Years and years ago, I saw the movie Aliens. One thing I remember very clearly is when Sigourney Weaver and the little girl (Newt?) are shut away in a room…hiding from the alien. Suddenly there’s this noise…this horrible skittering of claws across the floor and you know, they are not alone. [I'm trying to YouTube the scene with no luck, but I recall this little alien lobster thing...eek].
Once when I lived in my apartment (alone), I went to bed one night. Lights off, I lay back in bed and then I heard it…skittering behind the wall…over the ceiling, behind the wall again. I turned my light on and kept it on for a long time. I can only assume a squirrel had gotten into my building (and I hope he found his way out again).
Now when I sleep, I’m sometimes woken by another very distinct sound….what I call “scrabbling.” Scrabbling is the noise strivingcynic cat’s paws make when he’s a) trying to jump up on the bed, but not quite making it and b) losing his footing and about to fall off the bed but trying desperately not to (and not quite making it). I’m afraid to say, scrabbling is more often than not followed by a clunk. “Poor little guy” I’ll murmur and pat the bed next to me to let him know he should try to come up again.
Unfortunately, sc cat manages to scrabble several times a week. He’s not a jumper and as he’s maneuvering around the bed, he doesn’t always have a good grasp of where the edges and gaps (between bed and nightstands) are. And so the sound of his paws, and claws, trying to grasp the sheets to keep him from falling is not uncommon.
The other morning I had no idea that sc kitty was on the bed with us. I found out very quickly that he was because he began to scrabble and based on where he was on the bed when he started to lose his balance, he tried the grip whatever he could hold onto when he scrabbled.
Unfortunately, that happened to be the top of my head.
It didn’t work (thank heavens) and I heard the clunk a second later. My head is fine…a small scratch, but it’s tender enough that I suspect the noise of the scrabble will be joining the ranks of the skitter. And I will always be aware of the power hidden away in those paws!
Are there certain noises you don’t want to hear in the night (or any other time)?