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When we were ready to adopt a cat we were hoping to get someone with cuddly personality, because I just went through a personal loss... Instead we ended up with a scared kitty who came from an abusive hoarders situation. He is really scared of hands (ironically) and it took us almost a month to get him to not be terrified of us. Now I am very happy we adopted him, even though at the beginning I was really worried for his life, because he didn't want to eat anything. He is eating now and I know he will eventually come around and we will pet him soon. I can just see it.
So, when we were looking at all the kitties and saw him, we were told that he has a brother at the same place. But the brother was so scared that we couldn't even look at him or touch him. When our kitty was having problems with eating, the foster lady mentioned about the brother again thinking to maybe bring his brother to see how he reacts.
I was not sure we can have 2 cats in our household but can't...
Buddy is almost 3. Due to get neutered Iin a few weeks. Moved to love with me a few months ago. I also have another unneutered male, his littermate Jasper.
Buddy meows quite frequently. At first I had wondered if it was due to feeding. I had noticed he was often licking his bowl and sitting by it. Vet advised upping food so I did that and he doesn't seem food as much, but he still meows.
It doesn't appear to be the sound of him wanting to mate. When he meows, he mostly focuses on a door in my house, the door to the hallway. I am visually impaired so I usually keep the door shut. They have tried to run out the door before and are not microchipped to this new address yet so I am wary of letting them access to the hall I know if they tried to get out, I wouldn't see them in time to prevent them from doing so.
But buddy is obsessed with the door. He scratches at it and meows at it constantly. Usually I wait until he is quiet and distract him and sometimes he's quite happy to sit...
The insanity began last June, before I had the best luck ever and found you all!
If it wasn't for you all the past year I don't know if all the kitties would have survived, or that I would have made it through in one piece either.
Saying thank you is such an understatement. The love and support here has been beyond amazing and I am truly in a state of aw and gratitude for everything.
These are the stories for those interested - or you can just look at the pretty pictures and know this site had a had in getting us all through the year. :-) They are hear, n a large part - because of all of you.
The first Emergency - Mia:
A week before I was to leave across the country to my nieces Wedding and just after I started to rip apart the house in prep for a full renovation, including wiring, badness stuck. One of my girls from a feral colony I care take had an emergency.
Mia's anus was massive, there was puss and blood coming out, she could barely lift herself up. I took her into ER....
This month’s Picture of the Month is a topic close to my heart!
.............. Yogi Cats ..............
They practice yoga as though they designed it.
From the extraordinary poses to the deep meditation, all cats are definitely yogis.
Capture your furry friend in the act and you could win a rather wonderful TCS T-shirt!
Prizes can be shipped...
I have two cats ,both male. They are not from the same litter but they were together since 4 weeks old. They are now 1 year old, both are stray cats that I found sick and took care of them really good. One of them has no voice at all, just a can of food makes him meows. He is very quite. (both of them are neutured) The other one is also very sweet and calm during the day but he starts meowing around 5 am. Vet check everything (bloodworks etc...) and he is healthy. I tried to ignore him, I play with him before bed time and feed him. I bought him a calming paste. He is not alone during the day, he plays a lot with his brother. Nothing keeps him quite unless one of us wakes up and sit with him. I live in a crowded apartment and I am scarred that neighbours will complain soon. My husband works really long hours and he is frustrated. We love them both very much but we need some advice.
ps. I believe he has PICA too. cause he loves...
Post your fashionable felines here!! Cute collars/ harnesses, costumes, or just "strike a pose"!
I just upgraded to walking jackets, and totally splurged after I saw these cute harnesses from an Etsy shop called "All Cats Good." Couldn't resist sharing my dapper gentlemen, Simon and Garfunkel (Funky for short), and thought we could all have some fun sharing pics (and maybe shopping ideas )
They also got new collars and ID tags for extra security
I recently adopted my 1 year old male black tuxedo cat, Mochi. I noticed that his nose is oddly shaped with a bump that is symmetrical. He has no problems from this and breathes normally. No drainage from his nose. My suspicion is that this is either a normal variant of cat nose shapes or that he had a past injury. Before I adopted him, he was found abandoned with his siblings for about 3 months in a crack house and was very malnourished. Now he is a healthy weight. I have not taken him to a vet personally, but he has had a checkup and full vaccinations/neutering by the rescue right before I got him and I was told he is in good health.
Photos are attached. By comparison, my other cat Tiny has a perfectly straight nose.
Has anyone seen this before? Thanks!
I have read a few threads on putting cats on diet and have begin a journey to do so for my senior cat of 14 years old who weigh 10kg. I wish to bring him to 7-8kg for health reason as he also have chronic liver issues.
I feed him Orijen Fit & Trim with the reduced amount as stated in the packaging for dieting and also Wellness Chicken gravies (but he was on dry food all these while, thus trying to transition him to wet food). He is one picky eater, for the wet food, he is going for the gravy which i mixed with 2.5oz can of water and he will finish the gravy usually, eating very very little of the chicken.
I also start to monitor his calories intake and according to some research online to calculate the ideal calorie intake is based on the target weight, which come up to around 310kcal.
Currently, for around 1.5 months, I cut down from 330kcal to 276kcal slowly.
However, there is not much change in the weight so far. Am I going too slowly or we can push the calories to...
We took in a couple of kittens at the request of our landlord that had been left by previous tenants. We hadn't gotten them fixed yet as we though they were too young. Less than 6 months. The female is very tiny.
When I heard her screaming downstairs I thought he was playing too rough with her, nope. That was march 4th.
I have kept them separated for the last month and a half since she started showing.
She is now 66 days pregnant and no sign of going into labor. She is a very nervous and skittish cat, but has become more affectionate since becoming pregnant. She always acts like she is starving, even before she got pregnant and will steal any food if you are not paying attention, so it is hard to judge her appetite.
Her milk came in about 3 weeks ago so I was sure she would have delivered by now. So I am wondering if she is too stressed out to deliver.
The male cat was playing way too rough with her so we had to separate them, but the are very close and are upset by it....
I'm in a bit of a quandary. I've been struggling to find ways to tire out my kitten, Rollo (neutered 7-month-old), after my sister moved away with his puppy buddy. The two used to wrestle and take turns chasing each other around the house, sometimes for hours on end. I did try running after him, but he just stares at me!
The problem is that Rollo doesn't seem to be interested in any of his toys -- and he has many! I regularly rotate them as suggested on a few sites, and have a good variety (balls, springs, teasers, fishing rods, squeaky toys). He'll play for a few minutes at most before getting bored.
I've tried finding other ways to tire him out, such as clicker training (I do two 10-minute sessions a day) and taking him outside on a harness (for about twenty minutes, weather permitting). He has a cat tower and perches at almost every window.
But he's still hyper and has trouble winding down for the night. He runs up to me regularly to engage play...
Over the past couple of weeks, @cheeser and I have been working on a cat food ingredient chart that anyone can use to find suitable foods a food sensitive cat can eat or if a particular ingredient is to be avoided for preference reasons, such as no gums. Cheeser already had a personal spreadsheet that she had been using for her cat's multiple food sensitivities. It was just a matter of taking that spreadsheet and getting it usable for others.
The result is this --> Wet Cat Food Ingredient Chart
Need a chicken free food? Seafood free? Chicken-, seafood-, gum-, grain-, and montmorillonite clay- free or some other combination of ingredients? Use the handy chart to find suitable foods
There are 4 tabs (pages) of the spreadsheet. Please take the time to read each page to fully understand how to...
My little doll, Garfield, eleven years old and a perpetual kitten just went through his first health issue. Fortunately it was a common thing...Constipation. After every other effort under Vet care to get him going again, we opted for an enema, performed by the Vet.
It worked well. BUT!! Since we got home, he has continually been going into the stance to poop. But he's voided for now.
I'm trying to keep him drinking water but he's at his own consumption level that I can't change. My main concern is his constant effort to pee and poop and nothing yet. Is this just a reaction by his body to the stimulus of the enema? Is this normal? Thanks everyone!!!!
i will preface this by saying I have anxiety around my cats, always worried if they are happy and if I can do more for them! When I had a single cat, I didn’t really have these worries, but he was killed by a car and since then I’ve not been able to let go of the worries about my current cats..
I have four. Two who are 19 months and two who are 4 months. We are 4 weeks into introductions (I have a thread about this too!).
Really I’m just wondering what are some things that help you to really know they are happy? I feel with my old cat I just instinctually knew, but he was outdoor and I think that probably helped, and my current 4 are indoor only. We have spent a lot of time catifying the house to try and make up for them being indoor!
The one I worry about the most is because she is quite aloof. She is Burmese so it’s against her breed profile! What the difference between aloof and unhappy? I don’t know how to do emotes but if there was a scratching head one it would be here!...
How does your cat or cats greet you when you get home from work or school?
Cali usually spends most of the day in one of the room upstairs on her tree or perch looking out the windows or taking a nap.
When I come in the door, often I'll hear a muffled thud as she jumps of her tree or perch.
She'll then coming walking down the stairs and her usual routine is to go over to her scratching post and scratch. She'll then com over to me and rub against my legs.
Then she'll follow me into the kitchen where she'll meow for her supper.
My 16 year old cat has been pulling clumps of hair out of his front legs. He uses his front teeth and "pinches" a bite of hair up and yanks it out. He has been to the vet for extensive health care checks this year but they don't know why he is doing this. Any suggestions as to why he may be doing this and how to help him?
I adopted Lincoln, a senior cat (around 14), in January. After a period of adjustment, he is doing great and I'm completely in love with him. The vet says he's very healthy, and he has a good appetite and loves to play.
He also loves visiting my parents. He adores other people and cats (they have two, who tolerate his outgoing nature), and likes being in a busy house with a screened-in porch where he can hang out when the weather is nice.
The problem is that my parents live two hours away from me, and he hates the car. So far I have only taken him three times, because it's been such a stressful experience for both of us. He has had diarrhea in his carrier every time, and once also urinated. It's the same every time: he seems alright except for a few meows, then he'll settle down to sleep, I'll think everything is going well, and then suddenly he's pooped and starts completely flipping out. It seems to be the poop that makes him panic, and I've learned to put multiple layers of...
Well, Lady Fluffington has been returned to me. (Thread about it here, but it's not a necessary read, long story short didn't even give it a full two weeks! Siiiigh.)
Anyway I'm having troubles with her. She constantly wants to go out, constantly, all the time always.
She paces and meows and it was beginning to be a problem before I gave her up. I think it's because when she comes to the side of the house I'm in, with the living room and bedroom, my cats hiss at her and make her nervous, so she exiles herself to the kitchen side. Then she feels cooped up and unwelcome, and even though I try to play with her (though she's developing issues with that I won't go into, and neuroses about treats and other things are just piling up by the day), it's not enough. Thus, I had hoped that when adopting her to a person who didn't have preexisting cats, she would relax and be happy inside and not hassle...
I've been trying to trap a stray mama cat for the past 2 months with no success. Well I saw this morning that she had at least 2 little babies! They live in the wooded area behind the abandoned house across the street- along with raccoons!
What do I do? I can't take them from their mother, but I can't catch the mom. *She did come closer to me this morning than she ever has. But I can't leave them there with the chance they could be killed or wounded by the raccoons.
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