Sunday night, shortly after we went to bed, Chris started his usual crying and scratching at the bedroom door. This time was worse than usual and he would not stop. After about a half hour I gave up and, over the protests of my wife, let him in.
He actually did pretty well. He bothered me a little but I put him down at my side, away from my face, and he stayed there for a long time. I think he bothered me one more time but I again put him down and he again stayed.
Some time between 3 and 4 a.m. my wife got up and said she couldn’t sleep because of Chris. “He’s behaving,” I said. “How is he keeping you awake?”
“You guys are hogging the sheets and taking up the entire bed,” she said before getting up and going downstairs.
My mind went back to the time before Chris when four to five cats would sleep on the bed next to me and that didn’t cause a problem for Rose. On top of that, I’m pretty sure we had a queen bed back then instead of the king we have now.
Rose came back to bed around 4:45 and about five minutes later Chris started bothering me but this time I could not get him to stop. If it was 5 a.m. I would have considered it too late to go back to sleep and got up. That would have meant that Chris made it through an entire night in our room. Instead, I put him out and closed the door ten minutes shy of the goal.
I managed to sleep almost an additional hour before Chris started scratching and howling at the door. Some day I will get eight hours of sleep. Perhaps when we take our vacation a year from now.
I think some cats just HAVE to be close to their humans at night…..I know lots of people who have that issue but Chris is more determined than most. Lucky you!
If only he would be like other cats.
we feel with you… I started to talk with the dogs at night, that works really great, but when I talk I can not sleep and neither can Mark… so up to a new plan
Good luck. 🙂
Poor Chris. He really has the worse case of separation anxiety. Why not look into some of Jackson Galaxy’s natural remedies. Maybe he has something that will help. XOCK, angel Lily Olivia, angel Mauricio, Misty May, Giulietta, angel Fiona, Astrid, Lisbeth, Calista Jo, Cooper Murphy, Sawyer & Kizmet
Do you mean a remedy to stop him from scratching me or from scratching the door?
I was thinking of one of these products:
Separation Anxiety/Anti Anxiety Solution
Night Owl Solution:
You can find these and others on Jackson Galaxy’s web-site.
Interesting. I will look that up. Thanks.
At least he did good for a little while. Poor Chris just loves his people!
That was pretty good though, maybe he just needs more practice! Hey, I’ve not see a solar heated cat house but it sure would be purrfect.
Yes, they wouldn’t need to be close to an outlet.
What a determined little guy Chris is!
He always has been.
Oh, Chris…. So close.
Love and licks,
Ten more minutes.
I wonder what Chris does with himself when you guys are on vacation!
I don’t know but I am told that he cries at the door when I go to work sometimes.
Sadly, I don’t think you’re ever going it get Chris to stop.
He is set in his ways.
A child with separation anxiety. Ollie is not that bad. He whines if my door is closed but, once inside, he is on the bed and passed out. He doesn’t scratch that much at the door…maybe a little but, it’s mostly the crying. He does, occasionally, wake me with his snoring.
Chris is a good snorer too.
I never get a good night’s sleep. One of the cats always barfs or starts trouble with another.
The barfing would wake me up.
The “hurking” sounds are more powerful than an alarm clock. 🤮😹
I bet. 🙂
Maybe Chris doesn’t sleep soundly when he’s with you despite how much he wants to be there
If it is morning and we are awake and sitting on the bed, then Chris sleeps soundly. Like mission accomplished
Kommando sleeps more soundly when I’m awake
Must be related to Chris.