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  • An Open Letter to Belladonna’s First Family

    from Cat Advice | Paws and Effect

    Sunday October 19th, 2014 at 02:59 PM


    Hi everyone. The cats have generously allowed me to take over this weeks column to write a letter of my own. To celebrate Adopt a Shelter Pet Month, I want to talk to the people who adopted Belladonna before I did.

    I took this photo the day I met Bella. When our eyes met, we both knew it was meant to be. Photo by JaneA Kelley

    First of all, thank you for adopting a cat from your local shelter. You could have gotten a cat from anywhere, but you chose to stop by your local humane society. And...

  • Why Is My Cat Crying All Night?

    from Cat Advice | Paws and Effect

    Sunday October 12th, 2014 at 12:17 PM


    Dear Most Esteemed and Knowledgeable Kitties:

    My eight-year-old long-haired female cat cries at times during the night. It is really a nasty, loud call and it wakes us up. There is nothing wrong with her physically. Whats up?

    Photo CC-BY-SA Quinn Dombrowski

    ~ Mimsie

    Siouxsie: When you say theres nothing wrong with your cat, we assume that means youve taken her to the vet and had her checked out from nose to tail, including a blood test.

    Thomas: The reason we say this is that there are many...

  • Why Has My Cat Stopped Playing With Me?

    from Cat Advice | Paws and Effect

    Sunday October 5th, 2014 at 01:57 PM


    Dear Most Esteemed and Knowledgeable Kitties:

    Greetings from Peru! I have a sweet and playful 2-year-old cat named Eva. Everything was fine with her until I got two new 10-week-old kittens. Shes acting like their mommy, playing with them and they get along really well, which is great, but I have some serious questions. First, how can I get them not to suck Evas nipples? Theyre harming her and she is letting them. My sister and I try to separate them every time we see this happening, but Eva...

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

    from Cat Advice | Paws and Effect

    Sunday September 28th, 2014 at 11:53 AM


    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


    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


    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


    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


    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...