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Keeping a chill cat happy & healthy

I just adopted a sweet, 9-year-old female cat, Lucy. I want to make sure I give her a happy and healthy life. Particularly, I want to make sure she stays physically fit and is not bored. [more inside]
posted by picardythird on Mar 2, 2015 - 22 answers

Garden worm or intestinal parasite?

I just found this worm, brownish and about an 3/4 of an inch long, on the bed next to where my cats were resting. Can someone identify it, and let me know if it's harmless or potentially an intestinal worm? [more inside]
posted by zombiedance on Feb 24, 2015 - 6 answers

Mr. Wheezy Cat

Lord Conrad Blackcat (8 or 9) has a very, very loud wheeze, which started last November. It's sort of disturbing to hear. [more inside]
posted by jeather on Feb 19, 2015 - 10 answers

All I do is ask cat questions! Litter Box edition

Mrs Binkleton and Crocket Man are new roommates. Everything seems to be going as well as it can I guess, but there's a litter box dilemma, but I'm not sure if it's in my head! [more inside]
posted by JenThePro on Feb 19, 2015 - 5 answers

Pet photographer in Toronto

I'd love to get my girlfriend a session with a pet photographer for her birthday - she's dropped hints about wanting to get some great photos or a portrait of her beloved cat. Any recommendations for good photographers/artists in Toronto?
posted by greatgefilte on Feb 15, 2015 - 5 answers

Adopting an elderly cat

We are considering adopting an elderly cat who has stage 3 kidney failure. We have two cats. Are we crazy? Is this just asking for trouble? [more inside]
posted by sadtomato on Feb 14, 2015 - 18 answers

Does the awesomeness of cats allow them to violate the laws of physics?

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]
posted by akk2014 on Feb 13, 2015 - 8 answers

Does my cat just have a cold?

Symptoms: been off his food 2 days. Sleeping a lot (more than usual) in one spot. I picked him up and he sounds congested. [more inside]
posted by tippy on Feb 10, 2015 - 12 answers

Cat drooling with runny nose

I will call her vet in the morning. Should I call emergency tonight? [more inside]
posted by janey47 on Feb 9, 2015 - 22 answers

Cat stomach problems

My cat has had problems with what appears to be burping, indigestion, and stomach discomfort for going on a couple of years now. Lately the problem seems to be worsening, as every week or so there's a morning where he's not interested in food and remains curled up on a chair. Any suggestions? [more inside]
posted by whistle pig on Feb 9, 2015 - 23 answers

penurious from pet prescriptions

Our cat is diabetic. It's well controlled, but we need some way to find a less expensive prescription. He's on 4.5 units of Lantus twice a day. The cost has tripled since we started giving this to him and coupled with the special food it's a painful expense. It works well. He's healthy, comfortable, and in pretty good shape for his 17 years (6 with the diabetes). I need concrete suggestions for filling his prescription at the best price possible. Can you recommend a reliable Canadian pharmacy that caters to pets? Is there some discount program we can enroll in? Any strategies would be appreciated. We're not going to stop his medication ( we haven't reached that point yet ) but I want to stop mentally calculating prescription cost * average remaining cat life span every time we get this filled.
posted by anonymous on Jan 16, 2015 - 13 answers

Time to carry the pet, some carriers seem designed for "outgoing" pets -

What is the best carrier for fraidy cats? [more inside]
posted by vapidave on Jan 15, 2015 - 14 answers

Cat bath

My 17 year old kitty, UFO, doesn't seem to be able to keep her fur clean and fluffy. I brush her, but that's not enough. I don't want to stress her with a wet bath. Does anyone have experience with dry bath products for kitties? Any suggestions are welcome.
posted by mightshould on Jan 13, 2015 - 17 answers

Pet care - Cat's Cracked Calluses

Can I put a hydrocolloid dressing on a cat's cracked callus? [more inside]
posted by travelwithcats on Jan 10, 2015 - 7 answers

I'm looking for a decent automatic cat box

I know you are not my cat, and that any cat's reaction to a new situation may be terror and refusal. Having said that, I want to make the cat box chore to be less awful and am considering getting an automated cat box to take some of the ick factor out of the work. [more inside]
posted by boo_radley on Jan 8, 2015 - 29 answers

Cat Filter: One eye seems irritated.

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!
posted by neutralmojo on Jan 8, 2015 - 19 answers

Cat obsession

Elderly friend of the family turning into crazy cat lady. How can I be a positive person in her life? [more inside]
posted by Omnomnom on Jan 2, 2015 - 18 answers

Portland, OR cat sitter

We will be needing a cat sitter for two indoor-only cats for a week or two in February. Does anyone have a recommendation? We are located in SE if that matters.
posted by zymoglyphic on Dec 31, 2014 - 7 answers

How do I draw for a child?

I gave my three-year old an easel with drawing implements for Christmas and would like to be able to draw pictures on it that look like actual things and not crazed scribbles of a drunk. How do I do this? [more inside]
posted by Tevin on Dec 30, 2014 - 18 answers

Cat floor scratching behavior

My cats scratch the floor sometimes. It seems to have something to do with food. What does this behavior signify?
posted by the barbarita on Dec 25, 2014 - 13 answers

Second Cat ... could be a disaster, right?

I wrote this question a while ago and now we are all settled in and getting ready to adopt a male kitten to join our established Cat. But - I've got more questions! [more inside]
posted by JenThePro on Dec 24, 2014 - 16 answers

These meows are breaking my heart.

World's most frightened scaredy-(stray?)-cat hangs outside our front door and meows constantly, yet bolts at the slightest movement towards him. My heart is aching for this little kitty--what can we do? [more inside]
posted by lovableiago on Dec 11, 2014 - 17 answers

Box Spring Mattress Stuffing?

There is stuffing crammed into the corners if my box spring mattress. Why? And can I throw it away? [more inside]
posted by Sassyfras on Dec 9, 2014 - 3 answers

My cat died. How long should I wait before adopting another one ?

My beloved little cat (complete with a twitter account) died in the early hours on monday. I live alone and *feel* really alone without a furry, purring, mice chasing feline in my life. Is there any rule of thumb on the right delay between burying a cat and adopting a new one ?
posted by Baud on Dec 5, 2014 - 36 answers

Normal Eating Behaviour for a Newly Toothless(ish) Cat?

A hair over 3 weeks ago, our almost-15 year old mushpot of a cat went in for some long overdue dental work, which turned out to include 8 extractions. Since then, he hasn't been eating much and it's driving me crazy. [more inside]
posted by area.man on Dec 2, 2014 - 9 answers

Naming a Kitten (yes, pictures are included)

Thought I had the perfect name, but now I'm not sure... The kitten in question is tabby/Bengal, or perhaps "benglish" and deserves the right name. What do you suggest? [more inside]
posted by janey47 on Dec 1, 2014 - 43 answers

What does MRROW MMROOW MROOOOW *stuffed cow* mean from a cat?

Any theories as to what my cat thinks she's doing when she meows loudly and brings me her stuffed toys? [more inside]
posted by microcarpetus on Nov 22, 2014 - 33 answers

How to deal with memories from an animal attack?

I recently lost my pet cat to a coyote attack. I think I'm dealing with the grief of his death OK, but I'm feeling a little murkier about the trauma from the actual incident, which I was present for. [more inside]
posted by BuddhaInABucket on Nov 19, 2014 - 11 answers

Cat full of tubes

Has your cat ever had a food tube? Please tell me good things [more inside]
posted by carnivoregiraffe on Nov 19, 2014 - 10 answers

I do love your head butts... but I've got stuff to do

My little kitty Binky has grown really needy over the last few days and I have no idea what's going on with her! [more inside]
posted by JenThePro on Nov 18, 2014 - 16 answers

What's my name?

This young gentleman will be joining my family of two other cats later today. I'm at a loss for names. [more inside]
posted by gilsonal on Nov 15, 2014 - 76 answers

possible kitten ringworm

I adopted a 10 week old kitten from the aspca on 10/31. He went for a booster shot today and the vet said he might have a touch of ringworm. One of his toes lost a little fur. It has been that way for two days and he was acting normally and I knew he was going to the vet so I let it go. The vet gave me a sulphur-y bath thing and clipped some of his fur to test. They explained to put the collar on him so he can't lick the solution but didn't say to do anything else. Is the bath all I need to do? [more inside]
posted by the twistinside on Nov 11, 2014 - 8 answers

Putting a cat to sleep in Durham

Sooner than any of us would like, we're going to have to put one of our cats to sleep. I've never done this before. Looking for a Durham, NC area vet who can come to our home, and for a pet cremation service. [more inside]
posted by Coatlicue on Nov 11, 2014 - 17 answers

Cat Aggression

My 1.5 yr old cat will escalate grooming/playing with other cats into aggressive biting. What should I do? [more inside]
posted by kittensofthenight on Nov 9, 2014 - 12 answers

oh god the stench

I need help cleaning a few things that have cat pee on them. The smell is killing me. Help me! [more inside]
posted by thereemix on Nov 9, 2014 - 17 answers

Cat pees in bed while we're in it

10 y/o female cat. She's urinated on the bed twice before, but never when we were in it. Now it's happened with us IN THE BED twice in the course of three days. What the hell do we do, and what the hell does this mean? [more inside]
posted by namesarehard on Nov 7, 2014 - 21 answers

Name my cat!

Yes, another one of these questions. [more inside]
posted by Librarypt on Nov 5, 2014 - 76 answers

Cat acting starving, but has gained weight. What ELSE can I do?

My "new" cat, Tiny, has gained weight after becoming an indoors-only cat. The vet thinks she should lose about a pound. I have cut down her food just a bit, hoping that slowly it would help take off the weight. She acts like she is miserable, to the point of trying to eat things cats don't typically eat, like saltines (caught in the act!). Help me figure out what else I can do. [more inside]
posted by Stewriffic on Nov 5, 2014 - 31 answers

I Need a Bitey, Feral Cat to Leave My Yard!

A feral cat got into a fight with my dog in the yard, bit me, and now--several hours later--is staring into the house with my blood dripping from its mouth. How do I get this animal to leave without hurting it? [more inside]
posted by pineappleheart on Nov 2, 2014 - 61 answers

Should I try metronomic chemotherapy for my cat?

You are not my vet. However, I have seen a regular vet and a veterinary oncologist and now have some difficult choices to make and I would be very grateful for first hand accounts from people who have tried metronomic chemotherapy with their pet (especially cats) or other people's pets (if you're a vet or if you're close to someone who has gone through this sort of thing before). I am seeking advice and real-life experiences to supplement any advice regular vets or oncologists may give me. [more inside]
posted by apis mellifera on Oct 31, 2014 - 16 answers

Catfilter: No, kitty, the couch is not a litterbox!!!

My cat is acting really strangely and using both her actual litterbox and our sofa to use the bathroom. Why is she doing this and how can we fix it??? [more inside]
posted by incountrysleep on Oct 30, 2014 - 11 answers

Unscented supermarket cat litter (plus bonus points for cat name)

The good news is that we are getting a cat, but it will be this weekend! He's a young male tiger cat stray. The current caretakers say he likes unscented cat litter (will not go in the box if litter is scented). Does anyone have any recommendations for a decent supermarket litter that is clumping and unscented. I don't have time to get fancy or specialty litter with the timetable involved. [more inside]
posted by gudrun on Oct 29, 2014 - 38 answers

Fleas

I recently adopted a cat. He is infested with fleas. I asked the vet for suggestions and need to confirm if this combination of treatments is safe. [more inside]
posted by Librarypt on Oct 28, 2014 - 28 answers

Adding a new Kitty into the mix - help!

I know there are many cat lovers here, and I am seeking some advice. About two years ago, I adopted two adult female cats (Mona and Lola) from a foster home. Recently, I adopted another kitten (Morty) when his human parents split up. We introduced them slowly, first keeping Morty behind a door away from Mona and Lola, then gradually giving him access to different rooms of the house. The issue is that Morty loves to 'play' often by chasing and pouncing on Lola. I feel very protective of Lola and worry and that she feels unsafe. More details below the fold. [more inside]
posted by seesom on Oct 27, 2014 - 5 answers

Why is my cat eating the tissues?

My cat eats tissues. She will sit at the tissue box and pull them out and eat them... [more inside]
posted by goml on Oct 24, 2014 - 14 answers

Managing aggression between a dog and a cat?

I think my pets have sibling rivalry. [more inside]
posted by ohsnapdragon on Oct 23, 2014 - 8 answers

Choosing kitties

Can a young energetic kitty and an older mellow kitty make a good pair? [more inside]
posted by Librarypt on Oct 19, 2014 - 23 answers

Why can't my cat eat? (Also: can you get my cat to eat?)

My cat is having trouble eating. We've taken her to the vet, and everything seems fine. But she's losing weight, and we're getting very anxious and frustrated and scared and confused. Any idea what's going on? [more inside]
posted by meese on Oct 17, 2014 - 31 answers

Help us get the cat pee smell out of our basement!

We just moved into a brand new house that we love, but one of our cats peed in the basement and its making the entire house smell awful! [more inside]
posted by to sir with millipedes on Oct 16, 2014 - 21 answers

What is making my cat pee in weird places, howl, and try to get outside?

My indoor cat of 7 years has, in just the last couple of months, stopped using his litter-box to poe, walks around the house for hours howling, and tries to get outside every chance he gets. This is completely new behavior in that for 7 years he's been a great, well mannered cat. But now he's driving me insane. [more inside]
posted by snwod on Oct 15, 2014 - 22 answers

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