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Cat may have spent a week locked in a drawer - how concerned should I be?

The cat doesn't go into suspended animation when in the drawer. If she was really trapped there the whole time you would find, uhm, metabolic byproducts, in addition to claw marks where she tried to ...
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My sick cat disappeared

I am sorry to say this, but it is possible that the cat retreated in order to find a quiet spot away from her core territory for passing away. This is instinctive behavior, and while it might seem ...
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end-of-life infinite cat treats?

There is certainly no reason at all to not give her whatever she'll eat at this point; I've even received this as advice from a veterinarian when dealing with a cat nearing end of life. At this point, ...
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How can an accidental cat scratch break skin but not damage clothes?

I'm guessing the pants are made of a woven fabric. Sharp pointy things like claws can get in between the woven threads and go straight through, and no damage is done to the fabric. It's why when you ...
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How much monthly costs can I expect if I get a kitten or two?

As far as I know, breed is not a strong indicator of what to expect for cost when it comes to cats; their general health is a larger indicator, and something that can't always be determined as kittens....
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end-of-life infinite cat treats?

No reason I can see, as long as she's interested in them and isn't reacting badly to them. Ask your vet if there are any ingredients you should be avoiding now. As I've noted elsewhere, some pet ...
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How can I help my cat avoid depression and separation anxiety after moving to my first apartment ever?

As far as the smaller room is concerned, keep in mind that cats are less interested in square feet of floor than total available square feet on all accessible levels. Even if the room is smaller, you ...
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How to convince my cat to continue living with me

My parents have a similar cat - adopted from a feral mother, but she learned to hunt and fend for herself before we got her. She loves roaming outside, but she also likes some cuddles and the free ...
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Cat may have spent a week locked in a drawer - how concerned should I be?

I had a cat that was locked in a garage down the street for 6 weeks. All we knew was "vanished". We did the whole "lost cat" routine, posts, posters, Humane Society, ... Nada. When ...
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I used to abuse my cat. Is it best that I get rid of him, or is it okay if he stays with me?

First of all: it's good that you realize that your past behavior was abusive and wrong and that you stopped. Abusing animals is usually not something people do out of boredom, it's often tied to a ...
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Brand new kittens moved prematurely

Moving the kittens to the mother is worth a try, and you should make sure to give mother some space so she can relax. It is important that kittens are close to the mother, since they are unable to ...
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What should I do with a dead kitten?

Sorry to hear the little one didn’t make it. Right now, your cat probably doesn’t perceive it as her kitten any longer, as indicated by her starting to eat it. So for health and hygiene reasons you ...
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Is it okay to walk my cats?

Walking them around your house should be no problem as far as disease and parasites are concerned. Most of the those that they could pick up outside your house you are likely tracking in on your shoes ...
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Got a kitten for my daughter I think it is scared of the litterbox please help!

My instinct here, based on the small amount of information you gave on litterboxes, is that this is in fact an issue with the box and your behavior around it, not the kitten. She's going near it, ...
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Rough play or aggressive behavior?

I would recommend caution against continuing play if your cat is putting claws or teeth on you (even if it's not really harming you). These things may be cute now, but may be less cute as he continues ...
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Cat biting new cat

You do not specify whether the cats are neutered/spayed. I'm hoping they are, but the behaviours you described make me suspicious they are not. They are probably both sexual and dominance behaviours. ...
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Should I be worried about my kittens suckling on my neck?

[Note: I'm not a behavioral expert, so take this with a grain of salt.] Cats learn not to bite from playing and social interactions. So as they grow up, they will naturally learn that biting doesn't ...
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Alternatives to put in a feeding toy other than food

If your cat loves to play with the puzzle feeder, you might want to consider switching your feeding regime to primarily involve puzzle feeders. There are models that work for wet food too, and with ...
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Our 10 year old cat has gone off the deep end

If it has not been ruled out already, I would advise asking your vet to check for arthritis / arthrosis. This would not be unusual at 10 years of age and can go unnoticed even if it is quite severe ...
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Cat now peeing in house, what to do

Cats breaking litter box protocol when they haven't done so before may also be a signal that they are sick. A vet visit might be a good idea.
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Small amount of blood occasonally in cat stool. Concern?

My first suggestion is to treat your cat for intestinal worms. It's the easiest thing you can do with a chance of solving the problem and without too much risk involved. If that doesn't solve the ...
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How to i get my cat to stop ruining everything, eating cardboard and foam, and peed on my bed

Consult your vet. There's always the concern that the cause of any behavior changes could be medical. In particular, peeing outside the box could be a sign of a serious, even potentially life-...
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Can't care for the cat population anymore

First step in order to prevent the situation from escalating would be to get the cats neutered, preventing further litters and the population exploding. Since you already can't afford feeding the ...
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Difficult introduction: 5mo male kitten an 14mo female cat don't get along?

Addressing the main question: Further progress may simply take time. They're tolerating each other; that's a good start. They'll figure the rest out. In human terms, the 14mo female is a teenager, and ...
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Why would you treat a cat with a ball of ingested fur with Cola and xray contrast liquid?

Please note that this is mostly speculation since I don't have access to the full article. Case summary in common English A hairball (medical term: Trichobezoar; link to image with a warning for ...
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How much monthly costs can I expect if I get a kitten or two?

One thing to add to Allison C's excellent answer is insurance. Pets, like people, get sick. Unlike people, there is typically no government help for healthcare costs. Think of all the scary medical ...
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I locked my 4 kittens in a room to get them used to using a litter box, they have food and water

If the litter box stinks, it needs to be cleaned! Imagine how unpleasant it would be for you to have to use a stinky and dirty toilet. So the first step to get your kittens to use their litter box is ...
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Stuck with incomplete diagnosis for a cat (struvites confirmed, infection cannot be confirmed). What are my options?

Struvite uroliths are often sterile (not bacterial) in cats. This differs from dogs, where infection is more often the source of the problem. Any pet with stones may however be prone to secondary to ...
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How can I stop my unneutered male cat from attacking my unspayed female cat when she is NOT in heat

Neuter your male cat. That was easy. :) If you're not seeing them fight or seeing him inflict any wounds, and it doesn't look like a typical wound, it would be wise to consider other possibilities, ...
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How long until new cat settled in (going on holiday)

I would recommend not letting the cat outside until they are certain that this is their new home. (Actually these days I'd hesitate to let the cat out unsupervised at all, but I'm not dogmatic -- ...
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