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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 - 21 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

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

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

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

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

Coronavirus positive cat fcov /FIP

Hi We recently did a diarrhea pcr panel and results that the cat has positive coronavirus which I hear is super common. I am stressed out about it since I hear that it can mutate to FIP which is fatal! My cats are 1 year and 2 months and healthy other than this blood result. Any thoughts or advice?
posted by barexamfreak on Dec 3, 2015 - 3 answers

Cat bloody stool

So took the cat to the vet because she had bloody stools for 2 days. We did fecal test is negative. Now she drew some blood and we are waiting for those results. We might do an ultrasoubd she said to test for colitis and other rumors. We had that happen before and can't tell you what it was. Just went away after treatment with metronidazole. They has giardiasis and coccidia on the past but that's 9 months ago. Got treated She is 1 year old ragdoll cat Any experience with this ? Any advice?
posted by barexamfreak on Nov 6, 2015 - 5 answers

Seismically retrofit my cat

Currently healthy cat, past issues, what were they, and should I get a second opinion? [more inside]
posted by knuspermanatee on Oct 24, 2015 - 7 answers

Vet care for a cat after fight

My cat just got into a fight with a neighbor's cat. I broke up the fight, but my cat was spooked and wouldn't come to me, so I haven't had a chance to look her over. I am guessing she will need to go to the vet to get any bites/scratches attended to. How long after being scratched/bitten can I wait to go into the vet? It is getting later in the day, my regular vet is closing soon, and I may have to wait until morning to see them. Can I wait (providing it is minor injuries), or should I find an emergency vet?
posted by nanook on Sep 23, 2015 - 16 answers

Grain Free Cat Food for Urinary/Bladder Health

A year ago I asked this question about grain free cat food and have been feeding Bunny Cat Blue Buffalo Freedom dry food since then. Now she has bladder crystals and the vet wants me to change her diet. :( Help! [more inside]
posted by Hermione Granger on Sep 18, 2015 - 24 answers

fearful cat help

Can you help me figure out how to care for our extremely fearful cat? [more inside]
posted by Miko on Jun 22, 2015 - 16 answers

recs for vets accessible by public transport?

So I am about to adopt my first cat (specifically this one, yay Mefi!). I'm looking for a vet for regular wellness checks in my area (Emeryville, CA, near Ashby Bart) - the catch is that I'm reliant on public transport, and I don't have a ton of money. Suggestions? [more inside]
posted by divabat on Sep 30, 2014 - 13 answers

Seeking vet for cat with joint, skeletal, or related problem

Artemis is an awesome cat in Durham/Chapel Hill, NC, who walks, runs, and jumps, but not as well as she should. One vet, in March, found nothing wrong; another, in June, saw she was walking oddly and said to wait a while to see if it got better on its own. Now I'm looking for a vet with expertise or interest in feline musculo-skeletal issues for the next steps. [more inside]
posted by amtho on Sep 9, 2014 - 10 answers

Cat(s) behavior issues...what to do?

Sister cats, adopted from the shelter very young (~couple months)...are now around 3 years and thriving. Problem is they will randomly get very...agitated? Upset? Freaked out may be the best way to describe this. Not sure what to do or how to go about explaining it to vet without having to force pills down their little throats (this causes more trauma and anxiety!) Tedious details inside. [more inside]
posted by PeppahCat on May 8, 2014 - 16 answers

Wheezy older cat?

For the last several of months our 21 year old Sita has become increasingly wheezy. In January and February, we only noticed the wheeze after a glucosamine treat in the mornings. Starting around the end of February/beginning of March, she became really wheezy when she purred hard. It sounded...wet? The wheeziness would get really bad, she would swallow/take a big gulp of air and then go back to a "normal" amount of wheeze. [more inside]
posted by source.decay on Apr 17, 2014 - 6 answers

My cat is clicking her jaw. Emergency vet now, or first thing in the AM?

When I came home for lunch today, I didn't notice this behavior (and I would have - we snuggled). About an hour after I came home from work, I noticed that she was clicking her jaw. She is still walking around, eating, and drinking water. Should I go to the vet now, or first thing in the morning (8am)? [more inside]
posted by sevensnowflakes on Mar 25, 2014 - 11 answers

Our cat is getting extremely hostile to us. What next?

Our cat is acting more and more irrational. I think we will have to have him put down. Any thoughts welcome. [more inside]
posted by kestralwing on Jan 29, 2014 - 36 answers

Vet Recommendation

Could anyone recommend a fabulous vet for cats in the SF Bay Area? [more inside]
posted by missmary6 on Dec 18, 2013 - 10 answers

Vet Now or Vet Tomorrow

Should we go to an emergency vet tonight, or can it wait until tomorrow? [more inside]
posted by freshwater on Dec 6, 2013 - 34 answers

Do I need to take my recently-acquired formerly-stray cat to the vet?

Do I need to take my recently-acquired formerly-stray kitten to the vet for a check-up or anything? She had fleas but we washed them off and put a flea collar on her, and they haven't returned. Other than that she seems in good health, and I'm wondering if there's any reason to take her to a vet or not. (I can get her spayed and vaccinated for really cheap, but, a vet visit costs a lot more...)
posted by yeoz on Sep 26, 2013 - 17 answers


Is there any way to deworm cats without visiting the vet? [more inside]
posted by BlahLaLa on Sep 16, 2013 - 32 answers

Another fat cat question

This is Pico, a wonderful cat with an incredible mustache. Pico is quite large and really needs to slim down. Help us help our 17 lb cat live happy and healthy and as forever as possible. Gratuituous cat pictures inside. [more inside]
posted by avocet on Sep 7, 2013 - 19 answers

Does my cat need to stay on a vet diet forever?

My cat was just diagnosed with crystals in her urine, and placed on a urinary diet to dissolve the crystals. The vet says even after the crystals are gone, she'll be on the diet for the rest of her life. How necessary is this? I'm not sure I can afford the expense, frankly, and I'm not sure how to handle it. [more inside]
posted by gilsonal on May 29, 2013 - 25 answers

Sick kitty, low on cash.

My cat is sick. I have next to no money. Is there a really-truly-worth it pet insurance company you recommend? Or is there a place I can apply for financial assistance? [more inside]
posted by greta simone on Jan 26, 2013 - 15 answers

Catfilter: Cat is urpy, vet is closed, how worried should I be?

My darling dearest kitteh is 5 years old, and seems to have some kind of stomach issue. Our vet is closed til Monday, so in the meantime -Is this a potential emergency? -If not, how can I help her poor little belly? Slightly gross details below. [more inside]
posted by like_a_friend on Jan 26, 2013 - 14 answers

My cat may have been misdiagnosed. Time to find a new vet?

Back in July, my 11 year old cat was tentatively diagnosed with possible early renal failure. This past Saturday, however, she had another round of bloodwork and urinalysis...the results of which indicated her kidneys are probably fine! Needless to say, I'm very happy about this. But the more I think about it, the more it seems like the clinic folks jumped to conclusions way too quickly based on too little information. Am I off-base here, or is it perhaps really time to explore other local veterinary options? [more inside]
posted by aecorwin on Nov 27, 2012 - 9 answers

help us find a new kitty doc

Recommendations for a vet for cats in San Francisco? [more inside]
posted by oneear on Oct 10, 2012 - 4 answers

Feline Emergency

Neighbor's dogs just attacked my kitten. What? [more inside]
posted by polly_dactyl on Sep 14, 2012 - 45 answers

Help me help my puddy cat.

How can I help an injured kitty? [more inside]
posted by futureisunwritten on Jul 29, 2012 - 15 answers

The Prodigal Cat

My cat came home again! Now what? [more inside]
posted by munichmaiden on May 30, 2012 - 12 answers

Cat with a UTI and possibly stones?

My 3 year old female cat (DSH) is having urinary issues. We are on day 9 of antibiotics for a UTI (she had no crystals on her UA)and she is not improving. She will be going to the vet for a recheck soon, but I'd really like to hear other people's experiences with UTIs and bladder stones in cats. Does anyone recommend a particular supplement like cranberry? Should I ask the veterinarian to culture her urine for the right antibiotic? Money is in short supply, but I LOVE my cat and will do whatever it takes to get her better. [more inside]
posted by biograd08 on Mar 23, 2012 - 18 answers

Help me help my sick cat.

Our cat isn't eating or drinking. He's been to vet, but doesn't seem to be getting better. Please help. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 18, 2012 - 15 answers

Hard Mass on my Cat?

Family cat has some kind of hard mass between his left leg and his crotch, and another small one around the groin area. What should I do? [more inside]
posted by NotSoSiniSter on Dec 19, 2011 - 9 answers

Cat I take my cat on the train in Japan?

Can I take my cat in a cat carrier on the subway/train in Japan? [more inside]
posted by ZeroDivides on Nov 17, 2011 - 4 answers

Cat Needs a House Call Stat--Brooklyn

Brooklyn Veterinary House Calls? [more inside]
posted by mixer on Nov 16, 2011 - 9 answers

The cat slipped a stitch, what do we do?

Our cat (and another pic!) was spayed on Thursday morning. It is now Sunday night and we've discovered that this afternoon one of the stitches came out (pic here - it is the bottom stitch). What do we do? [more inside]
posted by Alice Russel-Wallace on Sep 26, 2011 - 13 answers

My cat is leaking from many orifices. Awesome.

My four-year-old cat has recently started drooling when happy. Okay. But in the last two days she has twice peed in weird places inside. [more inside]
posted by tracicle on Sep 24, 2011 - 6 answers

Le coiffeur des chats

My old cat has long thick fur and hates being brushed or fussed at, so now we're well into a hot summer she has mats. [more inside]
posted by zadcat on Aug 4, 2011 - 20 answers

Salt and Cats - Is Koshered Chicken Making My Cat Sick?

Been giving my cat Kashered chicken - raw or cooked for a while now. Even though the salt is washed out thoroughly no doubt something is left and that doesn't sound like something a cat would be needing in their body. Now she's sick with a yet undiagnosed disease. Thoughts are creeping in that maybe the salt in the kashered chicken caused it. [more inside]
posted by watercarrier on Jun 16, 2011 - 13 answers

Cat boarding. Slightly less traumatic than water boarding.

Where is an excellent place to board my cats for a week and a half in Philadelphia. [more inside]
posted by millipede on Feb 17, 2011 - 4 answers

Cat dental cleaning - do I stop giving him water?

Do I give my cat water the night before a dental cleaning? [more inside]
posted by studioaudience on Nov 16, 2010 - 7 answers

Please vet a vet for my cat.

It's getting to be time I took my cat Trilby to the veterinarian for his first annual check up since I adopted him last October 30th. But first I have to find a vet. Can anyone recommend a good vet in central or west end Toronto?
posted by orange swan on Oct 27, 2010 - 7 answers

How long does it take a cat to recover from a spider bite?

Our cat has been salivating, lethargic, and had an irritated nose and tongue. Our vet diagnosed a spider bite. How long should the symptoms persist? [more inside]
posted by arnicae on Sep 24, 2010 - 12 answers

Moving my kitty to a (not so) deluxe apartment in the sky

I'm moving my 14 year old cat to my new apartment this weekend. How can I make this transition go as smoothly as possible? [more inside]
posted by reenum on Sep 9, 2010 - 12 answers

Adopted cat, age quoted was 2, vet says 12, and he has cancer. What to do?

Adopted cat, age quoted was 2, vet says 12, and he has cancer. What to do? [more inside]
posted by hussmanne on Aug 24, 2010 - 12 answers

My cats breath smells like...burning?

Kitty filter: My vet has diagnosed my cat with stomatitis, and has strongly recommended that she get her back teeth pulled. Has anyone had a cat that has experienced this? [more inside]
posted by Maude_the_destroyer on Aug 3, 2010 - 14 answers

What can I expect from a cat with reduced kidney function?

Cat with reduced kidney function -- what can I expect? [more inside]
posted by amanda on Jun 8, 2010 - 15 answers

Cat vet in Ypsilanti?

Please recommend me a vet in the Ypsilanti/Ann Arbor area. [more inside]
posted by r_nebblesworthII on May 23, 2010 - 5 answers

Do cats lose their baby teeth?

Should I be worried that my older kitten/young cat has lost two teeth in the past week? [more inside]
posted by mesha steele on May 16, 2010 - 10 answers

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