Monica Cellio
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Are there any special considerations when taking in a stray cat?
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There are several considerations: Health: A top priority is a visit to the vet to check for any health issues (illness, parasites) and get any immediately-needed vaccines (your vet will advise on ...

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As a complete novice, what costs should I plan for when adopting a shelter cat?
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Any specific cost figures will be (a) localized and (b) out of date eventually, so I'll address categories more broadly. Adoption costs: The shelter sets a fee for this, sometimes reducing it for ...

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Why doesn't my cat like being held?
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Some cats don't like being held. It's not necessarily a sign of past trauma; it's just personality. But I notice that you said you "grab" her. If you are in fact making a sudden motion, and ...

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What should I consider when deciding to purchase pet insurance?
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Read the coverages carefully. When I investigated pet insurance several years ago, I found that it was only useful for catastrophic costs; the premiums were about equal to the cost of the annual exam ...

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How long can we hold off euthanizing our cat?
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You are trying to balance the cat's pain on the one hand versus your sister's distress if this happens before she can get there. You can talk with your sister to gauge the latter, but you can't ask ...

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Cat digs litter out of the box
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Some cats are diggers and there's not much you can do about it. A covered box is an option but traps odors, so monitor the situation carefully. (One of my cats wouldn't go into a covered box at all, ...

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How should I respond when my cat wants to wrestle?
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I've found that when my cats want that kind of play, I get the best results by substituting a decent-sized stuffed toy (catnip is optional). I don't mean one of the tiny mice designed for batting ...

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How can I know if my cat is in pain?
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When my elderly cats were dealing with various serious conditions (kidney disease, heart disease), my vet advised me that cats try to hide their pain. She told me to look for behavior changes, ...

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How can I indicate where my kitten is supposed to do her business?
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Cats, even young ones (who tend to be more adaptable), can react badly to changes in their environments. It sounds like you have moved the cat (you just got her a week ago from a previous owner), ...

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How can I safely trim matted cat fur?
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When one of my past cats got old he started developing mats that I wanted to trim out (to keep them from getting worse). After once accidentally cutting him with the small scissors I was using (oops),...

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Am I allowed to take existing pets to the shelter to meet potential pets?
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You should definitely ask before just showing up with a pet in tow. The answer will probably depend on the type of pet. My local shelter arranges "meet and greet"s for dogs, so it's probably ...

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Do rescue animals get vaccinated?
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At least in the US it is normal practice for pets to leave with all relevant vaccines (as well as neutering and routine medical care like deworming). All of the shelters in my area do this, and two ...

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Putting a cat into a carrier
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For most of mine I do what Kyle does: stand the carrier on end and put the cat in rump-first. I also do this in a small room (a bathroom) so that if the cat squirms out of my hands I can still catch ...

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I noticed many rescues do not offer same day adoptions, Why not?
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You know you have a stable home life and are ready to adopt, but they don't know that. With same-day adoptions at least some people would adopt on a lark ("hey honey, I got us a puppy!"), which ...

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Other than cash (always welcome), what donations might be of the greatest use for rescue organizations?
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My local animal shelter maintains a list of wanted items on its web site. (Perhaps yours does too!) Some themes from that list: new toys, collars, and litter pans durable equipment (not required to ...

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Spray bottle becoming ineffective
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As Zaralynda said in this answer on another question, it's better if you can identify and address the cause of the bad behavior. But that doesn't always work immediately, and so in the meantime, ...

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How do I manage a cat litter box to maximize hygiene?
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The Centers for Disease Control, in an article about risks to pregnant women from toxoplasmosis (a parasite-induced infection), give the following advice on managing the litter box: If you own a cat, ...

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Encourage rescue cat to sit in lap
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I adopted a young adult female cat (estimated to be 2 years old at the time) from the street, probably a dumped pet (not feral). She was very skittish at first and never did sit in my lap in the ...

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How can I manage a big change in my cat's environment?
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Treat this as a specialized case of introducing a new cat to a household: initial isolation plus gradual expansion should allow for a gentle introduction. When I moved my three adult cats some years ...

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What sort of questions will the rescue centre ask me to ensure I am ready to adopt?
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In my (limited) experience, typical areas of questioning include: About the home environment: Do you own or rent? How long have you lived there? How many people live there and what are their ages (...

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What kind of danger does cat litter pose to my pregnant wife?
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The issue isn't the litter itself; it's the waste. The Centers for Disease Control report that there is a risk of exposure to toxoplasmosis, an infection caused by a parasite. This parasite can be ...

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Is there a correlation between water bowl and litter box placement?
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It's possible that your cat, like some people, has simply gotten more finicky with age. Or perhaps there's been an environmental change that makes the original placement now undesirable; for example, ...

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How can I calm my cat so I can brush him?
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One of my past cats used to hate being brushed (she was pretty skittish in general; didn't like being held either). And she was long-haired, so this was important. I was able to get some benefit ...

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Are there any special considerations involved in moving our cats' litter boxes?
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When I adopted two adult cats last year, I initially secluded each in a different room upstairs (at the advice of the shelter). This left me with your problem: after the cats had access to more of ...

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Would an indoor cat need flea treatments?
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If fleas have a way into your house (via a dog, for example, or if you spend a lot of time outdoors in woods), then your cats could still get fleas that way. If this is the case, I suggest you use a ...

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How can I keep track of pet food recalls?
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For the US market,the FDA website lists recalls. They do not appear to have an RSS feed, but the recalls are date-ordered, so if you get in the habit of checking it periodically, you can still spot ...

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How can I safely leave my 3 pets overnight, unsupervised?
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Well, since there are answers for dogs and birds, I'll tackle cats. This answer is based on personal experience, as advised by vets in the past. Healthy adult cats can generally be left alone for a ...

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What factors should I use to decide when its time to euthanize my elderly cat with kidney disease?
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I've had two cats who ultimately died because of kidney disease. In both cases, the cats let me know and the final drop-off was pretty fast. Definitely consult your vet, but it sounds like your cat'...

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How fast do rabbits really breed?
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According to this article:1 the gestation period for rabbits is 28-31 days, a rabbit can be impregnated within hours of giving birth, litters contain 1-14 babies, and rabbits are fertile from about ...

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How do I give my cat oral (liquid) medicine?
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I had a cat who needed regular courses of (liquid) antibiotics, and I'm also the asker of the question you linked to about foul-tasting medicine. I think trying to get the cat onto its back (like a ...

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