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Please fix my cat

Please fix my cat.

I brought Beeper to my apartment last Saturday. He grew up in our household, surrounded by four other cats. He now has our attention all to himself, which he loves, but I fear that he's lonely.

He's always been antisocial during the day. His lifelong tendency of sleeping under the bed all day long works well since Jordan and I are both at work. He comes out after work to greet us (which is new; he never used to emerge before nightfall at my parents' home). Once he decides he wants your love, he's a prima donna. I have previously described him as "amoral." He is.

At night, he continually meows, howls, and jumps on the bed. For a few nights, I could blindly pet him and he'd be content to sleep for a while. But now, he will not sleep. He will not stop beeping. He will not go away. Closing the bedroom door results in a Beeperquake as he tries to tear it down. And yet, he won't simply sleep near us-- no, he wants to frolic. Mostly, he wants our undivided attention. All night long.

I'm the lightest sleeper imaginable. I use earplugs, a sound machine, and a pillow over my head and I still cannot sleep through the cat's noise and motion. A week of unwilling insomnia is leading me to dire levels of crankiness.

I love the cat. I'm not giving him up. I think.

He clearly needs more toys. This will occur. He needs a scratching pedestal. He will have it when money permits.

He needs companions. I want to bring Beethoven to the apartment, too, but Jordan's against it. He pleads allergies and lack of interest. (I tend to be inflexibly blind to these views, because they're so divergent from my own. I've had cat allergies my whole life and I suck it up and take my pills. Allergies aren't an issue for me, and I don't understand non-cat-fanatics, either. But I love you, Jordan, and you're certainly not going anywhere, so if you say no more cats, that's how it will be. *grinds teeth* At least until we move into a larger home.)

I'm sleepless. I love my cat but his nighttime behavior is insane. I think the solution is to get him a companion, but Jordan signed the lease, not Beeper. Please. Help me keep hold of my sense. What can I do?


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Aug. 15th, 2003 10:58 am (UTC)
My two little monsters used to romp all night as well, engaging in the same sort of sordid cat activities as Beeper. As cats are inherently nocturnal, try keeping him awake all night when you don't have to work the next day.
Aug. 15th, 2003 02:40 pm (UTC)
I had the same problem with my first cat. And it turned out that what fixed it was indeed a companion for her. Your kitty is lonely and needs another kitty around.

I have had cats for my entire life and am I also allergic. I've taken antibiotics and never had any problems.

Obviously the cats are very important to YOU. Jordan should respect that. The fact is you probably just won't be as happy without them as you are with them.
Aug. 15th, 2003 05:57 pm (UTC)
Try playing with him lots before you go to sleep. Chase him around. Bring out the catnip and the special toys. When you're done playing...YOU ARE DONE. Ignore him after that if he continues being a pain. My cat is generally pretty calm at all times, but once a month or so it's like someone put speed in her water and all she is able to do at night is run laps around the apartment. I still haven't found a cure for it.

You might want to post this to someplace like catsgalore to see if someone else has better advice.
Aug. 15th, 2003 06:34 pm (UTC)
A companion...trust me...I lived with a woman with cats for a couple of years...it's always better when there's two...
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