Why We Felines Talk at Night

Furiends, last night, Koji decided that he would start talking to the human in the middle of the night. The human got annoyed, and told Koji to be quiet. After a few minutes, Koji decided to hop onto the bed by the human and he, the human and I went back to sleep.

Koji Relaxing

In Koji’s case, we know exactly why he was talking to the human. I think Koji has seen the human use the white watery litter box one too many times. You humans get rid of the waste that goes in there every time you use it. Koji seems to expect the same for the litter box.

Koji will pee in the litter box, and then demand the human clean it. As soon as the human does, he will hop in the box, poop in it, and then demand the human clean it again! So when Koji uses the litter box in the night, he talks to the human to tell him to clean it.

But other felines have other reasons for talking in the night. According to Catster, here are a few of them:

  • Relocation can be difficult for felines. Whether it’s a cat who has lived with you who moved to a new place, an adult cat who joined the home recently, or a playful kitten who was adopted, moving often makes us anxious. And we felines express this by talking.
  • We are bored and want you to help entertain us. Sometimes, we will demand this in the middle of the night.
  • We are hungry or thirsty and we are letting you know. If you are smart, you will not give in to this, or we will start to demand noms when you are sleeping!
  • There is a health related issue, such as dementia in an older feline.
  • We saw something outside that disturbed us, like another cat, and we are letting you know.

The good news is that in most cases, there is an easy fix to us waking you up by meowing in the middle of the night. You can just ignore us, and when we realize you will not respond like we want you to, we will stop.

Of course, if you suspect a medical issue, make sure you take us to the white coated humans.

As for Koji, the human says he will either train him to use the toilet or he can just deal with the litter box not being pristine. I do not know if the human wants to train Koji to use the toilet. Because if he does, Koji will enjoy flushing the toilet and watching the water swirl around!

Why We Felines Chatter

Koji saw a hummingbird outside this morning, and when he was watching the bird, he started to chatter. I am sure you have all heard your felines chattering. It sounds and looks like this.

There are many theories about why we felines chatter at birds. Some animal behaviorists say that we are chattering in anticipation of pouncing on the prey. Others say that we are doing it because of a surge of adrenaline.

Another theory is that we are frustrated that we cannot get to the bird. I do not know about this theory, furiends. Koji will chatter at birds when he is outside and able to pounce on them. In fact, when he starts to chatter at a bird outside, the human quickly goes to make sure he does not pounce and possibly fall from the balcony!

A Feline Chattering at a Bird
A Feline Chattering at a Bird

But scientists studying monkeys in the Amazon may have come up with the real reason why we felines chatter. We are imitating the sounds of our prey so that we can more easily catch them.

These scientists were studying monkeys when a wildcat showed up. They did not pay attention to the wildcat when it arrived. But then the wildcat started making sounds like the monkeys were making. And then, the scientists started to observe what happened.

The monkeys who the wildcat wanted to nom on were almost fooled by my larger feline cousin. And monkeys are much smarter than birds. So we felines may be able to fool birds into thinking there is another bird around, not a feline about to pounce.

Furiends, I know you already knew we felines are smart. But I do not think you knew that we imitate the sounds our prey makes to make them easier to catch. I hope you learned something new about us felines today!

Why Felines Stop Using The Litter Box

Furiends, you remember how I told you that I started going outside of the litter box a few days ago and it drove the human nuts? Well, we have reached a kind of compromise between me and the human. He carries me into the box, and sets me down in there. And then, I pee in the box. And when I do, furiends, it takes a while for me to get it all out.

But furiends, this is not something we can continue to do for a long time. The human is going to talk to the white coated humans to see if there is something happening with me.

After all, I was using that litter box for a long time without any problems. So it is unusual for me to go outside of it. And that is why the human will talk to the white coated humans.

When a Feline Stops Doing This, Talk to the White Coated Humans
When a Feline Stops Doing This, Talk to the White Coated Humans

If a feline stops using the litter box in your home, it is important for you to talk to the white coated humans. For male felines, it is even more important to do that quickly. You see, we could have a partial blockage. That means it is painful for us to urinate. Our feline brain associates the litter box with painful urination, so we stop going there.

If the white coated human finds this out and treats it, then the problem will likely go away. No more coming home to a carpet that smells like a litter box for you!

But if the white coated humans find out that we are healthy, then it is all behavioral. And that means you will have to think like a feline. What happened to get us to stop using the litter box? It can be many things, and you will have to be a good detective to figure it out. The human thinks it is because Koji ambushed me when I came out of the box, so I do not want to go in there again.

But he is not sure, because I poop in the box. In fact, I did that right when the human was typing this! So the human will have to play detective more.

Hopefully he will figure it out, so that everyone in the home will be happy.