Questions tagged [cats]

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

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My cat ate an unidentified lizard! What should I do?

My cat caught and ate a lizard. I do not know the type of lizard he ate. Might this affect my cat negatively? What signs should I look for to see if my cat is OK? Is it necessary to take my cat to ...
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Are there any special considerations involved in moving our cats' litter boxes?

We want to move our cats' litter boxes to an enclosed room in the basement (accessible via a cat door). Currently, the boxes are upstairs, in an open room easily accessible to the cats. We don't ...
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How should I teach my cats to use a cat door?

I've just installed a cat door in our basement, to let the cats get into a room that we've been using for storage. Ultimately, we intend to move the cats' litter boxes into that storage room, which ...
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Is it safe for my dog or cat to eat grapes, raisins and sultanas?

I am wondering if some of the blogs about feeding pets certain human foods is really harmful for my pet or just some of the latest hype. Is it safe for my dog or cat to eat grapes, raisins and ...
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Is it OK to feed my dog or cat candy with sugar substitutes?

I can understand that giving candies or sweets to a cat or dog can rot their teeth. Is it ok for me to feed my dog or cat candies with sugar substitutes like Xylitol, or artificial sweeteners?
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Are onions dangerous for my cat or dog and why?

Someone advised me not to feed my cat or dog foods which include garlic or onion, as they are bad for my pets and can make them sick. Is this true? How would it make my cat or dog sick?
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What treats are dangerous for me to feed my cat?

Considering Is chocolate harmful for dogs? , are there foods which can endanger my cat? Some relevant answers could be found here: Is it safe for my dog or cat to eat grapes, raisins and sultanas? ...
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Should I feed my cat milk?

My cat seems to enjoy a bowl of cow's milk. I have noticed some runny stools, since I have been giving him milk. Could the milk be causing this? We are thinking about getting another cat (as a kitten)...
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What does it mean when the skin on my cats' backs twitches?

I've noticed this behavior on two of my cats, and I don't believe it is feline hyperesthesia (neither exhibit any of the other symptoms commonly associated with the condition, and the back twitching ...
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How does early desexing affect my cats?

There's a lot of information online debating the optimal age to de-sex a cat. We adopted two 16-week-old kittens, a brother and sister, from a shelter. They were already desexed. I am wondering ...
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Can I give my cat human medicine?

Is it safe for me to use human medicine on my cat? Are there occasions where it is OK to give my cat human medications?
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How do I give a cat a pill?

The problem of pilling a cat is well-understood, but I've found its solution to be evasive. I understand that in principle I should be able to open the cat's mouth, toss a pill in (or use my finger ...
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Cats fight over who sleeps further up on the bed

I have 2 cats, who enjoy sleeping on the bed with my wife and me, but during the night we notice that they both start at the foot of the bed, and creep up, leapfrogging each other to be higher up and ...
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Should my cat love having his fur pulled out?

My cat loves deep scratching. Over time, I discovered he loves getting his fur lightly pulled out. It started with his nose, which seemed reasonable enough because it's hard to groom there, but now ...
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How can I re-teach my cats to eat insects?

Two of my cats were avid insect hunters in our old apartment. We were near a farm, so we had lots of flies hanging outside our front door and our patio, and some would invariably get in during the ...
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Is it harmful for my cat to eat bugs?

Living in a basement apartment, I get bugs; usually ants, sometimes the odd spider or centipede, etc. I keep my house as clean as I can, and put out ant traps where my cat can't get to them to control ...
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How can I encourage two cats to get along? [duplicate]

In three days my friend is dropping off his cat so I can watch it for a week while he is on vacation. However, the last time I watched his cat my cat attacked him. These two cats hate each other and ...
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Why does my cat hold its mouth slightly open sometimes after smelling something?

On occasion, my cat will sit there with their mouth open, usually after smelling something new. It looks similar to panting, but without the heavy breathing or a protruding tongue. What is the ...
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Can a cat with a sluggish colon have dry food?

The is question Is there anything beyond preference that dictates whether dry food should be wet down? and comments brought up and interesting issue. If a cat has a sluggish colon, can she have dry ...
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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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Is there a research-based book that discusses feline social interactions and cues?

Cats have some surprisingly subtle nuances in the ways that they express themselves. From the way they hold their tail, to how they make eye contact, or even how loudly they meow, there are a wide ...
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Encourage rescue cat to sit in lap

About a year ago, we adopted a rescue cat who was about 8 years old. She is gradually flinching less when we bend down to pet her and she will sit next to me and loves to be petted. She will not ...
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Why is my cat growling at his toys?

I have an adolescent cat that I adopted as a kitten (not this one :P ), and he growls when playing with his toys. At first I thought that he was growling at our other cat (also adopted as a kitten) ...
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Are there benefits of feeding my cat homemade chicken broth

I make a homemade soup by bringing to the boil and then simmering a chicken. I can do this without seasoning, when the chicken is thoroughly cooled, I pulls all the flesh from the bones and use this ...
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How can I teach my cat that the middle of the night is not the time to play fetch?

Somewhere in his life, my cat determined he really loves to play fetch. Usually this is not a problem - he brings me a toy, I throw it, he brings it back, I throw it again, repeat as necessary (...
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How can I keep my cats safe in my car?

When transporting one cat I put the carrier on the passenger seat (with the front grill facing me). When transporting both, somebody gets the back seat (with the carrier similarly facing the center ...
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How much purring is too much purring?

I have an adolescent cat that I adopted as a kitten. For some time now I have noticed that he is purring a lot. I know that when giving affection this behavior is normal but my cat seems to start ...
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How long can a 1-year-old cat stay home alone?

Whenever I go on vacation I leave my 1-year-old cat with my friend, who also has a cat. My cat and his cat HATE each other, and I was wondering if I can leave my cat alone at home. I plan to be gone ...
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When is declawing a viable option for cats?

We recently acquired a kitten, and we've found that in playing with her we tend to get a lot of scratches, often severe enough to draw a bit of blood. These scratches are not hostile in nature, but ...
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How can I train a dog to behave with a cat?

I have witnessed my neighbor's Golden Retriever misbehave with their Persian Cat. He puts the cat's tail in his mouth like a toy, removes much of the cat's hair with his mouth; essentially, he ...
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How can I manage a big change in my cat's environment?

My cats and I are moving to a new apartment, and I am considering the impact of such a dramatic change in environment on my pets. From common sense, I've come up with these few points: Get the cats ...
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How can I encourage my kitten to leave my adult cat alone?

We currently have two cats; one less than a year old and another around 6. Our adult cat simply wishes to be left alone, but our kitten wants to play with anything and everything all the time, ...
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What can I do about the black dots on my cat's chin?

I got a new cat a couple weeks ago. She came from a shelter with a clean bill of health. Over the past few days, I've noticed that she's been developing some black spots on her chin that look a bit ...
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How to let an indoor cat have some outdoors time safely?

I have two indoor cats that have an abundance of energy and some behavior problems. I have read that allowing the cats outside occasionally can help with this behavior. Additionally, both cats ...
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What are the most common dietary allergies in cats?

We suspected a food allergy in one of my cats. The course my vet recommended for this was to switch him to a special diet (containing no previously-eaten proteins) for a few months and then, if that ...
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How can I calm my cat so I can brush him?

My cat sheds a lot, so I try to brush him often to minimize the amount of cat fluff he leaves all over everything in my house. Unfortunately, brushing him is incredibly tricky; he doesn't want to hold ...
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Calming a cat down after being told no

Whenever we say "no" to our cat he gets hyper and starts running around the house knocking things over. What are some techniques to calm down a cat?
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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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How can I stop my cat from eating too fast and throwing up?

My cat loves his canned food that he gets every morning, and he gets right into it the moment I put the dish down. Normally, this is no problem - he eats, I get ready for my day, everything is ...
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Claw-clipping for the visually challenged?

I try to keep my cats' claws trimmed to reduce wear and tear on the furniture (and me :-) ). They also have scratching posts and "pads" that they use regularly, but that's not enough. My problem is ...
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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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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 would I deal with a choking cat?

Can someone describe the technique for dealing with a cat that is choking? I just want to know in case my cat ever gets something stuck in its throat. Is it similar to CPR?
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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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How to determine if a cat is generally at an ideal weight?

For people, there's a recommended weight range based on height and age (and maybe some other parameters) and I assume cats have a similar guidelines and I feel my cat may be too heavy. As there are ...
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How can I make one of my two cats eat less?

I have two indoor cats. One of them is pretty fat and he eats and sleeps alot. The other one is more slim. I have tried to make the fat cat eat less (since my other cat doesn't get that much to eat, ...
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How do I prevent my cats from urinating everywhere?

I have 5 cats (2 males, 3 females, all spayed/neutered). They all used to be indoor, but because they urinated everywhere, especially one that slept with me, we now keep them outside. I really miss ...
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Cat digs litter out of the box

My cat is a bit too tenacious in digging in his litter box. Not matter how clean it is, no matter how much litter is inside, he spends quite some time digging it, both before and after doing his ...
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Why does my cat walk away (and expect me to follow) while I stroke her?

Is this an instinctual habit? If so, would it be safe not to follow it? I wouldn't want to get its instincts messed up or anything.
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How can I train my cat to not jump on the kitchen counters?

My cat jumps onto our kitchen counters frequently, sometimes causing major accidents. What is the best way to break that habit? Would I need one of those electric shocker things?