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how should the process of adopting a cat from a breeder work

I want to adopt two Bengal kittens from a breeder. I have had dogs, but never had cats. I am getting cats because my daughter is crazy about cats. [more inside]
posted by alcahofa on Mar 16, 2013 - 30 answers

Am I overreacting to my friends' values about future pets?

My younger friends are roommates and want to jointly adopt a kitten. When I asked some follow-up questions about who would be the real owner of the cat (since they'll likely not live together for the animal's entire lifespan) it seems that they assume they'll just give the cat up if neither wants to take it to the new home. I am, shall we say, not a fan of this plan. They both think I'm overreacting. They are also not very keen on simply fostering instead of adopting. What to do? [more inside]
posted by Viola on Mar 11, 2013 - 45 answers

Yet another cat naming question ...

We are about to adopt a gorgeous pair of young cats. They are 1yo, brother and sister, tabby and white, mainly white with tabby spots and blotches and stripey tails. She is smaller than him. They are rangy at the moment but will be indoor cats and will probably become "fine" and content with time. Quite lively but friendly. They have, erm, had kittens together already (the boy is now neutered and the girl gets done next week), so bonus points for incestuous brother-sister pairs (I am already mining Iris Murdoch's novels for some but they don't have great cat names). [more inside]
posted by LyzzyBee on Mar 11, 2013 - 48 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

Cabin cats or cargo cats?

My wife and I are moving across the country in a few months with our furballs, Steve and Lola. We're going to fly with them, but I'm not sure if they would be better off with us in the cabin or in cargo. The trip is unavoidably going to involve two flights, the first one will be about 6 to 6:30 hours in length, the second will be 2 to 2:30 hours. The layover between them could be as short as an hour. So total travel time, including getting to/from the airports will probably be around 12-13 hours. [more inside]
posted by otolith on Mar 10, 2013 - 23 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

are Damminix tick tubes really safe for cats?

I'm thinking about using Damminix tick tubes around my yard to reduce the population of deer ticks, but I'm concerned about the possibility that any cats who catch and eat mice that have the permethrin on their fur might be poisoned. [more inside]
posted by Corvid on Mar 8, 2013 - 4 answers

Preventative care for old cats?

Do you have OLD cats? How often do you take them to the vet, and do you do the 6 month preventative testing-type visits that cat vets typically recommend? If so, how much do you pay for the visit and lab tests? Do I really need to do this? [more inside]
posted by peep on Mar 5, 2013 - 21 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

How can I find a good home for my cat in NYC?

My family and I were "displaced" by hurricane sandy. We were without a place to live for 10-11 weeks. We finally have a place to live and it's going ok, but we need to find a home for one of our cats because he can't stay with us. It's sad, but we need to find him a good home. How do you do that? He's the sweetest cutest thing. I can't have him be in one of those cages. However I really need to find him a home fast. I'm freaking out about this an don't know what to do. Please help. [more inside]
posted by milarepa on Feb 23, 2013 - 9 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

On the brink of divorce, don't know what the hell to do about our cat

I think my marriage may be irreparably broken. The idea of splitting up is agonizing, but if things don't turn around soon, I can't stay. But. I don't know what to do about our cat, and it's tearing me apart. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 20, 2013 - 39 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

my cat, my cat, my claw-y claw-y cat.

one of my cats claws up furniture. I've tried a huge list of fixes, with no luck. I'm considering that he's bored. I'm on my last thread here, and the options are maybe now he goes outside and hope that being less bored helps, or that he gets declawed, which I'm totally against. help me with more creative ideas? [more inside]
posted by euphoria066 on Feb 14, 2013 - 33 answers

It's yo' cat / It's yo' problem!

CatLivingFilter: One of my roommate's two cats has become very attached to me, probably because my roommate (by his own admission) inherited the cat from an ex relationship and never really liked it that much. That's cool--I like cats, and cats like me. What I don't like is that the cat has become so attached that it will yell inconsolably outside my door, scratch at my door, and sometimes even bash into my door in despair of not being in my room. This has become a major sleep disrupting problem for me. What can I reasonably expect my roommate to do to respond to this situation? [more inside]
posted by The Sock Puppet Sentience Movement on Feb 14, 2013 - 35 answers

How do I find a meow-chiming wall clock?

For some time I've desired to own a wall clock which plays a cat (or cats) meowing the tune to the Westminster Chimes, as well as one meow for every hour. How can I purchase or make this? [more inside]
posted by pziemba on Feb 5, 2013 - 7 answers

Stray Cat Care?

How can I care for this stray cat, in Japan, when I can't take her in? [more inside]
posted by DisreputableDog on Jan 30, 2013 - 8 answers

What did I just watch my cat do?

Why did my cat just fall over onto her side during Standard Hairball Procedure? [more inside]
posted by Theophylactic on Jan 27, 2013 - 14 answers

Are kittens like babies or cats?

Should kittens be chubby, like human babies, or lean, like adult cats? [more inside]
posted by insectosaurus on Jan 25, 2013 - 10 answers

What toys would you suggest for a cat that needs exercise but...

What toys would you suggest for a cat that needs exercise but isn't motivated by treats? She does like scratching posts/beds and chin scritches, but I don't know how to work those into an active toy.
posted by Evilspork on Jan 22, 2013 - 35 answers

How to take in a second cat who also eats special prescription food?

We have an old cat who eats special prescription food. We are thinking about taking in a friend's old cat who also eats special prescription food. Is there a convenient way to do this? [more inside]
posted by PersonAndSalt on Jan 22, 2013 - 13 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

Alternative Glue for Soft Paws?

I have used Soft Paws to prevent my two cats from scratching our furniture in the past, and they worked really well. However, either they redesigned their glue dispenser, or I've developed serious glue-handling issues, because I went through three bottles of glue spilling all over the place before I gave up. Is it safe to use Krazy Glue, or some similar product instead of the glue they provide? [more inside]
posted by odayoday on Jan 15, 2013 - 15 answers

How do cats choose where to take their naps?

My cats both seem to choose different places to sleep on different days. I can't really figure out how/why the choose where they do. One day in the closet with a window, the other on the bed when the blinds are open, sometimes on the couch near the window, sometimes on the couch as far as possible from the windows, sometimes on the living room couch, sometimes on the family room couch, and then somedays in the no-window basement where it is completely dark. Do you know what affects the pattern? Except maybe light/warmth?
posted by warthurton on Jan 15, 2013 - 20 answers

Recommendations for a carrier/double cat carrier please!

Cosette and Herbie (kitty picture here) need a good carrier. [more inside]
posted by roomthreeseventeen on Jan 13, 2013 - 6 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

Cat cord chewing.

I need solutions for a cat that chomps cords. We have tried: Bitters spray Bitters gel Covering the cords with fabric bias tape then, putting bitters on them. and Hiding cords, he still gets to them He's even chomping think cords, like serge protectors that plug into the wall. I've seen those cat cord protectors, but all the reviews say they're garbage. He does this mostly when were not home. Is there an appropriate thing to give a cat to chew on? (like with dogs)
posted by misformiche on Jan 9, 2013 - 16 answers

I'd like to give something to my cat sitter in a horrible situation.

My cat has died, which was horrible. Worse, I wasn't even home. I'd like to send my cat sitter something. [more inside]
posted by AmandaA on Jan 8, 2013 - 9 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

Found a family of cats at a service station next to busy highway

Found a family of cats (4 kittens, 2 adults) at a gas station next to a busy freeway... What is best thing to do? [more inside]
posted by anawesomeguy on Jan 5, 2013 - 15 answers

Doors with pre-installed cat flaps in Toronto?

Where can we get an interior door with a pre-installed pet door/cat flap? This is in/around Toronto. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 3, 2013 - 7 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

hork... Hork... HOrk... HORK!!!

What is a normal level of cat barf, and how can we reduce it? [more inside]
posted by mikeand1 on Dec 30, 2012 - 21 answers

Yet another strange cat behavior question...

We adopted Max from a shelter in October of this year. Shortly thereafter we noticed he would occasionally do this movement spontaneously, and we're curious as to why. [more inside]
posted by FormerMermaid on Dec 28, 2012 - 25 answers

Fantasy novels featuring talking cats, telepathic cats, sentient cats, intelligent cats, etc.?

Please recommend to me some fantasy novels that feature talking, telepathic, or otherwise sentient cats. Ideally with human companions, but a society entirely composed of intelligent cats could be cool too. Thanks!
posted by Jacqueline on Dec 18, 2012 - 53 answers

Can cats truly sense anxiety in humans?

I'm about to take my 4-year-old female cat with me on a cross-country flight from the west to east coast for the holidays. We're leaving on Monday, and I've been having butterflies in my stomach all weekend in anticipation of the coming journey. I have no experience flying with cats but have done all I could to prepare for this trip. [more inside]
posted by starpoint on Dec 15, 2012 - 21 answers

Talk us in to or out of this...

We found a terrific high quality tufted leather coffee table leather ottoman bench thingie on consignment- this particular one runs around $500 retail. The leather is the soft non scratch kind in dark brown/ black. It looks brand new. We love the idea of it because we have a little human coming and it minimizes the worry about him getting hurt if he hits his head on it. It suits our need for a play table, changing table, foot rest and general decor item. The price it $140. Here is the rub: we have 3 cats. [more inside]
posted by MayNicholas on Dec 9, 2012 - 20 answers

Cats having GI problems, vets are not helping

Cats suffering from blood in poop, diarrhea, vomiting for the past month. Vets keep telling me there's nothing wrong, all of their treatment suggestions haven't worked. Can't keep spending money on vets, please advise. Cat poop discussion inside! [more inside]
posted by schroedinger on Dec 8, 2012 - 13 answers

Kitteh, teh protector?

What is up with my boyfriend's cat? Do cats "sense" certain things? [more inside]
posted by floweredfish on Dec 6, 2012 - 22 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

I'm Too Tiny For My Collar

We just adopted two kittens, YAY! They are from a shelter, so they just got neutered and spayed today, but they are actually too small for the smallest e-collars (which we have). Thus, problems. [more inside]
posted by insectosaurus on Dec 3, 2012 - 26 answers

Shut this damn cat up, please!

My cat is driving me insane. We moved into a new place near the end of October/beginning of November. Since we got here, she has been so incredibly vocal. She's always mewing and howling. It's the same noise she makes when I'm in another room and she wants me around. Or when she's stuck somewhere. I haven't had a good night's sleep since we got here. It's a loud, shrill noise and I can't sleep through it. She keeps me up late at night, wakes me up early in the morning. What can I do about this? I need to be able to sleep.
posted by Modica on Dec 3, 2012 - 19 answers

Help Me Clone My Cat

I want to clone my cat. [more inside]
posted by BitterOldPunk on Dec 2, 2012 - 20 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

Help me find or make a cat-proof dual iPhone/iPad charging dock or stand

I am tired of having wires all over my desk. I want to charge both my iPhone and iPad Mini on my bedside table, standing up in a single dock or stand that my cat can't knock over. Can you recommend such a thing or suggest creative ways to improvise one? [more inside]
posted by embrangled on Nov 20, 2012 - 11 answers

Hey! Hey! Hey! It's 4 AM! Did you know you have to feed me in two hours?

Large, young, lovable cat won't leave us the hell alone when we're trying to sleep in the mornings. I feed him when I get up at 6am, so naturally he's bugging me by 5am, sometimes 4am. How do I get him to knock this off? [more inside]
posted by scaryblackdeath on Nov 20, 2012 - 34 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

Cat toys that work for hours?

What is a cat toy / thing i can make that will keep my cat exercising all day at home? [more inside]
posted by JJkiss on Nov 12, 2012 - 32 answers

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