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

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How should I react to two fighting cats?

Several questions have addressed how to get cats to get along together. How to stop two male cats from fighting How can I encourage two cats to get along? How do we handle two female cats in the ...
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Cat won't use cat flap

We have 4 cats and have recently moved from an apartment with no cat flap to a house with one. 3 of the cats started using it within a week, but 1 is very stubborn and just won't use it and it's now ...
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Dad accidentally sat on my cat

My dad accidentally sat on my 2.5 kg, 2 year old Persian cat. He didn’t see or hear her because he was on the phone, and she was sleeping on an office chair. Once he sat on her, he realized that ...
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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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Why does my cat insistently meow at me when I shower?

When I shower, my cat has this unusual habit. She meows at me insistently and repeatedly, and looks at me with wide eyes. I want to mention that I do not keep her in the bathroom against her will. I ...
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What is the maximum age of cats?

My cat is four years old now. Someone told me that cats do not have a long life span. This made me so sad and worried. I want to know what is the approximate age of cats if they are fit and healthy.
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What's wrong with this kitten's eyes and how do I take care of them?

I just found a shivering little stray kitten on the inside of air conditioned building and thought it must be feeling cold so I took out in the sun and then ended up just bringing it home. Its eyes ...
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Why has my cat's pee started to smell very strongly of ammonia?

I have a female spayed cat in my flat for the last eight months. She used to be stray, I took her in when she was about six months old. So she's about 1,5 years old. This past month I have noticed ...
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My cat is a houdini and keeps escaping her cone [duplicate]

She had surgery today, spayed, we tried a cone to prevent licking. Well, she got out of it so we tightened to where we would have to remove it without sliding it on and off. Well, she got out again... ...
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How best to discipline a kitten?

We have a 3 month old kitten. He's lovely but his biggest problem is peeing on our bed. He slept in the kids' room when we first got him, to keep him separate from our dog, but they're now getting ...
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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 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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Why is a female orange tabby rare?

I just adopted a female orange tabby and I knew going into the adoption that they are very rare. Why is it so special for female cats to be the orange tabby colour?
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Is it true that cats show their emotions through their tail?

A friend of mine told me that cats show their emotions through their tail. I have cats that are angry 'shake' their tails, but is it true for all their emotions?
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What is the best way to manage a half-wild cat as a pet?

We have two spayed cats, Alice and Kesha. We took Alice in as a kitten born from a wild cat in a private house backyard. We received Kesha from her previous owners, who discovered they were allergic ...
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How can I stop my cat from removing her cone?

I just got my cat back from being spayed. She's got the stitches, and she's supposed to wear the cone for a week to stop her from licking them. Problem is, we've gotten the cone on her four times ...
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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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Why does our cat suddenly bite us?

Since we've adopted our cat, we're having some trouble with sudden bites. Sometimes when she's in a completely relaxed attitude, she suddenly opens her eyes and bites me or my girlfriend. Although ...
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In a multiple cat home, how many litter boxes should you have?

I have seen a few suggestions in answers to other questions about it. But when I look I can never find it. If I have multiple cats in my home, how many litter boxes should I have?
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Are there sure signs I can see my cat might have arthritis?

So I've been having some issues with my 16 years old cat peeing on the floor around her litter and it has been suggested that she might be having arthritis problems. Hence my question, Are there ...
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Determining if a Female Cat Was Spayed

Is there an easy (external) way to tell if a female cat has been spayed? A neighbor is considering adopting an abandoned stray and I'm trying to help them determine if the cat has already been spayed.
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Did my cat just spit at/on me?

I have a kitten about 10-11 wks old. She's very human-friendly, as sweet as can be and very active. This morning as I was sitting at my desk she was doing the usual routine of running around and ...
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Does hissing always mean fear or aggression?

Does hissing always mean fear or aggression or it can be a part of the play? Sometimes when playing hide-and-seek or chase games with a kitten, he allows himself to be chased into a corner, and then ...
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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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How can I help a cat who seems afraid of his harness?

TL;DR My cat panics when I try to put him in a harness and I'm not sure if he's just afraid of his harness or if I'm doing something wrong. Are there any tips on buying cat harnesses? Is there ...
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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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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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Is the cat trying to communicate by leaving toys in significant places?

My boyfriends cat will often bring toys and leave them in places that seem to have meaning. This morning he found 3 toys in the spot where he sits to put on his work shoes every morning. What could ...
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Why are grain-free cat foods filled with vegetables instead of more meat?

Every grain-free cat food I've seen is filled with vegetables like sweet potatoes and peas. Why is this? Why don't they just put more meat? Are there 100% meat product cat foods, wet or dry?
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Why is my cat afraid of me when I play guitar?

When I play guitar (acoustic and electric), my cat gets really scared. And it's not just guitar, he gets scared when I'm playing violin, mandolin and other instruments too. He kind of shrinks and ...
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My cat seems to have a harmless “sneeze button”?

I have a female tortie of unknown age - somewhere between 12 and 16. Overall she's a very healthy and content creature, but in the past few years she's developed a very strange mannerism. Whenever ...
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Why does my cat paw her food from the bowl to eat?

Ever since she was a kitten, my cat has generally preferred to pull her kibble out of her food bowl a piece at a time and eat them off of the floor. She also has a tendency to drink her water by ...
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How common is it for cats to snore?

I've noticed lately that both of my adult, non-elderly cats tend to snore when sleeping. Usually they're sleeping on their sides or curled up when this happens. (I don't notice it in "meatloaf" ...
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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 do I keep a cat from eating houseplants?

My cat chews up some of mine and also my neighbors' plants. How can I break her bad habit before my neighbors get mad?
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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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Why is my cat getting so cozy with me?

When I get in bed, my cat will do anything she can to sleep with me. I don't just mean on the bed, I mean on my chest, my back, the backs of my legs, my side, or across my arms. A few times she's even ...
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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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How can I train my cat to use the toilet?

I asked a question How do I manage a cat litter box to maximize hygiene? and received this answer suggesting to train my cat to use the toilet. How can I train my cat to use the toilet?
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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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Why is my dog scared of my kittens?

On Sunday night, my cat Raven gave birth to 4 kittens. They are doing brilliantly, fat, happy, noisy, cuddly. Raven has recovered well and is behaving like her usual super-friendly self. There's ...
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Why would a cat ask to play all the time and how to satisfy her?

I have a quite energetic, 1.5 year old female cat, who used to live outside until 6 months old. We get along nicely, and I try to have play sessions with her 2-3 times a day for at least 5 minutes - ...
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How to test one deaf ear of a cat?

A dominant white cat with blue eyes is said to be at high risk of being deaf. (Here the "dominant" refers to the white color gene, not behaviour.) In case of a white cat with odd eyes, the ear on the ...
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Is it safe for my cat to eat fish?

A quick Google search returns results suggesting that feeding fish to your cat is a bad idea: HealthyPets.Mercola.com: Warning - The Very Food Your Pet is Addicted to May Contain This Deadly ...
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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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What is the safest way to remove tinsel/ribbon from a cat?

Okay, so bit of an odd question, but this happens every year like clockwork, so I want to be prepared. I have a cat, who likes to eat ribbon and tinsel and the like. Normally, I just try to keep it ...
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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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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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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 to stop adopted stray/feral cat from scratching trees?

Im in New Zealand. The cat (probably female), has been with us for 5 years, but my parents are sick of her killing our trees with her claws. We think she was abandoned by her previous owners and lived ...

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