Questions tagged [cats]

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

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Is there a way to safely tranquilize my cat, so he does not remember a vet visit?

Are there different safe forms of cat sedation for vet exam/visit and travel? My cat is 13 and has not been to a vet or held by any human in 11 years. We found him (just a baby) crying in a bush, took ...
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Soft Recovery collar too tight?

I bought my cat, Rhea, a soft recovery collar to replace her cone. It looks like a plushy donut around her neck. I think it's the right size but I'm always paranoid it's too tight. She ate twice with ...
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Cat eating with paws and then flings it EVERYWHERE

My cat loves his wet food. He can't have dry because he has so few teeth from a genetic mouth disorder, lucky us. So after ruining one of my walls, because when he is done eating he flings his paws so ...
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Transporting new cat with resident's cat blanket?

I'll be picking up a new cat tomorrow. She is 1 year old. At home I have a kitten (3-4 months old). Is it a good idea to rub a blanket on the kitten at home, and then bring that with me to transport ...
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Can a cat know you came thanks to his sense of smell?

As I mentioned in other questions in Pets.SE, I have a cat since 2011 who, sadly, can only live outside my dad's house. Since mid-August I had to move out to another quite small apartment, which is ...
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My old cat died and I don't know how to deal with it

I feel like I can trust you, don't delete please. I need help by making the rest of my cats understand that she's gone and not coming back. My old cat, Bee, died - and we have two more and I don't ...
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Cat coughing/sneezing keeps coming back despite treatment?

I have an eight-year-old male cat. He has always been very healthy, but this year he's had some respiratory problems. Here's the history: In early March he started sneezing and coughing often. On 23 ...
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Can't find a reason for my cat's soft stool

I've recently bought a kitten. She is now 3 months old, and I've had her for one month. The first week I had brought her home, I was only feeding dry food (Applaws kitten). I think she had mostly ...
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Introducing new cat (or kitten) to kitten at home

I have recently gotten myself a cute little kitten at the start of September. I might want to get a second cat/kitten to keep her company. I've done some research about introducing new cats and read ...
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Do dogs and other intelligent animals (cows, etc.) blink to communicate?

Cats are known to blink as a form of smiling. I believe I have also noticed that the dogs and cows here often look and blink at me when they are upto something. E.g.1: when one of the dogs is play ...
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Update and some questions about my cats

Hello I'm back with very good news and some questions following up on my cats. Last post I made was this right here: I need help rebuilding my cats trust after abusing them multiple times. Where I ...
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Can you water down wet food to trick a cat to drink more food? [duplicate]

I had a 15 year old Maine Coon with severe kidney problems. With my current cat, who is a domestic short hair of seven years, I don't want him to suffer kidney problems when he is older. However, he ...
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What is the suitable diet for Feline Urethral Obstruction?

My male cat had just a little operation to remove a 'crystal' which blocked him from peeing. After that the vet nurse advised me to strictly cut any food apart from certain Virbac dry food brand ...
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The new Kitty is to aggressive with the other [duplicate]

We had a kitten (Gala) for a couple of weeks and she is the sweetest thing ever. Always playing and following us. So we decide to take another kitten now that the first one is still a little so they ...
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My seven year old cat is hissing at my new three month old kitten! [duplicate]

I just recently adopted a three month old kitten; while already having a seven year old resident cat in my home. My seven year old cat is not a happy camper and is aggressive towards my new kitty. I ...
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What next for our scared shelter cat?

We have a 2+ year old male, neutered cat, name George, that we recently picked from a local shelter. George was dropped off at the shelter at about 4 months old, and has been there ever since. He now ...
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How frequently does a cat need to sneeze before it might indicate a health problem?

My 10 year-old cat had some discharge in both eyes a week ago, and was lethargic and uninterested in food, so I brought him into the vet. I was told he seemed to be in good health, but they ...
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Sudden stop of wet food diet is causing my cat to vomit

I went to the vet on Saturday for my cats yearly checkup. They are 2 years old now. The male cat (Joe) weights around 8kg (or 17.7 pounds), and the female cat (Moe) weights around 6kg (or 13.2 pounds)....
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Why does my cat come to me when I'm sitting on the toilet?

Whenever I sit on the toilet, my cats come to me and rest at my feet. Why? Do they miss something?
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Please help I found a strange sac on my cat's tail. What shall I do?

I noticed this sac on my cat's tail while petting him. It doesn't cause pain, since I tried pressing on it and it didn't hurt him. It appears to be fatty and it has a very thin red vein as shown in ...
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Why is it “common business sense” to not sell black cats in October?

While reading a programming article which had nothing to do with cats or Halloween, it was mentioned that it's "obvious" for a cat store to not sell black cats in October. Why exactly is ...
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Is bitter nail polish safe for cats?

I've been having real trouble with my cats chewing on cords. I've heard lots of people talking about bitter apple spray, but it seems like it would be better if I could paint something onto the cord ...
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Cat stooped eating what could be the cause and should I force feed him? [duplicate]

My cat is 16 years old. About a month ago he started eating a lot less. I've tried different foods, both fresh and canned. He ate some but very little and lost a lot of weight. I took him to the vet ...
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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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My kitten doesn't pee - should I worry?

I have a two and half months female kitten for 3 days. She doesn't enjoy dry food so far so she's eating primarily wet food - from can or pouches, but I started mixing them with dry food. I think her ...
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Cat glove carrying behavior

Our cat has a habit of waiting until night time, or until we leave the house to start hunting around for gloves. She likes to pick up gardening gloves, athletic gloves, gloves from superhero costumes, ...
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Will a bite from another cat turn into an abscess?

I have two housecats. They occasionally chase each other and play a bit rough. Today I found a bite mark on one of my cat's necks. It's dry and red, I'm guessing a day or so old now. How likely is it ...

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