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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

Cats! This behavior is unacceptable!

Cats are deliberately avoiding the litter boxes: how do we get them to stop? (Obligatory photos and snowflake details inside.) [more inside]
posted by linettasky on Sep 24, 2013 - 26 answers

Cat first aid advice needed

My 13yo cat has a head wound on her forehead by her eye that she will not stop itching. It started out as 3 small scratches (like our other cat had kicked her in the head or similar) but every time it scabs over she itches the scab off and so it has expanded into a hole in her head that is now encroaching on her eye. We've tried putting cat hydrocortisone and lidocaine cream around it, covering it up (can't find anything bandage-like that'll stay on her head), tying a sock on her itching foot (she yanks it off) and putting her in the cone of shame (she itches around it. Somehow). I'd like to avoid a vet visit if possible because they terrify her and I am poor.
posted by clavier on Sep 23, 2013 - 25 answers

Given the symptoms, what could be wrong with my cat?

You are not a vet (but maybe you play one on TV). Inconclusive cat symptoms: what could they mean? [more inside]
posted by itsacover on Sep 22, 2013 - 13 answers

Custom-printed pet wear for adoptables?

I volunteer with a rescue group that fosters and adopts out tiny dogs. I am looking for someplace that will custom-print either a collar or a pet bandana with the group's logo, so it's similar to the"adopt me" signs that many adoption groups use. Likely I'm going to want less than a few hundred, which seems to be below the radar for most commercial outfits. Any suggestions for a company that might do that without costing an absolute fortune?
posted by answergrape on Sep 19, 2013 - 9 answers

"Fluffy" isn't gonna cut it

Cat name help! [more inside]
posted by sprezzy on Sep 19, 2013 - 69 answers

I need a reality check about a Krazy Kat Lady situation.

A lady asked me to adopt a foster kitten. I did. Now, the lady is freaking out about the cat. She is also a co-worker. Boom goes the dynamite, and details within. [more inside]
posted by IwishIwasFordMaddoxFord on Sep 19, 2013 - 33 answers

Cat has colitis, had an "episode" yesterday and has been lethargic since

My 10 year old cat Leo has colitis and occasionally has episodes where he kind of stiffens up, probably in pain, but it usually passes in 10 minutes or so and sometimes he throws up, but then he's back to normal. Last night he was like this and threw up after dinner, but then he's just been really lethargic ever since, almost like he's drugged or something. [more inside]
posted by fromageball on Sep 18, 2013 - 8 answers

Worms.

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

How to best help a tame, stray pregnant cat?

An adorable stray pregnant cat has been hanging around my house for the last week or two. She seems to be quite young, and is friendly and tame - definitely not feral. I don't believe she has an owner, as I see her wandering the streets constantly, especially at night. She looks relatively healthy, though very skinny. I had suspected she was pregnant, but last night was the first time I could really confirm it. I have no idea how far along she is. I fed her last night, so I'm sure she'll be back. I love cats, but I have an older female cat who does not get along with other animals, so taking her in is not an option. When she comes back, what would be the next best step? Catch her and call a cat rescue? Catch her and take her to a vet? And when I do catch her, I wouldn't bring her in the house, so could I keep her in an enclosed area in the garage until I find a place to take her in? We live in Southern CA, so it does not get cold (and where we are, it doesn't get too hot either).
posted by emily37 on Sep 15, 2013 - 7 answers

How to give our cats an outdoor screened porch experience?

We're moving from a place with a screened porch to an apartment with a balcony. Our cats love (love, love, love) sitting out on our screened porch and basking in the sun. They only get to do it supervised during the daytime, but it is their favorite thing, EVER. The new place has no particularly obvious way to screen the balcony and nothing that we can really secure screens. Any suggestions? [more inside]
posted by arnicae on Sep 14, 2013 - 11 answers

How's she gonna eat it if she can't bend down to reach it?

Our 20 year old cat is having a really hard time with some functional issues in her golden years. We're running out of ideas. Help? [more inside]
posted by mcbeth on Sep 14, 2013 - 11 answers

Why can't my cat stand up

Bridget [pics to follow] has been a little bit clumsy lately (missing jumps, etc) and she also went deaf fairly quickly over the course of several weeks. Still, she's been basically spry and happy - she's oldish at approximately 12 to 14 years old, but her weight is fine and she checks out fine. This morning I woke her up and she has been very unsteady on her rear feet. She fell from standing, and she's having trouble walking without falling over. We can see it's making her upset but when we pick her up she's happy and chases treats with her paws. But the falling is really scaring the crap out of me. Does anyone know what might be going on or if there's anything we can do for her? Really worried right now - thank you in advance for any advice.
posted by ftm on Sep 14, 2013 - 31 answers

Name That Fat Cat

So we just adopted this big girl from the Humane Society 2 days ago. We don't know anything about her past. She was abandoned there a week ago. She's HUGE. Big-boned, long, and FAT. She has 26 toes and weighs 25 pounds. She is thought to be about 4 years old.She sees our vet on Friday, and we expect she will be put on a reducing plan, but she will always be quite large. She's quick to purr, loves scritches on the butt, between the ears, and under the chin. We thought we had come up with the perfect name: Butter Buddha (or Buddha Belly), but have since gotten several excellent ideas--Refrigerator Purry, and Mrs. Butterworth. We are reconsidering her name. But we don't want to be too hasty in case another more perfect name is out there. Ideas?
posted by QuakerMel on Sep 11, 2013 - 89 answers

Cat with red pupils

We've just noticed one of our kitties (22 days old) has red eyes. His pupils, to be precise, are red. Should I be worried? [more inside]
posted by jgwong on Sep 10, 2013 - 9 answers

How can an indoor cat get fleas?

I have four cats. I just found a live flea on one of them. How can indoor cats (they *never* go outside) get fleas? [more inside]
posted by Year of meteors on Sep 8, 2013 - 19 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

Name my kitty! Kitler edition.

I am breaking my lurker status by asking a "name my kitty" question. Will you please help me name my new adopted shelter kitty? She's about 2 years old, and very sweet and playful. I would like a girl name. I know all about the "cats that look like Hitler" sites, but I'm not into exploiting that cute little mark on her nose (even though I was considering naming her "Eva" for a while). I'm open to just about anything. And kitty thanks you in advance, she will enjoy no longer being called "New Kitty." Oh yeah... here's the photo!
posted by Bohemian Sailor on Sep 6, 2013 - 60 answers

Cat. Wet food. Nothing is easy.

Pumpernickel is having UTI issues and needs to go on a strict wet-food-only diet. After buying more brands and flavors than I can count, I think we've found some he likes. BUT, he never eats enough of the wet stuff and at this point supplementing with dry needs to stop. How do I help this cat! [more inside]
posted by Tequila Mockingbird on Sep 3, 2013 - 30 answers

Amazing ideas for writing a Cat blog (from perspective of cat)???

A friend of mine would like to start a cat blog (maybe with social media add-ons - Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat etc.) which would center around pretending to be her pet cat writing the blog. Beyond this , what would be some fun things for the blog to specialize in? This is just for fun (neither she nor the cat is not seeking fame and fortune through this project; it might be for a public audience though). She turned to me for suggestions but I'm tapped out. What do you guys think? Not too time-consuming or complicated, ideally. Something she could do tens of thousands of times without getting bored (I am trying to quietly encourage my friend's transition into full-blown Cat Lady status, so please help.)
posted by zresearch on Aug 29, 2013 - 16 answers

6 mo Bengal cat with diarrhea - maybe tritrichomonas foetus, maybe not

I have a 6 month old Bengal male cat with persistent diarrhea. We narrowed it down through testing to tritrichomonas foetus and gave him 30mg/kg dose of Ronidazole for two weeks. The diarrhea went away while he was on Ronidazole, then returned within 48 hours after going off the Ronidazole. I am taking a sample back for testing (which is really tricky with tritrichomonas foetus) on Monday and see what the vet says. But I am wondering if anyone has any experience with this. [more inside]
posted by alcahofa on Aug 25, 2013 - 6 answers

Dog bed for two cats can haz

My cats need a new bed -- help me find one! (Yes, photo inside.) [more inside]
posted by gnomeloaf on Aug 24, 2013 - 10 answers

I need supplies for entry-level leatherworking. Difficulty : cat toys.

I want to learn how to make cat toys for Captain Tightpants. I've got the design, I know exactly what I want to make... but I lack supplies and some knowledge. [more inside]
posted by radiopaste on Aug 17, 2013 - 7 answers

Help Me Find This Woven Cat Blanket

My friend has this woven throw blanket with cats on it that she's had since she was a little kid (ie 1994 or so). It's getting sort of threadbare now and I would really like to find the exact same blanket and give it to her for Christmas this year, but I have no idea what kind of blanket it is nor do I know who might have made hers. I figure it's either super rare, or crazy ubiquitous, but "cat woven throw" yields weird results on Google. Better leads needed, please!
posted by Hello Darling on Aug 15, 2013 - 6 answers

How do I get our cat to bury her poop?

I am not a cat person, but my wife likes cats, so we have one. Our cat consistently uses the litter box (which is much more than I can say for the last cat we had). However, she almost never buries it, and the odor is, of course, offensive. [more inside]
posted by tckma on Aug 9, 2013 - 41 answers

There kitty kitty

I need advice regarding how to find a new home for a cat that my ex roomie abandoned and left me with. [more inside]
posted by vapidave on Aug 8, 2013 - 13 answers

Name for a garden cat

We've recently adopted an approximately ten month old stray male tuxedo cat and are looking for a name for him. [more inside]
posted by sciencegeek on Aug 6, 2013 - 78 answers

Cats on a plane!

What's the best way to take a cat from the UK to the US and back again? Any advice on how to make this go smoothly? [more inside]
posted by klausness on Aug 6, 2013 - 16 answers

Wanted: weird, reclusive roommate who poops in a box

I've been living with my parents while fixing up my home. They have two dogs and a cat. It turns out that I love having cuddly, friendly buddies around. I'm going to be moving home this weekend and want a buddy of my own. I've always wanted a cat, but I want one that is super friendly. Do you own or have experience with Sphynx cats? Are they as affectionate and dog-like as websites claim? Or any other breeds known for being affectionate? My adult son and I live together and have opposite schedules, so the cat would almost never be alone
posted by 1066 on Aug 5, 2013 - 46 answers

Bazzy Bazzy Why Ya Barfing? What is my cat actually throwing up?

One of my cats is barfing up some clear liquid. What is it? More cat barf details below for the non-squeamish. [more inside]
posted by marylynn on Jul 29, 2013 - 12 answers

Replacement for Innova Evo dry catfood

A couple of months ago Innova Evo dry catfood was recalled and I need recommendations for a replacement. [more inside]
posted by phliar on Jul 28, 2013 - 21 answers

Any pointers on coping with a sick cat by myself?

I asked a question about my cat a few weeks ago - he was fine then, but then got sick very soon after. We have both been through the wringer, and I'm having a very hard time assessing how his recovery is going because I've just been so sad and upset and can't tell if I'm over- or under-reacting to every move of his. (I'll try to keep the details short inside.) [more inside]
posted by Neely O'Hara on Jul 28, 2013 - 18 answers

Hack My Cat's Hair, How To

I adopted a great cat when he was just three weeks old. My daughter and I love him. However...we were told he'd have medium-ish hair and would be easy to take care of. Not so, very long hair everywhere. Everywhere. On everything. Hope me... [more inside]
posted by j_curiouser on Jul 27, 2013 - 23 answers

New kitten

So, in a weird turn of events, I've ended up with a stray kitten. A cute little fleabag who likes to cuddle a lot. I started by rinsing him off (oh the grime!), giving him a dose of Frontline, calling a vet to make an appointment, and setting out all the necessities. I could use more advice though: 1) flea management (he has quite the case, and though I've given him frontline, I still see a couple live ones wandering around his body); 2) keeping him healthy (suggested foods, etc.); 3) recommended books, blogs, tv shows, podcasts, etc. I won't know if he has any diseases until I go to the vet so this might not be long-term. But I will be keeping him if this works. I've never owned a kitten. I took care of someone else's cat for two years, so I have experience (a Bengal, too, so I have experience with extremely energetic cats).
posted by outlandishmarxist on Jul 25, 2013 - 36 answers

Should I give up my cat to a roommate?

When my partner and I wound up living apart for grad school, our girl cat went with him to his new shared house. In the past 2 years, his roommate has become very attached to the cat. However, my partner is moving to my place to share an apartment with me and our male cat - these cats have managed together in the past, but some specific challenges (within)... What would be best for everyone, but mostly the girl cat, in this situation? Warning - long! [more inside]
posted by NorthernAutumn on Jul 22, 2013 - 18 answers

Fostering Pets in an Apartment

I want to foster a shelter animal...but there are snowflake details and questions... [more inside]
posted by mingodingo on Jul 21, 2013 - 5 answers

Cat friendly couch (for easy urine cleanup)

What couches are good to clean urine out of? [more inside]
posted by Jaelma24 on Jul 13, 2013 - 13 answers

Is this my vet's fault? Help!

I think my vet made a mistake changing the splint on my kitten's leg - how do I handle this? Details inside! [more inside]
posted by sarahgrace on Jul 12, 2013 - 6 answers

Our orphaned kitten hasn't peed yet, how worried should we be?

Our orphaned kitten hasn't peed yet, how worried should we be? [more inside]
posted by thebrokenmuse on Jul 11, 2013 - 10 answers

My cat has a lump and I'm freaking out. Please help.

I'm taking him to the vet this afternoon, but I'd like some input and advice before I head over there. Thanks! [more inside]
posted by Fister Roboto on Jul 8, 2013 - 18 answers

Controversial Subject

(Ontario, Canada) Other people in my building have cats. I adopted a cat yesterday. I found out today my landlord only wants declawed cats in this building. This cat has claws. Does he have a leg to stand on? Could I get evicted over this? Should I just take the cat back? [more inside]
posted by tehloki on Jul 4, 2013 - 23 answers

Cat Food Fever

How much grain free wet food should an indoor, high energy, just over 1 years old, seemingly still growing, not fat, 15lb, male cat eat in a day? [more inside]
posted by radiopaste on Jul 3, 2013 - 11 answers

Smug cat needs a name

What's a good name for a cat with a very smug, supercilious, condescending, long-suffering-why-am-I-surrounded-by-fools expression? Think Jeeves, Stephen Fry, Sir Humphrey in Yes Minister, Quentin Crisp...
posted by Year of meteors on Jul 3, 2013 - 109 answers

I don't bother chasing mice around...

My girlfriend is moving in (yeah!) and bringing her kitties (also yeah!) but they have a small peeing and scratching problem... [more inside]
posted by latkes on Jul 1, 2013 - 14 answers

Lost cat in Manhattan; need pet detective.

Please recommend a pet detective in Manhattan for my lost cat. [more inside]
posted by tickingclock on Jun 30, 2013 - 15 answers

Can I put something bad-tasting on my hands to discourage bitey cat?

I have an adult (5ish years old) foster cat who is very friendly and mostly trusts us (we've had her for over 2 years now). She's very loving but is very much her own cat, and would prefer her space be respected at times. I'd like for her to express her moods in non-biting ways. [more inside]
posted by amtho on Jun 28, 2013 - 23 answers

The cat is driving us crazy.

After moving to a new apartment my cat has spent nearly 100% of his waking hours HOWLING at the door. Pacing in front of it. Jumping up and batting at the knob. When we open the door he BOLTS out, down the hallway and to the stairs where he just lays down and looks pleased with himself. [more inside]
posted by lindseyg on Jun 26, 2013 - 22 answers

Best practice for introducing two cats?

What's the best practice for introducing two cats? I have a separate room with closed door, litter box, food, but how long do I keep the new cat in there for? [more inside]
posted by Year of meteors on Jun 26, 2013 - 6 answers

Best food for the very old cat

Zad is a 19-year-old cat. What kind of food makes the most sense now? [more inside]
posted by zadcat on Jun 25, 2013 - 22 answers

What's an attractive tree for an oversized cat?

I have two cats. The larger one is 3' tall standing, 16 pounds, and growing. He desperately wants to stand and scratch, and currently, the only available thing that's tall enough is the chair. I'd like to find him something else. [more inside]
posted by ethidda on Jun 24, 2013 - 21 answers

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