My cat is almost 18 years old. She is arthritic and deaf as a post but has decent quality of life.
But I'm horribly afraid that if we can't get her night time yowling under control she may not have a life to have quality of.
Every night she hops up for a feed in the middle of the night and then yowls at the top of her lungs as she wanders around the house looking for attention. She'll sit at the foot of our bed and yowl even though she has a step to help her onto the bed and her own heated pad sits on my bedside table so she can sleep right beside me in a warm place. She claws her way around the bed base and then yells some more.
She has been like this for months and while I am suffering the sleep deprivation largely in silence it is taking a major toll on DH and he is at breaking point. We both love our cat dearly but it's getting to the point where we are skirting around the suggestion of putting her to sleep for the good of our own health.
I really don't want to lose my cat but I'm at my wits end.
Does anyone have any suggestions on how to help my cat settle quietly at night?
PS: We've tried adjusting her feeding times but no matter how much she eats during the day she always gets up at night and woe betide if you haven't put out fresh food for her. Leaving a light on so she can find us doesn't help. I've slept in the loungeroom to encourage her to stay out of the bedroom so DH can sleep, with patchy results (she still yells and wakes me but sometimes DH sleeps through).
This post has been edited by BadCat: 07/01/2013, 07:30 AM