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Would a cat by any other name be so fluffy?

Another name that cat question - I adopted a cat! Her shelter name was Boo, but I'm not feeling it. Can you help me find her name? Pictures. (She's absolutely gorgeous - these pictures aren't the best.) She's an almost six year old girl, at the shelter they said she was a bit of a princess, and so far she's pretty vocal, but she's still getting used to things. She's the only pet in the house. Open to any kind of name, but nerdy or witchy names get bonus points in my heart!
posted by firei on Jan 15, 2017 - 77 answers

Giving a cat saline injections without assistance.

I'm looking for tips to single-handedly inject saline solution into a cat without another human helper. Details inside, so people can skip the ugly, stabby bits. [more inside]
posted by eotvos on Dec 31, 2016 - 16 answers

Ask mefi's favorite game: Name That Cat!

I recently adopted an adorable new kitty friend, but I’m stumped on what to call him, so I've come to the cat naming experts of mefi for help. More pictures and descriptions of New Kitty inside. [more inside]
posted by litera scripta manet on Dec 30, 2016 - 64 answers

Seeking holy grail of cat litter catchment

My cats are excellent at tracking cat litter everywhere. I wish to contain it. What is the absolute best cat litter mat available? [more inside]
posted by bookdragoness on Dec 18, 2016 - 16 answers

Holiday movie memory

I was thinking holiday thoughts, and a movie memory came to the surface after many years of dormancy. The only thing I remember about this movie was that it was about a black youth who was asked what he wanted for Christmas and he said "I want me this cat I found". [more inside]
posted by ambulocetus on Dec 17, 2016 - 5 answers

The strange matter of my cat's fur

This is my cat, Daisy. She produces little clumps of matter in her fur. Her veterinarian is stumped, so I’m asking the Hive Mind for help. [more inside]
posted by bryon on Dec 5, 2016 - 8 answers

Indoor decorating for Christmas with a big jerk cat?

We need indoor holiday decorating ideas that can survive our cat's whirlwind of curious destruction. [more inside]
posted by radiosilents on Dec 4, 2016 - 18 answers

Manly Cat Paraphernalia?

My partner is basically a "cat lady", except he's a dude. I'd love to get him a male version of some of the many cat-related gifts, attire, and paraphernalia that exist for women. Where do I go to genderfuck or disrupt the concept of the "cat lady"? [more inside]
posted by Sara C. on Dec 2, 2016 - 22 answers

A nonstandard question about the interaction of cats and Christmas trees

How do I get my cat to stop chewing on my (plastic and metal) Christmas tree? [more inside]
posted by quaking fajita on Dec 1, 2016 - 4 answers

What can you tell me about my little ceramic whale and mustachioed cat?

I have two little mid-century ceramic figures that my mom gave me and I'd love to know more about them (especially the cat.) [more inside]
posted by Room 641-A on Nov 24, 2016 - 3 answers

I sticks m legy out real far

I'm looking for the source of my current favorite meme, "sticks m legy out real far". [more inside]
posted by larthegreat on Nov 17, 2016 - 7 answers

Cat driving us batty; we have twins--help!

Our twin boys are 9 weeks old. Awesome! Sweet little Zoe hunts pacifiers and nipple shields relentlessly and desperately wants to be an outdoor cat. She's also attempted to jump into the bassinet a few times. Details below the fold. [more inside]
posted by eggman on Nov 8, 2016 - 24 answers

Cat travel and vacation home

How do I make two 8-year-old cats comfortable on a 90+ minute car drive, to and from a vacation house every weekend and for the duration of the visit? [more inside]
posted by Neeuq Nus on Nov 1, 2016 - 22 answers

Do my cats hate each other?

How do you know if your cats are mortal enemies when cats currently lack the ability to devise warring gang signs? [more inside]
posted by Sara C. on Oct 26, 2016 - 12 answers

Orphan Black [spotted cat]

I need advice about what to do with a feral cat that now resides in my urban front yard. I like her, she likes me, but I can't take her in. [more inside]
posted by WeekendJen on Oct 26, 2016 - 14 answers

Keeping a cat out of a closet

My cat enjoys climbing into my closet and getting fur all over my clothes. She also has picked some more delicate blouses with her claws. My apartment is tiny and so is the closet. [more inside]
posted by Stonkle on Oct 17, 2016 - 25 answers

Should he stay or should he go? FIV+ cat in multicat household.

Last week I posted about a stray cat I found. I got him checked out by the vet and he's FIV+. Vet said he's about a year old and showing no symptoms. I have two existing cats that AFAIK are FIV- (they've never been outside or come into contact with other cats). What should I do? [more inside]
posted by AFABulous on Oct 10, 2016 - 33 answers

What is this cat's name?

We need a name for this cat! He's gorgeous: completely black, green-eyed, sleek & lithe like a panther. His brother is a tuxedo cat named Sam. What do we call this one? [more inside]
posted by Westringia F. on Oct 9, 2016 - 56 answers

Appropriate memorial tattoo or cultural appropriation?

My kitty Ganesh passed away a few months ago and I'd like to memorialize him with a tattoo. As he was named after the Hindu god (as a kitten he was our little "destroyer of obstacles") I always assumed that I'd get a little Ganesh tattoo with maybe some kind of cat reference embedded in it. But I'm a white american atheist lady with no claim on Hindu culture. Could such a tattoo ever be appropriate on me, or is it just cultural appropriation and I should avoid it? [more inside]
posted by cabingirl on Oct 4, 2016 - 11 answers

What do cats want... in water?

I realize this isn't the most profound pet-care question, but it drives me crazy. I've got 2 healthy indoor/outdoor cats and I can't figure out how to best serve their water needs. Sometimes they appear to strongly prefer fresh water and so I change it 3 times a day; other times they ignore the fresh and drink from a bowl that's been sitting out for a week. Are cats just weird?
posted by Jon44 on Oct 4, 2016 - 23 answers

I found a cat, now what

My neighbor down the hall knocked on my door and told me my cat had gotten out into the stairway. I verified that both mine were inside, so it's a different cat. We live in a 9 unit building and only one person answered their door. It's possible it snuck in behind someone So I am keeping it overnight & taking it to the humane society for chip scanning tomorrow. Is that the right thing to do? [more inside]
posted by AFABulous on Oct 2, 2016 - 24 answers

Special Snowflake Edition: What do you feed a toothless cat with IBD?

Looking for food suggestions for a very soft canned cat food for an older cat with no teeth and possible IBD. Snowflakes galore ahead! [more inside]
posted by forkisbetter on Sep 18, 2016 - 8 answers

Cats are not like dogs that poop in a box.

We're first time cat owners. Iris is a youngish adult kitty we were told was someone else's pet before we adopted her. I am near the end of my rope with her scratching behaviors. [more inside]
posted by i_am_a_fiesta on Sep 15, 2016 - 57 answers

Bird in bathroom. Should not be there. How to fix?

There is a bird. Some type of finch. It flew into my washroom via the open louvered vent adjacent to the shower. [more inside]
posted by tivalasvegas on Sep 11, 2016 - 11 answers

What is this plant and is it toxic to cats?

Can anyone identify this plant? http://imgur.com/gJ6CAXy [more inside]
posted by Reverend John on Aug 25, 2016 - 6 answers

How Do Fleas Work?

We adopted a feral kitten with fleas who was treated by the vet. I am still seeing fleas on the floor in the kitten's room after almost a week. What should I do? [more inside]
posted by aabbbiee on Aug 25, 2016 - 19 answers

Our cat is defecating RIGHT OUTSIDE of his litterbox. How to stop?

Our lovely Russian blue has always had diarrhea, but is usually pretty good with going to the potty in the right spot. Now, however, he has started pooping right next to the litter box, onto the carpet. I sleep with him, and don't want to have to lock him up at night so would like to find a way to nip this issue in the bud. Help? [more inside]
posted by CottonCandyCapers on Aug 24, 2016 - 21 answers

My cat has a single-track mind at the moment

My tabby cat, Jacqueline, has become obsessed with a nylon cord wand toy I made; please help me. [more inside]
posted by joseph conrad is fully awesome on Aug 17, 2016 - 19 answers

Help me medicate my cat without trauma

My aging kitty (as seen here) now gets multiple medications daily, most of which I can sprinkle over a bit of tuna slurry, and she's happy to eat. But she has an occasional pill that ruins tuna for her, and it has also ruined pill pockets for her, so now I'm at a loss for how to give it to her without the traditional approach of poking it down her throat. This is horrible for both of us. Please share any tips you might have for other tricks to make this easy and painless!
posted by spindrifter on Aug 11, 2016 - 29 answers

Friend acquires a lot of cheese. What to do with it?

For complicated / irrelevant reasons a friend has suddenly acquired 18 pounds of Red Leicester cheese. It is good quality. However (again, complicated reasons) the cheese must be moved, used or transformed into something else within the next 72 hours or so. [more inside]
posted by Wordshore on Aug 4, 2016 - 67 answers

Help us retrain our attack cat.

Kitty randomly attacks us. Can we train her out of it? [more inside]
posted by Dashy on Aug 3, 2016 - 16 answers

my cat might have eaten a chocolate croissant

My cat might have eaten a chocolate croissant. I am not sure though. Please help me figure out what to do. I am scared. [more inside]
posted by thereemix on Aug 1, 2016 - 22 answers

Is he "the one"? (Cat edition.)

My boyfriend found a stray kitten in the parking garage of his building this weekend and we caught it and delivered it to the local shelter. But I can't stop thinking about this kitty. Should I go back and get this cat? Is this what "time to get a cat" feels like? [more inside]
posted by helloimjennsco on Jul 25, 2016 - 43 answers

how can I help my cat be more comfortable in the heat?

I live on the east coast and it's been very hot. I am worried about my cat in this heat - being covered in fur must suck right now. How can I help him be more comfortable? [more inside]
posted by thereemix on Jul 24, 2016 - 21 answers

How to Dog: Cat People Edition

How do we successfully have a dog? I, my housemate, and our three cats have four days to learn. [more inside]
posted by kythuen on Jul 24, 2016 - 22 answers

Found Kitty Flier Best Practices

A kitty followed us home last night! [more inside]
posted by thack3r on Jul 24, 2016 - 19 answers

My cat is an asshole

My 15 year old cat is becoming more of a jerkface. He's always been a bigmouth, but within the past year he's ramped up the yowling. I took him in awhile back and the vet said there's nothing physically wrong with him, he's basically just an asshole (the vet was a bit more tactful). Now he's started attacking my other cat - they've been together for 10 years. What gives? What can I do? [more inside]
posted by AFABulous on Jul 11, 2016 - 19 answers

Cat with urinary blockage - urethrostomy decisions and vet bills...

Hello everyone, My 10yr old cat Charlie developed a urinary blockage tonight and I rushed him to the emergency vet. Turns out he needs bladder surgery and possibly perineal urethrostomy. Has anyone been through this and did it turn out ok? [more inside]
posted by seraph9 on Jul 11, 2016 - 19 answers

Adopted a Cat - Afraid I Made a Mistake

I went to the store to buy dog food yesterday, and ended up adopting a kitten. I have thought about adopting a cat for quite a long time, but have always talked myself out of it. Now I'm terrified that if we don't horrible mistake, and worry that I should give her back now she still little. [more inside]
posted by aka_anon on Jul 10, 2016 - 41 answers

Cats got sick after apartment complex used pesticides on the wrong day

Both of my cats got sick (vomiting/fevers) after my apartment complex had pest control come on June 27 in addition to the regularly scheduled June 20 which I opted out of. What are my options/the law renting in Texas to get them to cover the bill? [more inside]
posted by OnTheLastCastle on Jun 30, 2016 - 9 answers

New kitten seems stuck on eating adult cat food

I was unable to resist adopting a stray kitten from a co-worker. During the five days the co-worker had her, she was eating dry food meant for indoor adult cats. Now she won't switch. Is this a problem? [more inside]
posted by twoif on Jun 27, 2016 - 20 answers

Train the cats, train the kids?

I have inherited two kittens (now almost a year old). One of them is continually scratching my elementary-aged kids. I have had no luck training the kids in cat body language, because it seems to go from cuddly-and-purring to face-scratching instantly. [more inside]
posted by instamatic on Jun 20, 2016 - 27 answers

Cats gonna cat

Most mornings, when I get out of bed, my 2-year-old cat jumps into the just-vacated spot and digs furiously into the sheet. Then he usually runs around the house at full speed. What's going on here? [more inside]
posted by mchorn on Jun 20, 2016 - 8 answers

Kitty needs a name!

I have a new family member and she needs a name! [more inside]
posted by Stonkle on Jun 17, 2016 - 59 answers

When do we spay our kitten?

I'm getting conflicting information and would like to make the best decision for my kitten. When is it best to spay? [more inside]
posted by aniola on Jun 16, 2016 - 21 answers

How to handle an episode of aggression by cat toward baby

Our older female cat just got annoyed with the baby and tried to bite the baby. What should we do? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 13, 2016 - 15 answers

Cordless Vacuum

Whats the best cordless vacuum? [more inside]
posted by kittensofthenight on Jun 9, 2016 - 9 answers

When is it time?

My middle aged cat has been grappling with some ill-defined health problems for the last month or so. She's been through the gauntlet of vet visits and pilling and has taken a turn for the worse. Next step is back to a weeks' hospitalization with a biopsy and feeding tube. In my heart I've already said goodbye to her. I don't know why I am feeling this and whether it's the right thing to do. [more inside]
posted by whistle pig on Jun 7, 2016 - 30 answers

Acclimating Kitten in Bedroom

I'm bringing a kitten home next week. I was told he should be separated and placed in a quiet area away from my dog, then slowly introduced. My apartment is VERY SMALL. My bedroom is carpeted and I don't want him peeing there, or on my bed while he's in there with a litter box. He may learn that's where the box will ALWAYS be and it's ok to go there. If I lock him in the bathroom, it has no window and he'll be in tight quarters for AT LEAST a week to acclimate to smells/sounds. However, THAT IS the location I prefer one of his litter boxes to be. Also, how could I teach him he'll have his own bed to sleep on at bedtime and it WON'T be mine.
posted by scarbo on Jun 4, 2016 - 39 answers

brain teasers for kittens

We have a very active six week old kitten. What puzzles are age-appropriate for this kitten? I need more ways to redirect this cute kitten from tantalizing wires! [more inside]
posted by aniola on Jun 3, 2016 - 22 answers

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