We have two, nearly two years old, desexed, male, burmese cats. Their names are Trim (Blue) and Fidel (Lilac). They are litter-mates. They get on very well and are almost inseparable. For example, I have to take them to the vet together even though only one is sick because the other frets when they are separated for even just a short while.
They are indoor only cats except for the occassions that we take them for a walk using a leash and harness. They both enjoy the experience of going outside but Fidel appears to really love it. We cannot spend our entire lives taking them for walks outside and letting them outside unsurpervised is not an option. We live in an apartment so having some sort of outdoor enclosure is not possible. We do, however, leave fly screen protected windows or doors open whenever weather allows to let them at least see and smell outside. They a couple of indoor climbing posts and many toys that they regularly chase around the house.
Fidel, however, is driving us insane. We took them for a walk a couple of days ago and ever since his constant meowing and pawing at the front door has become almost unbearable. The only peace we get is when he finally goes to sleep.
I have tried usual water squirting and that only shuts him up long enough for him to dry the spot on which the water hit him.

He is normally a little more vocal than his brother (who is a man of few words) but as I said his behaviour is becoming unbearable.

I would appreciate any suggestions from members of the group as to how I might persuade Fidel to be a little less vocal so that I can maintain my sanity.
Thanks in advance to all who reply.
Regards,
Steve

Steve Remington
Hawthorn, Victoria, Australia

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I would appreciate any suggestions from members of the group as to how I might persuade Fidel to be a little less vocal so that I can maintain my sanity.

Squirting, yelling, etc. will not work to stop your cat's behavior. Since this behavior seems to be associated with Fidel's desire to go outside, your best option is to set aside a time each day in the afternoon or evening to take the cats for a walk. Cats are big on routine and if you do this at about the same time every day Fidel will probably be more relaxed knowing he will have a little adventure each day and stop the behavior. I'm sure there are days when you might not be able to go out for as long, but even if it's for 10 minutes that is certainly doable and is time well spent that will make you both happy.
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Hi ,
I think this breed and also Siamese can be very unhappy at being kept in and they also very vocal . These very intelligent and active cats need much more stimualtion than some other types.
*We cannot spend our entire lives taking them for walks outside * if you take on the responsibility of owning a pet and it is unhappy , then the onus is on you to alleviate that unhappiness. No one can give you a magic pill to stop your cat crying but a walk a day will go a long way to a contented cat .

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I think you have a talkative breed. Sounds like your cat is doing you a favor by trying to entice you to go for a walk. (Walks in the fresh air are good for you.) You are busy but what is 10 or 15 minutes out of your day?

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