"It's a form of torture," she said. "They interrupt people's sleep when they want to get information out of them. They let them sleep for a few hours and then wake them up. It's a torture method."
I'm sleepy all the time. There's many factors for this but one of them is my cat, Potter.
"I love cats," my therapist explained. "But your cat needs to cut that sh*t out."
I had been telling her about how I usually get up three times a night - even if it's just to go out in the kitchen and shake the kitties' food bowl.
"Close your bedroom door!" My therapist said.
"I do, but then he slides his paws under it, and he shakes the door back and forth."
He's really strong.
Usually it's Zorba who gets a bad rap from my adoring public. "Satan's Little Helper," my friends call him. "The Vampire Cat." "Avoid like the plague," they warn newcomers.
But it's his brother, Potter who's falling under scrutiny right now. Precious little night-stalker Potter.
Zorba on the other hand is recovering from eye surgery and getting shaved... again. Here's a pic of him naked with the cone.
That damn eye surgery cost MORE THAN TWICE what I thought it was going to and while I don't blame the cat, I'm also not going out to eat for the next six months of my life. No more dancing, no more organic food... ramen noodles for me.
I'm exaggerating, but not by much.
I adore the cats, I do. Zorba's kneading my stomach as I type and Potter's sleeping, reclined against my hip. (I blame any misspelled words on them). But apparently they're subjecting me to torture which may explain my constant fatigue and lack of energy.
And what the therapist says, goes... usually. So in addition to the ear plugs and sleeping pills (only used on occasion), I'm putting an ice water spray bottle by my bed tonight to squirt Potter with when he wakes me up. My therapist suggested it. It's the only time she's encouraged me towards violence.
"Fight torture with torture;" not usually my motto. But when Satan's Little Helper's little buddy gets a bad rap from the therapist, drastic measures must be taken.