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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

Cat trance cool down

How can I give my adult cat some payoff when he suckles fabric but never finds milk? [more inside]
posted by Mizu on Nov 3, 2014 - 13 answers

Do warring cats become friendly after boarding?

I've heard that boarding cats away from home for a time will encourage them to become friendly toward each other when they return. Looking for whether that's true/common, how long to board and other particulars. [more inside]
posted by snoops on Oct 31, 2014 - 2 answers


I recently adopted a cat. He is infested with fleas. I asked the vet for suggestions and need to confirm if this combination of treatments is safe. [more inside]
posted by Librarypt on Oct 28, 2014 - 28 answers

Everyone likes cat urine questions

My three cats are urinating all over my basement and the smell is terrible. How do I deal with the smell and correct this behavior? [more inside]
posted by i. shishkin on Oct 28, 2014 - 18 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

Help Me Find My Lost Cat

We lost our indoor cat at around 1am this morning from our back yard in our quiet suburban neighborhood. It's getting cold outside, and we are worried about her. What can we do to find her? More details after the jump. [more inside]
posted by Slap Factory on Oct 19, 2014 - 25 answers

Cross or 'X'-shaped cat kibble?

A few years ago all the kibbles started mysteriously switching to the small round pellet shape. This is less than ideal since some cats will wolf down the kibble, completely unchewed, and then throw it up. This is essentially an industrywide phenomenon due to a study showing cats will eat 40% more of the pellet shape. What manufacturers have kept a cross or other larger shape that must be chewed? [more inside]
posted by wnissen on Oct 19, 2014 - 15 answers

Choosing kitties

Can a young energetic kitty and an older mellow kitty make a good pair? [more inside]
posted by Librarypt on Oct 19, 2014 - 23 answers

I have to move to Austria with cats

I need to move to Austria to take care of my Mum. I am planning on going June/July next year. I have 3 cats which I do not want to live without. Is there a specific agency I go through to get them over there? It is a permanent move. Also, can anyone suggest a good, not terribly expensive, overseas moving service? Any answers will be greatly appreciated.
posted by kaoschild on Oct 15, 2014 - 2 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

How do I overcome the grief from my cat's death

What books/activities/other resources will help me get past this horrible sadness. [more inside]
posted by Librarypt on Oct 10, 2014 - 39 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

My cat's breath will smell like cat food.

Yes, it's kitty food question #1,628. I'm wondering if any of the good quality cat foods mentioned in previous threads have gone south of late. (It's too bad that cats don't eat beans because I plate up a lot of them.) [more inside]
posted by Sheydem-tants on Oct 5, 2014 - 19 answers

recs for vets accessible by public transport?

So I am about to adopt my first cat (specifically this one, yay Mefi!). I'm looking for a vet for regular wellness checks in my area (Emeryville, CA, near Ashby Bart) - the catch is that I'm reliant on public transport, and I don't have a ton of money. Suggestions? [more inside]
posted by divabat on Sep 30, 2014 - 13 answers

What are OTC alternatives to IAMS Intestine Plus Residue food for cats?

I recently got prescription cat food for my pet and it's been working fine at permitting him to have regular bowel movements without any diarrhea. Best of all, he now poops in the litter box like he is supposed to. The food provided to me is IAMS Intestine Plus for cats but it's fairly expensive. [more inside]
posted by caudal on Sep 26, 2014 - 18 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

Why are some stray cats super pushy about getting snuggles?

As I write this, a cat is sdddaf constantly mushi`ng her face into my hands and keyboard. I've known a fair number of cats. There seems to be this subset of them that suddenly get really aggressively snuggly. What gives? What can I do to help them feel less needy? [more inside]
posted by slidell on Sep 19, 2014 - 22 answers

They name cats, don't they?

Friends! This may be a bit of a stretch for this community but I need help naming a couple of kittens. Difficulty level: I don't know if I'm keeping both of them but I want names that work well together. [more inside]
posted by Jairus on Sep 13, 2014 - 52 answers

Tights that won't attract (as much) cat hair?

I love wearing tights, but the ones I just bought are a magnet for cat hair. Have you found any that aren't? Does the amount of polyester in the mix make a difference?
posted by chaiminda on Sep 11, 2014 - 4 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

Mosquito repellent collar for cats?

Does such a thing exist, and if so, where can I buy it? Thanks.
posted by Jacqueline on Aug 12, 2014 - 3 answers

Tell me about your awesome vet in Northern Virginia!

I've been in the area a couple years now, and my vet experience for my cats has been less than satisfactory. And the sticker shock! I adore my cats, but damn. I am in the Arlington area, but am willing to drive into the surrounding suburbs. Thanks in advance.
posted by backwards compatible on Aug 11, 2014 - 8 answers

How can we help our cats survive a construction project on our house?

Our contractor is about to begin building an addition on our house. (Yay!) However, we have two very sensitive indoors-only cats who get stressed out easily, and we're told the noise is going to be intense for about a month, and especially during the demolition phase. (Boo!) I welcome any and all ideas for reducing our cats' (and our own) stress for the duration of this long project, short of boarding them elsewhere. Thanks! [more inside]
posted by Janey Complainy on Aug 8, 2014 - 10 answers

Can you give me examples of open ended pet adoption questions?

I am working to become an adoption counselor with a local no-kill animal shelter. What are some innocuous yet revealing questions that may have worked for you in a similar type of situation? [more inside]
posted by Bistle on Jul 29, 2014 - 16 answers

Driving 17 hours with three cats. Suggestions?

Moving from Austin to Minneapolis in a couple weeks. We're taking our three cats. Two of them are 9 and 10, the other is about 2. One of the cats travels well, one is whiny off and on, and the third is intolerable. Doing the vet thing to get sedatives costs way more than we can afford. What should we do? Any ideas? I was thinking about getting Feliway and catnip to help them chill out.
posted by Modica on Jul 14, 2014 - 27 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

Help me build the cat room of my kitties' dreams!

We just bought our first house. Yay! One of the bedrooms has been designated as a haven for our 3 kitties - a place for them to play and lounge, with litter boxes and food/water available as well so we can close the door if we need them to be contained inside for a period of time. I am looking for suggestions what we can do to make this room awesome for the cats (and for us, the people who have to clean up after our furkids and keep them entertained). [more inside]
posted by joan_holloway on Jul 7, 2014 - 21 answers

At what point on the the graph do automation and cat security meet?

I want to automate cat litter scooping, however, I do not want to frighten our cats or take away their sense of territory. Can these goals be reconciled? [more inside]
posted by ignignokt on Jul 2, 2014 - 27 answers

Can we stop our cat from pissing on everything?

For several years my girlfriend's 5-year-old cat has been regularly pissing on soft surfaces, and it's getting worse. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 1, 2014 - 18 answers

Oh, Man, I Want to Buy a Boat!

We dream of living aboard some day, and are wondering if that day can be today*. But we have cats. Have you lived aboard with cats? [more inside]
posted by ethidda on Jun 27, 2014 - 7 answers

Homemade cat food

My neighbour would like to/needs to make her own catfood for her ageing cats. Details inside. [more inside]
posted by feckless fecal fear mongering on Jun 27, 2014 - 8 answers

Kid vs Cats

We have two adorable cats and an even more adorable 4-year-old son who we've just confirmed is allergic to cats. What now? [more inside]
posted by logic vs love on Jun 25, 2014 - 51 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

Rescue Remedy for Pets

Some people swear by Rescue Remedy to calm their anxious pets. Are you one of those people? If so, can you tell me your experience? [more inside]
posted by something something on Jun 11, 2014 - 15 answers

What to do about these cats?

A family of cats -- a mother, two kittens, and a father -- has moved into my backyard in Bayside, Queens. Now what? [more inside]
posted by thursdaystoo on May 31, 2014 - 11 answers

How to keep the house free of dust, allergens and cat smells?

I'm a new home owner who wants to keep my house as free of dust, allergens and cat smells as possible. What kind of air purification system should I get? [more inside]
posted by rbf1138 on May 28, 2014 - 18 answers

Smaller home, three cats, a need for litterboxes. HALP.

Moving from a two bedroom house to a two bedroom apartment in late June with three cats. We need clever litterbox hacks for our furry friends! [more inside]
posted by Kitteh on May 22, 2014 - 17 answers

Can a stray cat eat this?

I periodically come across stray cats in my city, and I like to feed them. I've gotten into the habit of carrying around a can of cat food in my car for this purpose. My partner told me that he thinks the food inside the can might go bad from sitting in the car while the temperature/seasons change. Is this true? How can I figure out how long I can carry around the cat food without it going bad? (I could switch to carrying dry food, but that's less aromatic and thus less attractive to strays.)
posted by southern_sky on May 11, 2014 - 10 answers

Every dog has his day - but the nights are reserved for the cats.

What is known about urban feral / outdoor feline activity cycles? [more inside]
posted by unmake on May 9, 2014 - 3 answers

Starting Phenobarbital for Feline Seizures

My feisty darling Banana had two grand mal seizures on Monday morning and has since had a complete neuro workup including MRI that have essentially ruled out everything except idiopathic epilepsy. He's been on phenobarbital since Monday evening - first by IV in the hospital, and then starting Tuesday night 15mg twice a day at home. And he is a sad little zombie. [more inside]
posted by something something on May 8, 2014 - 9 answers

Cat(s) behavior issues...what to do?

Sister cats, adopted from the shelter very young (~couple months)...are now around 3 years and thriving. Problem is they will randomly get very...agitated? Upset? Freaked out may be the best way to describe this. Not sure what to do or how to go about explaining it to vet without having to force pills down their little throats (this causes more trauma and anxiety!) Tedious details inside. [more inside]
posted by PeppahCat on May 8, 2014 - 16 answers

Comparing Crystal Litter

We've recently bought a ScoopFree self cleaning litter box. It is wonderful but we didn't want to keep buying the disposable litter trays for $30 a go so we bought a Forever Litter Tray. Now we need to buy some crystal litter to use with it. [more inside]
posted by poxandplague on Apr 30, 2014 - 1 answer

What should we do/eat/see in Kyoto? And should we visit Okishima?

It's been a couple years since this last question, so I figured it was worth a renewal. My two travel partners and I will be arriving in Kyoto this afternoon and I wanted to ping the hive mind for suggestions. [more inside]
posted by Cogito on Apr 26, 2014 - 16 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

my cats love fatty things...why?

I have two 10 year old, part Maine Coon cats(pic of Leo) who love fatty things and I'm wondering if it's a deficiency in their diet? [more inside]
posted by fromageball on Apr 10, 2014 - 14 answers

This is the end...and then it's not...and then it is... and then?

Our beloved 18 year old kitty Skye was diagnosed with CRF 3&1/2 years ago. We were told at the time it was pretty bad and that he could have months or years left. We opted not to go with the sub q because he is so skittish already, I wasn't about to make his final time with us miserable. We changed his diet and it helped tremendously. He has his downs where we think it is the end, and then her perks up in a week and is back to normal. This last down was the worst and the shortest. [more inside]
posted by MayNicholas on Apr 8, 2014 - 13 answers

Eau de Litter Pan

How can we solve our older cat's sudden obsession with urinating all over the house? [more inside]
posted by DRoll on Mar 30, 2014 - 6 answers

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