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I think we could all use another round of "Name That Cat"!

A lovely new cat has joined my home, and I need help naming her! [more inside]
posted by bookmammal on Dec 3, 2016 - 46 answers

Pirate. Cat. Socks.

My wife loved her pirate cat socks. Does anyone know where I could get a pair? The exact socks are strongly preferred, but I've had a tough time finding whimsical cat socks at the usual suspects like department stores.
posted by wnissen on Dec 2, 2016 - 14 answers

How to grieve for a pet from afar

My ex texted me yesterday to let me know that one of her cats -- whom I referred to as my step-cats whilst we were together -- was hit by a car yesterday. I'm devastated, though I haven't seen said cat for nearly a year, and I don't know how to process it properly. [more inside]
posted by six sided sock on Dec 1, 2016 - 11 answers

Appliance upgrades - Fireplace insert or new washer dryer?

We have a small budget ($4k) for home improvements. Please help me choose which would be better in terms of bang for my buck and energy efficiency. [more inside]
posted by mokeydraws on Nov 3, 2016 - 14 answers

My very skittish cat has fleas- how can I treat her?

One of my cats has fleas. Unfortunately, she's also very skittish and nervous. Getting medication / Revolution on her is a hard battle. What alternatives do I have? As an added question, how can I treat my house when I can't take her away from the house (therefore ruling out flea bombs)? [more inside]
posted by daybeforetheday on Oct 27, 2016 - 8 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

Break my daughter's heart or get sicker

I have come to the realisation that I can no longer safely or humanely look after the 2 cats my daughter grew up with. It is not fair to them, my neighbours, my landlord, and I am unwell and it is difficult for me. But my daughter has gone through so much in the past few years, bulimia, OCD, anxiety, depression, at least 2 rapes, her grandmother died, her father went to prison for a horrible crime. She can't take the cats on, she lives in a high rise on a limited income. There is no one else. I can't face telling her that I need to find a new home for them, and causing her more grief, but I can't keep doing this. It's too hard. I also love the cats but I'm not being a good enough kitty mama. What do I do?
posted by anonymous on Oct 21, 2016 - 15 answers

Come for dinner, little birdies...but not that way.

I would like to hang some bird feeders in my yard but our next door neighbors have 2 semi feral outdoor cats. Is there a way to feed the birdies without presenting the cats with a moveable feast? [more inside]
posted by The Elusive Architeuthis on Oct 18, 2016 - 6 answers

Ticks on cats: rip them off or leave them on?

My (outdoor) cats pick up a lot of ticks and I live in an area with a lot of Lyme Disease. Consensus among Vets seems to be that there's never been an observed case of Lyme in a cat (though they're not really sure why). I'm opposed to putting any type of repellent on the cats (as it gets in their bodies). [more inside]
posted by Jon44 on Oct 14, 2016 - 17 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

Seeking Hivemind Tips for Finding Home for a Foster Cat

Assume, correctly, that I am someone who barely uses social media and is still shocked that people prefer to text rather than speak on the phone, what tips/ideas/things have you tried that you would or wouldn't recommend for finding a great cat a great home? [more inside]
posted by not that mimi on Oct 8, 2016 - 16 answers

Help me contain my cats

BLUF: new house, shared with parents, cats confined to one side of house behind pocket door. Most adventurous (and strongest) of Gang of Four insists on prying open pocket door. Need suggestions for securing door. Snowflakes inside. [more inside]
posted by ereshkigal45 on Oct 4, 2016 - 12 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

How can I get my cat to like dogs?

I would like to get a dog sometime in the next few years. My cat does not like dogs. I don’t want to adopt a dog and realize later that she’ll never come around. Is there a way I can acclimate her to dogs now, before I own one? [more inside]
posted by waffleriot on Sep 16, 2016 - 19 answers

Looking to help aging kitty with kidney issues

My wife and I are looking for an alternative to Hills Science Diet K/D dry food (formulated for cats with kidney issues). [more inside]
posted by Roger Pittman on Sep 13, 2016 - 12 answers

Futeneko nan desu ka?

I found a Japanese book with all these cool drawings of cats. I don't fully understand it. Please tell me all about Futeneko. [more inside]
posted by kristi on Sep 13, 2016 - 3 answers

We didn't domesticate cats, they domesticated us

I need a cat toy for my little killing machine who easily grows bored of toys. Obligatory cat pics inside. [more inside]
posted by toerinishuman on Sep 2, 2016 - 19 answers

Should I refund contributions for my cat's pancreatitis fundraiser?

We started a fundraiser to help pay for my kitty's hospitalization, but he died less than a day into the campaign. What do I do? [more inside]
posted by Menomena on Aug 27, 2016 - 23 answers

My cats are expensive terrors. What can I do?

I have two cats, 8 and 5 years old (neutered males). They're very sweet, but they are destructive terrors. What can I do? Have you had this problem and fixed it? [more inside]
posted by zutalors! on Aug 22, 2016 - 34 answers

Find Me Kitten/Cat Gawker Comic!

Now that I have stopped crying over the closure of Gawker.com, slated to begin next week, I am looking for my happiest times. [more inside]
posted by wocka wocka wocka on Aug 18, 2016 - 2 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

Best way to bulk order cans of wet cat food?

Hello. I am interested in bulk ordering wet cans of cat food, and specifically Friskies brand pate flavors, and I am wondering if you all know the cheapest way to accomplish this. [more inside]
posted by likeatoaster on Aug 11, 2016 - 15 answers

Food for a Finicky Feline (Urinary Crystals Edition)

My male cat had a urinary obstruction last year. He's supposed to be eating prescription wet food to prevent future cat crystals, but he has other ideas about this situation. [more inside]
posted by forkisbetter on Aug 7, 2016 - 17 answers

DIY cat pee deterrants?

We came back from vacation (had a housesitter) and our cats are peeing on everything. We tried Feliway in the past but it didn't work and is expensive. Is there a DIY solution such as a makeable spray that actually deters cats and does not smell awful? [more inside]
posted by parmanparman on Aug 2, 2016 - 7 answers

Moving with 2 cats

Moving from Ohio to Florida with my 2 cats So many options : we decided to drive them than fly them... The vet said less stressful Now shoukd we do hard top cat carrier vs soft top? Any advice? Should we separate them? [more inside]
posted by barexamfreak on Jul 23, 2016 - 18 answers

A case of catsternation

Catfilter: My boyfriend and I recent got a new cat. This is our third. One of our other cats already gets along great with it. The other now hates everyone. What's going on? More details inside. [more inside]
posted by fignewton on Jul 23, 2016 - 4 answers

There is a young male feral cat stuck on the neighbors roof.

There is a young male feral cat stuck on the neighbors roof and it has been up there a few days and is freaking out. It is hot and I would like to get it down. The neighbors are having their house remodeled and I have contacted them and I have permission to access their property. [more inside]
posted by johnpowell on Jul 20, 2016 - 12 answers

Three cats, one small apartment: too many?

Considering adopting a foster kitten; already have two young cats; live in a 1-bedroom apartment. Cats and kitten get along well now; but is this asking for territorial trouble? [more inside]
posted by We had a deal, Kyle on Jul 20, 2016 - 18 answers

cats are weird, volume 3 billion

Why might my cat only have diarrhea flare-ups on Sundays? This is a serious question that merely sounds insane--I am hoping MeFites can help me think of something I've missed. Possibly unnecessary warning: discussions of poop within. [more inside]
posted by We put our faith in Blast Hardcheese on Jul 17, 2016 - 17 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

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

We are not a flophouse

Are my roommates using our shared apartment too heavily? Or am I just being sensitive? [more inside]
posted by sockity sock on Jul 7, 2016 - 33 answers

Five day cat charm offensive

Last week I adopted two 12 year old cats, Mungo and Rum. They have been settling in well in all practical ways apart from the fact they are scared of me, hiss at me and won't be in the same room as me unless they can help it. I've taken three days off work next week, so with the weekend that's five consecutive days where I plan to be home so they can get used to me. How can I make the most of it? [more inside]
posted by litereally on Jul 5, 2016 - 28 answers

How do I de-funk a Pendleton Wool Blanket?

I have a Pendleton wool blanket that over the course of a year has served as actual bedding, trunk liner for a cross country move, and bed to several cats. More than a year ago I dry cleaned it, and beat it up outside at some point. My girlfriend is skeptical of dry cleaning it as she doesn't think it will do anything. Will it, though? Is there a better way? Can't leave it outside.
posted by tremspeed on Jul 3, 2016 - 12 answers

Where to go in Los Angeles with my cat on Friday afternoon?

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]
posted by ljshapiro on Jun 22, 2016 - 9 answers

Adopted by an injured stray cat! Chicago and general help

Somewhere in the middle of last night when I had passed out from a migraine, a cat adopted my wife. [more inside]
posted by AlexiaSky on Jun 19, 2016 - 15 answers

Sweet, fuzzy, vicious: how do I stop my cat from killing everything?

My young, vigorous male (neutered) cat is an extremely proficient killer. How do I get him to stop? [more inside]
posted by pleasant_confusion on Jun 18, 2016 - 20 answers

This happens more than I even want to admit to myself

Caught my cat lapping from my glass. I sigh, grab myself another glass of water and continue about my business. But then... [more inside]
posted by Dressed to Kill on Jun 11, 2016 - 51 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

Things that go bump on the ears

What's going on with our cat's ears? [more inside]
posted by emelenjr on Jun 2, 2016 - 6 answers

name that children's book filter: cat airships?

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]
posted by zingiberene on May 26, 2016 - 4 answers

Can my cat eat this?

Okay, so Dr. Cat gets a little Kitty Kaviar every day - basically shaved bonito. [more inside]
posted by Frowner on May 26, 2016 - 11 answers

We're all cat experts, but where are the cat PhDs?

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]
posted by melissa may on May 24, 2016 - 7 answers

Cats. Money. Grief. Stress.

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]
posted by anonymous on May 22, 2016 - 24 answers

Cold War-influenced, all-gender cat name

I'm looking for a name for our new cat, who is fluffy and has white boots on all of her feet. [more inside]
posted by analog on May 18, 2016 - 54 answers

How to interpret feline EKG results?

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]
posted by tonycpsu on May 18, 2016 - 9 answers

Will sedating my cats before taking my cats on a plane stress them out?

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]
posted by grumblebee on Apr 22, 2016 - 25 answers

The miracle of life...and cat pee.

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]
posted by batbat on Apr 20, 2016 - 10 answers

Kitty Prison or just another room for kitty to sleep in?

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]
posted by JenThePro on Apr 13, 2016 - 28 answers

Registering cats as emotional support animals?

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]
posted by Paper rabies on Apr 8, 2016 - 9 answers

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