|Purred: Wed Apr 17, '13 12:21pm PST |
|A few thoughts:
Regarding outside cats--check and see if there is a TNR (trap-neuter-return) program in your area. Most reasonably sized cities have one. They will either put a trap out or give you a trap to put out. Once the outdoor cat is trapped, he will be neutered, then returned to the area. Once he's neutered, he won't be marking territory and his scent won't be driving your cat nuts.
Regarding kitty jail/timeout--Locking your cat in the bedroom is probably only going to exacerbate the problem. His frustration will grow and he won't be able to expend much energy. I understand the impulse, but it may not be your best option.
Regarding playtime--Increasing his intense periods of play is a good idea. Make sure you play with him at night, about an hour before bed. Get him nice and tired, then give him food (maybe a special treat of canned cat food, etc). He will eat, groom, and sleep, hopefully through the night.
Other suggestions--Feliway diffusers can create a sense of calm for cats. Something to look into. Does your cat like to jump, climb, etc? Maybe a cat tree or two would be a good investment. He would be able to explore and climb and otherwise be active.
Hope some of this helps.
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