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Loud Whining at the Door

Discussion in 'Savannah Cat Questions? Need Savannah Cat Advice?' started by npsac, Sep 24, 2012.

  1. npsac

    npsac Savannah Child

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    Hello! I'm wondering if anyone else is having any issues with harness trained Savannahs meowing at the door constantly. I adopted a really sweet 4 year old f3 off the Savannah Cat Rescue group, and she's wonderful, except for her ridiculously loud whining at the door for hours every evening, even if she's already been out on her harness. o_O

    I've been looking up solutions for domestics, and most people suggested not allowing the cat to go outside at all if door whining was an issue, so that they can learn that it is never allowed. I'd rather not do that to her since I enjoy going out with her, and it seems to be good exercise for her.

    Does any one have any experience or advice with dealing with this issue?

    Thanks a bunch :)
     
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  2. KMcgown

    KMcgown Site Supporter

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    My daughters cat does the same thing. She loves going out so much she will bark at the door for hours. It takes a good month of cool weather and not going out to stop but we go right back to it in the spring. She really enjoys her walk. This is her in her harness in my pic!
     
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  3. WitchyWoman

    WitchyWoman Admin Staff Member

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    When mine do this I try to distract them by playing with their favorite toy. Works for about 5 min. LOL. Do you have room to build/buy a small outdoor enclosure for her? Maybe a cat window box? It might help if she has access to the outdoors in addition to walks.
     

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  4. WitchyWoman

    WitchyWoman Admin Staff Member

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    P.S. She gorgeous npsac. Do you have pictures of her posted elsewhere on the forum?
     
  5. KMcgown

    KMcgown Site Supporter

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    We tried a small enclosure, 6x4x3, no dice. She did not like it. I think we get used to it :) In the summer I get up, walk out to the kitchen and she is sitting at the door waiting. The cold weather helps...she hates it!
     
  6. npsac

    npsac Savannah Child

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    I live in a upstairs apartment, but I do have a small balcony...not sure how I could rig things so that she doesn't get out.

    I don't have any other pictures up here yet, but I could post some if you like :)
     
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  7. npsac

    npsac Savannah Child

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    Does your cat whine for hours too? Mine sounds like a crying baby! :confused:
     
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  8. WitchyWoman

    WitchyWoman Admin Staff Member

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    Paige, the forum owner, has a small balcony too and set up a nice enclosure for her cats. There are 3ft x 4 ft high, smaller, larger. You can probably find one that will fit your situation. It may not stop her whining at the door but you can pop her into the enclosure until she gets over the hissy fit. LOL. Mine are currently barking & screaming to go for a walk so off I go for bit to do mommy duty.
     
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  9. admin

    admin Paige Staff Member

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    Taj cries at the door quite a bit when I take him for walks and he also runs out which is why I built an enclosure on my deck...mine started out at 6x4x4 and is now 6x6x4...he does not like it as much as walking, but saves me on all the howling and moaning and groaning.
     
  10. npsac

    npsac Savannah Child

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    Do you happen to have a picture of your enclosure? How did you build it?
     

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