We've recently moved from a house to an apartment.
We've had this cat for quite some time, and it has moved with us twice before. Both the other times, the cat would disappear for a few days (under a couch) and then start settling down.
We introduced him to the new house using the following method:
- We released him from his carrier in the living room, near his food/water and litter box.
- The first day we kept him there.
- The second day we opened up the hallway to let him explore.
However, since we opened up the hallway, the nights have gotten worse and worse, and we have since closed that door again.
Around 3:00 to 3:30 A.M. the cat starts:
- jumping against doors / trying to open doorknobs;
- meowing loudly;
- going to the litterbox several times in a row, burying something that isn't there.
If we leave the doors open from the living room where he spends all of his time, to our bedroom, he will cry out in-front of our bedroom door until one of us wakes up.
If we lock him in the bedroom he'll cry at the door to the hallway (this was a bad idea).
If we keep him in the living room he'll cry at the door to the hallway.
The only thing that seems to calm him down is our presence.
If we walk around with him (he'll follow us non-stop at night) he's fine and quiet.
If we go and sleep in the living room on the couch (yes, I just spent a night sleeping on the couch because of my cat) he'll purr for a while and remain quiet.
He seems to want us to be in the living room. And I have no idea why. It only works if it's me or my girlfriend, if our kid is with him he'll just hide and cry out from his hiding spot.
During the day, he's his usual self:
- He sleeps on the back of the couch.
- He's only scratching his posts.
- He's not peeing anywhere he shouldn't.
- He's not crying out during the day.
- He comes when we call his name, and he's eating normally.
I'm not sure what's causing this? Is my cat scared of being alone? Is there some smell or sound that's making him anxious at night?
I'm a bit sleep deprived now and really annoyed at the animal.