Thursday, January 8, 2009

The gerbil is back in Mom's head

Cinza: The woman is in a hissy mood.

The heater is still not working and she's tired of staying home all day waiting for repair people to show up, especially on sunny days.

The super and someone else came by on Tuesday and they changed the thermostat. After while tinkering with the heater, there was a mini explosion, so again no more heat.

The next day the electrician came by and said the guy from the day before installed the wrong thermostat. The electrician also has to replace various parts because of the damage done by the explosion, but he didn't have the parts he needed because his usual van is in for repairs, so he said he'd likely be back by the end of the week. In other words, still no heat.

Today no one came; the woman kept herself busy working on making some of her New Year's goals come true. She's so determined to make changes she's been too busy to write down her goals.

Meanwhile, she's really tired and barely functioning because we never let the people sleep through the night. They've tried all kinds of things and nothing is working.

For awhile when we started our wake up routine at 4 a.m., the man would get up and sleep on the couch so the woman could sleep. (She has a problem falling back to sleep, while he doesn't.)

He noticed that once he was on the couch, we'd settle down. He spent the next several weeks sleeping on the couch so everyone could catch up on their sleep and they were happy because we were less active during the night.

The last two weeks they've been trying to "normalize" things with both of them sleeping in the bedroom, and we were back to the usual: purring and kneading away on their pillows, scratching on boxes and furniture in the bedroom, meowing and fighting over who gets to sleep on our favourite pillow. (The people put out two pillows for us, but we both want the same one.)

Last night they gave up trying to normalize things. The man is back to sleeping on the couch and the woman is having problems sleeping through the night again. We suspect the gerbil is back in her head, but she claims it's because she's used to us waking her up throughout the night.

They're both frustrated and don't know what to do.


  1. I hope your mom's brain cells come back soon - that sounds like it could be painful! (Maybe that's what's wrong with my mom, too.)

    Sleep is one of the most important things (the first being eating). :)

  2. Sorry I haven't been by but my blog roll said you hadn't updated? Um I have a little confession to make... I too am keeping Mommy up at say fourish. Opps!

  3. We so feel for what your family is going through! Those repair people had better get your heat fixed soon, or I'll have to come and lay the law down!

    P.S. I just posted about seeing the vet earlier this week.

  4. Well what a rum old do this is - no heat, gerbils in the brain and no sleep! You poor darlings. No wonder your humans are frazzled. We are going to suggest that you send in a question to George Online Cat about the waking-humans-who-want-to-sleep business. George's secretary is a well thought of and qualified Pet Behaviourist in the UK. You can find George here: -

    If you do send George a question, include all the things you have done to try and sort out the behaviour, cat ages, personalities, environmental things and I'm sure George will be able to make some helpful suggestions.

    Hope the heating is mended soon. Maybe a daytime nap with your humans is needed to catch up on some kip

    Best of luck, stay warm!

    Whicky Wuudler

  5. We suggest that you tone down the bedtime antics until after the heater ordeal is over and long forgotten. You don't want to do anything that could get you banned from the bedroom! Maybe you could ratchet up your afternoon and evening antics to make up for it.

  6. No heat sounds dreadful. We cannot imagine it taking so long to get fixed.

    We wake Mom early occasionally, but not as a regular habit, so we think Whicky's suggestion is probably the best!

  7. Oh, I think you better let your beans sleep. If I didn't let mom sleep through the night, she would be momzilla for sure. Especially a few nights in a row. As for the heat guys, I think momzilla would have shown up a long time ago.



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