Mind of Your Cat

November 2008 Issue

Is Your Aging Cat Seeking Attention?

Your veterinarian needs to rule out a health problem. After that, try these other suggestions.

These days, despite what we like to consider modern conveniences, people commonly complain that they just cannot find the time to get a good nightís sleep. So much to do, so little time. When we finally do settle into bed, we like to be left to our dreams, undisturbed until the alarm takes us to tomorrow. Noisy neighbors, construction crews and barking dogs are beyond our control. But, what an unexpected, and unpleasant, surprise to be awakened by oneís own cat! Restless behavior may be particularly hard to understand when your cat has spent the first 12 years of his life refusing to leave the covers until a decent sunbeam appears. The first time that a senior catís cries call a person from sleep, there may be a sympathetic response. A naturally concerned owner might check the food supply. The next occurrence will be more puzzling. Clearly the cat is not wanting for food. Could there be another cat in the yard? Maybe a critter got into the house?

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