Disciples of Otis,
Brother Oliver here. Last night was very scary! Leader Otis and I were sleeping on the bed with the Guardians. He was snuggled up against the side of the smaller Guardian, and I was on her opposite side, snuggled between her and the bigger Guardian. At around one o’clock in the morning the smaller Guardian suddenly sat up and shouted out in pain. The bigger Guardian bolted upright and asked what was going on, and the smaller Guardian said that Leader Otis had bit her in His sleep!
Leader Otis has always suffered from nightmares, and He has always been prone to twitching and sometimes moving his legs like He is running in His sleep. In the last year or so though, He sometimes gets worked up into terrified fits of hissing, scratching and generally lashing out while sleeping. He always calms down immediately after the Guardians wake Him up, but these bouts are often very upsetting to Brother Henry and me if we are snuggled up to The Leader.
Apparently, last night The Leader was caught in the throes of one of these episodes while the Guardian’s hand was resting on His belly. Without even knowing what He was doing, The Leader grabbed her hand with his paws and pulled it to his mouth, sinking his teeth deep into the meaty part of the palm below the thumb. The Guardian was bleeding badly as she rushed off to the bathroom, and I think I even heard her get sick in there from the pain. Meanwhile, Leader Otis had woken up and was acting like nothing at all was out of the ordinary. He was completely unaware of what He had just done.
The next morning, the Guardian that was bitten went to the doctor. Her hand is badly swollen and very warm. The doctor put her on some pretty strong medicine to help her get better. Neither of the Guardians are upset with The Leader, but the whole situation was upsetting none-the-less.
I have never heard of cats lashing out and biting or scratching in their sleep. I heard the Guardians discussing what had happened and it sounded like they were trying to figure out whether or not these episodes were some kind of seizure related to The Leader’s other neurological issues. They said they were going to try to film one of the episodes to show to the people at The Bad Place.
For lack of a better term, I have decided to call these events “bitemares”. It seems to fit because it looks like The Leader is having a bad dream, and then He starts to swat and bite like He is defending Himself from something. It’s like a nightmare with biting, so bitemare sounds right to me. If anyone else has ever had this kind of experience with a kitty, the Guardians and I would love to hear about it. I have certainly never seen anything like it before, and it sounds like the Guardians haven’t either.
So Sayeth Brother Oliver