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How can we encourage our kitten to come up to us, if we're unable to get down on the floor with her?

First of all, get lots of cat furniture. Cats normally like perching up high, so if you give it places it can go to be higher off the ground, it will probably gravitate to them. You can make them even ...
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Husband stepped on the cat's head, and now she hates him

Please don't get offended, but reading your description I think that your husband's actions and attitude towards the cat are bordering animal abuse and reek of aggressive frustration. I think the best ...
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How can we encourage our kitten to come up to us, if we're unable to get down on the floor with her?

You mention you not being able to crawl, but are you able to just sit or lie on the floor, maybe propped up by a pillow? One way to convince a cat you're not a threat is to be in its space and then ...
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Husband stepped on the cat's head, and now she hates him

Ana, I'm going to make a bold statement, but cats do not have "night terrors". If you've seen her going into a spasm, shaking uncontrollably and peeing and/or pooing herself, then your cat is almost ...
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How to befriend 14 week old kitten?

I just had the same problems. This is totally normal, he misses his mother and probably his siblings, too. I also couldn't sleep well for a week because of the crying. Now, after 2 weeks, my kitten is ...
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Husband stepped on the cat's head, and now she hates him

There is plenty of evidence that animals are not only intelligent, they also have emotions relating to our own. Your cat is terrified of your husband, who (I need to say) almost killed her. Of course ...
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Advice on my abused rescue cat

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 ...
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How cruel is it to make your cat listen to other cats?

So this question got me thinking a lot. I have tried several times to find a reliable research paper on the topic but no success yet. In my opinion there are a few layers to this question. Stress for ...
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Do ants mourn their dead?

This is an interesting question, and more complicated than you might think. Ants (at least some species of them) move the bodies of their dead comrades to a rubbish pile away from the mound. I think ...
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Will untrained dogs hurt a human if he/she smells like a cat?

In short: no. The whole cats vs. dogs thing is full of tropes and assumptions. This has nothing to do with smells though. The behavior of cats contradicts what normal socialized dogs expect. For ...
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How can I deter my cat's unwelcome guest from coming inside?

I think there are a few things you can try: If Taby seems docile (sounds like it is), consider taking it to a local vet or shelter to scan the cat and see if Taby is microchipped. If Taby has a ...
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New Cat Meows Constantly

Have you tried talking to him when he meows? He may just want some sort of vocal interaction with you. Some cats enjoy having "conversations" with their humans, and a short conversation will satisfy ...
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How can I recover my cat and boyfriends relationship

How can I recover my cat and boyfriends relationship You can't, only the boyfriend and the cat can work this out. If your boyfriend wants to fix it he should read this related post How can I fix ...
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Will getting another cat change my cat's behavior?

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 ...
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How to make a kitten friendly with new kittens?

To cut my backstory short: we adopted two feral cats in April. They're incredibly shy. In October, we adopted another feral cat (we took him in from the street). The third cat is the most extraverted ...
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taking care of newborn cats

I"m going to try to answer your questions in reverse order because my answer will probably make more sense that way. How hard is taking care of first day born kitten? It's hard. It's a pain in ...
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How long to settle who's alpha?

Cats don't really have pack hierarchy like dogs. One cat might be really confident or aggressive, and the other timid, such that the one cat takes over everything, but that's just a natural result of ...
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Why does my cat never like to be picked up?

Try to determine whether the cat is in pain. Sometimes it's the case that petting is aggravating some sort of unseen medical condition, causing them pain, and so their response is to lash out at the ...
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General and specific advice regarding feral kittens

While you've got a lot of questions here, they're all relatively connected to one main question: How do I socialize feral kittens? I'll start with your question of cages: Yes, get a cage, at least for ...
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Puppy Won't Stop Howling When 10 Feet Away

Two things could make a dramatic difference in situations like this. 1) Sleep in an old Tshirt a few nights, then allow the pup to have it in their crate. The shirt will "smell" like you and be ...
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How long will it take feral kittens (5 and 8 months old) to adjust to their new home?

Young feral cats will not have had the interaction with people that kittens born in a household will have; the older the feral cats are, the harder it will be to socialize them. A feral cat will often ...
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Calming aggressive puppy

This problem is more severe than you probably realize. You puppy is in a phase of life than will influence his personality and future behavior more than anything else. If you let him get his will by ...
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Introducing a third cat into a two cat household

First of all, you must be aware that the introduction period might be just one or two weeks, but it might also drag along for much longer, depending on the personalities of your cats. So you need a ...
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Adopted a 7 month old cat a day ago, today she is hissing and yowling in the safe room

Look at things from the cat’s perspective: she was taken from everything she knows and dropped in a confined space with two strange animals ten-plus times her size. She is scared out of her mind, just ...
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Is it normal for a dog park visit to cause extra saliva/foam at the mouth?

That's pretty normal, our boys sometimes let it "rain" a bit under their mouths, if they smell other dogs. Although I'm not sure about the actual "foam". This might be an overreaction of some kind, ...
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Do dogs need dog friends?

This answer is part of Pet's Spring Cleaning Campaign. This question is old, but this answer will still help people with the same problem. Do dogs need dog friends? It depends. If you (your dog's ...
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My rescue kitten is afraid of people and hides in the basement

It's not rare for rescues to distrust people. Many of them have been abused, and cats have good memory. Usually you just have to give them time and a lot of TLC (tender loving care) without imposing ...
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New puppy - is this normal behaviour

How old are the kids? The children ALL should take part in training the dog. At this age and without further knowing the dog, I would suspect it is a mix of overexcitement and trying to get the ...
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