Just read through your posts, piqued my interest for a couple of reasons...
1) I have also just recently started lucid dreaming, having my first proper (i.e. full blown) one on 20 March, so it's interesting to see how your attempts at lucidity are similar to mine and we are at about the same point on the journey
2) I also use a cat as part of my reality check, although I use my pet cat
he appears in my dreams from time to time, so I am testing out asking him if I am dreaming (my reasoning is that, if I see him, I need to RC -- in one dream he changed from being a ginger to being a black and white so I think it could just work!). As yet, it hasn't worked (only been trying for a couple of weeks and v. inconsistently) but I tried it on a whim with other RCs, guess no harm in trying.
So far my attempts at LD involve the WBTB technique - I can't really visualise things so that is the only technique that I've had success with, although I did once partially initiate a WILD only to be woken up by that buzzing sound...
I also meditate and listen to binaural beats while doing so, it has done wonders for my mindfulness. My other RC triggers (aside from my cat) are going through doors and looking at my hands. So far the only one that worked in a dream was my hands. Unfortunately my second successful attempt was interrupted by my wife's alarm which went off _right_ as I realised I was dreaming
Just wondering if you'd be cool with me also posting my LD attempts/successes here? Maybe bouncing off each other could provide more motivation and a higher chance of success?
Thanks again for posting, been a great read!