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No you can't live under the stove

We are moving into a new house, and I discovered this morning that my cats can hide under the stove. This is the stove in question. Since we are still moving, I have it blocked off with boxes for the moment. What can I use that will be safe longer term to keep my cats from hiding underneath it? The stove is inset in the counter, so it's only the front that has a gap for them. (Obligatory cat pictures - Quasar and Zenith)
posted by Nimmie Amee on Dec 29, 2016 - 14 answers

Seeking holy grail of cat litter catchment

My cats are excellent at tracking cat litter everywhere. I wish to contain it. What is the absolute best cat litter mat available? [more inside]
posted by bookdragoness on Dec 18, 2016 - 16 answers

How to grieve for a pet from afar

My ex texted me yesterday to let me know that one of her cats -- whom I referred to as my step-cats whilst we were together -- was hit by a car yesterday. I'm devastated, though I haven't seen said cat for nearly a year, and I don't know how to process it properly. [more inside]
posted by six sided sock on Dec 1, 2016 - 11 answers

Come for dinner, little birdies...but not that way.

I would like to hang some bird feeders in my yard but our next door neighbors have 2 semi feral outdoor cats. Is there a way to feed the birdies without presenting the cats with a moveable feast? [more inside]
posted by The Elusive Architeuthis on Oct 18, 2016 - 6 answers

Should he stay or should he go? FIV+ cat in multicat household.

Last week I posted about a stray cat I found. I got him checked out by the vet and he's FIV+. Vet said he's about a year old and showing no symptoms. I have two existing cats that AFAIK are FIV- (they've never been outside or come into contact with other cats). What should I do? [more inside]
posted by AFABulous on Oct 10, 2016 - 33 answers

Looking to help aging kitty with kidney issues

My wife and I are looking for an alternative to Hills Science Diet K/D dry food (formulated for cats with kidney issues). [more inside]
posted by Roger Pittman on Sep 13, 2016 - 12 answers

We didn't domesticate cats, they domesticated us

I need a cat toy for my little killing machine who easily grows bored of toys. Obligatory cat pics inside. [more inside]
posted by toerinishuman on Sep 2, 2016 - 19 answers

Should I refund contributions for my cat's pancreatitis fundraiser?

We started a fundraiser to help pay for my kitty's hospitalization, but he died less than a day into the campaign. What do I do? [more inside]
posted by Menomena on Aug 27, 2016 - 23 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

Three cats, one small apartment: too many?

Considering adopting a foster kitten; already have two young cats; live in a 1-bedroom apartment. Cats and kitten get along well now; but is this asking for territorial trouble? [more inside]
posted by We had a deal, Kyle on Jul 20, 2016 - 18 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

Where to go in Los Angeles with my cat on Friday afternoon?

On Friday, my building will receive a much-welcome visit from The Exterminator. That means that I'll have to be out of my loft for about three hours with Garbo, Queen of All She Surveys. We can't really go to a neighbor's because the whole building is being treated, and so far none of my friends have offered to host a visit. Anyone have any suggestions about where I can go in LA with a pissed-off cat, preferably air-conditioned? [more inside]
posted by ljshapiro on Jun 22, 2016 - 9 answers

This happens more than I even want to admit to myself

Caught my cat lapping from my glass. I sigh, grab myself another glass of water and continue about my business. But then... [more inside]
posted by Dressed to Kill on Jun 11, 2016 - 51 answers

Things that go bump on the ears

What's going on with our cat's ears? [more inside]
posted by emelenjr on Jun 2, 2016 - 6 answers

We're all cat experts, but where are the cat PhDs?

I would like to read any great science writing out there on cats -- particularly, that focusing on interspecies communication. But I'll take whatever I can get! [more inside]
posted by melissa may on May 24, 2016 - 7 answers

Cold War-influenced, all-gender cat name

I'm looking for a name for our new cat, who is fluffy and has white boots on all of her feet. [more inside]
posted by analog on May 18, 2016 - 54 answers

How to interpret feline EKG results?

We took our 14 year-old cat went in for what was supposed to be a routine dental procedure yesterday, but a pre-surgery EKG detected a heart anomaly, so she referred us to a cardiologist for an echo cardiogram. The cardiologist estimated it would cost "between $500-$800", which is a lot of money to spend if this turns out to be nothing. You're not my vet, but how would you assess the risks in this situation to make an informed decision? [more inside]
posted by tonycpsu on May 18, 2016 - 9 answers

Can my cats safely eat this chicken I left in the microwave overnight?

Grilled some boneless chicken breasts around 6PM last night, stored them in the microwave and forgot to refrigerate until 7AM this morning. I'm not going to chance eating it - but it it safe to feed to my cats?
posted by porn in the woods on Mar 17, 2016 - 6 answers

People that hate cats will come back as wallpaper in their next life

My walls look like this thanks to the arrival of two kittens with very sharp claws. The two vicious monsters have finally learned to use their scratcher but the damage is already done. What's the cheapest way to make the walls look not entirely awful? [more inside]
posted by Memo on Mar 14, 2016 - 10 answers

Cat with adominal cancer. What next?

My 16-year-old cat just had an ultrasound, and the vet says he's got tumors "all over his abdomen." She estimates that he has 2-4 good weeks left, and gave me steroids as palliative care. He is seems fine now; sleeps a lot, but has a healthy appetite. I am of course a mess. MeFis who have gone through this, how did you know when it was time to let go? How and when did you talk to your toddler and preschooler about it? What did you do in the meantime that helped?
posted by snickerdoodle on Feb 18, 2016 - 24 answers

Are there more apps like Neko Atsume?

The kids and I are really enjoying collecting the kitty cats, but wish it was a little more interactive. Can you suggest any similar apps?
posted by gryphonlover on Jan 3, 2016 - 12 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 - 36 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

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

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 - 33 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

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