Do Dog Whistles Work on Cats?
Our kitty is very noisy sometimes at night, and will occasionally meow for hours. He hates high pitched sounds, and will occasionally either become obidient or run away if we whistle a song at him. I wondered if I got a dog whistle, we could blow it whenever he's being a pain and he'll get the hint, but I don't want to hurt kitty. Please help!
on May 28th 2008
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Cats have VERY sensitive ears and I'll bet he would not appreciate a whistle being blown at him any more than we would. Have you tried playing with him at night to tire him out so that he will sleep? Does he have a place to sleep to call his own? Would it be OK if he slept with you? Maybe if you spent a little quality time with him late in the evening just before bedtime, maybe with a laser toy or one of those fishing pole type cat toys, he'd be willing to give you a break. I wouldn't use whistle on him or even whistle at him to chase him away. I'll bet he just wants some quality time with "his people".
Izadore (Izzie) answered on 5/28/08. Helpful? / 0
From my experience with cats, they are intelligent creatures (in some way more so than humans), BUT I cannot imagine a cat making the logical connection between a dog whistle and its humans desire for some quiet at night. He probably responds to your whistling a song because he likes attention, and some cats are actually calmed by music. By the way, has he been neutered? If not, he's signalling his desire to go out and find a girlfriend, or just hang around with the guys and discuss motorcycles or whatever guys do when girls aren't around. Or, if he has been neutered, did he used to be an outdoor kitty? Then his meowing could mean that he misses the great outdoors. Eventually this should pass, but giving him the taste of the outdoors through a window perch, a cat run, or leash-training should help. As Izzie says, the most important thing is to excercise him before bedtime. And remember that cats do quiet down considerably once they're past kittenhood and their early years (2-3 years).
Lola answered on 5/28/08. Helpful? / 0