Some of you may remember that Isis has always had a tendency to "sing" at night, usually whenever we turn the lights out. We had managed to curb that in our former apartment, after weeks of suffering in silence and completely ignoring her meowing... she had become very good about it.
Now it seems that moving to the new place has brought the old behavior back... she will yowl and yowl in a bazillion different tones at night, carrying her favorite furry mousie in her mouth, and dropping it (and often several of them) at the foot of the bed or on my pillow. Of course I know better than to give in and throw that darn mouse, but she keeps meowing literally for HOURS on end... DH is getting sleep-deprived and grumpy, and we are worried that she will keep the neighbors awake too, and that they will end up complaining about her. We just moved here in a pet-friendly building, and we would like to keep as low a profile as possible!
I have tried everything... I ignore her whenever she meows to demand something; we play with the four cats for a good hour every night (they end up jumping around and racing like nuts, this is no quiet playtime) in an attempt to tire them out - works for the three others, but not for Isis; squirting water at her will only make her retreat away from the bedroom and yowl in the living room, so I don't even try it anymore... scolding her makes her meow in an even more plaintive tone... sometimes (very rarely) she will jump on the bed and snuggle next to me, and decide that sleeping is a good option too. But that's usually around 2am, after two hours of yowling her head off.
I am at my wit's end... she is obviously not in pain or lonely... she has lots of playtime during the day - at least two hours of intense play with us and the other cats, and sometimes some additional time one-on-one with me with her favorite toys. She gets fed and gets her playtime at about the same time every day. We ignore her vocalizations as best we can. She just walks around with her toy and seems to think that the natural thing for me to do would be getting out of bed and play with her... and she is so stubborn that it takes forever for her to finally get tired of it and go to sleep.
I don't know what to do... I will try to include another play session right before we go to bed, but that's usually when she is curled up snoozing on the cat tree - and then after ten minutes of us being in bed, Evil Kitty wakes up and starts her recital. I want to ignore her completely, and I would if there wasn't the neighbor issue... tonight I had to get out of bed, she was driving me up the wall! I did not play with her however, I ignored her completely, just told her in no uncertain terms that I was not too happy with her. After ten minutes of scratching the couch and batting at her mousie, the brat went up to her sleeping place and curled up there... now all that is left to do is find a way to keep her there every night!!!
Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated by what's left of my nerves