Monday, June 13, 2016

Mancat Monday: What is going on, Connor?

Happy Monday, my friends! Connor here.

Mama says she is puzzled and frustrated. And tired. She has asked me what is going on, and I just don’t know what to tell her.








For the past week, I’ve been getting her up really early. Like, before 4 a.m. Every morning.

I scratch on the closet door in the hall so that it rattles and makes a noise. A big noise. Mama calls out, “Stop, Connor.” Then I go and stand beside Mama and purr. Then I go back and rattle the door. 

At first, she thought I was just hungry. She got up and fed me and the girls. But when she went back to bed, I started rattling the door again. So it’s not just hunger.

Papa has a hard time sleeping, so Mama just stays up with me after she feeds us. If she stays up for at least a while, with the light on, I settle down and seem content. I even let her lie down again to get a little more sleep.

I’m eating and playing and jumping and purring and having fun. Everything’s the same except I get Mama up early.

Mama is getting more writing done because she’s getting up so early. She does her back stretches, meditates, and then writes. Sounds like I’m helping her!

Mama says she’s not mad at me. She just wants to understand me. 

She says she thinks I get lonely because the girls are usually sleeping then, but I’ve had enough of everyone sleeping and want some company.

But she wanted me to ask you what you thought. Does it sound like loneliness? Do you think I’m going through a phase? 

13 comments:

  1. I am no expert, but Connor's new behavior seems like a thyroid issue; I remember something like it from an episode of "My Cat From Hell". Angel wakes up early too, but she's been doing that for YEARS. The Hubby 'rewards' her by picking her up, lovin' on her, then locking her in the front room (with windows, litter box, etc.) while the rest of us sleep until the alarm clock goes off. Then, Angel is released from jail. It's a rare day that Angel does NOT meow early, and all of her blood tests have been fine. Hope Connor is okay!

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  2. You have the cutest orange face! I wake mom up 4-5 am every morning too, but then I let her go back to sleep. If she can. And unless I decide I want some attention post-breakfast.

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  3. It's a mystery for sure! My friends Trina uses a car communicator for her cats. She sends her a picture of her cats and asks three questions. Maybe you should try it!

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  4. Connor, you're cute as a button! Why are you waking up your mom? (I have no advice to offer, sorry. Hopefully others can chime in!)

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  5. dood....frank lee... R plan for werld dominayshunz iz goin eggs act lee like we want.....for de past several weekz eye haz been up & reddy ta roll at 4:17 give ore take a few minits...two !!! kewl huh....matterz knot de day....if itz 4 dark o clox.....itz TIME TA RIZE & SHINE ~~~~~~~~ ☺☺☺♥♥♥

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  6. Oooh! You're doing the paw tuck! SO adorable!
    OK.... so.... since I'm just an honorary kit-cat and not a "real" one, we aren't sure. Mom would probably talk to our vet, then the vet would probably want to "run a blood panel", which is vet talk for "stick a needle in us". Other than that ... I'd like to know what's inside the closet? Maybe one of your toys is in there? Maybe your food? Maybe you heard a pipe rattle or the AC vent blow something? Or a mousie? I don't know, but I wish I did!
    Yours sincerely,
    Margaret Thatcher

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  7. You are a cutie. It may be a phase, but she might want to get your thyroid tested because some cats will do that when hyperthyroid. Or maybe he just wants you to get more writing done :)

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  8. Well, it's a good thing you're so cute, Connor. It's hard to be mad at a cutie like you. We think it's just a phase you're going through. Some have mentioned thyroid which usually affects older cats. Though it's worth mentioning to your vet.

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  9. Connor, I think you just want to be in charge -- and you're cute enough to pull it off!

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  10. I think it is a phase...but....Mama is reinforcing the behavior by getting up with you. Cats have an internal clock and now you will ALWAYS get up at that time. I know, because Cody gets my husband up anytime from 3am on.......my husband does what you do, he gets up and stays up....BAD MOVE!! The rattling of the closet is designed to get you up and keep you up!!! catchatwithcarenandcody

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  11. If there is no medical issue, it may be that you're just bored and want to socialize. Cats typically sleep all day and play/hunt during the night. When you wake up mama, you've made something happen; a little excitement happens for you. You also get to spend time with your favourite person and you might get some food. Tell mama she should stop rewarding this behaviour no matter how adorable you are and see what happens. One of my cats used to do this and when I stopped responding, she quieted down. It wasn't that easy to do because she's so darn cute and I love her, but I needed my sleep!

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  12. I think it's a phase. My Hope did the same thing with a hanging picture banging it on the wall. She is just a little older than Connor & thankfully she seems to have stopped now. Cats are sort of nocturnal, so him being up early & wanting attention would be normal. He does have plenty on time to sleep during the day!

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  13. Well I have no idea about why you are doing this Connor. I find it interesting about the "Thyroid" comments several have made. Our (Dottie) loves to get off the bed at night an paw on our door to be let out but she's done that for years. We just tell her to knock it off and soon she's back to laying on the bed sleeping. - By the way you look so adorable here.

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