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Herding cats during termite treatment?

Upon the discovery of several live termites attempting to set up shop in my garage wall, I called in a local pest-control company. Following inspection, said company recommended treating the dirt under the garage slab with fipronil (aka Termidor). I have four indoor cats and a fish, and while the termite guys say the fish can stay, they're recommending moving the cats out of the house for the three hours it will take to apply the stuff. Is this really necessary? If so, where the heck can I take four fairly skittish cats for three hours? [more inside]
posted by aecorwin on Aug 29, 2011 - 10 answers

Kittenparty?

Katzenfilter: How can I make the second cat selection process easier on first cat? [more inside]
posted by Kitty Stardust on Aug 24, 2011 - 11 answers

Does growing up with or without cats really affect how people feel about them as an adult as much as I think it does?

Do most people who grow up without cats hate them? Is it at all common for people who grow up with cats to then hate them as adults? [more inside]
posted by smirkyfodder on Aug 23, 2011 - 84 answers

Cat peed on backpacks and tent.

I just discovered that our cat has been urinating on a nylon duffel bag our garage, a bag which contained our backpacking packs and a tent. Can any of it be saved? [more inside]
posted by DakotaPaul on Aug 20, 2011 - 14 answers

Are my cats addicted to carby grains?

Should I force my cats to switch to the healthier food or let them continue eating the not-so-great stuff they seem to prefer? [more inside]
posted by addelburgh on Aug 10, 2011 - 19 answers

House training puppy + cats

We just got a 4 month old Shetland Sheepdog puppy (female), and we've been having a lot of problems to house train her. We suspect the problem might be her interaction with our two cats. [more inside]
posted by clearlydemon on Aug 10, 2011 - 16 answers

Your tips for feeding four cats while I'm out of town?

Overnight is one thing, but how can I make sure my four feline snowflakes get proper nutrition while their humans are off on a three-day cross-country jaunt? Given we've got one cat with food intolerances, one super-picky princess, one food-snatcher, and one with what the vet has described as a "highly efficient colon" (meaning she needs wet food every day), things are going to need a bit more consideration and prep-work than just leaving a big bowl of crunchies out. Please, kittyfolks, share your wisdoms! [more inside]
posted by aecorwin on Aug 9, 2011 - 16 answers

Found Kitty Etiquette

Cute little cat help: Orange kitty, young, declawed, followed my wife home from her walk just now. We think we know where kitty belongs, but the people don't seem to be home. [more inside]
posted by Buffaload on Aug 8, 2011 - 12 answers

Old cat and new kitten strategy

Old cat, new kitten filter: Does anyone have experience introducing an older cat to a new kitten? My cat is 17 years old, female indoor. Any advice/ best practices?
posted by tessalations999 on Aug 7, 2011 - 10 answers

Caterwauling

Kitty's started giving us midnight serenades - help! [more inside]
posted by penguinicity on Aug 1, 2011 - 23 answers

What's new kitty-cat - woe, woe, woe.

Friend got cats, but I'm allergic - what's the protocol? [more inside]
posted by greenish on Jul 28, 2011 - 22 answers

Save me from killing my cats. They're plotting against me.

How can I attach my iMac to my desk? My cats are apparently stronger than they look. [more inside]
posted by cgg on Jul 27, 2011 - 7 answers

Fatal Felines: Fact or Fallacy?

Has a domestic cat ever actually killed a human being? I can't find any evidence of this, and yet, I keep running into people who seem weirdly fearful of cats (and no, I am not talking about allergic folks). What is going on? [more inside]
posted by aecorwin on Jul 21, 2011 - 55 answers

What cat litter doesn't stink up the place even when it's clean?

We need a new litter brand! We have 3 cats and a relatively small space in which they live. The recent heat wave has not helped matters. Ideally the new litter will not stink up the house with odor-covering chemicals. Help? [more inside]
posted by slightly sissy tea hound on Jul 20, 2011 - 41 answers

is it okay to keep two kittens together during "extended" socialization?

will keeping siblings from the same litter together past the initial socialization be detrimental to their full socialization? [more inside]
posted by joeblough on Jul 15, 2011 - 17 answers

Where can I find a blind, deaf or disabled kitten in the UK?

Where can I find a blind, deaf or disabled kitten in the UK? [more inside]
posted by Pilly on Jul 15, 2011 - 7 answers

Two Cats + 3,000 miles + 4 wheels = ?

We're sending our two cats on a cross-country road trip. Who should they go with? [more inside]
posted by LDL_Plackenfatz on Jul 14, 2011 - 8 answers

Pet problems at home.

I just moved in with my boyfriend, and as it turns out he's very easily annoyed by my pets. I'm looking for suggestions on how to moderate the tension so that both he and my little creatures can coexist without murdering each other. [more inside]
posted by wansac on Jul 8, 2011 - 23 answers

How to get a kitten to be our dog's best friend?

Tips for a successful dog and kitten union? [more inside]
posted by ohsnapdragon on Jul 7, 2011 - 12 answers

How to make kitty happy?

How do I give my new kitty the best home possible? [more inside]
posted by coppermoss on Jul 7, 2011 - 15 answers

obsessive behavior

obsessive litter box behavior - what does it mean? [more inside]
posted by ljoct on Jul 6, 2011 - 19 answers

Wailing and gnashing of teeth

Cat adoption filter: should we take in a young feral who seems to have adopted us, or should we find a different kitten to bring into our home? Complicating details inside. Bit of a novella, apologies in advance for the length. [more inside]
posted by Scientist on Jul 6, 2011 - 56 answers

Where can I find an outstanding jazz bar in London?

Where are some awesome jazz bars in London? I am looking for somewhere that has a resident live band... the kind of thing you'd imagine Brad Pitt and George Clooney planning a casino heist in with both of them wearing suit and shirt with no tie. Whilst drinking Scotch. Bonus points if it's a place that has an entrance fee to discourage the riff-raff.
posted by dougrayrankin on Jul 5, 2011 - 9 answers

Attack of the killer house kitties

My 2 cats (who up to this point have been nothing but adorable love monkeys wrapped in fur) viciously attacked me last night. I have never seen anything like it and it's making me wonder whether I can continue to keep them. But I love them! (Or at least I have for the past 6 years...) What do I do? [more inside]
posted by ohyouknow on Jul 1, 2011 - 20 answers

Detergent-induced feline narcolepsy

When we change the duvet cover on our bed, Pusslikeso immediately dives under the covers and basically becomes comatose. She can't wait, she runs into the bedroom as soon as we start and jumps up while we're changing the bottom sheet (so she often almost gets herself made into the bed). What chemical could she possibly be reacting to? [more inside]
posted by likeso on Jun 19, 2011 - 18 answers

Bless you

My cat is sneezing in relatively violent, rapid-fire outbursts of 5 - 10 seconds. The nose and eyes are not discharging anything. She'll just sit up from where she's taking a nap, sneeze a whole bunch of times in a row really fast, then lay down again. This cat has an auto-immune disorder and has taken prednisone for the last year or so. I took her to the vet a week ago for a checkup and I told the vet about the sneezing, which at the time wasn't that bad. The vet said if it got worse, I should bring my cat back in and she'd give her a round of antibiotics to see if that knocked it out, though there was nothing to indicate it was a virus. I wasn't impressed with that answer. In the last couple of days, the sneezing has become slightly more frequent. Any idea what I should do or what this might be? If the advice is go to the vet, would you recommend another vet?
posted by (Arsenio) Hall and (Warren) Oates on Jun 16, 2011 - 14 answers

Clean and covered cat claws

What can I use to cover my cat's paw? [more inside]
posted by TG_Plackenfatz on Jun 15, 2011 - 12 answers

Mystery Sickness in Cat

Cat has raft of weird symptoms, isn't improving, vet is nonplussed. [more inside]
posted by Medieval Maven on Jun 14, 2011 - 32 answers

Help me help my kittehs.

My two kittens have ear mites, for which they were treated today at the vet, by the vet, with Revolution. They also received their first vaccines today. This evening, one of them coughed up a two inch thin, worm-like thing which scared the crap out of me as it coiled up around itself. Is the worm perhaps die-off from the Revolution? [more inside]
posted by DeltaForce on Jun 13, 2011 - 19 answers

How can I find pretty fabric online?

How can I find the fabric that was used to make a dress being sold in a high street store? It's light blue with a pattern of a white cat playing with yarn. [more inside]
posted by bibliophibianj on Jun 10, 2011 - 8 answers

How can I prevent cats from falling off a balcony?

For a Friend: I just moved into a high-rise building with cats. Is there anything I can put up in between my screen door and the balcony to prevent the cats from falling off the balcony if the screen door is open? I've thought about a baby gate but I'm worried about them jumping.
posted by melodykramer on Jun 9, 2011 - 19 answers

Plants for pets.

What plant should I get that would be safe for both cats and ferrets? [more inside]
posted by Evilspork on Jun 9, 2011 - 6 answers

Kill the fleas, not our baby.

Cats, fleas, prevention, difficulty +11 weeks pregnant. How do I keep the fleas away but not endanger my wife (or future child)? [more inside]
posted by Towelie on Jun 7, 2011 - 21 answers

Twin Cities Pet Sitter

Looking for a terrific pet sitter in the Twin Cities. [more inside]
posted by Laura Macbeth on Jun 6, 2011 - 0 answers

Did I accidentally short-circuit faline advancement?

My cat eats with his hands. Is this at least somewhat normal? [more inside]
posted by Navelgazer on Jun 5, 2011 - 42 answers

Cat tail mystery

If I present the tip of my cats' tails to the respective cats, they'll immediately start grooming/chewing on said tail. Is this common, or universal, among cats? And why do they do it? [more inside]
posted by mudpuppie on Jun 5, 2011 - 18 answers

I suppose i could electrify all upright surfaces...

2 months after moving into a new house, our cats have started peeing on everything. Please help me stop them before I lose my temper with them... [more inside]
posted by sodium lights the horizon on Jun 2, 2011 - 12 answers

Help me find an Aussie moving company's cat logo!

Aussie Filter! Looking for a picture of a particular Aussie/NZ moving company's Cat-arrific logo! [more inside]
posted by salem on May 26, 2011 - 6 answers

I don't even care if this ends with getting a third cat, I just want him to stop crying

HELP! There's a cat under my mobile home that's been crying for 24 hours. It's up in the insulation or ducts. What do I do? [more inside]
posted by threeturtles on May 21, 2011 - 29 answers

How do animals think?

How do animals think? I was watching a cat in our garden the other day, and I wondered how it thought as it doesn't have language to think in. Then I thought: yes, but when I am working on an (easy - not cryptic) crossword, sometimes I am not thinking in words (if this makes sense?) [more inside]
posted by marienbad on May 20, 2011 - 33 answers

In Soveit Russia, doors escape cats.

How do I cat-proof my front door with a lever-style handle? [more inside]
posted by honeybee413 on May 16, 2011 - 22 answers

Why do all of my pets have stomach troubles?

Why are all of my pets sick all the time? [more inside]
posted by starbaby on May 15, 2011 - 15 answers

Cat Sitting for Income

Portland OR hive: Any experience with home based cat boarding in the area around Portland, Hillsboro, Beaverton? Thinking a nice small boarding business would be a good retirement income plan. Is this even possible?
posted by Freedomboy on May 12, 2011 - 4 answers

At least he's not scratching the couch....

My cat Trilby has nearly destroyed the cat scratcher I bought for him when I adopted him a year and a half ago, and it’s time for a new scratching post. Can anyone recommend a good, reasonably priced, durable, modest-sized cat scratcher? Those “emery board” scratchers sound great in theory because I wouldn’t have to cut Trilby’s claws anymore. But they’ve gotten so many negative reviews online and most of the positive reviews smell like spam. Do any of you use them, or failing that, does your cat?
posted by orange swan on May 12, 2011 - 25 answers

How do I make my cats happier?

Should I transition my indoor cats into outdoor cats? [more inside]
posted by timsneezed on May 9, 2011 - 53 answers

My cat has taken to pooping and peeing all over our flat. Several trips to the vet haven't stopped it. Does anyone have any suggestions on how to stop this?

My cat has taken to pooping and peeing all over our flat. Several trips to the vet haven't stopped it. Does anyone have any suggestions on how to stop this? [more inside]
posted by Pilly on May 8, 2011 - 27 answers

Moving 1 person 2 cats

I (one person) am moving two cats from Saskatoon to Toronto. Do I ship the cats, rent a car and drive them, make two flights to ferry them back and forth or put one in the cargo hold? [more inside]
posted by jrochest on May 7, 2011 - 30 answers

Supporting a friend who may lose a pet

How to support and comfort a friend through the illness/loss of their pets? What helped you? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 5, 2011 - 19 answers

My cat is acting sad and its my fault, please help

Cat psychology question: I may have really upset my cat - please help me soothe her. [more inside]
posted by dmbfan93 on Apr 23, 2011 - 14 answers

New apartment + new kitty?

I will be moving house soon and am interested in adding a (second) cat to my household. How to minimize trauma for the cat I already have? [more inside]
posted by alphasunhat on Apr 18, 2011 - 2 answers

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