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Should this cat-owning/trying-to-conceive couple get a dog? If yes, how?

I want to know if I am crazy or not, because the last thing my life needs right now is More Bad Stuff. I am going through a very tough time lately (due to infertility and a dying parent). I also own two (neurotic) cats. I think I need a dog because an outpouring of goodness and unconditional happiness is sorely needed. But I'm trying to get knocked up, both my husband & I work full time, and I've never owned a dog before. Snowflake details inside, plus bonus question: if we get this dog, should it be a puppy or adult? From a breeder or a shelter? [more inside]
posted by barnacle on Sep 14, 2013 - 40 answers

How can an indoor cat get fleas?

I have four cats. I just found a live flea on one of them. How can indoor cats (they *never* go outside) get fleas? [more inside]
posted by Year of meteors on Sep 8, 2013 - 19 answers

Are there any good robotic cat toys?

We have decided it's important for our cats to make the transition from outdoor cats to indoor cats - they're doing OK with it, but they want to play for hours, and we don't have the attention span to dangle a string in front of them all day. Given that we now live in the future, I assume there must exist some good robotic mice, birds or insects or something. Anyone have any good recommendations? [more inside]
posted by 0x006DB0 on Sep 8, 2013 - 13 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

Cat, plus girlfriend who is mildly allergic to cats. Tips/advice?

I have a cat that I love, and I'm seeing a woman who is mildly allergic to cats. Any allergy sufferers have any concrete suggestions about ways to reduce the impact of cat dander/fur? [more inside]
posted by Alterscape on Sep 7, 2013 - 23 answers

Bad Cat needs a home

What should we do about a friendly stray cat that hangs out on our porch, aggressively tries to come inside, and generally drives our own cat crazy? We've tried not feeding her and chasing her off, and we've tried regularly feeding her far from the house, and now we're not sure what to do next. [more inside]
posted by slidell on Sep 7, 2013 - 12 answers

Looking for an automatic, random, hide-able cat feeder?

We have two cats that are growing older at the same time we're become less tolerant of their constant crying for food. I would like to feed them with 3 hockey puck style containers that each open at some random time within 24 hours of being closed and placed randomly around the house. [more inside]
posted by ChrisHartley on Sep 4, 2013 - 12 answers

Help me help my cat to want to pee in the right places ...

Mango (pic here of course, the smaller, less white one) has taken to peeing inside the lobby door inside the front door. He started when we had a workman in - we think the workman might smell strongly of his own, elderly cats. I am calm and understanding with him, not angry, I try not to reinforce it, we have had him checked and done many things (see list below) but it's still happening and it's not great. Have you successfully stopped your feline companion weeing in an inappropriate place and how did you do it? [more inside]
posted by LyzzyBee on Aug 30, 2013 - 17 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

Can a skittish cat ever share his home with a dog?

I have a scaredy-cat. He runs away from anything loud and/or fast. He is barely older than 3, and hopefully he'll live for a long time. Can I ever hope to get a dog while he's around? [more inside]
posted by MsMartian on Aug 28, 2013 - 12 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

Suggestions on making cats sound adoptable

I currently have two foster kittens that I'm returning to the Humane Society soon. They will then advertise these kittens for adoption. In order to help them find their "forever family", the Society has asked us to write descriptions of the kittens. They haven't provided any guidelines, just to "write about their personality etc". [more inside]
posted by mosessis on Aug 23, 2013 - 13 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

A cat poop emergency appears!

I'm house/catsitting, and the cat took a crap on the carpet. Aieee!!!! I love cats but I do not own any, and am unfamiliar with their ways. [more inside]
posted by Xere on Aug 8, 2013 - 17 answers

Pets and municipal weed control

Dogs, cats, and herbicides. My town hires a contractor to spray the gutters for weed control. A truck comes along and hoses down the gutters with Milestone (aminopyralid). It's impractical to give notice to homeowners of application dates because the window of application is extremely weather dependent; therefore I have no idea when it's going to happen and end up blithely walking my dogs straight through freshly applied herbicide at every single street crossing, as we walk four miles nearly every day of the year. Obviously many other dogs and outdoor cats are affected as well. How does your municipality handle weed control? Are you given notice? Are there more environmentally friendly ways of preventing weeds in gutters? Supposedly this is a very safe herbicide but, you know, we've heard that before. I strongly prefer not to walk my dogs in it.
posted by HotToddy on Aug 7, 2013 - 17 answers

How can I find out where my cat's been going all day?

My usually very stay-at-home cat has recently taken to disappearing before I get up in the morning and coming home late in the afternoon. I think a neighbor may be feeding her because, besides the fact that my cat's always been a homebody, I feed her in the morning, so she would likely stay around to be fed unless she had an equally good reason to go elsewhere. When this started last week, she didn't have a collar, so conceivably someone could have thought she was homeless and tried to take her in. But after two days I put a collar on her, with an attached note to the effect of "please don't feed me or take me in", but she's still going off every morning. I miss her and worry that one day she won't return. How can I track her movements? [more inside]
posted by zeri on Aug 6, 2013 - 22 answers

I Seem to Be Acquiring a Kitten

I have had cats for long stretches of my adult life, but I've never "started from a kitten." Looking for advice, details to follow. Note. I do not have the kitten yet, so no pictures. Sorry. [more inside]
posted by GenjiandProust on Aug 6, 2013 - 31 answers

My coworker is allergic to my cats. What can I do?

My co-worker is allergic to my cats. Question one: What is standard office policy with regards to this? Question two: What can I do at home to reduce the amount of allergens I carry to the office? [more inside]
posted by rebent on Aug 6, 2013 - 39 answers

Any pointers on coping with a sick cat by myself?

I asked a question about my cat a few weeks ago - he was fine then, but then got sick very soon after. We have both been through the wringer, and I'm having a very hard time assessing how his recovery is going because I've just been so sad and upset and can't tell if I'm over- or under-reacting to every move of his. (I'll try to keep the details short inside.) [more inside]
posted by Neely O'Hara on Jul 28, 2013 - 18 answers

Feral Cat Colony Filter

We're wondering whether there's any chance that the mother of the 10-12 week-old kittens is still alive, given the circumstances below. Extra points for ideas on how to catch kittens who won't go near the traps. [more inside]
posted by R2WeTwo on Jul 25, 2013 - 11 answers

Is it at all possible to bring a cat into a house with 6 dogs?

Can a street cat be brought into a home with 6 large dogs? My dad has 6 dogs, all very docile except for the female dog, and he wants to possibly bring his porch cat inside at some point over the next 4 months. Is this possible? [more inside]
posted by Jim On Light on Jul 19, 2013 - 13 answers

Oxytocin and Pets.

Is the hormone oxytocin released in the human brain when you interact with any pet, or does this only occur with cats and dogs? [more inside]
posted by Flood on Jul 19, 2013 - 8 answers

Once upon a time there was a cat...

Help me find the link to a short fantasy story that was posted here about a japanese cat who goes on a great adventure. [more inside]
posted by TorontoSandy on Jul 18, 2013 - 5 answers

She has cats. I have allergies. Can/should we live together?

So perhaps I'm burying the lede, because I have other concerns than the cats, but we've been dating a little over 2 years and she'd like to move in. I have significant reservations about sharing my space generally but her two cats are the most conspicuous aspect I object to, due to allergies and general not-wanting-pets. [more inside]
posted by jackbishop on Jul 15, 2013 - 44 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

Seeking durable slipcovers for RV furniture

We have off-white furniture (sofa/dining chairs, recliners) and two black cats (with claws). You can see where this is going. I'm looking for slipcovers that will match the decor, will stand up to cat hair, incidental claw marks, occasional food spills and tracked-in dirt, and can be thrown in the wash. [more inside]
posted by desjardins on Jul 9, 2013 - 3 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

Who defined the 8 definitive reasons cats are awesome?

Who is the artist of this comic illustrating some fundamental truths about cats? I've bookmarked this person on a dead laptop, and GIS doesn't seem to take me any closer to the source. Please hope me.
posted by =^^= on Jul 7, 2013 - 4 answers

I don't bother chasing mice around...

My girlfriend is moving in (yeah!) and bringing her kitties (also yeah!) but they have a small peeing and scratching problem... [more inside]
posted by latkes on Jul 1, 2013 - 14 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

Just stay inside where you're safe kitties!

How can we keep our cats safe when they sneak out the door? [more inside]
posted by 26.2 on Jun 29, 2013 - 19 answers

Best practice for introducing two cats?

What's the best practice for introducing two cats? I have a separate room with closed door, litter box, food, but how long do I keep the new cat in there for? [more inside]
posted by Year of meteors on Jun 26, 2013 - 6 answers

My cat needs help eating his dry food.

My cat, Mars, recently had most of his molars removed and now he's having a bit of trouble chewing his dry food. Is there something tasty and nutritious I can soak it in before feeding him? I was thinking some kind of broth or stock but I'm curious to see what other people have done. Thanks!
posted by Fister Roboto on Jun 25, 2013 - 27 answers

Feliway without the diffuser?

Would Feliway diffuser refills work without the diffuser? [more inside]
posted by Metroid Baby on Jun 18, 2013 - 13 answers

How do I get rid of two cats?

I have two cats I don't want. How do I get rid of them in a way that doesn't take months and gives them a good chance of going to someone who will actually want them. [more inside]
posted by tylerkaraszewski on Jun 18, 2013 - 22 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

Where to buy corrugated conduit to kitten-proof wires?

We just adopted a kitten who shows an affinity for chewing on electrical cords, and need to upgrade the cat-proofing in our apartment from the level suitable for our former cat. Where can I get corrugated conduit or simmilar, fast, in Toronto? Failing that... ideas? [more inside]
posted by onshi on Jun 17, 2013 - 18 answers

Can't we all just get along?

Please help me to help my cat and new dog get along. [more inside]
posted by thank you silence on Jun 16, 2013 - 6 answers

Kitty towers and outdoor tents for two?

Looking for some suggestions/ideas for secure outdoor cat tents with no floor, and also some indoor cat tree/condo/tower suggestions -- for two indoor-only kittehs. [more inside]
posted by PeppahCat on Jun 6, 2013 - 15 answers

Help me understand Darth Vader Cat

My kitty, Shoggoth, just had to have six teeth extracted due to FORLs, including one of these fangs. I'm curious about whether any Mefites who know about vet stuff can explain some of the mechanics of this to me. [more inside]
posted by lollusc on Jun 5, 2013 - 8 answers

What is the comic/cartoon connection?

My neighbors' outdoor cats, whom I catsit occasionally and interact with regularly, have names that I cannot quite parse, even though my neighbor has repeated them for me on several occasions. Both cats are male. One cat is "Dillon" or "Dylan." The other cat's name sounds like "Sits" or "Zits" or "Sitz." When I looked confused at some point, my neighbor said the names were "from a comic" or "from a cartoon." [more inside]
posted by jaguar on May 27, 2013 - 11 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

Should I interfere when my cats are fighting?

I have two eight month old kittens. Mostly they get along great - they snuggle and sleep together, and they play-fight sometimes, though not as frequently as they used to. Sometimes this lil guy, Res, harasses this lil girl, Essie, and I don't know if, or when, I should step in. [more inside]
posted by insectosaurus on May 16, 2013 - 24 answers

What might be causing these cats' allergies?

Three cats all have allergies and overgrooming issues. What might be causing this? [more inside]
posted by Kitty Stardust on May 15, 2013 - 14 answers

Help me hack my cats

The Angrycat household is getting a rescue kitten, which brings the total cat population in said household to three, and, I'm aware, pushes me into cat lady land. Whatever. There are more important cat issues at stake. [more inside]
posted by angrycat on May 9, 2013 - 14 answers

Ugh, what kind of bugs do I have?

I have some sort of bug infestation in my house and am getting many little bites. What could it be? Here are some things, with a kitty picture. [more inside]
posted by liketitanic on May 7, 2013 - 14 answers

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