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    ok does anyone have an ideas or comments about what to do to get my cat to stop scratching at my bedroom door EVERY morning and cries until i open it this has been going on for a while now but before it was about the normal time i woke up in the morning so she was like my alarm clock--but now that school is out she has been doing it earlier and earlier every morning this morning it was 5am--so my daughter and i cant get back to sleep--i cant put her in any other rooms because there are no doors to the kitchen or living room and only 1 bedroom--bathroom is way too small--she would just crying--the scratching is very annoying and irritating--i do cut her claws back every week or so--should i get her declawed shes an inside cat--or isnt there something i can put on her paws at night!?!?!?
    help
    thanks
    alex

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    I feel your pain! Lilly is quite persistent at times, and she usually insists on bugging me at least once every morning around 5AM.

    I have a few ideas, but I'm not sure how successful they are. I have seen several different spray cans of "Cat Away", and I have also seen plastic claw covers that you buy online that protect your furniture and would probably minimize the noise of the scratching. A more expensive option is the battery-powered mats that produce noises and sometimes mild shocks if a cat goes in an area where you don't want him. Maybe your vet could recommend some other options.

    I don't think that declawing is an unthinkable option, but I think it should be used only as a last resort as it is certainly invasive and often painful for the cat. I am also sure that it would not solve the problem since the crying would continue. But perhaps the spray or claw covers are good places to start. Best of luck!

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    • #3
      i forgot to say that she does have a scratching post--the ones you hand on your doorknob--maybe i will buy another one and put it outsude the door maybe then she will get the point--know any good sites to find the claw covers does petsmart sell them
      thanks
      alex

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      • #4
        I'm sorry - I meant to give you the claw covers link and forgot.
        Here it is: http://www.softpaws.com/
        I haven't seen anything like them anywhere but here. I thought about trying them on my cat, but I just don't see how she would sit still long enough for me to glue each one on. If you try them and like them, please let me know!

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        • #5
          Originally posted by alexmerced
          ok does anyone have an ideas or comments about what to do to get my cat to stop scratching at my bedroom door EVERY morning and cries until i open it this has been going on for a while now but before it was about the normal time i woke up in the morning so she was like my alarm clock--but now that school is out she has been doing it earlier and earlier every morning this morning it was 5am--so my daughter and i cant get back to sleep--i cant put her in any other rooms because there are no doors to the kitchen or living room and only 1 bedroom--bathroom is way too small--she would just crying--the scratching is very annoying and irritating--i do cut her claws back every week or so--should i get her declawed shes an inside cat--or isnt there something i can put on her paws at night!?!?!?
          help
          thanks
          alex
          Cats don't like closed doors; declawing will not likely stop the behavior as you will get pawing on the door instead. Most avoidance training aids use a sound combined with an air blast. The following is a link to a mat that cats don't like to walk upon, and you could place it outside the door at night:

          http://www.drsfostersmith.com/Produc...02+2017+113563

          I have not seen these products locally at pet shops, and I use two on a sofa I don't want them on (they previously 'annointed' it, so I need to stop them from returning to the scene of the crime.) I have also used a static mat, but that is usually not sized for sticking outside a door, nor as convenient to take up and put down.

          The fact that this behaviour is earlier and earlier it probably a reflection of the longer daylight so she is up earlier to check out the goings on in the yard, etc., and wants to share that with you.
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          • #6
            well thanks for the info i have bought the soft claws --i just hope i can get them on and they stay on!! will let you know!
            alex

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            • #7
              Originally posted by alexmerced
              well thanks for the info i have bought the soft claws --i just hope i can get them on and they stay on!! will let you know!
              alex
              When I started with Soft Paws, I had the vet tech put them on the first couple of times.
              Karen A/Publicist

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              • #8
                Originally posted by alexmerced
                well thanks for the info i have bought the soft claws --i just hope i can get them on and they stay on!! will let you know!
                alex
                The Soft Paws won't stop the cat from clawing at the door, but it will minimize damage. They need to be changed frequently as they will fall off as the cat's claws grow out. However, the cat will still try to wake you up in the morning. If you get up and respond to the cat when it does this, you are training the cat to scratch at the door for attention. Try just ignoring the cat, no matter how persistent it is. Also, Cats don't like loud noises, so one thing you can do is put some coins in a soda can and when the cat scratches, shake the can from the other side of the closed door.
                Diane and Cicero - Sr. Manager:

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                • #9
                  oh she will keep doing it for hours beleive me--i cant do the noise thing because it will wake up my daughter--she sleeps in the same room--sometimes she doesnt hear it because her bed is on the other side of the room--but i did just trim them and filed them also--ive been brainstorming for tonight what to do until the soft paws arrive--maybe but vaseline all over the door! i dont care about the door at all-not mine i rent--but i actually cant figure out where shes doing it at--the side the frame or what-because i dont see any deep marks on the door--i tried last night piling towels in front of the door but no luck! maybe put carpet on the door! theres got to be something- i cant let her in because we wont be able to sleep then--this seems like a no win situation!
                  alex

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                  • #10
                    When my cat was a kitten he was bad about getting into the computer wires. I used canned air to spook him away from them. To this day, and he is three now, he stays away from the back of the computer.
                    Maybe you could get some canned air and spray that under the door. Most come with a "wand" attachment to get into small spaces so you could direct it under the door towards the cat. It wouldn't make much noise but it might spook the cat enough to do the job.
                    Anne
                    Anne Wright
                    Woodswell Farm
                    Tallahassee, Florida

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                    • #11
                      If your cat lets you trim and file her nails, you shouldn't have any trouble applying the soft paws. The first time I used them I called around and found a groomer who applied them, while I watched closely and learned from her. After that I was able to maintain them on my own. (edited to add: this was a few years ago, but she only charged me $2.00 to trim and apply the caps so it's quite affordable and I highly recommend that you watch it the first time rather than attempt it on your own)

                      It sounds like she's wanting attention/company. You said that letting her into the room isn't an option because she'd never let ya'll sleep... but I think that with proper training that could be made to work. My cats all have access to our bedrooms and they almost never wake us up at night or in the mornings (unless the food dish is empty lol)

                      I taught them from the very begining that if they came in and laid quietly they could stay... but if they tried to play or woke me up, out they went and the door was shut. You have to do that every single time, in other words, don't slack once because you're too tired to get up and boot her out. Consistancy is the key. It doesn't take very many times before they get the picture, and if it's company she wants, then she'll figure out right quick that waking the humans up means she goes out all alone and that laying quietly on the bed or wherever means she can be near her people.

                      On the rare occasions when one of mine wakes me or hubby or our son, they get put out and doors closed. It reminds them of the rules and lets them know *we* haven't forgotten the rule lol. I even do it when I lay down for a nap. If a human is sleeping and a cat wakes the human up, the cat goes o-u-t.

                      There may be pawing at the door or crying at first, but if you ignore it or give some unpleasant consequence (canned air as verrrrrrry effective!) that will stop too.

                      I can't remember how old your kitty is, but even older cats can be taught, so take heart =) Just be consistant with whatever you choose to do. If you slack one single time the cat will think the rule doesn't apply (ever lol) and you'll have to try something new.
                      Marvie

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by alexmerced
                        oh she will keep doing it for hours beleive me--i cant do the noise thing because it will wake up my daughter--she sleeps in the same room--sometimes she doesnt hear it because her bed is on the other side of the room--but i did just trim them and filed them also--ive been brainstorming for tonight what to do until the soft paws arrive--maybe but vaseline all over the door! i dont care about the door at all-not mine i rent--but i actually cant figure out where shes doing it at--the side the frame or what-because i dont see any deep marks on the door--i tried last night piling towels in front of the door but no luck! maybe put carpet on the door! theres got to be something- i cant let her in because we wont be able to sleep then--this seems like a no win situation!
                        alex
                        Putting a carpet on the door is actually a very good idea!!
                        Diane and Cicero - Sr. Manager:

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                        • #13
                          I think trying to develop an open door policy is the best thing to try. Our declawed boy wakes me up when he "scratches" at the door. It's actually worse, it's like banging and knocking, if you're door is not perfectly flush when closed. We're a two bedroom household because of my outlandish snoring unfortunately, so I sleep in one room with two cats, with the door closed, and my sweetie sleeps in the other room with our other 3 cats. Sometime during the night Buster "scratches" at my door until I get up and open it and give him a scratch on the head and then I go right back to bed. Good luck with curing your problem. But rest assured, declawing is NOT the answer for this one...
                          Take care,
                          Mary.

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                          • #14
                            i will give the canned air a try since she is scared of it when i use it at my computer--the problem is what i am trying to avoid is getting out of bed!!! i tried the soft claws and that didnt work--and they were so hard to remove! i had to cut them with cuticle cutters all around them! she was quit upset with me!! now the scratching is becoming earlier like today was 3:30am! so ive been up since then! maybe shes hungry i dont know--im half tempted to leave 10 lbs of food for her at night before i go to bed--maybe that will make her so stuffed she wont be able to move to scratch at my door! if anyone has any sugguestion or ideas! i cant just ignore her its very loud and annoying and she wont stop until i open the door--sometimes she comes in and out today she was a little upset since i smacked her paws a few times so she didnt jump on the bed--maybe iwill just have to get her declawed--i cant afford right now but i will look into the cheapest vet!
                            alex

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                            • #15
                              Try and find a product called sticky paws. It is a clear double tape that is sticky on both sides. Cats don't like the feel of it and it usually breaks them from scratching wherever it is applied.
                              Janice



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