I adopted my first mane coon at the end of the summer last year. Her name is Gypsy Danger (Gypsy for short) and she's a sweetheart. Right now she's about 8 or 9 months old. I've been having a few issues with her and I need some advice on what to do to solve them or if they are the result of her not being happy, how to fix that. She goes on walks about every other day on a harness, and loves looking up at the trees, watching nature, and exploring. I hoped these walks would help her stretch her legs and expend her energy. I play with her using a pole and string type of toy that she adores. To the point that she learned from the dog to carry it around the house and give it to people when she wants someone to play with her.
The issues I'm encountering are:
She likes to be mischievous at 4am.
I don't really know what to do for this one. Usually we try to let her stay out and during the night but lately she has gotten to where she climbs onto the tables and counters and pushes things off then meows loudly until someone comes down and we have to lock her in her room so we can sleep without the house getting wrecked. If that doesn't work, she will come upstairs or find one of us sleeping and 'punch' under the blankets or chuff in faces until someone wakes up irritated and locks her in her room.
She won't stay off of table tops and counter tops.
We have tried everything under the sun to get her to stay off of the table, desks, and counter tops. But she frequently will get on these surfaces and shove things into the floor, put her face/paws into people's drinks, or push drinks onto the floor. She *knows* she's not supposed to because when we tell her to get down, she will sit down on the surface and stare at us until one of us starts to get up, then she'll jump down and run. The only thing we haven't tried is water bottles, but we have a lot of computer equipment and electronics that could possibly get wet from that.
For some reason she eats so much she throws up.
I've never known a cat to do this and I couldn't find anything on the internet about it. But she will, once in a while, just eat herself so full that she throws up large quantities of food. I feed her Rad Cat with Northwest Natural dry food. So the Rad Cat is given to her twice/three times a day in her room, and the NWN dry food is kept in a bowl upstairs in her cat tree all the time. This isn't so much a common occurence right now, but it was very frequent to the point I took all her food away and strictly gave her a certain amount at a time and she wasn't gaining much weight (as a little kitten).
She is a fantastic cat and I absolutely love her, but if we could solve or have an idea of how to do better with these three issues it would be amazing. I feel like we are doing something wrong if every time she's waking us up doing shenanigans in the house at 4am that we have to lock her in her room away from everyone until we get up. I don't want her to feel abandoned. Any help/advice would be greatly appreciated. Thank you so much!