|Purred: Sun Aug 1, '10 4:28pm PST |
|Agreed with the above. Also, with a kitty who cries for attention at night, the last thing you want to do is: talk back, get up and pet them, pick them up and put them on the bed. It sounds counterintuitive, but anything other than ignoring the crying only reinforces the idea that if Hunter cries, he can manage to wake you up.
The only thing that has ever worked with Boris was to ignore, ignore, ignore the night crying and general shenenigans (he would knock things off the furniture, and also bat at my face when the crying alone wouldn't work). For a while, that only made the behavior worse (it's a phenomena the behaviorists call "extinction period"), but once Boris realized that no matter how loud he was, mom was asleep, something unexpected happened: once he learned "mom" goes to bed at 11 and doesn't get up until 7 or 8, no matter what he did, he started dividing his time between sleeping on the bed with me, and bringing toys up on the foot of the bed so he could play while he waited for "mom" to wake up (it was the cutest thing ever).
Nowadays, we have 2 cats, so he divides his time evenly between sleeping on the bed with me and playing with the other cat in the wee hours of the morning. Needless to say, Gracie (our other kitty) was never a problem for me at night, but she sure would exasperate Boris when he would try to sleep with his mom and she wouldn't let him!
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