Cat won't let us sleep!
May 16, 2008 2:27 PM Subscribe
My cat has recently taken to waking us up in the middle of the night, every night. She's done this before, but not for this long.
posted by CrazyGabby to Pets & Animals (26 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
Gabs has recently decided that Mr. CrazyGabby and I must be awakened between 3-5 a.m. She does this by yowling at the top of her lungs and knocking things off our nightstands. If we close the door to keep her out of the bedroom, she simply gets louder.
She's been doing this for the last couple of weeks. We've made sure she has food, water, a clean box, etc. It seems like she just wants some attention - I can dangle my hand over the side of the bed, and she'll come and get a nice head scratch, then wander away...for a few minutes, at least. She's also been unusually playful. (Pouncing our ankles, wanting to play fetch, etc.) She's usually a lazy-butt, so this is a little odd. We've tried to play with her some more during the day, but it hasn't stopped her waking us up.
She seems pretty healthy, aside from some occasional vomiting, nothing that can't be explained by hairball season. When cleaning her box today, I noticed that her stool seemed a bit pale, but she's eating and eliminating normally. There haven't been any changes in our lives lately - we haven't moved, haven't changed her food, haven't changed our sleeping habits, etc.
I guess I have two questions. First, should we be worried about her sudden desire to get attention in the middle of the night? Is there something that might be causing her behavior that we should look into? Second, if she really is just being a brat, has anyone else successfully stopped this sort of thing?