Dear Vicki, I’ve had my res­cue cat for four years, she’s seven-years-old and when I go to bed she me­ows up the stairs con­stantly. If I don’t wake up she bangs on the wardrobe doors. I was hop­ing she’d set­tle in af­ter a few years, what can I do to help her stop? Sep­a­ra­tion anx­i­ety is com­mon in dogs but it can also be seen in some cats. This is a con­di­tion in which an an­i­mal be­comes at­tached to their owner and can’t cope when they leave. Med­i­cally there may be a con­di­tion af­fect­ing your cat’s be­hav­iour such as Fe­line De­men­tia, which can cause cats to ap­pear con­fused, vo­calise more and seem stressed or anx­ious at night. Take your cat to the vet for a health check to rule out a med­i­cal cause and de­ter­mine whether treat­ment is re­quired. Dear Vicki, I groom my kit­ten Dax reg­u­larly but she has very mat­ted fur on her tummy and won’t let me brush it. The breeder I bought her from says I’ll need to have her tummy shaved? AS Dax’s fur is al­ready mat­ted the groom­ing process is prob­a­bly quite painful. Make an ap­point­ment with your vet as cer­tain med­i­cal con­di­tions can make self-groom­ing dif­fi­cult and they may need to se­date or anaes­thetise Dax to shave the fur off. Once her fur is matt-free you can grad­u­ally build up Dax’s ac­cep­tance of groom­ing by stroking her with a gloved hand and the brush nearby. When she is fa­mil­iar with this, touch her tummy with the brush but don’t ac­tu­ally brush her, prais­ing and re­ward­ing when she is calm and re­laxed. Af­ter a few days, slowly start mov­ing the brush across her, again re­ward­ing calm be­hav­iour. WWW.PDSA.ORG.UK

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