Sleep-killer cat

Steve Kendall | Bendigo Weekly | 27-Sep-2017

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I  was so happy when I adopted a big brown cat from the RSPCA.

To be honest I had a bit of a battle to get him, but in the end my persistence paid off.

He’s an elderly gentleman of 10, and he is very set in his ways, and there lies the problem.

I imagine in his previous home he spent a lot of time on a bed, or on a couch with the TV on in front of the fire.

If he is not in one of those positions he wanders around yowling until someone notices him, usually me, and tries to lead me to one or other of those locations.

He cannot bear me to be on the computer not taking any notice of him, but the thing he most excels at is waking me up at night.

I imagine the problem is due to spending the whole day sleeping, night time is play time.

Take last Friday for example. He hopped on the bed with me at about 10.20pm.

At 2.08am he climbed on top of my shoulder and started purring, it woke me up of course, but after I had moved him I went back to sleep.

At just after 3am he woke me with his snoring. Cats can, and do, snore. 

I got up for the obvious reason, and on my way back noticed he had pigged out and then been sick on the blanket.

I cleaned this up of course, all the time wondering if I was going to be able to get back to sleep, eventually I did.

At 4.55am he decided to hop back on me, by now I was sleeping on my back. He weighs in at 7.2kg (he’s big boned) so it was not something I could ignore.

This really was the last straw, and to be honest I just gave up trying to get any meaningful rest and decided to read a book.

This seemed to suit the big brown cat, and he settled down while I read. 

Of course he was now free to spend the rest of the day catching up with his beauty sleep, which he proceeded to do.

He started to snore again just as I got up to make the long-suffering Mrs Kendall her morning tea. 

I gave him a little nudge just to make a point, and he glared at me with his big yellow eyes.

There are many people who would say put him in another room, but he is very loud and yowls if separated from where he wants to be.

Can’t imagine why he had to be rehomed.

 – Steve Kendall
twitter: @stevekendall1

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