Sleep Disorder

There is nothing quite like having the darn cat bite your ankle, hard at about 6:00a.m.  It reminds me of the ninja character in the old Pink Panther movie that would suddenly attack Peter Sellers in order to keep his martial arts skills sharp. Frances, the cat in question  is just like Cato.

 She sleeps sometimes on the foot of my bed as I have a very soft fleece blanket which she seems to prefer over the nicely adequate microfleece blanket that I’ve provided for her on a  padded blanket chest.  Apparently it’s not good enough as she slinks over to my bed in the middle of the night. When I move my leg or foot at night it’s a 50-50 chance that it will startle her enough to freak her out. That’s when she sinks her teeth into my ankle. I would like this to stop.

Another issue that she has is that she will perch comfortably enough on my stomach or shoulder while I’m reading, resting or using the laptop in my recliner. She does fairly well up to a point. She likes to be talked to and she really enjoys it if you whisper to her. (I know what you are thinking.) However, Frances is fragile emotionally and can’t be trusted. She goes into a twitchy pose and then I know she will snap. If I don’t react the right way she will bite my hand just to see what I’ll do. I would like this to stop as well.

When we adopted Frances 6 years ago she was a tiny little thing and looked rather like a pinecone. She walked sideways in a mincing way and cried to get attention.  Nobody’s perfect.

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2 responses to “Sleep Disorder

  1. I find that cats are a lot like people. They are who they are, and it takes years for them to form or break a habit. I have a cat who nips, and the one thing that seems to help is guilt. Or whatever the cat version of guilt is… I hold the “injured” limb tenderly, act shocked and upset, and say things like “Ow! Why did you bite me? That hurts!” Use the most pathetic voice you can manage. They seem to get the gist of it. Or maybe that’s wishful thinking.

    Anyway, I wish your ankles the best of luck.

  2. Long Shewmake

    Hypopnea can occur during sleep. In this case it may turn into a serious sleeping disorder. Sleep hypopnea can be characterized by person’s repetitive stops of breathing or low breathing for short periods of time during sleep. Speaking in anatomical terms, there is intermittent collapse of the upper airway and reductions in blood oxygen levels during sleep. Thus, a sleeping person becomes incapable to breathe normally and awakens with each collapse. Quantity and quality of sleep is lowered, what results in sleep deprivation and excessive daytime sleepiness. The most usual physiological consequences of hypopnea are cognitive disfunction, coronary artery disease, myocardial infarction, hypertension, memory loss, heart attack, stroke, impotence, psychiatric problems. People suffering from sleep hypopnea increase considerably the overall number of traffic accidents. Their productivity is diminished and they have constant emotional problems and strains. ;

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