I has new kitteh! Yay! She's a rescue, about 2 years old, a small spayed female tuxedo beauty in good health, with a shy temperament. I have not had a cat in years. I am sure I am asking a question to which there are many answers and about which MeFites have strong opinions, but here goes: What is the current "state of the art" answer on the best quality and healthiest commercially prepared food for an adult, indoor, younger cat? [more inside]
What's the safest way to deal with tons of old cat poop? [more inside]
So I usually feed the cats dry and wet food. Well I use a cat feeder and I think it works but does not fill up the bowl. It delivers food on the back of the bowl but does not fill up the bowl. Well now my husband and I are gone for the night and I can't help it but sit here and worry that they are starving and not getting enough food. I will be back tommorow but I left today this morning and I didn't expect I will be gone for the night. They just have this feeder that is supposed to throw down food by gravity. Like I say I think it works but they need to get it out from the back with the paw. Will they do that?
My cat is very sick and has gone into hiding. I'm trying to decide if I can give affection without adding to her stress. [more inside]
We just brought home a new kitten, and would like your assistance in coming up with names. Tell me what you got for an orange-ish kitty! [more inside]
Hi Mefites! We are excited to welcome Pumpkin to our family. We adopted her from the SPCA a week ago. She is a year and a half old and a real love. When people ask me what kind of cat we have, what is the answer? Thank you!
I am wondering if anyone knows anything about these ceramic cats. [more inside]
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?
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]
I would love to have a pet, but live in a 40sqm studio apartment. What would you recommend? [more inside]
Hi, My cat has elevated ALT and some anemia. This is being treated with antibiotics and supplements. She has had a flea infestion after being dewormed in April. Vet said it was ok to deworm now. [more inside]
My cat has a few small, uninfected scratches on bridge of its nose. I have washed gently with warm water and a cloth, but am wondering if anyone can recommend something simple I can apply to promote healing? Could be an over the counter ointment made for the purpose or something I have at home like olive oil, jojoba oil, or aloe, but I don't really want anything medicated. YANMvet but, cat parents, what have you used?
My landlord asked me to look after her cat while she's away on a cruise for two weeks, and I somehow lost it, within a small enclosed space, in less than 24 hours. [more inside]
How does an introvert with few friends (and therefore no network) find a home for an abandoned cat? (work in San Jose, live in Gilroy, if it matters) [more inside]
I'm fostering a cat, but she's been here since April so this is turning into a long-term project. She wasn't feral, but had had a hard outdoor life for awhile and was somewhat tense, and part of my deal has been to calm her down and make her more adoptable. On the whole it's been working and Sophie is about 95% there. But... [more inside]
I was having a play session with my cats and they all seemed to be enjoying it. Afterwards I was giving them treats and when I went to give them to Mamma she just stared at them and looked dazed and out of it. Usually she would gobble them up immediately. It really freaked me out! [more inside]
We've been through all the applications, and tomorrow, we're getting a pair of 10-week old kittens from a local rescue. However, while I've had adult cats, it's been ~20 years since I had kittens. So, what should I feed them? [more inside]
Family member found a lost kitty at a KOA campground in Colorado. Can Metafilter find her lost humans? Mefites have pulled off wonders before...can we do it again? [more inside]
My boyfriend's cat's paw pads are always extremely scaly and cracked, but it doesn't seem to bother him at all. Here's a picture to give you an idea of how bad. Has anyone ever seen this, and if so do you have any advice? Or is this just one of those weird pet things that probably isn't a big deal and you can't do anything about it anyway? [more inside]
My cat suddenly thinks I am a great toy - help? Noise makers not allowed - the baby is (finally!) sleeping. [more inside]
If AskMefi had a superpower, this would be it. What is my newly adopted cat named? [more inside]
Our lovely little cat-beast has taken to pissing on our sofa basically every morning, no matter how much we try to stop him, no matter how clean the litter box. We're using Febreeze to try and get rid of the smell, but we worry that a certain aroma remains, and that's what makes him go back there. Is there some strong-smelling but nontoxic-to-cats substance we could put on the sofa to make it appear less like a giant soft litter box?
I've always been a skeptic, rock solid atheist and (in the loose definition of the word) empiricist. This year, before finding out I had a completely random but often fatal heart cyst, I began to hear my cat talk. Six months later, the cyst has been removed and we're.... still.... talking. Is there any way I'm not crazy? There have been some chance occurrences I can't explain. [more inside]
My question is essentially what is the best food option for an elderly cat with tooth problems (and potentially digestive as well)? And the caveats are that this is in the UK, on a limited budget, and the owner is both somewhat frail (so labour-intensive options are out) and stubbornly determined that she knows best - so I'm looking for personal experience and online resources/guidelines that I can present in the most straightforward manner. [more inside]
We recently adopted a stray and she is clueless about the litterbox. [more inside]
So, fellow ask-mefites, it comes to this: Exactly what level of "a cat may have licked it" does a food item need to reach, pre-microwaving, before you would consider it inedible? [more inside]
My cat Omar is a huge orange-and-white 7 year old domestic short-haired male, and he's pretty well-behaved most of the time (if a bit suspicious and stand-offish). His late night yowling is SUPER loud though! Help! [more inside]
Woke up Monday with a rash on my face. Now little bumps are appearing on my right forearm. I haven't done anything out of the ordinary. Can you develop sudden allergies to something and react this quickly? [more inside]
We need to purchase a new collar for our cat. Concerns over previous collar and new collar requirements inside. [more inside]
My cat came home with singed whiskers... How concerned should I be? [more inside]
Is there an automatic feeder for cats that will dispense a very small amount of food six times a day? [more inside]
CatFilter: I recently used a generous amount of Rentokil ant and crawling insect powder in the hall and kitchen of my flat. Is it possible for me to clean this up to make it safe for an 8 week old kitten - particularly when the powder contains permethrin? [more inside]
Can you help me figure out how to care for our extremely fearful cat? [more inside]
Our cat Crazy has a lump on her paw. Since she hates going to the vet, thought I'd try this route first. The lump has been on her paw for a few weeks. At first I thought it was just a clump of litter, but no, it is attached. .5 cm and sticks out more than the pic shows. It is hard and it does not appear to cause pain when touched.
My partner and I are flying from the west coast to the east coast at the end of July with our 15lb cat, Buddy. Which carrier should I choose? [more inside]
What is the best way to to keep a cat from scratching at the bedroom door at night? [more inside]
My 12-year-old cat Gordon (obligatory photos: 1, 2) was diagnosed hyperthyroid this weekend. I had suspected this was the case, as he'd been exhibiting symptoms. So now I need to decide what to do for his treatment. [more inside]
My parents are embracing retirement and planning to escape Minnesota for January and February. They're not too picky about where they stay, as long as it's on the beach and the weather is warm. Complication: they're bringing the cat. [more inside]
I live in a large residential neighborhood in a suburb. For the past 8 months, my husband and some of our neighbors noticed a stray cat. About a month ago, our neighbor noticed she had 3 kittens. [more inside]
I would like to hear from people who have had a kitten that bit past a few weeks of age and outgrew it, or never did outgrow it. Our 7 month old kitten was found outside at around 6 weeks old and therefore missed out on some kitty socialization from his mama and siblings. He bites us (myself, husband and preteen child) regularly, sometimes drawing blood. More details below. [more inside]
My cat is sneezing a lot after two courses of antibiotics and I'm unsure how to proceed, given that I don't entirely trust the veterinary practice I use in terms of pushing for expensive tests and treatments. Could the cat just have allergies? Do I just need to suck it up and go to this vet again? [more inside]
My cat has been getting these small hairless patches on the back of her neck. Any ideas on what's causing them and how serious they are? [more inside]
While visiting the wonderful Kattenkabinet in Amsterdam, myself and my friend were captivated by Onbekend by Adolphe Willette. Back home, and I cannot find anything online about this picture, in which a huge black cat looms over a panicked townscape. Does anyone know anything about this painting? What's going on in it?
When our 9-ish-year-old cat started barfing regularly, out vet had us switch him from dry food to the Royal Canin Selected Protein PR canned food. It worked, although man, that stuff stinks. Now we're looking for something more or less equivalent that isn't $3 a can. (Vet: "Try a bunch, see what works.") Any suggestions for relatively affordable high quality protein canned cat food? Venison seems to be the favorite.
My cat loves to be combed. She was fine with a brush, then I tried a comb, and then I tried another comb. She absolutely loves to be combed with that one. I know the benefits of removing cat hair. This is not utilitarian any more, it's a thing she loves and wants. Will my cat ask for more combing than is good for her? [more inside]
My cat was diagnosed with kidney disease and as of this Monday she's supposed to get 100ml of sub q fluids for the next 3 weeks every day and then they want to do another blood test. Monday was a breeze because we did it at the vet's with the vet tech showing me how to do it. She administered 50ml and then I did the remaining 50ml. Buffy, my cat, was so compliant. Not a peep out of her. [more inside]
I have a very picky patient (cat...) and need to find a pharmacy that sells a very specific pill - 5mg Fluoxetine (Prozac) small in size, sugar coated (like Advil.) [more inside]
I'm looking for a domain name that I can use for pictures of glass pieces I made and my cats. Possibly I will eventually sell glass stuff (not cats), but that is not an immediate plan. I am totally out of ideas that do not include my name.
We adopted a cat a couple of months ago. He's about five, and in good health according to the vet. (He was surrendered to a local SPCA for financial reasons.) Starting about a month ago, he's started biting people. He'll get very close, his eyes will dilate, he'll extend his neck toward an arm or leg and he'll often let out a relatively long, complaining meow and then chomp down on the limb. It's scaring the shit out of me and my wife. [more inside]