Hello, My kitten is almost 6 months old. I bought him home at 11 weeks and decided that I wanted to keep him downstairs at night. My house is quite small but there's a door from the living room and kitchen that shuts off the stairs, so I thought this would work quite well - he'd have the run of the bottom floor and upstairs would be out of bounds at night. But after the first few days (when he was too scared to come out from behind the sofa) he started scratching at the door and crying to come up. I ignored it for a few nights but he is incredibly determined and would just not stop. He was wrecking the carpet and I was not sleeping so I tried letting him up. Of course, he just wanted to play, so he had to go back downstairs. He's now almost 6 months old and it's not gotten any better, and frankly I'm at my wits end. He has his claws trimmed regularly and I had him neutered at 5 months because the vet thought he might be crying to go outside and he was getting aggressive. It basically hasn't made any change at all to his night behaviour, he doesn't cry at the front door to go out much these days but he is still tearing up the carpet and crying to get upstairs. I've scoured loads of forums for advice, I've tried sticky tape on the stairs and tin foil - he doesn't care, he just shreds it. I've doused the stair and the door with lemon, it doesn't bother him. I've tried squirting him with a water gun - it stops him until he hears me go back upstairs then just starts up again. I've tried the expensive route - feliway - but it didn't seem to do anything. I literally don't know what else to do and I can't go on being woken up so early. He usually waits till about 6.30am but if me or my boyfriend gets up in the night to use the bathroom, that's it. He kept us awake from 4.30 to 6.30 the other morning, scratching and crying. He just doesn't give up and eventually one of us caves and lets him up cause its driving us crazy. Currently he's an indoor cat, I live really close to a main road and I'm scared he'll get hit. He's also a silver tabby and quite unusual looking so I do worry he might get stolen if I let him out, but it's the traffic that's the main concern. In the day he's only alone a max of four hours - I feed him and fuss over him before work, then my boyfriend pops over at lunch to do the same, then I rarely go out in the eve so he's got some company till bed time, as I feel guilty about him being alone in the day. He eats the best food (royal canin) and he has loads of toys. He can be so affectionate when he's in the mood but he does have a habit of suddenly turning round and nipping. He's a pretty naughty kitten and I don't know why cause even from him being really small I've told him no, but recently I've had to turn the water gun,but he doesn't seem to get it. My vet has run out of ideas, other than letting him out. i dont have a cat flap so he would have to stay in at night anyway so id still have this problem. The woman at pets at home suggested getting him a play mate or putting him in a cage at night, but my house isn't big enough for either of those things really and I'd feel so guilty putting him in a cage at night. I really hope someone has some advice because I'm at my wits end and there's a huge chunk of carpet missing and I need some sleep :-( Thank you!!