My elderly cat is losing her balance - what can I do to make her life easier? [more inside]
CatFilter: Thinking about taking my 11 year old cat with me to college. Too traumatic of an experience for her? [more inside]
My cat is being a neurotic asshole, spewing noxious fluids. Please help. [more inside]
Catfilter: My kitties are loving the Christmas tree. How can I extend their joy all year round? [more inside]
If I adopt a cat that has an implanted microchip directly from the current owner, how do I get the name and address in the registration database updated to reflect me as the new owner? [more inside]
I've decided to adopt a kitten for my fiance as a Christmas gift this year. She's an absolute animal lover, and she has been wanting to get a kitten for a while now (her cat of 15 years died this summer). I'm going to arrange the adoption and then have her pick the kitten out the day after the holiday. However, I'm going to arrange an assortment of kitten necessities for her to open on Christmas morning. Never having had a kitten, what do I need?
Places to board a sick kitty for the holidays in Minneapolis? [more inside]
Help me understand my cat's strange behaviour [more inside]
Russian-speaking mefites, could you please help me with the lyrics to this Manul (aka Pallas Cat) Song? [more inside]
Going home to my parents' for Christmas with my cat, as is my sister, who is allergic to cats. What extra preventative actions can I take to minimize her reaction? Additional details inside..... [more inside]
I need helping dealing with a difficult neighbor situation and the death of a family pet. What would you do? [more inside]
Is my dude-cat just needy, still in adjustment, or desperate for lady-action? (Please say the middle one.)
Newly adopted male cat yowling in the nighttime. Help me assess the situation, because my landlord has expressed concern about male cats continuing to exhibit male behavior even after alteration. [more inside]
If I get a space heater, will my cat touch it and get burned? Or am I severely underestimating her intelligence? Or will she get burned once, and then learn not to do it?
House mate's cat keeps peeing in my bed; compounded by said house mate's neglectful attitude towards household chores in general. Ideas to keep the cat off my bed (and not just from peeing on it i.e. permanent cat repellent)? and suggestions for addressing the larger issue at hand? [more inside]
How should I go about approaching my landlord about breaking my loosely adhered to lease for a living situation that is no longer agreeable? Rental drama ensues.. [more inside]
Cat behavior question: why does my kitty stick her leg out sometimes? [more inside]
The pediatrician says my two-week-old baby has a potential eye infection-- her left eye isn't draining properly yet. The pediatrician prescribed erythromycin ointment. Coincidentally, about three weeks ago, our cat was prescribed erythromycin for her eye infection, which is now long cleared. I still have about four-fifths of a tube. Is there any reason that I shouldn't use the cat's ointment on the baby? It seems like a waste to open another tube of the stuff.
How can we stop our dog from antagonizing our cat before meal times? [more inside]
SiameseCatFilter: If I shave my siamese, will he be brown under his fur, or does the fur change color as it grows out? [more inside]
[cat filter] Can anyone give me a story in which their cat started sneezing blood but stayed healthy? [more inside]
CatFilter. Can a distemper shot make a cat ... well ... standoffish? [more inside]
Is this cat beyond help? [more inside]
Help me name my new kitty--Jersey Inspired [more inside]
My kitten has been diagnosed as leukemia positive. What should I expect? [more inside]
My family purchased a new male Bengal kitten. He is great and everyone adores him. However, I am now experiencing some allergies. My skin is generally itchy after handling him and my chest often feels tight and I begin to cough. I have heard some people can get used to their cats dander. Has anyone had experience with this? If so, how long does it take? [more inside]
For minor pet health questions: suggest websites that are comprehensive & user-friendly? I'd like to avoid unnecessary vet visits. [more inside]
Am I hurting my 7-month-old kitten by letting him eat adult cat food? [more inside]
My cat's fur is suddenly getting matted. Why, and what can I do about it? [more inside]
My kitten is snotty. Some sort of permanent virus he picked up in the shelter. I've talked to the vet about his health, but she had no tips for keeping my house mucus-free. Help? [more inside]
Around 4 weeks ago I moved house and took my cat with me. He seemed to take the move well he wasnt scared and settled in quite quickly. Ive installed a cat flap and for the past 2 weeks hes been using it if only to do business outside. I work 9 - 5 ish so the cat is on his own all day but when i come home the cat behaves very strangely. He will follow me round sometimes dashing back and forth trying to play sometimes just shadowing me and ocasionally meowing a bit. Im guessing hes bored and i have a feeling its because the area the new house is in only has 1 cat in the area. Im not sure. So im wondering what i could do to make him less bored. I was thinking maybee get another cat? or am i jumping the gun a bit is this normal behavour from a cat that has had to move? he does seem very happy
Recommend a cat flap with a cat-proof lock. [more inside]
Cat expert needed! I petted a stray I feed, now he clings to me like a limpet. How do I get him to relax?
A neglected neighborhood cat has moved into my yard and is driving me crazy with his nonstop needy behavior since the day I petted him. What can I do to help him chill out? [more inside]
My cat is exhibiting symptoms of being in heat despite being fixed. Any advice? [more inside]
We just moved and one of our cats is still in a state of frozen panic. His brother has adjusted to his new digs just fine, but the scared one is tense, shakey, and bolts under the bed whenever he can. Any advice on how to calm him down and get him used to the new place? [more inside]
I've got a problematic cat. She's a stray. I've had her for 8 years now, and we estimate she was about 4 months old when she decided to join me. There are 4 main problems: the persistent washing (till she bleeds); the crapping on the floor; the moving of socks and other small items around the house; and the general neediness. The vet is out of ideas. I have this naive hope that there will be a solution (ah, your cat has "Needywashingcrappersock syndrome, ms handee"). But I'm running out of patience (and cash). So it is time to Ask Metafilter. Anyone got any ideas? [more inside]
Could I eat cat litter? [more inside]
Dehydration, lethargy, and horrible bad breath in a six year old cat. What are the potential problems [more inside]
I have two energetic one-year-old cats who love to knock over their water dish. I've tried several different types (at first they had a standard ceramic dish, into which they'd drop their stuffed toys until the toys absorbed all of the water (and got extremely gross), so I switched to a water-cooler-style dish, with a jug on top that fills to a dish in the bottom. That worked for a few weeks, but now the just play with it until it tips over, leaving my rug wet and them thirsty. What can I do to keep them from doing this? Is there a better (but still inexpensive) cat-watering system?
Found a kitten. How do I avoid spending $700 billion at the vet? [more inside]
An emergency vet said that my cat has an enlarged heart (discovered via chest x-rays). How worried should I be? [more inside]
Why is my cat always hungry? [more inside]
Help me with the daunting task of finding a facility to board a kitten for a few days in Mumbai, India, which is of decent enough quality to someone from the U.S.
Will the drug that my vet prescribed kill my cat? It's unapproved for use in the US. [more inside]
Every morning, my cat decides I need to get up at 6:30AM, and proceeds to put his paw under my door and claw the hell out of it. Between the scratching noise and the fact that the door rattles in its jamb, it's been getting me up well before I am ready. This has thrown off my sleeping pattern tremendously, and I want it stopped. It's not a case of needing to go to the bathroom or wanting food, so I'm at a loss. How can I stop my cat?
A friend told me an awesome story the other day. I'm wondering if it's true or not. See, these researchers put a bunch of domesticated cats in a room... [more inside]
What airlines will get me from Phoenix to New York City with three adult cats? Failing that, can you recommend anyone who does live animal shipment? [more inside]
One of my cats got out, what should I do to help insure he gets back to me? [more inside]
Just returned from overseas to discover my girlfriend's beloved kitty has grown a bit portly. This is getting my girl down so I figured I'd surprise her by coming up with a safe way to help the little apartment-dwelling butterball shed a few pounds. Specifically, I'm looking for a hamster ball, but for cats. [more inside]
My cat has a bald spot. She can't get into the vet until Saturday. Should we find another vet? [more inside]