When we adopted our two cats from the Manchester animal shelter almost a year ago, I did not know what to expect. It had been a long time since I’d lived with cats.
There was a time of adjustment and at first I lost some sleep while the cats would roam the house all night and scratch at our closed doors, but once they began to go outside and run and play, they were better. Usually I now get a pretty good night’s sleep, but last night Richie had me up most of the night. I blame it on the moon because I don’t know what else to blame it on.
Fontana goes into the basement and sleeps quietly all night. I never hear from her until I get up and she hears me in the kitchen.
Richie on the other hand sleeps at the end of my bed until he gets antsy and then walks up to my head and sits staring at me while purring loudly. If I ignore him, he will do various things to get my attention such as knock over my water cup, chew on my eyeglasses, jump up on the bureau and chew on whatever he finds there, flip upside down and slide himself along under my bed (I love that one), or dig at the window screen. He climbs up and hangs off the window if it’s closed. Sometimes he digs at my feet at the bottom of the bed and tears up the side of the mattress too.
Lets just say that Richie will not be ignored!
So I get up and throw him out and shut my door. That usually stops him for a few hours, but last night he kept on clawing at my door and meowing. Next, I tried the basement. He still spent much time clawing at the door, but I was able to ignore him.
So I am sitting here this morning not quite awake thanks to his antics. Once I get my wood stove going, which is in the basement, I won’t be able to shut the basement door at night and that will be a new problem. I just wrote an article about my cats and adopting, and I do love them, but we always joke that we know why Richie was abandoned!
My daughter just began volunteering at the Manchester (NH) Animal Shelter and they are full with many cats and dogs. If you are looking for a new pet, please check them out and if you can foster a dog, I’m sure they would love to hear from you!