Good information once again that I keep hearing over and over and am trying to follow as closely as possible. I always wished it was possible to have the ex-pen open up into the gated off kitchen area, but it is impossible with our layout. He likes the kitchen area and is ok with the ex-pen. But I am not happy with how little he sleeps during the day. I read that they need 18-20 hours a day & Frankie gets about 9 at night (in his travel type kennel in our bedroom which he likes at night) and VERY few brief cat naps during the day. So today and yesterday I put him in his blanket covered wire crate in the kitchen area and closed the door (which is usually open). He whimpered, cried, sometimes howled for over an hour even though he has been ok (but not great) in this kennel in the past. I let him out 3 times and took him to his litter box, just in case that was the issue, and put him back in the crate. He never did sleep and I finally let him out as soon as he was quiet for a few minutes. I did try to make the crate welcoming since I have had him with treats, toys, door open, etc. Also, with the crying I tried staying in the room and ignoring, leaving the room, lights on, lights off (it is dark here in the afternoon right now).