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]
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]
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]
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?
Help! I've moved, and the litter box is now optional. [more inside]
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]
Help-me-name-my-cats filter! Two freshly adopted kitties need names. Details and mandatory pictures inside. (Bonus: videos!) [more inside]
Two cats, one dog: How do I keep a dog visitor out of the cat box? [more inside]
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]
Will running a UV Sanitizing Wand over the litter box help with odors? [more inside]
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]
Please share your most brilliant advice on switching cats from free feeding to scheduled feeding in a multiple-cat household [more inside]
What is the real deal with cat food? Do my cats need canned food? [more inside]
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]
How soon can we introduce our new kitten to two resident cats? [more inside]
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?
Landlord says a fellow tenant's allergies mean no kitty for me. Is there anything I can do? [more inside]
What more can we do to make the international trip with 2 cats doable (aka not hell for everyone)? [more inside]
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!
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?
Am I doing right by my aging kitty? [more inside]
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]
Are there cats out there for dog people? [more inside]
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]
Why does my cat seem to like sweaty clothes? [more inside]
Roaches, how worried should I be? [more inside]
What should I do with my cats while we have some chemical work done in our house? [more inside]
Suggestions for the best afforable cat boarding/cat sitters in NYC? [more inside]
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]
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]
Katzenfilter: How can I make the second cat selection process easier on first cat? [more inside]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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?
Kitty's started giving us midnight serenades - help! [more inside]
Friend got cats, but I'm allergic - what's the protocol? [more inside]
How can I attach my iMac to my desk? My cats are apparently stronger than they look. [more inside]
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]
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]
will keeping siblings from the same litter together past the initial socialization be detrimental to their full socialization? [more inside]
Where can I find a blind, deaf or disabled kitten in the UK? [more inside]
We're sending our two cats on a cross-country road trip. Who should they go with? [more inside]
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]
Tips for a successful dog and kitten union? [more inside]
How do I give my new kitty the best home possible? [more inside]
obsessive litter box behavior - what does it mean? [more inside]