I’d like to get a better understanding (or, really, any understanding) of how cats are able to survive under extremes of temperature. [more inside]
Here and elsewhere, I keep running into the sentiment that cats are adorable, fuzzy little psychopaths. They understand us but they don't care. They are self-absorbed. They only need us for food. They will gnaw on our corpses. That line of philosophy runs completely counter to my own experience with cats, three of whom were absolutely in love with me. I would like to read some positive articles, stories, etc about cats who defy the "fuzzy psychopath" stereotype. [more inside]
Veterinary professionals (only!): we’d like your opinion on a check-up that produced an errant finding. We'd like to know if the error and the circumstances suggest bad practice. [more inside]
My 1.5 yr old cat will escalate grooming/playing with other cats into aggressive biting. What should I do? [more inside]
My aged (but still quite lively!) kitty has had kidney disease as long as we've known him. We've switched him to K/D prescription cat food and we've done everything we can think of to convince the stubborn little dope to drink more water, but on our last vet visit the vet told us that unless he shows signs of improvement soon, we may need to start giving him regular fluid injections. I'm hoping for a little more info about the process, and our options... [more inside]
CatFilter: I know this question has been done to death but... three cats, one apartment, two microconflicts. What is to be done? [more inside]
My cat has to eat a special kidney friendly diet. How can I encourage him to eat? [more inside]
What can we feed our cat to help him gain weight? [more inside]
OK, I know this is the perennial AskMe "My cat does this crazy thing" question, and that the answer will be the eternal "because cats are weird", but I want to find out if anyone else's cat does this. When my spouse is laughing loudly, for instance (but not exclusively) in response to being tickled, my cat will launch himself at him and attempt to bite him (fortunately, it's always been through clothes). This has happened three times. It was not a playful bite, but rather a full-on chomp. The cat is very sweet at all other times, if occasionally a bit jumpy. Has anyone else seen this behavior, or have any idea what's going on, or how to make the cat less reactive to loud laughter?
Please help me win my FaceBook debate (or, at least, learn something new): MUST dogs be walked? Is it truly better for cats to be only indoors? Are cats less domesticated than dogs? I'd like fact-based support, not ASPCA party line. Gimme Science! [more inside]
My cat eats with his hands. Is this at least somewhat normal? [more inside]
Can someone explain some seemingly complex domestic feline behavior? [more inside]
My mom's new roommate has cat, I have a cat. Should the cats meet? If I were a cat I would like to spend time with my own kind, and I feel my cat has been deprived of this experience. (more below) [more inside]
Mother cat in basement/crawl space, nursing two newborn kittens (likely less than two weeks old) soliciting solutions.
I just moved into a duplex two weeks ago, and yesterday I discovered two kittens (w/ mother) underneath my unit ... I can't afford (both financially and emotionally) to care for them at the moment .... [more inside]
My cat has taken to licking the bathroom tiles, poor thing. What to do? [more inside]
CatFilter: Thinking about taking my 11 year old cat with me to college. Too traumatic of an experience for her? [more inside]
Does this sound familiar: cat vomiting pinkish-red fluid after receiving rabies, and/or FVCVP vaccines? (Vet office is aware, don't panic). [more inside]
Our neighbor abandoned his cat. We've been taking care of him. We're moving. We just found out he has FIV (feline HIV.) The complex dilemmas and a plea for advice within... [more inside]
What does my cat think I am? In other words, in his brain, what has he classified me as? [more inside]
Why are there no canine equivalents to lions, tigers, leopards, and panthers (etc.)? [more inside]
Cat Filter. We just lost an elderly cat, leaving us with only one. Potato Chip is 4, spayed, playful, and large-and-in-charge. (Really, she's like 20 lbs.) She used to bully the older cat--eat her food, ambush her out of the litter box, etc.--and doesn't seem to notice that she's gone now. I like to have 2 cats around and intend to get another. My question is, how can I minimize the bullying and maximize the peace of our happy home? I'm thinking a kitten, since a kitten would naturally be submissive to an adult. Does that sound right? Should this kitten be male or female? (Neutering will be done before we bring new kitty home, if necessary.) Rambunctious or shy and retiring? It's really a crapshoot, I know, but all opinions are welcomed.
Pets pets and more pets: http://ask.metafilter.com/mefi/4681">Sorta tangental followup from about a year ago- re: feline urinary tract blockage. [more inside]
Cats and Cataracts. Does anyone have any experience or expertise in regards to cats with cataracts? [more inside]