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Dear Christopher Cat

Clyde, our 1-year-old cat, keeps us awake at night. When we’re in bed, he pats our eyes and lips with his paws, and if we don’t respond, he pounces on us.

If we close the bedroom door to keep him out, he scratches until we’re wide awake. How can we stop this annoying behavior?

Christopher Responds

When I was a youngster, I behaved the same way. My parents finally wised up and gave me what I wanted: a companion.

They adopted a cat to roughhouse and snuggle with me. And then they adopted several more.

Now I can always find a feline friend to play with during the wee hours while my humans and dogs are sleeping, so I don’t need to awaken them.

Summer is a great time to adopt, because the shelters are full of kittens and adult cats.

We neutered males usually get along with both male and female cats, so you can adopt one or more cats without regard to gender.

Another reason Clyde may awaken you is that you have inadvertently taught him to do so by feeding him something delectable, like canned food, first thing in the morning.

Retrain him by discontinuing the special morning treat.

Regardless of what you feed Clyde, he’ll stop pestering you at night if he has feline company. Visit the shelter and adopt a companion – or a few new friends – for him.

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