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Noise & cats not mixing - help!

How can I keep my cats calm during very, VERY noisy construction outside our apartment. [more inside]
posted by xetere on Jan 5, 2012 - 6 answers

Breeding Personality

If personality isn't supposed to be genetic, then how are pet breeds able to be differentiated by personality? [more inside]
posted by divabat on Jan 5, 2012 - 15 answers

How do cats do without a spleen?

Catfilter: I'm looking for experiences from cat owners who have had cats with mast cells in their spleen. What's the survival time following a splenectomy ? (This is assuming lab results and the vet suggest that procedure.) [more inside]
posted by Man with Lantern on Jan 1, 2012 - 5 answers

Information about exotic shorthair cats

I want to learn everything I can about exotic shorthairs (aka shorthaired persians). I have the opportunity to adopt an exotic shorthair kitten, and need to figure out if one of the little munchkins would be happy living with me. I have 3 specific questions. [more inside]
posted by KLF on Jan 1, 2012 - 10 answers

How do I get my cats to stop knocking things over?

How do I cat-proof a bookshelf and desk? My cats like to climb on my bookshelf and desk and knock things off of them, sometimes for fun and sometimes to get my attention. I would like them to stop doing this. [more inside]
posted by schroedinger on Dec 30, 2011 - 32 answers

Cats+Couch = Happiness?

We have a $1500 budget for a new couch. We also have two boisterous longhair cats. What type of couch will survive them better, leather or something with slipcovers? [more inside]
posted by odayoday on Dec 21, 2011 - 11 answers

What should I do about the cat outside my door?

There is a cat without collar or tags in the hallway of my apartment building. It's too late to knock on neighbors' doors to ask if it's theirs. I can hear it mewing outside my door. What should I do?
posted by Ash3000 on Dec 15, 2011 - 62 answers

Please no litter issues!

Help! I've moved, and the litter box is now optional. [more inside]
posted by 2soxy4mypuppet on Dec 4, 2011 - 19 answers

Is this a cat emergency?

Yesterday or the day before I noticed one of my cats was squinting a little in one eye. Then she started producing thick yellow goop. This morning there was a lot more thick yellow goop. This evening I noticed the nictating membrane of that eye is a little pinker and more swollen than the other one. She is having no trouble breathing and her appetite, thirst, and energy are normal. I don't have a lot of money. How urgent is this situation? [more inside]
posted by schroedinger on Dec 2, 2011 - 19 answers

The naming of cats is a serious matter

Help-me-name-my-cats filter! Two freshly adopted kitties need names. Details and mandatory pictures inside. (Bonus: videos!) [more inside]
posted by kitarra on Nov 27, 2011 - 49 answers

Drop it! Drop it!

Two cats, one dog: How do I keep a dog visitor out of the cat box? [more inside]
posted by angrycat on Nov 24, 2011 - 21 answers

Cat Food Sans-Dye?

Does anyone know where to find a list of cat food brands or types without any coloring or dye at all? I've tried a bunch of the natural types, and they all seem to come back up as orange or virulent yellow onto the very light beige apartment carpet, with some regularity. [more inside]
posted by thelastcamel on Nov 14, 2011 - 13 answers

Can UV sanitizers decrease odors?

Will running a UV Sanitizing Wand over the litter box help with odors? [more inside]
posted by veganfilmjunkie on Nov 8, 2011 - 4 answers

What happens when rehoming cats just doesn't happen?

So what do you actually do when you can't rehome your cats? Please no (more) guilt, we have been trying for six months and we are at our wits end. What happens now? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 7, 2011 - 29 answers

Help me put one cat on a diet without starving another! Staying sane would be nice too.

Please share your most brilliant advice on switching cats from free feeding to scheduled feeding in a multiple-cat household [more inside]
posted by gilsonal on Nov 1, 2011 - 8 answers

Fancy Feast makes me feel ill

What is the real deal with cat food? Do my cats need canned food? [more inside]
posted by treehorn+bunny on Oct 30, 2011 - 39 answers

Cats 101

I am daydreaming about getting a cat. But I've never had a pet of any kind. What would I be getting myself into? Give me the skinny, in terms of cost, daily care, supplies needed, etc. (Point me to a good book on the subject if you know one!) If I were to do this, I want to be as well informed as possible. [more inside]
posted by ocherdraco on Oct 28, 2011 - 54 answers

How soon can we introduce our new kitten to two resident cats?

How soon can we introduce our new kitten to two resident cats? [more inside]
posted by talitha_kumi on Oct 26, 2011 - 11 answers

Why does my cat bite my partner when he laughs loudly?

OK, I know this is the perennial AskMe "My cat does this crazy thing" question, and that the answer will be the eternal "because cats are weird", but I want to find out if anyone else's cat does this. When my spouse is laughing loudly, for instance (but not exclusively) in response to being tickled, my cat will launch himself at him and attempt to bite him (fortunately, it's always been through clothes). This has happened three times. It was not a playful bite, but rather a full-on chomp. The cat is very sweet at all other times, if occasionally a bit jumpy. Has anyone else seen this behavior, or have any idea what's going on, or how to make the cat less reactive to loud laughter?
posted by matildaben on Oct 25, 2011 - 18 answers

No kitty in my new apartment!?!?

Landlord says a fellow tenant's allergies mean no kitty for me. Is there anything I can do? [more inside]
posted by good day merlock on Oct 23, 2011 - 30 answers

What more to do to help air travel with cats?

What more can we do to make the international trip with 2 cats doable (aka not hell for everyone)? [more inside]
posted by kirikara on Oct 23, 2011 - 16 answers

Kitten biting now, help!

Kitten filter: My wife's new kitten (he is 4 months old now) seems to be going through a biting phase. He especially likes biting hands and arms. We try to spray him with water and say "no biting." Will this be enough to train him not to bite, or is there something else we should be doing? Thank you!
posted by Equiprimordial on Oct 18, 2011 - 32 answers

Cat can't a go go

I'm pretty sure my female cat has a urinary tract infection -- she's dragging her butt, licking herself all the time, going to the litter box a lot, etc. I'm going to take her to the vet, but I'm having trouble finding one that's open on Sundays. Is it okay for this to wait until Monday or should I go to an emergency animal hospital?
posted by The Lamplighter on Oct 15, 2011 - 16 answers

He seems perfectly happy to me, if a little cantankerous...

Am I doing right by my aging kitty? [more inside]
posted by Narrative Priorities on Oct 12, 2011 - 37 answers

Cat's fine, I'm the one who's a mess.

I just figured out that our 5 month old kitten Hubble has fleas. Or, at least, I think she has fleas. Please help me curb my inner stress ball, because I am having a real hard time dealing with this. [more inside]
posted by lydhre on Oct 11, 2011 - 23 answers

Dog people consider cats

Are there cats out there for dog people? [more inside]
posted by kat518 on Oct 7, 2011 - 65 answers

What is the best non-clumping-clay cat litter (or any litter that won't cause TSA to hand-inspect your checked luggage when you put a bag of litter in it)?

What is the best non-clumping-clay cat litter (or any litter that won't cause TSA to hand-inspect your checked luggage when you put a bag of litter in it)? [more inside]
posted by StrawberryPie on Oct 3, 2011 - 10 answers

Is B.O. catnip?

Why does my cat seem to like sweaty clothes? [more inside]
posted by c'mon sea legs on Sep 19, 2011 - 21 answers

How big of guns do I need to bring to this battle?

Roaches, how worried should I be? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 12, 2011 - 22 answers

cat care conundrum

What should I do with my cats while we have some chemical work done in our house? [more inside]
posted by mmmmbobo on Sep 12, 2011 - 10 answers

When the humans are away, the cats will play...with whom?

Suggestions for the best afforable cat boarding/cat sitters in NYC? [more inside]
posted by xiaolongbao on Sep 9, 2011 - 7 answers

I can haz owtsidez?

Please help me win my FaceBook debate (or, at least, learn something new): MUST dogs be walked? Is it truly better for cats to be only indoors? Are cats less domesticated than dogs? I'd like fact-based support, not ASPCA party line. Gimme Science! [more inside]
posted by _paegan_ on Sep 1, 2011 - 30 answers

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

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