Questions tagged [cats]

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

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Is it normal for kitten to stray off for a week?

We had three stray kitten of which one have gone missing. We were used to feeding them since their mother had left them (actually we have not seen her since, which is unusual, and wonder if something ...
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Any help would mean the world! My kitten in severely underweight with a massive stomach

My kitten is 12 weeks old and is still only 700 grams in weight and tiny in size. She eats and drinks well, is as active as she can be with her belly, but I can feel her spine, all her bones yet her ...
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Do cats recognize cats from different litters but same parents?

I adopted a kitten who is now 6 months old. His cat parents just had another litter and I want to adopt another kitten to be his buddy. Will he recognize that the kitten is related to him? I’m worried ...
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Treat substitutions for a restricted diet cat?

So my cat Toby is 4 years old and is allergic to almost everything. I want to start clicker training him, but I have no idea what to use as a treat. He is allergic to the following: Beef Chicken Eggs ...
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What if a kitten is still nursing on other cat?

My 3 month old kitten is still nursing. Not on her mother cat but her lola cat. Her lola cat has a 6 week old kitten on her own and I think the 3 month old kitten that is not her biological kitten ...
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“Scratch” on my cat's head?

Hi guys I was hoping someone could tell me what's up with my cat here's a photo of the "scratch": https://i.imgur.com/Aph8gjU.jpg Is this bad? Should I go to the vet? What could it be? Is ...
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DIY food for cat with kidney stones

We have one 3 year old, male, Persian cat with some kidney problem, which I think has something to do with stone formation in the bladder and kidneys. We have some food of this kind: We have a ...
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Will my kitten have short hair or long hair [duplicate]

Meet Fairyfloss. He is 7 weeks old, he has hair on his belly and has a thick coat on his back. However he doesn’t have long ear tufts or fur between his paws. Any guesses? His fur on his neck seems ...
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My cat gets scared and I don’t know why?

so I adopted a cat that is around 1-2 years old three days ago.She was doing really well, using the litter tray, eating fine and all in all settling in perfectly. But yesterday and today she just ...
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How do I make sure I don't accidentally hurt my cat while playing VR?

I have a small apartment. Sometimes I play virtual reality games by moving everything against the wall in my living room, giving me enough space to use the rest of the room to get the games to work. I'...
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Cats not eating their wet food

I have two cats they are brother and sister. They are refusing to eat their wet food. I tried many brands: Applaws, Royal Canin, Hill's (out of question), Schesir, Cosma nature. They have no problem ...
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After my 4 month absence, why does my cat only recognize my flatmate as the owner? [duplicate]

Here is an upsetting situation. I was away from home for 4 months because of work. My flatmate took care of my cat when I was away. Now I come back and find my cat run away from me. It has been 4 days ...
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When can my newborn human baby hug my cat?

My human baby is vaccinated. He is 2 months old. I think he got 2 vaccines already. I have a tabby cat. She sometimes goes outside, but eats inside. I am not sure how clean she is. Not too dirty. Can ...
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Is my kitten going to grow up to be massive?

It's no issue if he grows up to be big, I adore the little stray I took in. I found him four weeks ago and now he is 8 weeks old (according to the vets). The vets say that for his body he is a ...
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Cats are avoiding the carpet

I am currently struggling with an infestation of fleas in my apartment, and my two (completely indoor) cats are on treatment to get rid of the bugs on them. I have utilized several methods of ridding ...
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How to fatten up a Maine Coon kitten?

I have a 4-month-old Maine Coon kitten that is slightly underweight. The vet has given him a clean bill of health, but says the kitten is just "too busy growing and climbing trees, and just isn't ...
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Letting cats outside?

I've temporarily moved to a semi-isolated cabin in Northern Wisconsin for the summer, and I've brought my two cats (sisters, ~1.5 years old each). They've lived most of their lives in the city, but ...
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Are there any natural anti-lice for cats?

I use Advantage drops from BAYER on my outdoor cat and it is effective for about a month. However I feel bad each time that I apply it, because the cat becomes drowsy for a day or two and I fear that ...
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Stepped on my kitten's paw

I accidentally stepped on my kitten's paw while walking. She cried loudly and hid in a corner immediately after. I checked her paw , tried moving it just to see if it caused her any pain. Apart from ...
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Cat has a wound behind ear

My cat recently got into fight with a stray and i found this wound on the back of her ear a few days later, she's an indoor cat so the stray kind of just broke in at night I'm not sure if it was from ...
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How much time per day should I be spending with my cat?

My cat is 6 years old and a total sweetheart ... when he wants to be. Sometimes, though, he gets extremely needy and obnoxious, demanding a lot of attention from me. I want to make sure he's ...
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Proper cat breed's wife for our Persian cat

We have a 3 year old, male, Persian cat: and because he is alone, I wanted to bring another cat, so do you think I must bring female Persian cat for him? What should be the optimal age of his wife, ...
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Can a cat be a carrier of biting bugs?

I have a 9 year old Norwegian Forest Cat with a naturally thick coat. He is very happy and rarely scratches. He is brushed with a soft brush once a day. He has no antibug treatment. It is different ...
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Is it okay to heat a lactated ringer's bag using a sous vide cooker?

I have been told that cats like it better if their subcutaneous fluids are administered from a bag that has been warmed a little bit. I like this idea, but I don't trust my arbitrary means of heating ...
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How should I stop my aggressive cat from viciously attacking me?

My 2 year old, male, part Egyptian Mau cat is really vicious when he attacks. There is always blood after it has happened. What can I do to stop him? He will attack any part of you and he always ...
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Free feeding to scheduled feeding

I started my 4 cats on scheduled feeding. Based on their weights, they're supposed to be getting 2/3 cup, twice a day. I give them a super tiny bit of wet food in the morning, followed by their dry ...
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Months-long trip: hire cat sitter or send to cattery/friend's house?

I have two 5-year-old cats. I've seen the many questions on this site and over the internet, where the recommendation is always to hire a cat sitter when traveling. And indeed, every time I've had to ...
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Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS) characteristic for safe cat/dog static shocker

I'd like to design one cat tracker device and seen some instruction like this, so I'd like to add some vibrator and safe static shock, when the cat is going to far from base like the static shock used ...
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How long walking a cat too long?

TL;DR: My cat ended up walking for 1.5 km almost daily. Is it too long? Due to some renovations in my apartment, I had to move to somewhere 1.5 km away only for two months. My cat, which was a stray ...
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How to prevent infrequent out-of-litterbox elimination?

We have a cat, adopted approximately one year ago from a shelter as a kitten. He was fostered in a family home - I don't believe he spent any time actually in the shelter. He is currently ...
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Why does my cat keep meowing at our condo front door?

I live in a condo and my cat always stands in front of the front door and meows. I don't get why, because we've never let him out there. Even when we're about to leave the condo, he doesn't run out, ...
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Bengal/Maine Coon kitten: crying loudly/repeatedly

I was recently given an 8-week old Bengal x Maine Coon mix kitten. Best guess is that the mix is 60% Bengal and 40% Maine Coon. The kitten was crying sharply/loudly/repeatedly from the minute I first ...
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Translucent sheets of polycarbonate or polyester. Safe to make a crinkle toy for my plastic packaging loving cat?

My 1.5 year old calico is perfect in every way except she cannot resist the crinkly temptation of plastic bags and packaging. Since adopting, the family has been mindful of how one handles plastic ...
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Are kitten specific foods legit? [duplicate]

Are kitten specific cat foods, like Lara Junior, really better for kittens than adult labeled cat foods, or it's just a marketing gimmick?
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Resident cat guarding the door where the new cat is

We're trying to introduce Lucena, a 1 year old shy Siamese female kitten, to Elsa, a 3 year old extrovert Siamese female cat, living with us in our apartment since two years. Both are spayed. We ...
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Cat wipes its bum on floor

Surely this cannot be the first such question, but I have not found the appropriate keywords... This morning, I saw one of my cats (9 year old, male, fixed) hop out of the litterbox (where he did not ...
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Why don't cats eat snails?

We have plenty of snails in the garden, but the cat does not show the slightest interest in eating them - I wish he did! Even when he is hungry and I crush a big, fat snail and offer it to him, the ...
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My 3 month old Persian kitten has protruding black mole kind of thing? What could it be?

Last week, I started noticing a black dot on my Persian kitten near his whiskers (see the picture attached). What could it be? Could it be black acne? Today when I came back from work, it has actually ...
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How can I help my neighbors’ cats and kittens when they don’t take good care of them?

My neighbors’ cat had kittens and they aren’t taking the best care of them. Their grandchild is too rough with the kittens, not to mention with her older kitten, and she won’t listen to anybody but ...
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How to get cat not to steal food?

We took this cat from a shelter 4 years ago when he was 1 year old, but this problem did not happen until recently. Basically, it's not possible to leave any food anywhere in the open. He climbs the ...
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Is my kitten's breathing normal?

I read online that a normal breathing rate for kittens is 30-40 breaths per minute, but it looks like my kitten's breathing at a much faster rate than that--more like 60 breaths per minute. Is this ...
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What's the purpose of tying a thread or dental floss on either side of a kitten's umbilical cord?

I read on multiple sites about how to help a queen give birth to her kittens, and almost all of them say that the cat usually chews the umbilical cord, but if she doesn't, then you have to do it. But ...
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How to cure my 8 week old kitten's orange diarrhea? [duplicate]

4 days ago I adopted a little kitten who looked really sick and didn't eat for days. She seems 8 weeks old and doesn't have a mother. When I fed her hours later, she started leaking yellow diarrhea ...
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Found our indoor cat after two months. Why do our other cats hiss when they see him? They were best of buddies for three years

Proud to say after two months and hundreds of flyers given out and posters and trail cameras set, someone spotted our cat 4km away and we got her back yesterday. We took her to the animal hospital and ...
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My female cat has suddenly become irritable and aggressive, particularly against her daughter

I'm feeling anxious about the behaviour of my cats and hope to get some advice here. TL;DR : My cat Nelly (2 years and 3 months old) has become irritable and aggressive, she often growls at and/or ...
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My cat has stopped eating wet foods

My almost 2 year old, tortoise shell cat, named Korina, used to eat her wet food really well. She always has fresh water and dry food out for her. She has a set breakfast and dinner time, a pouch in ...
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How to avoid accidental cat-napping?

At the start of the covid-19 lockdown our whole family was at home and the weather was very warm so we spent a lot of time in the garden. A lot of cats visit our garden and most ignore us but a very ...
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My cats drink from our swimming pool

My cats (three kittens) like to drink from our swimming pool, which is filled with a lot of chlorine. This has been going on for a a pretty long time, and even though I provide a huge bowl of fresh ...
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Cat will now only lick food from my finger - how to provide high calorie food for a cat?

Backstory: Cat has always had a good appetite. Only problems in the past have been with hairballs getting out of control and suppressing his appetite for a while. Problem: Lately, he stopped eating ...
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Adopted cat bites me

Female cat, 2.5 years, spayed, domestic shorthair. Adopted her in April (2 months ago). I'm her primary caregiver (I feed her, scoop the box, clip her nails, etc). She follows me around pretty much ...

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