Questions tagged [cats]

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

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How to convince my cat to eat its enzymatically hydrolysed diet?

The situation Our oldest cat (Persian, about 13 years) developed a pretty nasty allergy to almost all foods. So she's given enzymatically hydrolysed cat food. If she eats anything else, she'll quickly ...
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What food is best for a 2 month old kitten that has been abandoned by its mother?

What's the recommended kitten food? How often should I feed it? (It's a kitten abandoned by its mother after 2 months.) I give it milk around every 4 hours and twice a day give it minced meatballs. Is ...
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activated charcoal filters + fan for covered litter box?

A couple of weeks ago I finally adopted two cats (both 2yo, from different shelters). One of the two does not cover his poop, probably because he never learned to, and it's too late to teach him now. ...
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How can I stop my cat throwing up after drinking water in the morning?

My cat (10 y.o.) goes through this routine every morning: water is available before I wake up I feed her a regular portion of dry food (1/3 her daily total) she drinks lots of water 5-10 mins later ...
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Cat vomiting and not acting right

I have a Bengal at home. The other day I fed him some raw chicken that was sitting in the fridge and I just took out to season and prepare. The next morning I woke up and there were piles of dry vomit ...
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Should I let my cat go outside?

I got a 6 months male who has been used to freely wander outside in the countryside. I'm wondering about letting him go outside. I live at the second floor and share a balcony with my neighbor (a ...
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Why does my cat paw at my sheets?

Occasionally my cat will go from cuddling with me on my bed, to pawing at the sheets, like he is digging. At first it seemed to correlate with him discovering the option of crawling under my sheets so ...
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Should I capture live (invasive) house sparrows for my indoor cats to hunt?

Okay, let's get a couple of things out of the way first: I am not in this to torture birds. I have a deep love for all animals, especially birds. I'll explain myself further in the body text below. I ...
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Male cat attacking female

My mom and I have 3 cats, a 3 year old female, and a 2 year old male, along with their 1 year old daughter. The male is fixed, however our female is not. We have noticed that he randomly attacks the ...
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Cats peeing in potted plants. What to do?

I have several big potted plants, and my cats are peeing on these plants. Needless to say, the plants aren't doing that great. The cat litters are always clean. Is there anything I can do so that the ...
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Can cats safely eat raw meat?

Is it safe to feed my cat raw meat, or should we cook the meat first? Or should we stick exclusively to factory produced cat food instead?
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What air quality index (AQI) is safe for cats?

My kitty loves to go outside, but I live in an area with extensive wildfires at the moment, and so the air quality has been awful. I've been keeping her inside for the worst of it, but it's starting ...
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Why does my cat like licking tape so much?

One of my cats (3 y.o. female Bengal, spayed) absolutely loooves the taste of the sticky side of tape - especially packing tape (or at least, that's what's usually available) but I've also caught her ...
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Cats don't know how to mate

My Persian male cat is 1 year and a month old. Two days ago, one of our close friend brought her Persian female cat, because Queen was in heat, who also is 1 year and a month old. Tom is 10 days older ...
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How do you clean poop out of a long hair cat's fur?

I have never had a long-hair cat before. We just picked up two that we rescued, and brought them home. One of them pooped in the carrier during the drive home. There is now poop in her fur. I ...
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Pink eye/Conjunctivitis or URI?

TL;DR at bottom I've gotten a kitten at the start of this month (September). From the first day, she has had eye discharge in one eye, and has to sneeze every now and then. I was concerned, and ...
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Kitten does not clean herself after using the litterbox / only after a few minutes

So, I'm having a hard time with my new kitten. She uses the litterbox just fine. After using it, she gets out and only cleans her butt after a few or so minutes. By the time she does, she was on a lot ...
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Changing cat food necessary if no better results in coat?

I have 1 year old cat with poor coat, I visited a vet several times but he says there is nothing wrong with the cat. His recommendation was to change the cat food. When I fed my cat "Royal Canin ...
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I hit my cat and now he hates me

Well, I used to hit my cat from time to time when he did something wrong. He had just turned one year old and I’ve been hitting him so much lately, that now he no longer asks for cuddles, kisses or ...
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My cat doesn’t stop chasing and bothering my kitten

So I have a 1 year old cat, he’s a very leave-me-alone kind of cat and only gives affection every now and then. In July we adopted a female kitten and unfortunately she was sick when we adopted her, ...
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Cat associates closed door with getting caught

There are a few questions about closed doors, but I feel my question has a bunch of different angles which makes most replies inapplicable. One of our three cats has a big issue with going to the vet. ...
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My kitten won’t use the litter box [duplicate]

My kittens about 22 weeks old and has never used the litter box. I’ve never have a problem with the mom I would have thought he would have learned from her but no. I’ve tried literally everything from ...
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Cat weight guide for Russian Blue

I have recently bought a Russian blue kitten. According to the breeder, she is 3 months old (well, 3 1/2 now). Last week, when i brought her to the vet for a check, the vet was baffled. She said that ...
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Cat eye infection

The mother cat gave birth to three kittens in our backyard. After the first month, I noticed one of the kittens' eyes has some "rheum" and is semi closed. I thought maybe it'd go away by it self (bad ...
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Why does my cat bite me while I'm petting it?

While I'm petting my cat, she'll start biting me. She grabs a little chunk of my arm (not hard at all, doesn't hurt), then moves her head from side to side, as if she was trying to rip part of my ...
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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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How to get cat allergens out of a furnished apartment

Take the following scenario: the tenant of a completely furnished apartment (including bed linen and towels) keeps a cat (European Shorthair) in there. The cat roams outside a lot of the time, but he ...
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Cat is hitting the object when trying to jump on it

So about a month ago our cat managed to fall out of the window onto our balcony, from 2nd floor to 1st floor. It was at night, so we didn't see exactly what happened, only heard the noise when he ...
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Limping cat - bone tumor?

One of my cats unexpectedly started limping about 2 weeks ago. She was fine one day, then the next day she was heavily limping on her left hind leg and within another day or so she would not even ...
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Cleaning to rid house of cat allergen after cat is gone

We discovered through a blood test that our 3 year old is severely allergic to cats. We have two cats who are 7 and 8 respectively and we're adopted as kittens. So their hair and dander is all over ...
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I need help rebuilding my cats trust after abusing them multiple times

Before I start I want to say I am now on medication and have received professional help. It is not an option for me to rehome these cats as I will explain later. To start off i am 16 and still live my ...
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What causes bald spot between eye and ears on a cat?

My cat is 7 months old and I've only got her for 2 weeks. She came with symmetrical bald spots on both sides of her face that ran from her ears to her eyes. What might have caused this? She rarely ...
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Is this normal for my cat to be bald? [duplicate]

He is around 4 and half months. I’ve had him since he had opened his eyes and around 3 months of his age I noticed it. He has these thin/bald spots, on his other ear too. He never really scratches or ...
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Cat - how much time do anti-heat injections take to start having an effect?

Our male cat was yowling several times a day. It was really annoying. According to vet it was due to heat cycle. We have been facing his loud yowling for months now, so vet asked us for neuter or anti ...
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3-month-old kitten won't eat cat food

She and her mother used to hang around a lot in the kitchen, so she picked up begging for human food from her mother; not so much going to their designated eatery to satiate her hunger. We thought she'...
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My cat is a houdini and keeps escaping her cone [duplicate]

She had surgery today, spayed, we tried a cone to prevent licking. Well, she got out of it so we tightened to where we would have to remove it without sliding it on and off. Well, she got out again... ...
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What is this scabbing and hair loss on my cat's ear?

Hi my cat is about 4 years old now and something that we just recently came to notice is that he has a bit of scabs and peeling/hair loss on one of his ears. We're not sure what it could be, but we're ...
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What is the appropriate first aid for a cat nosebleed?

My cat Hunter apparently had a nosebleed tonight. He was sneezing fine droplets of blood, and had long strands of bloody boogers hanging from his nose. The blood was fresh (bright red, not the deeper ...
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Do stray mother cats hate their kittens after they grew up?

So there is this one stray black cat that I have always been feeding. After a year, she started to stay most of the time around my house (still in my lot), up to the point that she decided to give ...
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Cat poops on the lawn without burying it

A few days ago, a cat appeared in our garden and was very adamant that he was here to stay. From pretty much the first day, we found poop on the lawn which looks like it is his. Somehow his instinct ...
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Can we feed our cat with a mix of home-cooked and specialized food?

We have a Siberian cat, 6 months old, and currently we feed him as follows: dry food: Royal Canin for Kittens home-cooked food: soup with beef (or turkey or chicken) and some veggies (no salt/...
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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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Outdoor cat suddenly stopped using litter box

I have a young cat (9 months) who was raised indoors and has never had the chance to observe other cats using the dirt outside as a cat toilet. Until now, she has never shown any concern about her ...
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Two cats eating each other's differently prescribed food

The situation now is that we have a 6 year old cat (no breed) with his special dietary food and a small kitten of 5 months (Mainecoon / Norwegian forest cat mix) with her special kitten food. We don't ...
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How do I get one cat to realize the other is trying to play, and not fight?

I just moved in to a new place with my girlfriend, and we moved our cats in together. They both like to occasionally play, whether with us or with toys. The bigger, older cat really likes to play with ...
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What will be safest and least stressful for my cats? [duplicate]

So we plan to go away for 7 days. So which of the following is the best for my Cats? Leave them at home and have someone reliable feed them. Put them in Cat hotel for the 7 days. The pro for number ...
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New kitten (3 months old) was very affectionate at first, now ignores me

I'm a new kitten/cat owner, and I'm somewhat worried here. I've only had the kitten for one week yet, so this might just be a "phase" it's going through. For the first few days after I got ...
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4-month-old cat licks a drop of honey, is there something to worry about?

So this morning I was having breakfast with bread and honey, and apparently a drop of honey fell over the table. My little kitten saw the opportunity and jump over the table and "licked" the ...
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Is it correct that processed cat food makes cats unable to eat natural food?

I heard that if you feed cats processed cat food for a period of time, their palate/stomach will be unable to eat natural food again (meat, rat, etc). Is that correct?
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Should I take a stray with me when I move, if I already have a indoor cat?

I've had my cat since it was a kitten. He is strictly indoor and has never been around other cats. He's now 7 years old. I've also befriended a stray and been feeding her for the last 2½ years and she ...

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