Wit's End


11 comments posted
I know you don't want to

I know you don't want to have an obese cat.... but better an obese cat than a sleep-deprived woman, right? Can you load up her bowl with dry food before you go to bed? Or, is she asking for wet food? I'd take her off your hands, but I've got full livestock over here. One of my cats sleeps in the basement at night because he is out of control. That's another option. So, I guess my two suggestions are 1) overfeeding, or 2) locking up in the basement. The cat bloggers are going attack me for this...

Posted by Aggie (not verified) on Thu, 01/29/2009 - 00:26
Cats, unlike dogs, are still

Cats, unlike dogs, are still largely un-domesticated socially, je pense, and would prefer to snag birds and squirrels and mice and whatnot to keep the belly full. But since we've coddled the wee buggers for our own various reasons and, especially in the city, restricted their roaming for their own safety, they just up the ante.

If I can't catch a mighty fine rat cuz there ain't none around on account of you humans' disgust of the rodents, well, get that can-opener goin'!! You're the one with opposible thumbs around here, eh?

You could try to pull a fast one and have a friend or neighbour do the feeding only once a day for a while - she ain't gonna starve but it could upset her equilibrium harmlessly - and she might be a bit more accepting of a new regime. You might need earplugs for a bit.

I'm thinking it doesn't do any of us much harm to have our equilibrium disrupted once in a while.

Posted by silkpurse (not verified) on Thu, 01/29/2009 - 00:50
Starla used to insist on a 3

Starla used to insist on a 3 a.m. feeding. For years. We bought an automatic feeder with a timer that we would set up before going to bed and we'd put a little bell on the lid so she'd hear it when it popped open (how Pavlovian, I know). She ate, we slept, everyone was happy.

Posted by kerri (not verified) on Thu, 01/29/2009 - 08:58
Same thing with Duncan. As

Same thing with Duncan. As soon as he realized GC could be harassed into getting up at the crack of dawn to feed him, he started pushing the edges of the crack of dawn.

Cats respond well to routine, but they're very good at exploiting exceptions to the routine. I think your best approach is to stick to your guns and refuse to cave to her demands. After about a month I think she'll give up.

I like Shelley's theory. My old cat, Flea, lived to be 19 and I honestly didn't like him very much towards the end. He was demanding and he threw up all the time and he drooled stinky drool continuously. I felt guilty for not liking him anymore, but he really wasn't very likable anymore.

Posted by zoom (not verified) on Thu, 01/29/2009 - 10:38
Did you say cat!? I could

Did you say cat!? I could help you with that. We coyotes love cats! But if you want a reversible solution, you might want to try some of those other ideas up there, first...

Posted by coyote (not verified) on Thu, 01/29/2009 - 11:55
Exactly the same problem

Exactly the same problem over here, my friend, and we know so well that howl you describe. Sounds like she's down the well, screaming HHHHHHHHHHHEEEAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAALLLLLLLLLOOOOOOOOOOOOWWWWWWWWWWWWPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPP! to anyone nearby.

So. We have no idea how to fix it. But we do feel very sorry for you. Maybe we should take turns and one of us should have both of them for a time? 2 weeks on, 2 weeks off? Cat-sharing?

Posted by Grace (not verified) on Thu, 01/29/2009 - 15:19
Magi tried that a few years

Magi tried that a few years ago, too. I ignored her completely, and made sure she did not hear that she had woken me up. It took about a week and it was over... So, I recommend what you are planning to do, since it worked for me... good luck!

Posted by Woodsy (not verified) on Thu, 01/29/2009 - 21:30
Wow! Thanks everyone. You

Wow! Thanks everyone.

You know, coyote, if you had asked yesterday morning....

Otherwise, I'm happy to report that the earplugs worked quite well. I couldn't hear her, and M-C can apparently sleep through anything. So even if she doesn't change her habits soon, I won't know the difference.

If for some reason it doesn't work, I'll try the automatic feeder. I don't know why I didn't think of that!

And if that doesn't work, Grace, you're on for cat sharing. Double the trouble and fun, more than twice the peace betimes.

Posted by megan on Thu, 01/29/2009 - 23:55
If the auto-feeder becomes

If the auto-feeder becomes necessary there was a thread on AskMe with a slew of recommendations. I have an orange disaster-cat who sings at night but that is from boredom more than hunger. I have learned to sleep through it but earplugs is an idea to keep in mind.

Posted by Elizabeth (not verified) on Fri, 01/30/2009 - 15:22
Careful with the automatic

Careful with the automatic feeder. My cat, Bossa, may she rest in bitchy peace, figured out how to jam her paw up into the feeder so she could pull food down in the bowl at any time she pleased. She was fat to begin with, and then, well, let's just say it wasn't pretty. We couldn't figure out why we were going through so much food until one night we heard her chomping away at 2am and caught her in the act, paw jammed and all. She had no shame and continued on, looking at us like, what? You gonna do something about it?

Posted by Kat aka Fickle Feline (not verified) on Fri, 01/30/2009 - 21:05
Oh my god, that's hilarious.

Oh my god, that's hilarious. So totally cat like. Freya's on wet food, so it would have to be an automatic feeder with a lid that flipped open. But it wouldn't surprised me if she learned to get that open.

But so far, the earplugs are working like a charm. I have no idea if she's still yowling or not, which works for me and she doesn't seem overly upset in the mornings.

Posted by megan on Sat, 01/31/2009 - 09:39