We Can Now Sleep Through the Night… Almost

As most of you know, one of our biggest problems with having a bad cat is that he keeps us from getting a good night’s sleep. In our last three homes, there was always some impediment that kept us from locking him out of the bedroom at night, but since we have lived in our new home, we are finally able to close the door and get some sleep.

What’s different this time? Tile floors. Yep… Sweet, glorious tile, made in Heaven and placed on our floors by divine intervention, or by a flooring contractor, I’m not sure. The point is, it is the answer to our prayers. Well, technically, I didn’t pray for tile floors, but I would have if I would have thought it would work.

Our bedroom door

I didn’t notice until I saw this picture that Chris pulled a paint chip off the bottom of the door.

Now we can close our bedroom door and Chris can’t dig a hole in the tile like he could in the carpet. Of course, nothing is ever that easy with Chris. Our door has the lever type door knob that I described in my post, The Annoyance Strategy. This allowed Chris to pull the handle down and release it, making a loud noise. He would do this over and over until someone got up and opened the door.

Last time we had to change the door knob because locking it still allowed the handle to move up and down. This time the handle will not move when it is locked so as long as we remember to lock it, sleep is almost assured.

The amount of sleep we get is still not enough but I will take almost enough over what we were getting. Chris now stands outside the door at 5 a.m. and cries and scratches at the door until someone opens it. In another post I called him “Four O’clock Chris” because that is what time he would wake us up every morning. Now it is five o’clock. I’m not sure if he has improved or if he just does not recognize daylight savings time. In any case, I just wish I was home every day so I could wake him up promptly at 3:00 p.m.

12 thoughts on “We Can Now Sleep Through the Night… Almost

  1. Kitties Bue

    We still think you need to play more before bedtime and get Chris super tired. Purrs and hugs, Lily Olivia, Mauricio, Misty May, Giulietta, Fiona, Astrid, Lisbeth and Calista Jo

    1. Charles Huss Post author

      I’m sure you are right but some humans have this weird desire to want to relax before bedtime. I suppose I shouldn’t be lazy. A little play never hurt anyone.

  2. fozziemum

    Yep all four of our girls go nutty at night ..now they all go in to Al-cat-raz (bathroom) and then Pickles decided she knew how to bust them all out..lock has now been installed…there is a video on their bloggie http://ourpawpad.wordprss.com titled Pickles escape from Al-cat-raz..see if it rings a bell for you 🙂 crazy monkeys….wouldn’t mind if they selpt on the bed all night but t’s Nascar races !! Fozziemum

  3. Meekucat

    Wow 4am is too early!
    My cats stomp on me during the night because I’m not allowed to close the room door. At least my kyoko gives me nose smears and whisker tickles ♥

    1. Charles Huss Post author

      I wish I just got nose smears and whisker tickles. I could probably leave the door open then. Unfortunately, I also get teeth on my nose and claws in my neck.

  4. Colleen Carter

    That little bugger is just too funny; he picked you I’m sure b/c he KNEW you were nice and TOLERABLE… (beyond belief!). Mr. Whitey is similar and every year I have to ask him to please adjust his watch ! Of course, now that I’m retired… it doesn’t bother me as much !

    1. Charles Huss Post author

      It’s a shame he just can’t nap with us without causing problems. He cries about being locked out but he is the cause of it. I do not look forward to the end of daylight savings time when he will be waking us up at 4:00 again.

  5. colleen

    Chris is definitely a rascal – wow! maybe he’s sliding in under the door? i presume you’ve already been on the OTHER side of the door to see “how a cat does it”… ? Next: hidden camera! knowing Chris, he will find it and grin right into it !!!


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