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Help my flea-addled kitty

I've recently learned that my cat is severely allergic to fleas, which means he can spend hours and hours grooming. I put Revolution on him monthly, but it's not enough. There are way too many other factors here, and I listed them in all their glory after the jump. [more inside]
posted by mermaidcafe on Nov 24, 2015 - 20 answers

Pet Sitting $$ in 2015?

How much is a reasonable amount to pay for pet sitting nowadays? My particulars inside. [more inside]
posted by BlahLaLa on Nov 24, 2015 - 35 answers

Cat introduction tips wanted!

Cat people, please give us some cat introduction pointers, because we're kinda lost. [more inside]
posted by agent99 on Nov 23, 2015 - 12 answers

Help me pick a dry cat food for my elderly cat

Help me pick a dry cat food for my elderly cat, who is thinner than I'd like. [more inside]
posted by Year of meteors on Nov 23, 2015 - 18 answers

Is there any chance of getting an only cat to accept other kitties??

MeFites, have you ever been able to turn a decidedly only cat into an at-least-tolerant-of-other-cats cat? [more inside]
posted by Recliner of Rage on Nov 12, 2015 - 15 answers

Do outdoor cats eventually gain reliable survival skills?

I've hesitated to ask this question (partly cause I assume it'll receive malicious responses from the usual suspects), but here it goes--my current two indoor/outdoor cats have been with my around 8 years. I live in an area with a lot of predators but cats always respond intelligently to threats and are quite healthy and happy. So, I'd be interested to hear others experience who've had outdoor cats--can I rest easy and assume that now they've survived a long time, they essentially know how to stay safe? [more inside]
posted by Jon44 on Nov 12, 2015 - 40 answers

Should we get our 7 year old cat a cat?

We're moving into a reasonably sized fourth floor apartment next month with our cat, Toki. We have no access to an outdoor area. We've been staying in similarly constrained apartment for the past two months, and Toki has become super clingy and playful - I think he's just really bored. We're thinking of getting him a kitten of his very own. Is this a ridiculous idea? [more inside]
posted by nerdfish on Nov 12, 2015 - 15 answers

Reducing cat poop vectors

These baby kitties are going to live with a very nice family soon. They have litter box setup questions: 1. What will make the litter box SMELL as little as possible, besides frequency of cleaning? Types of litter? Type of box? 2. While Mom is dealing with a temporary health problem (kidney-related), what are best practices for handling poop as little as possible in getting it from box to garbage?
posted by listen, lady on Nov 10, 2015 - 23 answers

Another "Should This Be Consumed" question; cat edition

Is a cat's tongue the equivalent of a kitchen sponge? [more inside]
posted by kestralwing on Nov 3, 2015 - 40 answers

Need apt ventilation while keeping kittens safe.

We live on the third floor of an apartment complex, we have kittens, we need to ventilate the apartment without jeopardizing the safety of the kittens; help us solve this problem. [more inside]
posted by joseph conrad is fully awesome on Nov 2, 2015 - 10 answers

i know it doesn't sound like it, but i love him a horrible amount

My adorable cat jerk, Nerd, has a death wish. A friend just left me banana bread in aluminum foil, and when I got in I found that one of my cats (99% certainly Nerd) had torn through the foil. [more inside]
posted by you're a kitty! on Oct 29, 2015 - 9 answers

Can kitteh eat that?

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]
posted by spitbull on Oct 21, 2015 - 25 answers

Can I nom it?

I moved into a great new place yesterday, with a garden. I have hit the Holy Grail of Paris-area apartments. However. Garden has plants from previous tenant. I have cats. Cats will nom the plants. I'm unfamiliar with a few of the plants, and am particularly worried about curious noms of this one. MeFi, can my cats eat these? Or should I remove them? [more inside]
posted by fraula on Oct 17, 2015 - 11 answers

Which San Francisco shelter should I volunteer at?

Exactly as it says on the tin: the Animal Care & Control (city shelter) or the SPCA -- which offers a better experience for a volunteer, particularly one who wants to work with kitties? [more inside]
posted by un petit cadeau on Oct 14, 2015 - 3 answers

Lie to get what I came for; Lie to get what I need now

My partner and I are in transition and are seeking short-term (3-6 months) housing. We have four cats. All of the nearby rental options limit pets to two or three pets per apartment. How big of a deal is not being truthful about the number of cats we have? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 12, 2015 - 28 answers

Old, Cranky, Beloved...Our New Cat is a Troublemaker

How can I help my adopted cat be less aggressive to our other cats? [more inside]
posted by 26.2 on Oct 9, 2015 - 6 answers

Is the new kitten making my boy cat buffer

We recently got a little baby kitten named Kalagata Olive, and our adult male cat Caliban Party Ghost spent the first week of her arrival just MAD AS HELL about it. He seems... more ripped? He's like 11 pounds-ish now, up from 10-ish before. Could territoriality be making him more testosteroney, and therefore more buff? Is this a thing. (Obligatory visuals: Caliban mad at Olive, Caliban finally getting along with Olive, Thunder Perfect Cat putting up with Olive, Olive in her natural habitat)
posted by Greg Nog on Oct 6, 2015 - 11 answers

A community of cats and the endless feast

I have one outdoor cat- he hates being in the house due to 3 dogs. They leave him alone but he will jet out the doggie door when I try to bring him in for any reason. He eats twice a day on the porch. (I am at work and cannot post a pic but mine is a fluffy grey ball) [more inside]
posted by shaarog on Sep 30, 2015 - 8 answers

How can I deal with this cat who hates me?

I'm staying in the same apartment as a cat this week and so far, things have gone terribly. Help me make it not terrible. [more inside]
posted by sucre on Sep 24, 2015 - 33 answers

The Cats Needs to Move

We are thrilled with our new apartment, but concerned about how to create fun times for our cats. In the old place, where they both "grew up", the cats would race up and down the stairs and play all kinds of games on the banister. Now that we're in a place without stairs, what can we do (or build) that will allow them to enjoy life and expend their frisky energy? [more inside]
posted by Gray Skies on Sep 22, 2015 - 10 answers

I wuv you kitty *sniff sniff*

We have adopted two kittens, yay. I've had the sniffles almost the whole time we've had them. Halp. [more inside]
posted by joseph conrad is fully awesome on Sep 21, 2015 - 29 answers

Name a new kitty!

A new furball showed up (no doubt in response to the sign in our yard, visible only to animals, that says, "Suckers live here. Apply within.") and we need help naming him! [more inside]
posted by tigerjade on Sep 17, 2015 - 64 answers

Why does my cat only love me when she's in jail?

I have a kitten that was feral until I got her at about four months. In her quarantine pen she gradually came to trust us and became very affectionate. When we let her join the rest of the household cats she fit right in with them but was totally skittish with us. She wouldn't let us pet her or even approach too close. I recently had to put her back in quarantine and she's right back to her old, lovey ways. [more inside]
posted by irisclara on Sep 12, 2015 - 15 answers

Identify 1980s beautifully illustrated children's book called Great Cat

When I worked in the public library in 1983, there was an illustrated book in the children's section which I remember being titled Great Cat, which I would like to find again. I'm assuming it's out of print because I can't find anything on Amazon that looks like it. Vague memories inside. [more inside]
posted by matildaben on Sep 10, 2015 - 4 answers

Clearly, cats are good for bathrobe manufacturers.

At 3 1/2 months, Allan Armadale (obligatory photo with his sleeping brother Ozias Midwinter) has figured out that if he wants to knead energetically (and does he ever), the human needs to be wearing a very thick bathrobe. At present, the human has a suitable robe that she got from Marks & Spencer, but Allan and his two siblings are on track to doing it in. Previous Asks have, for some reason, prioritized humans instead of felines. Requirements inside. [more inside]
posted by thomas j wise on Aug 31, 2015 - 5 answers

How to cover up an oddly shaped sofa?

We recently moved into a new (to us) house and purchased this sofa. Well the cats immediately thought it was their new scratching post and started to tear up the sides and back. This is my first brand new couch ever and I’d like it to last a while. Plus it wasn’t cheap. [more inside]
posted by mokeydraws on Aug 31, 2015 - 9 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

Houseplants 101

I want plants in my house. I tend to kill most plants. Also, I have hardwood floors and curtains and cats. Help. [more inside]
posted by yawper on Aug 28, 2015 - 21 answers

How to calm the kitties?

My cats don't get along. What are good, proven ways to calm them down? [more inside]
posted by tweedle on Aug 26, 2015 - 8 answers

Pet-health experts & leather-dye experts - completely normal question

Is it safe to make dog and cat toys from recycled leather* jackets and bags? Googling is not helping here. I feel like my little buddies would love some leather toys, and I could probably give or sell some to friends/neighbours, but I just want to be on the safe side. [more inside]
posted by 100kb on Aug 21, 2015 - 7 answers

Lost our cat. Remaining cat also seems lost. Should we get him a pal?

We lost our beloved cat 9 days ago. Our remaining cat has been confused and sad, clearly needing a great deal of reassurance and wanting to be with us more of the time.We eventually plan to get him a new buddy. Should we get him a new buddy sooner, like this mont, or later, like 3-4 months from now? [more inside]
posted by arnicae on Aug 9, 2015 - 19 answers

Looking for help with cat's perpetually scaly, cracked paw pads

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]
posted by roscopcoletrane on Aug 9, 2015 - 8 answers

Discouraging cat from pissing on sofa

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?
posted by Zarkonnen on Aug 3, 2015 - 34 answers

No, no, not THERE

How do I keep my cat off of my computer? [more inside]
posted by sailoreagle on Jul 28, 2015 - 19 answers

Help with cat smell

We recently returned from a three-week trip to find our house smells likes cat pee. Please help us restore it back to its (relatively) smell-free state! [more inside]
posted by mrfuga0 on Jul 26, 2015 - 9 answers

A Therapy Cat for My Cat?

My sweet geriatric (14.5 years old) kitty Lulu is experience an indeterminate health crisis that is causing her a lot of anxiety and I'm looking for ways to ease it. [more inside]
posted by brookeb on Jul 24, 2015 - 6 answers

Talk to me about flushable cat litters

We've got a single cat, in a fourth-floor walkup with the garbage room in the basement. It would be nice not to have to run to the basement every time I empty the litter box (and I'm not so thrilled with the idea of letting a few days' worth of cat poop accumulate in a bin before carrying it out to the trash). What is the situation with flushable cat litters? Are any of them worth using? Any downsides I should be aware of?
posted by nebulawindphone on Jul 23, 2015 - 34 answers

Help us get our kitty back with lojack

This scamp has a habit of visiting our neighborhood park. There's a greenway behind the park where he will ramble during the day. We're looking for a kitty GPS (or RFID and reader) that will give us a bead on where he is. [more inside]
posted by batbat on Jul 23, 2015 - 5 answers

Cats now? Or cats later?

After being catless for almost three years, we're finally ready to adopt again. Not sure about the timing though. [more inside]
posted by JoanArkham on Jul 14, 2015 - 20 answers

Can I eat this? (Cat spit edition)

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]
posted by kythuen on Jul 9, 2015 - 50 answers

What will catnip do to my neighbourhood cats?

Our front yard (6ft x 20ft slate chippings) has become the neighbourhood litter tray. All the traditional solutions tried, I've started wondering about planting catnip. My thinking is that is the area is an area for happy stoner cats, it's less likely to be a litter tray. Unfortunately, I can't see anything on the internet that suggests an answer either way. Does anyone have any anecdotal evidence they'd care to throw my way?
posted by sodium lights the horizon on Jun 25, 2015 - 15 answers

Can I make a flat cat-safe after using ant powder?

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]
posted by the cat's pyjamas on Jun 22, 2015 - 7 answers

Is this play-fighting or something more serious?

my kitty cats (see previous questions for photos) really are classic Frenemies. They sleep together, Crocket licks Binky's face and ears before they go to sleep , they run around together, sniff each other's bums and both sit watching birds and insects out the window.... so, they obviously love each right? Then what is this wrestling and is it just play? [more inside]
posted by JenThePro on Jun 22, 2015 - 21 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 - 15 answers

Help siblings resolve sibling-cat-fight?

We had our kitties groomed, now one cat hates the other. [more inside]
posted by philotes on Jun 9, 2015 - 11 answers

What is my responsibility to this cat?

A couple of years ago a family leaving its lease in a house in my neighborhood abandoned its young cat. My next-door neighbor began feeding it, but would not let it inside because she already had a cat. Now she has lost her lease, and I have begun feeding it; my porch seems to have become its home base. [more inside]
posted by mmiddle on Jun 8, 2015 - 12 answers

cat carrier eenie meenie miney mo

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]
posted by wintersonata9 on Jun 7, 2015 - 14 answers

I am in a prison of my cat's making.

I have an absolutely wonderful cat, Banana. I've had cats all my life and he's my favorite by a wide margin. He is beloved by both me and my husband. He is also ruining our lives. [more inside]
posted by something something on Jun 7, 2015 - 39 answers

Recommendations for RFID cat door

No longer renting, now I can cut holes in the wall! [more inside]
posted by drfu on Jun 2, 2015 - 3 answers

Somewhere warm for the winter

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]
posted by mgar on May 29, 2015 - 5 answers

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