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

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Does age matter when adopting a cat (if you already own a cat)?

If I already have a cat (or a kitten), and I want to get another to keep it company. Say the cat I have already is a couple years old, is it okay for me to get a new kitten? Or the other way around? ...
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Are there spices or other food flavorings that should never be fed to cats or dogs?

House animals always seem to want to have a bite of whatever you're eating. There are obvious things, such as hot peppers, that might not be appropriate for them. But, what about spices or herbs ...
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One of my cats bullies the other. What can I do?

I have two Siamese cats that are siblings. They are almost two years old. Before I moved out and brought them with me, they lived in a house with three other cats. They always loved each other and ...
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What causes a dog or a cat to shed?

My Long haired cat sheds a lot. It's insane how much fur he loses, and yet there always seems to be more of it. It doesn't seem like it's tied to the season because he sheds during the winter too, but ...
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How to Reduce Hissing, Fighting and Aggression Between Two Cats

Our house has become the temporary home for my daughters two cats. They have been with us for about 2 1/2 months and everything seemed to going along fine. During this initial time our daughter and ...
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My cat is staring at the wall constantly - why?

I have three cats. One, a male black shorthair, is starting to act rather oddly. He's starting to stare at the walls. Normally this wouldn't be a problem. However, it's gotten so bad that we had to ...
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Can my rabbit get fleas from a cat or dog?

We don't treat our rabbits for fleas in the winter because we don't take them out in the winter. Sometimes in the winter we will take them to the pet store or other locations where cats and dogs are ...
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My 6 month old cat suckles and kneads on a blanket

My cat suckles and kneads on this really soft blanket that I have and I think might resemble his mother. I was wondering if I could bottle feed him, but I dont know what or how I should do that? I ...
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Whats the best way to prevent cats from going places they shouldn't?

We have 2 kittens that we brought home 5 days ago, they are 12 and 13 weeks old now. They have a very tall cat tree that they use, they use the litterbox and they get along very well. There are ...
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How to feed stray/wild cat

I do not have a pet, but every other day a cat comes to us for food. This has been going on for a month now. In our part of the world (subcontinent), the stray cats/dogs will eat just about anything. ...
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How can I help my cat to enjoy, or at least accept, bathing

I have a two year old female cat. I'm used to bathe her once a week with a special shampoo for cats. Sadly, the cat never liked the bath. Instead, few times when I start preparing the bath for her (e....
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How can I know if my cat is in pain?

When a cat is sick, it is often quite obvious to its owner, but sometimes it is not so clear. What if the cat was in terrible headache or suchlike? What are signs to look for when I suspect my cat is ...
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Is it healthy for a cat to regularly eat cheese?

My kitten Mickey is addicted to cheese and will not stop meowing until we feed him. We give him about a handful a day. Is that healthy for a one-year-old cat?
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How can cat owners protect cats from secondary poisoning from rodenticides?

Modern rodenticides are specially designed chemicals that cause vermin death by altering vermin's metabolism. One often used group of such chemicals is called anticoagulants. No symptoms are ...
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Why doesn't my cat like being held?

We adopted our full-grown cat when she was a couple of months old. She has never shown any signs of having been ill-treated prior to our ownership of her. The problem is that whenever I grab my cat ...
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Should I worry if my cat accidentally ate some chocolate?

I know I shouldn't feed a cat chocolate, and I also know dogs can get sick from it. Do I have to worry for my cat's health if (s)he eats some chocolate?
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Can I change my cat's food?

I know people say that I should not change my cat's cat food because: They will not like it. They might vomit when they try new food. However I always change his food and he likes trying new things. ...
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Is there anything beyond preference that dictates whether dry food should be wet down?

Particularly with dogs, this seems to be something that comes up often in their care. When giving the animal "dry" dog food, is there anything beyond the animal's individual preferences that should ...
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My cat will only play with silicone earplugs, which is concerning. How do I fix that?

My 3 year old neutered female cat has gone mental on playing with silicone earplugs. They are small, chewy, yellow things you put in your ears to block out noise. My cat thinks they are THE BEST ...
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Any tips for how to coax and teach a shy feral cat to trust?

My partner and I took a previously feral cat into our home a week and a half ago. She was born outdoors and was found in a cardboard box on a landfill near the city we live along with her four kittens....
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How can I tell if my cat knows his name?

I call my cat by his name, "Sterling", often, either to tell him nice things ("I love you too, Sterling") or when I need to blame him for something ("Sterling, NO. NO pushing things off of tables!"), ...
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How much dominance is normal in 2 cats at play

I have 2 cat's, one is young (8 months) and the other is 1.5 years old. During play, the older cat always takes the role of the chaser and the younger cat always runs away. I had read somewhere that ...
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Kitten Food in an Emergency

Hello I have 4 kittens and they are hungry as their mother just died 4 or 5 hours ago. I need to prepare food for them as they are only 34 days old. What can I feed them?
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Should I worry about my cat jumping out the window?

I just bought a cat and live on the 14th floor of my building, and I realized that he doesn't have any fear of heights like dogs do. I am really afraid that he might jump from a window. I did some ...
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How can I best manage the drooling from my sick cat?

My cat is 15 now and was diagnosed with squamous cell carcinoma and it seems she may be on the last of her lives. While my family is very saddened about this news and didn't know about the risk ...
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How can I stop my cat from eating plastic?

One of my cats will eat anything that is soft plastic. He will eat shopping bags, cellophane wrappers, anything. Fortunately, he hasn't had any issues. I've seen plastic in his poop, so when he ...
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What should I do if my cat vomits his food?

Recently, my 1 year-old cat vomited over my kitchen floor while playing. I was worried and unsure what to do, so I just cleaned him up and made sure he was OK. What should I do if he vomits again? ...
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How should I accomodate my cat if I travel for work?

I am currently pursuing a new job which will require a decent amount of travel. I am very conflicted since I don't know who could look after my cat each time I'm away if I get this job. I don't have ...
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How can I indicate where my kitten is supposed to do her business?

I got a very young kitten about a week ago. From the previous owner, she was litter trained, and only had a couple accidents. I get her home, and I can't seem to get her to use her litter box at all....
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What factors should I use to decide when its time to euthanize my elderly cat with kidney disease?

I am stuck with a decision of life or euthanasia for my 18 year old cat. Should I leave her be or euthanize her now? My cat's kidneys are bad, but not shut down yet. My cat still drinks water and ...
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What is the best shape for a cat's food bowl?

I have noticed that while my cat eats, he has trouble getting his food pellets into his mouth, perhaps because of the shape of the food bowl? The food bowl I use is a small, circular, flat bottomed ...
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How can I stop my cat from scratching her chin?

I have two six year old cats, brother and sister (friend "forgot" to fix their parents, so I know the specific litter and birth date). The female keeps scratching her chin profusely, to the point that ...
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How can I get my cat used to being picked up?

I recently adopted a cat from a shelter who does not seem to want to be picked up. She loves being petted on the head and scratched at the base of the tail but dislikes contact with the rest of her ...
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Are there any special considerations for adopting a cross-eyed cat?

A short discussion in chat made me wonder: do cats that are cross-eyed require any special care? Source: dailymail.co.uk Does it affect the cat's balance (or negatively in any other way)? Can (or ...
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Human toilet training: Weaning cat off litter for pooping?

I've been working for a while to train my cat to use the human toilet, and the process is taking much longer than I'd hoped. There is already a general question on the topic, but I have a specific ...
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Should I worry about a kitten who is the result of inbreeding?

My friends' cat recently gave birth however it was later revealed that the father was the cats' son. My friend offered to let me adopt one of the kittens but I am worried that the kitten I adopt will ...
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Is my cat's aggressive behavior playful or mean, and how do I stop it?

My boyfriend and I moved in together a year ago, each bringing one cat. The older cat moved with me on moving day and the younger one arrived a few days later. One cat is an eight-year-old female. ...
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How can I tell if my cat is pregnant?

I discovered that my cat was pregnant only a week before she give birth to kittens. What behaviors or signs could have indicated to me sooner that she was pregnant?
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How do I give my cat her medication without scaring her?

I have a 4 month old cat / kitten that comes from a shelter. She is afraid of both my girlfriend and me and still hides in corners after 2 weeks of being here. She needs eyedrops and medications, ...
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Why are cats afraid of vacuums?

My cats are pretty stereotypically afraid of my vacuum. As soon as they see me getting ready to use it, they'll jump up. The second it gets turned on, they're bolting to the other room. I watch ...
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What is the value of meat byproducts in cat food?

I was watching a television commercial about a cat food that touts it's lack of meat byproducts and it's inclusion of "real chicken meat" presumably this is mostly lean muscle tissue. A related ...
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How can I safely trim matted cat fur?

Regarding What causes fur clumps on my cat's back, and how can I prevent them? , some severe cases of matted fur need to be removed through cutting or shaving. As an electric shaver might spook ...
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How can I teach my cat to claw his scratching post instead of the curtains?

We're getting more and more scratch marks on our curtains. What would be the best way to make our cat scratch his scratching post instead?
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Cat mowing and chewing until skin bleeds

We have a cat (maybe 2 years old, adopted) who has suddenly started chewing (not just licking) a spot bald from biting herself. She's clearly hurting herself (she cries when she does it) but we're ...
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Using the room door as a means of introducing cats to each other slowly

tl;dr: is a slightly ajar door a good way to introduce cats that have been playing with each other under it without showing aggression? We have two cats, neutered - the male is the resident house cat ...
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What can I use (temporarily) instead of commercially prepared wet cat food?

So, this comes out of me being a bit of a terrible cat parent. I forgot to pick up more wet cat food, and we are now out. Due to various constraints, it will likely be Friday afternoon before I can ...
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Does a cat recognize her offspring after a long period of separation?

My cat had some kittens a while ago, one of which I have given to a friend. It has been about a year since then, and I was wondering: If my cat (the mother) were to come in contact with her offspring ...
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Where on a cat should one inject insulin?

I've taken care of two diabetic cats (for different friends). One told me to inject the insulin in the fleshy part of a rear leg; the other told me to inject in or near the scruff of the neck (the ...
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How can I get my cat to stop chasing my other cat?

I have three cats. All neutered and spayed. A tuxedo named Pip, a tabby named Kitty, and a tortie named Faith. Pip isn't really all that important in this question, I'll give more info about him later....
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My cat shakes its legs when trying to sleep, why?

My cat is 3 months old, he's been with us for a month but lately I've observed that sometimes when he's trying to sleep or falling asleep he starts shaking like he's got cold, like shivers. I thought ...

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