I adopted two cats with my girlfriend last May. They are big males who get along great. They are young- around 2 or 3- and healthy. When we got them they were obese, but after a strict diet and exercise with the vet's guidance they are lean and fit. They are very energetic, but we play with them frequently and take them out into our apartment building so they can explore while supervised. Since we moved to our small studio apartment and I have been with them more often I have discovered some behavioral issues:
1. Annoying us for food
My girlfriend wakes up at 6:00 to commute to school, and feeds the cats after her shower. They are on a strict diet, less than they are used to at the shelter, and are very eager for feedings... so eager that they try to wake her as early as 4:00. One of them will walk all over her body, and meow, for hours. We live in a studio, so locking him out is not a possibility.
2. Poop/pee outside litter pan
If waking her at 4:00 am fails, occasionally one of them will go into the bathroom and poop in the shower or pee on the bathmat. This had only happened twice, but all times it was on the weekend when they don't get fed until closer to 9:00, since we can sleep in.
3. Pawing at doors/windows
One of our cats will paw at windows, doors, and walls. It is never with claws, but the noise becomes repetitive and annoying. It is not that he expect these things to be opened- we never open the window or the wardrobe for him, and he doesn't paw doors while we are on the other side.
The cat that tries to wake my girlfriend is very inquisitive and energetic, and one of the things he loves to do is chew things. It is usually wood, plastic, or metal that sticks up, like the lever on the recliner or the drawer handles under the bed, and done with great exuberance. He is very destructive. We provide chew toys for cats, but he gnaws through them, and still prefers other things.
5. Jumping on counter
The cat that paws at walls and such also loves jumping onto the counter. Our kitchen space is limited, and he will sometimes try to go in the sink and eat food scraps or investigate the stove top.
I would really like help solving one, some, or all of these issues. If you are familiar with any of them, please write in. A lot of these behaviors are damaging or endanger them (or our sanity). Let me know what you think.