In an effort to get some uninterrupted sleep, I’m going to attempt to change my cats’ feeding schedule. Just to give you a little background information my cats have a big cat feeder full of kibble that’s available to them 24/7. But each day they get some moist cat food (currently Friskies in the little pouch, seafood flavor only and no pate’, they like the chunks with gravy). I know this is pretty much just a treat and they’re getting their real nutrition from the dry stuff but I feel guilty depriving them their daily dose of fishy goodness. They do seem to enjoy it so.
Previously I would feed them when I got up in the morning. 6:00 is when my alarm usually rang and the cats would be all waiting for me in the kitchen the minute I exit the bedroom.
But now, the daughter is out of high school and I don’t have to be up so early. Unfortunately Elvin, the youngest of the three cats, feels the need to let me know when he’s ready for his fishy goodness by slipping a paw under the bedroom door and attempting to open it. The result is a sound much like an insessant knocking at the door while it rattles against the door frame. He alternates that with scratching on the tile under the door. Since he’s got soft paws on that’s quite loud and really annoying.
The Elvin alarm goes off anywhere from an hour to 10 minutes before my 6:00 alarm. I exit the bedroom. All the cats congregate in the kitchen. I pick up Elvin and lock him in the computer room and go back to bed.
Elvin has come to understand that he’s probably going to be locked up so when I come out he usually hauls ass into the living room. I enter the kitchen and start getting the cat food out of the drawer. This fools him every time and he comes back in the kitchen expecting his fishy goodness. It is here when I grab the little sleep wrecker and toss him in to the computer room.
Now, I know what you’re thinking: put Elvin in the computer room when you go to bed and problem solved. But, I’ve tried that. Elvin (the little dear) will launch a full on bodily assault against the door of the computer room and creating such a racket that I’m compelled to let him out. After which he thanks me by waking me up early.
So, beginning with last night I’m feeding the cats their little Friskies treat before bed. Maybe that will satisfy them for the night and they’ll stop waking me up?
The Elvin alarm went off at 3:30 am so my first day of the experiment was somewhat less than satisfactory.
Is this just a pipe dream? Am I doomed to live the next 18 or so years being awakened every single night by this beast?
Oh, one more thing…I did devise a very clever padding to go under the door. It had the effect of wedging the door shut and also barring him from scritching on the tile under the door. It worked OK for the first couple of weeks but since we’re less than diligent keeping the soft paws on his claws he eventually shredded it and I was back where I started. Maybe I should build another and be more diligent about capping his claws?
Really, I just want to sleep through the night, is that so much to ask?