Chum-Lee has got into pretty GD annoying habits of late. Habits that we really need to nip in the bud right now!
I’ve just pretty much gotten T’s night sleeping back on track in preparation for bringing LSP home (really really really hope D can keep it together while I’m in hospital!) and now I have to throw all my efforts into Chum-Lee. I’ll be damned if I have to be getting up all night long for a newborn AND a cat!
Chum-Lee is allowed outside to chase lizards, spy on dogs in the park and dream of the birds he will never be able to catch. It is actually pretty funny watching the birds all gang up on him and chase him back inside. However we keep him in at night. We are responsible cat parents.
Usually, he hangs out with D in the lounge room until D comes to bed. Sometimes he chases cockroaches in the garage and does a few ‘cat crazy’ dashes around the house. D is Chum’s boyfriend so when D comes into bed Chum follows. He sleeps with us for most of the night – usually right in between us, possibly so I don’t get too close to his lover.
This is all fine until Chum-Lee decides to be a big fat pain in the arse naughty cat. This can occur any time between midnight and 4. It begins with Chum waking and getting agitated. He walks all over the bed for a bit trying to find a happy spot. This always wakes me, D, as I said last night, can sleep through anything.
Then, naughty cat jumps off the bed and starts scratching up the base of our bed. This is his nightly routine and I can’t for the life figure out why he keep on doing it because it ALWAYS results in me swinging an arm or a leg off the edge of the bed to try and give him a whack, but he just keeps on coming back for more – it’s like a game to him! In the end I chase him out of the room and close the door. Good bye naughty cat. Hello happy sleep.
All is well until around 4:30ish when he decides to come back and piss us off again. He sits outside our bedroom door and meows louder and louder and louder until one of us gets out of bed swearing like a sailor and either feeds him or lets him outside. Cat wins. This cannot continue. For one thing, meowing outside our bedroom will also be meowing outside LSP’s bedroom and we can’t have that. For another, it’s incredibly annoying!
How do I stop this behaviour? Any cat whisperers have any secrets they can impart on us? We have 1 week.
Today I bought a water spray bottle. I am going to try spraying him tonight when he starts with the bed scratching. It’s pretty mean I know, but I don’t know what else to do! I am happy to get up and feed him at 6 when I have to be up for the kids anyway, but I really don’t want to be loosing any more precious sleep with this tom (cat) foolery.
If the water spray doesn’t work, where do I go from there? Shock treatment therapy? Please help me! I really need to sort this and it is stressing me big time! Is it time to call Dr Harry?