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Was just wondering if anyone had any advice on how I could stop my darling baby keeping me up all night. He unfortunatly sleeps in my room and tells me when he wants out of his house (i'm gonna call it his house as don't like referring to it as cage). He will chew/gnaw on his plastic shelf and the house frame bars and make a right noise until I let him out basically but during the night it's not exactly what I want to be doing or nor really early in the morning either. I gave him some food as I thought it was hunger but last night he did it at midnight and I had no choice to let him out.. Thing is I don't want him to associate doing that with being able to come out because I'd hate for him to do it whilst I'm out as he won't be able to get out and also don't want him thinking he can always be let out because he needs to learn he can't always be around my room.
Any tips? He has toys but doesn't pay alot of attention to them, I think it's simply him wanting to come out of his house.
Posted By lmais on 11/01/2012 05:02 AM
Toys do help. Ruby did the same thing with me, I was advised by my vet to just ignore it. With Ruby it did give me a few nights with much less sleep than I would have liked, but eventually they learn that gnawing on things and making noise won't get them what they want so they stop. Also, if he chews because he wants food, try making his feeding time right before you go to sleep. That way there's one less thing for him to chew about.
Apple tree sticks also helped, I noticed to begin with she started realizing I wasn't going to let her out so she went and chewed on those instead.
Thanks for your reply.. I feed him about 10.30pm just before I go to bed. I am trying to leave him but it will often go on for a good hour or two. It's just as well I'm not working at the moment. Is he allowed apple sticks? He's 12 weeks old.
Posted By lmais on 11/01/2012 05:14 AM
I don't see why not, (I'm not sure what age they're supposed to start, but my local pet store recommended I get some about a week after I brought her home and she was 9-10 weeks old at that point) maybe ask your vet or wait for someone more knowledgeable about when they can start to reply.
It's possible that he's chewing that much on the bars because he is trying to file down his teeth, if they get too long it can start bothering the inside of their mouth and jaw
He has got the vets tomorrow for his 2nd jab so I will ask them tomorrow but I really do think he's only doing it because he wants out of his house because as soon as I let him out he's straight out.