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    Overgrown Nails

    My kitty, Nocturne, is around 3 years old. I raised her as a foster baby and foster-failed her due to some special needs she had. She is slightly different from other cats, not that noticeably now that she is an adult, but she is a little poor in her balance and doesn't seem the best at grooming...
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    Limited to Indoors

    So we have a kitty named Nym, about 4 or 5 years old. He is a neutered male, very large (I'd say around 15 lbs, and he's not over-weight) and can be quite nasty. We raised him since he was two weeks old as an orphan. He was raised around people, other cats, and animals like dogs and chickens...
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    Cat Dream Or Seizure?

    So, I'm pretty sure it was just a bad dream, but my cat Nocturne started shaking in her sleep (like a dreaming dog) and once before she had done this and woken up terrified and scratched me as she tried to get away. I tried to carefully wake her up but she woke up terrified again and threw...
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    Water Dish Placement

    So I recently read something that said "cats prefer to eat away from their water" due to "instinct". I know some animals have interesting habits, so I very well could believe this, but before I go about changing my entire setup I want to make sure it really is true. My kitty is very sensitive...
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    2 Cats Need A Home In Ohio

    All my life my family has helped take in stray cats, foster orphaned kittens and I volunteer at a shelter with many cats. I never wanted it to come to a point where I would have to rehome one of my own cats, but in this case it is for the cats own good. We just moved into the suburbs, and in...
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    Proplan Causing Problems?

    I've fostered a number of kittens for the Humane Society where I volunteer. The shelter provides free canned and dry kitty food for foster families to give their cats. The kitten food is Purina Proplan and it worked well for some kittens, but in two instances now it apparently seemed to cause...
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    Short-faced Bottle-baby

    So I have a strange question pointed towards those who have ever worked with Persians or other short-faced breeds. I have four foster kittens; three boys and a girl. The girl, Catalina, has Persian features. They were strays, but could possibly have some pure blood in them. She has a relatively...
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    2017 Foster Kitties

    Kitten season has finally arrived at our shelter! That means foster kitties, here we come. : ) Our first babies for the year look to be about 6 weeks old, small but healthy. I'm pretty sure they are two boys, but I'll have to ask the vet to be sure. Chips and Billy are their names, and they...
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    Types Of Aggression

    So often it seems people (including myself) tend to think of cat aggression as "just happening". Well, nothing really caused it, it's just what cats due. That's what we like to say. And while it is fun to joke about the unique behavior and mystery of cats, it is equally important to realize that...
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    My cat shivers when happy

    So, I have a 9 month old kitten named Nocturne who I adopted from a shelter. I also fostered her since she was just a couple weeks old and I've noticed a few strange things about her (she was possibly hydrocephalic when young, but seems to have healed from whatever ailed her as a baby). Anyways...
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    Kip's tachnical coat term

    I absolutely adore studying cat genetics, colors and patterns. However, I'm a little stumped with one of the cats at the Humane Society where I volunteer. His name is Kip and he is what should be called a grey tabby, I would think, but instead of being just dark grey and like grey, he has cream...
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    What drives us cat people crazy...

    As animal lovers we often find ourselves baffled by what others say, do, or don't know about animals. We don't understand that its only natural that someone who hasn't spent owners doting over their cat, dog, parrot, ect wouldn't know their specific personality and likes. Just like we might not...
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    Cat speak

    I find it really fascinating how we as cat owners learn to recognize our own cats individual ways of speaking to us through their sounds. Some are really talkative, some are mostly silent, but we learn what they mean and they learn how to get their point across. Feel free to share your cats ways...
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    Possible Hydrocephalus

    So, I just wanted to start by saying I foster cats for the local Humane Society. When a female named Lazy Bones came in just days away from giving birth (we didn't know this) I offered to take her if need be. No one expected her to be "that" pregnant, or even pregnant at all. Well, she gave...
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    Foster Kitten Chatter

    I finally did something this year I've wanted to do for a long time; I signed up for the Foster Kitten program at our local humane society. I wanted to start a place where people fostering kittens could share stories and pictures but also ask for and give advice to one another, as I know there...
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    Color-point pattern and health

    I've been studying domestic animal genetics and how they are linked to behavior and health changes in these animals. For example, pied animals tend to be friendlier then normal colored animals, perhaps a reason so many domestic animals come in pied form. Anyways, one thing I noticed while...
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    The Cats at our Shelter

    Howdy everyone. Just recently I've started doing something I've wanted to do for a long time: volunteer at our local shelter. I love animals of all kinds, but I've got a lot of experience with dogs and cats form a young age and so our Humane Society is a great place to help animals (and the...
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    Distended Abdomen

    We have three barn cats and two indoor cats and also have a stray that visits us regularly for food. All of our outdoor cats are over six years of age and one of our indoor cats is around seven as well. For a few years now our cats have shown signs of swollen bellies, sometimes larger then other...
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    Cat trimming its own nails

    Has anyone else noticed that a cat will sometimes, while grooming, chew the tips of its claws off to make them the proper length? Our cat does this on his back claws, as if he knows they don't wear down as well. I though it was really cool but I haven't heard anyone else mention it before. Is...
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    Siblings arguing

    So, I know there is a lot of advice on how to help cats get along, but I'm starting to wonder why my cats are arguing like they are. We have three barn cats that are all related. Tiger-tail and Scardy-cat are brother and sister and then Scardy (before she was spayed) had a daughter and son named...
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