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A few months ago, my sister adopted two kittens -brothers- from the SPCA. They've adjusted well and are, to my knowledge, happy and healthy.
But for the past two or three weeks, they've started displaying an odd fixation -for lack of a better description- on myself and my room.

I spend a lot of time in my room, with the door shut. At first, the litte ones didn't seem to care too much, but nowadays, if I stay too long in my room, one or the other will sit at my door, and begin what I can only describe as crying.
I leave, they start purring, and after a while they trot off either to my sister or parents. But if I go back into my room to continue what I was doing before, the whole thing repeats itself anywhere from hours to minutes later.

This is especially irritating when they decide to cry -and make leaps at my doorhandle- early in the morning.

Is there anything I can do to prevent this behavior, other than a good squirt of water?

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Brittaney,

First of all a good squirt of water does no good when you are in the room with the door closed. Cats are curious creatures and hate to be locked out of a place they have been in.  Also, cats are persistent creatures, so once they found that meowing are jumping at the door handle would get a reaction (i.e. the door opening) one time, they will keep it up in hopes that they will get the same reaction again.

In a nutshell, I know of no way of stopping the behavior. What I can suggest (and you will not like this), is to go to a travel store and get a pair of those soft ear plugs used on transoceanic flights in first class. That seems to do the trick.

I also wonder if the kittens are at an age where they have reached puberty and neutering may calm down certain behaviors. If they are at least 4 months of age and/or weigh at least 4 pounds, you might want to have the boys neutered, if they have not yet been.

Best regards... Norm.  

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Norman Auspitz

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I can answer most non-veterinary questions about cats. My particular expertise is pedigree cats, breeding and showing. However, I am versed in feline behavior, cat breeds and their characteristics, general feline husbandry, and the like.

Experience

I judged for the Canadian Cat Association from 1975 until 1982. I am currently an approved allbreed judge for the Cat Fanciers'' Association (the world''s largets cat registry), and have been judging for them since 1991. I have been breeding pedigreed cats since 1971 and have been exhibiting pedigreed cats in shows since 1970. I obtained my first pedigreed cat in 1970 and have never looked back. In 1971, I obtained my first Abyssinian which has become my primary breed. In addition, I have bred Manx and Persians. Currently, besides the Abyssinians, I am also breeding Maine Coons.


Organizations
Cat Fanciers'' Association, inc. (CFA) and the Manx, Maine Coon, and Abyssinian breed councils. I am currently Abyssinian breed council secretary.

Publications
Cat Fancy Magazine, The Abyssinian Chapter in The Cat Fanciers'' Association Complete Cat Book, and Articles for various editions of The Cat Fanciers'' Association Yearbook

Education/Credentials
I received a B.S. from Drexel University in 1968, a M.Math from University of Waterloo, in 1970, a Ph.D. from University of Waterloo in 1975, and a MBA from McMaster University in 1980. I received my approved allbreed judging status in the Cat Fanciers'' Association in 1999.

Awards and Honors
We have produced a number of Cat Fanciers'' Association (CFA) National winning Abyssinian and Maine Coons. We have produced a number of Abyssinian and Maine Coon Distinguished Merit females (an award for a top producing cat), including the first Distinguished Merit Abyssinian in the red (sorrel) color. I am the CFA Abyssinian breed council secretary and belong and/or hold office in a number of cat clubs. I am also a member of the CFA Judges Association.

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