Why won't my cat let me sleep?
April 4, 2011 3:43 AM Subscribe
My cats are nocturnal! Which was never a problem until, a few weeks ago, one of them started getting really irritating at night. She will scratch a piece of furniture or wall, making that wonderful knife-sharpening sound, until she sees that my wife or I are awake (usually this involves us yelling or throwing something, but I've noticed that even rolling over or lifting a head to look, will make her stop). This happens 6 or 7 times a night. The other one is usually fine but now they get in fights every night. Nothing in particular has changed in our, or presumably their, lives. They seem healthy and otherwise happy. What gives?
posted by Erroneous to pets & animals (19 answers total)
The cats are brother & sister, were rescued from under a barn at a young age, and have always been as sweet as can be, both with us and with each other. Past nocturnal problems have mostly been about them walking on our heads or sleeping on our books. Standard cat behavior in other words. Though, now that I think of it, the one that's being annoying now did spend some time poking us with her claws in the middle of the night a few years ago- we took to poking her back instead of petting her, and she stopped. This seems related: it's clear she wants attention. But at 4 am we have no positive attention to give, and this needs to stop.