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  • 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...

  • What Can I Do About My Cat’s Nonstop Meowing?

    from Cat Advice | Paws and Effect

    Sunday December 7th, 2014 at 05:50 PM


    Dear Most Esteemed and Knowledgeable Kitties:

    My year-old cat has been meowing ever since we let her take an adventure into the garage. She constantly wants to be in there, and if she cant get her way shell meow more and more until we give in. Im not sure what to do. My dad is saying if her meowing wont stop, Ill have to re-home her which is NOT an option in my books. Please, help! She is my pride and joy.

    Photo CC-BY-SA David Sutterlütti


    Siouxsie: Wow, guys, weve gotten a lot of...

  • My Cat Had Surgery and Now She’s Not Eating. Help!

    from Cat Advice | Paws and Effect

    Sunday November 30th, 2014 at 04:28 PM


    Dear Most Esteemed and Knowledgeable Kitties:

    Last week my 13-year-old cat, Maisy, had an operation to remove both thyroid glands. Since she got home a few days ago, shes been drinking but not eating. I thought she mayhave contracted an infection because her breathing was troublesome, so I took her to the vet yesterday. He gave me an antibiotic, which has improved her breathing, and administered mirtazapine as an appetite stimulant.

    Photo CC-BY Dawn Beattie

    The problem is, 24 hours after the...

  • A Good Diet Is Health Insurance for Your Cat

    from Cat Advice | Paws and Effect

    Friday November 28th, 2014 at 10:33 AM


    Photo CC-BY Lena Adams

    In order to celebrate #PetHealthAwareness Month, I want to talk about a very important topic: what youre feeding your cat. There are lots of very strong opinions about food if you ever post on a cat-related forum, youll discover that in approximately five seconds.

    Im not here to be self-righteous and tell you that you have to feed that $10 a can ultra-premium cat food in order to be a good cat parent. The reason you read this blog is because you love your cats and you...

  • How Can I Help My Chronically Constipated Cat?

    from Cat Advice | Paws and Effect

    Sunday November 23rd, 2014 at 03:40 PM


    Dear Most Esteemed and Knowledgeable Kitties:

    My long-haired cat has been constipated since I got her. I brush her daily and give her tonic lax a couple of times a week, but she rarely goes. When she does, she goes outside of the litter box. Sometimes she cries and drags her bottom. If she does poop in the litter box, she wont urinate in there, so now she is also urinating outside of the box. Ive taken her to the vet twice with no answers. Im wondering what to do.

    Photo CC-BY-SA Chris...

  • How Can I Keep My Cat From Bringing His Prey Indoors?

    from Cat Advice | Paws and Effect

    Sunday November 16th, 2014 at 04:39 PM


    Dear Most Esteemed and Knowledgeable Kitties:

    Photo CC-BY-SA Mauri

    My cat, Munch, loves hunting, and despite my best efforts to discourage him he continues to catch both mice and birds. I know now that hunting is instinctive to him, and I dont expect him to ever stop completely. Instead, I was wondering if theres any way to at least discourage him from bringing his prey into the house. He seems to love chasing whatever he catches around the living room, leaving a trail of feathers (and,...

  • Why Is My Kitten Suddenly Acting Out?

    from Cat Advice | Paws and Effect

    Sunday November 9th, 2014 at 05:13 PM


    Dear Most Esteemed and Knowledgeable Kitties:

    My 4-month-old kitten, Haru, is suddenly acting up. Two months ago, when I first got him, he was extremely loving and a little clingy. So, a month later, I got him another kitty, Aki, to play with. Haru and Aki became best friends they played and ate and slept together. But three weeks after I brought Aki home, he died of parvo. Even though it had only been three weeks, Haru seemed to miss Aki immensely. He searched all of Akis favorite hiding...

  • Why Is My Cat Pulling Food Out of Her Dish?

    from Cat Advice | Paws and Effect

    Sunday November 2nd, 2014 at 11:16 AM


    Dear Most Esteemed and Knowledgeable Kitties:

    Why is my cat picking up food with her paw and eating it outside her dish?

    Photo CC-BY Tom Thai

    ~ Kwantos

    Siouxsie: I know this is going to sound really weird, Kwantos, but theres this thing called whisker stress.

    Thomas: You see, our whiskers are super-sensitive. They grow out of special hair follicles with lots of nerve endings, and the messages we get from our whiskers can tell us all kinds of things.

    Bella: But the flip side of this amazing...

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