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  • What’s Up With This “Crazy Cat Lady” BS, Anyway?

    from Cat Advice | Paws and Effect

    Sunday September 28th, 2014 at 11:53 AM

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    Dear Most Esteemed and Knowledgeable Kitties:

    I am having a major existential crisis! Help! Why is it considered okay by society to have like 16 dogs sniffing your butt, but if you have two (or, God forbid, more!) cats, youre crazy or worse? Whatta friggin double standard!

    Photo CC-BY Sarah Cordingley

    Crazy and proud of it, ~ Katrina and kitty-baby Julietta

    Siouxsie: I know. Its totally unfair!

    Thomas: Mamas had people ask her how many cats she has, and when she says three, she sometimes gets...

  • Since My Cat Was Spayed, She Hates Everyone. Help!

    from Cat Advice | Paws and Effect

    Sunday September 21st, 2014 at 12:55 PM

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    Dear Most Esteemed and Knowledgeable Kitties:

    I have a cat, Boo, who is about 2 years old. I found her in my backyard when she was just a kitten: she still had blue eyes and could barely walk. I think she was abandoned by her mother because she was very small and had a cold. During this time, she was loving towards everyone, and especially my dad when she was old enough to go into heat.

    Photo CC-BY-SA Alex Schmitt

    But when I had her spayed, everything changed. She now hates my dad and almost...

  • Does My Cat Know I’m About to Have A Baby?

    from Cat Advice | Paws and Effect

    Sunday September 14th, 2014 at 12:11 PM

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    Dear Most Esteemed and Knowledgeable Kitties:

    I am expecting my first child and have been in the early stage of labor for about the last three days. Ive noticed recently that my eldest kitty is increasingly clingy, meows much more frequently, and follows me around the house like a shadow. She absolutely insists on being in whatever room Im in now, including the bathroom. It doesnt bother me at all; in fact I find it quite endearing because I feel like shes worried about me. Im curious if...

  • My Cat Was Fine, Then A Week Later He Was Dead. Why?

    from Cat Advice | Paws and Effect

    Sunday September 7th, 2014 at 02:32 PM

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    Dear Most Esteemed and Knowledgeable Kitties:

    Last week I was watching my parents house while they were out of town, and I noticed my cat, Charlie, was having trouble breathing. It was almost like he was gasping for air. The next day I realized he hadnt been eating either so I took him straight to the vet. They informed me that he had fluid between his lungs and chest cavity called pleural effusion, and that he had an enlarged heart. After two days, they sent me home with heart medication and...

  • 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...

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