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I once lived in a street with two sister cats rescued from a previous life. I don't know the prior circumstances (neglect, abuse, fantastic owner died suddenly and the cats had to be rehomed...). One of the sisters only ever left her new house to venture out into their back garden. The other acted like she owned the street, and particularly singled out my ...


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First I think it is great that you want to make an informed decision and not just breed more cats because you can. There are several reasons why breeding munchkins can be a problem. Inbreeding As with all uncommon breeds, it is likely that some breeders have inbred munchkin cats to have a nice source of income. Inbreeding in itself can be a source of health ...


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This is totally normal: each pet is different, each cat has her own personality. What you need is a cocktail of: patience food ...and a magical ingredient Patience: the more you try when she does not want to be held, the less it can works. Let her come to you. You can be waiting for days, weeks, even months... you need to earn her trust. One year is still ...


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Unless you want to have more kittens I would suggest spaying your cat. It is not about letting nature take its course, being pregnant and giving birth and even being in heat itself is very stressful for your cat. Also consider that many animals each year are euthanized in shelters because they are unable to find a home or are brought in by former owners. ...


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I have personal experiences with abused dogs and stolen cats who returned very ill and potentially abused. Will she remember her former life? Yes, definitely. People and animals remember traumatic experiences to be able to either avoid them in the future or deal with them better if they cannot be avoided. You may notice some quirks of hers. Maybe she's ...


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There are much better alternatives than aquarium pebble for cat litter. And a recent "incident" in a carrier box was an unpleasant reminder that common household detergent is not able to wash away the smell of cat urine. If you look at different brands of commercial cat litter, you may well find several brands advertised as "compostable" ...


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Trust the animal. Animals remember the person and it is quite possible that someone resembling your brother hurt the cat while he was very young. Maybe ask your brother to change his appearance and see if the cat behaves the same way. Cats also associate a lot of their experiences with smells. It may be possible that your brother smells a lot like someone ...


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If you are sure your brother hasn't been abusive to the cat on purpose maybe he has accidently stepped or sat on the cat but doesn't want to tell you incase you get angry. I don't know any other reason why an animal would suddenly become scared of someone who they've been fine with before. I hope you get it sorted.


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I am not a cat experienced person, but I found a website, maybe useful for you: "cat friendly clinic". They store a lots of videos about cat handling (I assume more for assistant staff and vets). There is one video about the "Towel wrapping a cat". Additionally, there is a pictured instruction (in German language) on this Vet's Website (...


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No-one can tell the future, but I honestly think your cat will be happier on his own. Male cats aren't very social. If he isn't neutered, he'll probably always view the other cat as an intruder to his territory, no matter how hard you try to make them friends. Even if he's neutered, there's no guarantee that he'll like the other cat. Cats have their own ...


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Burying (or not burying) waste is an instinctual behavior. You might be able to create an environment that facilitates the behavior you're looking for, but you're not going to teach a cat to do it the way you want. It may be that no reasonable accommodation will make your cat actually bury his waste properly. First off, check for medical issues. You ...


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In short: That might be too long, try to reschedule the spaying to an earlier date. The male will mature earlier than he female, but as long as the female isn't mature as well, they cannot reproduce. The average age of sexual maturity for female cats is 5 - 6 months, but that also depends on the season. If you live in the northern hemisphere where spring is ...


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I recently heard of methods used by breeders as mentioned previously, but it doesn't seem practical at all. Expensive for the owners and continually stressful for the cats, since it's not a one time thing like being fixed. You may be able to see signs and keep them separate, but that's taking a big risk even still. If someone isn't with them 24/7 you could ...


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Mimic another cat 'spitting'. It's a strong warning to keep away that other cats understand. Difficult to describe but you can just make a loud "phhh" sound with a lot of out-breath. They will feel the breath on their face and know that it means 'paws off'. Another good sound is hissing an abrupt "Tsss" or "Tchhhh".


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Please note that I'm not a vet, but I once had a cat that went missing for some time and came back with a very severe ear infection including mites. The dark stuff in your cats ear is ear wax and the color is absolutely normal. The skin inside the ear doesn't look reddened either. If you want, you can clean it with a wet cotton pad. Do not use cotton buds / ...


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I adopted a cat, Ms. Nibbles, that had not been socialized very much as a kitten. She enjoyed play, but seemed unreceptive of 'hands on' interactions. I had a hairbrush of the sort used with blow-dryers, the kind having relatively few stiff bristles, each capped in a small sphere. Miss Nibbles enjoyed being brush with this, so each day I would geantly brush ...


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Is there an alternative method beneath surgery? Yes. There are treatments for the female cat, to avoid her heat (weekly oral medication or monthly injection) and for the male cat, to decrease the production of sperm (implanted hormone chip for periods between 6 month and 3 years). Is this treatment practicable for not-breeders? Not really. It is stress to go ...


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Some great advice in all the answers. My puppy liked chewing electrical wires! I couldn't put them in drawers. Instead I got some bitter apple spray. It tastes horrible - I tried it! Once it dries (after a few seconds) there is no smell but the taste lasts indefinitely. Search for bitter apple spray online - there are plenty of suppliers. Spray the outside ...


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When a cat chews through a bag and gets a treat, operant conditioning reinforces that behavior. From then on, they have positive associations with chewing through bags, and that can exist independent of hunger (it's not like they want treats only when they're hungry in the first place). You may be able to curb the behavior with operant conditioning that goes ...


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Some cats are convinced they're "starving" regardless of how much food they get. Some have a particularly strong "treat drive," and will do anything to get a treat. Some just like to chew on things, particularly certain plastics. Any of those factors can lead to a cat chewing through anything that looks like a food or treat bag, and it's ...


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My two do the same, though they will take turns playing with a toy. It started within a few days of introducing them; they both went for the same toy and ended up fighting over it. And when my boys fight, they don’t want or need a toy distracting them! Now, when I bring a toy out, they look at each other to see who moves first, and that cat “owns” the toy ...


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The older cat might just let the younger play alone since essentially, playing is hunting practice for cats, and it might think the younger one needs the practice more. We are currently observing something similar with our two older ones, they will mostly let the younger one play and observe, and only occasionally spring into action. If they do, they do not ...


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Dandruff is not necessarily a sign of ageing, and it can start at any age. Many cats may never have much dandruff. As a veterinarian, the most common causes I see of dandruff: Obesity. Overweight cats have more trouble grooming (they struggle to reach their back or tail bases). Diet. Poor quality diets in general can lead to a dull hair coat and dandruff. ...


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I have two cats - one of them loves to meow at us in the morning, and the other is very quiet throughout the day. This is not a metaphor - this is just a way of explaining that cats are all different and will have different behavior depending on their personality. Our cat that meows more has a lot of different reasons to meow - sometimes they are hungry, ...


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Aw, maybe your cat just wants some attention and hugs from you :) My guess is, she is just saying something like: "good morning, I'm so happy you are awake and can spend time with me now :3" But then you take a shower and the cat still wants attention, so she keeps meowing.You could try to cuddle with her for like 5 minutes after you got up in the ...


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Should I make him stop? While I don't think it's imperative to make him stop, it would probably be better if you did. The most concerning reason is such a behavior is unsanitary. There are diseases like cat scratch fever that you can catch from a cat's saliva having contact with your mucus membranes, such as those in your mouth. Experts advise you to wash ...


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Like others have said. The cat has probably learnt a negative association with the carrier. I have two cats and now I have several cats carriers. Typically the soft meshed ones. They really like them. Flexible, softer and they can pop their heads out of the top without escaping. Two are just for the vets. It seems a lot, but there is method to my madness. ...


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The best answer I know for strange phenomenon in animals is to ask the vet. You mention that you just got her and that you have already had health issues with her, i.e. ear mites and worms. Did this kitty come from a feral mother and never have a physical examination by a vet? If so, it's time for a full examination and all the shots. If her tail looked ...


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The short answer is: No. In general, there are 2 types of cats and dogs: Those who eat everything available and those who eat only as much as they need. From an evolutionary point of view eating everything edible is an advantage because it increases your chances of surviving times when no food at all is available to you. As far as I know, what type of eater ...


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I know it is difficult if these cute cuddly creatures don't get along. Cats are much different than dogs. Dogs love to play with one another, even with cats. Cats, even big wild cats like pumas, jaguars and cheetahs are usually more independent, and can be territorial. I have had two cats from the same litter, in three pairs. I keep thinking that litter ...


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Perhaps a good groomer would know what to do. The danger to your dog is that he might try to chew it off. and as in answer 1, any harm might come from what type of paint was used. However, I have 2 ideas. You might try a bath with a Doggy shampoo first. If that does not work I have another solution. I repair antique dolls, make handbags and jewelry. There is ...


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We had a similar situation a little over a year ago. We had our boy Scout who is now 4 years old. We used to feed a stray cat and then eventually took her in. They did not get along. Also Misu the stray was a temperamental cat (but has mellowed down since). She would bully Scout the moment they saw each other. She was used to guarding her territory and she ...


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In addition to all of the suggestions posted here, I'd also like to point out that it may be cat acne from her own oils/dander/et cetera from things such as food & water bowls (the most likely culprits) as well as bedding/towels/so on that she frequently sleeps on or rubs against. This is different than being allergic to the material itself; instead, it'...


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It depends a lot to the local regulations. Transportation is a relatively easy part, but it solely depends on the regulations. If you are taking him with your car, the best way is to give him a mild sedative or something similar. Dosage is very important here. Weight and age are essential to find the correct dose. Consult a veterinarian about it. Most ...


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First off, you should definitely take the kitty with you. From what you tell, it seems both of you are fond of each other and it would be very emotional for both of you to leave each other. Coming to your question, I will try and answer this from the point of risk vs the time it would take to reach your destination. Flying takes the shortest amount of time ...


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