Like many people over 50, I have trouble getting a good night’s sleep. I wake up around 3 a.m. or so and can’t fall back asleep. Sometimes I am cranky because I can’t sleep but sometimes I do my best thinking then.
Unfortunately, my senior cat Jake also has the same issues. The only difference is that he doesn’t like to suffer alone so it’s always important to wake me up if by chance I am still sleeping. Sometimes I can bribe him with a few kibble but usually that will only buy me a half hour before the wailful whining starts again.
We started him on a “guaranteed” natural sleeping aid for cats last week. Of course it doesn’t work. Most things don’t work for Jake. First off he hates the taste so he doesn’t take it easily. Then he will not eat any food that it’s crushed in. He’s been around the block a time or two so he is wise to all my tricks.
We now have a liquid form to squirt in his mouth. It’s easy to do since he only has two teeth. The days of hand injuries are past. Still doesn’t work. Oh yes, none of these natural remedies are cheap. But this post isn’t about Jake’s meds.
It’s about the things you think about at 3 a.m. They are bits of wisdom that you are completely oblivious to during normal waking hours. It’s surprising what jells at 3 a.m.
Coupons – Have you ever noticed that your coupons are never where you are? I try all kinds of tricks like keeping them in my purse or car. I will still pay for an item without using them. A few years ago I had dinner with two of my good friends. We all had a coupon to use and we all forgot about it. Every. Last. One. Of. Us. Thank God it wasn’t just me.
Hairballs – Why do cats have hairballs in the middle of the night? You can hear the gagging but you aren’t quite sure where it’s happening. Of course you need to use the bathroom – hairball barfing triggers pee urges in people. You tiptoe around trying to figure out where it’s most likely to be. By the way, it’s most likely to be on the carpet in the direct path to the bathroom. Cats don’t like to barf on solid easy-to-clean floors.
Mood, time and need — There is some kind of sinister connection between mood and time. When you are in the mood, you don’t have the time. When you have the time, you’re not in the mood. What’s that all about? It holds true for lots of things! Shopping for instance! Although there is always mood and time for shoe shopping but without working, there is no need for more shoes. Oh yes, that is the third part to the equation.
Time changes – It takes me about a week to adjust between daylight savings time and standard time. I blame some of my insomnia on it but Jake takes it to new heights. It’s been several weeks now and I can’t seem to get him on the new schedule which causes the nighttime howling to start earlier. He doesn’t get the concept of one more hour! Do cats have circadian rhythms? If so, how can you change them?
Last night was indeed fruitful. In addition to these bits of wisdom, I was able to get back to sleep by 5 a.m. I really should learn how to sleep in.