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Jasper Needs a lamp on?

Discussion in 'Cat Chat' started by Purplecatlover, Mar 4, 2021.


  1. Purplecatlover

    Purplecatlover PetForums VIP

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    At night Jasper will meow and howl if I turn all the lights off. It’s so bizarre, I have to leave a lamp on in the living room, which my bedroom is directly connected to (I can’t close my door as he can open them and I use the toilet around 50,000 a night haha)

    anyone had this before? I know the answer is to probably just turn it off and deal with the meowing but I feel so mean.

    Thankyou :)
     
  2. MilleD

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    I'd turn it off.

    My cats like the dark and play more when the lights are off. So it's likely he isn't distressed by it. Their eyes aren't designed for light anyway are they?
     
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    i will do it tonight & just try ignore him meowing. It’s so weird I tried turning it off last night n he wasn’t happy so I gave up. Need more willpower haha
     
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    Try distracting him with something?

    Buggers aren't they? :D
     
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    Not at all. If he wants a light on, leave one on. LED bulbs use very little electricity. You could try a nightlight.

    How old is he?
     
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    hes 4. The issue is, when there’s a lamp on its visible to all my rooms including my bedroom. I can’t close my door as he opens it, scratches the carpet and the door and meows.
    The issue isn’t the cost, its causing loss of sleep for me too as my living room is directly connected to my bedroom by just one door x
     
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    I wouldn't want to sleep in a closed room either.

    A night light will make much less light and may be a solution so I would try that.

    Experiment in placement of the light as well, to try to reduce how much shines into the bedroom. Maybe a screen or piece of furniture to block the light?

    There is also those sleep masks (go over the eyes not the mouth) to block light.

    The way I see it, he's told you he has a need, and ignoring it isn't fair to him. The trick is to work out which solution will provide him with what he needs, without inconveniencing yourself or negatively affecting your own quality of life, too much.
     
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    I was looking at night lights earlier actually. Might buy one when I get paid and put it in the living room.
     
  9. Willsee

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    You could also try putting a lamp on a timer or a remote. We keep a light on in the “cats” room when we go to bed then switch it off after around 30 mins when they’ve settled. We don’t allow them in our bedroom at night, none of us gets any sleep if we do:oops::oops::oops:
     
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    As soon as it turns off he starts :rolleyes::Hilarious I turned it off around 3 am last night and he started meowing so that’s a no go unfortunately. He has full run of the flat as he can open doors, so I’ve no choice haha x
     
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    Could you sleep with a sleep mask on? I used to do this when I was living abroad on a very well lit street and couldn't change my curtains.
     
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    Has he always done this or is it a recent thing? It's odd behaviour for a cat.
     
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    It does sound odd. Maybe he sees it as connected to your going to sleep and he is still awake and wants to play - so meows.
    I would try a play session before you are ready for lights out and see if that helps.
    Maybe get into a routine before sleep of an active game such as with a wand toy.
    My guys are used to play in the evening and Biggles will burble and trot to the closet to get the wand toys.
     
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    I use plug in night lights in the rooms where both Bunty and Toppy are and Purdey, more for my own benefit so nobody trips me up in the middle of the night if I go into their rooms. They produce just enough light to see and I've slept with them on in our room in the past.

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    It’s more of a recent thing that he cries when it’s off I think, though nothing too recent that I’d think it was illness etc. I think for a period I had the lamp on every night (I have severe anxiety) as I felt it kept me safe & the fact I got out of bed a thousand times for the toilet but my sleep is really bad at the min hence trying to turn it off.

    it’s almost like when he doesn’t know where I am he hates it. Maybe separation anxiety? I’m not sure the reason but I thought it was strange
    I’ll try to initiate play with him before bed and see if that tires him out :)
     
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    I love this where is it from?!
     
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    I have similar in my kitchen and bathroom. Like the OP I get up many times a night. Those small lights do seem very bright in the middle of the night, but neither of them make it to my bedroom.
     
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    Jaspers fine Thankyou, he’s been causing a nuisance through the night as usual! It was so so strange, just glad it stopped as quickly as it started!! Thankyou for asking xxx

    edit: thought this was on the thread I posted yesterday sorry,

    I’ve half closed my door with a doorstop (so he can get through) and keeping the lamp on until I can afford to get a night light! Having nail surgery today so hoping he doesn’t cause nuisance tonight haha
     
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