Our front yard (6ft x 20ft slate chippings) has become the neighbourhood litter tray. All the traditional solutions tried, I've started wondering about planting catnip. My thinking is that is the area is an area for happy stoner cats, it's less likely to be a litter tray. Unfortunately, I can't see anything on the internet that suggests an answer either way. Does anyone have any anecdotal evidence they'd care to throw my way?
CatFilter: I recently used a generous amount of Rentokil ant and crawling insect powder in the hall and kitchen of my flat. Is it possible for me to clean this up to make it safe for an 8 week old kitten - particularly when the powder contains permethrin? [more inside]
my kitty cats (see previous questions for photos) really are classic Frenemies. They sleep together, Crocket licks Binky's face and ears before they go to sleep , they run around together, sniff each other's bums and both sit watching birds and insects out the window.... so, they obviously love each right? Then what is this wrestling and is it just play? [more inside]
Can you help me figure out how to care for our extremely fearful cat? [more inside]
We had our kitties groomed, now one cat hates the other. [more inside]
A couple of years ago a family leaving its lease in a house in my neighborhood abandoned its young cat. My next-door neighbor began feeding it, but would not let it inside because she already had a cat. Now she has lost her lease, and I have begun feeding it; my porch seems to have become its home base. [more inside]
My partner and I are flying from the west coast to the east coast at the end of July with our 15lb cat, Buddy. Which carrier should I choose? [more inside]
I have an absolutely wonderful cat, Banana. I've had cats all my life and he's my favorite by a wide margin. He is beloved by both me and my husband. He is also ruining our lives. [more inside]
No longer renting, now I can cut holes in the wall! [more inside]
My parents are embracing retirement and planning to escape Minnesota for January and February. They're not too picky about where they stay, as long as it's on the beach and the weather is warm. Complication: they're bringing the cat. [more inside]
My adorable 7-month-old (ish) kitten Milo is not always as restful as the pictures make him seem. He has lots of energy and wants lots of play. I try to keep him entertained but I think he may need another little bundle of furry energy. I have only ever been a single-kitty household, so I have some questions. [more inside]
We just adopted a cat from a local rescue group, primarily to keep our current cat company, since we just lost two cats to old age. But the situation is not what we expected, and not what I have ever had to deal with before, after a lifetime of cats. [more inside]
On the off chance that someone round here has some experience with cats and cat appliances, I have some questions.... [more inside]
I bought a lot of Feliway plug-in diffuser refills but this morning the diffuser started smoking, which I've since learned is a very common occurrence. Can I take the liquid and dilute it to use as a spray, or is there something dangerous about it?
Logistical masterminds and cat people: is it possible to give my son a specific breed kitten as a surprise for his birthday? [more inside]
My cat acts like a dog. Is it possible that he was raised by dogs? [more inside]
I'm a gardening dummy and bought and potted an herb without really confirming what it is. I originally thought it was thyme but it's obviously not thyme. Here is a photograph of said plant. 1. What is this plant? 2. Is it safe if my cat nibbles it? 3. Any advice on how to avoid killing it?
When we returned home after being away since Friday night we found a (possibly) gnawed garlic clove. Cats are probably responsible. Is this a situation where we should take the cats to an emergency weekend vet? [more inside]
Getting a bit desperate for an NYC allergist who will be able to see me sometime before the end of the century. [more inside]
We adopted a cat a couple of months ago. He's about five, and in good health according to the vet. (He was surrendered to a local SPCA for financial reasons.) Starting about a month ago, he's started biting people. He'll get very close, his eyes will dilate, he'll extend his neck toward an arm or leg and he'll often let out a relatively long, complaining meow and then chomp down on the limb. It's scaring the shit out of me and my wife. [more inside]
We've been hit with the perfect storm of awful over the last few weeks. We've found a way around a lot of it, or through a lot of it, but all leads for rehoming two cats (who are just lovely, and sweet) have failed us. Can you point us to someplace/one that could help, potentially? Any ideas we may not have thought of? The location is Oakville, Ontario, near Toronto. [more inside]
These damn cats won't let me sleep in the morning. Need tips / tricks to make them leave me alone! 3am is NOT waking up time :0/ [more inside]
Any recs for a good mat to go under cat food bowls? [more inside]
Hello Mefites: My girlfriend and me are seriously considering the possibility of moving to Australia permanently next year. If everything goes as planned, we will move in around 12 months from now. I have a 7-year-old adorable Norwegian Forest male cat I adopted in Spain 5 years ago and brought to Colombia (I have dual nationality) 3 years ago. I need to know what options are available to bring him safely to our new home down under. [more inside]
Thinking about using silk in two bedding projects. I have two cats and a toddler. Is this a terrible idea? [more inside]
We've had an adopted coonhound for four months, and she's essentially ignored our two cats the whole time. All of a sudden she's started to act aggressively toward them. Why?? What can we do?? [more inside]
I searched google and saw only hits talking about how to stop the behavior, but that doesn't interest me. I'd really like to know if there are people out there who've tried to understand *why* some cats do this?
We brought home a second cat yesterday in an effort to give our existing cat a playmate. They began interacting nearly right away, and I'm not sure what to do about overnight arrangements. Additional sleep-deprived ramblings inside. [more inside]
We have a 13-year-old sweetheart of a cat and a new one-year-old cat. The new cat hates the old cat, and attacks her if she and the old cat are in the same room. We have a family disagreement on how to handle this situation. I would welcome advice on the best approach. Details inside. [more inside]
My veterinarian has recently started using "healing lasers" as part of dental treatments, among other things. The information they provided said that the laser is used outside the animal's mouth, and it... somehow penetrates and reduces pain and inflammation? I'm not real clear on how it's supposed to work, and it kind of sounds like a more science-y version of crystals and chanting to me. Is this a real thing? [more inside]
What do I do about the cat poop in my raised beds if I don't want to get rid of the cats? I have a little feral/community cat colony in my (urban) backyard. They have chosen two of my raised beds as their toilet. Now that the snow has melted the smell is kicking in. I don't want to drive the cats away, but I would like my backyard to not smell of sewage and maybe even use those beds for non-edibles. Anyone have ideas? [more inside]
My previously well behaved cat has begun scratching at our bedroom door in the wee hours of the morning loudly enough to wake us up and keep us awake. The door is open, and he is fed and watered. What the hell is going on and please can you help make it stop? [more inside]
Do you have a smart, food-motivated cat, and an auto-feeder that stands up to that cat? [more inside]
How can we stop a senior cat's behavior when it does not appear to us that the behavior is being rewarded? Alternately (although we'll mention it at his annual exam in April) is this a sign of some sort of elder cat illness? [more inside]
My cats are indoors. They never interact with other cats and it's extremely unlikely that they would ever make it outdoors. Do I still need to get them vaccinated? [more inside]
We have two cats that sleep on our bed. I would love to know the safest flea control method to use during (human) pregnancy (not pregnant now but planning ahead). We've been using Advantage II, but it looks like prenatal exposure to one of the main ingredients - imidacloprid - by parents using the flea treatment in fact - was associated with autism spectrum disorders. What safer options are there? Thanks!
I’d like to get a better understanding (or, really, any understanding) of how cats are able to survive under extremes of temperature. [more inside]
Here and elsewhere, I keep running into the sentiment that cats are adorable, fuzzy little psychopaths. They understand us but they don't care. They are self-absorbed. They only need us for food. They will gnaw on our corpses. That line of philosophy runs completely counter to my own experience with cats, three of whom were absolutely in love with me. I would like to read some positive articles, stories, etc about cats who defy the "fuzzy psychopath" stereotype. [more inside]
How can I stop cats from peeing on the outside of my front door? Plants maybe? [more inside]
How do I find someone in Chicago who can cut an area rug into strips, and then affix it to a 4' tall rectangular block of wood? Please don't suggest D-I-Y, because I have no tools and less-than-no skills. [more inside]
We just got a notice from our landlord that they need to do some extermination in the building, and are asking everyone to vacate the premises, including pets, for a few hours during the day TOMORROW. [more inside]
We rescued a great 4 year old dog (some mix of a bull dog, Staffordshire bull terrier and perhaps something else) a couple of weeks ago and brought her home to our cats, who are both about 4 years old. The cats are calm around her but we'd like some tips on dealing with the dog's excitement. [more inside]
What are some alternatives to plastic liners for litter boxes? [more inside]
Can I put a hydrocolloid dressing on a cat's cracked callus? [more inside]
My cat is keeping her left eye less open than the right one. It is a little watery, and the eyelid tissue seems a little inflamed. She is also sneezing a little. Other than that she seems normal. Vet checkup a month ago was fine. 13yo, indoor only. No other pets. You are not my vet, but at what point should I take her to the vet? How long (if at all) should I wait to see if it clears up? I noticed it yesterday evening (apx 12 hrs ago). Thanks!
Veterinary professionals (only!): we’d like your opinion on a check-up that produced an errant finding. We'd like to know if the error and the circumstances suggest bad practice. [more inside]
I am cat sitting for 2 cats one of which is very aggressive. I have at least 2 more visits left and just want to get through it without injury to me or the cat. [more inside]
What cat breed is this?
A couple of weeks ago, during a raging, frigid rainstorm, a strange cat showed up on our back deck, desperate to get into the house. We kept him for the night, and in the morning discovered he belonged to our new next door neighbors. We returned him, and there was much relief and rejoicing. Then, the next night, he came back. And the next. And the next. And the next. What do we do now? Wall of text and snowflakes inside. [more inside]