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Why did my cat die?

I found my cat dead under my car and I am trying to find out why. [more inside]
posted by mermily on Jul 22, 2014 - 19 answers

handling cat-care while on vacation

We are going on vacation in October and are having a minor disagreement as to the best way to handle the care of our cat while we're gone. SO thinks we should drop the cat off at his mother's house for the week, I disagree. Am I being unreasonable? [more inside]
posted by thereemix on Jul 9, 2014 - 35 answers

My cat is TPing the bathroom! Help!

My cat keeps unspooling the toilet paper. It is mildly frustrating, not the worst thing in the world but we have tried keeping the bathroom door shut, etc, but I know there are covers for toilet paper holders - I imagine they are for situations like this?? [more inside]
posted by timpanogos on Jul 2, 2014 - 23 answers

Homemade cat food

My neighbour would like to/needs to make her own catfood for her ageing cats. Details inside. [more inside]
posted by feckless fecal fear mongering on Jun 27, 2014 - 8 answers

What is a good dry cat food for a senior (13 years plus) cat?

What is a good dry cat food for a senior (13 years plus) cat? [more inside]
posted by The locked room sockpuppet on Jun 25, 2014 - 19 answers

My cat is messed up. Help!

We awakened this morning to find that overnight, our 14-year-old cat had vomited many times throughout the house, and had also pooped in the living room and then leaked black/possibly very dark green fluid/diarrhea throughout the house as well. We do have a vet appointment for this afternoon, but the hive is good with cat stuff, so I'm asking here as well. Details about our kitty inside. [more inside]
posted by altopower on Jun 24, 2014 - 21 answers

Cheap-er cat food than Big Box?

Is there a cheaper way to purchase kitty food other than PetSmart or PetCo? Or if there's a website that magically sends it to the house? Four kitties who love Blue and Max Nutro are eating us out of house and home. [more inside]
posted by ashtabula to opelika on Jun 24, 2014 - 23 answers

Can I sell my deceased cat's new insulin & new needles?

We have brand-new, unused needles and a new, unopened Lantus insulin vial that we had bought for our cat, but our cat passed away late last month. We can't seem to figure out if it's legal to resell these prescription items. Is it? [more inside]
posted by StrawberryPie on Jun 23, 2014 - 15 answers

HEY! Build your rainbow bridge somewhere else, mister.

My little lady is 16 this month. She's been my best pal since I was 21. But we're hitting a rough patch, and I'm not sure what my course of action should be. [more inside]
posted by mykescipark on Jun 14, 2014 - 23 answers

Bay Area cat rescue question.

A friend in the Bay Area (Daly City) rescued an abused cat and is looking for a home for him. The cat is chipped to the abusive owner. [more inside]
posted by ClaudiaCenter on Jun 11, 2014 - 7 answers

No, kitty, this is MY garage.

A stray cat has apparently taken a liking to our garage. How do we stop this? [more inside]
posted by altopower on Jun 11, 2014 - 12 answers

How do I de-program my paper-ripping cat?

I have accidentally trained my otherwise lovely cat to be as annoying and destructive as possible when he wants to be fed by just giving in and feeding him. How do I get him to stop this behavior? [more inside]
posted by shesdeadimalive on Jun 10, 2014 - 20 answers

Mean cat. No, REALLY mean. Find us a vet in Austin who can handle that?

Our cat is terrified of strangers to the point of serious violence. (We have both owned reasonably shy and standoffish cats before. This one is worse than any other cat we've known — the bites and scratches he gives people who pick him up are sometimes not just warning nips but serious attacks. We are almost certain he was abused before we adopted him, for this and other reasons.) We need to find a vet in Austin, TX where we can take him. We have already been asked not to return to Animal Trustees, the discount vet clinic in town, because he clawed a vet tech there, so we are worried that he will be unwelcome other places as well. Suggestions? [more inside]
posted by nebulawindphone on Jun 7, 2014 - 18 answers

Cat scratch = money fever?

A friend who is catsittting claims that my cat has "gashed" her nose. She included a photo of her face and it's setting off alarm bells. Details inside. [more inside]
posted by wxysock on Jun 5, 2014 - 32 answers

Cat hair EVERYWHERE

We have two very healthy, VERY active longhair cats. We (two adults and an 5-month-old) live with them in a 700 square foot apartment. There is cat fur EVERYWHERE. You can neither walk through the air nor sit on any surface without getting covered. We've tried all the obvious fur-mitigation measures; help us figure out how best to keep our apartment clean. [more inside]
posted by Cygnet on Jun 2, 2014 - 20 answers

How can I maintain sanity while I await my horny cat's vet appointment?

My adolescent kitten is in heat. Unfortunately, it's not quite hot enough to melt my eardrums, so both of us suffer while she stands next to the front door and yowls in vain for tomcat dick. She seems as miserable as she's making me. Unfortunately, her appointment to get fixed isn't til Wednesday. Is there anything I can do to make her less screetchy in the meantime?
posted by t(h)om(as) on Jun 1, 2014 - 16 answers

How to keep my cat playful

My cat doesn't play with toys anymore. How to keep her playful? [more inside]
posted by jmd82 on May 31, 2014 - 15 answers

My cat is bored and I am lazy. Cat fishing rod construction ideas?

My cat is constantly begging for play and I am mostly game but also want to get some rest once in a while. She is mostly bored with the usual rotated toys - ping pong balls, toilet paper rolls and such. Her big thing is stick and string combos and old shoe laces but she is even bored with those sometimes plus their restricted range means she doesn't really got run around after them that much. I was thinking some sort of fishing rod hybrid could be dr. frankenstiened up but I don't fish so I am not sure of the details. Being efficient (lazy) I like the idea of casting and then reeling in from the luxury of the couch. [more inside]
posted by srboisvert on May 26, 2014 - 28 answers

Cat, road trip, hot weather, weak AC in the car

Moving this weekend! With a cat. Three hours in the car. Air conditioning in the car is not awesome. What can I do to ensure the safety of the cat? [more inside]
posted by radiosilents on May 23, 2014 - 15 answers

How can I stop my cat from turning on the bathroom faucet?

Help! My cat has discovered how to turn on the bathroom sink faucet by herself, and she will not be dissuaded. I'm sick of coming home to running water every time I leave the house. Any ideas? [more inside]
posted by aldebaran on May 23, 2014 - 29 answers

Outside entertainment for Kitties but No bird feeders allowed

My little indoor cat used to LOVE watching the birds visit the bird feeder in the garden at our old house. We recently moved house and unfortunately the same bird feeder has become an issue... we have a green belt behind our new place and the bird feeder, well, it's attracting rats! [more inside]
posted by JenThePro on May 21, 2014 - 20 answers

First World Problem: Broken Vase

My Bengal cat broke my favorite vase in all of creation. [more inside]
posted by zenpop on May 15, 2014 - 13 answers

Need a new paper cat litter - STAT!

Cat prefers peeing on the bare floor to most litter. Current litter - which cat actually likes - just got discontinued. Please help me find a new cat litter that is as close to the old one as possible. [more inside]
posted by Urban Winter on May 14, 2014 - 9 answers

Please recommend The Best Cat Fountain EVAR.

Franklin and I will soon be moving in with my parents. As such, I will no longer be able to leave the bathroom sink faucet trickling for him. So I need to get the best cat fountain there is because he is the best cat there is. [more inside]
posted by misanthropicsarah on May 12, 2014 - 19 answers

Cat(s) behavior issues...what to do?

Sister cats, adopted from the shelter very young (~couple months)...are now around 3 years and thriving. Problem is they will randomly get very...agitated? Upset? Freaked out may be the best way to describe this. Not sure what to do or how to go about explaining it to vet without having to force pills down their little throats (this causes more trauma and anxiety!) Tedious details inside. [more inside]
posted by PeppahCat on May 8, 2014 - 16 answers

What do I do with my huge pussy?

My beloved cat - The Mogget - has a weight problem (check out that HUGE furry belly!!). Currently weighing in at about 7 kilo's (just under 15½ pounds in old money), she needs to lose some weight. Help me help her! Relevant details inside. [more inside]
posted by ninazer0 on Apr 30, 2014 - 34 answers

Additional ways to make a more stimulating environment for our cat?

We've got a decent selection of toys, but I'd like to enrich kitty's days a little more. [more inside]
posted by moira on Apr 30, 2014 - 19 answers

Because shmoopybooplesnoogywiggums is too long

I have finally managed to talk my husband into getting a cat and here she is! She's about 1.5 years old, really affectionate, but not really the frisky type. She came with the name Skye but that's a bit too "stripper" for our tastes. She's been with us for a week and seems to be settling in ok and now that I've taken her to the vet's to be spayed, it's time we made her a permanent member of the family with a proper name. Previous AskMes show that you guys are really good at this and husband and I are terrible, so please hope us!
posted by like_neon on Apr 29, 2014 - 71 answers

Did I bury my cat wrong?

I had to put my beloved cat down last week and I'm frankly stunned by how hard the grief has hit me. He showed up at my back door 14 years ago and never left. We had a great time together. I decided to bury him in the garden but when I got home I found I couldn't dig down further than about a 8-12 inches because of tree roots and sprinkler lines. I have a bad back already, so in a panic, I buried him in his towel at that depth and put a 38-pound paver stone on top. I have a fenced yard and only a few stray cats (I note the ones always bullying him have disappeared) and maybe a possum find their way in. Now I am wracked with anxiety, worrying that he is not safe and I should not have done it, and maybe I should dig him up and cremate him, which would be awful to imagine...I can't stand it. Is there some drawback to this more shallow grave I don't know about? No animal could lift that stone. So far this anxiety and fear is the worst part of it. So if you could allay my fears, I'd appreciate it.
posted by PJSibling on Apr 25, 2014 - 28 answers

Wheezy older cat?

For the last several of months our 21 year old Sita has become increasingly wheezy. In January and February, we only noticed the wheeze after a glucosamine treat in the mornings. Starting around the end of February/beginning of March, she became really wheezy when she purred hard. It sounded...wet? The wheeziness would get really bad, she would swallow/take a big gulp of air and then go back to a "normal" amount of wheeze. [more inside]
posted by source.decay on Apr 17, 2014 - 6 answers

Beloved cat is responding horribly to new baby - give us your tips

Our cat has been puking multiple times a day since the arrival of our baby 4 weeks ago. She's been to the vet twice to rule out coincidental health issues - cat is healthy aside from the baby misery, kitty parents are at a loss for how to ease the transition, please help! [more inside]
posted by paddingtonb on Apr 17, 2014 - 17 answers

Can you help me find my mom's cat?

My mom is out of town for a couple of weeks and she asked me to take her cat to my house, which is about an hour away from hers. The cat moved in here a week ago with no real problems. Today, she went missing, and I would really like to find her. Can you help me? [more inside]
posted by TheTingTangTong on Apr 14, 2014 - 25 answers

Cat dying of kidney failure -- what to expect?

I brought my 18-year-old cat home to die instead of having him euthanized because I'd rather he spend what little time he has left somewhere he feels safe and loved instead of somewhere he feels scared and uncomfortable. I'd like to hear from others who have been through this with their cats so I know what to expect over the next few days of kitty hospice care. [more inside]
posted by Jacqueline on Apr 14, 2014 - 32 answers

What's the best method to get this anxious kitty across the ol' USA?

Special Agent Dale Cooper is a very sweet, loving and lazy kitty. He is very happy living the simplest of lives - by day he lazes at the foot of my bed. He takes odd breaks to snack, or lie in his cat lounge. Every once in a while, when he needs to shake it up, he takes an adventure-tourism vacation to lounge on the bathmat. I am currently anticipating a job offer that will take him VERY far out of his comfort zone - clear across the country. Previous travels have been traumatic for Agent Cooper and his traveling companions (namely me, but also anyone in a small radius). I'll explain at length inside - warning: it's a little, but not terribly, gross. [more inside]
posted by pazazygeek on Apr 9, 2014 - 21 answers

Do I fight to keep this kitty?

I'm having a battle of ownership over a cat. Back on January 29, when it was -50 C, I found a very cold and very friendly kitty on the street outside my house. I brought him inside, shut him up in my spare bedroom and stuck up lost cat posters all over the neighborhood. After two weeks with no response I took him to the vet, got his first shots and had him tested for FHIV, and started introducing him to my female kitty. That night I got a call from his owners, a (very poor, aboriginal) family who live in a small apartment on the corner facing my house. I took him back to them, told them that I'd had some of his shots done and that he'd need to be fixed; I gave them the name of the low-income clinic that does it for 25 bucks, and told the kid that I'd be happy to pay for the rest of the shots, too. I also told them that he shouldn't be outside in this cold. Then I went to Vancouver for February break. [more inside]
posted by jrochest on Apr 6, 2014 - 62 answers

King of the Cat-stle!?

My cat sleeps in my dog's crate when he isn't crated. Is this bad? [more inside]
posted by floweredfish on Apr 1, 2014 - 11 answers

Help me name my kitten!

What should I name the newest and most adorable member of my family? [more inside]
posted by fresh bouquets every day on Mar 28, 2014 - 69 answers

My cat is clicking her jaw. Emergency vet now, or first thing in the AM?

When I came home for lunch today, I didn't notice this behavior (and I would have - we snuggled). About an hour after I came home from work, I noticed that she was clicking her jaw. She is still walking around, eating, and drinking water. Should I go to the vet now, or first thing in the morning (8am)? [more inside]
posted by sevensnowflakes on Mar 25, 2014 - 11 answers

Taking a cat on a vacation

It's not that I want to vacation with my cat, but he requires medication at this point twice daily and I don't want to leave him alone. [more inside]
posted by one4themoment on Mar 23, 2014 - 33 answers

URGENT: Ideas for pilling a cat with a missing lower jaw & no appetite?

I can't figure out how to get my cat to swallow his pills and normal cat-pilling methods are failing me. [more inside]
posted by Jacqueline on Mar 15, 2014 - 29 answers

My cat-wizard pees crystals. Cheapest food to make him stop?

Alternatives to Royal Canin SO wet cat food? [more inside]
posted by Luminiferous Ether on Mar 13, 2014 - 18 answers

Help me keep the cat upstairs

I need a temporary, cheap, tall, easy to move barrier at the top of my narrow stairs. [more inside]
posted by rawralphadawg on Mar 13, 2014 - 22 answers

How to Acclimate a Cat to Bedtime Rituals

A kitty has joined my home as of 48 hours ago (photos eventually, pretty sure a coworker is on here and I need to preserve anonymity right now). She's 7 months old ish and now that she's made a fantastic turnaround from being huddled in a corner to triumphant queen of my entire apartment, I need to start getting her acclimated with some things so we set some behavior boundaries right away. Help! [more inside]
posted by These Birds of a Feather on Mar 12, 2014 - 22 answers

New Cat - Male or Female?

We are about to move into a much larger home than we currently live. We already have one amazing cat but we are 90% certain we will want to add to our brood once we are settled into our new home, but.... do we get a male cat or a female cat? [more inside]
posted by JenThePro on Mar 10, 2014 - 27 answers

What treats are appropriate for cats with bladder issues?

We've just adopted a 9-month-old kitten (say hi, Nigel) and he had bladder crystal problems. What treats can we feed him and our older, non-bladder-issue cats? [more inside]
posted by bitter-girl.com on Mar 7, 2014 - 9 answers

Toys for a string-obsessed cat

My cat Hopper is obsessed with chewing on string, dental floss, Rainbow Loom bracelets, loose threads, wires... which is horribly dangerous for her (and frequently horribly disgusting for me). Any suggestions for safe toys that will satisfy her linear needs? She doesn't have any teeth but magically is still capable of chewing through things. [more inside]
posted by The corpse in the library on Mar 3, 2014 - 13 answers

Trying to identify some sort of miniature pine tree.

My in-laws are giving me a couple of houseplants, and I'm trying to identify them, or at least find out if they are dangerous to our cats. Photos after the jump. [more inside]
posted by Elementary Penguin on Feb 22, 2014 - 4 answers

My cat has turned into an obsessive groomer - help?

How do I stop my cat from chewing on himself? [more inside]
posted by New England Cultist on Feb 18, 2014 - 11 answers

I'm your Tiny dancer, dancer for money, and any old music will do.

"My" cat's name is Tiny. I want to pick her up and dance with her around the house more when she comes to visit. Can you please provide me songs that would adapt to using the word "Tiny" that I can sing to her while we dance? I already know "Tiny Dancer" and "Private Dancer." Please assume classic songs I (a relatively music-clueless 43 year old) would know.
posted by Stewriffic on Feb 17, 2014 - 23 answers

wanted: cat. not wanted: lifetime poop-scooping duty

My partner and I want a cat. I'd like it to be an indoor/outdoor cat, because I CANNOT DEAL with litterboxes. Partner says we'd probably need a litterbox anyway, for when the weather's bad. Is that true? If you have a cat and no litterbox, please tell me how it works at your house. [more inside]
posted by homodachi on Feb 17, 2014 - 58 answers

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