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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Companion kitty: the seekening

My adorable 7-month-old (ish) kitten Milo is not always as restful as the pictures make him seem. He has lots of energy and wants lots of play. I try to keep him entertained but I think he may need another little bundle of furry energy. I have only ever been a single-kitty household, so I have some questions. [more inside]
posted by Athanassiel on May 23, 2015 - 15 answers

Our new cat needs help, and so do we.

We just adopted a cat from a local rescue group, primarily to keep our current cat company, since we just lost two cats to old age. But the situation is not what we expected, and not what I have ever had to deal with before, after a lifetime of cats. [more inside]
posted by kestralwing on May 23, 2015 - 33 answers

Does anyone round here own a cat?

On the off chance that someone round here has some experience with cats and cat appliances, I have some questions.... [more inside]
posted by Thella on May 21, 2015 - 40 answers

How to surprise a child with a kitten exactly on their birthday?

Logistical masterminds and cat people: is it possible to give my son a specific breed kitten as a surprise for his birthday? [more inside]
posted by rada on May 14, 2015 - 34 answers

Recommendations for an allergist in NYC?

Getting a bit desperate for an NYC allergist who will be able to see me sometime before the end of the century. [more inside]
posted by Button-down sock on Apr 21, 2015 - 6 answers

Cat Introductions, One Bedroom Apartment Edition

We brought home a second cat yesterday in an effort to give our existing cat a playmate. They began interacting nearly right away, and I'm not sure what to do about overnight arrangements. Additional sleep-deprived ramblings inside. [more inside]
posted by area.man on Mar 23, 2015 - 8 answers

Lasers- more effective than laying on hands?

My veterinarian has recently started using "healing lasers" as part of dental treatments, among other things. The information they provided said that the laser is used outside the animal's mouth, and it... somehow penetrates and reduces pain and inflammation? I'm not real clear on how it's supposed to work, and it kind of sounds like a more science-y version of crystals and chanting to me. Is this a real thing? [more inside]
posted by Adridne on Mar 10, 2015 - 11 answers

Auto-feeders for a clever cat

Do you have a smart, food-motivated cat, and an auto-feeder that stands up to that cat? [more inside]
posted by Tomorrowful on Mar 6, 2015 - 15 answers

Indoor cats: to vaccinate, or not?

My cats are indoors. They never interact with other cats and it's extremely unlikely that they would ever make it outdoors. Do I still need to get them vaccinated? [more inside]
posted by Fister Roboto on Feb 15, 2015 - 30 answers

Does the awesomeness of cats allow them to violate the laws of physics?

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]
posted by akk2014 on Feb 13, 2015 - 8 answers

Stories of empathic cats

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]
posted by quiet earth on Feb 9, 2015 - 41 answers

Where to take my cat for a few hours?

We just got a notice from our landlord that they need to do some extermination in the building, and are asking everyone to vacate the premises, including pets, for a few hours during the day TOMORROW. [more inside]
posted by rainbowbrite on Jan 21, 2015 - 14 answers

Pet care - Cat's Cracked Calluses

Can I put a hydrocolloid dressing on a cat's cracked callus? [more inside]
posted by travelwithcats on Jan 10, 2015 - 7 answers

Cat Filter: One eye seems irritated.

My cat is keeping her left eye less open than the right one. It is a little watery, and the eyelid tissue seems a little inflamed. She is also sneezing a little. Other than that she seems normal. Vet checkup a month ago was fine. 13yo, indoor only. No other pets. You are not my vet, but at what point should I take her to the vet? How long (if at all) should I wait to see if it clears up? I noticed it yesterday evening (apx 12 hrs ago). Thanks!
posted by neutralmojo on Jan 8, 2015 - 19 answers

Catsitting for an aggressive cat

I am cat sitting for 2 cats one of which is very aggressive. I have at least 2 more visits left and just want to get through it without injury to me or the cat. [more inside]
posted by oneear on Dec 27, 2014 - 17 answers

Hiring pet movers to move cats?

I'm moving to a new state (California to Montana). I'm couch-surfing at the moment, so my cats are staying with my folks in California until I find a permanent place to live. I'm trying to figure out whether hiring movers is feasible, or whether I should just go back for them myself. [more inside]
posted by insufficient data on Nov 28, 2014 - 7 answers

Cat feeder for EXTREMELY food motivated cat

Does anyone have recommendations for a cat feeder for a very, very food motivated and intelligent cat? It needs to be basically impossible for her to break into. Ideally this cat feeder would also be able to dispense canned food. It's fine if it only dispenses 1-2 meals. This needs to be available in Canada. [more inside]
posted by sea change on Nov 26, 2014 - 8 answers

Looking for a (very) durable cat litter scoop

The title pretty much says it all. The last few litter box scoops we've bought have broken, which is getting a bit frustrating. Can you recommend any to us that can last? [more inside]
posted by Verdandi on Nov 16, 2014 - 20 answers

Cat Aggression

My 1.5 yr old cat will escalate grooming/playing with other cats into aggressive biting. What should I do? [more inside]
posted by kittensofthenight on Nov 9, 2014 - 12 answers

Three part question about a kitten adoption

Part one: traveling with a kitten; Part two: your positive stories about introducing said kitten to adult cats; and Part three: does this kitten look like a Dennis or a Bud to you? [more inside]
posted by janey47 on Nov 6, 2014 - 26 answers

Someone stole my cats. Please help.

I live in Ontario. I was being sexually harassed by my male roommate ("Come on, share my bed with me"), so I left my apartment halfway through the month of October. I hired a petsitter from Kijiji.ca at the very last minute for $50/week. Now he/she/they will not return my cats, and I am very upset. [more inside]
posted by quiet earth on Nov 3, 2014 - 47 answers

Naming my new kittens after Game of Thrones characters-No Spoilers!

Hi, after the sudden and unexpected death of our beloved pet cat on Sunday, we've decided to adopt two kittens. We are finalists for the adoption and will meet them on Saturday. The kitten we are basing the adoption around is a white male shorthair. We are working on finding him a littermate or bonded kitten to come home with him. I want to name him Jon Snow after the Game of Thrones character because he is one of my favorite characters (also...winter is coming, people!). [more inside]
posted by Goldfinch on Oct 21, 2014 - 12 answers

Help me win the Flea War (not just the battle)!

I returned from a three-day trip out of town yesterday to find both cats infested with fleas. This is our third round with fleas since late July/early August. I made a trip to Petco and applied Advantage to both cats. My question is, what else can I do to make sure the fleas don't come back this time? A few key details inside. [more inside]
posted by stennieville on Oct 19, 2014 - 12 answers

When cats fly

We're moving (maybe you remember from my previous 100 questions on this topic) to California from Chicago and taking our cat on the plane with us. This is a new experience for both my hubby and me. I've done a lot of Googling, I've read up on United's pet policy, and read through Flyer Talk, etc. so I think I get the basic concepts but I'm specifically confused about a few things. [more inside]
posted by bleep on Oct 14, 2014 - 16 answers

Help me find the perfect cat bed

I got my cats this bed and this bed recently. I would like to find a combination of the two for the Ultimate Cat Bed--something with the small opening of the first combined with the wide opening of the second. Any recommendations? [more inside]
posted by schroedinger on Oct 5, 2014 - 4 answers

How do we connect with our new skittish cat?

I'm looking for advice from the community on how to connect with one of our two recently adopted cats who's notoriously skittish. [more inside]
posted by buoys in the hood on Sep 22, 2014 - 21 answers

What are these tiny growths on my cat's carpal pads (near the dew claw)?

The other day I happened to notice these little growths on my cat's carpal pads. The rest of her claws, including her dew claw are normal and I trim them regularly. For some reason, I either have not noticed these growths on her carpal pad or they're new. I've included a picture of each paw inside. [more inside]
posted by DorothySmith on Aug 20, 2014 - 9 answers

What to do about cat semi-killing birds?

A young cat that I took in in in an emergency situation, expecting to be able to rehome her quickly, is turning out to be a skilled bird hunter, which is really stressing me out. The thing is, she doesn't kill them, just seems to incapacitate them so that they can't walk or fly. [more inside]
posted by mmiddle on Jul 12, 2014 - 27 answers

Kitten rescue in central Florida

My friend and I found two abandoned kittens when we walked her dog last week. We saved them from the street, but neither of us can keep them (she: single mom who can't afford two cats; me: in Hoboken, NJ and already have two cats). She's willing to foster, but can only do so for the rest of the week as she's leaving for six weeks a week from today. They're great - playful and affectionate with each other and they turn on their motors as soon as you pick them up. She got an offer to make them barn cats, but they seem too sweet and gentle for that. They've been to the vet and are about 12 weeks old. They're being spayed tomorrow and will soon be ready for a home. My friend called a local rescue organization, but they don't have any foster homes available. Does anyone have any experience with a good rescue near Merritt Island, FL?
posted by Wet Hen on Jun 22, 2014 - 21 answers

Book about Italian apprentice making fountain for stray cats.

Ok, I could have sworn I read this book multiple times when I was a kid, but nobody seems to remember it exists including my cat-loving, children's literature professor mom who gave it to me. I'll try to list every thing I can remember about it in the extended explanation. To summarize, it takes place in an Italian town where a young-fountain-making apprentice wants to make his own fountain so that all the stray cats around him will have some place to drink. As he is poor, he cobbles together the material from things he can find, and in the end I do believe he ends up making the fountain. My mom and the internet don't seem to remember this book, but I think it did exist. Maybe you guys will come up with something. [more inside]
posted by KinoAndHermes on Jun 17, 2014 - 6 answers

Impending pet death (probably). How do I take care of the remains?

I think I'm about to have to deal with the loss of a beloved pet cat. I am not sure how to best handle dealing with her remains. I want to keep them. Can anyone help me figure this out? [more inside]
posted by Because on Apr 16, 2014 - 13 answers

URGENT: Ideas for pilling a cat with a missing lower jaw & no appetite?

I can't figure out how to get my cat to swallow his pills and normal cat-pilling methods are failing me. [more inside]
posted by Jacqueline on Mar 15, 2014 - 29 answers

Trying to identify some sort of miniature pine tree.

My in-laws are giving me a couple of houseplants, and I'm trying to identify them, or at least find out if they are dangerous to our cats. Photos after the jump. [more inside]
posted by Elementary Penguin on Feb 22, 2014 - 4 answers

Winterizing with cats

I live in a drafty old house and have recently winterized the windows using a kit from Home Depot. It works pretty well! But these bad cats really, really like to claw through the plastic. Is there a more cat-proof option?
posted by munyeca on Jan 12, 2014 - 12 answers

What does "I don't want to talk about it" mean, practically speaking?

A dear friend of mine who lives far away has lost two of her three cats to sudden, upsetting illness, in the space of a week. She has implied that she's not interested in talking about it, which I can understand. [more inside]
posted by Sokka shot first on Jan 8, 2014 - 20 answers

The solution to too many cats is... more cats?

Yet another "should I get another pet" question. I have a thirteen-year-old cat. 3 years ago, his longtime kitty companion died, and he was very, very sad. So we got him a new friend to play with, and everyone was happy. Except now my cat is getting old, and he doesn't have the energy to play with the youngster anymore. This has resulted in one being irritated, and the other being confused and irritating (not to mention fat). I think the solution is another, younger cat to keep little brother company, but for some reason the idea of three cats seems weird to me. [more inside]
posted by snickerdoodle on Dec 4, 2013 - 21 answers

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