We don't let anyone live in this house unless they contribute to the freak show we've got running over here 24 hours a day. And, that includes our cat.
He will sit like this for hours....on the stairs leading from the first floor to the basement.....quietly requesting to be let in. No scratching. An occasional well-mannered "meow". Nothing more.
Toddlers will tickle his paws, poke at him with toys, tease him with frozen waffles. And, he keeps coming back for more.