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  • 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...

  • My Cat Won’t Eat and My Vet Says to Euthanize Her. Why?

    from Cat Advice | Paws and Effect

    Sunday October 26th, 2014 at 04:06 PM


    Dear Most Esteemed and Knowledgeable Kitties:

    Our 16-year-old cat, Pebbles, started to get picky about her food a month ago and started to lose weight. We took her to the vet, and after a blood test that showed no health concern, the vet asked for poop sample to have it tested. The cat was isolated because we have three more cats, but she did not poop. The vet gave her an appetite stimulant, a worm infestation liquid to pour on her back and an antibiotic in case she had an infection. Pebbles...

  • 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...

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