Post # 1
My darling kitty baby, Tootsie, has become a bit of a trouble maker at night. She chews wires, knocks things over, and attempts to sleep on my face at least 10 times a night/waking me and Fiance up.
Last night, I couldn’t take it! I closed in her the bathroom where her litter box is, with food and water. She seemed fine this morning, I just felt guilty. Do you do this?
Post # 3
We do it right now because we have two cats who don’t get along and we are afraid to leave them alone. Plus we think the cat will eat the kitten’s food and get fat.
Post # 4
I have two english bulldogs, that forget they are dogs and become wild animals at night. I have to put them in their cages at night. It’s the only way to keep my house in one piece. Animals need structure sometimes.
Post # 5
No, because our two cats are usually dolls and sleep curled up with us. When it gets old is about 5 am, when they think we should awake and do weird things. Like today, Zoey wouldn’t stop pawing at a Williams Sonoma bag… maybe she was hungry? 😛
Post # 6
We don’t have our puppy yet but we do plan to crate him at night!
Post # 7
Two words, scat mat. I close the door to the bedroom, and put down the mat at night. It gives a cat a mild shock (like static) if they step on it. Yes, I have stood on it myself and it is very mild. However, the cat tried it once, learned she didn’t like it, and has never touched it again. Now, she waits patiently outside the bedroom door and sleeps in the living room.
Post # 8
When my dog was a puppy I crated her at night….or at least confined her to the bathroom. My Fiance has a wild child of a cocker spaniel that he definitely has to crate b/c he is so rambunctious and mischevious (think turning a roll of toilet paper into confetti). it doesn’t hurt them.
Post # 9
@BBlove, that’s like Tootsie! She is a angel during the day!
@AprilBride—Oh my gosh! What is this thing you speak of?!
Post # 10
Only when he’s bad. Our cat has a tendency to jump on my dresser and knock everything over, and it keeps me up, so when he does that, he gets locked out of the bedroom. Most night’s he’s good though. I do feel bad because he normally sleeps in our masterbath at night, so when he gets locked up, he’s in the living room/kitchen area where it’s pretty bright from the outside lights.
Post # 11
YES! My old-man cat started crying every night after we moved- it was like having a newborn! Now, he seems to like having his own space and bed- he even puts himself to sleep and we just close the door.
I don’t feel guilty- cats are nocturnal and need a signal/space that it’s sleep-time. My cat was a stray and I’m not sure how long he would have lasted in our house if we didn’t find a solution- I rarely had a good sleep before I thought that isolation would actually stop the crying.
Post # 12
We keep our cats in the living room at night. That is when they are most active and they would drive us crazy if we tried to sleep with them!
Post # 13
@Otb, that’s how I feel! She lovesss to sleep in our bed. She also loves to sleep on a chair in our office, but while she’s’ there, she chews laptop cords! So we keep that door shut all the time.. 🙁
Post # 14
we crated our dog at night for a long time when he was a puppy, but now we let him sleep with us. he’s usually pretty good and mostly stays on the bed…mostly…
Post # 15
Kind of. Our poochie sleeps with my Father-In-Law at night so he is with him BUT my hubs and I keep our door closed until the hubs is ready to walk the poochie so he is not isolated at night just away from us.
Post # 16
We have two cats and we lock them out of our room at night because for some reason, night time to them is play time. We used to let them sleep with us when we first got them, but had to start locking them out because they would play with my feet, JUMP ON MY HEAD), knock over vases on the dresser, glasses of water, etc. It was awful.
I’m an animal person. I really am. But I need my sleep! Whereas the cats sleep all day, I’m sure.