Friday, January 28, 2011

Lack of Sleep Mystery - Solved

OK so the past week I have been getting up at strange hours of the night and have been barking at the front door.  It's been 11pm, 1 am, 2am, 4am, etc.  It wakes the hoomans up.  Momma gets up tells me no one is there and then lets me out to go to the baffroom.  I don't really have to go, but I do it anyway.  The hoomans don't understand why I keep waking them up.  Well we finally have a cause of my night time disruptions.
10:00 PM: Time for bed, I go outside to tinkle one last time.  The kitties are put downstairs so that I don't chase them unsupervised, kitty door is closed.  Momma and Dad go to bed.

1:00 AM: I barks at front door - Momma wakes up.  She is grumpy.
1:03 AM: I goes outside and pees to make Momma feel better about getting out of bed.
1:05 AM: Momma goes back to bed, Dad is grumpy now too.
1:06 AM: Instead of sleeping on my couch I is scared so I climb into bed wif Momma and Dad.
1:07 AM: Momma grumbles that I is stealing the covers.  We all go to sleep.

2:10 AM: We all wake up to a kitty meowing at the foot of the bed! 
2:11 AM: HBO words are used as Momma scoops up Vader and realises that he has escaped the downstairs to wake us all up.

Evidently recycled kitty brother Vader has discovered how to open doors!  Since we have long handles instead of door nobs he has learned to reach up and pull the handle down.  It takes him a few tries and we have witnesses him doing it.  So, the pulling of the door handle made me think that there was someone at the door.  When it fact it was Vader trying to escape his nighttime confines.  The easy solution is the lock the door so that he can't open it.  I just can't believe he's been tricking me into thinking someone is at the door knocking at night.  Does this mean he is smarter than me?  I sure hope not.  I've gots some sleep to catch up on.


  1. Us kitties are very clever. If we had those lever things Scylla could open the door. She gives the doorknob a try but her paws just can't turn it enough.~Artemisia, Socks & Scylla

    You gotta use your nose so you'll know if it is a cat at the door (no barking required) or a strange human that needs barking at. ~Fenris

  2. Tucker, the important thing is that you alerted the beans to sn unaproved entry! That's your job you deserve a bonus!

  3. That's one smart kitty you have there Tucker. I'm glad the mystery has been solved and now you can all get some sleep.

    AARF Kasha the Dainty Great Dane

  4. Good job Tucker - your mom and dad may not appreciate being woken up, but good to know you are on the job (even if it is just Vader).

  5. BOL! Those kitties are up to no good...

  6. Tucker, do you see why I don't trust the kitteh?

  7. All I am gonna say is YES!
    Seeeeeeeee, I knews dat kitteh was always suspicious lookin and now I know why.

    On a side note....does you recall da ol' wives tail bout kittehs and baby's? SCAAAAAAARY!


  8. Mystery Solved. That is one smart cat!!!

  9. At least you were vindicated!!

  10. It duss say here in the dog manual "Thou shallt waketh thy hoomans at efurry sound in the middull of the nite." This do be why we all woof at 3 am when the boy comes home even tho we know it be the boy. Just doing wot we is supposed to.

  11. What a smart kitty! And very smart of you too to be on alert to the jiggling door handle! Your parents should be happy to know they are safe at night!

  12. Vader is such a smart kittie. And i think he might be trying to get you in trouble so be careful Tucker! Those Kitties can be sneaky

  13. Well Tucker, you were just doing your job weren't you? Good boy!! And I can empathize with your family's plight - I had a cat named Romeo once who learned how to open those door handles. So then we had to lock the door, and when we wanted to get back in - use this tiny screwdriver to open it from the other side. Ah, the things we do to try to outsmart the cat!

  14. tucker,

    i'm glad you solved the mystery so you can catch up on your snoozin'! vader is a smarty pants kitty for sures, but you did a super grrreat job alertin' your parental units!

    the booker man

  15. Tucker, please don't say that a cat is smarter than us pups. BAHHHHH! Sneakier maybe... You were just doing your duty, but maybe give mom a rest now. We like to wake our mom up about 3:30 am. Then when her alarm goes off she can't peel us out of the bed.

    Kitty and Coco

  16. Holy stolen mittens Batman!! Cats! I knew there was a good reason for being so afraid of them. No siree. You will NOT find me socializing or cavorting with no cats! I can't believes you has to live with them.

    You better sleep with one eye open from now on Tucker. Better safe than sorry.

    Big slurps, HoneyBuzz

  17. Tucker,

    YaY da mystery is solved! Now you has lots of sleep to catch up on so you better gets busy! :)

    Woofs and Licks,
    Maggie Mae

    PeeS Yup, my mom is a wimp when it comes to winter! ;)

  18. It's definately Ligustrum. Mum sent a leaf and some berries to da Vet and he said it was in fact Ligustrum and dat it ain't poisonous...whew!
    You was skeered fur me wasn't you? Come on admit it.


  19. Tucker - You must stand up for all dogs and learn how to open that door! Otherwise, someone (gasp) might say that cats are smarter than dogs. Please, get to work on it!

  20. hee hees...

    oh boy... 'dat kitty!! Him name Vader.. 'dat should say lots...

    Anakin is tricky too, butt Vader Kitty is just ninja like!!

    Next time Vader Kitty is sleeping... hee hees..
    dip him paw in warm waters
    'dattle teach him to mess wits yous


  21. Silly kitty. Must get kitty proof door handles!!


  22. What a smart kitty! But no smarter than you, Tucker! You have a job to do - protect the pack. A little extra tinkle is just an added bonus ;)

  23. Mystery solved!! I don't think ANY kitty is smarter than you! There was no way to be SURE it was just Vader making the noise - you had to protect the house just in case!!!


  24. wow, Tucker - that is one smart kitty!! HOpe my new kitty sister doesn't learn any tricks like that!!

    Honey the Great Dane

  25. Tucker, Mom wishes you'd come to our house. We all sleep in the big bedroom with Mom and Dad which is at the back of th house. WELL, some neighborhood kitty has been SPRAYING around our front porch! Stinky -- and we don't even hear him or bark!!! zzzzzzzzing on the job is what Mom says...

    Good guarding, Tucker!!

    -Gizmo, Bart and Ruby