On Friday, my building will receive a much-welcome visit from The Exterminator. That means that I'll have to be out of my loft for about three hours with Garbo, Queen of All She Surveys. We can't really go to a neighbor's because the whole building is being treated, and so far none of my friends have offered to host a visit. Anyone have any suggestions about where I can go in LA with a pissed-off cat, preferably air-conditioned? [more inside]
Somewhere in the middle of last night when I had passed out from a migraine, a cat adopted my wife. [more inside]
My young, vigorous male (neutered) cat is an extremely proficient killer. How do I get him to stop? [more inside]
Caught my cat lapping from my glass. I sigh, grab myself another glass of water and continue about my business. But then... [more inside]
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]
What's going on with our cat's ears? [more inside]
another installment of the name-that-children's-book-with-no-details-about-title-or-author:it was a picture book; it came out or was out around 1993-1998; I have almost no memory of the plot...I read it as a child and it reappeared to me in my mind's eye suddenly and is driving me crazy; it involved fantastical themes of animals with complex societies, at least one of which were cats (but maybe woodland creatures?) [more inside]
I would like to read any great science writing out there on cats -- particularly, that focusing on interspecies communication. But I'll take whatever I can get! [more inside]
All three of my cats have been hospitalized this year for various reasons. I’ve spent about $10,000 on vet bills since February of this year. They’re still not healthy. [more inside]
I'm looking for a name for our new cat, who is fluffy and has white boots on all of her feet. [more inside]
We took our 14 year-old cat went in for what was supposed to be a routine dental procedure yesterday, but a pre-surgery EKG detected a heart anomaly, so she referred us to a cardiologist for an echo cardiogram. The cardiologist estimated it would cost "between $500-$800", which is a lot of money to spend if this turns out to be nothing. You're not my vet, but how would you assess the risks in this situation to make an informed decision? [more inside]
My indoor cats have never had to deal with a loud, crowded airport before. They're never flown. We have to pick them up when we go through security, and one of them hates being picked up. I'm really worried about them getting overly stressed. I'm getting conflicting info about the effectiveness and side-effects of sedatives. [more inside]
I'm totes pregnant! With twins! Yay! Apparently, one of my cats is not as excited about this development as his human counterparts are. While snuggling with me this morning, he turned around, faced his pee parts towards me, and sprayed. It was not awesome. How do I discourage this (hellish, foul) behavior? [more inside]
I'm posting ANOTHER question about cats. This time - is it cruel to put one of my cats away at night so that I can actually sleep once in a while? [more inside]
My SO and I have two lovely cats, and are moving from Canada to Hawaii in a few months. We both have well-managed anxiety/depression. Is there a way we can register them as emotional support animals? [more inside]
My lazy, long haired cat usually needs a grooming in the spring. My new groomer scolded me for getting kitty a lion cut last year, saying that her coat is now "compromised". Is this a legit thing to be concerned about? [more inside]
I’ve been using large 18 gallon storage bins as litter boxes. I cut a little entry way down the middle and they can step inside. They don’t seem to have any problems using them. The problem is that there are grooves inside which make it difficult and annoying to clean. [more inside]
I'll be having hip replacement surgery in about a month. For the weeks immediately following, I need to keep my large, cuddly cats off my leg while I sleep on my back at night. Is there something I can put over my legs (I'm thinking of something arching) to keep them off? [more inside]
One of our cats was diagnosed with early stage IV renal failure about six weeks ago, and it's advanced very quickly. We're now weighing the decision to try to treat it further in the hopes of getting him some relief at the end of life, or to accept that this is the end. Details below. [more inside]
We have two awesome indoor-only cats. Both of them are rescues - one of them grew up with dogs and LOVES DOGS and the other one doesn't know what dogs are. Both are very large ragdolls (a breed that tends to like dogs). We're interested in considering adding a dog to our home and would be grateful on advice regarding breeds and the age of the incoming dog. Thanks! [more inside]
Grilled some boneless chicken breasts around 6PM last night, stored them in the microwave and forgot to refrigerate until 7AM this morning. I'm not going to chance eating it - but it it safe to feed to my cats?
After my last question on the subject of allergen removal I would like to have some way to follow up on the results of the cleaning. [more inside]
I need any recommendations y'all might have for reliable pet sitting companies or individuals in the DC/MD area. [more inside]
My walls look like this thanks to the arrival of two kittens with very sharp claws. The two vicious monsters have finally learned to use their scratcher but the damage is already done. What's the cheapest way to make the walls look not entirely awful? [more inside]
I have a 9 y/o neutered indoor-only shorthair male cat. Last spring, I noticed he was grooming a lot more than usual and took him to the vet. Ten months and four vets later, no progress has been made. YANMV. More inside. [more inside]
My new partner is deadly allergic to cats, and after rehoming my cat I want to make sure she can be in my home without, you know, dying. What do I need to make sure I do and how effective will it be? [more inside]
My 16-year-old cat just had an ultrasound, and the vet says he's got tumors "all over his abdomen." She estimates that he has 2-4 good weeks left, and gave me steroids as palliative care. He is seems fine now; sleeps a lot, but has a healthy appetite. I am of course a mess. MeFis who have gone through this, how did you know when it was time to let go? How and when did you talk to your toddler and preschooler about it? What did you do in the meantime that helped?
Looking for something simple that will let me see on my phone a) that the garage door is closed (its usually dark in there) and b) capture video (and audio would be awesome) when motion triggered of our cats scrapping at home. I'm thinking this would be 3 cameras, if something is easier to manage a set of cameras thats a plus. Would love something that alerts me to motion, then I get to see the video hoping for a crazy match. Suggestions?
I've read past threads about transporting pets and they've put my mind at easy that Lola will survive the 20+ hour plane ride from the US to South Africa, even if she's not thrilled with me afterwards. Of course, I still want it to be as easy and non-traumatic as possible. There are a few different options and I'm having a hard time finding information on which would be best for our collective mental health. [more inside]
I want to adopt an adult cat. Single full-time professional, one or more major moves likely in the next few years, possibly from the U.S. to London. Can this work? What about fostering? Snowflake details inside. [more inside]
I live in New York, and I'm considering ordering two Siberian kittens direct from the source. How stupid is this? [more inside]
I would like to hear about how you've been able to raise a kid and care for an affectionate yet skittish cat. How did you do it? I'm particularly interested in stories about kids between the ages of 2-10. [more inside]
My cat seems to have a cold -it seems like she has really bad nasal congestion and eye discharge. Should I take her to the vet? On the one hand I think no, because last time she had these symptoms (July) the vet said there was nothing she could do, and I don't want to stress her out for nothing when she's already uncomfortable and possibly prolong this. On the other hand "Making bad noises when breathing= doctor" seems like a pretty good guideline to follow in general. [more inside]
My cat itches like crazy( his rear back) . He was given prednisone for a few days but that is not the solution. Did anyone had some issue with the cat scratching his/her rear back?
My cat has been pooping/peeing outside the litter box for almost three years. He uses his litter box, but also the bathroom, any dark corner he can find, and on one memorable occasion, my surfboard (right in front of me!) [more inside]
The kids and I are really enjoying collecting the kitty cats, but wish it was a little more interactive. Can you suggest any similar apps?
I just suddenly lost the younger of my two cats to an aggressive cancer. (The cat who just died is on the right, the survivor is on the left.) Aside from being heartbroken myself, I'm extremely worried about the other 14 year old cat. He and she were largely inseparable, and had been together 11 years. How do I help him in the short term and what would your best advice be about the long term? [more inside]
How can I integrate an elderly cat into a house that already has two cats, when she doesn't like other cats one little bit? [more inside]
Pretty simple question: how do you keep your cat(s) from darting out the front door when you leave/come home? [more inside]
I've recently learned that my cat is severely allergic to fleas, which means he can spend hours and hours grooming. I put Revolution on him monthly, but it's not enough. There are way too many other factors here, and I listed them in all their glory after the jump. [more inside]
How much is a reasonable amount to pay for pet sitting nowadays? My particulars inside. [more inside]
Cat people, please give us some cat introduction pointers, because we're kinda lost. [more inside]
Help me pick a dry cat food for my elderly cat, who is thinner than I'd like. [more inside]
MeFites, have you ever been able to turn a decidedly only cat into an at-least-tolerant-of-other-cats cat? [more inside]
I've hesitated to ask this question (partly cause I assume it'll receive malicious responses from the usual suspects), but here it goes--my current two indoor/outdoor cats have been with my around 8 years. I live in an area with a lot of predators but cats always respond intelligently to threats and are quite healthy and happy. So, I'd be interested to hear others experience who've had outdoor cats--can I rest easy and assume that now they've survived a long time, they essentially know how to stay safe? [more inside]
We're moving into a reasonably sized fourth floor apartment next month with our cat, Toki. We have no access to an outdoor area. We've been staying in similarly constrained apartment for the past two months, and Toki has become super clingy and playful - I think he's just really bored. We're thinking of getting him a kitten of his very own. Is this a ridiculous idea? [more inside]
These baby kitties are going to live with a very nice family soon. They have litter box setup questions: 1. What will make the litter box SMELL as little as possible, besides frequency of cleaning? Types of litter? Type of box? 2. While Mom is dealing with a temporary health problem (kidney-related), what are best practices for handling poop as little as possible in getting it from box to garbage?
Is a cat's tongue the equivalent of a kitchen sponge? [more inside]
We live on the third floor of an apartment complex, we have kittens, we need to ventilate the apartment without jeopardizing the safety of the kittens; help us solve this problem. [more inside]