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New kitten seems stuck on eating adult cat food

I was unable to resist adopting a stray kitten from a co-worker. During the five days the co-worker had her, she was eating dry food meant for indoor adult cats. Now she won't switch. Is this a problem? [more inside]
posted by twoif on Jun 27, 2016 - 19 answers

Train the cats, train the kids?

I have inherited two kittens (now almost a year old). One of them is continually scratching my elementary-aged kids. I have had no luck training the kids in cat body language, because it seems to go from cuddly-and-purring to face-scratching instantly. [more inside]
posted by instamatic on Jun 20, 2016 - 27 answers

Cats gonna cat

Most mornings, when I get out of bed, my 2-year-old cat jumps into the just-vacated spot and digs furiously into the sheet. Then he usually runs around the house at full speed. What's going on here? [more inside]
posted by mchorn on Jun 20, 2016 - 8 answers

Kitty needs a name!

I have a new family member and she needs a name! [more inside]
posted by Stonkle on Jun 17, 2016 - 59 answers

When do we spay our kitten?

I'm getting conflicting information and would like to make the best decision for my kitten. When is it best to spay? [more inside]
posted by aniola on Jun 16, 2016 - 20 answers

How to handle an episode of aggression by cat toward baby

Our older female cat just got annoyed with the baby and tried to bite the baby. What should we do? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 13, 2016 - 15 answers

Cordless Vacuum

Whats the best cordless vacuum? [more inside]
posted by kittensofthenight on Jun 9, 2016 - 9 answers

When is it time?

My middle aged cat has been grappling with some ill-defined health problems for the last month or so. She's been through the gauntlet of vet visits and pilling and has taken a turn for the worse. Next step is back to a weeks' hospitalization with a biopsy and feeding tube. In my heart I've already said goodbye to her. I don't know why I am feeling this and whether it's the right thing to do. [more inside]
posted by whistle pig on Jun 7, 2016 - 30 answers

Acclimating Kitten in Bedroom

I'm bringing a kitten home next week. I was told he should be separated and placed in a quiet area away from my dog, then slowly introduced. My apartment is VERY SMALL. My bedroom is carpeted and I don't want him peeing there, or on my bed while he's in there with a litter box. He may learn that's where the box will ALWAYS be and it's ok to go there. If I lock him in the bathroom, it has no window and he'll be in tight quarters for AT LEAST a week to acclimate to smells/sounds. However, THAT IS the location I prefer one of his litter boxes to be. Also, how could I teach him he'll have his own bed to sleep on at bedtime and it WON'T be mine.
posted by scarbo on Jun 4, 2016 - 39 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

Stray cat --> Outdoor pet?

So, yay - I've been chosen! But I can't have a cat, not really - my entire family is allergic to cats, and I have two pets now (a dog and a bird) who would NOT be okay with a cat in the house. My question is really about whether it is kind to try and keep a stray cat as an outdoor-only pet. [more inside]
posted by rocketing on Jun 3, 2016 - 24 answers

You can pick your nose, and you can pick your cat, but can your cat...?

Why does my cat lick my nostrils in the middle of the night? [more inside]
posted by Sara C. on Jun 2, 2016 - 12 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

Another round of: name our cat?

Hello metafilter! We just brought home a new cat from the shelter today. He's a small, young, tuxedo who's simultaneously playful and a love bug. Name ideas? [more inside]
posted by sazerac on May 21, 2016 - 59 answers

Another Round of Name Those Cats

My new cats need names! After mourning the loss of my best friend Minnie (who was with me for 21 years), I've taken munchingzombie's advice to heart and adopted two new buddies from the shelter. [more inside]
posted by soonertbone on May 15, 2016 - 26 answers

My Bengal kitten is a special kind of crazy and I need answers

Our 10 month old bengal kitten plays *hard*. When we're playing, or when she wants to play more than we do, she puffs up her tail and arches her back and does that weird crab-shuffle and then laps around the house. I'm concerned because in my head arched back and puffed tail equals stressed out cat, but with her it seems to be associated with intense play. This behavior is also never associated with attacking us or being aggressive. I'm aware that bengals are, uh, crazy, but is this within the bounds of how bengals are? This is daily behavior. [more inside]
posted by BuddhaInABucket on May 13, 2016 - 25 answers

Cat had a muscle contraction attack

Can anyone help figure out what happened to my cat? [more inside]
posted by mayonnaises on May 12, 2016 - 15 answers

Help us manage kitty's end-of-life.

How can we manage our kitty's end-of-life well, and help our 10-year-old daughter cope? (Recs for age-appropriate, non-religious books on separation, loss, sickness, or death welcome.) [more inside]
posted by moira on May 12, 2016 - 24 answers

What to do about Bob the cat (lung cancer diagnosis)

My 11-year-old cat most likely has lung cancer with a poor prognosis. Aside from the heartbreak, I don’t know how to proceed in terms of surgery versus no surgery. [more inside]
posted by cat friend on May 5, 2016 - 14 answers

Ghoulies And Ghosties And Long-Legged Beasties

It's another round of Name That Kitten! This lil fuzzbucket is coming to us next week with the placeholder name "MewMew". Which, no. We already have a cat named Goblin and are thinking we'd like a name that somewhat matches. Another entry from the Dungeons & Dragon's bestiary? Germanic mythology? Supernatural creatures? Please help us give poor MewMew a better nom de pet.
posted by Sara C. on Apr 30, 2016 - 51 answers

My cat ate a bunched up piece of elastic from some laundry

Hi my cat ate an elastic bunched up string [more inside]
posted by barexamfreak on Apr 24, 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

Frito Feet and Stanky Pet Pits: A Cornish Rex Conundrum

I need advice from short hair cat breeds. I have a lovely Cornish Rex, Louise, who is white (and pink where her skin shows through). She gets dirty quickly, and I don't want to bathe her too frequently, because a) she doesn't like it, b) even though I towel her off, her little short curls and damp fur make her miserable and cold, and she's afraid of the hairdryer, and c) I don't want to dry her skin out, because it's so exposed... see inside for more fun Cornish Rex Facts!!! [more inside]
posted by Dressed to Kill on Apr 22, 2016 - 13 answers

name this cat!

I went to Tahoe this weekend to ski, and it was raining so I adopted a cat instead... she needs a name! [more inside]
posted by blueberrypuffin on Apr 11, 2016 - 72 answers

Hyperthyroidism

I come to this question via my beloved cat who is 17 years old and who has been diagnosed with hyperthyroidism. Due to her inability to take conventional medication for this, and surgical procedures are not conducted in our geographic location, I am seeking as much information right now on how to at least alleviate symptoms. [more inside]
posted by watercarrier on Apr 7, 2016 - 18 answers

Cleaning cat pee from small apartment

Best Cat Ever lost a cancer fight recently. In his last couple of months, he was regularly urinating and sometimes defecating on various parts of my floor. (He had struggled with serious constipation at times, so when this happened, it was enough of an exciting development that I didn't really attempt to stop him.) I did my best with enzyme cleaners, but I wasn't able to keep up with it, and now the whole apartment stinks. What do I do? [more inside]
posted by SpiralT on Apr 2, 2016 - 13 answers

To Puke, Perhaps To Clean

My cats' preferred barfatorium is the one carpeted room in the flat. Steam cleaning removes all the stains. I don't own a steam cleaner. Hope me please. [more inside]
posted by 2soxy4mypuppet on Apr 1, 2016 - 26 answers

Save my Window Treatments from Cat attack!!

seeking best options for replacing broken blinds.... [more inside]
posted by sprezzy on Mar 30, 2016 - 8 answers

Black Lab Vs. Grey Tabby moving-in-together adventure.

My partner and I are moving across the country in a few months. We will be sharing a house and we both have beloved asshole pets we really really want to keep. I have a seven year old indoor/outdoor grey tabby and she has a 7 year old black labrador. I feel like it would be a big help to get them acquainted before the move, but I am not sure how to proceed. The time is drawing nearer and I need some help with this. Details (and picture link) on the flap! [more inside]
posted by TheRedArmy on Mar 21, 2016 - 6 answers

In serach of tried and true cat toys!

My lovely cat is now an only cat. What toys does she want to keep her amused during the day when I'm at work? [more inside]
posted by bookmammal on Mar 21, 2016 - 31 answers

Help us name our new kitty, please

Hey, MeFi, it's time for another episode of everyone's favorite game show Name That Cat! [more inside]
posted by zorseshoes on Mar 19, 2016 - 61 answers

Cat crash (dehydration) - preceded by pica, and it may be recurring

Electra had an episode of dehydration that took quite a bit of work to get her over. She is showing signs of recurrence and one of them is pica. What is she saying here? [more inside]
posted by jet_silver on Mar 11, 2016 - 17 answers

Can we domesticate a stray cat?

Can we, should we, make this young tom cat a part of the family? [more inside]
posted by methinks on Mar 9, 2016 - 29 answers

Moving from Tucson to Seattle with pets, snowflake edition

My mother and I will be relocating later this year [no date yet, perhaps summer or fall] from Tucson to Seattle. In this our first* question, we are wondering about our various moving options, complicated by having pets. [more inside]
posted by QuakerMel on Mar 4, 2016 - 11 answers

To Vet or not to Vet?

My cat Binky has become "Blinky" - do I need to take her to the vet? YANMV [more inside]
posted by JenThePro on Mar 2, 2016 - 5 answers

Supporting a friend putting his cat down.

I've been supporting a friend with major mental health issues through finding out his cat was sick. It's been a rough ride for both of us and now he's finally decided that it's time to put her down later today. He's asked me to help him so I thought it would be a good idea of I knew what's going to happen and what kind of things people found helpful to them at this sad time. [more inside]
posted by kanata on Feb 28, 2016 - 26 answers

Feline Oral Resorptive Lesions - what to expect

Beloved cat needs teeth extracted due to Feline Oral Resorptive Lesions. How did this surgery go for your cat? I'm worried, and struggling to choose a vet. Considering cost, equipment, experience, and gut instinct. Which vet should I use? [more inside]
posted by pseudostrabismus on Feb 23, 2016 - 19 answers

Name my new kittens [nerdy-edition]

I'm adopting two five month old kittens. Yay! Now: what do I name them? Picture 1, Picture 2. The tabby is a girl, mild and pretty shy. The black and white is a boy, super playful and outgoing - he's going to be a trouble-maker! Name criteria inside. [more inside]
posted by firei on Feb 15, 2016 - 66 answers

how do i transport my cat from nyc to montreal?

So, my cat is too big to fit in the small pet carrier that's allowed for Delta flights between nyc and montreal, so I can't take my cat as a carry-on. It doesn't look like I can take my cat with me via greyhound or amtrak, so, what are my alternatives?
posted by and they trembled before her fury on Feb 8, 2016 - 20 answers

Vet time?

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]
posted by bleep on Feb 5, 2016 - 11 answers

What's a cute phrase to indicate on my cat's tag that he is indoor-only?

My neighborhood has a lot of outdoor cats, so I would like to add something to my indoor cat's tag to indicate that if someone encounters him alone outdoors it means that he is, indeed, lost. I don't like "Oh no, I'm lost!" since it'll be mostly me or my guests that see the tag the majority of the time, when it's not applicable -- but the only alternative I've come up with is "indoor cat," which is lacking the cute factor. What are some options in the 28 character range? [more inside]
posted by Pwoink on Feb 3, 2016 - 30 answers

Outdoor cat to indoor

I have a cat who loves the outdoors, but I am moving soon and she will have no option but to be indoors. I would like advice on how to handle this please, thank you. [more inside]
posted by akita on Feb 1, 2016 - 17 answers

I love my cat. Also, she's driving me mad.

My cat and I are in a bedroom-door war. It has been a protracted and emotional conflict. Please help. [more inside]
posted by sevensnowflakes on Jan 24, 2016 - 28 answers

Should I get a cat if I want to keep living in San Francisco?

My therapist suggested that I get an emotional support cat. I super want a cat, miss living with cats, my housemates think it's a good idea and are happy about a cat living with us. I live in San Francisco; I'm worried that my landlord will raise the rent by lots when it's time to renew the lease/force us to leave or something. Is this a supported fear? [more inside]
posted by you could feel the sky on Jan 24, 2016 - 17 answers

Travel insurance in the case of pet illness

Is there a travel insurance that allows for cancellation in case of pet illness? [more inside]
posted by greta simone on Jan 20, 2016 - 4 answers

melanosis or melanoma in cats

Please share your experiences dealing with your cat's diagnosis of ocular (eye) melanosis or melanoma. Melanosis is the spreading of eye freckles on the iris, whereas melanoma is a tumor on the iris. These separate conditions can appear similar. Please share how your vet has diagnosed and treated either condition. [more inside]
posted by Jason and Laszlo on Jan 18, 2016 - 3 answers

"Lucky" in Spanish as an animal's name

I'm writing a short story in which one of the characters has a cat named Lucky. For contextual reasons, it would make sense if the cat was named Lucky in Spanish. I know the Spanish word for "lucky" is "afortunada", but would this make sense as a pet's name? Do people in Spanish-speaking countries name their animals Lucky, and if so, would those animals be named Afortunada or another word?
posted by pxe2000 on Jan 14, 2016 - 18 answers

Cats 101 - Remedial Stream

So, we are getting a cat. I have never owned a cat before, and the last time my partner did was a decade ago when he lived with his parents. I feel like I have a handle on how much this will cost but pretty much nothing else. I need, like, some really basic information. (A book? Is there a cats for dummies?) [more inside]
posted by quaking fajita on Jan 10, 2016 - 37 answers

Coaxing a cat with a sore mouth to eat?

So this was me, but unfortunately I don't think I will have to worry about his long term companion. My surviving cat was *also* diagnosed with a different cancer. His was operable, and the healing process is okay, but he doesn't want to eat. I have 48 hours to get him eating normally before we go to a feeding tube. You are not my vet. My vet sees him so often he is officially sick of both of us, but maybe you have been successful in a similar case? Details inside. [more inside]
posted by frumiousb on Jan 9, 2016 - 32 answers

It's a...were-something, maybe?

There has got to be a Japanese word/term (from anime maybe) for a girl/cat shape-shifter, right? [more inside]
posted by j_curiouser on Jan 6, 2016 - 10 answers

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