How to stop a cat’s nighttime howls

DEAR READERS: While I’m on vacation this week, I’m doing some housekeeping on my inbox and running letters that relate to some past columns. Today, I’ve got some advice from readers for the woman whose cat was howling through the night, disrupting everyone’s sleep.

DEAR JOAN: The woman could try making a video of herself talking or of everyday household noises, or try a video made for cat entertainment — yes, they are available commercially featuring birds, fish, whatever might speak to the cat — played in a loop in a room other than her bedroom. The videos might distract him enough to allow her uninterrupted sleep.

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There are behavioral specialist veterinarians who might help if nothing she tries works.

Colette O’Keeffe, Concord

DEAR COLETTE: That’s an interesting idea.

DEAR JOAN: How about making a sitting or laying station at one of the apartment windows?

Either buy a used piece of furniture or create one that not only reaches the window, but is a comfortable place where the cat can rest and sleep if he needs to.

Indoor-only cats can and do get bored, and they love to observe things so a viewing window that’s comfortable should do the trick. Don’t forget to leave the blinds or curtains open 6 to 10 inches, at least.

If she is worried about burglars, purchase dowel-shaped wood planks to fit in the window track, allowing the window to open just so much.

Darien Covalt, Concord

DEAR DARIEN: Cats do love to sit and watch, so this might help. Thanks for the suggestion.

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DEAR JOAN: I’ve had my orange tabby since he was a kitten and he will be 18 years old next month.

He likes to sleep on me at night to stay warm. Probably because of arthritis — I can relate — he started changing positions every 5 or 10 minutes, which of course wakes me up.

I started putting a few drops of cannabis tincture for pets in his favorite wet food right before bed. It really helps. He sleeps through the night and it seems to be helping him all around. His coat looks better and he moves more easily.

The tincture has no psychoactive properties, of course, only the cannabidiol, which aids in pain, sleep and also helps his appetite.

Needless to say, we are both sleeping better now. A win-win.

Shari, Pleasant Hill

DEAR SHARI:

Source:: The Mercury News – Lifestyle

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