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You will have to take your cat to the vet for this,get some x-rays of the sinuses and lungs. Your vet might take a sample of the discharge to see if this is a bacterial or viral infection. Nasal discharge can be caused by a number of things like a foreign object stuck in the nose of your cat,allergies might cause this,bacterial or viral infection is an other ...


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Yes, it's normal. Search "cat vomit food" and you'll find vets suggesting 1-3 cat upchucks a month is normal, but to only worry if it's twice a day for several days in a row, possibly with blood. My cats seem to barf up some dry food at least weekly, and have been in fine health for decades (combined). It wasn't the food, since the other 6 days of ...


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C.Koca is spot on with expanding food. Dry food with a high grain content expands more that food with a high meat content, so switching brands might help. Please keep in mind that grain content is proven to increase the risk of urinary tract diseases in cats and that male cats are much more prone to those stones than females, so switching food might be a ...


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It is not normal, although it also doesn't seem alarming. Cats usually vomit furballs. If you only see dry food, it is not the usual vomit. The usual cause is cats eating too much dry food and then drinking water. Dry food expands with water and might be disturbing their stomach. This theory has more credibility since the puzzle feeder helped it. My ...


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I just took my cat away for a week to my parents. It was a two and a half hour drive. He travels really well. He had never met my parents before but on arrival he explored the house and then instantly settled and made friends rubbing on my mother’s feet and jumping onto my fathers lap. He slept with me the first night and slept on my parents bed every other ...


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What you want to do is slowly acclimate them to your presence, start putting out food in a specific place and a specific time, if you haven't already been doing that, and choose a place somewhat nearby but not too close to that spot and sit there when you feed then, slowly move these places closer together until they are comfortable with you being next to ...


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You've got the right idea with trying to make the area unappealing, but unfortunately a spray isn't going to do much (the digging may in fact be at least partially in response to the spray, in an effort to get rid of the scent from it). I'd suggest a two-pronged approach. The first is to deter the cat from the area in general with an automatic cat repellant ...


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You could just donate the cat to a shelter and not have to deal with it at all.


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It is impossible to know certainly but this could be Guillain-Barré Syndrome or some other auto-immune disease. It is unclear whether GBS is seen in cats, but autopsy results of two cats suffering from sudden paralysis were identical to those of humans suffered from GBS. Still, the range of auto-immune diseases is vast and we have less information about such ...


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I'm very sorry about what happened to your cat. You did everything you could, but it's hard to not know what happened. The rear leg paralysis sound similar to something that happened to my parents' cat, an otherwise healthy 5-year old tabby. After having gone missing for a couple of days, my parents found him under a bush in front of the house, unable to ...


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If my wife is pregnant, she may need to spend her days lying down on our couch - and with our second bedroom set aside to become a nursery, where will we keep the cats? Why can the cats not be around your wife? If we do let our cats roam about, how do I prevent them from jumping on my wife's pregnant belly? You don't, your wife does. Once they've been ...


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This is a very common problem we see in this Stack Exchange. You had a great plan. Getting a carrier and seeing a vet for microchips is the best approach. In case it is not microchipped, prepare a paper collar. You basically write your details on a paper and wrap it around his neck. Make sure that the paper is not too thick, otherwise the animal might be ...


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First of all, please calm down. Your question sounds as if any interaction with your cats would potentially endanger the life of your unborn child, but that is not the case. It's not the cat itself that poses a danger during pregnancy, but an infection called "toxoplasmosis" that is caused by "Toxoplasma gondii" parasites. This infection ...


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Feed your cat half a pouch 3-4 times with some kibble, don't pay any attention to people feeding their cats more than 3-4 pouches a day. I have two cats, medium to large. They get fat with more than two a day. Feeding actual meat is best, as kibble has zero health benefits other than MAYBE cleaning teeth. They need protein from meat, not from plants as it's ...


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Possible frame challenge here, but your cat isn't using the house because she doesn't need it. Her fur is cold to the touch because it's working - it's keeping body heat inside. And just like your ears, her ears will be perfectly OK at lower than body temperatures. Not all mammalian extremities need to be at full body temperature. This is why a furred ...


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Your cat is not jealous of the new child. Your cat is stressed out. Most cats like calm, quiet, routine, and for their territory to not be disrupted. Unfortunately, with a new baby, all those things tend to go out the window. It seems to be a rather common reaction when new parents bring their child home, for their cat to start eliminating in locations where ...


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Note: This answer should be seen more of a some addendum to Elmy's great answer. Different standards are used in feeding stray cats/dogs and pets. Stray animals are not a big problem in many countries, yet they are in some. In Turkey, stray cats are even part of the culture. However, they are very malnourished and some practices which are obviously wrong for ...


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In general, feeding cooked bones is not advised. If you chose to feed cooked bones anyways, you should keep the following aspects in mind: Splintering This is the main reason why pets shouldn't eat cooked bones. A raw bone is a solid mixture of minerals like calcium that give it strength and stability, and softer organic material like cartilage that make it ...


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This looks like separation anxiety. Separation anxiety manifests itself more in adopted animals and kittens who are separated from their mother prematurely. The more attached the cat to you, the more separation anxiety they will suffer. So, you need to solve the underlying issue by being more available to your cat. Note that cats plan their days very well, ...


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It's difficult to find advice specific to buffalo milk, but I think it's likely the advice would be buffalo milk is not good for kittens, and if you need to supplement their diet, use kitten formula instead. The advice when it comes to cow milk seems to agree that cow milk isn't good for kittens due to the high lactose content which will give them diarrhea, ...


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If your cat is not eating, like he was eating before, it's may be stress or anxeity. Please try changing his food. Sometimes, all cats want is a change in taste. They get bored with same food everyday. But make sure to consult your vet before making any change in your cat's diet. I've also highlighted this issue in one of my blog post in details... Please ...


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From my understanding, there aren't really any good alternatives. Feline stomatitus is the overreaction of the immune system to the various bacteria, plaque, and tartar that naturally accumulates in the mouth, especially around the teeth. So the known treatments are related to somehow reducing the amount of bacteria in the mouth. Medications such as ...


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if you want to keep the cat get a raccoon trap and put cat food in it and put it in a cat caryer and take it with you if you want it.


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Firstly don't worry. You needn't rush to correct this. If you try to take immediate action to 'make things okay', the cat will detect your unusual behaviour and be even more worried by it. Just behave absolutely normally but without forcing any attention on the cat and let them get over it in their own time. If, after a couple of weeks there is still a ...


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Introducing cats takes a lot of time and patience. Six weeks might feel like a long time has passed with no progress, because it’s very stressful for the humans to work through this. But I think, ultimately, your cats just need more time. It sounds like you’re doing everything right. It doesn’t sound like any extreme fighting has broken out, and that’s ...


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Nothing is immune to cat claws (except maybe actual rock, but that doesn’t make for nice couch cushions). Instead, provide your cat with plenty of other things to scratch in the same room. Different cats love different methods of scratching, so it may take some observing and trial/error to find out what your cat likes best. I’ve had a lot success with ...


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Give your cat time and space. Remember that humans are about ten or more times the weight of an eight pound cat! That's got to be a bit scary. Some ideas: Slow blinks while extending your head a bit, leading with your nose. It's "I like and trust you" in Cat. Don't stare, that can be aggressive. If watching them and they look at you, do the ...


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My girlfriend is a veterinary nurse and this is a situation she has seen and we've discussed it on several occasions. All animals are always on the lookout for danger. Even the most domesticated pets that led a house bound life since birth will have that natural behavior. When an event startles them, like dropping a plate on the ground in the kitchen, they ...


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He may be trying to play with you, like he did with him littermates before they grew up and became less social (or disappeared). If someone is feeding him, he doesn’t need to hunt to survive, but the instinct to hunt is still there. Cats “play” by practicing their hunting skills, often on each other, which can seem aggressive to us thin-skinned humans. Try ...


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I got my cat one year ago, at first arrival she attacked me multiple times. While I was chasing her around the house, hoping to pet or just to hold her and she would understand that I care about her. She ended up defecating everywhere from fear instead. A year later she feels so comfortable with me that she can jump on my chest while I am asleep. I ...


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One possible explanation of the attack is that something scared your cat and, since you note that the cats “don’t like the dog”, your cat probably assumed the dog was to blame and attacked him in “self-defense”. Not fully trusting you afterward is likely because you undoubtedly have a bit of the dog’s scent on you. The best thing you can do to help her calm ...


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This is a very common question on this SE and it makes perfect sense. The cat for some reason is traumatised by your action. You might have stepped on his tail, or she might just be upset because you defended the dog. It doesn't necessarily mean you did something bad, it is just impossible to relay the reasons behind our actions to the cats. The good thing ...


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Here is a website created by a vet with great info about cat food, what to feed cats, and what illnesses can result from feeding them the wrong food: CATINFO.ORG Cats should only eat species appropriate food. I have 3 cats, they have never been sick. We only feed them grain free wet food, and occasional greenie snacks. They never throw up besides the ...


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Let's call the cat with the wound above the eye Cat A and the other one Cat B. You'll need to get Cat A examined by a vet. This wound looks self-inflicted by scratching, which would also explain why it gets worse. The vet must find the reason why Cat A scratches itself. The reasons can range from fleas or mites over allergies to ear problems or an abscess, ...


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It might depend on the cat. Cats have very diverse characters so it is impossible to know the response of individual cats. Moreover, it also depends on the individual collar and bell. There are signs you can look if your cat is disturbed. A disturbed cat will not let you re-attach the collar. If he keeps relatively still while you are re-attaching it, it ...


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It is almost impossible to make cats do what you want them to do, but it is possible to make cats not do what you want them not to do. There is a hierarchy of actions which you should start carry out. Blow air to his face. Spray water to his face. Hit on the ground with a stick/club, like a meter or two from the animal. Start a vacuum cleaner near him. ...


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Cats are experts when it comes to falling. Their bodies are built for it - their hooked claws are great for going up a tree, but not for coming back down. Their bodies and prepped and ready for impact. HERE is a great article about cats falling, and their likelihood of getting injured. It looks like the balcony may be 10 or 12 feet high? 8 feet is, for a ...


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I read through your previous post, and it sounds like the cats are making headway in their potential friendship. A soft paw hit is nothing to worry about. That may even be a sign of play, since they're both pretty young! To answer your question: locking a cat up for "bad behavior" is generally not recommended, because cats will respond negatively ...


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Kittens are notoriously adventurous and will inevitably do things they shouldn't. A screen or door net is a fun and easy thing to climb. It will take a lot of patience to find what works best. You may even find that they will become less interested as they grow older. Here are some options to deter the kittens from climbing the screen: Try deterrent sprays....


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As someone who reversed type II diabetes there is a part that your question misses. For 24 to 48 hours after exercise muscles become insulin sensitive, diabetes is insulin insensitivity. Reversing diabetes is diet and exercise. So make sure your cat is moving a lot.


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Great answer but I will add a few things. Cats are crepuscular rather than nocturnal, which means they their eyes are evolved to operate at twilight. Cats have several visual adaptations to operate better at twilight. Cats have 6 to 8 times more rod cells in their eyes. Rod cells distinguish the shapes, edges and textures rather than the colour. As a trade-...


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I have two goldens and I give them 1 tsp of nutritional yeast in their breakfast four times a week - all year long. No fleas, yes in August too. I have not found ticks on them until recently, but the ticks do NOT imbed or attached to them. I paid $8 for the bag of organic nutritional yeast in March (7 mo ago) and still have 1/3 left. (The nutritional yeast ...


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You got most of the points right. The sugar is added to cat food for the benefit of the manufacturer, not for the cat. Cats cannot taste sweet You need 2 specific genes in order to have receptors for sweet tastes on your tongue, but cats lack one of those genes. [Joe Brand, biochemist and associate director at the Monell Chemical Senses Center in ...


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Unfortunately my beloved Jack was put to sleep as he was suffering. Thanks to all who advised and tried to help. Sorely missed.


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Bites are not necessarily aggressive. They can be requests for playing, or even just a display of affection. One of our cats, the one we call "my" cat because she's so attached to me, bites me whenever she's really enjoying the love she's getting. Especially when she was younger, she didn't really know how to regulate her bite strength, but it was ...


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Cats are intensely territorial, and an unknown (and much larger) predator has invaded your resident kitten’s territory. He/she is scared and angry, but probably mostly scared. Hissing is a way for a cat to try to intimidate the invader into leaving without a fight, especially one the kitten would probably lose. The new cat is usually also afraid because it ...


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Our vet is 'Fear Free' certified and our 16yo male, never happy about vet visits before, seemed to actually enjoy his visit with the vet. This included getting his temperature taken and receiving a vaccination. Part of their 'trick' is that they feed him turkey baby food from a spoon and it REALLY WORKS.


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Search for "mobile vets" in your area. There are an increasing number of such practices who will come out to your house with appropriate equipment to handle 95% of treatment needs. Handling animals with anxiety about car rides and office visits is specialty.


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Kidney diseases are not a death sentence. I have looked after a Maine Coon with Kidney disease for three years and we lost him because of diabetes rather than renal failure. Replace regular cat food with renal food. Renal food is more expensive than the regular food, yet it stops or slows kidney deterioration. Make your cat drink more water. It is hard to ...


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As you guessed already, it is going to be difficult to have a solution which is both useful and good-looking. My advice is to train the cat to return by itself when it is "stuck" there. A wild guess might be that the cat is faking the danger to get your attention. An extra reason to go the training path is the following. Let's assume that you ...


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