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

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At what age cats should stop biting and scratching games?

I have a Maine Coon kitten who is 1.5 months old. When he's playful, he starts biting and scratching whenever he sees your arm next to him, and any hand movement is like an invitation to bite. Trying ...
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What would cause an oral polyp to recur in my cat?

About a year ago my then-newly-adopted adult male cat had a small growth under his tongue, which my vet removed and biopsied. It was a benign fibrous polyp, which I understand sometimes happens. Now,...
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How can I tell if my cat is happy?

As a cat owner, I'd of course like to know if my cat is happy. However, most known indicators don't really apply; purring seems to happen for a variety of emotions, meowing vary greatly between ...
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Why is my cat suddenly urinating outside of the litter box? [duplicate]

We have an 8 year old cat that recently started peeing in one spot in the hallway. During the summer months she spends most of her time outside but during the cold winter she stays inside mostly, ...
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How to comb/brush my cat in hard to reach areas?

My cat loves being combed, he purrs and nuzzles my hands, but whenever anything, be it a comb or my hand, tries to reach his belly, he attacks it with all his four legs as soon as he notices it. Even ...
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Would a sailfin dragon get along with a cat?

I've read that Sailfin Dragons a quite receptive of human handling and can make pretty good pets. I'm curious if that means they would get along with other animals too. I have two cats, and they're ...
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What effect does the number of littermates have on the appetite of a kitten?

My ragdoll kitten is now 5 months old and it has developed a somewhat stout body. The healthy cat body figures I've found are showing an adult cat. By these figures my kitten is overweight, but as it ...
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Should a cat's nose be wet or dry?

My cat's nose is usually very moist. However, today I found it to be very hot and dry. I've searched about that, but the Internet seems really divided about the subject; some says a dry nose means a ...
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Why does my cat's sneeze contain blood?

One of our cats, from time to time, goes into fits of sneezing (almost machine gun-like) that is worrisome, but there is also sometimes blood in the discharge. She's eating and drinking fine and her ...
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How do I stop cats from jumping and climbing on a balcony net?

I live on an upstairs floor and have a big balcony. To protect my cats from jumping off the balcony, I've put on a net around the whole balcony, but the cats jump on the net and climb to the top. ...
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How to use a spray bottle as negative reinforcement?

I don't use a spray bottle in training our pets. I did use it in the 80's when I had the 2nd cat of my own, but it did not really work out so well. With the first cat I did not know about spray ...
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Is it okay for an elderly cat to be sleeping in the litterbox?

Our eldest cat is 18 1/2 and is healthy for his age. He still runs, loves attention, goes out for 'constitutionals' (short walks round the neighborhood) and generally appears to thrive. He has lost a ...
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How can I introduce a cat into a household with dogs?

My family and I are considering adopting a cat. We currently have a few dogs but they are quite docile. I know that bringing a new creature into the house can cause problems. What can I do to ...
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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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Why are cats released as part of “spay and release” programs?

There is a feral cat in my neighborhood, It will not come near anyone, but will eat food if placed out for it. Someone mentioned a program called "Spay and Release". It seems like the idea is to ...
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Is there a correlation between water bowl and litter box placement?

Historically, my cat's water bowl has always been in the vicinity of his litter box. Not adjacent to it, but close by and in the same room. He has recently adopted the habit of jumping up on the ...
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How do I stop the neighbours' cat coming in and spraying?

We have two cats who are both allowed outside. Our cat-flap is one of the fancy ones that authenticates the cat using its ID chip, but sometimes it doesn't shut properly and one of the neighbours' ...
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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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How long can we hold off euthanizing our cat?

Before you say something about being inhumane, please hear out our situation: My cat was diagnosed with Squamous Cell Carcinoma about 2 months ago. The doctors could not say how much longer she would ...
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How do you safely evacuate with cats?

Every now and then when some natural disaster hits, I see stories in the press about abandoned pets or people being turned away from emergency shelters because they have pets with them, and I think: "...
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Why do my cats leave small toys/items around the house?

My cats tend to leave small toys or items (favorites: socks, sweatbands and a Jerry Springer koozie) around the house when we're not at home and we find them in the hallway when we get home. What does ...
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How does a cat's personality change by having kittens?

I'm pretty sure that having kittens (and nursing them, etc) changes a female cat both physically and mentally. Exactly how it changes the cat is not quite clear to me. To me a female cat that has had ...
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How to train a kitten to climb tail-first down a tall climbing tree?

We have a tall climbing tree, which has the lowest resting platform quite high up. All but one of cats know how to climb down tail-first, but the 4-month old kitten comes down head-first. Climbing ...
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Is my two-year old Maine coon too lean?

We have five cats, four adults and a kitten. Other cats eat well but this one is just keeping slim lean thin like it was a fashion model on a catwalk. She is a Maine coon and just got two years old ...
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Is chewing cardboard normal for a cat?

For quite some time now my cat's new hobby have been destroying cardboard boxes. He can spend sometimes up to a few hours in a box chewing the walls non-stop and ripping it to pieces. My cat used to ...
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My cat doesn't like to eat anything!

I found my cat when it was very small. I took it home and since then, tried to feed it whatever I thought it would like, starting with milk, then fish, meat etc. It has never touched them or any ...
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Can I feed my cat a vegetarian or vegan diet?

I have a few friends who are vegetarian or vegan, who have considered putting their pets (mainly cats, which is why I specified in the title) on a similar diet. I feel like that might not be good ...
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How do I keep a cat out of my Christmas tree?

It's that time of year when many of us put a pine tree up in our living room and decorate with lots of shiny objects and string-like items. It seems that many cats find this combination to be almost ...
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How do I treat a fresh raw/scabbed nose injury on my cat?

I noticed that one of my cats has a raw section of his nose, on the leather section. It appeared after a night where the two cats I have got into hissing/low growling during 'play'. The cat is ...
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As a complete novice, what costs should I plan for when adopting a shelter cat?

I have never adopted an animal. What costs are there? What about: The adoption costs Food costs Litter bix/bedding Vet Pet sitting for trips Etc. What categories did I miss? How often do expenses ...
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Why do cats hate riding in cars?

Whenever we need to take one our cats in the car (usually to the vets, but not always), the in-car drama is quite intense with a yowling and even vomiting (rare for short durations). Why do cats, ...
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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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How do I know if my toddler is making a cat dangerously uncomfortable?

My son loves a cat in our building. The cat rolls on its back and stretches out, and my son strokes his fur. But then he tries holding the cat with both hands, sometimes around the waist (the cat ...
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How can I keep my cat from climbing on my desk?

My cat loves to climb on my desk at home. Problem is, he is constantly knocking things off (he broke a cup and a couple other things this week), and messing up stuff on my desk, bumping my monitors, ...
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What research is there on the long term effects of pinch-induced behavioral inhibition conditioning on cats?

There have been studies using "clipnosis" a.k.a. pinch-induced behavioral inhibition (PIBI) as a technique to immobilize a variety of animals. The following study examines the use of such a technique ...
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Does calming food really help my pets?

The pet shop sells special food called "Calm" for both cats and dogs, apparently for the holiday or fireworks season. Is this food really a solution, or is it feel-good for the pet owners? I once ...
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Why is one of my cats licking walls and windows?

I've been catching my cat licking windows and recently some walls. The doubtful advantage is that the lower half of my windows don't fog any more, but why is she doing that? Is it unhealthy for the ...
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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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Why is our cat bringing his toy to us and whining?

So I have a cat who's a bit of a loner. Really hates contact unless it's under his terms and he very rarely wants contact except for about 10 minutes in the morning. Unwanted contact is met with ...
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How do I prevent my cat from getting on the table?

We have a 7-month-old cat. I would like to prevent her from getting on the dinner table because it's likely there's something to eat, or at least a water jug there, and we don't want her to start ...
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How large territory does a Maine Coon cat have?

In a cat care guide book it is strongly adviced never to let a Maine Coon run free, because these cats are very effective predators and run a very large territory. I have no plans to let my Maine Coon ...
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Spray bottle becoming ineffective

I have two cats, both under 6 months old (I guess you could call them kittens). I have used a spray bottle in the past as negative reinforcement, which worked great on one of them (the one that's ...
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How to get my cat to stop being annoying at night?

My cats were always allowed in the bedroom. Lately, the youngest one, who is the least affectionate and the most adventurous and most-likely to get into trouble, has been waking us up every night. He ...
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How do I help my cat tolerate a bad-tasting liquid medicine?

My cat is currently on Atopica, which comes as a liquid. Apparently this medicine tastes awful, based on his reaction to it. Mixing it into food or tuna juice does not help; he rejects the entire ...
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Why is my cat pulling her nail?

Most of the time while washing herself, she also starts to 'grab' the nail to one of her 'thumbs' with her teeth and it looks like she is pulling it really hard. Don't know if she does it with other ...
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Why does touching my cat's hindquarters make him bite his paws?

Recently (within the past 2 weeks or so), touching my cat's hindquarters has resulted in him frantically biting his (FRONT) paws. I noticed it for the first time when I was petting him while he was ...
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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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Can I bring my dog or cat on Amtrak?

Traveling with pets on airplanes can be challenging. Trips can be long and airports do not normally have areas for animals to relieve themselves. Furthermore, animals that are too large need to be ...
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What are the problems associated with my cat eating paper?

My cat has recently started chewing on paper products I leave around the house. I try to keep him away from the paper stuff, but, well, I can't be everywhere always. I figure since paper isn't cat ...
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Can walking past my cat at night disturb her sleep?

I have always been in the habit of leaving my room in the middle of the night to get some food to eat in my room (which I make sure she doesn't eat, of course), but I recently got a cat (I had two ...