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  • How Do You Get An Aggressive Cat To the Vet?

    from Cat Advice | Paws and Effect

    Sunday March 29th, 2015 at 03:51 PM

    Dear Most Esteemed and Knowledgeable Kitties:

    Restraining a cat for a nail trim. Photo CC-BY-ND Jeffrey Beall

    My cat, Graylie, was traumatized during a hospital stay by his treatment and the staff. He had a really high temperature, so they had him immobilized with an IV and he was sitting on a cold grill that had freezing air under it. He screamed for the entire two days he was there.

    I got him to a vet after that, but he went berserk there and they were very rough with him in order to do his...

  • How Can I Keep My Kitten From Freaking Out When I’m Away?

    from Cat Advice | Paws and Effect

    Sunday March 22nd, 2015 at 03:26 PM

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    Dear Most Esteemed and Knowledgeable Kitties:

    I have a male Bombay kitten that Im crazy over. I spoil him rotten. I get worried when Im not home, as I am always with him. He is 7 weeks old now. How can I assure he doesnt freak out when I go to my doctor appointments and leave him alone? He already has a huge cat tower and toys.

    Photo CC-BY Jennifer C.

    ~ Maria

    Siouxsie: Well, Maria, it depends a lot on how long youre away from home.

    Thomas: If youre away for a few hours at a time, or even most of...

  • #FoodShelterLove Is Great, But Don’t Overdo the Food

    from Cat Advice | Paws and Effect

    Thursday March 19th, 2015 at 04:00 AM

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    This post is sponsored by Hills. I am being compensated for helping spread the word about Hills Food, Shelter, & Love Program, but Paws and Effect only shares information we feel is relevant to our readers. Hills Pet Nutrition, Inc. is not responsible for the content of this article.

    A lot of people think fat cats are cute, but obesity is actually a huge problem (pardon the pun) among cats. Some of this has to do with a lack of understanding of how many calories a cat needs in order to...

  • How Can I Stop My Cats From Chewing Wires?

    from Cat Advice | Paws and Effect

    Sunday March 15th, 2015 at 02:03 PM

    Dear Most Esteemed and Knowledgeable Kitties:

    Photo CC-BY-NC-SA Stephen Woods

    I have two cats who like to chew on cords. They will be three yearsold in May. We use as many cord covers as possible but they chew onthose too. Ive read lots of ideas on this but wonder what yoursuggestion is. I thought they would outgrow this by now. We feel likewe have to watch their every move and its frustrating sometimes. Whatdo you suggest? Thanks.

    ~ Teresa

    Siouxsie: Wire chewing is pretty darn frustrating,...

  • My Cat Pees Over the Edge of the Litter Box. Help!

    from Cat Advice | Paws and Effect

    Sunday March 8th, 2015 at 03:09 PM

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    Dear Most Esteemed and Knowledgeable Kitties:

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    I have a domestic shorthair named Yuki whos about five years old now. Ive noticed that when she goes to the litter box, she doesnt squat her butt all the way down when she pees, so she often misses the box. She aims for the edge and she just plain misses. Ive tried boxes with a higher lid, but then she aims her butt just slightly over it.

    Ive gotten a litter box that is completely covered and it gives her plenty of room to...

  • OMG, My Cat Has The Worst-Smelling Poop Ever! Help!

    from Cat Advice | Paws and Effect

    Sunday March 1st, 2015 at 02:44 PM

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    Dear Most Esteemed and Knowledgeable Kitties:

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    My female kitty, Mello, who is just under a year old, has beenstinking up the whole house lately. I understand that poop is in no waysupposed to smell like flowers, but her poop smells so awful that it makes me gag!We have three litter boxes, twodownstairs and one upstairs, and we clean them all out multipletimes a day, every day.Her brothers, from the same litter, do not have this problem, and upuntil a month ago neither did...

  • When Kitten Season Comes to You, Give #FoodShelterLove

    from Cat Advice | Paws and Effect

    Thursday February 26th, 2015 at 04:00 AM

    This post is sponsored by Hills. I am being compensated for helping spread the word about Hills Food, Shelter, & Love Program, but Paws and Effect only shares information we feel is relevant to our readers. Hills Pet Nutrition, Inc. is not responsible for the content of this article.

    Every year I talk about kitten season and the importance of spaying and neutering to stem the tide of kittens that overwhelms animal shelters every year and puts adult cats at grave risk of being killed...

  • How Can I Get the Mats Out of My Cat’s Fur?

    from Cat Advice | Paws and Effect

    Sunday February 22nd, 2015 at 04:10 PM

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    Dear Most Esteemed and Knowledgeable Kitties:

    Photo CC-BY-SA Jim H.

    Recently we helped rescue an adult female Maine Coon mix who wasliving near our local river walk. She has been spotted there for about1 month. She is now less nervous around us but still leery of muchcontact. She will allow me to gently brush her coat along herspine and a bit to each side of it. The undercoat on her bellyand neck has areas that are very matted. What do you suggest be donewith these matted areas and how do we...

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