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  • Take the #PawNatural Challenge: Go Green for Your Cat

    from Cat Advice | Paws and Effect

    Tuesday April 22nd, 2014 at 01:00 AM

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    Having been raised by hippies, I emerged from my childhood with a pretty high degree of environmental consciousness. My family was reusing and recycling long before it was cool. Whether it was using newspapers and cardboard to help start a fire in the woodstove, washing out glass jars and using them for bulk food purchases at the local food co-op, or using food waste to create compost that would feed our garden the next year, there was no shortage of exposure to the benefits of walking...

  • How Soon Is My Cat Going to Have Her Kittens?

    from Cat Advice | Paws and Effect

    Sunday April 20th, 2014 at 03:37 PM

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    Dear Most Esteemed and Knowledgeable Kitties:

    My little baby girl is pregnant. I am sure she is in the later stages of pregnancy but cannot be entirely sure, as I dont know when she caught pregnant.

    I am happy that she is pregnant and happy to have the kittens too. I just want to know how long before she will give birth. Ive read the articles on this so I know what to expect.

    She is laying on her side a lot, and there is not much hair around her nipples. She is still eating a lot and drinking a...

  • Why Is My Cat Howling All the Time?

    from Cat Advice | Paws and Effect

    Sunday April 13th, 2014 at 02:29 PM

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    Dear Most Esteemed and Knowledgeable Kitties:

    My 1-year-old male kitten and I recently moved to a new home. In the past few days he has been meowing day and night the only time he stops is when hes sleeping. I dont know whats changed; we spent two weeks in this house almost a month ago and he did fine. I know hes not bored because I play with him an hour or two every day, and I know he isnt lonely because he went from being the only animal to living with another cat (female) and small dog...

  • It’s Only #PawNatural To Want To Give Your Cats The Best

    from Cat Advice | Paws and Effect

    Wednesday April 9th, 2014 at 01:00 AM

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    The esteemed and knowledgeable kitties of the Paws and Effect Gang dont get to go outdoors and enjoy nature, but I do my best to bring nature to them in the form of a raw diet, herbal remedies, supplements and environmental enrichment. In order to do that successfully, Ive learned a lot about what makes cats tick. The main reason I started writing Paws and Effect 11 years ago is because I wanted to share my knowledge with you so you can bring nature to your own cats.

    Siouxsie, Thomas and...

  • Can I Catch Mites From My Cat?

    from Cat Advice | Paws and Effect

    Sunday April 6th, 2014 at 05:01 PM

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    Dear Most Esteemed and Knowledgeable Kitties:

    Do cat mites get on humans, like on the scalp and body? If they do what can you do to kill them off?

    I promise I wont give you bugs! Photo CC-BY Ilker Ender

    ~ Lana

    Siouxsie: Well, Lana, youll be relieved to know that although there are some cat skin infections such as ringworm (which is actually a fungus, not a worm) that are contagious to humans, the mites that live on cats really cant live long on humans.

    Thomas: The same is true of mite...

  • My Pregnant Cat Has Disappeared. Help!

    from Cat Advice | Paws and Effect

    Sunday March 30th, 2014 at 04:32 PM

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    Dear Most Esteemed and Knowledgeable Kitties:

    My 2-year-old cat was due to have her second litter of kittens any day now, but about five days ago she came up missing. The night before she disappeared, she was trying very hard to get me to let her in the house. I have small children and by the time I got everyone settled for bed I forgot to let her in. The next morning, there was no sign of her. My husband and I have a looked for her for hours in every place we can think of. My question is, how...

  • How Can I Keep My Cat’s Paws Out Of His Water Dish?

    from Cat Advice | Paws and Effect

    Sunday March 23rd, 2014 at 03:54 PM

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    Dear Most Esteemed and Knowledgeable Kitties:

    I bought one of those water dishes that has a plastic bottle that you can fill up and it replaces the water in the bowl as the cats drink it. Great idea except I have one particular cat, a sable devil called Sid (Sid Vicious), who is a teenage ball of fun but loves to put his paw in the water. Therefore, the water always has something floating in it and doesnt seem clean. It seems Im emptying the water out before its time and of course, cleaning...

  • Will My Husband Ever Win Back My Kitten’s Trust?

    from Cat Advice | Paws and Effect

    Sunday March 16th, 2014 at 03:39 PM

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    Dear Most Esteemed and Knowledgeable Kitties:

    I have a very gentle kitten who was just fine until a recent incident that occurred between him and my husband. The kitten is 9 months old and we have had him for seven of those months.

    This kitten is a very gentle, sweet and timid little guy, generally happy-go-lucky. What happened was really unnecessary in my opinion but it happened. My husband wakes up very early in the mornings for work. We have a special spare room where the cats sleep at night...

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