Questions tagged [cats]

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

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How to get 19 pound cat to lose weight

I need to get my cat to lose weight, she is a 4 year old, 19 pound, shorthaired cat. To clarify, she is not naturally a large cat, her weight is an issue. Her supposed ideal weight would be around ...
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Is it normal for a feral cat to let me pet him/her?

There is a very cute feral cat in our old home (it's next to our new one). Almost 2 weeks ago, I started feeding it every day. In the last few days, it started to rub me and even allowed me to pet it. ...
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How thick is the skin of a cat compared to the skin of a dog?

There have been some differing opinions about the thickness of the skin of cats and dogs lately on this site. I do think the thickness of the skin of cats is about the same as it is in humans, and ...
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How to get cat to stop howling at my door during the night?

About 6 months ago I had to stop letting my cats into my room because one pees everywhere on everything when I leave my door open, and the other (understandably) can’t hold his bladder all night. So I ...
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How to get my spayed 4 year old male cat to stop fighting the neighbourhood?

My cat has recently been making a nuisance of himself by fighting both neighbouring domestic cats and feral cats. Not only has he made himself unpopular with my human neighbours (most of whom seem to ...
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How to minimize litter being tracked out of a custom litter box?

tl;dr- I'm making a litter box and I want to design it in a way that prevents cats from tracking much litter out of it. How could this be done? I'm designing a do-it-yourself litter box because ...
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Advise On Feeding My Sensitive Cat

My neutered 6 human years old male cat (Butterscotch) has always had digestive issues and when we finally found a food for him, we were very happy. He still throws up his food occasionally when he ...
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My cat does not recognize me

My cat, which I adopted with my girlfriend, does not recognise me anymore after I came back from a two week holiday. Everytime it is near me it starts running away. After spending so much time with ...
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Question about getting a mother's milk from another species

Every now and then, I see online about how a baby animal is orphaned and no longer has a mother to give the baby milk, only for another animal of a different species allow that animal to take their ...
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Is my cat happy, expelled by my step-mother and living in the garden?

My cat Kiwi was born in November 2011, I lived with him for 3 years with my father and my sister in our apartment. In 2013, my father met my future stepmother who is really, really obsessed with ...
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Kittens won't stop nursing on mother, and it's killing her. What do I do?

My cat had kittens who are now 6 months old. We re-homed all but three, and all three are still nursing even though they eat solid food and they catch mice, moles, rabbits and eat them too. I had ...
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My Black Cat (Named Ki-Ki), won't eat cat food anymore!

When we adopted our black cat Ki-Ki, he would eat cat food just fine when he was little. 2-3 years later he wants me to feed him only human food because we sometimes gave him scraps of meat we cooked. ...
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Keeping my cats in a room while I am at work

Recently, I had to move back with my parents for various reasons, but one of which is to save up to buy a home. This process should take roughly a year or so. I don't have anyone with me so my cats (...
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How many times a day should I feed my cats?

How often should my cats be fed in a day? I have three cats. One is on a special diet for struvite crystals. My other two eat dry food. Ella is skinny, but Maisie is overweight as well as her brother, ...
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How to trap an untrappable pest tom cat

I have three stray tom cats trying to claim territory at my house (indoors & outdoors). I have 2 neutered Burmese females who are a little nervous of their presence. How can I attract them or one ...
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My kitten was desexed young? [duplicate]

I got my 10 week old kitten yesterday and he was desexed 3 days before that. That seems too young. Wondering what effects this could have on his hormones, personality and development?
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Cat poops on the floor by the catflap overnight

We have 2 cats and they're pretty well behaved, toilet-wise. They are allowed out during the day, but we keep them in overnight as they're black cats so would be hard to see if any cars go past. For ...
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Does my cat have a boyfriend?

So I just walked downstairs to find my black cat chilling out on the table with a ginger cat in the room, with no issues whatsoever. The cat is called Peter and owned by someone who lives nearby. This ...
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Cat Ditches Own Bowl and Goes to Other Cat's

I had four cats who have been coexisting in my house with no problems. Then, recently, I adopted a new kitten, Blue, who is now 5 months old. A few weeks later, I adopted a younger one, Zo, who is now ...
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My rescue kitten is afraid of people and hides in the basement

I have a new kitten (Slalom) I rescued from my work (warehouse). We have an earlier rescue cat (Sochi) from work also. The method we used to socialize Sochi was to keep her in our room for a day ...
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What are scents which cats do not like?

My family has had a cat (a stray one) for about a year and a half, and there have never been any problems until now. Recently she decided to make some changes in her life and started to pee on a rug ...
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taking care of newborn cats

My friend has a female cat and she gives birth every year (maybe 3 times a year although I'm not sure). I wanted to take one of her kitten this time although I have some questions: Is it cruel or bad ...
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Can desert/beach sand work as an alternative for litter?

So here's my story: I find myself traveling out of the city once each month. and I'll have to leave my cat home alone for a day to three days. I live in an area where it's hard to buy litter due to ...
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What's better than a spray bottle for negative reinforcement of a cat? [duplicate]

Spray bottles have some downsides: Obviously, they get things wet They make no sound so "warning" is impossible unless the cat notices you pick up the bottle They get things wet. Is there a better ...
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How to introduce a newly resident cat to regularly visiting dog

We recently adopted a 2 year old male cat from the local humane society. He has a very outgoing personality and has already claimed the house as his own within a few days after spending the night '...
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How to get a grown up cat to stop scratching while playing if it was used to it since it was a kitten?

I have a female cat that rips my hands while playing, but that isn't really the problem. The problem is that I used to always take her scratching and only stop playing when it got far more out of line ...
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Probiotics to attenuate FHV-1 flare ups

I'm pretty certain my cat has had fhv-1 most his life, every few months he gets eye and nose boogers. It's generally mild and it will subside. I've had it recommended to me giving probiotics can help ...
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Why does my cat knock over her water dish?

I just adopted a cute little 1 year old and one of the first things I noticed when I brought her home is that she liked to knock over her water dish. What she would do is paw at the dish until some ...
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Is superglue safe for gluing nail caps onto cat claws?

We use nail caps on two of our four cats (not always the name brand, just whatever is cheapest usually). The glue that comes with the package seems a lot like super glue (it gets on our fingers "...
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What OTC vitamins or supplements that people take are toxic to cats?

Over the counter (OTC) vitamins and supplements are taken by a lot of people. Of the ones commonly available which are toxic to cats in standard human doses? For the sake of this question assume the ...
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My Cat Is Rejecting Food

I have a very awesome and active Grey Persian, I've been having some trouble feeding her. She came to me when she was 3 months old and I was told by the her breeder that she prefers boiled chicken ...
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Training stray cats for Feeding time

I have 5 stray cats that have been visiting my house over the last 2-3 months sporadically (1-2 times a week). Of late, I have started setting out adult cat food for them and I see that their ...
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Kitten being weird, could it be rabies?

I have a kitten (born May 7 2014) now for almost 3 months. Usually, during the evening, he has a good appetite and runs around. Today, afternoon he has been sleepy all the time, very calm, folds his ...
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Cat keeps peeing/pooping in the basement

I have a 12 year old cat, who has been peeing/pooping in our basement. She has done this before a while ago, but stopped the habit after changing her litter. Then, this past summer, we took down our ...
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How to feed outdoor cats when you're away for a month

I have an outdoor cat that my neighbors refuse to feed. Now I have to be absent for one month. How can I feed my cat during my absence?
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Cat behaving badly

We have a 9 year old female cat that has been hitting spitting and very verbal towards our 4 (almost 5) year-old Male cat. Both have been neutered so they can’t breed. We have had Willow since he was ...
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Kitten always gets dirty from stool

I have approx 3 month old kitten. After poo it usually put hands on the stool and hands get dirty. It is really annoying because then it roams around and smell is everywhere, is it due to the size of ...
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My cat princess had a stroke

Is there any way I can recover my cat from a stroke? I tried searching up and it just said stuff like medicines but they don't work. Someone please help me. The cat also poops and pees everywhere ...
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How can I determine if a probiotic product has ingredients that will be helpful to a GI illness?

My friend has an elderly (female, spayed) cat who has developed a GI problem (diarrhea + scooting). They are going through all of the veterinary recommended tests and treatments, but while waiting ...
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How can I identify the breed of my cat

I just got a cat and I wonder what breed it is, how can I identify the breed of my cat?
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My cat suddenly started to attack us!

My cat was really calm and remarkably very friendly for a month since the beginning of March. She was sterilized when she was 3, now she is 5 years old. She has always been always aggressive and does ...
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Why does my cat prefer eating on the carpet?

I have wooden flooring in my kitchen with a small carpet, which does not cover the entire room. I put my cat's bowls on the wooden flooring and most of the time he carries his food to the carpet and ...
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Feline hyperaldosteronism (Conn's disease) alternative treatment options

I have a cat, male, 15 years, previously otherwise healthy (until yesterday he's always been active, healthy weight, energy level about the same as a 7-8 year old) except for a heart murmur since ...
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Is it possible for a human to get a disease from a feral cat? [duplicate]

I posted a question about a cat in our house yard. Every morning at 7am, I feed her. Is it possible for a human to get a disease from a cat? I wash my hands everytime after petting her. Also, Is it ...
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If he will be a medium hair cat [duplicate]

wondering if he will be medium hair cat when he is older.
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Will neutering a male cat stop it from killing kittens?

I just saw the question Facultative Cannibalism? on the biology web site, and I recalled hearing the tom cats, will kill house cat kittens. Will neutering a male cat stop it from killing kittens it ...
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Why are my tom catsleaving me?

I don't neuter my cats. There were 6 of them: dad, mom, 4 kittens, 3 tomcat kittens and 1 tammy kitten. I neutered the tammy one. The mom gone one day when I was about to abort her babies, the dad ...
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Should I be worried about neighbours' cats in the context of my outdoor rabbits?

If there are two rabbits living in the backyard (whole garden at day, predator-safe enclosure at night), should I worry about free-roaming cats?
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Amoxicillin dosage and length of treatment for cat?

(I run a small cat sanctuary and am currently between vets. I'm trying to learn to do some basic treating on my own. I know when a cat is sick enough to call a vet so please don't just tell me to go ...
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Kitten is still defecating on the floor even after I rub his face in it, what do I do?

My new kitten is six weeks old and I think he's defective! I adopted him from Craigslist and the people said he was litter trained, but he keeps going to the "bathroom" in the corner of the room. ...

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