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What is this street cat asking for, with continuous meowing?

If she's not satisfied with food/drink it may be that she is actually seeking nothing more than attention. Adult cats don't meow to each other (in cat-world it's only used to communicate between ...
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Overly friendly stray cat wants to come in our house

Thank you for your concern for the little homeless kitty. While it's very likely the cat has fleas and intestinal parasites, the good news is cat fleas do not feed on humans. I used to rescue dirty, ...
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What is this street cat asking for, with continuous meowing?

The gist of the question is how to infer what a cat is asking for. Generally, I make myself available to the cat. Acknowledge their meow, make eye contact, stand in front of them, and wait for the ...
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I was bitten by a kitten not even a month old, what should I do?

First off, rule one for an animal bite (beyond the obvious first step of thoroughly cleaning it and properly bandaging it) is to contact your doctor ASAP, even if it seems innocuous. There are two ...
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Overly friendly stray cat wants to come in our house

Before you get too far, it's just worth checking that the cat isn't microchipped. Any vet or animal shelter should be able to do this, and (in the UK) I wouldn't expect to be charged. You say it ...
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What is this street cat asking for, with continuous meowing?

Feral cats don't meow at people, as a rule. I have cared for some ferals that eventually meowed at me after years of consistent feeding (I have a managed, TNR-ed colony). Your visiting cat has had ...
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Overly friendly stray cat wants to come in our house

My comment extended itself as it was written. So, to help with at least part of the issues: Anti-flea-treatments are available in most pet-stores, and easy to apply. You CAN trim the claws without ...
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How to avoid accidental cat-napping?

I suggest cat-napping it long enough to take it to a local vet and seeing if it's microchipped. If so, you'll know right away whom to call. If not, take some photos (face, back, and both sides of they ...
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I was bitten by a kitten not even a month old, what should I do?

It depends on where you live. If you are living in a western country, chances are rabies is almost completely eliminated. Disinfect the wound as soon as it happens. You will be fine. To make certain ...
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I need help in neighborhood dispute about feeding a stray cat

Encouraging stray cats like this is not a good thing. Feral cat populations can do masses of damage to the local wildlife. The food you leave out will also influence other animals, e.g. the racoon. ...
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Overly friendly stray cat wants to come in our house

Some cats won't take no for an answer. My gran was adopted earlier this year by (definitely this way around!) a gorgeous black and white stray cat; we noticed him sitting at the end of the driveway ...
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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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Is cheap human food for street dogs good for their health?

The food you are offering these dogs is a sweet snack with little to no nutritional benefit to the humans it's intended for; it has zero nutritional benefit for dogs. My answer here on nutritional ...
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Ok to let my indoor house cat outside in area frequented by strays?

If stray or neighborhood cats are getting into your yard, your cat will be able to get out of it, and make no mistake--your cat is faster and more agile than you. You will not be able to stop him from ...
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Overly friendly stray cat wants to come in our house

If you are fortunate, there may be a charity near you that will help you take care of the cat and/or find it a permanent home. For example, I know that Chicago, Illinois has an organization called ...
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Overly friendly stray cat wants to come in our house

Once a cat is fully grown (around 8 months) you can't tell its age by its appearance. She could be one or ten and look the same. Presuming the cat doesn't have an owner who is missing her, it would ...
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Should I adopt a stray kitten even if it's too much responsibility?

If you are not prepared to be responsible for an animal for its entire lifetime, then you should not adopt that animal. For a cat, you should anticipate a minimum commitment of 15 years, and ...
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How to tell if cat has abandoned her kids?

You say these kittens are in an "empty room in your house." How long have they been there? (How long have you been ignoring this room?) Is there a clear area where the mother can come and go ...
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Stray cats under the deck

Install some screening or lattice below your deck to prevent them from going underneath. They will probably move on to other places if your food source is gone.
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What is this street cat asking for, with continuous meowing?

It's hard to translate an unfamiliar cat's vocalizations. They tend to develop a "meow-language" with their human companions over time, but this can vary quite a bit between cats. My wife used to ...
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I'm moving and have stray cat I don't want to leave behind. But he won't come inside at all

The fact that he never comes inside makes me suspect that he has a home somewhere else. If the cat doesn't enter your house, then I don't think it considers itself to be living with you. Taking the ...
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How to mitigate adopted stray's fear of other cat?

It's a difficult situation and sadly there is no real one-size-fits-all approach, and there definitely isn't an overnight fix. There are some things that you can try though and you might want to ...
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How do I help to heal a bird that has fallen from its nest?

Unless you are able to put the bird back into its nest, there is very little you can do. It is sad, but true; sometimes the strongest chick in a nest pushes its siblings out of the nest. This is ...
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How to take care of community dog?

Please don't put yourself in a position to lose your bed over a pup. Talk to whoever is in charge about the situation. Discuss whether your concerns are about getting the dog out of the cold for a ...
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Lost/Abandoned cat wants to enter house; advice needed

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 ...
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Dog developed dewlap and died

There could be a few things that caused the dewlap to form. From this source, some include: Hyperthyroidism Enlarged lymph glands Fluids leaking out of blood vessels The source also states that ...
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Overly friendly stray cat wants to come in our house

A note about the eye discharge, if its red/brown, and eventually crusts it very well might be feline herpes (FVR). This is NOT related to human herpes and cats can only transmit it to other cats. If ...
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