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  • Is My Cat Peeing On The Bed Because She’s P*ssed Off?

    from Cat Advice | Paws and Effect

    Sunday January 25th, 2015 at 01:22 PM


    Photo CC-BY Dubravko Sorić

    Dear Most Esteemed and Knowledgeable Kitties:

    Im desperate for some help. We have two 5-year-old cats and we adopted a new kitten, Maycie, in October. Weslowly introduced the kitten and things were going fine. Around theend of November, one of the older cats, Rayah,began to go after Mayciepretty aggressively. Maycie began to urinate onchairs, couches, beds, and clothing. We took her to the vet anddiscovered she had a urinary infection and Giardia. So we isolated her...

  • How I Got My Diabetic Cat “Off the Juice”

    from Cat Advice | Paws and Effect

    Sunday January 18th, 2015 at 07:00 AM

    Square_140_remissioniversary-blog Learn about the how, when, where and who of managing feline diabetes.

    Today at Paws and Effect HQ, were celebrating Bellas two-year remissioniversary!

    Bella came to us with insulin-dependent diabetes, and just a couple of weeks later she was inremission. If you have a diabetic cat, I hope youll take heart from our story and use some of the resources that helped me to help Bella.

    I met Bella at HART of Maine, a no-kill cat shelter in southern Maine. She and several other diabetic catshad been...

  • Should I Use My Old Cat’s Things With a New Cat?

    from Cat Advice | Paws and Effect

    Sunday January 11th, 2015 at 03:51 PM


    Dear Most Esteemed and Knowledgeable Kitties:

    My little girl passed over rainbow bridge. I think Im ready foranother cat, but I worry about bringing her home with my previouskittys things around. Her scratcher, bowls, carrier, toys, and litter box:wont they smell like my other cat ? Should I destroy the old things orcan I use them?

    Photo CC-BY Miles Kliim

    ~ Mary

    Siouxsie: Wow, its greatthat you asked this question, Mary! It shows you really love and care about cats and you want to make sure...

  • My Cat Won’t Let Me Bathe Her, and She Stinks. Help!

    from Cat Advice | Paws and Effect

    Sunday January 4th, 2015 at 05:33 PM


    Dear Most Esteemed and Knowledgeable Kitties:

    Photo CC-BY-ND Guðmunda Jónsdóttir

    I have a 5-month-old cat named Mephistopheles (Mephi)and weve had her and her brother Loki for two months. We rescued her, not only fromwhoever abandoned her, but also from the horrible, disgusting shelter she was being kept at. When we got them, they smelled like soured milk and mildewed clothes, so we had tobathe them.Loki took his bath no problem, but Mephi wouldnt even let us pet her, letalone pick her up, so...

  • What Color Is My Tabby Cat?

    from Cat Advice | Paws and Effect

    Sunday December 28th, 2014 at 03:53 PM


    Dear Most Esteemed and Knowledgeable Kitties:

    I know my cat is a tabby, I just dont know what color tabby he is. Can you help me?

    ~ Kellie

    Siouxsie: Youd think it would be easy to tell what color a cat is, but everybody seems to see a different color when they look at a tabby cat.

    Thomas is a tabby but what color is he?

    Thomas: As a tabby cat myself, I know how challenging this can be when humans try to describe me. Am I a gray tabby? Am I a brown tabby? Am I a little of both? Whats going on?


  • What Inspires Me to Give Back? You Do!

    from Cat Advice | Paws and Effect

    Wednesday December 24th, 2014 at 03:26 PM


    Although this is the season of giving and gratitude, I make a practice of conscious gratitude every day.Other than the cats who have shared my life, Im grateful for many things.

    Happy Holidays!

    Im grateful to have lost my job in the winter of 2003. That sounds like a weird thing to be grateful for, but if it werent for that experience, there would be no Paws and Effect. What started as something to fill my time and keep my skills sharp while I looked for a new job has blossomed into something...

  • Why Is My Cat Sneezing All The Time?

    from Cat Advice | Paws and Effect

    Sunday December 21st, 2014 at 06:04 PM


    Dear Most Esteemed and Knowledgeable Kitties:

    My wonderful 5-year-old kitty started having pretty severe sneezing episodes a few a days ago, and shes still doing this off and on three or four days later. She doesnt have anyother signs of illness her appetite is great, shes playful, shes not hiding, and she doesnt have any nasal or eye drainage (Im an RN, so I know what to look for). But sometimes shell sneeze about 10 times in a row! I cant think of any new causes for irritations in house...

  • How Can I Get My Cat to Take His Medicine?

    from Cat Advice | Paws and Effect

    Sunday December 14th, 2014 at 05:55 PM


    Dear Most Esteemed and Knowledgeable Kitties:

    My kitten is around 8-1/2 weeks old and recently he has been acting very strange. I got him from a not so kitten loving bloke a week and a half ago, and heclaimed the kitten has been dewormed and de-flead already but need a little encouragement in using the litter tray. Two days after moving into the house with me and our other kitten, he started using the tray like a champ.

    Photo CC-BY-SA Scott

    We feed both cats the same food at the same time, so...