How have you convinced your cat to let you sleep? (The cat who howls in the night).
So, we have three cats in our household: A 12 year old male, a 3 year old female, and an 8-9 month old male.
The 12 year old male has recently (well, on and off for a while now, but the last few months have been really bad) decided that really, no one should sleep. Not ever. He positions himself in the hallway, dead center between bedrooms, the best so that everyone can hear him, and HOWLS. He is astonishingly loud.
This goes on a while, until some groggy individual starts issuing death threats. Then he either continues to howl, or goes in to get pet. There will be a reprieve. Perhaps in an hour it will commence again. Or maybe he'll take a nice nap. There's no way to know, and so some nights are semi-okay, and some mornings we wake up like the walking-dead.
I know this is not an entirely unusual thing for cats, but we need to
sleep. Badly. Does anyone have any helpful suggestions? What can be threaten him/bribe him with to make him stop?
A few things: I don't believe it's medical. He's recently had a full
blood panel to check on some vomiting issues, and while he had a slight tummy infection, it was dealt with by antibiotics. Everything else was perfect across the board, so, no to hyperthyroidism. We've had that in the household before and would (probably) recognize the symptoms.
He is an indoor/outdoor cat, but never, ever allowed out at night, or when we are not home. This hasn't changed, he knows the deal. He might not like it, but after about 15 minutes of complaining after dusk and lockdown, he gets over it, and starts asking for snacks instead.
The kitten is obviously a new addition, who has been with us 6 months. He has gone from being something the other two could mostly ignore despite his annoyingness, as at 2.3 pounds he was easily swatted, to the largest cat in the house, at 12 pounds, and still growing. A whole lot less easy to ignore. But I don't want to necessarily blame this behavior on him, as the older male has always been something of a howler when he wanted your attention, and there was a time when, during the day, he would simply sit in another room and yell loudly until you came to see what the deal was. Which was that he wanted your attention. Some pettings. Maybe a nom.
He is best buds with the girl cat. This is not the issue.
There is plenty of clean litter. All were neutered/spayed at between 6-7 months.
We have moved an additional bowl of food and one of water upstairs recently, as a bribe. There is a new pillow on the floor hallway for him. A new cat lounger/scratching pad is on the way for this area as well.
Any other ideas?
Here he is: This is his "pick me up now" move.
Sleeping with his girlfriend