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PostPosted: Sun Dec 20, 2009 4:17 am 
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Hi everyone.. Love reading about all of your cats. I have a one and a half year old bengal girl ( desexed) who slept on my bed nice and quietly for the first 15 months of her life... then she suddenly started prowling around the whole house and meowing all night. She gets plenty of exercise during the day ( she can access a huge area outside) and has a dog for company also. I tried checking that she wants more food, toilet... but nothing seems to really be the problem. She just won't settle. The only solution we have come up with so far is to lock her in my son's bedroom ( he can sleep through anything)... she quietens down. But I do not want to keep cat litter in there. I tried the laundry ( where her cat litter is) and she meowed non stop for 40 mins... does anyone have any ideas?

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PostPosted: Sun Dec 20, 2009 10:57 am 
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Hi and welcome to the forum.

It's not unusual for Bengals to be vocal during the night - it's naturally their active time so they can't really understand why we're all asleep and quiet. However, what is a little unusual is that she's only recently started doing it and that suggests something has happened to disturb her usual routine. Has anything changed in the house, new people, new furniture, any change in your routine? Are there any new neighbours with pets or has anything else that has changed outside? It can sometimes be the most trivial things (to us) that can bring on a behaviour change.

Also make sure she has access to toys that she can play with by herself - I find that cardboard boxes and little catnip toys are good. I often wake up to hear sounds of them jumping in and out of the boxes.

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PostPosted: Mon Dec 21, 2009 6:43 am 
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Hi

thanks for your reply. I am scratching my head to find something that has changed - so far with no luck. If anything she has been able to access outside for longer recently ( up to 7pm) - so would have thought she would be more settled at night ( because had done more during the day) ?? She does seem to want to sleep on my bed like before but then about 4 am or so she just loses it... will also try the toy idea. Just bought her some xmas toys - so see how that goes...

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PostPosted: Mon Dec 21, 2009 10:18 am 
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Ah - that could be the reason. Once they've had a taste of the outdoors it simply whets their appetite for more so it's quite possible that it's as simple as that in your case. 4am is the classic wide awake time for a cat. They're what's called "crepuscular" rather than strictly nocturnal which means they're most active at dawn and dusk so 4am is the start of their second active phase and they want to tell the world about it. It is possible to retrain their routine over time but you'll need to be strict and not respond to her crying and you need to give her something to occupy her when she wants to be active - the Christmas toys sound ideal.

Good luck :)

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PostPosted: Mon Dec 21, 2009 12:59 pm 
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could it be the temperature? or some cinnamon christmassy scent or candles? eithne loaths incense, i know that... *thinks* maybe check you don't have mice or something? though...they'd probably be dormant this time of year!

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PostPosted: Mon Dec 21, 2009 1:16 pm 
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welshficwitch wrote:
though...they'd probably be dormant this time of year!


Judging by the entrails I found on my stairs this morning there are still plenty of little critters around, despite the snow and freezing cold :shock:

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PostPosted: Wed Dec 23, 2009 7:01 am 
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thanks everyone - did not realise that cats started g\their day at 4 am.. so basically need to ignore it... but provide some entertainment??? I can try that and see how we go..

cheers and merry xmas... oh by the way I am in Australia so there are lots of 'critters' around at this time of the year ( summer)

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PostPosted: Thu Dec 24, 2009 1:40 am 
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Yay, I was beginning to think that I was the only one who was in Australia!

The warmer weather could have something to do with it too... Pepper sleeps in my room sometimes and as soon as the sun starts coming through the window she's up and wants to play - when it was cooler she was happy to nap!

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PostPosted: Thu Dec 24, 2009 4:38 am 
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yes - have realised now that with the last 6 weeks it has been so hot in the afternoon that instead of prowling around she is inside sleeping for 4 hours - so that is also why she wakes up at nighttime.. so now we are trying to wear her out big time before we go to bed.. but I think this could take a while

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Hello & welcome to the forum :D

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PostPosted: Fri Dec 25, 2009 4:58 am 
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Have you tried taking her for a walk at all? That seems to get Pepper nice and tired!

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PostPosted: Fri Dec 25, 2009 10:15 am 
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Hi

That is a good idea - except our last cat used to do that with us ( without a lead - he was a burmese so more dog than cat) ... but at 3 years old he got run over... so we prefer to keep this girl in our backyard away from all vehicles...

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PostPosted: Wed Jan 06, 2010 11:37 pm 
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my one year and a half year old bengal Inca drove me to the edge of sanity due to sleep deprivation !!! just when I thought she was settling down and sleeping on the end of my bed she'd start jumping around, and prodding me...... bless her !

The solution in the end was to lock her in the kitchen over night and allow her to go outside (via cat flap)..... I tried to give her the free roam of the house but much of it is open plan.

Overall this has been great for her and me, I get to sleep now, and she seems much better behaved now she has the freedom to go out at night (as well as day)..... she's much more chilled, which I equate to happier ! We're getting on great now! before she was pee'ing in the house which I'm pretty sure was a call for attention or stimulation.


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PostPosted: Mon Apr 05, 2010 2:44 pm 
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My male Bengal Kumar had his first taste of the outdoors this past year as we'd moved into a house with a fenced yard. Foolishly we believed the fence would keep the cats in....but Kumar is able to leap the fence in a single bound!

Problem is we discovered recently that he is sneaking into the neighbors' cat flaps and entering their houses, and fighting with their cats INSIDE THEIR HOUSES!
Seems all of our neighbors have cats too and catflaps too!

So now, when we let him outside one of us needs to be out there with the cat to prevent him from jumping the fence. Naturally this isn't as frequently as Kumar would like, so he yowls, wails, and complains at all times of day and night.

Prior to going outdoors, he was content, happy, no wailing during the night. But now that he's been out it's gotten terrible - like opening Pandora's box. We can't really invest in deer fencing or building something to attach to the house as we are renting and the landlord would not approve.

Does anyone have any suggestions? I'm wondering if I just don't let him out ever again, will he eventually forget the taste of outdoors he's had and calm down?

(oops I probably should have started a new post for this, but can't figure out how to delete this or move it!)


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PostPosted: Mon Apr 12, 2010 3:21 am 
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HI

I now see that lots of people have this problem. I think it is a combination of: they get a taste of the outdoors and want it whenever they want, they wake up at that time and they are quite a vocal cat. We still have the most success when we lock her in an unoccupied bedroom - which is sad because I did like her sleeping on my bed - sad also because she does not realise the connection between the 2 events. Sometimes I leave her out and then when she meows at 4 am I lock her up - but so far this message has not got through to her... maybe it will take a long time?

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