On a typical night I hit the pillow and fall into a deep sleep. Not so the rest of the household – as I learned when I had a bout of insomnia.
My husband complains about Peggy and her meowing all night, but I didn’t hear it until last night. That cat not only meows, but she rattles the blinds as if they are a harp. Her music is the cat equivalent of rap, an art form I have yet to learn to love.
Hearing noise complaints and hearing the noise itself are two different things. So I got online and found an article about how to readjust your cat’s sleep schedule so she won’t be up all night looking for a playmate.
Here are some of the tips I’m going to try out:
1. Wake up the cat during the day and play with her. (Don’t just wake up the cat because she might retaliate by peeing all over the floor, or so the Web story says.) If you keep the cat awake during her preferred nap time, she will be tired out by the human’s bedtime.
2. When the cat jumps on the bed (or plays the window-blind harp), spray water at her. Keep a spray bottle filled with water by the bed so you can be prepared when the cat tries to wake you up.
3. If you keep the bedroom door closed and the cat tries to get in, give her a surprise attack by opening the door and spraying water in the cat’s face.
I’m not sure these tips will work because Peggy will probably think the spray bottle attacks are a fun new game. But I’ll give it a shot.