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Dottie's Corner
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November 14, 2018

7/19/2018 1:06:00 PM
Dottie's Corner

Canine Contributor

Guys As Dolls is Back!
The fabulous Bambusa Babes from the Naples area will be performing at Suncoast Humane Society’s second Annual Guys As Dolls at The End Zone, 2440 S. McCall Rd., on Friday, July 27. Proceeds of the event will benefit the homeless animals in the community. The Bambusa Babes: Alyssa Lemay, Meagan Towers & Lisa Renee, are generously donating their tips to Suncoast Humane Society and will be performing for an evening of singing, dancing, laughter and fun. DJ Pearl White will be joining the girls on stage at this one of a kind fundraiser. The evening will also include a drink special, 50/50 raffle, and a chance drawing. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased at Suncoast Humane Society (6781 San Casa Drive,) online (www.humane.org) or at the door. Space is limited and tickets are selling fast so purchasing tickets in advance is suggested. Doors will open at 7pm with the show starting at 8pm.

Cats Who Go Bump In The Night
Cat and human co-habitation go back millennia in time. Wild cats probably ventured in human settlements because they discovered that where there were humans, there were also rats and other rodents (Yum Yum!) Cats enjoyed good hunting at night and received shelter during the day – a win-win situation for both parties. Over time, humans decided they enjoyed the company of cats and continued to keep them as pets even after the rodent problem was under control. But, that nighttime hunting instinct for cats remains strong to this day.

 So, how do you deal with this dilemma so you can get a good night’s sleep? Here are some ideas to try.

If you are home during the day, try to find ways to keep your cat awake by keeping her amused and stimulated. Talk and interact with your cat frequently. Cats sleep an average of 15 hours daily so don’t eliminate all catnaps. Hunting prey, whether it is live prey or a toy mouse, requires a lot of reserve energy for running, pouncing, climbing and stalking. So, some people find that a vigorous play session before bedtime can help Kitty settle down for the night. Try laser lights, colorful string, toys – whatever gets your cat to play. At first, Kitty may only want to play for a few minutes but find ways to increase the session over time.

If your cat is waking you up early and wants breakfast, try feeding the evening meal around 10pm or just before your bedtime. This may keep hunger pangs at bay until you are ready to start your day. If you are awakened by little nose bumps to the face or paws on the chest before your alarm goes off, tell Kitty firmly “No!” and then cover your head with the sheet, blanket or even pillow. Serve breakfast immediately when you arise and eventually your schedules will begin to align.

Are you awakened by pouncing and toe biting at night when Kitty wants a midnight play session? Try using room-darkening shades to completely darken the room. Remove the digital or florescent clocks. Although cats can see in very low light, they cannot see in total darkness and will be more inclined to go to sleep. Also, cats don’t tend to hunt in the darkest part of the night when other predators who may be a threat to them are active.

What if you have tried these suggestions, and Kitty still won’t let you sleep in peace? It’s time for desperate measures: ban Kitty from the bedroom! Be prepared for what could be a long adjustment period but the goal of a good night’s rest is worth it, right? Close your bedroom door. You will hear crying and scratching at the door as your bed buddy tries furiously to regain his bedroom privileges. Purchase swimmer’s earplugs which effectively seal the ear canal and should give you some relief. You can help prevent damage to the door by either mounting a vertical scratch pad on it, trimming his nails or using Soft Claws. Eventually Kitty will stop and either go to sleep or find some other activity. This solution takes time, patience and determination. Eventually, the behavior will be reduced over time until Kitty realizes that she won’t get that door open.

Hopefully, one of these ideas will work for you and pleasant dreams will be yours and your cat’s.

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