I think my cat gets anxious overnight.
I lock him out of the bedroom. If I don't, he climbs all over the headboard, knocks over lamps and generally does whatever he can to keep me awake.
He can also open the door to the bedroom unless I lock it. It has a handle instead of a knob.
He pulls down on it and lets himself in.
If it is locked, he will just stand there jiggling the handle for hours. Really. Hours.
Sometimes if he is really bad I put him in the bathroom on the other side of the house before I even go to bed. Sometimes I get up in the night and put him there.
Mind you, it is not that big a house. But this is the most amount of distance I can get from my bedroom.
He has his cat bed. He has water. He has a box of litter.
Last night I opted to give him the benefit of the doubt and did not lock him up.
He starts meowing at about 5 :30 a.m.
I know what he wants.
He wants food.
But he is too fat and he is on a very limited diet.
So I let him cry.
I drift in and out of sleep in between his wailing.
Finally, at about 8:30, I get out of bed.
I open my bedroom door to find three of his toys (lion, rat and fish) scattered in the short hallway.
He was playing.
I have found a toy there in the past.
They usually live in a box near the fireplace in the living room.
But I think when he gets nervous or anxious, he plays.
It cracks me up every time I get up in the morning and find toys outside my door.
Like he is leaving me offerings in the night.