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Train the cats, train the kids?

I have inherited two kittens (now almost a year old). One of them is continually scratching my elementary-aged kids. I have had no luck training the kids in cat body language, because it seems to go from cuddly-and-purring to face-scratching instantly. [more inside]
posted by instamatic on Jun 20, 2016 - 23 answers

Kitten Nurses on Himself

My 3 month old kitten began nursing on his own nipples 3 days after adopting him. I've owned him for two weeks so far. He does this ritual immediately before preparing for bed (with my husband and I) and sometimes during the day before he naps. Is there a way this can be stopped, or has it already turned into a (bad) habit? Someone suggested a (pet's) shirt that can cover his nipples. Another suggested "calming" spray just before bed. Is there an ointment I can rub on his nipples that tastes DISGUSTING to prevent him from continuing to do this? Please help!
posted by scarbo on Jun 20, 2016 - 17 answers

How to catch a kitty?

I need your help catching this kitty and potentially finding a new home for it! [more inside]
posted by QueenHawkeye on Jun 19, 2016 - 9 answers

When do we spay our kitten?

I'm getting conflicting information and would like to make the best decision for my kitten. When is it best to spay? [more inside]
posted by aniola on Jun 16, 2016 - 20 answers

brain teasers for kittens

We have a very active six week old kitten. What puzzles are age-appropriate for this kitten? I need more ways to redirect this cute kitten from tantalizing wires! [more inside]
posted by aniola on Jun 3, 2016 - 22 answers

Another round of: name our cat?

Hello metafilter! We just brought home a new cat from the shelter today. He's a small, young, tuxedo who's simultaneously playful and a love bug. Name ideas? [more inside]
posted by sazerac on May 21, 2016 - 59 answers

My Bengal kitten is a special kind of crazy and I need answers

Our 10 month old bengal kitten plays *hard*. When we're playing, or when she wants to play more than we do, she puffs up her tail and arches her back and does that weird crab-shuffle and then laps around the house. I'm concerned because in my head arched back and puffed tail equals stressed out cat, but with her it seems to be associated with intense play. This behavior is also never associated with attacking us or being aggressive. I'm aware that bengals are, uh, crazy, but is this within the bounds of how bengals are? This is daily behavior. [more inside]
posted by BuddhaInABucket on May 13, 2016 - 25 answers

Ghoulies And Ghosties And Long-Legged Beasties

It's another round of Name That Kitten! This lil fuzzbucket is coming to us next week with the placeholder name "MewMew". Which, no. We already have a cat named Goblin and are thinking we'd like a name that somewhat matches. Another entry from the Dungeons & Dragon's bestiary? Germanic mythology? Supernatural creatures? Please help us give poor MewMew a better nom de pet.
posted by Sara C. on Apr 30, 2016 - 51 answers

Help us name our new kitty, please

Hey, MeFi, it's time for another episode of everyone's favorite game show Name That Cat! [more inside]
posted by zorseshoes on Mar 19, 2016 - 61 answers

Name my new kittens [nerdy-edition]

I'm adopting two five month old kittens. Yay! Now: what do I name them? Picture 1, Picture 2. The tabby is a girl, mild and pretty shy. The black and white is a boy, super playful and outgoing - he's going to be a trouble-maker! Name criteria inside. [more inside]
posted by firei on Feb 15, 2016 - 66 answers

Should I get my 5 year old cat a kitten friend?

My cat is very playful and meows for attention a lot. I’m wondering if maybe he would like a playmate but I'm afraid that he might hate it. [more inside]
posted by figaro on Dec 14, 2015 - 26 answers

Suggestions for helping a blind kitten adapt to a new household?

So tomorrow we will be bringing home our new kitten Matthew Meowdock. This will be my first ever kitten, and I'm trying to make sure he integrates into our household (including our existing dog and cat) reasonably easily. Difficulty: Matthew is completely blind. If you have or have had a blind cat, what do you wish you'd known at first? [more inside]
posted by sciatrix on Nov 14, 2015 - 7 answers

Our 'Tidy Cat' is not so tidy.

One of my kittens has taken to kicking *alot* of clay litter out of the litter box when she does her business. Why? Can I alter her behavior? [more inside]
posted by joseph conrad is fully awesome on Oct 20, 2015 - 20 answers

New catte! Please help name my new shelter kitten!

We just brought home a new kitten, and would like your assistance in coming up with names. Tell me what you got for an orange-ish kitty! [more inside]
posted by megafauna on Oct 9, 2015 - 69 answers

Is the new kitten making my boy cat buffer

We recently got a little baby kitten named Kalagata Olive, and our adult male cat Caliban Party Ghost spent the first week of her arrival just MAD AS HELL about it. He seems... more ripped? He's like 11 pounds-ish now, up from 10-ish before. Could territoriality be making him more testosteroney, and therefore more buff? Is this a thing. (Obligatory visuals: Caliban mad at Olive, Caliban finally getting along with Olive, Thunder Perfect Cat putting up with Olive, Olive in her natural habitat)
posted by Greg Nog on Oct 6, 2015 - 11 answers

Should I rename my new kitten? If so, help! (Pics included, of course.)

We adopted this darling girl on Sunday from the ASPCA and her shelter name is Gossamer. I'm not sure if that's the name for her - sure, she is delicate and light, but Goss is a weird nickname so I'm considering other possibilities. [more inside]
posted by cristinacristinacristina on Sep 23, 2015 - 70 answers

What to feed new kittens who have been eating shelter food?

We've been through all the applications, and tomorrow, we're getting a pair of 10-week old kittens from a local rescue. However, while I've had adult cats, it's been ~20 years since I had kittens. So, what should I feed them? [more inside]
posted by media_itoku on Aug 14, 2015 - 15 answers

Sick dog, sick kitten, panicked mama

Is my kitten reacting to recent stresses in the house, or could something else be going on? Snowflake details follow. [more inside]
posted by iarerach on Jun 24, 2015 - 7 answers

cat lovers - need advice for stray cat family

I live in a large residential neighborhood in a suburb. For the past 8 months, my husband and some of our neighbors noticed a stray cat. About a month ago, our neighbor noticed she had 3 kittens. [more inside]
posted by seesom on May 27, 2015 - 4 answers

Is there an age when a kitten may outgrow biting?

I would like to hear from people who have had a kitten that bit past a few weeks of age and outgrew it, or never did outgrow it. Our 7 month old kitten was found outside at around 6 weeks old and therefore missed out on some kitty socialization from his mama and siblings. He bites us (myself, husband and preteen child) regularly, sometimes drawing blood. More details below. [more inside]
posted by haunted_pomegranate on May 23, 2015 - 20 answers

My cat is getting spay surgery! Help!!

My poor kitten(5 months in good health) is getting spayed on Friday! Omg I feel so bad for her. I do not know what to really expect. They have done preop tests and they said results were good. But so scared of the whole experience. How did it go for your cat?how long did it take for her coat to come back?
posted by barexamfreak on Mar 4, 2015 - 35 answers

All I do is ask cat questions! Litter Box edition

Mrs Binkleton and Crocket Man are new roommates. Everything seems to be going as well as it can I guess, but there's a litter box dilemma, but I'm not sure if it's in my head! [more inside]
posted by JenThePro on Feb 19, 2015 - 5 answers

What does Cat Suckling Mean?

We just adopted a new kitty Croque Monsieur aka Crocket and so far, he's doing really,really well. However, he does something which is very strange - at least I've never seen it before. He suckles. And I mean, he suckles a lot! We've only had him since Saturday afternoon and I've seen him suckle his favorite toy quite a bit, as well as a kitty blanket and my jumper! [more inside]
posted by JenThePro on Jan 19, 2015 - 18 answers

Time to carry the pet, some carriers seem designed for "outgoing" pets -

What is the best carrier for fraidy cats? [more inside]
posted by vapidave on Jan 15, 2015 - 14 answers

dirty town kitty children's book?

For years I have been looking for information about a children's book about a mother cat and her kitten and a (coal?) town where it was so dirty that no cat would stay there, despite the wishes of the inhabitants. The mother cat has to make a trip and isn't sure she can leave her kitten in the dirty town, but someone comes out of a building (maybe, where all the residents have chosen names they'd give a kitten if they could have one?), and (maybe beats a pot with a spoon? and) calls out all the cat names one after another in hopes of calling the kitten. Mother cat is convinced and leaves kitten. [more inside]
posted by diodotos on Dec 21, 2014 - 3 answers

My cat died. How long should I wait before adopting another one ?

My beloved little cat (complete with a twitter account) died in the early hours on monday. I live alone and *feel* really alone without a furry, purring, mice chasing feline in my life. Is there any rule of thumb on the right delay between burying a cat and adopting a new one ?
posted by Baud on Dec 5, 2014 - 36 answers

Naming a Kitten (yes, pictures are included)

Thought I had the perfect name, but now I'm not sure... The kitten in question is tabby/Bengal, or perhaps "benglish" and deserves the right name. What do you suggest? [more inside]
posted by janey47 on Dec 1, 2014 - 43 answers

Rehoming stray kittens in Brooklyn on short notice

There are kittens in the yard! Very tiny, very cute, very stumbly kittens. Unfortunately, they cannot stay where they are. Looking for help in rehoming them in NYC. [more inside]
posted by rhythm and booze on Nov 27, 2014 - 7 answers

Cat Aggression

My 1.5 yr old cat will escalate grooming/playing with other cats into aggressive biting. What should I do? [more inside]
posted by kittensofthenight on Nov 9, 2014 - 12 answers

Adding a new Kitty into the mix - help!

I know there are many cat lovers here, and I am seeking some advice. About two years ago, I adopted two adult female cats (Mona and Lola) from a foster home. Recently, I adopted another kitten (Morty) when his human parents split up. We introduced them slowly, first keeping Morty behind a door away from Mona and Lola, then gradually giving him access to different rooms of the house. The issue is that Morty loves to 'play' often by chasing and pouncing on Lola. I feel very protective of Lola and worry and that she feels unsafe. More details below the fold. [more inside]
posted by seesom on Oct 27, 2014 - 5 answers

How much should he be eating?

I recently adopted a 10 month old cat. He wants to eat a lot more than I expected. What is the right amount? [more inside]
posted by kittensofthenight on Aug 14, 2014 - 26 answers

My cat is TPing the bathroom! Help!

My cat keeps unspooling the toilet paper. It is mildly frustrating, not the worst thing in the world but we have tried keeping the bathroom door shut, etc, but I know there are covers for toilet paper holders - I imagine they are for situations like this?? [more inside]
posted by timpanogos on Jul 2, 2014 - 23 answers

Please help us name our kitten - very specific requirement edition!

We have a naming convention for our cats - so far they are all science related terms that start with M. We have Magnet, Möbius and Meniscus. Now we have a new little fluff ball - a black kitten with a white tuft on her chest. Can you help think of a name for her? So far we've thrown around Muon, Mendel (too masculine) and plain ol' μ.
posted by lizjohn on Jun 21, 2014 - 67 answers

Panleukopenia outbreak in our house. What now?

My fiancé and I foster homeless kittens and cats in our house as volunteers for a local cat shelter. Panleukopenia just hit us hard, killing all of our fosters, making us really depressed, and now we don't know what to do. Any advice? [more inside]
posted by ashtabula to opelika on Jun 3, 2014 - 12 answers

How can I maintain sanity while I await my horny cat's vet appointment?

My adolescent kitten is in heat. Unfortunately, it's not quite hot enough to melt my eardrums, so both of us suffer while she stands next to the front door and yowls in vain for tomcat dick. She seems as miserable as she's making me. Unfortunately, her appointment to get fixed isn't til Wednesday. Is there anything I can do to make her less screetchy in the meantime?
posted by t(h)om(as) on Jun 1, 2014 - 16 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

Help me name my kitten!

What should I name the newest and most adorable member of my family? [more inside]
posted by fresh bouquets every day on Mar 28, 2014 - 69 answers

How to Acclimate a Cat to Bedtime Rituals

A kitty has joined my home as of 48 hours ago (photos eventually, pretty sure a coworker is on here and I need to preserve anonymity right now). She's 7 months old ish and now that she's made a fantastic turnaround from being huddled in a corner to triumphant queen of my entire apartment, I need to start getting her acclimated with some things so we set some behavior boundaries right away. Help! [more inside]
posted by These Birds of a Feather on Mar 12, 2014 - 22 answers

Do I need to take my recently-acquired formerly-stray cat to the vet?

Do I need to take my recently-acquired formerly-stray kitten to the vet for a check-up or anything? She had fleas but we washed them off and put a flea collar on her, and they haven't returned. Other than that she seems in good health, and I'm wondering if there's any reason to take her to a vet or not. (I can get her spayed and vaccinated for really cheap, but, a vet visit costs a lot more...)
posted by yeoz on Sep 26, 2013 - 17 answers

Amazing ideas for writing a Cat blog (from perspective of cat)???

A friend of mine would like to start a cat blog (maybe with social media add-ons - Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat etc.) which would center around pretending to be her pet cat writing the blog. Beyond this , what would be some fun things for the blog to specialize in? This is just for fun (neither she nor the cat is not seeking fame and fortune through this project; it might be for a public audience though). She turned to me for suggestions but I'm tapped out. What do you guys think? Not too time-consuming or complicated, ideally. Something she could do tens of thousands of times without getting bored (I am trying to quietly encourage my friend's transition into full-blown Cat Lady status, so please help.)
posted by zresearch on Aug 29, 2013 - 16 answers

I need supplies for entry-level leatherworking. Difficulty : cat toys.

I want to learn how to make cat toys for Captain Tightpants. I've got the design, I know exactly what I want to make... but I lack supplies and some knowledge. [more inside]
posted by radiopaste on Aug 17, 2013 - 7 answers

Adopting a kitty

Cat vs kitten? Also, advice on prepurring for a furry new addition... [more inside]
posted by sprezzy on Jul 30, 2013 - 28 answers

Our orphaned kitten hasn't peed yet, how worried should we be?

Our orphaned kitten hasn't peed yet, how worried should we be? [more inside]
posted by thebrokenmuse on Jul 11, 2013 - 10 answers

Attach toys to scratching post for cat

Looking for help on attaching toys to a kitten's scratching post. [more inside]
posted by jmd82 on Jun 8, 2013 - 4 answers

Kitten adoption - How to predict future domestic short-hair happiness?

Kitten adoption - How to predict future domestic short-hair happiness? [more inside]
posted by citygirl on Jun 7, 2013 - 26 answers

How can I keep my indoor kitten happy, safe, and litterbox-using?

I have a 7 week old kitten who is a rescue from a feral barn cat family. She is now an indoor cat for life, but I have never raised an indoor cat and I need information and ideas about how to keep her entertained while I'm at work. Also, what's up with her litterbox behavior? [more inside]
posted by none of these will bring disaster on Jun 6, 2013 - 18 answers

Cat stuck on 7th story molding

My 9 month old cat cut through my screen window and crawled out onto the molding of my 7th story apartment. I don't know what to do. [more inside]
posted by destronomics on May 26, 2013 - 167 answers

Should I interfere when my cats are fighting?

I have two eight month old kittens. Mostly they get along great - they snuggle and sleep together, and they play-fight sometimes, though not as frequently as they used to. Sometimes this lil guy, Res, harasses this lil girl, Essie, and I don't know if, or when, I should step in. [more inside]
posted by insectosaurus on May 16, 2013 - 24 answers

Debit cards compromised twice - what's the deal here?

Today, my bank's fraud detection department gave me a call - apparently, somebody had attempted to use my debit card for a purchase in Colombia. I live in London, UK. This is an annoyance, but it's particularly worrying because something similar happened less than two months ago - they called me up and said that although my card hadn't been used, they had information that it may be compromised. The card that was used in Colombia today was the replacement, which I've had for only a few weeks. My money is safe and my card has been cancelled (again). But my main concern is HOW this has happened - keylogger? Dubious, but legit-seeming site? Compromised wifi? And how do I keep myself safe in future? [more inside]
posted by Ted Maul on May 5, 2013 - 15 answers

How much should we pay the cat-sitter?

The lady friend and I live in Los Angeles and are going away for about a week. We are looking for someone, probably a law student, to come stay with our kittens and take care of them. How much should we offer to pay? [more inside]
posted by heisenberg on Mar 31, 2013 - 15 answers

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