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Our cat has been creating a lot of disturbance at night and I am ready to throw her over the balcony, so please help!

We have recently arrived in Basel and she was able to enjoy a garden at our previous home but is now confined to an appartment (there will be a balcony down the line but not for a few weeks yet). There are toys about for her and she has found comfortable spots to settle.

The rule with our cat has always been that we spend nights separately she in one part of the house, us in the other. But now we are sharing a one-bedroomed flat.

For the first few days we kept the bedroom door shut and had to put plugs in our ears because of the miaowing. Then I decided to let her into the bedroom for fear of her disturbing the neighbours as well as us. At first I was only disturbed about three times per night when she jumped onto my side of the bed. Nevertheless the miaowing stopped.

Last night however, our cat was so annoying by both jumping onto and off the bed and also miaowing loudly. She did not receive much attention during the day or the evening as it was a busy one for us. I feel punished for neglecting her!

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Re: Cat nightmare

Have you tried Feliway? This is recommended for exactly such stressful situations like moving and worked well with our cats. Most vets sell it.
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Re: Cat nightmare

Thank you. Yes we have some which we used for the trip by car. I will try that every evening, then, to settle our cat.
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Is she spayed? This reminds me when my Keto (Siamese princess) went into heat and made my life impossible. But I guess it could also be due to stree because of moving, leave her outside your bedroom and be brave she will annoy you but then settle...hopefully you will move soon to the place with a balcony and things will be back to normal
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Re: Cat nightmare

you have spray? ours didn't like this, but we put diffusers all over taht seemed to help, like those:
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Feliway-Feli...5018252&sr=1-2
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Re: Cat nightmare

Yes, our cat has been spayed. We will try using the Feliway spray regularly and hope that it calms her down. Fingers crossed.
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Re: Cat nightmare

She is bored and upset because you have chosen to move into an environment that is not suited to her. Are you at home during the daytime or at work? Most vets will tell you that keeping a cat on its own in a small apartment is not ideal, some would even say cruel. So you need to make her environment more exciting, play with her a lot, get that balcony sorted - or find a new place that keeps her happy.
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Re: Cat nightmare

A cat that has been used to the outdoors can no longer be confined to a flat. I wated to let my cats out when we were living on the ground floor with a garden. The vet advised me not to as it would not be possible to get them to accept living in a flat again afterwards.

Sorry I can't give better advice-
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Re: Cat nightmare

That is worrying, Sky! Our cat started out as an apartment cat with access to a balcony. Then we moved to the UK where she got used to having a garden (8 years of bliss). Now we are preparing to move into our permanent accommodation which again has a balcony.

Unfortunately it is not an option for us to provide our cat with a garden. We would love one too! However, we will make the balcony interesting for her with something to climb up and an observation post, plus cat grass to eat.

I work from home so will keep her company and play with her. I really hope that this will be enough...
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Re: Cat nightmare

my dogs have been especially stressed and needy of attention since moving here. It's a big change for them. They need (I think) a lot of reassurance and guided activity to gain a sense of normalcy again.

Of course my guys are just spoiled rotten anyway...
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Re: Cat nightmare

Sorry to hear about your kitty problems. My old cat used to suffer similar sympthoms during our holidays: since there were no cat-hotels at the time (it was 15 years ago...), we had to take the monster with us on holidays (sometimes a 6 hour drive in summer) and it became quite difficult for her to adapt to our summer home. The vet prescribed some cat calming pills (which she cleverly found in the cat food and basically ate around it ).

I hope you find a solution!

Just as a side note: in Switzerland you are not allowed to have only 1 cat. If you live in an apartment, fines can be really high! If your cat is being too loud, some nasty neighbour might cause you further problems. Are you staying in Switzerland for a long time? If so, I would advise you to consider getting a second cat to keep your company.
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I'm afraid I think Sky is right. It is like animals bred in zoos- they are OK as for them it is the norm, but once they have tasted the outdoors, I don't think there is any happy way 'back'. I saw an article the other day saying that a huge number of injuries in cats are due to them trying to escape from a balcony. It is essential to make a strong frame with wire, fixed all around the balcony- but some 'regies' or PPE do not allow this for visual reasons. I know this is NOT what you'd like to hear- I sincerely hope you'll find a way to keep kitty happy and safe.
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Re: Cat nightmare

Thank you all for those points.

You may be amused to learn that I decided to sleep in the living room (with the cat) so that the person who has to currently go out and earn the bread and butter could achieve some decent sleep! The cat is happier and more quiet anyway.

About having a second cat - ours is a feisty tortoishell, shy with people. I wonder if she could accept another cat? A kitten perhaps? I would rather not, though.

The balcony is another problem. Our property management company forbids any kind of barrier/netting on the balcony. We would only have put up some chicken wire to a height of 50cm or so - a discreet option. Perhaps we should do it anyway for peace of mind and do the unthinkable in Switzerland: break a rule?

The small mercy is that our cat would fall onto bushes, if she were to fall... I am not liking this train of thought.

I will let you all know how it goes in a couple of months, when we have all settled in the new place.
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The balcony is another problem. Our property management company forbids any kind of barrier/netting on the balcony. We would only have put up some chicken wire to a height of 50cm or so - a discreet option. Perhaps we should do it anyway for peace of mind and do the unthinkable in Switzerland: break a rule?
I think chicken wire would be considered a barrier as well and it is even more unattractive than some of the other alternatives for enclosing a balcony.
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Re: Cat nightmare

Mrs Doolittle - of course chicken wire would be considered a barrier. However, if you are 1m away it is very obvious but if you are living in the building 100m away, I do not think it can even be seen. The same goes for netting.

I do not want to break any rules and shall only do this as a last resort -but nor do I want to live in constant fear that my cat will fall to her death or be badly hurt (it is on the 3rd floor). Neither do we want her to go wandering onto the neighbours' balcony...

The overriding concern is that our cat comes to no harm!
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Re: Cat nightmare

A friend of mine has a system with a wire with a very faint current going through it, unpleasant but not harmful, kitty touched it once and then never tried to scale the balcony bannister again. There are also transparent cat nets these days, plus some people come up with devices that can be rolled down when they need them and hidden when they don't.
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Thanks, Kittster.
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Re: Cat nightmare

Is that true that you cannot have only one cat? I have one cat and the ashes of his sister sitting on my coffee table.

So, I basically have two cats.....
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Maybe whoever made up the regulation of having more than one cat could contribute financially to the persons who unknowingly took a cat into their midst never to be released from the vicious circle of cat adoption!
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Re: Cat nightmare

Yes, it is true that you are not allowed to have only one cat. It's not a matter of if I agree or not. Let's just say it's one of the key factors why I don't have cats since I moved into Switzerland.

The main point is the protection of the animal: you are not allowed to have only 1 pet to avoid loneliness. That is why you have to have at least 2 fishes, 2 cats or two birds, etc, so they keep each other company.

Here's the link:

http://www.admin.ch/ch/d/sr/455_1/app2.html

Though the Animal Protection won't be able to check your home, law abbiding neighbours, as well as animal friendly neighbours, might contact the Gemeinde and you might get a heavy fine, as it happened to a neighbour of mine (wasn't me, I swear!).
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