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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 06-06-2007, 04:56 PM Thread Starter
 
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Cat Acting Very Strange...Help!

My cat has been acting strange lately. At night, I will wake up and find her sitting on the nightstand next to my head just staring at me. This may not seem stranege, but she is normally at my feet sleeping. I do not sleep good at night and get up several times and lately, she has been right there looking at me. Even weirder, she will wake me out of my sleep by gently batting at my lips. At first I though she needed to go outside but when I try to let her out, she just walks away from the door. And it's not a food thing cuz they'll be food in her dish. She is an adult cat so it's not a "play" thing either. My mom who has had cats for many years, says she is "worried" about me, almost like she may know something is about to happen to me. The scary thing is, I have bee having a few strange health concerns lately as well. What are your thoughts?
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post #2 of 8 (permalink) Old 06-06-2007, 05:22 PM
 
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freaky, i would go get checked out
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She could very well be worried. You said, "I do not sleep good at night." I'll bet you toss and turn and even moan or mumble in your sleep. She's either confused and worried, or she is anticipating that you will wake up in a moment --- which it sounds like you do. I'm a "bad sleeper", too. My guys have pretty much learned where to sleep to keep from being kicked or rolled on or generally abused. And as soon as I make a noise, they're all like, "Mommie's waking up! Must be time to eat!"

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post #4 of 8 (permalink) Old 06-06-2007, 06:42 PM
 
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Weird...I'd go get checked out too. She may know/sense something that you don't. You never know. I've read stories about animals that can sense their owners' seizures coming on and things like this. How sweet that she's looking after you.
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post #5 of 8 (permalink) Old 06-06-2007, 07:14 PM
 
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All I can say is.............listen to your kitty! Go get yourself checked out.
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I have to tell you this story; I'm pretty sure it's a true story, but I don't know if I have all the details right; I do remember reading it somewhere, but I don't recall the source.

This person was complaining about his cat waking him up several times during the night. He wasn't getting enough sleep; he was tired all the time; he blamed it on his cat. Eventually he mentioned this to someone who suggested he see a doctor. It turns out he had sleep apnea. If you don't know what that is, it's a condition where a person stops breathing for a short period of time during their sleep. It interrupts their sleep patterns - thus the tiredness. It also causes oxygen deprivation - thus the tiredness. It's even life threatening if a person doesn't come far enough out of deep sleep to resume breathing.

So it turned out that this cat, observing him ceasing to breath, kept waking him up so he would resume breathing. Thus quite likely saving his life.

Then again, it may just be your cat picking up on your anxieties and reflecting them in the changed behavior. But still......it's good advice above......get yourself checked out.
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I was thinking about that exact same thing, Tim.

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A friend of mine has sleep apnea and sometimes falls asleep without her mask or she takes it off in her sleep. She often wakes to her cat patting her on the face. She definitely believes that the cat is alerting her that she isn't breathing.


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