Cat will not let us sleep! Help!
Our cat Gary is appx 14 years old now. He has always been quite the character, super friendly and snuggly. Last year we caught the early stages of hypothyroid issues, started treating him, and he's been fine since. In September, our son moved away for college. Gary and our son were buddies. But, Gary is also my buddy and I give him plenty of attention.
A few months ago, he started meowing at night. He'll climb into bed and lay down for awhile, then get up and meow, walk around, then lay back down. He does this ALL NIGHT LONG. I often end up moving to the living room to sleep on the couch, and this usually solves the problem. Gary stays in bed with my husband, and I sleep alone.
I've tried ignoring him, hoping the lack of attention/rewards would help train him. I've pushed him off the bed, but he's persistent. My husband is a baby about sleep, and just gets angry, which wakes us all up even more. I make sure he has food and water before I go to bed, and leave the light on for him. I snuggle and love him up for an hour or two before going to sleep. I don't know what else to do.
Part of me feels bad. I know he's old, and don't want to be mad at or mean to him, but we have to get some uninterrupted sleep!