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Do my cats hate each other?

How do you know if your cats are mortal enemies when cats currently lack the ability to devise warring gang signs? [more inside]
posted by Sara C. on Oct 26, 2016 - 12 answers

My cat has a single-track mind at the moment

My tabby cat, Jacqueline, has become obsessed with a nylon cord wand toy I made; please help me. [more inside]
posted by joseph conrad is fully awesome on Aug 17, 2016 - 19 answers

A case of catsternation

Catfilter: My boyfriend and I recent got a new cat. This is our third. One of our other cats already gets along great with it. The other now hates everyone. What's going on? More details inside. [more inside]
posted by fignewton on Jul 23, 2016 - 4 answers

Five day cat charm offensive

Last week I adopted two 12 year old cats, Mungo and Rum. They have been settling in well in all practical ways apart from the fact they are scared of me, hiss at me and won't be in the same room as me unless they can help it. I've taken three days off work next week, so with the weekend that's five consecutive days where I plan to be home so they can get used to me. How can I make the most of it? [more inside]
posted by litereally on Jul 5, 2016 - 29 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

Food-obsessed kitty + early mornings = cranky humans

So, I have basically been composing this question for about 2 months in my head...and this morning's events pretty much made me realize that I NEED to get this question out to you all! I hope you can give some advice about how to best handle some behaviors of our 2.5 year old rescue kitty! [more inside]
posted by foxhat10 on Apr 5, 2016 - 32 answers

Cat peeing in house for first time. Help?

Hello Mefites, You may recall that we welcomed Pumpkin to our family in early October. She has been a model cat in every way up until mid-morning today when she peed on a dining room chair pad. My gut feeling is that this is related to boredom. Please help me remedy this. [more inside]
posted by harrietthespy on Nov 2, 2015 - 15 answers

somehow, we aren't dead yet.

Why does the kitty try to murder us on the stairs? [more inside]
posted by joyceanmachine on Aug 28, 2015 - 17 answers

My cat came home! (Yay!) Now what?

Should I be concerned about my cat's health and behavior after he was gone for about three days? [more inside]
posted by Big Chief Little Pants on Mar 13, 2015 - 16 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

Why does my cat chomp on my bare legs when I'm walking around?

YANMC (You are not my cat), but why does my 2 y/o cat attack my legs? Bare legs = Wide, crazy kitty eyes and sideways CHOMP right into my calf. This has been going on for about a month. And I mean MY legs- we've tried to see if she will go after my husband's and she won't! This is not a serious problem; I'm just curious. I'm an experienced cat owner but this is funny and baffling. Snowflake details inside. [more inside]
posted by ShadePlant on Nov 12, 2013 - 37 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

Cat Filter: Bringing things to bed with her

I have a beautiful kitten who is roughly one year old. For the past few weeks she's been bringing things to my bed in the middle of the night. I'm at a loss as to why. [more inside]
posted by midnightstorms on Jul 10, 2013 - 42 answers

Ow. Ow. Ow.

I'm afraid of my roommate's cat. It doesn't "play" so much as "viciously attack," and I have a body full of puncture wounds to prove it. Is there anything that can be done about this? [more inside]
posted by showbiz_liz on Jun 24, 2013 - 38 answers

Should I interfere when my cats are fighting?

I have two eight month old kittens. Mostly they get along great - they snuggle and sleep together, and they play-fight sometimes, though not as frequently as they used to. Sometimes this lil guy, Res, harasses this lil girl, Essie, and I don't know if, or when, I should step in. [more inside]
posted by insectosaurus on May 16, 2013 - 24 answers

New Kitty Won't Clean Himself. Help?

My gf and I picked up a second cat last Friday from a no-kill rescue shelter. He looked perfectly healthy, had a clean record and tests from the shelter and acted very friendly and energetic. This new kitty has been diaretic for three days, and he doesn't clean up after himself. That factor has us a little freaked. [more inside]
posted by scaryblackdeath on May 6, 2013 - 17 answers

What is going on with my cat?

All of a sudden, he keeps looking up at the ceiling as if he sees/hears something. He just started doing this a couple weeks ago, and has done it several times an hour since. Can metafilter supply me with a more plausible answer than what googling has lead me to? So far my top leads are yahoo answers posts about ghosts, so I'm sure y'all can do better. Has he just lost his little cat mind? [more inside]
posted by mingo_clambake on Mar 4, 2013 - 46 answers

My dog is going after my cat and I don't know why. Help.

Google is next to useless on this question. I've looked and looked, but I'm getting nothing that addresses this directly. Our rescue dog, after nearly a year of peaceful living has started to attack my cat, and I have no idea what's causing it. [more inside]
posted by patheral on Mar 3, 2013 - 14 answers

Cat is HOWLING, what can we do to make her simmer down?

Please help us try and figure out why our cat is behaving the way she is, and if possible recommend some solutions to help... [more inside]
posted by kilohertz on Nov 21, 2012 - 13 answers

New cat is scared and I'm at a loss. What can I do to ease her stress without making her traumatized of me?

New cat is scared and I'm at a loss. What can I do to ease her stress without making her traumatized of me? [more inside]
posted by royalsong on Jan 7, 2012 - 19 answers

It's a good thing she tested negative for rabies.

I asked before about my cat's bitey tendencies. A month of strict training hasn't resulted in any adjustment. Maybe it's me? [more inside]
posted by brina on Jan 3, 2012 - 14 answers

Cat brothers suddenly at war Help

SOS to cat behaviorists out there! My friend has a serious issue that we are trying to solve: 3 cats—brothers—born 2008. Never separated. Loving, cuddly, sleep curled together UNTIL early this spring one day all of them were sitting in peace before an open window and suddenly and completely went Bill the Cat Batshit and viciously started all out screaming catfight. They were separated for 2 wks at recommendation of vet and seemed to forget about it, resumed loving brotherly behavior but THEN 3 mos later 2 were sitting in front of window and again Total Feline Warfare—clawing, screeching, and spraying. This time it took 3 mos of separation plus application of feline pheromone diffusers in 3rd month. September and October civil relations resumed with cuddly cosleeping. Yesterday NO window open. Total screeching warfare with clawing and spraying. All have been neutered since kittenhood. [more inside]
posted by librista on Nov 4, 2011 - 17 answers

Why is my cat turning feral?

Why does my cat keep running away from home, and how can I get him to settle back down? [more inside]
posted by kataclysm on Sep 15, 2011 - 11 answers

Give me what I want, or I shall rub you a second time!

How did cats learn to be so manipulative? [more inside]
posted by elder18 on Aug 12, 2010 - 32 answers

How can I win an argument with my cat?

When I try to make my cat do something she doesn't want to do, she bites or scratches me. What can I do about it? So far it looks like my choices are a) let her have her way; b) get scratched; or c) bribe her. She generally knows the people are in charge, but when that setup just won't do, she uses violence to get what she wants. [more inside]
posted by TrixieRamble on Dec 5, 2009 - 24 answers

Coping with personality shift in newly adopted cats

I recently adopted a 1 year old female cat, and within days her personality has changed drastically (some of which was expected, but not to this degree). What follows is an ethical dilemma. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 21, 2009 - 14 answers

I'm a Mr. Meow Meow now!

We found out yesterday my kitten is, in fact, a boy. Now what? [more inside]
posted by elder18 on Jul 22, 2009 - 35 answers

How can we help facilitate our brand new kitten and our 2 year old cat to get along (or at least tolerate each other)?

Although we've been following the standard advice of slow introductions, our new 14 week kitten and 2 year old cat seem to have fallen into a pattern that we're concerned will negatively impact whether or not they ever get along at all! Additionally, we have time constraints and the longer we keep them separated, the more miserable the kitten seems to be. [more inside]
posted by etherealclarity on Jun 1, 2009 - 17 answers

Do cats have the "terrible twos" phase as well?

CatFilter: I know there are a lot of posts on weird cat behaviors, and I understand cats will be cats... but WTF how do I correct some of these problems? [more inside]
posted by jlweber on Feb 4, 2008 - 14 answers

Can I stop my kitty from compulsively scratching her face?

Is there anything I can do to keep my kitty from scratching her eyes? She's been in an e-collar for two months post-eye-surgery, and it's time for freedom. But whenever she's out of the collar for more than an hour or two, she scratches her eyes and ends up bleeding. The vet says she's just neurotic and needs to get used to being uncollared, but I'm worried she's going to do some serious damage to herself. [more inside]
posted by weatherworn on Oct 3, 2007 - 9 answers

WTF is my cat doing?

WTF is my cat doing? He'll start meowing plaintively, kneading the bed, and looks like he's about to make a pickle (but isn't). [more inside]
posted by jtron on Jul 25, 2007 - 14 answers

My Cat. Period.

TMI question about cat behavior: Has anybody ever had a cat whose behavior seems to change with certain, um, phases in your (or your female partner's) menstrual cycle? (more inside) [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 5, 2007 - 14 answers

Help my cat stop being such a pussy

I recently adopted two kittens from a friend who took in a stray litter. They were stray for approximately 4-5 weeks and one of them is extremely skittish around humans. He is young and I expect him to come around, but do you have any tips for helping him learn to trust me? [more inside]
posted by mike9322 on Jul 27, 2005 - 17 answers

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