My human has one of those job things she has to go to most days, and while she is gone, I am alone and have nothing to do. It’s boring so I just sleep all day. By the time she gets home I am well rested and ready for action, but all she wants to do is flop on the couch and watch stuff on the TV for hours. Then she goes to bed. Of course by the time she is falling asleep, I am going nuts and start doing sprints all over the apartment just to get rid of my excess energy! But every time I do this, she gets mad and starts yelling at me to “Pipe down!” (For the record, I don’t even know where any pipes are around here.) Look, I gotta blow off some steam somehow — what do you suggest?
Bouncing Off the Walls
Frankly, I don’t see anything at all wrong with your behavior! A kitty can only be bored for so many hours before she wants to cut loose! And if your human has done nothing to engage your interest, either while she is away all day or when she comes home, then she is just getting what she deserves. Lots of humans have to do the job thing most days, but if they don’t want their cats going crazy at night, they need to set up activities for them during the day. Your home should be full of your favorite toys, whether they are crinkly balls, catnip mice, cat kickaroos, a crinkly tunnel or other toys you can enjoy solo. You should have a cat tree placed by a window that has a great view of Bird TV (your human can encourage bird activity with the addition of feeders for them, right near the window). A treat ball would keep you busy too — a plastic ball that contains treats that you have to bat at and roll around before it will expel a treat or two. Then when she gets home, she should spend some time playing with you — you know, toss some toy mice around or fly Da Bird or wave a feathered wand or something that you two can enjoy together. If she really wants to get some peace when she goes to bed, she should have a very active play session with you before she turns in, and save part of your dinner until after you’ve played. That should wear you out for at least a few hours! But yeah, if she isn’t doing any of this, she has no right to complain. It’s the Kitty Law of Cause and Effect at work!