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Tuesday, December 29, 2015
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Behaviour Manager Nicky Trevorrow tackles questions on cats' feeding habits, bedtime routines and elderly cat behaviour changes.

If you missed the most recent Facebook Q and A session with Behaviour Manager Nicky Trevorrow, read some of her answers here.

Why does my cat want to play at bedtime?

My cat always sleeps in my bed, but recently she’s been using bedtime as playtime. She’s always been really cuddly and can’t wait to get under the covers but for the last few weeks, she’s been knocking my glasses onto the floor and searching for ‘other toys’ like jewellery. Is there any way to get her to stop these little acts of naughtiness?

Sorry to hear that your cat has been up to mischief at night time!

Cats are naturally crepuscular – meaning they are more active during dawn and dusk. Try giving her several short interactive play sessions during the day using a fishing rod toy (store safely out of reach after use) to use up that excess energy. Give her some special ‘night-time’ toys such as a soft little ball that is quiet to bat, but also glows in the dark to keep her entertained.

tabby cat asleep in white bedsheets

Photo by Ella Mullins via flickr / Creative Commons

 

How can I stop my cats deciding that they want their breakfast between 1.30–2am, no matter how late I give them their tea?

They are then quite happy to wait until 6–7pm for their evening meal!

I think many owners will identify with this problem! You’d think that the dark mornings would have made more of a difference!

Try providing your cat with feeding enrichment toys at night. These are things that provide food in other ways compared to a standard food bowl and require them to use their brain! Start off simply with a cardboard egg box and put a portion of your cat’s daily allowance of dry food in there (if they are fed dry food) and show your cat how to ‘paw’ out the biscuits with your fingers. You can check out more of our boredom busters on YouTube.

tabby cat licking lips and walking away from food bowl

Photo by Kevin N Murphy via flickr / Creative Commons

 

My 18-year-old cat keeps drinking lots of water and is very unbalanced when she walks or shakes. Please help!

Cats are more likely to develop certain conditions when they are older and it’s worth taking your cat to the vets more regularly in their senior years to keep an eye on their health. Many practices offer ‘senior cat’ health clinics. Drinking more water, being unbalanced and shaking are all symptoms of possible various medical issues. Contact your vet without delay.

 

Please note that we are unable to give specific advice on your cat's health or any change in behaviour observed. For medical problems, consult your vet who will have access to your cat's medical history and will be able to examine them.

Would you like to ask one of Cats Protection's feline experts a question about your cat? Don't miss the next live Facebook Q&A session: CP Vet Vanessa Howie will be answering veterinary questions on 31 December. All our Q&As are held on Cats Protection's national Facebook page from 2-3pm. See you there!

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