sleep deprived from it. I got the Comfort Zone diffuser plug in on amazon on a whim. One for living room and one for bedroom and after two weeks I noticed a difference and almost exactly at the month mark it was unbelievable. I'm not sure if this would work for Pinecone but I think 2 diffusers would be $40 on amazon so I felt it was worth a try.

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  44. Get another cat! Seriously. It completely changed the dynamic in our house.

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  45. I don't know how it is with cats, but our puppies tend to get into things they shouldn't at night when we're not around, so we have to put them in their cages. They have their beds, toys and pillows and blankets in there so they're very comfortable in there and are less at risk of hurting themselves if they want to jump on or off the sofa. Maybe you can give Pinecone his own space to do with whatever he wants and fill it with toys and things that attract him? That way he won't hurt himself or make your life too noisy.

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  46. My two cats used to howl at night for an hour before they would finally go to sleep, and they still do it sometimes, but they have stopped for the most part. They usually do it when they have a toy and either want to present it as a gift or want to play. If they bring it to me as a gift, I'll acknowledge them, but generally, after ignoring it, they learned that howling would not get them attention. Also, one of my cats, Hobbes, would jump on my nightstand and literally push things off one by one until I got out of bed. I started keeping a spray bottle by my bed with a little bit of water in it, so when he started messing with things, I would give a quick spray. You don't even have to spray the cat directly, just in his general direction. He'll eventually associate that behavior with a negative consequence and will be less likely to do it. Hopefully this will help!!!

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  47. They make collars that actually calm the cat down. We got one for my cat that acted out too and he became a lot better. Plus it smells like lavender and chamomile! I'm sorry I can't remember the name but you can look it up on google and I think they sell them on amazon.

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  48. This might sound weird, but someone told me that you should take deaf cats outside on a leash.

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  49. Have you ever watched, "My Cat From Hell?" Jackson Galaxy has great suggestions for helping cat guardians. You might want to take a look into the show and his work. Best wishes to you!

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  51. My cat has been the same way lately and I have no idea what to do, he is fully hearing too! He is an outdoor/ indoor cat, so I know he is getting exercise and being able to explore but as soon as he wakes up its like he needs me every second. Its a little crazy! I would love to know if you found something that works! xx

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  52. I'd suggest giving him a friend. My cats can be naughty sometimes, especially when they have energy at night, but if one of them wants to play, the other always joins and they wear each other out in no time.
    Another thought- I moved back in with my parents for a while and they just hated being stuck in the basement with the door closed. One would stick his paw under the door and try to shake it open and the other started hissing and attacking her tail. Both were really noisy and annoying. Now in our apartment I sleep with all the doors open and they're fine again. So if you sleep with any doors closed, try opening them.
    I also suggest a cat tower. Best thing I've ever gotten for them- even better than cardboard boxes, believe it or not.

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  53. my cat is just like this :) i communicate with mine, very low or high pitched and one specific word. for example he jumped on the table i'd say down in a low pitched voice and then if he did something good i'd say good boy in a high voice. i understand this cant work for you because pinecone is deaf but cats are very smart, try hand signals. Or pick him up, move him and then ignore him. then when he does something good, give him a treat stroke and cuddle him and play. by doing this he'll understand, he'll learn the easy way to get treats and stop being bad. give him a chance and try and mix the rewards (your don't want a fat cat hahaha). He may also be trying to show or tell you something watch him and see if he's being naughty or being clever. If he doesnt go outside he maybe trying to tell you he's bored and he wants someone to play with (maybe another cat? mine calmed down when i got another). Give him a chance and until then put all valuable or breakable things up high and put obstacles in the way so he cant jump up on things. Find out whats is up, change things round, introduce him to another cat.You'll find out soon enough! Good Luck :) xxx

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  54. You should probably put pinecone in a cage at night. If you make it comfortable with a comfy bed, a couple of his toys, etc he will really learn to like it. He will probably howl the first few nights but should eventually stop. Just make sure you don't treat his cage like a punishment. Never put him in there after he does something naughty and you get mad at him, because then he won't like it at all and will freak out every time you put him in it before bed.

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  55. May I suggest talking to the vet? The vet is an expert and can really help. Probably will have better ideas than the internet ;) No matter how much we love you and Pinecone.

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  56. Do you have a lot of things for the cat to climb on? Sometimes they just need some vertical stimulation to please them. Maybe try getting a cat condo or having some cat friendly wall shelves installed in your apartment? Maybe the extra places to roam will quiet down your kitty.

    Good luck with Pine!

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  57. Cats don't understand why they're getting a spray in the face, they understand other cat behavior and interpret being sprayed in the face as an unprovoked agressive action. Meghan's link to Jackson Galaxy's page will be very helpful in finding a humane way to stop the behavior using a "language" Pinecone will understand. I watch your youtube channel all the time and personally love Pinecone's antics. He is what got me hooked on your channel and blogs. If the behavior isn't detrimental to his own emotional or physical well-being, why try to change it? We're all different so why shouldn't our pets be too? My animals come before anyone else, as would my human child if I had one, so I expect my friends to uderstand and tolerate that if they want to visit. If earplugs fix the problem, I'd say that's a pretty simple solution!

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  58. Not sure why I came up as anonymous, weird. Anyway, I also wanted to add, perhaps Pinecone doesn't know when you've left and when you're still home. He can feel vibrations from everywhere, when a car goes by or a neighbor is home. Unless you are in his line of sight he might not know you're there. Since you travel a lot he might be insecure about this. My cat has a tree with several levels so before I leave I hide her favorite treats through the tree. I put her on the tree before I leave to get her started on her little treasure hunt. She associates me leaving with something positive, she has a way to entertain herself for a little while, and this same routine each time lets her know that I will be away and it's ok. Pinecone might benefit from getting into a similar routine so that he knows when you're out and when you're home. It might give him security knowing this so he doesn't search for you when he can't see you. I love the idea of a kitty treasure hunt and my Foxy really enjoys it!

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  59. I have a cat that is very vocal about getting attention. I am firm with him when he is naughty and play with him often, but what really seems to help is that I have trained him to do tricks. He has learned to sit, lay down and reach up on command. I have even gotten him to do it with hand signals. The "sit" command comes especially in handy when he is pestering for attention. For my cat, positive reinforcement of petting after properly performing is good enough to satisfy his need. If he does not perform it correctly, he does not get his reward until he does. You could add in treats if petting does not seem to be enough.

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  60. (I did not read the rest of the comments so I'm sorry if this has been suggested) When my cat was a kitten I would put her in a dog crate at night. More for her safety than anything else. Then when she got a little older and started getting into things at night I would lock her in the spare bathroom. I put her box and her bed and water in there. If she could make a mess with something I took it out. Eventually I started letting her roam a little more at night. She doesn't get into anything anymore. She's 3yrs.

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  61. Elle, I think it might be his age! My cat has calmed down (still energetic, but not as attention seeking). He is still young, but went through a phase like that around the age of 1 yr... having him around other people has helped a lot too. Hope that helps!

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  62. (Also, using a squirt bottle is great for discipline if you don't already use one...it works very well).

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