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October 15th 2012 5:41 pm
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Guys - I need some advice.

Monida has started meowing and yelling nonstop. I can't take much more of it. It starts around 6:30 a.m. and continues all day and night. It's only a matter of time before my neighbors start to complain - if they haven't already. It's crazy ridiculous hard to find a place that accepts cats, in fact, I think the complex I live in now has stopped accepting pets. I can't get kicked out.

I don't know what to do. I've tried ignoring her. I've tried spraying her with water. I've put her in time out, nothing helps.

Does anyone have any advice? She is due for a vet checkup soon, but I really doubt it's medical. I think she just wants to go outside.

Please help.

(a very stressed out mom)

Purred by: Lisa P

October 15th 2012 at 6:21 pm

When did this start? Do you know specifically what triggered it? Are you still taking her out on the harness? Maybe that's the problem. Now she wants out all the time. I'm sorry, this is not my area of expertise. I wish I had a good suggestion, maybe someone else will know what to do.
Purred by: Tink the Cat (Catster Member)

October 15th 2012 at 6:41 pm

Calming Collar!
Purred by: Rose - beautiful angel (Catster Member)

October 15th 2012 at 6:45 pm

I usually pretty quiet, but maybe it would help to tire Monida out so she's too tired to meow.
Purred by: Monida (Catster Member)

October 15th 2012 at 6:53 pm

A calming collar! Tink, you're a genius! Alex, can I still get those from your website?

Rose, I've tried really tiring her out, but it doesn't help. She just goes to the window and starts to meow again. It's so frustrating!

Alex, it did start when I started briefly taking her out. She runs out the door whenever I get home. At my old place, it was just a concrete sidewalk, so it wasn't that interesting to her. Here, she's realized she can go to a patch of grass and lick it, or try to chase squirrels. It doesn't help that she can see squirrels, birds and bunnies from the window, whereas at the last place, there was no view - just parking lot.

Thanks for the advice guys!
Purred by: Lisa P

October 15th 2012 at 6:56 pm

YES!!! And don't forget you can get a discount with the coupon code from my site. It really works too!
Purred by: Monida (Catster Member)

October 15th 2012 at 7:02 pm

I'm going to order one right now!!
Purred by: Lisa P

October 15th 2012 at 7:04 pm

they work great. I don't know what to tell you about taking her outside anymore. Now you started something! Don't leave the collar on her all day though, it'll be too much for her.
Purred by: Monida (Catster Member)

October 15th 2012 at 7:11 pm

I'm mostly just worried about the early mornings. I don't waking my poor neighbors. My upstairs neighbor is an airman, I don't want to put national security at risk! MOL!

I don't let her out ever - she escapes when I come home. She's such a handful!
Purred by: Lisa P

October 15th 2012 at 7:16 pm

Oh little Monida. MOL. Try also getting some Feliway plug ins for each room in your apartment.
Purred by: Mietzi Katze♥ (Catster Member)

October 15th 2012 at 7:24 pm

Hi Monida's Mom. I think you're right. She wants out. Can you take her out on a harness once in a while? Maybe always at the same time every day so that she knows she'll get to go at a certain time and learns to be quiet otherwise. I go out with Mietzi, but not every day. Mietzi actually enjoys it when I go with her. Makes her feel safe. There is two areas where Mietzi wants to go and after a while she'll let me pick her up and carry her home. This works most of the time anyway. We have rules. Not after dark. Not in the morning (after I was later for work several times waiting for her). I let Mietzi go mostly without harness (I know its dangerous but she wants to get into the high cattail grass and things). If Monida tolerates a harness that would be much better of course.

Hopefully the calming collar will help and you never have to let her out. When I come home and open the door, I always hold my purse low where the cat could run out. Mietzi has not learned that she could just jump over it, thank catness. I think cats eventually get used to never going outside.
Purred by: Pipo (Catster Member)

October 15th 2012 at 8:02 pm

No advice...not sure what to say, but when meowmy got her furst kitty he would do a lot of that, until she got him a playmate...another cat...and after a bit of hissy nonsense which was expected, it worked!
Purred by: Kerstin K

October 15th 2012 at 10:22 pm

all paws crossed for your domestic peace!!!

we insert extra playing sessions to fight boredom when it comes to kitty concerts... not sure if this helps?!
Purred by: ♥ Jezebel RIP ♥ (Catster Member)

October 15th 2012 at 11:12 pm

I'd suggest some Feliway, a calming collar, and maybe some extra play sessions to wear her out.
Purred by: Jasper, Angel Dreamboat #49a (Catster Member)

October 16th 2012 at 6:52 am

It might help to cover the windows so she can't see the critters outside. She may be showing signs of redirected aggression.
Purred by: Hootie (Catster Member)

October 16th 2012 at 12:04 pm

Oh No that must be stressful...Mo it's cold outside brrrr
Purred by: ♥Simon♥ (Catster Member)

October 19th 2012 at 9:50 am

I saw you mentioned her going outside to lick the grass. Have you tried giving her some of the cat grass they sell at pet stores to give her that option? They also sell the seeds which you can grow yourself and might be a bit cheaper. You can plant the seeds a little at a time as you need them. Mom just used a cleaned out cat food can for a container. Don't know if anyone has mentioned the Feliway plug in sprays. I've never used them but heard they work well.




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