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You could always close up or get rid of the cat flap. Cats can be pretty smart and patient about knowing when they can expect to be able to go in and out, sometimes even meoiwing at a window after hours if needed. They're good at sleeping in the bushes by the door, waking up when someone comes who can let them in. Worst case the poor dear is stuck out all ...


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Our friends have a cat flap that is magnetic. Their cats have small magnets on their collars that open the cat flap and also trigger their food dishes (which are covered with a motorized cover). Of course they always leave the door open anyway and the dogs scare away anything that comes in, but still, the magnets seem to work pretty well.


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The high-tech version is to use a camera, machine learning, and a solenoid to lock/unlock the catflap. Ben Hamm had a video about a system like that, although his problem was not detecting a particular cat, but to determine if Metric had an unwanted "gift" or not. Probably this is more expensive than a chip reader, but you learn more by building it....


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Please keep in mind hat I am not a vet or otherwise medically trained professional. The best information I could find is that "most of the needle" should be inserted into the skin. There's no need to make sure that absolutely all of the metal part is inserted, but the more length of needle is in the skin, the more secure it is. Setting the tip of ...


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As your cat Pablo has a chip, he always carries a unique method of identification. I would suggest you swap your current cat flap for one that reads microchips and opens up just for your cat. Yes, they are not exactly cheap, especially if you have a perfectly fine regular flap, but it should pay for itself over time in cat food, cleaning bills and a happier ...


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Short answer: yes, you should force him. Any ear infection is uncomfortable, itches or even hurts. If you don't treat the infection, there's a risk that it becomes chronic and the discomfort never goes away again. One of our cats went missing for a year and came back with a very severe ear infection. He scratched his cheeks bloody for months and even went ...


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It could be a genuine rocksalt lamp made of a chunk of pure halite (rocksalt). In that case it would have a slightly salty flavor, but not as salty as sticking your tongue into a jar of table salt. It would also draw moisture from the air and "sweat" salty condensation when it's not hot from the encased light bulb. Your cat might lick this salty ...


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An intact male cat will be driven by his sex drive to go outside and find females in heat (no matter how successful considering the competition). The behavior will be quite irregular, some toms disappear for days on end, and he’s of course exposed to a multitude of dangers outside. He will also contribute (or at least try to) the number of new feral kittens ...


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A couple of weeks ago we moved into a house This is the likely trigger for the increased clinginess, you get this whenever you move house with a cat. The only real answer here is patience. Also remember you must never respond to the behaviour. I adopted a 7 year old female just under a year ago, and in her first night, the second I put my head down to sleep ...


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Do not change food, if it works well for your cat's age, weight, and breed and is vet recommended. Keep the new food if everything else is fine and healthy. Cats usually don’t like change in their food. There are supplements like collagen that you can add to your cat's food that may help her coat and be more cost-effective than switching to an expensive food ...


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First let me address your former behavior. Yes, that is considered abuse. It's very good that you yourself identify it as abuse, as well. That shows a level of self-reflection and understanding that will hopefully prevent you from acting that way again in the future. I'm glad that you feel better now and make concious efforts to treat your cats well. If you ...


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A good way to add nutrients is to add cooked dry oats on top of whatever food he does eat. Secondly, adding chicken broth to a portion of dry (can also soften it, so bonus points!) or wet food to add nutrients into the food can help, but both must be eaten within the hour to be safe. In desperation to get him to eat a full meal, cooking a chicken breast ...


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If you are truly desperate to get some nutrients into him, cooked dry oats on top of the little food he does eat. So this link isn't working, I'm told, but Freshpet Wet food for cats is amazing, I swear by it! My 7-year-old Maine Coon cat loves it. It's the only brand of food she'll eat and it's extremely nutritious. That's my main suggestion. Meow Mix ...


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We have the same situation with my cat. He has also stopped eating and drinking, lethargic and drooling while sleeping. Planning to go to the Vet but I don't have enough money. So I tried many different home remedies to survive my cat. Please try this first so that your cat not starve to death: Blend the pumpkin, potato and chicken liver into a liquid and ...


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Please do not put any object into your cats ears as it will often do more harm than good. Earwax is a mix of dust-dead skin-dead bacteria-virus and an oily substance this combination is often black or very dark. if mites are present you will see it if you smear some earwax on a white paper,it will have a dark red color(it is best if you leave this to your ...


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I had a similar situation and decided to consult with a veterinary behavioral specialist. I was able to do it virtually (phone, computer/Zoom). I believe is was $250 but it was the best money ever spent! I would have gone without food or anything else if needed, as it fixed the problem. I thought I knew a lot about behavior modification (I have a graduate ...


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My cat meows loudly whenever he catches live prey and brings it home. The meow is quite unmistakeable (it is almost a growl), and I always know when he has caught something. I suspect that your cat is echoing this hunting behaviour. As to why cats do this, I have no idea. I don't know if my cat is trying to communicate with me, or with other cats in the ...


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The University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Veterinary Medicine has a Guidebook on Feline Panleukopenia for animal shelters: https://www.uwsheltermedicine.com/library/guidebooks/feline-panleukopenia/vaccination Quoting some excerpts here in case of link rot: For pregnant cats expected to carry kittens to term, balance the risk of inducing abortion or ...


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Two of ours do this as well, it isn't a specific toy for them, but rather a specific type of toy, small stuffed mice. They will sometimes bring them to our bedrooms, and will loudly vocalize when doing so. The purpose of the vocalization seems to be bringing attention to the fact that the toy was brought, once we acknowledge this they will go back to their ...


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I grew up with one cat and one dog, so speaking from my experience, I found that both my cat and my dog fluctuated between wet and dry food. Both indicated they wanted a change by standing near the bowl, scratching, or yowling at me. These are important signs that showed me they were hungry. I would suggest, if you're seeing something similar, to switch to ...


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It may be separation anxiety. I've seen another case of a cat engaging in similar behaviors (frantic meowing, carrying around a stuffed toy, also frantic pacing, and being unable to settle down) that was definitely separation anxiety as the cat only did it when the owner left. I suggest setting up a video camera so you can observe exactly what the cat is ...


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I know it's hard, but you must consider the possibility that she was abused and/or traumatized. She stayed up there for days and when she came back down she was a completely different cat. Why would she stay in a place she doesn't know for days? A place where she had no food, water or litter box? The most probable scenarios are that she was locked there ...


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The "mozzarella water" from the package might be one of two things, depending on brand: brine (contains lots of salt, essentially negating fluid intake) whey (contains lactose, leads to upset stomach and diarrhea) Neither should really be given to a cat, but a small sip just to have a taste should not harm an adult cat. Never give it to kittens. ...


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According to my thinking, this is a bacterial skin infection specifically known as the staph infection caused by staphylococcus aureus (bacteria). It usually doesn't cause irritation, itching, or swelling. But in severe cases may cause redness, inflammation, and bald spots on the skin. I think visiting a veterinarian clinic would be a great idea.


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Animals (and humans btw) can distinguish materials and textures they lick. If your cat has a habit of grooming you, she knows how your skin or toe is supposed to feel. If there's something obscuring your toe, she may try to remove the foreign object just like she would remove dirt from her fur. She may also lick your injured toe more than usual because she ...


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The outcome of an untreated fracture does largely depend on the nature of the fracture. There are many factors at play, including whether the fracture is open or closed, the stability on the fracture, and whether the leg is rested. A simple, stable fracture can often heal uneventfully without surgery. Splinting can be helpful in some cases. Pain management ...


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If it's a clean fracture and the cat has sufficient time and nutrition to heal, it will just heal. If the cat is malnourished it will take longer to heal and the fractured bone hinders the cat even more in its search for food, possibly leading to starvation. If the bone isn't aligned or is disturbed during the healing process, the mended bone can become ...


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In human medicine, if you don't treat a broken bone, it might end healing on its own, albeit slower and more painfully, or it might never heal at all, the broken bones will continue to cause pain, and the limb will never be usable, at least as long as it continues to be untreated. It's also possible that even if the person chose to only delay treatment, that ...


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