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Friskies Explorer Jaggerz Marie asks:
My cat Jaggerz Marie likes to wake me up at night, meowing right in my face, how do I get her to stop? I have had her 6 years and she has become worse. I have other cats so she can't be bored. I gently tell her no no, she will go away, but come back and hour later. She is healthy indoor catand very well loved. Brenda
Hi Brenda. Thanks for your question. Jazzgerz Marie’s behavior is actually pretty normal. Even though she has the other cats for companionship it doesn’t mean they’re meeting her playtime needs at the times she feels most playful. She also knows that meowing inyour face at night is successful because she gets a reaction from you. Even telling her “no” is a reaction.
Right before you go to bed, conduct a state-of-the-art interactive play session. If you feed Jazzgerz Marie on a schedule, divide up her daily portion so you can offer her one final pre-bedtime meal after the play session. If you free-feed then take up the food in the early evening so you can replace it after the play session. Get a fishing pole-type toy and let your cat stalk, pounce, capture and have a great time. Keep the play session rewarding and satisfying by letting her have plenty of captures. For a play session to be truly rewarding it should be a combination of physical and mental satisfaction. Let Jazzgerz Marie have opportunities to hide and pounce.
Once the game is over you can reward your cat with her meal or a treat as the reward for being such a great hunter. Then, with her energy released and her tummy satisfied she’ll be more likely to go to sleep.
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