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My cat has lost his teeth and can't keep food in his mouth

There are several problems here that need to be addressed. Can your cat drink water without problems? If yes, then your assumption that your cat cannot keep food in its mouth is wrong. The correct ...
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Are there sure signs I can see my cat might have arthritis?

90% of cats have arthritis by age 12. Signs of arthritis are: Trouble getting in or to the litterbox. Greasy, unkempt fur - unable to groom themselves. Missing jumps, hesistant to jump. No longer ...
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Local cat attacks my dog whilst walking, what should I do?

Try carrying a water pistol/spray bottle with you when you walk your dog and anytime the cat comes near give it a spray. Most cats aren't very keen on getting wet and will cotton on to this pretty ...
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Cat vomiting every day

First of all, I would pack some of the vomit up and send it to a vet for analysis. Speak to your vet to arrange a swift and efficient handover. To do this, clean an empty, airtight food container like ...
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Cat vomiting every day

NEVER GIVE YOUR CAT MILK. Cats and all other adult mammals are unable to digest lactose, it makes them and many of us ill. The negative effect of giving milk is most likely stronger than the positive ...
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Cat vomiting every day

Food sensitivity is worth ruling out; I found out the expensive way with my cat (also a picky eater who lived on tuna food and was fed white fish daily as a youngster). After 11 years eating Felix ...
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My German Shepherd has arthritis, how can I get her down the steps?

Build a ramp. After looking at your picture, I think it would be best to build it facing the side (right side of the picture) rather than lying over the steps. It could probably be a very simple ...
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How to stop my cat from urinating on the new carpet?

Firstly you should get a black light and check all around your house. You may think he only peed on the carpet, but that could very well be false. You recently moved, cats don't usually deal well ...
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How to stop my cat from urinating on the new carpet?

It may be that your cat is getting confused by the shag carpet, thinking it's like the grass outside or something like that. One of my cats had an accident just once inside a toy box, and it was ...
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Is Euthanasia right for my dog

For me personally, it helps to think of euthanasia not in terms of killing, but in terms of comfort. All of us have to die eventually, the question is just when and how comfortable we are at that time....
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Why are prescription pet diets "prescription"?

The exact legalities may vary by location, but the simple reason prescription diets require a prescription is because they are appropriate only for certain pets with a certain medical condition. That'...
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How to help my dog with his "fear" of my baby

As I see it, the dog has a comfort zone and feels disturbed if the baby comes into it. The baby is something difficult, not predictable for the dog. The dog want to avoid contact with it. Maybe you ...
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Is my cat healthy, ill, or just getting older?

A five year old cat is middle aged, so you should not see signs of advanced age in her yet, like the cat being less active or starting to sleep more. If your cat changes behavior, starts to hide more ...
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Should I carry my elderly cocker spaniel out of the car?

We kept large dogs (GSDs and Labs) for many years. All of them became arthritic in their old age, and getting in and out of vehicles could be a problem. Some of the dogs didn't mind being lifted in ...
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Are there sure signs I can see my cat might have arthritis?

The answer to your question given in great details in the sites: Arthirits symptoms and pain relief (source: pets.webmd.com); Arthritis and degenerative joint disease in cats (source: icatcare....
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19-year-old cat wails quite loudly

My 16-year old cat has done the same thing his entire life. He's not deaf, but his wailing/howling seems to be connected with either a) being bored/lonely, and/or b) looking for me. Her wailing ...
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How to help my dog with his "fear" of my baby

This question was asked a while ago and the baby in question is probably walking by now. I'll add an answer anyway. Dogs can indeed be worried by a crawling baby even if they are happy with toddlers ...
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Correcting litterbox aim, senior cat

At 15, I would not be at all surprised if your cat is experiencing lessened mobility or joint pain, which could very well be the reason for her not using the litterbox correctly. You might try ...
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What is a good cat food for free-feeding an older cat who is not stomaching dry food lately?

I've used a timed feeder for wet food (this is the one I've used) and it worked pretty well. It takes a bit of time to set up, so wouldn't work if you had to run out of the house with no warning, but ...
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What is a good cat food for free-feeding an older cat who is not stomaching dry food lately?

I've never tried them, but there are semi-moist foods that you can get in pouch. Perhaps they would keep a bit better than wet food? Also, if you check a pet store you should be able to find a ...
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Is 12 too old for a cat to move to Australia?

That's a tough dilemma - and not one that has an easy or straightforward answer. For most breeds 12 is relatively old but not decrepit, flying however is stressful and scary for them and for some ...
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20 year old cat litterbox issue

Unfortunately there is really nothing at home you can do to help without intervention from your veterinarian. There is no cure for kidney disease so we rely on medicine and a formulated kidney diet ...
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Is there a slope of ramps that a cat will walk down, instead of jumping down from a high landing?

We ended up buying a modular cat condo that includes stairs, given the idea from @lpytel They use it just at intended.
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Is there a slope of ramps that a cat will walk down, instead of jumping down from a high landing?

At the shelter where I volunteer, we don't use ramps for older\overweight cats but we do give them "stairs" wherever possible. I put it in quotes because sometimes the stairs are a scratching post ...
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My dog is old and dying, how do I convince him not to be scared of me?

Dogs rely very much on their sense of smell and sound. Imagine for a moment that your dog has completely lost these faculties and can no longer comprehend who is approaching him. Maybe he is still ...
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Cat with kidney disease

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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How frequently does a cat need to sneeze before it might indicate a health problem?

I'll be answering from my experience with our 4 cats as well as the 2 cats of my parents. As always: If in doubt, contact a 2nd vet. The sneezing you describe doesn't sound worrying to me in any way. ...
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Bottle Feeding A (Smart) Elderly Dog

First off, you're working under a completely wrong assumption: that sucking milk from a teat or a bottle is less work for the tongue than lapping up water from a bowl. Puppies don't have the muscles ...
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Introducing a deaf, almost completely blind elderly cat to our younger cats

Partial answer as per my recent update to the question. This is just taken from observation on how this specific case played out, and I'd assume is highly dependent on the personalities of the cats ...
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