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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

Christmas Sweater Question

I need to buy a christmas sweater for someone with one very important detail. [more inside]
posted by poffin boffin on Nov 23, 2013 - 23 answers

The best-case "two cats and a baby" scenario?

My brother and sister-in law are about to have their first human kidlet. They also have two cats (both rescued young-adult Siamese mixes) that they absolutely adore. I'd like to help them out in the kitty department...any suggestions for gifts / books / Really Useful Bits Of Advice / etc. geared toward integrating a baby into a cat-containing household? [more inside]
posted by aecorwin on Nov 20, 2013 - 20 answers

Handsome, but unwelcome

Help me get rid of an unwanted visitor cat and calm my freaked-out felines in the meantime. [more inside]
posted by uncleozzy on Nov 5, 2013 - 13 answers

Any thoughts on the safety of giving cats Sleepytime Tea?

Sleepytime Tea gets my cat high, I found out accidentally after dropping a tea bag. I mean, catnip high. Any thoughts as to whether it would be dangerous to cats? Is this a just say no to drugs situation or a pass the pipe situation?
posted by angrycat on Oct 6, 2013 - 14 answers

Feeding Teenage Cats

I have two six-month-old kittens. I am worried I'm not giving them enough food. Advice? [more inside]
posted by jaguar on Sep 27, 2013 - 14 answers

Cat first aid advice needed

My 13yo cat has a head wound on her forehead by her eye that she will not stop itching. It started out as 3 small scratches (like our other cat had kicked her in the head or similar) but every time it scabs over she itches the scab off and so it has expanded into a hole in her head that is now encroaching on her eye. We've tried putting cat hydrocortisone and lidocaine cream around it, covering it up (can't find anything bandage-like that'll stay on her head), tying a sock on her itching foot (she yanks it off) and putting her in the cone of shame (she itches around it. Somehow). I'd like to avoid a vet visit if possible because they terrify her and I am poor.
posted by clavier on Sep 23, 2013 - 25 answers

What's this little yellow flower?

Some neighbor dropped off this flowering plant (picture 1, picture 2), and I'm trying to figure out what it is, and (BONUS QUESTION) whether it's toxic to the cats. Little four-petalled yellow flowers, thick waxy-feeling leaves, roughly a foot tall in its pot. Okay thanks for reading, for your time here's a nice pic of Thunder Perfect Cat on cat tranquilizers
posted by Greg Nog on Sep 18, 2013 - 12 answers

Should I add a third cat to our humble home?

Should I add a third cat to our humble home? I've read this and this from previous questions but our situation is slightly different. I'd like advice from other folks to help me make a decision. [more inside]
posted by CincyBlues on Sep 17, 2013 - 9 answers

Fabrics that work with cats: do they exist?

We have cats and, unfortunately, love them very much. We keep their nails clipped and have lots of scratching posts, but they still sink their little claws into everything. Are there fabrics, either for rugs or couches, that you've found work better with cat claws? I was told that things like microsuede provide less purchase for their little pointy claws -- is this true? What fabrics should we avoid?
posted by lillygog on Sep 8, 2013 - 27 answers

Moved to Santa Cruz with cat. Landlords don't like kitties. What to do?

I recently relocated to Santa Cruz, CA because I was offered a job. I brought my cat but now I am having a difficult time finding a place to live. I have a stable job and am a stable person but it seems like all the housing is being snapped up by students. I don't want to have to send my cat elsewhere just so I can live in this city :(. [more inside]
posted by Lord Force Crater on Aug 30, 2013 - 30 answers

Dog bed for two cats can haz

My cats need a new bed -- help me find one! (Yes, photo inside.) [more inside]
posted by gnomeloaf on Aug 24, 2013 - 10 answers

Best vacuum for cats? Difficulty level: on a budget

I recently got a really wonderful cat! While my old cheap-o vacuum did just fine before getting the cat, it is now seriously out if its league. I clearly need to replace the vacuum with something more powerful, but the prices of vacuum cleaners scare me (I am a student and so money is tight). Any suggestions on vacuums that will get the job done with pet hair but not totally break the bank?
posted by rainbowbrite on Aug 19, 2013 - 26 answers

Which houseplants are the least tasty to cats?

Please recommend cat-proof plants. [more inside]
posted by mermily on Aug 17, 2013 - 12 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

Is this white stuff in the litter box from the litter or from my cat?

Last night I came home from a long weekend and when I scooped my cat's litter box, one of the clumps of litter had what looked like baking soda in it, but the litter doesn't have baking soda in it (World's Best, Original - not multi-cat). Then when I scooped it today, there was another clump with white powder. I've never seen this before, and my cat had a urinary blockage about three years ago, so I get nervous around litter box issues. But money is really tight and I'd prefer not to take him to the vet if I'm being a hypochondriac (but I absolutely will if it sounds like if I have reason to worry.) Here's a (cell phone) picture of the clump. [more inside]
posted by Neely O'Hara on Jul 8, 2013 - 10 answers

What to Do With Feral Kittens & Mom (Brainstorm)

The feral cat we've been feeding somehow managed to keep three kittens alive during some very cold nights this spring. Now they're 6-7 weeks old, too young to trap and neuter. We love having them around but our near neighbor, an elderly man who is also our landlord's father, is afraid of them. Really afraid. He won't go into his garden now, which he loves, in fear of an "attack." We need to find a way to get them to a place where they can live out their lives, together if they want to be (we know the males leave the colony, don't know if any are). Now they're afraid of cages. [more inside]
posted by R2WeTwo on Jul 1, 2013 - 10 answers

How much to pay a cat sitter?

I am going out of town for a few days, and have asked a friend to check in on my cat. How much should I pay her? [more inside]
posted by rainbowbrite on Jul 1, 2013 - 23 answers

Lost cat in Manhattan; need pet detective.

Please recommend a pet detective in Manhattan for my lost cat. [more inside]
posted by tickingclock on Jun 30, 2013 - 15 answers

Please remember how to cat!

Why is my one kitten such an idiot about the litter box? It's not that she's got a litter box aversion, and she's not sick, it just seems that she hasn't figured out which end the poop comes out! [more inside]
posted by valkyryn on Jun 18, 2013 - 39 answers

Cat stuck on 7th story molding

My 9 month old cat cut through my screen window and crawled out onto the molding of my 7th story apartment. I don't know what to do. [more inside]
posted by destronomics on May 26, 2013 - 167 answers

Foolproof way to feed baby kittens?

I've got three new baby kittens with no mother, and I need to feed them. I don't have access to any good pet stores or veterinary clinics, but I do have lactose-free baby formula and a plastic syringe with the needle removed, which I've been using to feed them so far. But is there a foolproof method of holding them or something to get them to drink from it? I can usually get them to drink, but only about half of the amount recommended. More details inside. [more inside]
posted by ferdinandcc on Apr 23, 2013 - 20 answers

How do we treat this wound on our cat's ear?

Yesterday we noticed this hairless patch on The Grey Lady Jane Grey's ear. What could it be, and how do we treat it? [more inside]
posted by aparrish on Apr 13, 2013 - 11 answers

Finding homes for cat and kitten in Austin, bonus estrus edition

A sweet mama cat and her kitten were abandoned at a friend's house outside of Austin. I agreed to foster them for a bit, but we're going on week three, and tensions are building between the fosters and my two regular kitties. Bonus complication: Mama cat has now gone into heat (I think). Yikes. [more inside]
posted by pantarei70 on Apr 8, 2013 - 6 answers

How much should we pay the cat-sitter?

The lady friend and I live in Los Angeles and are going away for about a week. We are looking for someone, probably a law student, to come stay with our kittens and take care of them. How much should we offer to pay? [more inside]
posted by heisenberg on Mar 31, 2013 - 15 answers

How should we deal with the neighbor's cat?

We live in a residential neighborhood in a small city. A neighbor's cat sometimes spends time in our backyard. It has left dead birds and a dead rabbit in our yard. It has also used our garden beds as a litter box. We have a small child. There is an active neighborhood organization. What is the most socially appropriate response? [more inside]
posted by steinwald on Mar 29, 2013 - 61 answers

What kind of cat am I?

Is this kitty a particular breed or just overtly fluffy? [more inside]
posted by New England Cultist on Mar 11, 2013 - 21 answers

Can they eat it?

Will cats eat meat that is so off it will kill them? [more inside]
posted by moody cow on Mar 9, 2013 - 11 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

What's the best way to find kittens good homes in Northern California?

Rescued some stray kittens from the street in South America. How to find them a good home? [more inside]
posted by zug on Feb 22, 2013 - 10 answers

How to introduce our scaredy cat to our new apartment?

Should we bring our cat to our new and currently empty apartment while we paint and assemble furniture, to let her get used to it - even though we are not actually moving for another week. [more inside]
posted by rawrberry on Feb 15, 2013 - 17 answers

Our roof is being redone tomorrow, worried about cats.

Our house still has its original roof from when it was built in the mid-1950s. It's finally getting replaced tomorrow -- after months of leaks in nearly every room -- but I'm worried about our two indoor cats dealing with it. I know the noise will terrify them and they will hide, but are there other things I should worry about? [more inside]
posted by perryfugue on Jan 15, 2013 - 18 answers

Why u no bury poop?

Almost a month ago, my BF and I adopted two beautiful shelter kitties. Overall, they're great cats, but we're somewhat befuddled that (at least one of) the cats refuse to bury their poop when using the litter box. Is this something we should be concerned about? Details and pictures within! [more inside]
posted by deep thought sunstar on Jan 13, 2013 - 37 answers

Crazy Cat People, I need your hacks.

Is the CatMate C50 really the only game in town for feeding wet food in a way that doesn't fill me with dread about bacteria? [more inside]
posted by Medieval Maven on Jan 5, 2013 - 9 answers

Can't they all just get along?!

[New Cat Filter]: Help us integrate an elderly male cat into our home. It's not going smoothly. At all. [more inside]
posted by instead of three wishes on Dec 30, 2012 - 14 answers

Should I continue to clean up after my cats?

Pregnant. Primary cat caretaker. Should I concerned about toxoplasmosis? Details within. [more inside]
posted by Kitty Stardust on Dec 4, 2012 - 14 answers

Name This Cat

Help me name my cat. [more inside]
posted by munyeca on Nov 30, 2012 - 78 answers

My cat may have been misdiagnosed. Time to find a new vet?

Back in July, my 11 year old cat was tentatively diagnosed with possible early renal failure. This past Saturday, however, she had another round of bloodwork and urinalysis...the results of which indicated her kidneys are probably fine! Needless to say, I'm very happy about this. But the more I think about it, the more it seems like the clinic folks jumped to conclusions way too quickly based on too little information. Am I off-base here, or is it perhaps really time to explore other local veterinary options? [more inside]
posted by aecorwin on Nov 27, 2012 - 9 answers

Making the Great Canned Food Switch

Trying to figure out how much we really need to feed our cats. Hoping someone here can help because I've read everything and it sounds slightly as if I would be preparing my cats for careers as foie gras geese. [more inside]
posted by Medieval Maven on Nov 25, 2012 - 19 answers

Fancy Cat w/Pee Problems Needs Fancy Cat Pee Food

My cat needs a urinary tract health cat food, but will currently only eat dry Purina UR. I'm not fond of Purina and would prefer him to eat something similar to the Newman's Own cat food he was eating before. Any good options out there? [more inside]
posted by El Sabor Asiatico on Nov 15, 2012 - 6 answers

Nocturnal cat steals HIS sleep during the day

Cat is driving us crazy! Please help us get some sleep. [more inside]
posted by gregjunior on Oct 4, 2012 - 14 answers

When you need food, not the best food, just food they will eat.

"Best" wet cat food available at Kroger or similar? [more inside]
posted by Medieval Maven on Sep 27, 2012 - 15 answers

How can I make kitty jail easier for my cats?

How do I keep my cats calm while separated and waiting to reintroduce them? [more inside]
posted by MaritaCov on Sep 17, 2012 - 6 answers

Specific resource recommendations for kitten placement in the South Bay Area?

My SO's parents have been hosting a pair of foster kittens since said kittens were born to a feral momcat in their yard on May 26 of this year. They're now old enough to be adopted...but I'm having a terribly hard time figuring out how to help find them homes. I'm in the Bay Area, California (near San Jose) and while there seem to be a number of cat rescue groups, I have no idea how to choose one or go about contacting them. Flurry of kitten-shaped snowflakes within. [more inside]
posted by aecorwin on Aug 27, 2012 - 12 answers

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