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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 - 26 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

How do I stop my cat from pooping in the bathtub?!

My 17-year old orange longhair has become quite outside-the-box in his pooping habits. Every change we make in an attempt to corral the problem results in it getting worse. I'm at my wits' end. More details inside. [more inside]
posted by KathrynT on Feb 12, 2014 - 25 answers

Poor squeaky!

On Sunday, I used a no-rinse waterless shampoo on my cat Fave. It's supposed to be totally safe for cats and dogs-- but yesterday he started to lose his voice and now he's down to squeaking. His ears and paws aren't hot, so he doesn't seem to have a fever, and he's acting totally normally. The only difference is, his usually-demanding meows are now down to pathetic squeaks. [more inside]
posted by lockstitch on Feb 11, 2014 - 10 answers

cat piddler on probation

I have an older cat, 16 years old, in good health. She's not using her cat box to piddle, leaving a nice wet spot on the floor just outside her cat box. What can I do to retrain her to use it? [more inside]
posted by diode on Feb 9, 2014 - 21 answers

The perfect felt mouse toy

Our cat Dr. Wily has a favorite felt mouse. There's a few other mouse-like toys she likes, but this is the one she is excited about chasing and fetching without exception. She is also willing to not eat it, as she has done with many other toys. However, it is wearing down, and we'd like to get more. [more inside]
posted by ignignokt on Feb 8, 2014 - 6 answers

How to water Elizabethan cat?

Cat with cone needs to drink. [more inside]
posted by Luminiferous Ether on Feb 1, 2014 - 18 answers

How much will this traumatized cat bounce back?

We are both experienced cat owners. In November, our beloved Tigger passed away; in December, we got three black cats from a shelter. Two of them are socialised and friendly, the third is not. (We knew this and we were willing to take the chance.) Third cat was raised in the house of a pet hoarder, who let them inbreed; he lived there with 65 cats (!) for 6 months to a year, and was then seized and brought to the shelter, where he stayed for a year and a half. How normal and happy can we expect this cat to turn out over time? [more inside]
posted by Too-Ticky on Feb 1, 2014 - 25 answers

cat in tree freezing

We moved yesterday. Our indoor cat hasn't used her litter or food all day. There is something cat-shaped with glowing eyes in a tree in our backyard about 30 ft up. It is below freezing (Arlington MA). What do we do? The local fire department says they don't do cats. I've been on hold with the emergency line for Angell Memorial for 5 min.
posted by nonane on Jan 31, 2014 - 37 answers

Our cat is getting extremely hostile to us. What next?

Our cat is acting more and more irrational. I think we will have to have him put down. Any thoughts welcome. [more inside]
posted by kestralwing on Jan 29, 2014 - 36 answers

Android Suggestions

I have a new Android phone. I've never used Android. Any suggestions for amazing applications or games? (cat pictures inside) [more inside]
posted by kittensofthenight on Jan 28, 2014 - 20 answers

How do indoor/outdoor cats 'work'?

Asking for a friend: My friend wants to adopt a cat from an animal rescue centre. However, many of the shelters require access to a garden for their cats before they'll allow you to adopt (for example) - so the cat would have to be an indoor/outdoor cat. She is having trouble figuring out the logistics of this. [more inside]
posted by Ziggy500 on Jan 23, 2014 - 42 answers

Kitty is Lactose Intolerant

My cat managed to get at some milk and tossed his cookies yesterday. Now isn't eating up to his usual standard. Is he probably ok? [more inside]
posted by donut_princess on Jan 20, 2014 - 9 answers

Litterbox odor mitigation.

I'm trying to mitigate the smell of the litterbox without making my cat averse to using it. Are there any organic plant-derived scents that are generally pleasant to humans but unpleasant to cats that I should avoid? [more inside]
posted by vapidave on Jan 17, 2014 - 26 answers

I missed this day of being a grown-up school...

Help! There's a feral cat right outside my door. I think she(?) might be either sick or about to have kittens. What (if anything) should I do? [more inside]
posted by Weeping_angel on Jan 13, 2014 - 12 answers

Help me stop itching. I'm allergic to cats or water!

I regularly experience itching while at home, primarily on my shins, hips and lower back. I think I'm allergic to something in my water. I've long thought this was caused by soap as showers are when the itching is at it's worst, but after trial and error I've concluded that water is the cause. I've come to this conclusion by using a filter on my shower head which removes the problem after a few weeks. The problem is the showerhead with filter has caused many plumbing problems due to the reduced water pressure, so I'm back to the regular shower head. Is there another way to filter the water without causing plumbing problems, such as at the water heater itself? If not the water, could cats be the cause? [more inside]
posted by ridogi on Jan 8, 2014 - 25 answers

How do I brush this cat?

I have never successfully brushed my cat. I even got a Furminator, which worked extremely well, the one time I managed to brush him for about 3 seconds. The problem is that he thinks it is a toy. In fact, I have never brought any object close to his little cat body that he has not playfully attacked unless asleep. It is definitely playful and not aggressive. I have also tried the method of slow acclimation, but this thing can go from peaceful/sleepy to attacky in an instant. [more inside]
posted by nj554 on Jan 3, 2014 - 21 answers

What automatic feeder should we get for our cats?

my main coon cat Bear laughs at our anti cat devices and pounds on the door for breakfast. He started pounding at 5:00 a.m. this morning, 90 minutes before my alarm goes off, and kept it up long enough to ruin my sleep. It's time for a new strategy: automatic feeding devices. Please recommend the best device. [more inside]
posted by rebent on Jan 2, 2014 - 25 answers

What's life like with an epileptic cat?

The cat the we are fostering to adopt just had a very scary seizure. She may have epilepsy. What's life with an epileptic cat like? I'm interested in treatment costs, medication, frequency of blood work, incontinence issues, cat quality of life, or anything that might be useful. [more inside]
posted by fermezporte on Dec 31, 2013 - 4 answers

Looking for advice on leaving the cat alone for a week.

Hard as it is to believe, we are leaving our beloved kitty all alone for the first time since we got him 5 years ago. I'm looking for advice as well as answers to a couple specifics. [more inside]
posted by Lutoslawski on Dec 30, 2013 - 32 answers

Just call him a litter bug

My cat tracks litter all over the house and my husband is Over It. Please help me keep both men in my life happy! [more inside]
posted by peanut_mcgillicuty on Dec 26, 2013 - 23 answers

Cat stops meowing

My cat has barely let out a meow since I've been home from work. Usually he starts up as soon as my keys are in the door. I plan on taking him with me tomorrow if he's not back to normal by the time I'm ready to leave for work, and hitting the Vet. Any ideas what could be wrong though? [more inside]
posted by one4themoment on Dec 19, 2013 - 14 answers

Vet Recommendation

Could anyone recommend a fabulous vet for cats in the SF Bay Area? [more inside]
posted by missmary6 on Dec 18, 2013 - 10 answers

My dead friend's cat is dying

A friend of mine died nearly thee years ago and his cat ended up in the care of my mother. The cat is now dying. Should I email my friend's family when the cat dies? If you were the friend's brother, is this an email you'd want to receive? (The obligatory picture from healthier times.) [more inside]
posted by hoyland on Dec 18, 2013 - 31 answers

Vroom vroom kitty

Does anybody out there have a recommendation for a pet stroller? [more inside]
posted by bolognius maximus on Dec 14, 2013 - 5 answers

Catkies

I want these cookie cutters. Where can I find them? I am in Canada, but could have things shipped to the US or to Ireland easily.
posted by jeather on Dec 10, 2013 - 7 answers

Vet Now or Vet Tomorrow

Should we go to an emergency vet tonight, or can it wait until tomorrow? [more inside]
posted by freshwater on Dec 6, 2013 - 34 answers

Helping friends deal with a pet death

My friends’ cat died yesterday. How can I help them? [more inside]
posted by aviatrix on Dec 1, 2013 - 16 answers

Roomba? I hardly know 'a!

I have a cat. My girlfriend is allergic to cats (previously). I'd like to get a Roomba, since we've noticed that regular vacuuming with my HEPA-filter vacuum helps a lot. The theory here is "set robot to vacuum at 9am, come home at 7pm to cleaner apartment (with dust settled, since the roomba ran at 9am, not 7pm). [more inside]
posted by Alterscape on Dec 1, 2013 - 9 answers

I want to be heroic but not, you know, in an inconvenient way.

I recently lost my cat, and I would like to go to the local humane society to adopt another one. I would like to find a balance between selecting a cat that would both best fit the requirements of our household and one that would probably a lower chance of being adopted. Can you help me identify traits to look for? [more inside]
posted by bibliowench on Nov 24, 2013 - 17 answers

Christmas Sweater Question

I need to buy a christmas sweater for someone with one very important detail. [more inside]
posted by poffin boffin on Nov 23, 2013 - 23 answers

why is my cat sniffing so much?

my cat is reverse-sniffing...short, half-second bursts maybe once or twice an hour. this is a new development, i.e. she hasn't always done this and I wonder if anyone out there can let me know what this is about. Google search is not helpful. [more inside]
posted by bengalibelle on Nov 21, 2013 - 17 answers

A question I wish I weren't asking

We put our 20-year-old cat to sleep at home last night. I had read about what to expect, but did not anticipate her struggling so desperately throughout the procedure. Now my mind keeps going back to those awful moments over and over. I’m wondering if anyone here has had a similar experience, or just has some thoughts on how to process this. [more inside]
posted by whistle pig on Nov 20, 2013 - 41 answers

Unwanted Stuff On My Cat

My cat had something on his fur, near his left rear thigh, that looked like a slug. It was about an inch long and 3-5mm wide, black, and shiny. He is a fraidy cat who will not tolerate being touched. He only just tolerates playing chases with a piece of string, so I spent some time with him this morning doing just that and trying to take a picture. I was not able to get a picture that was clear enough. He actually washed around whatever it was, but only once, and he didn't dislodge it in the process. We tried to catch him and failed. He got outside. Since he has so many hangups it is possible that he won't come back and likely that he won't trust us for another six months if he does. He only knows a few words, but "vet" is one of them and he has a very strong reaction to that one, so the effects of stuffing him into a pet carrier can only be imagined, even if we had any hope of accomplishing that now. So: what external feline parasite looks like a slug, is about an inch long and lurks on the fur near the thigh, and what do we do about it in the unlikely event that we get the chance?
posted by tel3path on Nov 19, 2013 - 20 answers

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