Sunday, December 02, 2007

Retraining

Rob and I are trying to retrain the cats. We feel, for the sake of safety, that it would be better for the cats not to be left unsupervised with Bean. This is going to mean making some changes to the sleeping arrangements around here for a little while. Currently, the cats both sleep in our room and Mackerel even sleeps in our bed most nights. But if Bean is going to sleep in our room for a time, then Mackerel and Molly are going to have to find another cozy spot to catch their z's. Rob and I decided a while back that the new rules should be enforced well before Bean's arrival so that the cats wouldn't associate one event with the other. Last night was the first night that they were locked out of our room. Mackerel didn't take it well. He cried outside our door, pawing at it for a good 30 - 60 minutes. We're hoping that he'll have accepted his fate tonight and go to sleep downstairs without so much fuss. Wish us luck!

Talk to you soon,

B.

2 comments:

Karen said...

Oh man. Yeah, re-training cats like that can be a bit hairy. We have one cat who can't stand to be locked out of the bedroom too (incidentally, also a male cat). But our cat never learns, either that or he has no long term memory, so each night he acts like it's the first time we've ever done that to him. Hopefully Mackerel responds better than our kitty. Good luck!!

tamka said...

We had to lock our kitty out within the first week of getting him. He kept licking us awake at ridiculous hours of the morning. At first he complained, but now only starts meowing when he hears the clock radio turn on in the morning.