Questions tagged [cats]

Small, furry (usually), domesticated members of the feline family.

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Salt lamps and salt poisoning in cats

I know that salt lamps are made of salt rock, and I know that most animals are evolved to crave for salt, because of its rarity in nature. For example, hamsters like to lick human fingers for the salt ...
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What to do with my indoor-outdoor cat when we are not home?

We have a male cat, aged 1 year and 6 months roughly. He is not a complete indoor cat. He can go in and out of our house as his will. He usually spends half his time indoors and half outdoors. The ...
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How to help my cat with severe anxiety that I may have caused?

I need help. I got a kitten long three years ago and raised her. It was not a good time in life and I had never raised a kitten. I'm not sure if it was considered abuse or not, but I considered how I ...
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Home remedy for suspected fever in cat

My cat’s head is warmer than usual. Nose and paw pads are hot pink, it has been this way for 4 hours. Breathing is faster than normal, occasionally she breathes very fast just like after playtime but ...
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My, successfully for 6 months, human toilet trained cat has started urinating on a sofa? [duplicate]

I have an almost 2 year old spayed female feline, sole pet. For the first year of her life she was litter box trained, never had issues urinating or defecating anywhere else. This past year I ...
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Is it ear mites or just dirty ears?

My kitten sometimes has blackish-brown wax in her ears that I clean out with a ball of cotton. I've read cats get coffee-grounds-looking ear wax when they have ear mites but she doesn't show any sign ...
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Likelihood of cerebellar hypoplasia in kittens

I recently adopted a female cat who had been a stray. After a few weeks, I noticed signs of pregnancy and have confirmed that the cat is pregnant with 6 kittens. ~2 weeks into gestation before the ...
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Why does my cat only meow while carrying his toy bunny?

My cat (2 year old orange male tabby) basically only makes 3 noises. 1. Purring 2. Chattering at bugs/lasers/moving light reflections and 3. Meowing exclusively when carrying around/being-near-after-...
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Introducing my cat and dog [closed]

I just got a dog (a mix but looks like a wiry terrier mostly) from a rescue, about 6 months old and I have a 2 year old cat we’ve had since she was 6months. The dog has only been around the cat in the ...
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Black crated hairless spot on cat's nose

I adopted this cat and realized there's this 2 dark spots on his nose. It doesn't seem to hurt him when being touch and doesn't seem to increase in size. Is it just a scar that he got? Should I be ...
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Is mozzarella water safe for cats to drink?

One day when having dinner, my dad poured the water a fresh mozzarella comes packaged in inside a flower pot, and we noticed shortly after the cat jumping onto it and licking it. Next time I had a ...
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Cat fang poking hole in lip

I have a 1.5 year old Maine Coon cat. One of the cat's upper fangs appears to be poking a hole in its lower lip. Only the right side lip has a hole in it; the left side has a small bump instead of a ...
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Why has my cat changed all of a sudden?

I've raised my cat from a kitten, she was maybe 3 or 4 weeks old. I've been by her constantly. I am a stay at home mom so I really mean constantly. I carried her around the house with me, put her in ...
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Cat behavior change: less playful indoors after became more active outdoors and ignoring the other cat

I adopted Korian 2 years ago. He was said to be indoors by the shelter place. However I noticed he seemed always curious about the outside at times begging me to open the door for him. I decided to ...
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Why is my cat trying to rip my toe off?

My cat regularly pulls out her blunt nails when she grooms herself, and I know that’s normal. Recently I had my pinky toe injured, and now it’s bruised, won’t bend, and has a subungual hematoma. I was ...
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A cat with broken leg: What would have happened if left unattended?

In recent posts, I talked about how my cat had a broken leg: X-ray #1 X-ray #2 The cat's shin bones were shattered. The cat definitely couldn't use the leg -- it hung loosely as he walked on his ...
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What is the purpose of a cat's heel (halfway up the leg)?

What is the purpose of a cat's heel (halfway up the leg)? Source
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White/opaque shards in cat leg X-ray

What are the white/opaque shards in these cat leg X-rays? I'm guessing they are some kind of metal. The entry wound is very small. Just a 1/2 inch cut on the inside of the leg. No cuts on the ...
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ragdoll x persian mix breed, is my kitten going to be long haired? [duplicate]

I fostered a 6 weeks old kitten, the owner said his father is a blue smoke ragdoll while his mother is a persian. Will my kitten be long haired or short haired based on this picture. father mother
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Moving with a cat for a short distance

tl;dr I want to move and take a cat along, how to do it the optimal way given the described situation? About 3 to 4 years ago, a stray cat moved in with me. His background is cleared, he rejected to ...
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Do cats walk on their tiptoes?

I recently got my cat X-rayed due to a broken leg. Full Image Full Image When looking at the X-ray images, I noticed that the cat seems to have more leg bones than I would have thought. From the ...
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Why does my cat make growling noises at night time?

My cat makes these weird noises only at night when everyone is asleep. It sounds like a growling noise. She is the only pet in my home, she makes this growling noise when she is resting and/or asleep. ...
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Prevent injured cat from biting & scratching people during vet exam

I have a cat that has injured his hind leg. And I have an appointment with a vet to get it examined. The cat is a large, strong, outdoor Maine Coon. He's not going to be happy about me/the vet ...
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I have a 10 year old indoor neutered cat since a kitten and cannot pet him now I need to move what do I do ? He is good with other cats [duplicate]

This adult male cat is fine in the house with other cats and uses the pan and has no known health issues but I cannot pet him nor get him in the carrier to get to the vet. His last vet trip was when ...
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Tried everything: Cat still meowing all night

My cat keeps meowing at night. I have tried ignoring her, not letting her sleep all day, providing enough food and water, making sure her litter box has been cleaned before going to bed, playing with ...
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I accidentally stepped on my kitten and now she is limping my mom wants to wrap it up but Idk what do should I leave it be for now? [duplicate]

Basically I was going to the bathroom and as always my lil mixie is running around getting her daily excrsice.i walk in the hallway and almost trip on her but this time she yelped and ran away I went ...
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Predict - long or short hair? [duplicate]

I'm thinking about adopting this kitten. I'm wondering if it will have long hair or short hair. (I've always wanted a long hair cat. Because of my age, it's likely that this will be the last kitten I ...
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How to get rid of a nuisance domesticated cat

A neighbor (from a block away) went on vacation, and left their cat outdoors to fend for itself. Since then, it has been coming up to different houses, trying to get at food and/or enter the house. It ...
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Why is my cat so interested in my shower?

When I take a shower my cat will often sit right outside of the sliding glass door and poke at the edges of it. If I open the door (which potentially exposes him to the water) he runs away. However, ...
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Moving house with two indoor cats - how to minimise their stress

The background Later this year, I'm hoping to move from a house to a first floor flat (apartment) with a balcony. I have two cats: litter mates, brother and sister, five and a half years old. They've ...
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11 year old cat is on a diet but constantly begs for food

Our vet said that our cat is getting more sedentary so we should cut her calorie intake and only feed her two half-portions of wet food twice a day (one half in morning and one half at night). She's ...
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How do I stop kittens from nursing on my older cat who is not their mother? [duplicate]

I got two kittens 6 weeks ago and they are currently about 4 months old. They nurse on my older cat everyday, several times a day. My older cat would stop them at first, but they are relentless so she ...
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I’ve taken in a neglected cat; should I take the cat when I’m moving out in a month? [closed]

I’ve lived in a flat for almost 12 months now and I met this cat the day I viewed the property, since that day he has spent every day and night at mine, and we are so in love. The issue is that for a ...
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Can you tell if either of these are likely to be long or short haired? [duplicate]

Wondering if anyone can tell from the pics and face shapes, etc which of these might be long or short haired. The one facing head on with slightly more distinct ear shape is a week older (but smaller)...
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My cat is licking my hair, how can I get him to stop?

I have a 4-month-old DSH who is the sweetest, friendliest, cuddliest boy. He has started licking my hair and waking me up early in the morning to lick my hair. I think he also wants to play but the ...
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How do I "apologise" to my cat?

How do I apologise to a cat / undo accidental actions? Let's say, I'm going to the bathroom at night, my cat tries to weave between legs and accidentally got kicked. Or, I'm drinking water, the cat is ...
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Hyperactive kitten after neuter surgery?

I took my kitten in to get neutered yesterday and when I picked him up he was obviously out of it, but still pretty aware of his surroundings. The vet tech gave us a rundown of what to expect and I ...
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Does eating garlic repel fleas?

Would (a human) eating garlic repel dog/cat fleas? (I couldn't find any reliable information on this, but I found that studies failed to show the same effect with mosquitos, despite popular belief ...
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My pregnant cat has difficulty breathing; will giving birth be risky for her?

I take care of a stray female cat that is 10 moths old and pregnant. A couple of months ago, she used to have some problems with breathing such as noisy breathing and some nasal discharges (note that ...
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Can I take my feral cat to my new home? [duplicate]

About 3 years ago I spotted a feral cat coming at night to my backyard. I started putting food out for her. I set up trap and took her to the vet to get her fixed. Came to find out she already was ...
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Twelve-year-old cat never wanted to eat wet food. Is that a problem?

I adopted my male cat Shai from foster care at 2 months of age. The Foster Mod fed them strictly dry kitten food, and brought me an almost full bag of what they were eating. Former cats, and every ...
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New apartment has radiators for winter heat - are they safe for cats?

They're not running now, but in a few months, the radiators in my new apartment will become quite hot! is direct contact with radiators safe for cats? should I preemptively encourage or discourage ...
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Why is my cat's nose turning black? [duplicate]

I noticed discoloration on my cat's nose and mouth area, I researched it, some indicate it's dirt or bruising but it's not getting any better (I am trying to get him to a vet but due to covid it's ...
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Weird spots on my kittens face [duplicate]

Hi few days ago my cat had a dark spot in his face, on the nose side. Thought it was dirt from eating so leave it. But today seen an identical one in the other nose side, so I get worried. Any kind ...
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Just found a bald spot under my cat's chin

I’m very concerned, the skin doesn’t look irritated so hopefully that’s a good thing. Please let me know if you’ve seen this before, I’ve googled and such but there’s a lot of possibilities.
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Does neutering a feral (4 yrs) tomcat impede his ability to protect his territory?

It is known that testosterone is a major component in muscle growth. So if an adult tomcat is neutered after fully maturing, will it lose some of the muscles it had previously gained? In general, does ...
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My 6 months old cat stopped cleaning itself. Help

My cat used to be very clean, but suddenly stopped cleaning itself as usual. It's a Persian with medium to long hair, is causing poop stains every time it goes pooping, and its tail remains dirty ...
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How do you medicate multiple cats at once?

We adopted a bonded pair, and after they settled in for about two weeks and got comfortable with us, we took them for their first vet visit. They both got prescibed antibiotics. We are able to ...
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Will the stray/feral cat I’ve been feeding come to my new apartment patio once I move in a month, it is ~800ft away from my current apartment

About a month ago I took over feeding a stray (feral maybe?) cat for my neighbors because they were moving. Now, I am moving. However, I will be living in the same apartments just at a new building ...
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What should you do with kittens when the mother runs away from you?

I have recently bought a farm, and with it comes seven (yes, seven) cats that are already living on the farm. The original owner had been feeding them all, but never bothered to play or interact with ...

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