I'm not sure what to do any more.
Short story: I have a cat that won't be quiet, especially at night. She doesn't wander around looking for anyone or anything, she just sits by my bed and yells at me. I have tried to ignore her, as I've been told responding only encourages the behavior, but she. doesn't. stop. I have tried to acknowledge her, and call her onto the bed - and sometimes she'll hop up right away, and other times she just remains... seated. Yelling at me. She has food, water, two (clean) litter boxes. I give her attention, but not so keen to do so at 1am-5am when I'm trying to sleep. She's healthy. She's 15. Someone help me. I'm at my wits end. This isn't new behavior, she's been doing this all her life/since I've had her.
Long Story: I have a 15 year old cat. Her name is Winnifred. She's the bane of my existence, and the longer I have her the more and more I'm feeling like I'm beginning to really resent bringing her with me to Scotland. I do love her, I don't want any harm to come to her and I would never give her up. BUT DANG AM I TEMPTED TO. Since we've had her, she doesn't stop meowing. She's always been a vocal cat. We had to, at one point, keep her in the kitchen because she just wouldn't let us sleep (this was 10+ years ago). This didn't last long, as she soon destroyed a couple of cupboard doors. She's always been destructive. I pet her, she tries to bite me. I don't pet her, she yells at me. I brush her, she tries to attack me. I don't brush her, she yells at me and worse she gets matted up. She wants to be petted, specifically, at the top of her head. Nowhere else. This is fine - I don't mind. But she wants it every minute of my waking life. I can't do this. I'm happy to have her curl up next to me, in bed or on the sofa. I thought we came to an agreement recently where at night, she gets under the covers and sleeps there. But no. I am very clearly delirious, I keep typing. I am the lightest sleeper. I can't do this anymore. I closed my door last night to try and get some sleep... she sits outside of it and meows like the little kitty undertaker is coming to get her.
15 years of this. On and off, as I left home for a while and she stayed with my mother, but.. since 2008. Winnifred. I've tried feliway - doesn't work. I've tried CBD oil. Doesn't work. I've tried giving her a bit more food at night. Doesn't work. I've tried giving her some wet food before bed - doesn't work. She wants to be petted. At 3am. 4am. 5am. And then she bites me if I sleepily pet her down her back. Her last bite nearly sent me to the hospital (was a bite I deserved, I was grooming her and my hand got in the way).
I'm going loopy. Either I'm gonna jump off the highest building and let her freaking fend for herself, or she's going to mysteriously find herself outside. Which I will never do but I feel better threatening it.