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My girlfriend doesn't like sleeping with my two cats in the room at night, so I've started keeping the door to my bedroom closed. Unfortunately, however, they meow and scratch all night long.

Is there some way to keep them from scratching, or to damper down the noise so we can sleep soundly?

I have hardwood floors, and I'm sure this doesn't help with the acoustic amplification of the sound.

  • I believe the scratching is them trying to get in, not just natural cat scratching behavior. – JasonWyatt Jan 13 '12 at 16:18
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    I had the same problem with my cat. She now sleeps on my head. – JoeFish Jan 13 '12 at 17:08
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    Question for area51.stackexchange.com/proposals/5489/pets ? – JoeFish Jan 13 '12 at 17:21
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    I've been a cat owner now for 2 years? Their very much habit animals. If something changes, it takes them time to adjust (mine anyways). Let it go. in a few days, they'll stop. Or wake up at 2am and start playing with their toys. Either way, your sure as hell not gonna stop them. – lsiunsuex Jan 13 '12 at 18:04
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    This would be more appropriate on a pet-focused website – Steven Jan 13 '12 at 18:21
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you can use an automated air jet/spray that activates when the cat comes close to the door

(just a link I found wile googling "cat repellent door" no affiliation)

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A friend at work told me this one:

Buy a roll or two of clear double-sided tape and put it on the bottom of the door and the bottom of the door frame.

When the cats scratch at it, their paws get stuck/sticky (they don't like this at all) and they'll soon learn not to scratch at the door.

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