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  • Does a Pat and a Kiss Mean “I Love You?”

    from Cat Advice | Paws and Effect

    Sunday August 31st, 2014 at 01:31 PM

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    Dear Most Esteemed and Knowledgeable Kitties:

    A year ago, I rescued a 3-week-old kitten from a very busy store parking lot and we grew very close to each other. She ended up pregnant at 10 months old, though I did not know it until her stomach grew large. The morning she gave birth, I was with her but didnt interfere unless she was in crisis, which thankfully never happened. When I would take care of her and the kittens, shed reach up and gently stroke my cheek with her paw and give me a kiss...

  • Why Does My Kitten Nibble My Neck?

    from Cat Advice | Paws and Effect

    Sunday August 24th, 2014 at 02:12 PM

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    Dear Most Esteemed and Knowledgeable Kitties:

    I adopted a 3-month-old kitten a few weeks ago. She loves to crawl all over me and snuggle. She seems to like to snuggle up against my neck, which is fine, but she also nips and nibbles while shes there. She is not in any distress. She is purring, kneading and snuggling, and if I put her down she will climb onto me and nip my neck again. Is this worrisome? Thank you so much.

    Photo CC-BY Kathryn Decker

    ~ Kelli

    Siouxsie: There are a couple of things...

  • Does My Cat Actually Like It When I Play My Guitar?

    from Cat Advice | Paws and Effect

    Sunday August 17th, 2014 at 12:58 PM

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    Dear Most Esteemed and Knowledgeable Kitties:

    I know cats communicate nonverbally so Im just interested I was playing my guitar and singing and I realized my cat was a few feet away. I thought I might be annoying her but I finished the song anyway and when I did I turned to her and said sorry and she winked at me! What does that mean?

    Cats do enjoy some music. Photo CC-BY-SA Randal Cooper

    ~ Christian

    Siouxsie: It may surprise you to know that we cats are connoisseurs of music!

    Thomas: Thats not...

  • What Breed Is My Little Shelter Kitten?

    from Cat Advice | Paws and Effect

    Sunday August 10th, 2014 at 01:30 PM

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    Dear Most Esteemed and Knowledgeable Kitties:

    Hi, I have recently adopted a 3-month-old kitten from an animal shelter. Her name is Panna Cotta, and shes my first cat. Ive been told that shes a Siamese and she certainly has the pointed colors and looks of a Siamese. But when I searched the internet for photos of Siamese cats, she doesnt look like them. Then I found out about the Snowshoe Siamese, which looks almost like my kitten, but then I noticed that her fur doesnt have that inverted V...

  • Why Is Our Cat Pooping On the Floor?

    from Cat Advice | Paws and Effect

    Sunday August 3rd, 2014 at 02:04 PM

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    Dear Most Esteemed and Knowledgeable Kitties:

    Our lively, fun and playful 16-year-old Maine Coon has started pooping on the floor! He has two homes, spends half the year as an indoor cat in Florida and spends the other half as an indoor/outdoor cat in Alaska. He started pooping on the floor this winter in Florida. He has a great litter box area with just the right amount of light and privacy. I have tried different litters which seem to work at first and then he goes right back to his dirty...

  • Why Is This Scaredy Cat So In Love With Me?

    from Cat Advice | Paws and Effect

    Sunday July 27th, 2014 at 04:41 PM

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    Dear Most Esteemed and Knowledgeable Kitties:

    Im the new babysitter of a young boy. There are three cats in the household, two of whom are pretty social. On the other hand, Simon has to wear a bell around his neck because its usually the only way he can be found. So, imagine my surprise one recent night when I stayed over to babysit the boy and Simon jumped up on the bed next to me, purring away. He stayed there the entire time, circling me, looking for new places to sleep, then followed me to...

  • My Cat’s Fleas Are Gone, But She’s Still Itchy. Help!

    from Cat Advice | Paws and Effect

    Sunday July 20th, 2014 at 01:37 PM

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    Dear Most Esteemed and Knowledgeable Kitties:

    My cat has some fleas but is getting better. The ones that are left are biting her on the lower back. Now she bites out a little fur and the skin under fur is wet and pink and continues to itch it. I dont know what to do or how to treat it. Any recommendations would be appreciated! Thanks!

    Fleas can cause an allergic reaction that continues long after the pests are gone. Photo CC-BY-ND Janet 59

    ~ Cassie

    Siouxsie: Fleas are nasty little things,...

  • My Kitten Is Scratching Me to Bits! Help!

    from Cat Advice | Paws and Effect

    Sunday July 13th, 2014 at 04:11 PM

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    Dear Most Esteemed and Knowledgeable Kitties:

    Help! We have a 6-month-old rescue kitten, Theo. Hes pawsome except for the claws. Ive trimmed them. But he insists on clawing my legs when Im sitting here at my desk. My legs are covered with puncture marks from him trying to play with me. I play with him several times a day with a feather wand and other types of play. We have another cat, my grandkittygirl, Beatrix, were slowly introducing him to. I hope they can play together soon!

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