I love to play in my boxes, and I especially love to scratch around in my favorite ones at night when I can’t sleep! I don’t understand why my human gets so annoyed — she is going to get up eventually anyway, so what’s the big deal? Is there some way I can convince her that late night box play is a great boredom cure?
Box A Lot
Dear Box A Lot,
Here is more proof that cats are superior to humans (as if additional proof was needed). While we kitties can do whatever we want at any time of day, humans are forced to adhere to self-imposed schedules. They believe they have to sleep certain hours, and work at other hours, and if they get off their schedule, it makes them cranky and unpleasant to be around. We kitties do like routine, but the way humans approach it is completely against their natural body rhythms. So there you are, in the middle of the night when your human is on the sleeping part of her schedule and you’re bored. I don’t blame you for playing with your boxes. I mean, what else are you going to do in the middle of the night?
I think you might already know where I am going with this. The problem is clearly not your box play at all, but your boredom. And of course, that is your human’s fault. She should be coming up with fun games for you to play close to her bedtime. And I don’t mean rolling around with a little catnip toy type of fun — I’m talking all-out interactive action! You and your human should play chase and attack, stalk and hunt, or any other game that involves full body exertion. After you are tired out, then your human should give you either a treat, or part of your dinner that she has set aside as a post-play meal. That is your reward for showing off your fine prey-hunting skills. After all that, it will be way more likely that you will sleep through the night and you won’t wake up bored. And you won’t have to deal with human crankiness. This is the kind of “schedule” I can get behind, because it is quite satisfying.
I will tell you a little secret: my favorite time to play and go crazy is around midnight and my last meal of the day is usually right around that time too. And I go to sleep and wake up at exactly the same time as my human. Actually, sometimes I sleep in even later than she does, which is really saying something!