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Cat Care – Siamese Shedding

Jane asks…

My snowshoe siamese has started shedding really badly.?

He stayed with my husbands mum (with our dog too) and was indoors for the two weeks. He doesn’t usualy shed this much in winter. Could it be stress ‘cos he missed us?
I forgot to say, we were away on holiday for two weeks.
We live in canada, and it’s winter here at the moment. Why would he shed his fur in winter. I figure cats shed thier winter coat in spring?

Cat Coach answers:

I also live in Canada and it’s not a very cold winter so he could be shedding his winter coat but I think that he missed you guys or he felt really stressed

Nancy asks…

can excessive shedding be a sign of a nutritional deficiency?

my siamese (lilly) sheds much more than my other cats-but she also is a long-hair. (she eats both can and dry food and is a good weight.)

Cat Coach answers:

Yes, it can. I think people don’t realize that a large part of why a cat sheds is that it is being fed a low-quality diet. What kind of food are you feeding it? Remember the old addage: garbage in, garbage out.

Some great high-quality food brands you should look into are: Blue Buffalo Spa, Nutro, Felidae, Wellness, Merrick’s and Solid Gold. There are many cat owners who can attest that after changing their cats diet to a high-quality cat food, their cat shed MUCH less.

Look for foods that contain no by-products, and no corn. Read the following article for a detailed list of things to look for when you purchase cat food:

http://cats.about.com/od/catfoodandnutrition/f/goodingred.htm

Don’t forget that when you switch dry foods, you need to do so gradually.
Do you brush your cat, and if so, how often? Frequent brushing is essential for two reasons:

1. Less shedding.
2. Less hacking-up hairballs.

Please read the follwing link that describes, in detail, how to brush your cat properly, as well noting the importance of high-quality food:

http://www.cozycatfurniture.com/cat_newsletters/catnewsletter13.html

Charlie asks…

My kitten’s eye is swelling and the fur shedding away?

I recently adopted a beautiful two months old Siamese boy and he’s just wonderful. The problem is, he has a cold and I’ve been giving him medication for that, but now I’m noticing increased swelling of his left eye which also looks like the fur under his eyelid is shedding away. I have no idea what it is and it’s worrying me. Is it a symptom of his cold? Or something else?

Thanks

Cat Coach answers:

Congratulations on your new kitten.

Sometimes ringworm will cause the fur to come off under the cat’s eye (or on their neck, head, paw, etc.) I don’t think it would make the eye swell, though. Perhaps the medication or his eye discharge could be responsible. He definitely needs to go to the vet. Eyes are fragile, and so are kittens.

I wish you and your boy the best of luck.

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Cat Care – Siamese Cat Shedding

Kirstie asks…

I want a Siamese cat but do they shed??!!?

my parents say i can a siamese cat, but do they shed??? r they good for allergy suffers?

Cat Coach answers:

Their fur is very short and they only shed about twice a year, and it’s quite manageable. They are no different than any other cat for allergies, as it’s the dander of cats that people are allergic to.

John asks…

Do Siamese cats have a winter coat?

I’m in Chicago, recently the temperature has gone up and my Siamese cat has been shedding more and more. I’m guessing its natural, and adopted my cat in March. Also, I was wondering if veteran Siamese cat owners could shoot me some advice on them in general. He is about 3, neutered, and is somewhat anti-social (not towards me).

Cat Coach answers:

Yep, their coats thicken up in winter and they start shedding come spring. Usually the winter stuff is shed out within 2 weeks, but it helps the cat a lot to brush him while he’s doing a heavy shed, so he doesn’t swallow it when he grooms himself.

Siamese are great, they’re pretty mellow and they bond to individuals more than other cats. They’re also very good with their paws (they’re called ‘monkey cats’ sometimes because of that), are vocal quite often, and react more like a dog sometimes than a cat. Yours is past the kitten stage (seems like all the Siamese kittens LOVE to go vertical) so he’s going to be not as athletic (ie: destructive) as the younger ones would be.

They also live a long life span. I lost my Rossi when he got to 19, from renal failure. Most Siamese live to 19, maybe 21 years old. They age really well.

Cindy asks…

Do siamese cats shed hair alot?

i just got a 6 weeks old kitten and i was wondering if when they grow older, they would shed alot?

Cat Coach answers:

No, out of all the cats I owned, my two Siamese shed the least. I usually brushed them about once a week, which took care of any loose hairs.

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Cat Care – Do Siamese Cats Shed

Charlie asks…

Advice on caring for old Siamese Cat?

My parents are stubborn dbags about everything I mention to them. We have three cats, one of which is a 17 year old Siamese. He has only two teeth; a canine and a molar, yet my parents insist on him eating dry cat food. He is quite thin, not starved, but thin. He also has very loose fur and sheds excessively, but he does not have any bald spots. He is not active at all, sleeping the whole day except to eat, drink, and do his business as well as to find a new place to sleep. He is very affectionate though, and purrs a lot when petted or held. My parents prefer to not hold him though, due to his shedding. Would any vitamin deficiency cause him to shed his fur this much? Is there any possible way I can make him home-made soft/moist cat food so he can actually eat it more easily? I know he can’t chew on his food, since times when his stomach gets upset, the food he brings up his whole, unchewed pellets. My parents refuse to get him moist canned cat food just because our vet doesn’t mention it nor do they ask the vet about it. And that’s if they go to the vet. What can I do to take care of my cat?

Cat Coach answers:

HEY please listen to me! Your description of your cat is touching for me, I think because I have my own aging siamese..you really should make your own cat food- it is VERY easy, takes me about 30 mins every 2 weeks. (in fact I just got done making it about 1 hour ago)

I first decided to start making my own catfood a couple months ago with help from this website by a vet who made a recipe to make cat food- here is the link

http://catinfo.org/?link=makingcatfood

to save you time in figuring it out, here are the ratios used to make the food (your cats, esp your elderly one, may have diff. Nutritional requirements, like fiber- which the vet’s site adresses- personally my cats are close in age and have the same needs more or less, so I feed them exactly the same and as how follows- your own recipe/s may need tweaking so read the vet’s site to be sure!!!):
for every THREE pounds of meat (I use chicken) put in these ingredients:
- 1 cup of water
- 2 eggs
- 2,000 mg fish oil (like norwegian cod liver oil)
- 400 IU vitamin E (I get this in liquid form and it ends up being 20 drops)
- 50 mg Vitamin B complex
- 2,000 mg taurine
- 3/4 tsp Morton lite salt (find it by the normal Morton salt at the store, the container looks like this
http://www.napolitano.it/wp-content/uploads/2009/03/litesalt.gif it’s tallish and kinda skinny. It’s important to use this exact type of salt- according to the vet’s website, not my own opinion!- because it has certain nutrients in it)
- 4 oz liver

Each cat should eat around 3 to 4 oz per day (varies per animal of course). So what I do is just put the amount needed for 1 day’s worth of food for both my cats into ziploc plastic storage containers, stick them in the freezer, and each new day take out a container and put it in the fridge so it defrosts.
Important notes-
* if you can afford to grind your own meat as the vet suggests go for it! Personally I can’t.
* read up on her opinions of bone powder and other things, read her website to be sure you’re aware of what’s happening and what your cat needs
* supplement pills must be in LIQUID or POWDER form
* pre-ground “whole carcass” poultry can be bought from whole foods (this is at least 1 place I know of, because it’s where I get my meat). You can ask for help to be sure, but at my Whole Food’s, they sell it in about 1 and 1/3 pound containers over in the refrigerated meat section over by the meat counter. It is a mix of ligaments and cartilage and stuff with the meat, along with small bones fragments (but for you with your elderly cat, you might want to find meat without the bone fragments and put bone powder in instead. See the vet’s website for more info on how bones/bone powder is necessary). Also- no matter what if you use the meat with bone fragments, DON’T warm the meat up, because it changes the bone’s consistency making it easy to splinter inside your cat and do damage. Anyway, they also sell the liver in the same section of Whole Food’s.
* GET ORGANIC chicken unless it’s literally impossible!!

Read these articles on dry pet food. And remember that dry pet food is extremely unnatural for animals to eat and goes against what they’ve evolved to eat. For one, they absolutely cannot digest corn, rice, etc yet it’s often among the first couple ingredients in the dry crap. This is because it’s a nice filler, a cheap “bulker”, yet it gives your cat NO nutrition. This is out of pure greed, not caring about animals health, and then everyone is blind to it because all the pretty, happy ADVERTISEMENTS act as a distraction to the truth. We’ve just been so brainwashed as a culture that it’s just what pets do, they eat pre-packaged cat and dog food and nothing’s wrong with it

http://www.naturalnews.com/024210.html

http://www.naturalnews.com/032830_pet_food_ingredients.html

Perhaps let your parents read those articles and explain how the dry food is a sad farce that’s totally acceptable even among mainstream vets! The healthcare system is pretty corrupt, whether it be in the context of people or animals. Anyway, encourage them to do some reading so they can come to their own conclusions and make their own decisions, think how much they care about your cat and if they’re willing to enable him to be the healthiest he can, and honestly- if they refuse to do this, or at the very least buy a bran of store-made WET cat food without corn or other dumb ingredients, then I agree with the other lady you should euthanize him…it’s the kindest thing for him, and HE’S the one living his life, feeling his pain, you know?

Be aware of these things and tell your parents so you can come to a decision about your cat’s health :)
I really hope everything works out well for your kitty, as I said your description of him was moving for me
if you have any questions feel free to email me through yahoo

Daniel asks…

How to help my cat stop shedding?

My cat SamShmeez is nine years old, she’s an oriental tuxedo Siamese (‘Mese body with black n white coat, instead of blue eyes, gold). She’s pretty healthy minus her crispy leg from when I found her burnt as a kitten nine years ago but I gotta ask, why does she shed so much and how can I help her shed less? I can’t stroke her back without having a whole new kitten on my hand lol I brush her every few days and she likes the lathering part of baths, just not the water. I’m starting to think she just might be old? Any suggestions?

Cat Coach answers:

Stop the brushing. Comb the cat! Combing gets the loose hairs out, not the brush. Brushing just skims over the top of the coat. Use a very fine-toothed steel comb.

Jim asks…

3 Day Old Kittens With Fleas..What would you Do?

Hi.. My cat had kittens 3 days ago and I found out tonight they have fleas. They are outside cats so they are in a shed I made a box and she is in it. I treated her with diatomaceous earth which i have been using on everyone with good results(see a flea now and then). I called my vet and she told me to put frontline on the mom ,flea comb the kittens and pick them off,and give both the mom and kittens pet-tinic. I have done that but how often can I handle the kittens without killing them with love? What else would you do etc? What are your thoughts? I rescue animals and can’t afford to keep everyone up with frontline or advantage. She also was wormed with nemex a couple of wks before she had them . They are look siamese because the mom is half someone in the neighborhood has a male siamese that runs loose so I’m trying to get a line of barn cats that people will buy. Are siamese very thrifty etc? She probably got bred by her dad also. I saw a siamese out here. TIA God Bless ALL!
Pet-tinic Vitamins I neglected to put vitamins. The mom gets 1cc and the kittens get 2drops 2x day. My cats are all very healthy. I only see a flea every once in a while . I think what happens is there is a few fleas and when their are newborns they attract them I have seen more on newborns then anything else. These kittens are white so you can see the fleas pretty good and their is very little flea dirt so I think as long as I can keep them picked off they should be ok. I just said that because people are saying things like they are not healthy..they get purina cat chow free choice, goat milk free choice,and when they have kittens and before they get fancy feast with yogurt and vitamins. I have a litter of 5wk old kittens that I can’t find a flea on now I did see one a couple of wks ago and dusted very lightly with my finger with DE and can’t see any fleas but I am afraid to do 3 day old ones they would breath too much. Thanks Again and if you reported the first answer.TY..its gone

Cat Coach answers:

I know when kittens are too little for flea meds, my vet said to coat them in Original Dawn Dish Liquid (The Blue One) Let sit for 5 minutes then rinse. It’s supposed to suffacate the fleas. It worked on my kitty’s, but 3 days old is really small. I’m not sure. If you could get rid of them on the momma cat, and comb through the babies like your vet said, that would probably be best. Fleas bites can cause your kittens to get worms. Also if you go to your local feed store, they can point you in the right direction. They once sold me this non toxic powder dust stuff that would kill fleas, and you could put it directly on your animals. It would not hurt. I sprinkled it in the beddings, but it was also safe for your flower beds and vegetable gardens for those types of bugs. It worked really well. I can’t remember what it’s called, but the feedstore will know. It’s in a yellow can if that helps. Good Luck.

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Cat Care – Do Siamese Cats Shed A Lot

Jane asks…

are siamese cats good cats?

because i really want a cat but i need one that is playful but still well behaved and that does not shed a lot

Cat Coach answers:

No

Davina asks…

Does anyone have a Himalayan/Siamese mix cat?

Do they shed a lot? What are their personalities? Are they good with getting along with other cats? Are they really vocal?

Cat Coach answers:

I have this mix and she doesn’t shed considerably more than the next cat. Our cat is super mellow but she can be quite vocal when she needs something. She also gets along with our other two cats.
The nice thing about cats is that they keep their personalities, but it’s impossible to predict what yours will act like.

Mandy asks…

What cat fits my personality me best?

My friend is getting a calico kitten. But she needs another kitten but doesnt know what breed 2 get. I know calico is a olor type not a breed but the shelter didnt know what breed it was for some reason.
This is what she wants from a cat:
Not a siamese
Doesnt shed a lot, like 2oooooooo much
Is playful
Lovable
Can have black but plz not 2oooo much black
No tortise shell cat
And no tabby cat
She is 11 years old and has a 13 year old sis
They r veeery responsible and will do research before.
thsnk you soooo much
Plz tell me a specific breed. Dont tell me 2 go somewhere and see which likes me. SPECIFIC BREED ONLY. Or else dont answer

Cat Coach answers:

Go to a local animal shelter and just look at all the kittens. One will pick you out. The shorter the coat the less shedding. Peggy

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Cat Care – Short Haired Cats That Shed

Chris asks…

Cavalier King Charles Spaniel?

I am a mild dog and cat allergy sufferer so if I take my medication I’m fine and the only dogs that really trigger my allergies are short haired dogs like pugs. So I was wondering how much Cavalier King Charles Spaniels shed and if they would cause my allergies to “act up”. Please help because everything else about them is perfect for my lifestyle

Cat Coach answers:

Do not get a poodle cross. Poodle crosses still shed, and they cost too much. If you want a poodle cross, there are plenty in shelters due to people with allergies who buy them, thinking they don’t shed, and realizing that they do.
Allergies are not caused by the hair, they are caused by a protien in the animals salivia. Whatever breed you get, you will need to keep well groomed and the house well cleaned to avoid bothering you allergies. And after you adapt to the presence of a specific animal, your allergic response to that individual animal will reduce with time.
Pugs are double coated and shed a lot, so that is probably why they really bother your allergies when you are around one. If you get a CKCS, get it from a good breeder. They are very prone to heart problems, and if you get one from a pet store, you are risking buying a pet for a lot of money who will develop a heart murmer before a year of age. They are great little dogs, and you can definately adapt to one with your allergies, especially since you describe them as mild. If you keep a clean house and the dog well brushed, you won’t have hardly any problems. Good luck with your search!

Shelley asks…

My cat has been puking sometimes multiple times a day for past several months. What could be wrong?

She is fat in a very firm, hard way. Bad attitude, sheds like you wouldn’t believe, altho she is short haired. She also has taken to puking multiple times a day. Tried her on three different kinds of food for trial periods of time since the start of the year. Vet thought hairball…even tho I have yet to see her cough up anything that doesn’t look like mushed up food (sometimes even entire pile is whole, unchewed kibble). Got some laxitive paste from vet and this has made the puking worse, and more watery. She just puked a pile the quantity of what a human would…What on earth is wrong with my cat? I’m sick and tired of cleaning puke off the carpet on a daily basis. Does anyone have advice on what I should do or what could be wrong? My cat is female, about 5 years old, and I’ve had her for that long.

Cat Coach answers:

My cat and one of my friends cats does this same EXACT thing. I have come to the conclusion that she eats way to fast and it scratches her throat and causes her to puke. I would suggest adding water to the food to avoid her scratching her throat – it may help.

Helena asks…

My cat skin gets irritated when we itch him and ear mites seem incurable, Help?

Okay so my cat Bo Bo (nickname) Has very sensitive skin when you itch him and he seems to have incurable ear mites, we gave him the medicine for a while but it never helped.

Also Bo Bo had flees but we got rid of them We comb his fur regularly, and he sheds to much, he also had stuff that ran out fo his eyes. And My family wont take the poor guy to the vet So any suggestions would help.

Some background: Short Haired male, He has gone through 2+ homes and he came with ear mites.

Is there anything we can do th help him?

Cat Coach answers:

For the Ear Mites: if you are using the stuff from Pet Stores, it won’t work. Only the medicine from Vet’s will kill them. In one day, the cat will stop scratching his ears or shaking his head. About the fleas, unless you used Vet med’s, don’t be surprised to see the fleas again. You may have thought you have gotten rid of them, but what did you do for all the eggs waiting to hatch in the bedding; carpets; sofa; bed, etc. Etc. Fleas leave the animal to lay it’s eggs. You need to buy Advantage at Vet’s. It’s about $45. Your cat may not have sensitive skin. It could be because he is scratching his ear area, sometimes to the point of bleeding, and he has been scratching his body due to fleas. Once these two things are under control, I doubt you will find sensitive skin, at all. Plus, a much happier cat, as the people who had him before you, obviously didn’t care for him. The Vet should cost approx. $45 for Advantage (fleas) and $20 for Mite medicine. Your cat doesn’t have incurable ear mites – you just aren’t using the right medicine.

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Cat Care – Siamese Shedding Cat

John asks…

My cat is pulling out her hair – am I doing all I should be?

I have a beautiful Siamese cat who’s 21. Yes, twenty-one years old. She’s a bit arthritic, but generally healthy and I love her dearly. In the last two months or so, she has been shedding terribly! Like unbelievably! My apartment looks like a snowstorm hit it. I brush her several times a day (which she adores) and get enough hair to make another cat! If I don’t brush her at least 4 times a day, she pulls tufts of her hair out from her behind (I guess that’s the only place she can reach) and leaves the tufts everywhere.

She has a good appetite, she is happy, she loves her catnip and rolling in the sun. She snuggles up to me day and night (I’m home all day).

I don’t think she has mange – I checked her out pretty thoroughly and didn’t see any mites or scabs – and I have 4 other cats who do NOT do this. (Mange is contagious). Nothing stressful has occurred here, in fact it is quite quiet and I pay her loads of attention.

Is this the feline version of a person going bald due to aging? I don’t want to take her to the vet due to her age and she would totally freak out. She wouldn’t get over it for weeks, and I don’t know how much time she has left. The time she does have should be quality time.

So my question to you is: Am I doing all I can for her? Is she possibly going bald due to age?

Thank you in advance, fellow cat lovers.

Cat Coach answers:

As a cat lover & cat owner, you need to call your Vet & tell him/her what your cat is doing. The Vet will advise you as to what may be going on. Make the phone call ASAP.

Paul asks…

which cat would be best?

should i get a siamese cat or tabby cat?

what i want:
playful
energetic
doesnt shed
not too big when its older
trainable
playful even when its elderly/older

Cat Coach answers:

A Tabby Cat! They are so cute with their stripes. A Siamese are very high energy, very vocal, and can be aggressive sometimes. And they are purebred, may have more health issues. Both the Siamese and a Tabby Cat shed. A Tabby is not a purebred cat, it is just the coloring of a domestic short haired cat. All cats are playful, energetic. Its either a purebred cat or a normal domestic short haired cat. I don`t understand why you say trainable, its a cat! Its not like you need to make it sit. All kittens should be litter trained by the time they leave home.

Graham asks…

Should we put our cat down or give him away?

My mum said to me that she wants to put our siamese cat down (hes 8 years old) because hes always crying at our door or something like that. Ever since my mum had my halfsister he has had to sleep outside in the shed and so she keeps saying to me that he has a bad life and that we should put him out of his “misery”. We used to have a jack russel who used to pee and poop around the house and mum never really tried to potty train her and soon enough she got sick of her and gave her away. ive been thinking though since hes not sick and is a good cat that maybe we should give him away instead of putting him down. So basically my question is should we give away our cat or put him down? and if we should put him down why?

Cat Coach answers:

I feel so bad after reading this that if I knew you and lived in your town I’d take your kitty! To answer your question, I think that there is someone out there who would totally love him and cherish him, so I would say to try and find him a good home. It sounds like he really isn’t happy being outside or sleeping in the shed, so that’s why he cries at the door. Siamese cats especially are very emotional and crave human companionship. I’d call the Veterinarian’s office in your town and ask if you can post a sign on their waiting room wall, that way it’s pretty much a sure bet that someone who loves cats will see it and want him, and he’ll go to a great home. (The Vet in my town has a bulletin board on his waiting room wall for just this type of situation since a lot of the time people can no longer keep their animals due to a move, financial difficulty, allergies, etc.) I hope this helps. It’s so nice that you care enough about your kitty that you want to help him. Good luck to you – take care.

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Cat Care – Kitten Care 6 Weeks Old

Joseph asks…

How to take care of a kitten 6-7 weeks old?

We just adopted a kitten that was approximately 6-7 weeks old. This is my first time having a new-born kitten. so i was wondering is someone would please take the time to make a guide on how to take care of the kitten. Like how many hours in between feeding time, how to tell when he’s hungry, things like that. Thank you!! :]
Also a list of things that I should feed him.

Cat Coach answers:

Water. Keep clean, fresh water available to your kitten at all times. The bowl should be low enough for the kitten to able to drink from it easily. Some kittens enjoy playing in the water and even tipping over the bowl, so you may need a heavy bowl. Place the bowl when it won’t get dirtied by litter etc.

Kittens younger than about 10 weeks need a warm place to be, such as under an incadescent lamp or in a warm, lined box or kitty bed. This is especially important if you have only one kitten.

Litter boxes. Kittens will instinctively use the litter box as they get older, but their mother also helps to teach them. Make sure that a litter box with sides low enough for the kittens to get in and out is easily accessible. Use regular litter, not the clumping kind! Small kittens can lick themselves, swallow the clumping litter, and suffer dangerous blockages in their digestive track! Once the kitten is 3 months old, they can safely use the clumping litter. Keep the litter box clean – this encourages the kitten to develop good litter box habits.

Baths. Kittens will instinctively clean themselves, but the mother helps to develop this behavior too. You can help keep your little kitten by cleaning him or her gently with a damp washrag. Often they need to have their little rear-ends cleaned! This also helps to bond your kitten to you, since you are acting in the role of “mommy”. They generally do not need real baths unless they have gotten especially dirty or if they need flea baths.

Petting. You can help your kitten become a friendly, well socialized cat by spending plenty of quality time with him or her. He will like be stroked gently around the ears and under the chin. Be sure to pet her all over her body, so she gets used to be touched even on her paws and tummy. They enjoy being touched gently by you and will grow to enjoy your smell and your voice. Speak in a low voice – they are afraid of loud noises!

Playing. Play time is very important to a kitten. They learn to socialize, develop physical skills, get exercise, and have fun! Kittens have a great time playing with each other – rough housing, stalking, pouncing, chasing, and grooming each other. Young kittens don’t know they are hurting you when they grab at or bite your hand, or run up your pant leg, so be patient and forgiving. If you have just one kitten, you will the focus of all of his playmaking attention! You can “train” your kitten not to bite or scratch by giving a high-pitched yelp whenever she gets too enthusiastic. This is how kittens let each other know that the play has gotten too rough. An idea which can help save your arms from scratches is provide what I call a “wrestle buddy” for your kitten – a stuffed toy or old sock filled with soft cloth or socks – that they can be free to sink their little teeth and claws into. Use it to rough house with your kitten and she won’t become accustomed to using you as her scratching toy!

Scratching. Your kitten will start to scratch at things at an early age. This is the time to start training her! Provide a small scratching post or flat scratching pad and keep it wherever she usually plays. Encourage her to use it by enticing her with a toy or with catnip. Gives her praise when she uses it, and give a loud yell (“CLAWS!) when she scratches the wrong thing. A loud voice is generally all it takes to communicate the error – don’t hit her or squirt her with water. You can also start trimming her claws. Wait until she is sleepy and relaxed. Start by trimiming just a few of her claws, and don’t force it if she starts to resist. Pet her and tell her good she is! She will soon get used to it, and it will become a lifelong good habit.

Veterinary Care
Deworming. Kittens will need to be dewormed at least once and probably twice. The “worms” are typically roundworms or pin worms. They are passed to the kitten through the mother’s milk. Your vet can give your kitten a dose of medication such as Strongit to kill these parasites when the kitten is 6 weeks old or so. This should be followed 2 weeks later either by a second dose of medication or a fecal test to insure that all the worms have been killed.

If after deworming, your kitten’s stools are mushy, have mucus or blood in them, be sure to see your vet. There are other kinds of intestinal parasites, such as coccidia, that can infect kittens. These require different treatments depending on the parasites.

Force feeding. To do this, you will need an eye dropper or syringe. Mix some canned kitten food with mother’s milk replacer, stirring to make a slurry (a blender works great). Fill the eye dropper or syringe, and place it into the kitten’s mouth. Squirt a small amount very gently – he should swallow it with no problem. Continue to feed him small amounts. The amount varies on the size of the kitten, but underfeeding is better than overfeeding

Kirstie asks…

How do I take care of a 6 week old kitten?

He keeps whining and I dont know what to do! Please help
Thank everyone for all of your encouraging words and advice! I am taking pointers from each of your comments! I can’t choose a best answer ,because you all were very helpful:-)

Cat Coach answers:

He’s scared, and lonely, and probably hungry. Kittens aren’t really ready to leave their mothers until they’re about 8 to 10 weeks old.

Don’t give him cow’s milk. Give him KMR, if you give him milk at all. KMR is Kitten Milk Replacement, and is formulated for kittens. If he doesn’t know how to lap (and he probably does by now) then get a small animal baby bottle and give him the milk in that. You can start feeding him canned cat food, too. Mix some KMR with a spoonful of the canned cat food, put it in a saucer, and see if he’ll eat it. You might have to dip your finger into the mess and let him lick it off at first. This might take several days before he really catches on. Whatever canned cat food that you don’t offer at one feeding should be refrigerated, and then take out another spoonful for the next feeding. Warm it up a bit, it will smell and taste better…well, it will smell and taste better to the kitten. Feed him as much as he will eat four or five times a day, and always have fresh water out for him. Also, give him a very small box full of non-clumping litter. Put him in this box after each feeding, and take his front paws and gently move them through the litter. Also, after each feeding, take a warm damp washcloth and wash him, all over, until he is able to groom himself. I can’t remember at what age kittens start grooming themselves effectively. He should be able to pee and poop on his own, make sure that he IS going. If he’s not, use that warm damp washcloth on his tummy and butt, to help him go. Give him a nice warm comfy place to sleep. He’s tiny, so he will lose body heat easily. I used to use hot water bottles, and refilled them frequently, because they wouldn’t get too hot. Fleece baby blankets are cheap and can go in the washer and dryer, and they make good kitten and cat bedding.

Remember, too, that he doesn’t just need his physical needs met. He needs to be loved and cuddled. At this age, he should still be with his mom and siblings, snuggling on them and playing with them. So you’ll have to cuddle him and play with him.

Marie asks…

Kitten about 6-7 weeks old.?

hey,
i just recently adopted a kitten that was back then around 3-4 weeks old. A lady was giving them away and looks like she wasn’t taking care of them. I brought him into my home which i already have a 5 month old kitten. At first they didn’t like each other but a few weeks later they play nonstop together. It recently look like litter training the little one was successful, but since yesterday I notice he is using the bathroom on my couch. I mean if i didn’t have a overthrow on it, it would of have poop marks on it. Which also the pee did seep through but I got the stain off. I’m wondering why my kitten is doing that because the litter box is like a few steps away? He is not fixed yet, but soon will be when he gains about 3-4 pounds.
help please.
thanks.
btw for now they are sharing the litter box.

Cat Coach answers:

It is possible that the older cat is becoming territorial of the litter box and th little one doesn’t want to go in.

Cats are weird that way. They can be fine for a long time and then one the alpha cat decided that no one else can use it. The other cats use it at their peril.

I highly suggest getting another box, even if it is a little one.

Vets recommend at least one litter box for every cat plus one more. I’ve always just had one per cat and never had a problem.

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Cat Care – Care 6 Week Old Kitten

Charlie asks…

Please help me! I have a 2 week old kitten thats having trouble! help!?

Ok. I have been fostering a litter of kittens. Their just turned 2 weeks old a few days ago. 2 of the litter died from some lung disease that got at birth, but that other 3 we have taken care of and gotten then back to good health. But about 5 hours ago I noticed that one of them was all wobbly and shaky. More so than the others. He sort of walks(well more like scoots, while the other have managed to get up on their legs) in circles, and falls over. And its like he cant support his head. I am so worried. I dont know what to do. Please help me. I tried to help it up but couldn’t find much. Only something about a wobbly kitten disorder. But the kitten wasn’t always like this. This weird behavior just started about 5-6 hours ago. Please help!!
When I said he couldnt support his head, i mean it sorta of lulls back on his spine. so his chin is up. and when he trys to walk to like falls over on his side. Please help me.
its not scooting on its butt more like sliding across the floor on its stomach. Is there anyway that he could just be more tired than the others? Do they sleep longer as they get older? The other 2 kittens move around alot. They try and climb out of the box, and move around on the bed when we feed them. But this guy is slower than the other 2 and less active I guess thats what is worrying me the most. I am going to call the vet tomorrow, but if you have raised 2 week old kittens before and have experienced this, please tell me what I can do to help. And if you know whats wrong. Thank you!!

Cat Coach answers:

Some newborn animals take a little longer to get steady on their feet, from small kittens all the way up to baby elephants. Make sure the kitten is getting enough to eat and drink. Play with the kitten with a shoestring so it gets comfortable moving around and walking.

If it’s scooting on it’s butt it could be that it has worms. There are pills you can buy over the counter for older cats but I’m not sure about the younger one’s. If things are getting worse by Monday than go back to the vet, if things are the same closely monitor the kitten for any changes.

Ken asks…

What’s the best (most humane/comfortable) way to send my 6-week-old cat from Beijing to USA? ?

I have a cat that I rescued here in China: He is 6 weeks old (estimate) and appears to be in great health (eats/excretes/sleeps/plays/etc). We are taking him to the vet to be checked out tomorrow to make sure he is ok and get him all the necessary shots. The problem I have is getting him back to the USA. I will be traveling for a few more months, so it’s not an option to keep him with me until I leave and i have someone who can get him from LAX and take care of him. I have emailed multiple companies who claim to be able to transport a pet safely and securely, but I am not sure their assurances cover young kittens or even if they’re legitimate. They say that they keep the animals in the “pressurized and temperature-regulated” cargo holds in the planes, but these areas are not 100% reliable and I would be heartbroken if anything happened to the little guy. Can anyone offer some suggestions, advice or recommendations?

Cat Coach answers:

Give United Airlies air freight a call. UA has non-stop service from China to the USA and can take animals. Probably so can Northwest. There are freight forwarders that can do the job as well. The cargo holds of passenger aircraft are no problem for animals. They are pressurized and heated.

You should also check with the American Consulate for rule on cats into the USA. That might be a bigger barrier than the airline.

Also, be prepared to write a large check.

Regards,
Dan

Lynn asks…

New 2-3 week old kitten. Advice for cleaning.?

My kitten‘s name is Logan. I picked him up alone in the back yard of a residence abandoned by his mother. It is a miracle he lived as long as he did. He was at least 6 days old when he was found. I was there on a law enforcement detail, and took him to the vet. The vet said he had a good fighting chance, but only with constant care. I felt the only way he could get that care was to bring him home with me. so far he is a lively happy kitty.

So to my question: It took a few days for me to get him to defecate. The first time he did, the stool was a firm dark brown color which i know is good. Then it became a lighter brown color and softer, hardly making a shape, almost like toothpaste. I know this is not normal, and I need to do something about how much he eats, but every time he goes, i have to re-bathe him. I check on him during work, and I don’t always have time to do all that. Should I be feeding him less. He is a 7 ounce kitten, but he is tiny for his age. The vet said he looks fine. Defecating has been his one problem. What should I do differently.

Cat Coach answers:

Imagine me same problem but i have 5.what i do is get a luke warm rag and gently run it all over his body and if you arent doing this by his but there surely is some pee down there so run only his butt under warm water and then hold him in your hands keep him close to your belly and he will get your body warmth.

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Cat Care – Do Siamese Cats Shed

Alana asks…

siamese cat questions! best answer recieves 10 points.. easy peasy?

ok im getting a cat soon. should i get a ragdoll or a siamese? and plz answer these questions:

how much r siamese cats?
how much r ragdoll cats?
are siamese cats intelligent and easily trainable?
are ragdolls inteligent and easily trainable?
How much do siamese cats shed?
how much do ragdolls shed?
can siamese cats eat home made food like chicken, meat bread rice beans etc? and same question for ragdolls?
do siamese cats become attached to thier owners?
do ragdolls become attatched to their owners?
are ragdolls playful?
are siamese cats playful?

THANKS 10 points waaaiting lol

Cat Coach answers:

Rescue a cat. You don’t have a freakin’ clue about cats. Get a cat and be its friend.

Thomas asks…

How do I get my cat to shed less?

I have 2 cats. The tabby barely sheds. The other is a siamese. He sheds like CRAZY! I comb him, feed him Science Diet for a healthy coat. He even drinks plenty of water. I dont know what to do. I will not shave him, I like in AK and if he gets out in the winter it would be terrible for him. All suggestions would be helpful!

Cat Coach answers:

Brush him.

Change his food to something without corn, wheat, soy, milk and all plant based foods.

Caroline asks…

What cat is right for me?

I really love cats and I want something that I like, and will not swallow my little blue parakeet. I have a nine year old daughter and a six year old son. I really love siamese cats! And it does not shed and only be groomed once a week or month. Any ideas?

Cat Coach answers:

Try www.petfinder.com or your local shelter

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Cat Care – Siamese Cat Shedding

Chris asks…

My two years old Siamese male cat leaves tiny bits wherever he sleeps. Is it normal?Cat shedding?

What is cat shedding? i am a new owner of a Siamese cat. He is 2 yrs old and recently wherever he sleeps he leaves few tiny bits of small bits. someone suggested that it could be cat shedding. is it serious or is it normal? what shall i do?

Cat Coach answers:

Shedding refers to the normal falling out of hair.
I suspect what you are seeing is dried up segments of tape worms which resemble rice.
Getting rid of tapes is an easy fix. Take your kitty to the vet for a check up (always a good idea with a new pet anyways) & tell them what you’ve seen. Tapes usually come from fleas so they can make sure he’s flea free, too.
Congrats on the new “kid”!
>^..^<

Kirstie asks…

How much does a siamese cat shed?

Hello, I got a baby siamese kitten. We are still debating on weather to have it as an indoor cat or let it run around outside all the time. The thing is, how much would a siamese cat shed? Would it be hard to pick up?
Thanks

Cat Coach answers:

I have two siamese cats and shedding is not a problem in my house. Once a week, I dust with a big static cling type duster (which my cats like to play with too) and then vacuum – but I’d do this whether I had cats or not, so it’s no extra trouble for me. I also keep a lint remover in the glove box incase I leave the house with cat hair on my clothes – usually due to hugs before I leave. Brushing will help keep the hair from flying about, and kitty will love it too (let her play with the brush first, then brush her gently encouraging her and using treats if you need to, but most cats take to it right away.)
Please do decide to keep your new cat indoors, they lead longer & healthier lives inside with us – siamese are naturally a very intelligent and loyal breed, and they will become a part of the family easily. Also consider that upkeep for an outdoor cat is much more expensive as you need to provide protection from fleas/ticks and could come across some extra vet bills if kitty gets in a fight or hurt.

Charlie asks…

My siamese cat sheds a ton of fur?

I am using sticky rollers but it doesn’t seem to help as much. Any recomendations?

Cat Coach answers:

I would definitely recommend brushing… During the summer I have to brush my little one at least twice a day sometimes more and throughout the rest of the year just once a day… I can’t stand cat hair either and have done this since she was little… Now ten brushes and four years later she absolutely loves them.. Like I seriously cant open the drawer in the bathroom without her showing up on the counter… And since I always vacuum after I brush her she is obsessed with the vacuum as well… Every-time I pull it out of the closet she follows me around meowing… We took her in because we thought maybe that she had dry skin, the vet said that she was perfect she just liked brushes…

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Cat Care – Pampered Cats

Kirstie asks…

My cats poop and they are 3!?

Why do my cats poop and they are 3 they just started to do that and pee and spray or something but they are fixed! i don’t know why? are they mad at us? but we pamper them!
they poop all over the house and pee in the house! (sorry i wasn’t specific i didn’t proof read until later)

Cat Coach answers:

If they show sudden changes in litter box habits, it can be a signal of health problems. In fact, a cat who starts to urinate outside of a litter box may have a potentially deadly urinary tract infection. See a vet and rule out health problems first.

Mike asks…

Cat meowing constantly and trying to get outside?

A stray female cat came to our back door two weeks ago. We decided to adopt her so she wouldn’t be put to sleep. Lately, like a week now she meows at all hours and meows at our patio door. We thought at first she was hungry, but now she meows all the time. She follows me around mostly and is trying to get outside at all cost. She is soooooo pampered and loved by our family. Is she in heat or does she want to get out because she has been a stray for so long?

Cat Coach answers:

She most likely in heat, have you even taken her into the vet for a check up? You said it was a stray, should have been the first thing you did… Secondly, to get her out of heat, and I know this is odd, and I didnt believe it either, but a person who has multiple vet doctors in the family gave this advice. Sneak up behind your cat, with a Number 2 pencil, take the eraser end, and just jab her real quick and run. The reason you run is due to the female cats reaction to a male mating with her, The male has a Jagged penis, it has hooks etc, and is very painful. The female will want to attack you, so you have to run. Its instinct, nothing personal… Once she feels like shes mated she will fall out of heat, then get her FIXED!!!

Don asks…

old cartoon like early 90′s i cant remember?

I dont remember much but its bugging me

I dont remember wether it was a dog or cat but it was little and lost in a town and i remember theres a seen where its a white pampered cat singing and then there a part where the cat/dog gets (kidnapped?) by other dogs
Oliver and Company!!!!!! thats it gracias

Cat Coach answers:

“Oliver and Company” by Disney

Full length animated movie. There’s a show quality poodle in the house where he is staying, and there is a band of dogs that help him… Same as Oliver Twist.

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Cat Care – Cat Care 101

Helena asks…

Help! found a stray cat, mabey FEliNE LEUKemia, diet ideas?

SORRY ITS LONG PLZ HELP :(
well i found this stray cat a few days ago, she just came right up 2 me outside outa nowhere- i live near woods. she is a very pretty young black cat and very tame, and very starved. I really cant keep her b/c of my lab- i had a cat before and it just didnt work. But i really want to help her back to health and find her a good home, she obviously didnt take care of herself in the wild and i couldnt let her go. sooo, i took her to the vets yesterday to get here some shots but i couldnt. she was very sick actually with 105 fever, the norm temp is bout 101.5. She also was about only 5.5 pounds- and nine months old- thats why she looked so akward with long legs and a kittens body. He said that she prolly has feline leukemia and that he would put her down. But im not the person to give up just yet.Shes still alive ya no- active and eating not normal yet but more evryday- she was just starved. He said he would perscribe medication- clavamox fore twice a day. also he said she had a old bite/wound mark – i seen him pull the hair and when i got home later that nihgt i noticed that the wound waskinda reopened like the scab was off- nice to top it all off. Yeah she has fleas too he gave her treatment for that and worms. Well does anyone know and food that would fatten her up that she would eat best- she loves this cat milk ive been giving her. This little cat is so energetic and eating and normal, but is she past the point of no return if she has feline leukemia, i really cant afford the test to see its 40 dollars and i really cant do that when i have dogs i cant. But i really want to help this cat out shes been through alot her owner must have let her go she is very very tame. Well does anyone have an opinion about her diet and what i could do im so confused and cant decide by myself :(

Cat Coach answers:

Feline leukemia is a manageable illness. Keeping infections at bay, and keeping her healthy is the first step, and perhaps the best that you can do at this stage. Whatever you give her in the way of extended life is more than she would have gotten on her own.

I would provide her with a good quality kitten chow. It has extra calories, and should help her out. If she was starved, she may be pacing herself. A starving cat cannot suddenly eat lots of food; their stomach has shrunk from lack of food.

If you can provide her with some shelter, that will be a plus. That can be even made simply out of plastic totes. There are websites that will give you pointers on how to make one.

Shelter, food and water, and that is a gift that she wouldn’t have gotten otherwise.

Joseph asks…

v.v i need help i dont know what to do, and i want help really badly?? please read?

Okay, so im 11 im a girl and every time i watch Cats 101 on Animal Planet the same cat appears since ive watched Cats 101 Special Edition “Kittens” and the kitten/cat that appears in my mind is one of those medium haired calico cats with the tan and black spots and every time i watch Cats 101 i cry a little harder… I went to ask my mom if i could have a kitten and she said “I dont care..” and i cut her off and was gonna say yes thank you but then she said “but your dad would kill us” and i mumbled “eh I dont care” and sat at the computer for awhile and looked at pictures of the kitten i want then i went upstairs to my room and cried… now every time i go to ask her for a kitten i trail off or say something else like i say “i want…” she says what? and i say soup or i say can i have a… and just walk away with tears running down my face.. ive noticed that she treats my brother as the favorite in the family cuz when he was my age he used to ask for something and he got it and i dont think thats fair… last night (easter at like 8:30p.m.) i just yelled “I WANT A KITTEN!!” i didnt say it mean i just laughed when i said it and my mom said youll have to wait till the other 3 are gone but since im 11 the 2 are 10 and the other one is 15 so by time they are gone i would be moved out and as i type this i am crying and thinking of just walking to the pet shelter and finding one but its far away and i dont have any money :/….
what should i do im really mad and i really want a kitten and my mom treats my older siblings (my sister and my 2 brothers) better than me and its really annoying and if u want me to post the pic of the kitten i want just ask but what should i do cuz ive always just wanted a kitten of my own because believe it or not ive never saw/touched a kitten in real life just pictures witch is not right
so help me and sorry for it being so long i just dont know what to do and every time i look at a cat i cry please help me please!?
i know i wont get everything i want but this is the only thing ive asked for in my life i always asked since age 6 i never asked for anything else but my siblings did when they were younger
my mom has no issue with it its my dad and we have 3 cats already i said i would take care of mine if i got one cuz i already get up super early to feed the 3 cats wet food in the morning

Cat Coach answers:

I know it hurts when it seems like your siblings are treated better than you, and get more things than you do. Sometimes we see things a little skewed, though. I remember several times when I felt mistreated by my parents in favour of my siblings, but now that I am older I can understand that from their point of view it wasn’t really that unfair. A little, maybe, but no more than averages out. Sometimes the differences in treatment are due to differences in age between siblings, though the difference isn’t that great with you. It’s possible your mum doesn’t quite get how badly you want a cat, or maybe she thinks that you’re too young to take care of the cat and it’ll be left to her and your dad to take care of it once the initial kitty-giddiness has settled.

Your best chance of getting a kitten is by asking very calmly WHY you can’t have a kitten. If you remain calm, it’ll help your parents realize that you’re serious, and they’ll be more willing to respond to you as a person and not just act like most adults do around kids and assume you wouldn’t understand.

Do research beforehand as to how much it costs and how much work it takes, so you’ll have arguments with some basis behind them. On average it costs around US$50 a month to keep a kitten/cat with food, sand, insurance and emergency buffer for vet visits. You’ll also need to vaccinate the cat once a year.

The initial costs are slightly higher as you’ll need a litter box (covered if you want to keep the smell down), a cat tree or scratch post, at least a meter tall, good-quality scissors to cut the kitten’s claws ($15 scissors last at least ten times as long as $3 ones), vaccination and ID-marking and a vet check-up (though the kitten SHOULD have that before you get it), and several toys (though generally they’re not that expensive).

When the cat is six months old, you’ll have to neuter/spay it, which is a lot more expensive for female cats than male cats. Female cats also require some more post-surgery care as they’ll have stitches that need to be removed after two weeks, and they need to be kept from licking them in the mean time. Over here, neutering a male cat costs around US$80 (with current conversion rates) and spaying a female cat costs around $180. Neutering your cat will significantly lower the risks of some types of cancer and a few other diseases, not to mention make the cat calmer and usually snugglier and removing the risk of kittens.

You’ll need to scoop the litter box at least once a day (more often if you want to keep the smell down) and cut the kitten’s claws twice a week (it can be good to ask your local pet shop or vet if they can show you how) to keep them from getting too sharp. You’ll probably have to volunteer to vaccuum the house more often to keep control of the cat hairs. It can help to wipe the kitten/cat down once a week with a slightly wet towel to get rid of some of the loose hair.

It’s best to keep your cat indoors, as outdoor cats tend to not live as long, but you can train the kitten to go for walks on a leash. You’ll have to get a harness as cats are escape artists and would wriggle out of just a collar, and it’ll take a good while, but that’ll allow you to play outside with it while being able to keep it away from traffic and other dangers. It’ll also mean you can vaccinate every other year as it won’t run into as many other cats (who could carry diseases and parasites).

I wish you the best of luck, and I hope you’ll be able to convince your parents that you’re serious about wanting a cat. If not, there is always the option of volunteering at the local animal shelter or possibly pet shop. There will be limitations as to what you can do because of your age, but at least you’ll be able to be around lots of cats which might tide you over until you can get a cat on your own. Perhaps it could even help convince your parents that it’s not just a passing fancy, if you’re able to keep it up.

Ken asks…

EASY AS 1-2 OR 3 – Who needs illegals more, Obama/dems or Calderon?

—–>>>> 1 <<<>>> 2 <<<<——–

“Violent crimes surge after illegals invade Texas”

http://www.wnd.com/?pageId=75585

“Illegal immigrants play a big part in the nation’s growing crime rate”

http://ktar.com/?nid=6&sid=640233

“In 2009, about half of the more than 350,000 deportations nationwide were of criminals. ICE’s goal this year is 400,000 deportations – 85 percent of which would be of criminals, according to a February ICE report.”

http://www.dispatch.com/live/content/local_news/stories/2010/05/07/137-arrested-include-felons-visa-violators.html?type=rss&cat=&sid=101

——->>> 3 <<<——-

“It is no surprise that, after passing health care “reform,” President Obama plans to move on to his next big domestic initiative: granting citizenship to more than 12 million illegal immigrants.”

http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2009/sep/20/obamas-next-push-is-amnesty/

Doesn’t this all boil down to Obama & the dems drastically needing re-election votes?

Cat Coach answers:

Sorry nobody answered your question.

Looks like you spent a lot of time on it.

Cheers!

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Cat Care – Cats Pause

Helena asks…

Why are these cats meowing at each other?

One of them is mine, he’s the black one. The other one belongs to a neighbour and he’s ginger. They’re both adult males.
Okay so basically they’re being really weird around each other – they sit opposite each other outside and meow at each other. My cat will meow, there’s a pause and then the ginger cat will meow back. They can do this for hours!! I’ve looked it up and all the webpages say that only happens when they’re getting ready to fight or working out who’s the dominant one but they seem to like each other – they go out of their way to find each other when they’re out and they’ll meow all day O_o Another thing they do is they’ll lie on the pavement far apart and take it in turns to get up, walk really slowly for a few paces, then lie down again.
Thanks for any info :D

Cat Coach answers:

Have they been neutered? Un-neutered cats will size one another up, for dominance and any female cats in the vicinity. They would likely fight if there was a female present, for the right to father her kittens.

Charlie asks…

Are my cats trying to kill me ??!!?

My cat’s two favourite tricks are sneaking into my bathroom & sitting directly behind me so when I step back I nearly fall over them & going downstairs ahead of me but pausing on random steps so I have to sidestep them at the last minute or grab the bannister to avoid stepping on them, they seem to do this more when I am carrying stuff….

My husband says he has been coaching them (!!!) could this be true, is it only a matter of time before my Omen cats cause me to break my neck ??!!

Cat Coach answers:

I don’t think they’re trying to kill you.
But I do know they play all sorts of weird tricks…you might be an unwilling player in some bizarre sort of kitty game!

Be careful!

David asks…

How come when I`m on my moms bed, my cat sneaks and comes even though she knows she not suppose to?

My cat will jump on the bed at night, pause to see if my mom sees her, then come on my side then lays right on my legs. I dont get why she does that when she knows shes not suppose to.

Cat Coach answers:

She is seeking companionship. Cats like to lie down in warm areas. By laying on your legs, she is getting both warmth and companionship.

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Cat Care – Fur Balls Remedy

Don asks…

Whats the difference between fur ball and kennel cough?

2 months ago I got a 6 1/2 yr old female Bengal cat (short hair) from unknown person. They had another cat and said neither cat went outside. Then they moved. She’s been hacking and extending her neck like she wants to throw a fur ball, but nothing comes up. I got her some Kittymalt Hairball Remedy and give it in her food every day but she still does it 2 – 3 times a day. What do you think it might be?
I thought if it were asthma or a respiratory infection it would be happening more than 2-3 times a day (actually its at night when we go to bed to watch TV together) I have a very tiny apt so she is with me all day.

Cat Coach answers:

Maby she just cant eat the dry food. Try mixing them together. If that doesn’t work then try another kind of dry food.

David asks…

Can you give a cat Benefiber in water to aid in constipation?

I have tried all products, hair ball remedy, pumpkin, vetasyl, etc. My cat will not eat anything mixed or hidden in her cat food. I have tried to put stuff on her fur but she won’t lick it off. I was thinking Benefiber because it can go into water and doesn’t have any flavor. I am not sure if it is safe for cats in a small amount. Thanks.

Cat Coach answers:

I agree with the other posters, when in doubt go to the vets. If isn’t due to an underlying medical condition, you may want to try having some cat grass around for her to eat. My cats love it. Roughage! :)

Daniel asks…

Fleas on my kitten… I know it’s been asked before, but a little different than others…?

Okay, I adopted a 7-week-old kitten from some really awful people yesterday. He was covered with fleas when I brought him home last night, so I immediately took him straight to the tiled bathroom and he has not left it since. Obviously cannot use any commercial flea remedies since he is far short of 12 weeks. So far I have rinsed him with a water/white vinegar mix, scrubbed him with Dawn dish soap, applied straight vinegar to his fur with cotton balls, and soaped him up with Dawn dish soap and then rinsed him. The fleas are definitely better, but still there. Does anyone have any other ideas? Also, since he’s only been in the bathroom, do I need to worry about fleas in other parts of the house? Thanks!

Cat Coach answers:

Yes. You should probably spray around your house to reduce any further infestation.

Try tea tree shampoo – don’t get it in it’s eyes. Then get them sayed and neutered. (not the cat, the people that had him before you) – second thought, get the cat fixed too.

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Cat Care – Persian Cat Colors

Bob asks…

Would a cat that was a mix of tabby and persian be worth anything money wise?

I was thinking of buying a Persian cat. This lady breeds persians. She offered me a persian for 300 but when I look at the picture of the cat, he looks like a mixed breed of tabby and Persian. He has the persian face but tabby colors. She is selling her other cats for much more and is giving me a discount on this one. What do you think? Is he worth $300?? Thanks!
Is there anyway this could be a pure bred? With all the colors. I wish I could post a picture. LOL. He is very cute and besides his colors, he looks like a Persian.

Cat Coach answers:

Any mixed breed cat is just that, a mixed breed. They really don’t have much monetary value. As a breeder of CFA Grand Champion/Regional winning Persians I can tell you that there are Tabby color patterns that are Persians. I have a couple in my breeding program (A brown patched tabby and white, and a Red Tabby and white) A tabby is nothing more than a cat with a striped marking pattern, not a breed. I would ask if the cat was registered and then request to see the pedigree. If there are cats in the pedigree that have tabby listed in their color it is quite possible the cat does have tabby markings. If you go to http://www.cfainc.org/breeds/profiles/articles/persian-tabby.html
it will give you a description of the tabby persian along with some pictures of some different tabbies. Take a look. Hope I helped. P.S. If you ask the breeder what the official color of the cat is and post it I will try to describe so you can know if she is lying. By the way $300 is about right for the price of a Pet quality Persian. The more expensive cats are likely Show quality. A pet quality Persian is a purebred Persian that for some reason (such as a crooked nose, tooth that is not straight, head that is not completely smooth) doesn’t mostly meet the Breed Standard and could not be put in the show ring or used in a breeding program (we like to use near perfect examples of the breed in our breeding program) hence the lower price.

Davina asks…

how to breed a himalayan cat or a colored persian cat?

i have a female punch face white Persian 1 year old now and she is in heat.i want her to have a litter with colorful cats.I want to know if i breed her with a Siamese male or some other colored Persian. Would i get Himalayan Litter in case of Siamese and what sorts of colors i can expect from like a pure black male Persian cat or golden Persian.

And NO i dont live in United states so please dont tell me to go to animal shelter. There are none where i live and i intend to keep the litter for myself and i have no plans to sell or give them up.

Just want answer to my question… Thankyou
thankyou for your answers….this makes it easier for me… ill get my cat mated with a white persian male…. that was recommened by my breeder..

and for the person who said im a kid and need to grow up….

Dude….. i am a Resident Doctor and i love cats and i want my cat to her her litter so that i can have 4 or 5 cats for myself

Cat Coach answers:

If you bred her to Siamese you would not get a Himalayan litter. They would not even be pointed because that is a recessive trait. It took more than one generation to make the pointed Persians / Himalayans. After the crosses to Siamese for the colorpoint pattern, the breeders had to breed back to Persians over and over in order to get the Persian body type back. I dont think Siamese is any longer an allowed outcross for the Himalayan,. So you’d have unregisterable mixed breed shorthair cats.

As for breeding with pedigreed Persian males, well the white in your girl may be Dominant White which overrides everything, in which case you will get white kittens. But they might have a little colored cap on their head when they are young but then it turns all white.

Why not discuss this with your cat’s breeder and see if she/he thinks your girl is breeding quality? She might arrange a mating with a good male. Or how about first enter your girl in some cat shows and at least get her Champion title and while there talk to the Persian breeders, if they like your cat they may let you breed her to one of their studs.

Charlie asks…

Hey I am looking a labrador puppie and a persian cat?

Hey I am looking for a labrador cream colored puppie and a white persian cat. I have been looking every where that i possibly can for thease pets and the prices are crazy ( i mean come on $1,200 just for a pup are you serious) SO i am trying to find one for free or something like it. So where do you think I could get one where the prices are not crazy or better yet one for free??

Cat Coach answers:

Try looking at your local animal shelter. The animals there have been looking for homes for a long time, and if they dont find a home then they’re put down. Pets with the ridiculous prices are bred for that purpos eand that purpose only, to gain a profit. The prices at the animal shelter aren’t ridiculous but the animals do require shots and cages and everything else.

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Cat Care – Ragdoll Cat

Mark asks…

How did I get a ragdoll cat whithout pedigree parents?

I have been blessed to be the owner of a lovely ragdoll cat. I got him and his brother as kittens and have seen their mother. My ragdoll precisely fits the bi-color seal point description. His markings, eyes, coat, temperment and personality match the breed description to a tee.

However, his mother was NOT a ragdoll. She was a long hair black and white cat. The father is an unknown ferral. His brother is gray with white feet and chin. But his temperment fits the ragdolls. I want to know how I ended up with a cat who fits all the ragdoll catagories, yet his mother at least had no ragdoll features.

I have to boast a little, I love this guy so much. He is an incredible kitty. IF you have one, I would like to hear about him/her.

Cat Coach answers:

You do not have a Ragdoll. You have a seal point and white domestic longhair. The genes to produce the ragdoll pattern are in the gene pool of free breeding domestic cats. You have a beautiful Ragdoll look-alike, but not a Ragdoll. Why not consider showing your cat?

Cindy asks…

How can I stop my ragdoll boy cat from urinating in the shower recess ?

My ragdoll cat has his cat litter in the bathroom,he urinates in the shower recess and does his no 2′s in the litter. I will be putting a shower screen around the recess but I’m worried that he might start to urinate somewhere else in the house as this has happened in the past. Some advice would be greatly appreciated. Thanks

Cat Coach answers:

My friend used to keep water in the tub, and her cats didn’t like that so they didn’t pee in there anymore. The problem is that eventually they will start again if you don’t keep water in there. I’d definitely add a second litter box. Make sure there is about 3 inches of litter in the box. Also, Ragdolls are big, especially boys. The recommended length for a litterbox is 1.5 times a cat’s body length. Which means you may have to get a Sterilite container to get something big enough for him. Good luck! Ragdolls are great. :)

Charlie asks…

I currently have a Ragdoll cat. I am looking into getting a Himalayan cat, do ragdolls get jealous?

I have had the Ragdoll cat for 3 years; she has been an absolute delight.

Cat Coach answers:

Any cat can get jealous, regardless of breed. Your best bet is to try to keep your current cat’s life as normal as possible so she won’t feel like everything has changed when the new cat arrives. Go slow introducing them so they have adequate time to adjust.

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Cat Care – Siamese Cat Names For Boys

Jim asks…

Boy Siamese cat name?

I need help finding a name for my kitten. It’s a boy.
How about jinx or jinxy?

Cat Coach answers:

Take a look at DearTabbyTheAnswerCat.com. Under “Cat Care,” they have HORDES of cute, fun, interesting kitty names.
Graham asks…

What is a good, authentic name for a boy and girl siamese cat?

Cat Coach answers:

Siamese are originally from Thailand (Siam)- so Thai names would be nice.
I love using the following site for picking Russian names for my Russian Blue kittens- you can see whether a name is for a boy/girl and even search by meaning:
http://www.babynamesworld.com/thai-names-1.html
Daw, Sanan, Kasem (boy) Mali, Kanya and Isra (girl) are examples from this site
Yupa is Thai for beautiful girl, Jin Dii means to be happy, etc.
Good luck with your babies, awesome breed- quite the purrrrsonality’s ;)
Will you let us know when you pick your best answer, which names you chose?
Susan asks…

what are cute, unique names for a cat?

i think i’m either going to get like one of those orange and white ones or a siamese cat
idk if its going 2 be a girl or boy
probably a girl
what are some unique, cute, cool names for a cat?
thanks!

Cat Coach answers:

Pebbles
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Cat Care – Cute Siamese Cat Names

Jemima asks…

My part Siamese boy cat needs a cute name!?

Well, I have a an 8 month old tuxedo cat, and his name is Tux… and the siamese cat loves to hang out with him. The siamese has complete brown ears, and a complete brown mask, the rest is a creamy white color and he is very fluffy, I guess he is part persian, too. But I need a cute name that goes with Tux. We named him Tux not only because he is a tuxedo cat, but because he has a “secret agent” personality. So, I want a name that goes along with secret agents and stuff. We thought about calling him Mr. Bonds.. like james bonds. Pleaaaase, some good ideas?

Cat Coach answers:

As a big James Bond fan: Since tux is the secret agent and the Siamese cat is his sidekick buddy he should be one of the allies of James Bond, such as Q or Felix.

Tux and Felix–has a good ring to it with the x’s
Tux and Q– it definitely doesn’t chime as well, but where would Bond be without Q’s ingenuity?

Jane asks…

Cute cat names?

i just got a month year old kitten and its a siamese, i want someone to suggest a name a very cute name, its a male.
my family is very picky with names,
i dont want anything like mike or apple or some normal name, i want a weird name nnot coordinating to colors .

for instants tubooshi
or doolin

or some weird name like that.

please and thank you!

Cat Coach answers:

Here are some useful tips in choosing a name for your cat.
- Please remember that the pet-name you choose will used dozens of times a day to call, praise and perhaps scold.
- Pick a name that the pet can easily recognize. Animals respond better to one or two syllable names.
- Choose a name that’s both easy to call out and one that you are happy calling out.
- If choosing a long name keep in mind the shortened version. A long name will inevitably be shortened, but it may ruin the effect that you were originally looking for.
- The pet’s breed heritage can provide some useful inspiration. For example: Siamese, Balinese, Korat, and Burmese are Oriental breeds; Don Sphynx and Peterbald are Russian; Abyssinian is Egyptian; Chartreux is French; Bombay are British; Devon Rex is English.
- Waiting a few days to study your pet’s behavior can help pick the right name. The Personality, – Affectionate and Appearance categories may assist here.
- Pick a name that will grow with the pet. For example “Kitten” may be less appropriate for a full grown cat.

In my opinion, it’s more meaningful when you name your pet yourself. Check out these websites for tons of pet name ideas… You can search by breed, gender, color, meaning, and first letter of the name.

Nancy asks…

what are some cute names for a cat?

I recently got a siamese kitten and i think its about 3 months maybe. Anyway i don’t know the gender. it has kinda long hair< maybe medium. i cant think of any cute names. please give me female and male names please. thanx :)

Cat Coach answers:

Hi lol
. I see youre looking for cat names u wont believe i have 19 cats . I swear to god . Lol

try names of my cats here are all my cats

simba
furby
tupu
jimmy
bobby
kiwi
rocky
coco
cookie
sweetie
moshi — i had 2 moshis but gave one away
rooney
diamond
snowy
blackie
beebee
smoky
bubu
felix

Story- i had simba and furby first and the came tupu she got pregnant gave birth to 4 and then gave birth again to 5. Out of the 4 we kept them and out of the 5 we gave 2 away out of the 4 one got pregnant she gave birth to five . And out of the 5 we gave 2 away complicated lol . Hope i helped

and then came felix bebe smoky and bubu. If there still aint 15 in the story i have no idea what the f is goin on lol coaz im confused myslef… BUT anyway hope i helped

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Cat Care – Short Hair Cats

John asks…

American short hair and domestic short hair cats?

what is the difference between American short hair and domestic short hair and how can you tell if there is a difference?

Cat Coach answers:

American Shorthairs are purebred pedigreed felines recognized by the Cat Fanciers’ Association (CFA) and other registering bodies for cats.

Domestic Shorthair is a name given to a Heinz 57 variety of cat that is not purebred. Vet clinics use DSH a lot on their paperwork for cats of unknown origin.

A DSH might very well resemble a ASH just as some pointed cats remotely resemble purebred Siamese.

For more on the history of American Shorthairs click on the link:

http://www.cfa.org/breeds/profiles/american-sh.html

Sharon McKeehen-Bounds
CFA Approved Allbreed Judge

Chris asks…

How large to American Short hair cats grow?

Mines about a year old , and is already 11 or 12 pounds, completly healthy, and just is growing! lol!

Cat Coach answers:

Read this easy tips about helping your hair to grow http://forgethairloss.blogspot.com/

Kirstie asks…

Is the fungus in long hair cat will not affect humans as short hair cats? (since it will be visible in short)?

because my cat (long hair Persian) has a fungus (she didnt affect me), and i didnt know that she has fung till i shaved her hair, so there are few black spots on her tales, so will it be harmful for me because now the hair is short and more visible.

Cat Coach answers:

It depends on what the fungus is. If its ringworm, yes its highly contagious if you touch that spot. Make sure to wash your hands after handling her and all bedding that both of you share until it has cleared up just to be on the safe side.

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Cat Care – Kittens For Sale

Marie asks…

Does anyone know of any sites that I could find a momma cat and her kittens for sale?

Other than craigslist or petfinder, and also if you find any good ads for a momma cat and her kittens for sale, could you post the website on your answer?

Cat Coach answers:

Well, personally, don’t go online. Go to your local pet store or local Humane Society. I know it might cost more to go to your local shelter, but they almost always have their micro chips, up to date shots, and plenty of love and care by volunteers.

I know because I bought two black kittens who no one wanted from my local Humane Society. I know people mostly don’t like black animals, but mine are so sweet and lovable that I don’t think I’d rather have any other animals than I do now. I used to be very superstitious, but now am glad to have saved these two kittens! :)

My advice, look up your local Humane Society Shelter and go there personally. However, take the time to spend at least two hours if not more to pick out those particular animals you want. They have little rooms for you to meet the animals you are interested in. Now, I wouldn’t guarantee there would be a pregnant cat there at your local shelter, but you can always look for one which can still have kittens. Call ahead of time and see if they have one first.

Good luck!

Joseph asks…

Where can I find birman or ragdoll kittens for sale?

I am planning on getting a kitten. I don;t know where I can find the one I want. I’d prefer a chocolate point birman or seal point. But a blue point ragdoll is fine.

Cat Coach answers:

Instead of buying a kitten, it would be really great to think about rescuing one. If you want a ragdoll, there are tons of them that need homes. There are so many wonderful homeless cats in the world that it would be really great to get one of those (not to mention a lot cheaper).
Here’s a link to a ragdoll rescue:

http://purebredcatbreedrescue.org/ragdoll.htm

If you do buy one, you should try to make sure that you buy it from a human breeder and not a kitten mill or anything awful like that.

Jane asks…

How do I post an ad for kittens for sale?

I jave Minx kittens for sale.

Cat Coach answers:

Post on pet classifieds! Some are free to post to! I know eAnimalClassifieds.com has free pet classifieds. However, it says it doesn’t go live for another couple of weeks. You can specify your town and state in them. Good Luck!

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Cat Care – Kitten Care 6 Weeks

Daniel asks…

some questions about care for 5/6 week old kittens.?

1) When are you suppost to start feeding the little guy? And with what. It has a mother.
2) Its sibling disapeared (or died) and its crying. what can i do for it?
3) Any tips on kitten care.
Thankyou very much!

Cat Coach answers:

Do NOT give any cat or kitten dry food! To wean a kitten mix in a lot of KMR (Kitten Milk Replacer mixed with water – read the can) into canned/wet/grain-free kitten food to form a slurry. You will have to put some of the slurry on your finger to get the kitten to lick it off. Eventually, the kitten will eat the food from the bowl. Gradually add less and less of the KMR to the food until the baby is eating just 100% canned kitten food at 12 weeks, when s/he is ready to be re-homed.

If a sibling has died or has been re-homed (which you can start at 12 weeks) then there’s nothing you can do other than cuddle the baby and reassure him/her and distract with a toy.

Mike asks…

how do i take care of a 6 week old kitten?

i work at a m.r.f (material recovery facility) wich deals with recyclables.
anyways, there is a cat living in the yard and shes been there for quite a while, she recently had kittens, and one by one the all got hit by heavy machinery. there was 2 left. my co worker took one home and i brought one home as well. the little kitten was covered in flees. i took them all off. but i dont know how to take care of it. what should i feed him? i bought kitten formula milk. with a little bottle. the kitten doesnt wanna drink, and turns away fast when i put it near his mouth.
he doesnt wanna eat either?? what should i do?

Cat Coach answers:

The bottle is designed to be used from birth; the kitten doesn’t understand what it is or what it does. You may wish to get a seringe and just inject the milk to begin with. He;ll understand eventually. It’s a shame you arn’t keeping the kittens together; they’re going to develope social problems form this seperation in later life without eachother and older cats to practice on. But it’s better than death, and well done for trying.
You will want to stroke the kitten;s stomach after every meal still at this point unless he’s going to the toilet fine on his own. You should do it anyway. Kittens take a while to ge ttheir digestive systems on track and you don’t know where he is at the moment. He should be learning litter control.
He’s old enough, as stated, to begin weening. I suggest giving him wet catfood, not much of it, and don’t expect him to eat it right away. He won’t even know what it’s for, he’ll just get curious one day and have a taste. Eventually he’ll realise this stuff is good. If you want to try him on dry, make sure it’s dampened so it isn’t hard on his teeth. They’re not fully formed yet.
You want to make sure he’s warm, he still won’t have full control over his body temperature, though not as bad a s newborn kittens.
Keep him close, he will need your company when he realises you won’t eat him.
You’re lucky he’s at this age, he will probably survive if you can persuade him to try the teat ot at the very least give him regular meals with a syringe. If you can, squirt some milk onto his tongue, and try and wear the same texture when you feed him so he learns to accept it more easily. He should be of a playing age by now so play with him gently .Try not to use your hands or he’ll have to be broken of this habit.. Unless you don’t mind it and intend to keep him.

Also groom him regularly, and you need to flea-treat your house. Fleas don’t lay eggs on their host like lice do; they lay them in the surrounding area so they don’t die if they kill the host. Like.. Your carpet.

Make sure the kitten has a very small box he can climb out of filled with softness and goodness and warm to sleep in and spend most of his time.. His ‘nest’. You’ll need to check on him in the night and respond if he mews.

He will defiantly need the milk. If you’re lucky, he MIGHT take it from a bowl, but this is doubtful.

Hold the kitten n it’s back and firmly, but not tightly, hold the head so he can’t wriggle away when you give him his first little tastes of milk if he won’t take it himself. This will be distressing, so don’t try it immediately every time. Keep in mind kittens aren’t designed to drink on their backs and he’s quite old so he may be difficult to convince. Try offering it to him before forcing him, each time. He may accept it.

Helena asks…

Im getting a 5-6 week old kitten does it need any special care?

Like special food, heating pad ect…

Cat Coach answers:

That kitten is way too young to be leaving its mother. Can’t the owner of the Mama cat keep it a bit longer?

If not then a really good diet of both dry and wet food using premium brands like felidae or Innova or Chicken Soup. And don’t forget fresh water twice per day. Pedialyte (brand name) is better because of the electrolytes

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Cat Care – Siamese Cat Shedding

Joseph asks…

How do i control my cat’s shedding?

He is an inside cat. Half siamese half ragdoll. No matter what time of year the poor guy sheds like crazy. I mean just petting him and a ton comes off. hes not like balding or anything but i dont know how to stop the shedding. I brush him like your supposed to but it doesnt help. he also has bad dandruff and i bathe him with vet prescribed medicated shampoo but it doesnt help. im stuck.

Cat Coach answers:

Our lab puppy had very dry, itchy skin, with lots of dandruff-like flakes. What worked for us was to add tuna fish to his diet.

I made sure I got the kind *IN OIL*, not in water (hard to find now days!) As I opened each can, I tried to drain the oil into his food for the first day or two, then I’d mix the tuna with some flax seed oil (you can get it in the natural food/vitamin section at the grocery store) and gave a little each feeding with his normal kibble.

Within a week the itchy skin and flakes cleared up!

As for shedding…the oil may help with this too, but really all you can do is brush 2-3x/day…but he should le that!

Mark asks…

what’s the best way to cut back on your cat shedding?

I have a short haired lynx point siamese, and she has been shedding like crazy! if i pet her, it just seems to come out in fur balls! Is there a good brush that actually works for this? what about the “as seen on tv” one, that supposedly brushes the undercoat and removes the fur before it sheds? thanks!

Cat Coach answers:

The Furminator is an awesome deshedding tool used for dogs, cats & now available for horses. They are fairly expensive, but well worth it. It totally cuts down on the daily hair.

You can also buy Shed No More pills to help cut down on the hair. There’s also Pet shampoo’s and specific Pet foods that help cut down on the extra hair.

You really don’t want to shave any domestic animal down unless it is necessary to remove matting. Cats & Dogs that are outside can easily become sun burnt as a result.

I personally own 4 Siberian Huskies & 1 Alaskan Malamute. So I know about hair issues! They are mostly inside dogs, unless we’re out on our daily exercise walks, carting, hiking.

A quick and fairly inexpensive tip to removing hair from your furniture. Buy a disposable dish washing glove and take a spray bottle filled with water. Lightly mist your furniture and run your gloved hand down the furniture…Walaa….the hair comes off. No need to buy those lint roll refillers.

Here’s my pack of happy hair producers.

Http://auroraborealissiberianhuskies.blogspot.com/

Marie asks…

Do siamese cats shed?

I am not complaining I am just wondering. My kitten is not shedding yet! Do siamese cats shed alot, a little? By the way I just found this website and luv it, ev1 is so helpful. Thank you in advance for your answers.

Cat Coach answers:

Yes. They shed like any other cat.

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Cat Care – Kittens

Marie asks…

KITTENS…………….?

how old do they have to be before allowing them to venture outside
JESSICA. you’r talking b s. our cat died a couple of months ago and was at least 14 and was an outdoor cat.
YOU DO THE MATHS!!!!!!!!!!

Cat Coach answers:

Kittens shouldn’t go outside until a fortnight after their second vaccination and then only in your own garden with someone watching them. It’s best not to let them out alone until after neutering which is normally done at about 5 / 6 months of age.
If it’s a cat friendly place you live in there’s no reason they shouldn’t live long lives, all our cats have lived to 16 / 17 years old and enjoyed every moment of their freedom to come and go as they please, although we keep them in after dark.
Some people always come up with those statistics about indoor cats living longer,I presume they must live in dangerous places.

Richard asks…

How can I introduce new kittens to my pet?

I have a 4 month old kitten who is very spoiled, and you can tell she’s already somewhat possessive of me. I recently went to an animal shelter where I found a brother and sister kitten who are 8 weeks old that I would like to adopt. Any ideas on how to introduce two new kittens to an older kitten? She’s not that much older than them, but she is a bit of a drama queen, and was somewhat aggressive to one of my friend’s kittens one time when he brought the kitten to my apartment.

Cat Coach answers:

Keep the younger/new kittens in a room away from the resident cat. They can sniff at each other under the door. After a week or so, introduce them, under supervision. Always put the kittens back in their room, allowing the resident cat to her territory. After a couple of weeks just leave the door open so the kittens can come and go as they please. Make sure they have their own litter trays – as in kittens have one and the resident an other.

If you dont have a spare room, get a large crate/cage and set them up in there with everything they need. Have a sheet to put over the cage/crate so that they can feel secure. Even leave one side covered. Set the cage up in a neutral area.
Allow your older cat to go up and check out the kittens. There will be spitting/hissing and the like for a while. Introduce the kittens to the resident under supervision, and let them check each other out. The older cat may swipe, but so long as there are no claws, or fur flying, let them be.
I hope the older cat has been spayed and have the kittens neutered asap (if it isn’t done before you adopt them). It is fine for kittens to be desexed at 8-9 weeks so long as they are of a good weight.
Patience is the catch cry here and it will take a few weeks for all to settle, and they maybe a dust up on occasions. They may all end up sleeping together, being of a close age.

John asks…

Can I feed my 13 week old kitten cat food that is labeled for both cats and kittens?

My 13 week old kitten won’t eat kitten food. We’ve tried wet, moist and dry. The only few brands of cat food he will eat is labeled for cats and kittens. The fat content isn’t as high as in the kitten food but I don’t know how to get him to eat the kitten food. Is this ok since it is labeled for both cats and kittens?

Cat Coach answers:

If the first ingredient is meat or meat meal, and it doesn’t contain any corn, by-products, soy, salt, or wheat gluten, then it should be okay for your kitten!!

A great food would be Innova, Innova EVO, California Naturals, Premium Edge, or Chicken Soup for the soul.

Not friskies, Iams, science diet, special kitty, purina, or most anything you see in the grocery store/ petsmart. One great kitten food to try is Maxximum from Wal Mart. It’s cheaper than Innova, etc. But it is comparitively higher-quality.

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Cat Care – Ragdoll Cat Pictures

Marie asks…

Does She look like a Ragdoll cat?

This is my little girl, Pearl. I got her from the shelter and they told me she was a ragdoll but every picture I have looked up looks nothing like her so maybe you cat experts out their can help.
She does have the soft long fur and goes limp when you pick her up and she has big feet but at the same time she is small.
She is on the right and my other cat, simon is on the left.

Ah, thank you. They are my doll-babies.

Cat Coach answers:

She may be a mix and so she may have some in her, but actually looks like a beautiful domestic long hair. She is definitely not any part of a maine. And Simon is a beautiful classic tabby.

Alana asks…

What do half Himalayan half Ragdoll Cats Look Like?

What does a himalayan and ragdoll mix cat look like?? Please post some links to pictures.

Thanks!!!
Wtf Griffin??? I’m asking this question because I saw some Himalayan/Ragdoll kitten on craigslist, and I want to know what they look like as adults. Okay???

Cat Coach answers:

They can take after either parent. Both are pointed cats, so the kittens would all be points (seal, blue, chocolate, lilac) and more then likely would have white on them if the Ragdoll was bicolor or mitted.

The coat texture could be like the Himi or the Ragdoll or something inbetween.

Rachel asks…

What should i name my new cat? ( pictures )?

Shes very tiny! shes only 14 months old.

We got her a few days ago and we Still haven’t been able to pick!

Its a Female and shes a Ragdoll / persian / tortoise shell mix : D

http://animal-adoptions.org/gallery/v/PetsInNeedMA/CatsForAdoption/thelma/Dec+2010+031.jpg.html

Cat Coach answers:

Take a look at DearTabbyTheAnswerCat.com. Under “Cat Care,” they have HORDES of cute, fun, interesting kitty names.

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Cat Care – Fur Balls Remedy

Mike asks…

My Kitty has a mild cough sometimes?

I recently adopted 3 kittens from the Lumpkin County Humane Society…

My older Kitten sounds like she has kennel cough and a fur ball at the same time. It’s been a while since I’ve had little guys around. I bought Fur ball remedy (lick-able) but she doesn’t like it. What now?

Please be kind in your comments.

Thanks!

Cat Coach answers:

I use petromalt for my cats hair balls. Are you sure it is all from hairballs? There has been alot of colds going around in cats/kittens. Maybe you should call your vet and get him in for a check up. He could need antibiotics for his cough. Try the petromalt just sqeeze it on your finger and put it in his mouth wipe it against the inside of his teeth and he will swallow it. Good luck!!!

Nancy asks…

How do I get rid of the hair balls that my cat has?

My cat vomit yesterday a hair ball color of her fur.
Is there a natural remedy, that I can give her so it stops.

Cat Coach answers:

There’s some remedies that can be bought at either PetsMart or Petco. Also, there are cat foods that help with hair balls.. Like Science Diet.

Paul asks…

My cat seems to cough all the time?

Is it normal for my cat to cough all the time without anything coming up? I give her the fur ball remedy, I put it on her paw twice a week. I adopted her about 2 months ago. Can someone tell me if this is normal behavior? Thank you in advance

Cat Coach answers:

It’s not normal for cats to cough. A cough is different than that hairball hacking. She needs a trip to the vet – it could be bronchitis, asthma, or even the sign of a heart problem. All of them are treatable, but don’t let them get worse.

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Cat Care – Cat Training Books

Shelley asks…

Have more than one cat…but only one doesn’t use litter box? and toilet training cats pros and cons!?

I live at home with my parents we have a few cats and only one of them doesn’t use the litter box she use to use it all the time but now she never does.. its been awhile since she has used the litter box… and i mean probably a good yr… my mom told me she thinks its because the cat doesn’t like to get dirty.(the litter on her paws) i know there are some litters that are more like wood chips would that make a difference?
also i was looking into toilet training the cats anyone out there done it and happy or not happy with it? if it worked and you are happy with it let me know what training websites or books you used!!!
we have one litter box per cat already!

Cat Coach answers:

Is it a matter of her not liking the litter? My cat hates the litter that I used to put in the tray – he much prefers soil from the garden (it’s softer and easier to dig in).

So during the summer, he goes outside to go to the bathroom, but when the ground is hard or snow covered in the winter – i get in a bag of compost and put that in his tray, clean it out twice a day, and replace it every three days.

Compost and cat ‘leavings’ go onto the compost bin, reading for the spring.

Kirstie asks…

Leash and Toilet Training a Cat/Kitten?

I will be a first time kitten owner in about a month and am using this time to read lots of books about owning a kitten. One of the things I have come across a lot is leash training and toilet training. I have never seen cats do either of these before, and wanted to know if any of you have personally trained your cats to do these things or have seen it in action. Does it really work? Is it good for the cat? Can you start this training as a kitten? What are the best training methods you have used? I would love to get any first hand experiences and opinions on these possible kitten training methods. Your considerate thoughts are appreciated.

Thank You.

Cat Coach answers:

Leash training a new kitten is absurdly easy … Put a HARNESS on your cat (not a collar, it will only ‘strangle the cat’ and make it fear the leash) and hook a leash to it … Then play with the cat and leash … First let the cat play with the leash (they love ‘strings’ to play with), then try ‘tugging’ on the leash while calling the cat to you. After the cat is used to that, it’s easy to just ‘walk around’ talking to the cat, who will naturally follow you … Especially if it knows it will get a ‘treat’ for doing that. After that is done in the house, you may take your kitten outside … But the cat WON’T ‘walk with you’ on the leash very much. The leash is more for the ‘protection of the cat’ and you’ll have to ‘carry the cat’ most places, and set it down to explore when it’s SAFE … But I have had cats that were leash trained to ‘walk’ everywhere, and also cats that just ‘followed close behind me’ with no leash at all … Even cats who INSISTED on following me unless I locked them in the house!
I assume that ‘toilet training’ means training your kitty to use the ‘human toilet’ … And that is ‘easy’ for the cat, but may be ‘difficult’ for you if you don’t have a toilet that you don’t ‘use regularly’ in your place. It’s also somewhat expensive, since to get the cat to use the toilet you must first get it used to using a ‘sandbox’ that fits on the toilet seat … Then ‘expanding the hole to the water’ until the cat learns to ‘straddle’ the seat and ‘do it’s thing’ … You can ‘do it’ but it will take about a year before your cat can just use the ‘human seat’ without anything to make it look and smell like a cat box … And you’ll have to ‘clean’ the cat box daily and move it if that is the same toilet you want to use. And some cats just NEVER want to use a toilet because there is too much ‘exposure’ … Cats don’t like to ‘do their duties’ where they can be ‘seen and heard’ … So use ‘good sense’ in deciding whether or not it is ‘valuable enough a thing’ to you to ‘toilet train’ your cat, or to just use a litter box that you clean daily.

Susan asks…

Bipolar cat….aggressive towards humans…?

My cat is about 15 months old, and we have had him for a total of 11 months. After he got over is initial URI (he had it when we got him), he would be really sweet while we played with him, and suddenly lash out violently. He still has this behavior; you could be petting him and he’ll purr and lick you (just like a puppy!) then suddenly become violent, getting a tight grasp of your arm with his paws and gnawing on hands, arms, faces, etc.
He has gotten to a point where if he is angry enough, he will sit down, flatten his ears with his mouth open, then launch and cling to any body part he can access. He will even wrap himself around somebody’s scalp and dig his claws in!
I am desperate; is there any way to stop this violent behavior? He isn’t always violent; he is actually really cuddly and sweet most of the time. Any idea how I can stop his aggressive behavior?

Any help at all will be greatly appreciated! And I’d like to include to quick little notes before I stop writing this:
1)We WILL NOT get him declawed!
2) I don’t want to have to buy a cat training book.

thanks in advance!!
yes, he is fixed.
he has a nearly 6 foot tall cat tree, a 3 foot tall mini tree with a hammock, and countless toys including mice attached to strings, individual mice, feathers on a stick, crinkle balls, jingle balls, a (safe!) string of beads, a small catnip pouch, and a few little stuffed animals. I’m sure this is enough for him to attack; when he’s in his “cuddly” mood, he’ll grab his favorite little mouse toy and carry it around the house with him, even dragging it to bed! =]

Cat Coach answers:

It sounds like your cat is exhibiting two specific behaviors. Love biting and overstimulation aggression.

Some cats, when they really really enjoy what you’re doing, express their love by grabbing on to you and biting you. Typically the bites are gentle but some cats don’t know the limits of what is too rough.

Overstimulation aggression is when you are petting the cat and they are purring and seem to enjoy it, even wanting you to do more when you stop, but then suddenly get mad, start lashing their tail, and maybe even biting. I guess this is kind of like a good song. You listen to it 99 times and after the 100th time you are so sick of it you never want to listen to it again. But you weren’t sick of it the 90th time ot the 98th time or the 99th time. There is no inbetween.

So you car gets sick of the attention and has no other way to tell you to stop but to act out. Watch for mixed signals like puring while lashing the tail.

If the signals become mixed, just stop petting him. Or even stop petting him while he’s still happy.

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Cat Care – Siamese Cats Personality

Paul asks…

Will my male Siamese cat´s personality change drastically if I get him neutered?

Cat Coach answers:

It will depend on the age. If its neutered prepubertal, there won’t be much change.
If its neutered post pubertal, it will change some – less chasing after cats in heat for one, less territorial fighting.
Bob asks…

What is the personality of a Siamese cat?

I’ve heard that they “talk” to you. Is this so called “talk” as bad as a dog barking? Are they really demanding as far as the “talk” goes? Also, are they more of a people-oriented cat?

Cat Coach answers:

Siamese – you either love them or hate them! Of course, each one is an individual, but generally speaking they are very vocal, and often carry on conversations with their people. Most of them are extremely people oriented, and form very close bonds with their chosen person or people. Many of them don’t like strangers one bit (giving them the reputation of being mean or aloof). They are very athletic, very active, very smart.
Do you know that Siamese are the #2 breed surrendered to shelters? It’s the fact that people buy them because they’re beautiful, and have no idea about their vocal, needy personalities. They aren’t the breed for everyone, but those who appreciate their qualities love them very much.
Jemima asks…

what sort of personality does a siamese cat have?

i am looking into getting a traditional siamese and from what i have read the personality sounds like the cat for me but i was hoping for some advice from people who have actually owned one. oh and it will be a male if that makes a difference

Cat Coach answers:

There very vocal so if you dont want noise not cat for you,they can be very loving but some are one person,s cat,plus they do shread there fur a lot
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Cat Care – Pampered Cats

Paul asks…

The cat that I have hates me! what do I do?

I got a 4 month old male cat yesterday. He was good with the previous owner, but the moment I got him he started nipping at me. I ignored this because it wasn’t hard. I got him home and introduced him to my other cats, he saw them and began wigging-out. He defecated himself, began hissing, growling and attacking me full force. I have over 20 bite/claw marks that all drew blood on me now, from 1 day! I tried putting him in a different room just to get him used to the house, but that only worked so much. He still dropped to the ground and hissed and growled at me nearly every time I walked by him, and EVERY time I tried to pick him up, but I was able to pet him. I soon held him up to the mirror and showed him himself, and it was the same as with the other cats (no defecation). I then put him outside because I cannot put my cats in that danger. Upon being outside he was a rather cute cat, rubbing on my legs and rubbing his head against my fiancee. Any time I brought one of my other cats outside to show him, he flipped as usual and began hissing and growling with his ears back, yet my cat did nothing at all, not even hiss back. she is a sweetheart and I don’t think she knows how to be mean, lol. But about 30 minutes after my fiancee left this night he was outside making that noise that cats make when they are in a fight. I thought he was stuck under the gutter or something, so I tried to pull him out and he proceeded to attack me viciously and uncontrollably once again, I had to toss the cat into the backyard and go inside because it was NOT going to stop. No matter what I do this cat is becoming more and more violent and crazy. I have considered calling animal controll, but I cannot let myself be the reason a cat gets put down… On another note, the previous owner said he was a great cat, loving and everything. he loved to lay on laps and cuddle with people. is it that he wants to be the only cat? If so what would explain the attack he did on me tonight? He lured me out there, looked like he was stuck and full-on attacked, like this cat was wanting blood and it got enough on my sleeves. Cat scratch fever, possibly? If anyone knows something other than that, though, because it just doesn’t seem likely for a pampered cat to get that. This final attack was so sparatic, I just don’t understand!! my other cats love me to death, so I know it’s not my teachings or how I handle the little things, Do cats just decide they hate certain people? If someone could help me figure out what to do, that would be awesome.

Cat Coach answers:

This is a terrified 4 month old kitten we are talking about, not a tiger. He sounds totally traumatised ! Why did his previous owner ‘get rid’ of him ?Do you know for sure he was loving with her ? Has he ever lived inside a house ? It sounds to me like someone has badly abused him and he has lost all trust in people. He had to come with you, a strange person, to a strange place where there are already resident cats who he sounds terrified of too.
You need to let this little cat settle in a room on his own, don’t try to touch him at all.Put his water,litter tray,scratching post, and catnip toys by him and feed him there too.
With a badly abused kitten it can take weeks to get him to relax a bit so if you do keep him you will need lots of patience and kindness.You need to talk to him quietly, using his name a lot, he needs to know he can trust you after the bad start of putting him outside in a strange place.He sounds a very unhappy kitten but he is young and you have a good chance to make his life happy now.
We actually have a cat next door at my friends who was so badly abused she hid in the bathroom for days when we first rescued her.3 weeks later she is just starting to go out in the cat run with the others, but even so she’s grumbling and hissing,as it’s something new to her.It takes cats a long long time to get used to kindness.
Good luck, I hope you can help that poor little cat.

Wayne asks…

why does my cat pant like a dog when I take her outside to brush her during the summer?

she is a 2 yr. old (spayed) black cat. I keep her strictly indoors (not counting when I take her out to be brushed). when I take her outside on my back patio during the early summer she begins to pant after about 3 or 4 minutes. she lets her tongue hang out and you can kind of hear her panting. it’s not even hot outside either. the tempature is usually in the high 80′s when I take her out to brush her. maybe she’s used to the cool house and can’t deal with the outside “heat”. I bring her outside to brush her becuase she is a medium haired cat who has fur that just flys everywhere when you brush her. I don’t want all the fur flying in my house. when I bring her back in the house she automatically stops panting. I don’t think she could ever handle it outside because the heat would get to her alot (I live in Dallas so the heat is horrible). she’s WAY to pampered. why do you believe she pants. I’m just curious. she’s a very sweet and very healthy little cat.

Cat Coach answers:

Cats pant just like dogs do. Only not as often. She may be getting a bit hot. It’s ok. Sometimes in the summer my cats do that too when they are playing or just being outside in the sun.

Charlie asks…

How can we get rid of cockroach’s with out hurting our pets?

How can I get rid of cockroach’s. Our neighbors moved out and sprayed for bugs and well guess where they came. We’ve tried a lot of the chemical but we are concerned since we have a cat and 2 rats. And no are cat doesn’t kill bugs he’s to pampered. Plus we need to do this quick since they are starting to multiply, ad were trying to stay away from exterminators.

Cat Coach answers:

1 As with any pest, try to get rid of their food or shelter. Check all the spots where they might be hiding or where old food might be hidden.
2 Cockroach baits containing fipronil or imidacloprid (sorry, you’ll need to read the label fine print) are almost certainly not going to hurt your pets. These chemicals are commonly used as flea killers, applied right on the skin.
3 Getting a pest manager in to look at the problem is a good idea. There might be a really simple way to massively cut the population that you can’t see. A caulking gun can also be your friend.
4 A general area spray (particularly to cracks and hiding places) with a synthetic pyrethroid (like bifenthrin – sorry label fine print again) will repel them for a few months and should not hassle your pets (but are really nasty for fish).

When I lived in Hawaii, we often got waves of hungry roaches when neighbors moved out. Things tend to settle, just keep on vacuuming.

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Cat Care – Cat Care Clinic

Graham asks…

Does anybody know a vet clinic for cats around Malate and Ermita, Manila?

Our 8 month old cat has lost its appetite and I am very worried about her. I want to bring her to a vet, but I don’t have much money. Please suggest clinics that are fairly affordable. It’s a stray cat that we happened to take care of.

Cat Coach answers:

Hi there… Consider ringing several of the clinics and ask about their fees. Additionally, consider asking if they have a feral cat program providing low cost/charitable services. Perhaps one of the clinics then can refer to a clinic who does provide the services.

Kirstie asks…

Vets that my cat has kidney failure and his blood work looks very bad, what to do?

I just dropped him off at the emergency clinic right now and my 6 month 3.75 pounds kitten has been diagnosed with kidney failure. The vet said that she could TRY to give him antibiotics but that might be futile and waste my money (?!?!). I’ll transfer him to a day care clinic at 8am since they’ll close at 8am. What are my options?
Oh, I told her to go ahead with the antibiotics anyway.

Cat Coach answers:

Kidney failure is fatal. You can prolong a cats with renal disease for a few months by giving them regular saline injections sometimes but the cat will be suffering. You should have the cat put down. Very sorry about your kitten. I know how this goes, my 19 year old cat went into acute renal failure and I had to have her put down. Its a very, very difficult & sad thing to have to do.

Don asks…

Does anyone know of a free/low cost clinic for pet care in Michigan?

I recently found out (today)that my 2 cats have worms. I’m a low income, single, working mom of 3 and can’t afford high vet bills. I don’t want to get rid of the cats (3 yrs) as we’ve had them since they were kittens and my kids are very attached but I can’t put off pet care!! HELP Please!! (The cats have “rice” like worms in their stool and pertruding from their anus’ – sorry so gross and detailed!)
Is there any kind of “home remedy” or over-the-counter medication that would be as effective as taking them to a vet?

Cat Coach answers:

They have tape worms, and for future reference, so you don’t have to deal with this again, cats get tape worms from eating rodents, and ingesting fleas. But try talking to the humane society, the will probably know of somewhere you can go, or be able to help you themselves. You can also price shop, just call the clinics in your area, explain your situation, and ask them how much it will cost. I work at a vet clinic, and we try to work with people who don’t have a lot of money by cutting out things that are not needed at this point. And some clinics take payment plans. Good Luck, i hope this helps.

Some people talk about over the counter medications that you can get at the pet store, but i really have no idea if they work or not.

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Cat Care – Short Hair Cat Brush

Richard asks…

I have a Cat with short hair that is shedding. What is the best brush or comb that will remove hair off cat?

Cat Coach answers:

Get a good “flea” comb that has a handle mine is silver, even though my cat does not have fleas it is by far the best way to comb your cat, brushes can be harsh, and the rubber gloves do not work. I have tried everything on the market pretty much over the years and find a good flea comb works best.
Thomas asks…

How do I clean my cat’s grooming brush?

I have a Short hair cat of Burmese descent. I groom him with a soft brush and a bristle brush twice a week. My problem is the soft brush is snagged with a lot of his shed hair and i dont know how to clean it well. I have tried running water with baby shampoo or mild soap, it cleans off some hairs but when the brush dries, there are quite a bit of remainder. Please help… thank you in advanced.

Cat Coach answers:

COMB! Wide tooth or electric tape right across the top of it, then zip it off!
Lynn asks…

What is the best type of brush to use on a short haired cat with a dense undercoat?

I think my cat Fizzy, is actually what is called a “medium haired” cat. Her hair is longer than a short haired cat‘s and she has a thick, almost downy layer nearer her skin.
Any brush or comb suggestions?

Cat Coach answers:

I use slicker brushes on everyone lol I really don’t know what’s best but they work.
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Cat Care – Cat Food

Jim asks…

How do Cats and Dogs know which is cat food and which is dog food?

I have 2 cats and three dogs. One night, I ran out of cat food (the dry type) and my cats were hungry. So since I had dog food only and the shops were closed, I gave them dog kibbles. They’re more or less of the same shape and size and are made of the same ingredients – chicken. My cats took a nibble and refused the rest of the bowl, preferring to go hungry than eat dog food. The next day, i got them a fresh pack of made-for-cats kibbles and they immediately dived in and ate up. How come my cats knew what I gave them wasn’t cat food?

I also know of dogs that won’t eat cat food for the long run (not mine though, cos they’re pigs and will eat anything).

It would be good if a pet food manufacturer can answer this question. Is there some special ingredient you put in cat and dog food that makes cats and dogs know which kibbles is who’s? Also, nowadays, dogs are eating fish too – like salmon. You can’t say it’s the ingredient. How come they know the difference?

Cat Coach answers:

They know, especially dogs. If you leave the cat food bowl on the floor the dog will go after it before it goes for the dog food. Cat food is higher quality ingredients than dog food, and dogs know this because after they try cat food they think it tastes better. Cats usually won’t eat the dog food if it is on the floor because of the same reasons. They know the cat food tastes better as well. Here is a solution to keep the dog from eating the cat’s food. Put the cat food bowl up on the counter top where the dog can’t reach it. Only the cat can jump up there, and the cat won’t go near the dogs food bowl on the floor.

Rachel asks…

How do I get my cat to eat wet cat food instead of dry cat food?

I have heard that dry cat food is bad for your cats health. My cat loves dry cat food and only eats a small amount of the wet cat food. I used to give her dry food in the mornings but now I have started to give her wet cat food as that would be the time when she is the most hungry. This morning she woke me up meowing becuase she was hungry and I fed her one of those small tins of cat food and she only ate half. An hour later she still didn’t finish it. I gave her a small pile of dry cat food and she ran straight over and ate it. I don’t think it is enough food for her to be eating only one small tin of cat food a day (half in the morning, half at night). She is already small and although her weight is okay, she really doesn’t need to be any thinner.

Cat Coach answers:

Good for you! You’re doing the right thing.

I went through this myself, and it took me two weeks.

First, be prepared to waste a bit of money. And to be patient.

Buy several different brands of food, and get different varieties of each. Offer a bit of that, and if your cat responds to any, make note of the brand and flavor. It may be that he’ll like venison or turkey, or perhaps he’ll like any flavor from a certain manufacturer.

You are right to switch gradually. I think you could continue what you’re doing – offer the dry food once per day – give him 1/2 to 3/4 of what he would usually get. You could even break that into two meals although I don’t think that really matters.

By reducing the amount of food, your cat still is getting food but will also still be hungry. And hunger can be a great inducer to try new things!

You could also try mixing some dry in with the canned.

Basically, you’re doing the right thing. Just be patient and try other foods too.

EDIT: Whoever told you this was on the mark! Don’t worry about the uninformed opinions out here. And dry food doesn’t clean their teeth; you don’t have to worry about that myth either.

Ken asks…

What cat food is best for a cat that vomits everything she eats?

We adopted a cat that was a stray. I bought her some cheap dry cat food. After a week she started throwing it up and won’t eat it any more. She will eat soft cat food but is still throwing up. What should I feed her? I tried mixing rice in her soft food but that didn’t work.

Cat Coach answers:

If your kitty has a sensitive stomach your may want to try a presciption cat food, IE Science Diet Sensitive Stomach
Or…we had this same problem with our pet, and the only food he could keep down was meat baby food (Gerbers chicken, turkey, veal) mixed with rice cereal baby food. We ended up feeding him this 10 years.
But definately, have the vet check out your kitten.
Hope things go better!

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Cat Care – Cat Care Tips Food

John asks…

Going to buy a hedgehog soon. Need at the advice and care tips please?

So I’m going to buy a hedgehog soon and I need all the good and essential advice in order to care for a hedgehog.

Here are some questions as well

1# Are hedgehogs smelly animals?
2# Do they poop a lot?
3# What kind of bedding should I have? Sawdust, newspaper?
4# I’ve heard that they can eat cat food. I have cats and they eat the Royal Canin brand. But it’s hard. Can hedgehogs eat hard food?
5# Do they need a running wheel?

Thanks :)

Cat Coach answers:

1) No, they are not smelly. I give my Luna a bath once a month or so. Less in the winter because she’s not outside a lot and doesnt get to dig around in dirt lol
For giving them baths I use the sink, or my old baby bath tub and fill it with 3-4 inches of warm water, and use a soft bristled nail brush and baby shampoo. You will need to clip their little nails once and a while as well, I use the sort of nail trimmers they use on birds. IF you happen to nip the quick while cutting them (Try not to) then just tap a pinch of corn startch on the nail to help stop the bleeding.

2) Mine have all been litter trained. It’s super easy. I have a small tupperwear, square, container that lost its lid, but you can by mini litter boxes that fit in their cages. Luna though, when outside, loves to dig a hole in the dirt and makes her own litter box lol I use cat litter.

3) Aspen should be the bedding. Others can cause breathing issues. Though I rip up bits of news paper she uses as bedding in her house. Her house (in her cage) is just an old spaghettie box with a hole cut in it.

4) Yes, Luna eats kitten kibble. There are hedgehog kibble brands, but I havent had a hedgehog who eats that stuff yet lol and in my experience those brands tend to smell. They also eat an assortment of fruits and veggies, and of course bugs. Specifically meal worms, super worms, the cacoon form and the beetle forms of both – some people actually farm insects for their hedgies. AND there are hedgehog treats you can buy as well, mine I have are Ultra Bites, they come in a can.

5) Yes. They need wheels. You can buy one or make your own, there are instructions online. I bought mine, it cost about $10, its metal. You have to get the proper size of wheel though, not a small one like a hamsters, its a bigger one. There are also flying-saucer running wheels which I think are cool lol they’re like a plate on an angle they run around on.
Also, there are a lot of toys you can buy for them, or make for them

BUT the most entertaining toy to watch them play with is a toilet paper tube. They stick it on their head and run around lol

Any other info you could be able to get from HedgehogCentral.com. Depending on where you live they can even find the closest breeder to you!!!

A few things not to do is give them avacodoes, let them eat slugs and/or garden worms as they carry parasites. Any treats like cut up fruits and veggies need to be given in moderation and you must be careful cutting the size of the treats, things can get stuck in their pallet and can choke them, hedgie CPR is not something you want to do. Any meats or eggs must be cooked and fed at room temp.
Do your research of course :D

I ADORE hedgehogs haha they’ve got such personality I find. I take Luna to the elementary schools to talk about safety, for science classes we talk about what hedgehogs eat etc. And she helps with reading with kids. I write childrens books with hedgehogs and Jan Brett also is famous for her hedgie books lol so we read those, then play with and talk about Luna. Not saying you need to do that!!! Just that people dont always see how awesome Different is.
Have fun :D

Joseph asks…

How do I care for a cat?

I’m getting my first kitten in a few weeks, and some basic tips on how to take care of a young kitten properly would be great!

1.) How to potty-train it
2.) How often to feed it (leave the food/water out?)
3.) How often to give it a bath
4.) How to train it to accept our touching and petting it

Any additional tips would be awesome!

Thanks so much!

Cat Coach answers:

1) it may naturally use a litter box but if it doesn’t: when it goes or the floor, make a loud noise with a rolled magazene and put him in the litter box. This way you discipline him without hurting him.
2) feed it three times a day but always leave water out.
3) do not give him a bath, this could make him sick from either licking the leftover soap off of himself or it could catch a virus like pnemonia. You could try to find cat bathing wipes though, they work pretty well.
4) Just Slowly pet it more and more every day and get it used to lots of people over time such as small children or men. If you do not do this, it may eventually be mean to certain people.

Mandy asks…

What is the best and healthy food for pregnant cats?

Hi yahoo friends can anyone suggest me some of the good and healthy food for pregnant cats… And also tell me some of the website which will have some tips to take care of pregnant cats….

Cat Coach answers:

A pregnant stray may be thin and undernourished. I’d advise immediately feeding her a premium kitten food to build up her strength and stamina, and to help the developing fetuses grow strong and healthy. Pregnancy (and subsequent nursing) causes a depletion in the amount of calcium in the bloodstream. This condition can result in eclampsia, a life-threatening disease. Although it more often occurs during nursing, it can occur during the last stages of pregnancy. A calcium supplement can help prevent this potential problem, particularly when caring for a pregnant stray cat.

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Cat Care – Caring For Cats After Declawing

Cindy asks…

Risks of declawing a cat?

My parents got a bunch of new furniture after our cat scratched up all other furniture.

I walk into the kitchen and my parents tell me that they are declawing my cat and when I tried to protest they just talked over me telling me “I wouldn’t understand” and that “They are tired of having scratched up furniture”

The thing is that he is MY cat, and I was the one who took care of him when he was little (he was a stray) and I’m still the one who takes care of him.

They refused to listen to me and are telling me that he is to stay in the garage for two days until the appointment to declaw him.

What are the risks of declawing a cat?

If it helps, my cat is about 1 and a half years old.
My parents also refuse to do the plastic nail tips. They say that their nails grow too fast and that they don’t constantly want to be replacing the tips when they fall off.

Cat Coach answers:

If you’re thinking about having your cat declawed, there are many things you should know before you make your decision. The surgery is basically an American trend, and is considered inhumane and is illegal in many countries (England, Scotland, Wales, Italy, France, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Norway, Sweden, Netherlands, Northern Ireland, Ireland, Denmark, Finland, Slovenia, Portugal, Belgium, Brazil, Australia, New Zealand, Yugoslavia and Japan). If that doesn’t impact your opinion about declawing, maybe this website will help you decide: http://community-2.webtv.net/stopdeclaw/declawpics/

I believe that people who have their cats declawed are uneducated and lazy. It is not very difficult to train your cat to use a scratching post. The surgery is not simply a trimming of the claws, it’s an amputation of the distal phalanx, including bones, ligaments, and tendons! To remove the claw, the bone, nerve, joint capsule, collateral ligaments, and the extensor and flexor tendons must all be amputated. If you were to make a comparison, it would be like having the last joint of each of our fingers chopped off. So of course it is a painful surgery, with a painful recovery. There are often many complications in the healing process, including infection often from litter box use, resulting in a life-long aversion to the litter box. Other declawed cats that can no longer mark with their claws, will mark with urine instead, resulting in inappropriate elimination problems.

Many cats who have been declawed are traumatized and become withdrawn, nervous, fearful and/or aggressive. Cats who went through the painful surgery are more prone to resort to biting when they feel threatened. Since cats have emotional feelings (just like we do) they can resent you if you decided to get them declawed. All of these things can cause depression and ultimately lead to an overweight cat.

If a cat who has been declawed accidentally escapes, he/she would be in great danger. A cat needs it’s claws to defend itself, as well as to escape by climbing. The constant state of stress, caused by a feeling of defenselessness may make some declawed cats more prone to disease. Also they cannot stretch their back and shoulder muscles like they do naturally when they dig their claws into a scratching post.

One popular alternative is Soft Paws. They are lightweight vinyl nail caps that you glue on the cat’s front claws. They’re great for households with small children and are extremely useful for people who are away from home all day and can’t exercise the watchfulness necessary to train a cat to use a scratching post. Soft Paws are easy to apply and last about four to six weeks. They come in clear or colors–which are really fun.

If your cat is scratching your furniture or rugs, here is some advice on training them to use a scratching post:
Most common types of damage are scratched furniture, ripped carpets and shredded wallpaper. You want to eliminate the problem before it occurs. Buy or build a stable, tall scratching-post, right from the start. Here are some tips to do it right:
• The post should be at least two feet high, covered with sisal-rope
• Get more than one, especially when you have a multi-cat household
• Place the post close to the furniture or other areas which are most at risk
• Introduce a new scratching-post with some catnip sprinkled on its surface. Cats love that and it’s more attractive to them
• If your cat starts scratching the “wrong” object, say “NO” and gently carry your cat to the desired post. Demonstrate how to use it by scratching the post with your own nails. If the cat doesn‘t catch on after trying this repeatedly for a few days, gently pick up his paws rub them along the post.
• Never force your cat. When it starts scratching the post by itself, make sure you use verbal praise with a rewarding treat and affection. The cat needs to know that using the scratching post results in positive things such as affection, playing and treats.
• When you have a kitten, start early with the “pawing at post” technique
• Invest in what’s called a “cat tree” which acts also as a leisure area for your cat. Different textures and heights make it more interesting, you perhaps want to build it yourself
• Try some repellent like pepper-dust or some commercial products on your furniture to keep your cat off these areas
• Be persistent and don’t give up too soon

Use cat claw trimmers and only take off a tiny bit at the end of the nail. They often come with instructions. Never use trimmers that are made for humans or dogs, because you are more likely to hurt her that way. Do it once a week. Here’s a website in case you need it:

http://www.catscratching.com/htmls/article.htm

Richard asks…

Bathing after a declaw?

Our vet called us knowing that we take in cats who are homeless and find them homes. Well she called and someone had gotten this poor kitten declawed on all four paws and then decided they didnt wannapick her up or pay!!! I said of course. I stay home so I could care for the poor thing. Well anywho, today I was taking a nice bath while I had some time to myself. The kitten jumped into the water and started swimming around…weird I know lol. At first I was thinkign oh how cute and playin with him. Then I thought WAIT he was just declawd a week ago so I got him out of the water and toweled him off. I tried to call our vet but they closed early today. Does anyone know if it is ok to be in water this soon after declawing? Not a lot of vets in Indiana declaw so the others I have called said they do not know. I hope someone can answer this.
BTW I am asking because I have never had a cat declawed and I cant find anyone who could answer this. Thanks :)

Cat Coach answers:

Generally you’re supposed to wait 7-10 days after a surgical procedure before you give your pet a bath, so the kitten should be OK.

Joseph asks…

Declawing 1 year old cat?

I am asking, trying to help out a friends cat… she just bought furniture and this cat really would like to shred it to pieces… the only option is to declaw her ( I know, I know.. I have a cat that is NOT declawed and I do not approve of it- BUT if it is an only option…) My question is- can you declaw an “older” cat- she is only about a year old. Are there any special things you have to consider for her after care?

Cat Coach answers:

Hi there,

Take a moment to think about your statement that there are no alternatives to declawing.It is just not correct. It is not the only option. If you really disapprove of the practice which is banned in 25 countries ( wonder why?) you would spend more time convincing your friend that there are options to declawing, since folks who live in those other countries have found them. You might also ask your friend if she has ever cut one of her nails too deeply and to remember how painful it was. This is just a fraction of the pain which a cat must endure post surgery and in some cases, permanently.

To name a few:
1. Learn to clip nails and do it every two weeks for front, and 4 weeks for hind claws.
2. Offer the cat really attractive cat posts and trees to claw on. They must be high enough for a cat to fully stretch out otherwise cats won’t use them. They use them to stretch their muscles .. Especially after naps. Carpeted ones are generally useless if that is the only material that is used. Sisal posts and sisal covered trees are magnets to cats. The cardboard scratchers are fabulous as well and very cheap.
3. Put scratching posts in every room of the house. Make sure that their texture does not in any way resemble the furniture.
4. Buy slip covers for treasured furniture and remove it for company.. And if the cat is still attracted, confine the cat in another room when the covers are off. You can get plastic corner shields for furniture.. Cat Fancy magazine advertises this product.
5. Try soft paws.
6.The backs of carpet samples are very attractive to cats to scratch on. The material used on the backing is magnetic, and they are very inexpensive.
7.If all of these options fail, rehome the cat if the furniture is more important.
Here are two excellent resource links to share with your friend..

Http://www.clickertraining.com/node/217

http://www.pet-dog-cat-supply-store.com/shop/cat-scratch-posts.php

Declawing at any age is an abomination, in my opinion.Veterinarians who suggest this procedure are doing so to enjoy the huge fees which declaw surgery brings into their practice. Thankfully there are a few veterinarians in the USA who refuse to do it.

Hope this helps and good luck to you in changing your friend’s mind.

Troublesniffer
Owned by cats for over 40 years
A passionate anti-declaw advocate.

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Cat Care – Kitten Care 3 Weeks

Marie asks…

Care of an abandoned 3 week old kitten?

We foster abandoned kittens until they find a new home….most have been about 6 weeks plus. Today we were asked to look after a 3 week old…..he is in a box with blankets and a hot water bottle underneath for warmth and he is having about a 1 mil of kitten formula approx every hour (this is what we were told to give him) given by syringe.
Does this sound about right??
Anyone have any advice about caring for him please as want to give him a good chance in life
Just wanted to say thanks for your help.
We took him to the vets everyday as we were caring for him on behalf of the local animal shelter….he was doing very well until yesterday when he started to go off his milk and this morning he died.
Only knew the little kitten for a short while but miss him loads.

Cat Coach answers:

When I got my two cats, they were found in a box on the back of a Pepsi truck. The mom got out with two of the kittens, one got run over, and I was blessed with the other two. They were about 3 or 4 weeks old. I kept them in my bathroom with a table lamp on the floor to keep heat on them. They also had plenty of towels and blankets and a little box that they liked to sleep in. You also have to make sure they’re eating enough. I bought the cat formula that stores sell; however, I had to cut a bigger hole in the opening of the bottle because I could hardly get any milk to come out. The cats weren’t good at sucking it out. Also, make sure to wipe their privates with a washcloth that has been dampened with warm water after feeding. I was unaware of this step when I got them. This helps them to urinate and release feces. Lastly, give them lots of love. After all they’ve been through, they need it.
Lisa asks…

Need info on kitten care. I have a mom and 3 week old kittens and need a good site for what I need to do next?

Cat Coach answers:

Don’t think of doing much as they should be nursing. Add Pablum or kitten food after you look at a kitten care site. DO NOT REMOVE THEM FROM THEIR MOTHER UNTIL 8 WEEKS.
Mark asks…

how do you take care of a 3 week old kitten that doesn’t have there mom?

I got a kitten we thought was old enogh to be with out there mom and we cant take care of him please help us please and thank you!

Cat Coach answers:

Find a pet store that sells kitten milk and bottles and then follow the advice re keeping it warm and clean. NO COW’S MILK!
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Cat Care – Kitten Care 4 Weeks

Caroline asks…

How to take care  of kittens approx 4 weeks old?

Here is my dilemma, we have a outdoor momma cat who is not the brightest out there, she had 4 kittens and now she is down to 2. We have 2 large dogs outside in a fenced yard and the dumb mother kept taking the kittens into the yard and under some tin where the dog got one. I moved them to a safer place in the barn and another got taken by the dog this morning, so the remaining two I am keeping in the house now, they have small teeth and are active but still need milk. I am going to get them kitten formula but do they need a bottle still or could I just let them have a small dish? Also are they now pooping on their own or is their mom still helping them in that regard? If I put them outside with the mother she will drag them out to where the dog can get them so they are going to stay with me now.

Cat Coach answers:

At four weeks, the kittens are still small, but can start with a dish of the formula. You can also soften hard food in the formula and they will eat it when it is mushy.
Cats are probably the easiest animal to deal with when orphaned etc…
Just make sure you keep them in a restricted area like a box and have a dish of water available at all times.
There is no need for a bottle as long as they are interested in what you have to offer.
If they show no interest, then you need the bottle.

I have had many orphaned animals of all types over the years.
Good Luck!

Joseph asks…

How do you care for a kitten (around 4 weeks)?

My neighbor brought home 2 kittens the other day that she found. She told my siblings and i that there were more that she couldnt catch, so we went to where she found them and eventually caught one kitten. Its around 4 weeks old, and has an eye infection (we r taking it to the vet tomoro but as it is sunday only emergency care is accepted). We are currently keeping it in a large platic container in our bathtub. The containers bottom is covered with a towel and there is a bowl of kitty milk and another of water in the container. We have had it for about 5 hrs and it has already eaten about 1 tsp of wet food. I just need to know everything i need to do to care for this kitten. any advice it appreciated as my family is a first time kitty owner.

my mother does know about the kitten btw
oh and the kittens eyes are open a little, i cant see the color because of all the junk. and i cant see if it has any teeth bc im afraid to touch it bc the vet said it might have some disease or something from the eye infection. when we were observing it outside it would play with plants and bugs, but it just let my brother pick it up. oh and it hasnt gone to the bathroom yet.

thanks for any help
for those who asked the milk is whiskas kitty milk and my neighbor had been watching the cats for many days before she took them and told us about them, just to make sure the mother was gone, and i have not seen her in the last 2 days i have been there and i have been there until 9pm

Cat Coach answers:

Hi! Good for you saving the little guy! You need to take a hot water bottle or a glass jar and fill it with hot water.. Wrap it in a dish towel and place it in the box with the kitten. They need to keep warm and the hot water bottle works well for that, make sure the kitten has room to move away from it if he gets too hot. Change the water when it cools down. I like to use the water bottle because it simulates the mother cat coming and going.. When it gets cold it’s like the mother is gone, when you put it back in hot it’s like the mother returns. The wet food is okay if you have nothing else, but if you can go to the pet store and buy a can of DRY KMR(kitten milk replacer) mix it according to the directions and you can either make a mush using that and dry food, or also bottle feed the kitten. At 4 weeks they still nurse but you can start introducing them to wet/dry food with the milk in it. Do not feed the kitten cows milk it will make it sick! Here is a link with all the information you need to know about raising an orphan kitten, I learned a lot from this when I first started fostering orphan kittens.. Http://www.rescueguide.com/orphkits.html

It’s important to stimulate the kitten to go to the bathroom, you can use a warm damp wash cloth, or paper towel, and rub gently on the kittens genitals until it goes. Usually the mother licks them to make them go so when you do it, try and imagine how a mother cat would lick the baby.. Once you get the trick the kitten will go easily.. To make them poop is harder and takes a bit longer. Have available water in a shallow dish and dry food in a shallow dish for the kitten to experiment and get used to, when they are hungry or thirsty they will learn to eat Also at this age they should start going on their own some, so make sure to have a small litter box where the kitten can get to it.

For it’s eyes.. Take boiled water and dissolve salt in it, about 1/4 cup of salt in one cup of water.. Cool it down to lukewarm and use a clean washcloth wet in the salt solution to clean the kittens eyes. You can also go to the store and buy Polysporin LIQUID eye/ear drops, and  use that in the kittens eyes.. It will help tremendously, and is safe to use. My vet told me about it when I had foster kittens. Usually that kind of eye guck is caused by the common herpes or chlamydia virus that wild, or abandoned cats often have. It can’t be passed to you, and there is no reason to worry about touching the kitten, just wash your hands after. But you NEED to get his eyes cleaned, and please use the drops until you get to the vet, it can clear it up in as little as a day. The herpes/chlamydia are viruses there is no cure, you just keep the kitten clean and treat the eyes to prevent secondary bacterial infection. Once the kitten gets stronger, healthier it will be able to fight the infection off.

Shelley asks…

Found a sick kitten 4-5 weeks need care advice?

Hi I just found a little kitten that has seemingly been abandoned, he also has a badly infected eye. I rang the vet and he said to clean it with cooled boiled water and he will see him tomorrow. I have him in a box with a hot water bottle wrapped in some towels. I don’t have any replacement milk and won’t be able to get any until tomorrow as it’s almost 12 at night where I am living. Should I try and give him some cows milk or just wait until the morning. Any other tips are much appreciated, thanks.

Cat Coach answers:

Hello fellow cat rescuer :)

First of all, I think your a great person for helping the little thing out.

Don’t give it cows milk. I’ve heard many times that it’s not good for cats, especially kittens. It’s eye should be fine. Kittens (especially strays) get eye infections all the time. Just keep it clean and monitor the kitten. If it’s sneezing let the vet know, because that could be an upper respitory infection. For now just give it water. It can wait until tomorrow for kitten milk.
Are you sure it’s 4-5 weeks? If it’s ears are pointed it may be a bit older and can eat solid food. If you happen to have wet cat food you could delude it a bit with water, put some on your finger, and see if it takes it. If it takes the food you won’t really need to bottle feed it. Though you should add some powder supplement to the food so it gets the nutrition it needs. You could go to a petstore and ask about that.
Check for fleas and keep it warm. If the tips of it’s ears are cold, the kitten needs to get warmer. I know this might sond weird..but put it down your shirt against your bare skin, and just let it cuddle with you.
Hope this helps!
I’ve rescued kittens and cats before. I’m not a vet or anything, but I have tons of personal experience. Oh and are you planning on keeping it? If not I would strongly suggest on not taking it to a shelter. Shelters are very over crowded and its eye infection will just get worse. Plus you don’t know if it’ll actually get adopted. If your going to keep it that’s great and I wish you luck. If not, start talking to friends to see if anyone will take him in.

-Jess

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Cat Care – Do Short Hair Cats Shed

Nancy asks…

Are there different types of cat fur? And when do cats shed?

Well my cat is 9 months old, male, grey short hair. But his fur it short and really dense. It is a little longer around his belly and hindquarters. He does not shed very much- like hardly anything. When do cats shed? Are there certain times of the year?

Cat Coach answers:

Most short hair cats don’t shed much anyway, but try brushing him with a wire cat brush once or twice a day. Be very gently, those brushes can be sharp! He will probably shed a bit more in warmer weather when he looses his winter coat.
A lack of shedding can mean that he’s constantly grooming himself, a very good habit for cats to have. Be on the lookout for hairballs if that is the case. Also, a tip for when your cat is hacking up a hairball: push them (don’t lift) onto a hard floor (kitchen/bathroom) and gently pet them, avoiding the head and face. It’s very comforting and my cat has even learned to run off the carpet if he starts hacking. Hope all this helps and best wishes to you and your kitty. ^-^
Charlie asks…

I am allergic  to cats help i want one??!!!?

is there a short hair cat cute doesn’t shed and maybe has like dog hair/fur something that does not have real cat fur because i am allergic to cats but nothing else dogs, hamsters,guinea pig, rabbits, ect.
over all i want an cat that wont make me die!

Cat Coach answers:

I feel your pain.. It sucks being allergic to cats
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Elizabeth asks…

What’s the best short-haired to get for people who are allergic to cats?

My mom and I really want a cat, but my dad and I are allergic to cats, so I’m trying to research a cat with short hair that wouldn’t shed much to reduce it’s allergens. I don’t want to get a dog though because mine just passed in November and my aunt has a dog that she calls mine. Problem is, she lives in Maui.
P.S.
Related Question:
How long does it take to get a dog shipped from Maui to California (including shots, and stuff)? How much does it cost?
Thanks for your help. I’ll keep this question open to see if I get more answers, but all of yours so far are great, too.
I like the idea for the Siberian cats because they are so cute and hypo-allergenic, but the first answer is great because it includes a probable cost. I’ll think about the best answer.

Cat Coach answers:

I’m pretty sure that it’s not the hairs which you’re allergic to it is the dander in the cat, that will be there no matter if it’s short haired or long haired.
Also, it would probably cost around 200 dollars for it all.
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Cat Care – Fur Balls Cats Treatment

Mike asks…

Why is my cat losing it’s fur?

Could fleas cause my cat to lose it’s hair? She keeps licking her fur and wherever she licks the fur comes out..What is the best treatment for getting rid of fleas? Will fur balls become a problem since she is licking her fur?

Cat Coach answers:

Unless she is getting bald patches or red skin or scratching a lot, it may just be regular shedding and yes, she can get fur balls from it although this isn’t usually a problem. You should flea treat her anyway though to prevent this being a problem – if you don’t treat her regularly she is likely to have fleas, even if she’s an indoor-only cat.

Get some proper flea treatment so you can rule this out – anything from a vets will be fine. I recommend Frontline spot-on, but if fleas are present you’ll need to spray your house a couple of times too to be free of them. You always need to treat the environment AND the animal/s. Just please do’t waste your time and money with anything from a petshop.

If you comb your cat and check the fur on the comb, there will be black specks/flakes on it (flea dirts) if she has fleas. Ask your vet about a decent flea prevention regime as they’re difficult to get rid of once they’re present – better to prevent them.

Chalice`

Shelley asks…

CAT HEALTH: Cat has thickened bladder wall, vomiting & anxiety?

Please take the time to read through this. I am trying to do what is best for my cat and need help.

Fist, I HAVE taken her to two veterinary doctors.

Nine year old Female. Short hair. Spayed. She lives exclusively indoors. Her litter mate lives with us and I have two German Shepherd dogs. All female. We’ve all been together for 4 years. I feed her top quality food only. (Solid Gold Katz-n-Flocken). She always has fresh water. I have two litter boxes and use Tidy Cat Multi Cat clumping.

Symptoms: sudden behavior change of urinating outside her litter box. She cries while she is looking for a place to urinate (laundry basket, towel on the floor used to clean mud off dogs feet, and dog’s toy box). She does not seem to have a frequent urge to urinate. This is a NEW behavior and NOT every time she needs to urinate. She nearly always uses the litter box.

She has always puked but it seems more often now. The vomit seems to be mostly food and hair. I see NO bile.

The first doctor did a bladder ultrasound and said her bladder wall was thickened. She prescribed three days of antibiotics and PROZAC, saying that this condition is almost always associated with stress & anxiety. She was not able to obtain a urine sample.

We gave her the antibiotic but not the Prozac because we are simply not convinced about the anxiety. There have been no changes in our household that would cause anxiety or stress. However, she still looks for inappropriate places to urinate.

So, we took her to another vet doctor who also could not get a urine sample and agreed with the first doctor–most likely cause is stress & anxiety.

So…. I’m thinking I should try two things:
First, fur ball treatment
Second, something for anxiety

I’d like advice about good brands for both.  I am very picky about what I give my animals. Also, if you can provide any other insite about this situation, please do so.

Thanks

Cat Coach answers:

It sounds like a urinalysis is important here to check for inflammation, which she probably has. A urine culture can be sent out if a urine sample is obtained (and if it has been a few weeks since she finished antibiotics) to rule out an infection. Infections are less common and require at least a week of antibiotics to treat. We usually have clients drop their kitty off in the morning and pick them up in the afternoon or evening so they have all day to allow the bladder to fill up to get a sample. You may not perceive any anxiety-inducing changes in your household, but a lot happens when you aren’t at home and your kitty may have experienced a stressful event while you were away. Stress is the most common cause of urinary inflammation, but it can also be a result of diet. It looks like she is on dry food? She should be switched to canned food only. Canned food helps kitties stay hydrated and keeps urine moving through the bladder. Urine stasis (or urine which sits in the bladder for a long time) causes irritation of the bladder wall and, subsequently, inflammation. In her case, she may be placed on a prescription urinary tract diet (Royal Canin Urinary SO and Hill’s c/d are the two most common). Cats placed on these diets do very well and we see very few recurrences with simply a change in diet. The change to canned food may help with the vomiting as well. I can’t advise a hairball diet unless she is having frequent hairballs, not just vomit with some hair in it. And you should distinguish between regurgitation (throwing up food during or shortly after a meal) and vomiting (throwing up food long after a meal is over). If there is a cat-only vet clinic in your area, I would advise you to take her there. Feline medicine differs greatly from canine medicine and many small animal vets simply haven’t stayed up to date on cat care. The treatment for urinary tract inflammation has changed a lot just  in the past 5 years. Lastly, wherever she is urinating must be cleaned extremely well or she will continue to urinate there. It looks like she is choosing many different places. This is probably the most difficult part of the problem, especially when it involves carpeting. If an area of carpet has been soaked repeatedly, the foam underneath and even the subfloor may need to be replaced to eliminate the smell. I have included a link to a handout about inappropriate elimination for some extra information. Good luck! There is a solution to this problem!

Also, we usually consider Prozac as the last option as long as every other possible treatment option has been exhausted.

Daniel asks…

My cat is licking all her fur off! Help!?

My cat who is about 4 years old has started compulsivily licking. She has gotten hair balls. I have been giving her treatment for the hairballs and it seems to help . Now she is getting bald spots on her back from all the licking. I have checked her skin and I see no sores or redness from any kind of skin irritation. How can I make her stop? She will be bald soon if she doesn’t.

Cat Coach answers:

My cat had depression and did this for a long time. A friend suggested letting her have a pinch of dried valerian or catnip and letting her eat it ( cats LOVE both).

Her mood improved almost instantly and she doesn’t eat her fur as much. Plus she is getting something that makes her happy.

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Cat Care – Short Hair Cat Breeds

Rachel asks…

Are there any Finnish short-hair cat breeds?

I really want a kitty, but I want a Finnish breed. A short hair. Something that would be good for a new home and teenager.
Any suggestions? even if its not Finnish, I would perfer if it was.

Cat Coach answers:

There are no pedigree breeds of cat specific to Finland. Sorry to say there is NOT a breed of cat called the Finish Rex! Just a Finnish Rex Cat Club for Finnish cat breeders with Cornish Rex and Devon Rex cats! However, the pedigree European Shorthair was developed using a lot of Scandinavian cats so this is the nearest thing there is.
Steve asks…

short hair cat breed for someone who is allergic to lots of cat hair?

Sometime when i pick up a cat, i get a slight rash and itchy eyes from the hair. this doesn’t always happen, it usually depends on the type of hair the cat has. are there any breeds that have short hair? which would be a breed that doesn’t loose too much hair? advice and cat breeds would be great :) thanks

Cat Coach answers:

Get yourself a Sphynx, Ukranian Levkoy or Peterbald as they have no hair and quite easy to live with. They simply don’t have any hair so, you won’t have any problems with allergy for sure.
Graham asks…

What type of brush should I use for my short hair cat?

I have a short hair mixed breed. He is 8 months old, and about a month ago began shedding a tremendous amount
(yes I know the seasons are changing, and he is shedding his winter coat)
BUT the brush I have for him appears to do nothing. I can get more hair off him by petting.
The brush has a small square head, and little wire bristles toped with rubber. It is for fine hair.
Can anyone recomend a better cat brush, brand or style, that works well on sleek short hairs?
Thanks!

Cat Coach answers:

Petco has an item called Love Glove.
Basically, it’s gloves with tiny bristles on them to brush the cat while you pet them. They work really well with short hairs.
Here’s the link…
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Cat Care – Kittens In Bowls

Jemima asks…

What should i do about my Kitten eatting my 1 year old cat food?

My one year old, was just switched to Science Diet Adult a month buy Oral Health Cats online ago. and my kitten is on Ims right now.

Ive honestly tryed everything! i put the kitten food in a differnt room of the apartment(didnt work), Ive put the kitten bowl on top of the other food bowl, when my older cat is done eatting(seems to help, but i feel bad for my older cat). and finally ive come to the point of putting the right bowls infront of them.

I almost wonder if i should swich my kitten to Science Diet since the adult and the kitten look and smell the same or do the wet food, cuz my 1 year old wont touch wet food.

I want my babies to be healthy, and eatting what they should be eatting to help them grown, im just lost on how to make them eat there own.

So anyones advice will be help full

Thanks.
to explain my self a little better.
I work 9 to 5., so i have to leave the food out. and Ive had my one year old since she was 7 weeks old, and i just got my male kitten a week and a half ago and he’s about 11 weeks old.

thanks for the answers fo far, some are very helpful and reasureing :)

Cat Coach answers:

Your kitten doesnt need to be on diet food, dont let her just eat the adult food or she may not get the nutrients she needs.

Feed them in seperate rooms. Cats can not open doors. Its that simple. How can it not work unless you let them out or leave the food out???

You should never leave the food out all day long – feed them, when they are done, remove the food.
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Joseph asks…

Spiritually speaking; is there really any reason to do anything else but put kittens in ceramic bowls?

Life’s short. Why not?

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Bob asks…

Why does Mum cat eat kittens food so i cant get them to eat?

The mother cat is only about a year old but recently has been pushing her 4 week kittens away when their trying to suckle.

The mother feeds in the kitchen whilst her kittens are in the front room.
Ive tried feeding her kittens wet food – and they lick it off my finger – but as soon as the mother has eaten her food, she comes straight over to the kittens bowl and eats theirs too!

Should I put the mother in a different room so she cannot get to her kittens until theyve eaten or is this cruel?

The mother cat seems to be jealous when we stroke her kittens in front of her – yet we stroke her at the same time. I want them to get used to being handled.

Please help!

Cat Coach answers:

The mum cat probably likes the food better, assuming you are feeding them kitten food that has been moistened. Plus, mums are hungry…from their kittens sucking the nutrients from their bodies by nursing. The kittens have to learn to eat this food…my kittens are almost 5 weeks old and they still don’t know to eat the food I offer them. It is good for the mum cat to eat the kitten food at first to show them how to eat it…but once the kittens learn to eat it you need to separate them from her so she doesn’t hog it. Just make sure that she has plenty of food to eat for herself. Nursing cats eat twice as much as regular adult cats. And continue to pay as much attention to the kittens as you can so they will be socialized. Good Luck :)

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Cat Care – Cats And Dogs

Daniel asks…

Is it healthy to treat dogs and cats the same?

My son said tonight I messed my animals head up. They do not know if they are cats, dogs or people. That if they ever got outside on there own they would get hurt. ( Well duh, but i knew where he was going with his thoughts) They would not understand other cats would hurt them so on. And that mentally they had no clue what they were.
I have taught the dogs tricks and the cats tricks. It is really funny watching a cat roll on its back and pretend die.You just do not see that often.
They sleep together, clean eachother, sleep on top of the back of the couch when they want. (Dogs to)
And sit in the window watching birds.
I have two cats that have leashes for walks. They wanted to come so I took them.
So, do you think it is bad for them? Do you think they care?
I do not think they care if they are a dog, cat or human.
Really is there something some one can show me on a site that shows it is not good to treat them the same.

Cat Coach answers:

They have done studies that buy Sustiva online show human companions replace domestic animals mothers. They call them subsitute families (or stepfamilies, what ever works). So if this is a situation that you all are feeling happy in, be proud of your children and tell your son he needs to be nice to his brothers and sisters!

Caroline asks…

Why are ferrets SO different from cats and dogs?

I know a whole lot about them. Like. A lot. But I keep hearing people being like, “They’re not like cats or dogs, so ___.” And I don’t get it. What is it that makes them SO different? They’re mischievious? So’s my cat (hellishly, hellishly so). You have to constantly clean their cage and after them? So do you after many cats and dogs I’ve been around.
They’re dependent like dogs (although more so). They’re clean and litterboxy like cats. They smell like both cats and dogs. They constantly mess with your things not only like some cats/dogs but also like little kids. You can train them similiarly to a dog. They’re largely self-serving like cats. Eeeet cetera.

So what is it?
..they can have large expenses like a spoiled cat or dog or your “best friend” cat or dog who is ten years old and saddled with totally rotten health. They need at least four hours of play time a day like others. They must be supervised like a kid.
P.s.; by “smell like cats and dogs,” I mean they all have a big ol’ smell. Simply. That many people do hate but some don’t care about.

But my cat also shreds everything he can, gets into the most inconvienient of places, etc. How could a ferret be so much worse?

And simply checking for unpleasant surprises such as poop doesn’t seem like any large deal, I don’t see how it’d take very long.

PSx2: Thanks and love to all who answer. <3
Gowd I can’t remember anything to save my life. Ferrets can be trained to come when called, and fetch, plus other silly little things like play dead, like a dog. It’s the simple method of rewards. Like dogs can be trained to do small tasks like open things and fetch odd things and this and that, ferrets can be taught to do such things as even help wire airplanes — where humans can’t reach.

Cat Coach answers:

Specifically, what makes them so different from cats and dogs is that they need a whole lot more attention given to them. You cannot leave them to their own devices like you can a cat either. They are perpetual 2 year olds and will act as such almost until the day they die. There are your reasons.

Steve asks…

Why save a cats or dogs life in an instant and in another, kill a wasp?

These animals (yes even microfauna are animals) all deserve the same respect surely, or is their some elitist thing going on with cats and dogs? Are they more inclined to be pests? I have to tell you that here are more complaints of cats & dogs as ‘pests’ than wasps in our local council Environmental section. Just what is this hypocritical behaviour? Food-chain-snobbery I reckon. And low rational cognition in pet owners.

Cat Coach answers:

Its true! No animals Cheap Levitra should ever be killed or hurt deliberately. I take this thing literally and emotionally (heart & mind) and excercise the same respect to all animals. It is hard when neighbours cats and dogs have shat all over your lawn and bark until the early hours and pee aginst every lampost in the street and frighten children and even kill some and spread disease and fleas and take postmens fingers off and scratch your clothes and wet your car and stink up your house and drag their bums over the carpet and lick their balls and then lick your face, but they shouldn’t be touched with anything less than affection. Same with wasps and even fleas and that. I just hope the all go to animal heaven.

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Cat Care – Cat Food Recipes

Jim asks…

Looking for home made cat food recipes for a normal cat?

With all this pet food recall scary news I would like to start to feed my cats with a healthy home made diet. Does anyone have some good recipes which can be fed long buy Protonix online term without running the risk of mineral/vitamin deficiencies or overdosing?

Cat Coach answers:

Yes! Do I ever!

And good for you for considering this. I wish you luck in getting your cats converted.

I’ve been researching this issue myself but haven’t yet decided on the right course of action. I’ve been dithering between trying to feed whole prey or doing the grinding myself, or purchasing pre-ground meats from speciality pet stores online, which supplements to use, etc.

If you’re interested in seeing the document I created with all my notes, please email me. I don’t want to post it here because it’s like 3 pages long! But it includes all the resources and tips I’ve been gathering, including the Yahoo groups on raw feeding that I belong to. So let me know if you want to see that.

In addition to the recipes in the links below, there are several other options – other recipes that you make yourself; you can buy pre-ground meat at some pet stores or online; there are supplements you can buy so you don’t have to invest in all the individual ingredients; and the list goes on!

Richard asks…

Does anyone know of any homemade cat food recipes ?

i am wondering if anyone knows of any quick and easy cat food recipes, i just wanna try it out, see if my cat likes it.
Much thanks x

Cat Coach answers:

A fillet of coley cooked in the oven for 20 minutes in foil, one of my cats loves that! Or some plain boiled chicken, another of my cats loves that too.

Mark asks…

Does anybody have any homemade cat food recipes? ?

I want to switch my cat over to homemade food, does anyone have any homemade cat food recipes? and if so can you please give me feeding guidelines if you have them (how much they should eat each day)? thanks so much!
Also, my cat is almost a year and a half old now if that matters.

Cat Coach answers:

Check out http://www.catinfo.org a website run by a vet who studies feline nutrition. She makes and feeds the recipe on her website to her own cats, and I’ve been using it for almost two years now and my cats are in wonderful health.

You’ll feed less food because there aren’t any fillers in the food, and your cats will produce less waste (aka poop) for the same reason. May seem more expensive, but it really is cheaper in the long run in so many ways. Better health, less waste, etc.

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Cat Care – Short Hair Cats For Sale

Mandy asks…

i have a dog for sale and i don’t now how much he is worth.?

I have a short hair mix german shepard he is about 10 years old. This couple wants to buy him from me he will pay for the shipping to bring the dog to him but i don’t now how much to sell my dog to him. i can’t take care of him any more because i’m expecting another child in january and i have already have three young boys all ready. i all ready have one dog and a few cats and bird i can’t afford to take care of him any more. what do you think i should sell him for a good price. They are going to ship him to Wyoming state. the woman that is married to this man she is a veterinarian. he will be taking good care of him. do you have any ideas for me.
Tammy

Peter answers:

Only charge them what it will cost to ship your dog. It’s nice enough that he has a good home to go to now that you can’t keep him anymore after 10 years of being with you. You don’t need to make a profit out of getting rid of your pet.

Add: I agree with everyone else in the fact that this question makes me a little sick. I can’t imagine giving a dog away at that age, never mind trying to SELL him.

Maybe you should stop popping out kids, as harsh as that sounds, and take care of the beings you’re already responsible for. Uh, this question irritates me.

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Peter answers:

Very cute! But i would definitely suggest wearing your hair down!

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and this is for my 8th grade semi-formal. Everybosy else is wearing short dresses, and it is in the evening so black is appropriate. i am skinny, and look good in it, but what do you think for hair styles, and accessories??
thanks!

Peter answers:

The dress is great!!! You won’t need much jewelry though – I would go with black heels (or wedges), black dangly earrings, and a black bracelet (med. Beads or a bangle).
Hair – Up with a few loose strands would be great with the halter top look.

I hope you have a great night!!!

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Cat Care – Caring For Cats With Feline Leukemia

Alana asks…

Does anyone know a rescue that will take cats with feline leukemia?

My friend has been a saint taking care of a kitten that has had her first test for feline leukemia and it came backpositive. At the risk ofinfecting her three other cats she has managed to take care of it in her room and providing her with a good life. However being stuck ina room is no fun after you have completely investigated everything. So Sheneeds to find it another home that has no other cats where she can be kept inside for the rest of her life. Her prognosis was good a full life anywhere from 3 to 20 years but sheneeds to be alone. If there is a rescue that can help her please contact me.

Cat Coach answers:

Let me second the opinion of using Petfinder.com. I work with a company that supports them, & they are GREAT. They take virtually all animals, regardless of condition or special needs, & they use the foster parent system.

Go to their website & check them out. I wish your friends kitty lots of luck. Feline leukemia is a sad disease to watch, but there is no reason that the little kitty could have a good life until the symptoms kick in later.

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Caroline asks…

Caring for a cat with feline leukemia?

My boyfriends mother is no longer able to care for her cat, and so the cat is now living full time with him. The cat first tested positive to feline leukemia in 2008, but you’d never know she was sick if not for the test results.

Anyway, I’m just wondering, does she need anything special?

My experience with cats with feline leukemia has always been that they pass in months… but this cat is 15 years old, and has had the disease for at least two years now, and seems to be still be going strong. From what I have been told, it’s pretty rare for a cat to survive for that long with it — what could be the reasoning behind her survival thus far? Is it simply luck?

Cat Coach answers:

FLV is NOT a death sentence. Like human AIDS, it is an immune deficiency.

So, basically ensure she gets to the vet whenever she is not feeling well. Prevention is the key. Make sure the vet knows that she is FLV+ so they take special measures to ensure the exam room place is sterilized for the next cat.

Avoid exposure to other cats, as not to get them sick. Don’t bring anymore cats into your home unless they are also FLV+.

David asks…

How long will my cats live if the have Feline HIV or leukemia?

So over the years we have taken in homeless cats, friends cats who are moving and can no longer care for them, and some we adopted. We have opened our home to the sweetest group of 16 cats. They are ALL indoors and never go outdoors they have the whole 2 story house to roam and they love it. They do however have an outdoor enclose they have access to 24/7 but its is right out our window and they cannot leave the deck area. Somewhere along the way I think we may have adopted a cat with Feline HIV or leukemia, the reason i think that is because we lost 2 cats in the last year out of nowhere. I mean yeah with all those cats you lose 1 here and there maybe but usually you know why. these cats got sick out of nowhere and just died very rapidly with not much of a warning. How long can cats live if they have HIV and what can we do to help them live longer?

Cat Coach answers:

Let me tell you a story about a cat and some evil humans…

There once was a cat who lived with owners who should never have been allowed near animals. These owners were too negligent to get their cat spayed, and let her go outside whenever she wanted. The cat became pregnant, and the owners (because of this or something else, I don’t know) were angry. They decided that it would be appropriate to set the poor kitten on fire. A few day later, a poor burned, barely alive cat was found by the humane society and brought to a clinic to be euthanised. The vet saw that despite 3rd degree burns over 1/3 of the cats body and lots of pain, the kitty was purring. The vet decided to treat her. After 3 months, the burns were starting to heal, fur was buy Daily Best Puppies online starting to grow back, and even though she was missing one ear and half a tail, Toast (as the vet had named her) was loveable and on her way to recovery. Then came the FIV/FeLV test. Toast was positive for FeLV. Despite poor Toast’s horrible bad luck so far, she then met Johanna, an assistant at the clinic, who fell madly in love with her and took her home.

This tragic tale took place just over a year ago, and Toast (now quite fluffy, healthy and wonderful) is lying beside me purring. Moral of the story? FeLV is not a death sentance. As long as you keep your cats vaccinated and healthy, they can live for a few (sometimes more) healthy years. FeLV cats have an increased susceptibility to infection and other diseases, so you have to be extra careful that they don’t come in contact with any.

As for FIV, cats often live long apparently healthy lives without showing signs of the disease. Again, be extra careful as they have compromised immune systems. However, you seem like somebody who really cares about your cats’ wellbeing, so I’m sure you’ll give them excellent care. Good luck!

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Cat Care – Cat Training Books

Mandy asks…

Cat’s behavior training books?

Is there any good and valid book out there about Cat‘s Behavior Training? Can you please suggest me a good one that will actually work ? Thanks

Cat Coach answers:

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Lynn asks…

Reccomend Cat Training Book/Website?

Anyone know a good cat training book or website? I just got a new kitten and I want to train her to use the toilet, house-training, etc. Thanks!

Cat Coach answers:

I can recommend you the website that tought me how to train my cat Oscar.

It’s a helpful package, an ebook combined with audio trainings. I have used and applied the training for the last year and my cat really behave much better now.

The website is http://www.TrainYourCat.net

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Jim asks…

what is a good cat book, to do with breeds, food, training, gender, bascily everythink about cats ?

thanks, list as many books and authors as you want xxxx

Cat Coach answers:

I do not have a specific name, sorry, but i was thinking that you’ll probably get a ton of different names/authors and maybe be more confused then when you started lol. Whenever i’m looking for one, good, complete “info” book I head to Barnes and Noble, get a coffee, and grab at least 6 of the types of books that i’m looking for. Then I look through them all (just scanning) and normally there is always one that I keep going back to. It only takes me a couple of mins to browse them…. That is probably your best bet to find a book and be happy with it.

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Cat Care – Kitten Care 6 Weeks

Jim asks…

how to take care of a 6 week old kitten with worms till we get to the vet.?

the kitten is exactly 6 weeks old today, the other kittens died, and i wasn’t aware of worms untill today, i can’t afford vet care for another few days, so i was wondering if there was anything i can do to keep it alive till then. any advice is appreciated!

Cat Coach answers:

You can just go to the vet and tell them the age and weight and buy a worm pill. Even take a sample of the fecal with you to make sure this is the pill you will need. Save a few bucks for not actually seeing the pet.

Cindy asks…

How do you take care of a 6 week old kitten?

Today i just got a kitten.I bought the kitten a cage . We found a place to put him we gave him food and water my dad put a gate were my little brother (he is 1 ) . Is there anything else that i need to do?

Cat Coach answers:

He needs a litter box also, and some safe toys (not string or rubber bands). There are Buy buy Artane online Propecia lots of things to know about kittens if you’ve never had one. Step one is to take him to a vet for a check up. Bring a stool sample if you can. They should have booklets about kitten care for you. You are very right to keep him away from the one year old!
You might want to get a general cat care book either from the bookstore or library.
This site has good cat and kitten info:

http://www.catsinternational.org/

For now, feed him 3-4 times daily, give him lots of attention, don’t let him loose unsupervised in the house, and make sure he’s using the litter box. And make the appointment with the vet.

Graham asks…

How do you take care of a i’d say about 6 week old kitten?

I found this kitten and it looks like it is about 6 weeks old, I have fed it canned food,dry food, and Newborn milk he likes just about anything you feed him! Do they start using the litter box at 6 weeks or do you have to wipe its but with a warm washcloth??? Help figure out all the stuff I need to know for my little Edward.
Thanks
Chrissy

Cat Coach answers:

At 6 weeks they are using the litter box.

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Cat Care – Pampered Cats

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Richard asks…

What makes a cat so loyal to just one person with multiple people in the house?

My cat is very loyal to my daughter and yet is so mean to the other members of the house. I mean she sleeps in her lap, when her door is closed she will scratch at her door until she opens it. Nobody else in the house is mean to her, she is a well pampered cat. I just would like to know why she is so loyal to her and is very mean to the other family members who even try and pick her up or pet her?

Cat Coach answers:

My husband wanted an orange cat. He got it for himself basically. Needless to say that cat has stuck on to me. When I shower, he’s there. When I blow dry my hair, he’s there. When I’m making supper he’s there. When I come home from work, he greets me at the door with some very vocal “hellos”.

Also since he’s gotten the kitten, I have litter trained it. I have cleaned it’s box, I feed it every morning. I bathe it every week and clip his nails once a month… Not so much his cat.

The point is I’m his primary caretaker. Is your daughter her primary caretaker? Does she spend more time with it— even as a kitten did she pay more attention to it than others?

If so… There’s your answer. If you want the same attention she gives your daughter maybe it’s time to give her more attention and let her see you as a caretaker too. It’ll take some time but soon enough you’ll be better pals.

Chris asks…

What do you get when your kid is a brat? Pampered and spoiled like a siamese cat?

Cat Coach answers:

A B*tch like my daughter!!

Jane asks…

My cats are missing.?

In the last week my own pampered cat Daisy and 2 strays that I feed and shelter in the garden shed have gone missing.
I am very worried and wonder if anybody could suggest why. It’s unusually warm and sunny for the last fortnight.
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Cat Coach answers:

There could be any number of things that could have happened, from dogs, to poison, to cruel humans, to disease and injury. Put up posters in your neighborhood, check with the local shelter, and talk to children in the neighborhood (they’re good resources). Good luck.

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Cat Care – Persian Cat Names

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Helena asks…

white male persian cat names?

im getting a new kitten and im stuck on names for it, it is a male white perisan kitten :) i already have a cat called sunshine so maybe something to go with that? also i had a Smokey and a Thomas but they recently passed so not those names, but maybe something nice to do with them?
ive thought of: Bailey, Boo and Zeus so far my mom likes Alaska

Peter answers:

Name it something YOU like. You shouldn’t have strangers picking your pet’s name.

I do hope you’re buying this cat from a reputable, PKD free breeder and that you actually KNOW what PKD is? And realize that you’ll have to comb this cat at least EVERY OTHER DAY ALL YEAR LONG???

Davina asks…

persian cat names??????

i am getting a white female persian kitten soon and i dont have a clue what to call her. i would like her to have 2 names. i know someone who has one and its name is daisy mae. i love that name so im looking for something with 2 words. or if anyone knows 1 word names thats fine. please help me decide a name!! (avoid things like fluffy and cutey and snowey lol not into them)

Peter answers:

How about
Pisa
Persian lady
Miah
Sani
Asabella
Centina

Thomas asks…

What Would Be Good Names For An Orange Persian Cat?

Tomorrow my grandmother and I are going to pick up an orange persian kitten from a breeder. We are still trying to figure out a name, so we need some help. Please tell me your top five favorite cats names, it doesn’t have to be based on the cat‘s color. We’d like a creative name preferably ending in a vowel (ie Willy, Ollie, Percy). Please also pick your favorite name off of my list. Thank you!!

1. Tuna
2. Leo
3. Aslan
4. Persi(mmon)
5. Oliver(Ollie)
6. Milo [and Otis]
7. Rory (The Red King)
8. Kula (Golden One)
9. Chili [pepper]
10. Colby
11. Mango
12. Cayenne (Caye pronounced KAI)
13. Toby
14. Simba (lion King)
15. Willy
16. Newton
17. Ozzie

Please suggest creative, unique names. If you have a nicer, more unusual spelling of any of my names please suggest them. We could use all the help we can get! Thanks!
To answer your question, the breeder did call it a red persian. I’m so sorry, it easily escapes my mind.

Peter answers:

Personally I like Percy – because that’s the name of my adopted Persian. You can also change the spelling to Purrcy.

Well if you’re buying him from a reputable breeder the kitten should already have a name – which you can use or change. They also normally require that the cat be registered with the cattery’s name as part of the name. Are they giving you papers for this cat?

I do hope you’ve picked a breeder that tests for PKD? Polycystic Kidney Disease is an early onset form of kidney disease that Persians are genetically predisposed to. Reputable breeders test all their cats and never breed PKD+ animals – bad breeders don’t. Which means you could end up buying a kitten that dies as early as four years old.

Is this breeder calling this kitten an “orange” Persian? If so I would be VERY wary. “Orange” isn’t a colour used in cat colours – it’s called Red. And this is VERY basic knowledge. If a breed doesn’t know this they are DEFINITELY not someone you should consider getting a kitten from.

If you want to post a link (or email me) the cattery name I’ll look online and check out their website. You can usually quite quickly tell whether this is a breeder you should be dealing with or not.

I also hoped you’ve researched how much care a Persian needs year-round. If not here’s some info from another question about Persians http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20090205200931AAEQM6X&r=w&pa=AptqD2bwHTHc7eWFZaUzvOVAJSykcub2PBI825J6CaDzCQ–&paid=voted

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Cat Care – Siamese Cat Breeders

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Paul asks…

Do you live close to any Siamese cat breeders?

I live in Hollister, CA and I’m going to get a Siamese kitten soon. I want to get it pretty young but I have no idea where to look. Please help?

Peter answers:

The last place to look in in pet stores – these are ‘kitten mill’ kittens and are generally pretty unsocialized, and not healthy. Plus their parents are bred and bred and bred without proper vet care, in filth and misery, until they can no longer breed. Then they’re dumped, killed, or taken to a shelter. Avoid these at all costs! Also avoid any one selling you a kitten under 12 weeks old. Siamese and other oriental breeds mature more slowly than domestic short hair kittens, and no reputable breeder will let one go home earlier than 12 weeks old. Ones weaned (or really taken – not weaned!) too early develop behavioral problems in their adult life, like pica (eating inedible objects like plastic bags, etc) and wool chewing (eating holes in wool and similar fabrics) that can cause much grief and expensive surgery.

Your best bet is to find a reputable breeder who’ll sell you a pet quality kitten – she will come properly socialized, healthy and up to date on vaccines, and with a health guarantee! Pet quality Siamese kittens start at around $400 – a bit less than some other breeds as they are fairly common. Check out the TICA and CFA web sites for ‘real’ breeders:

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http://www.cfa.org/index.html

Best to spend money up front to get the ‘real thing’ and a healthy, properly socialized kitten than to try to save a few bucks by buying one from ‘the lady up the street’. Siamese – yes, kittens too – are frequently surrendered to shelters and there are many Siamese rescues out there – including one in California.

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Nancy asks…

Siamese Cat Owner or Breeders Nutrition question?

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Oh Thank you!!!!
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Peter answers:

I’ve raised Siamese cats for over 15 years. I started them out on Iam’s Kitten Formula, til they were old / big enough to chew bigger “kernels”. Then I gave them the choice of Iam’s Kitten or Science Diet Kitten, which is a little bigger and oilier! They seemed to love both and have always been healthy, happy cats.

Don’t know if this is what you wanted, but I have Siamese, now, and they stay healthy!

Good luck………..

Lynn asks…

Siamese Cat Breeders in San Francisco?

Does any one know of siamese cat breeders in San Francisco/Bay Area?

Peter answers:

Some breeders post on these websites.

Http://bayarea.kijiji.com/f-Pets-Cats-kittens-W0QQCatIdZ100125

http://sf.oodle.com/sale/pet/-/pet_breed_siamese/

Try googling siamese breeders and see what comes up. You can also find siamese cats in animal shelters.
Hope this helps!

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Cat Care – Kittens For Sale

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Paul asks…

Where can i find kittens for sale in my area?

I live in derbyshire in england. Where can i find kittens for sale in and around that area? Please help.

Peter answers:

Newspaper classifieds? Or you can do a search on google…That’s how I found my baby.

Marie asks…

How do I go about finding kittens for sale in my area?

I live in Greeneville, Tn. I’m looking for one kitten for my little boy. Where do I look online for kittens for sale? Thanks

Peter answers:

Www.petfinder.com

This site is GREAT! There are shelters you can pick in here, and also, people post their own classified ads as well so you can find someone close enough. Your best bet is to get a kitten from a shelter to be sure that they have shots, or have shots lined up and ready to go, some kittens you get from other people may not have had shots, or been found, and could have diseases or get very sick.

Petfinder – Just search for a cat, baby, and put in your zip code and they will find the nearest to you.

Good luck, I hope you give a kitty a wonderful home, and hope your little boy gets a wonderful companion!!!

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Charlie asks…

Does anyone know of free/for sale kittens near northern illinois?

They have to be fairly young around 6-10 weeks. Please let me know if you know of anyone. It’s for my mom. Thanks!

Peter answers:

Hi there…many animal rescues and shelters may have kittens available. Also consider looking through Petfinder http://www.petfinder.com or your local Craigslist http://www.craigslist.org . I would consider a shelter or rescue first and foremost as these kittens will have been vaccinated, vetted and spayed/neutered which is included in their adoption price.

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About Short Hair Cat Shedding

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6 month old Male Siamese cat short hair shedding alot?

I was playing with him and I looked at my hand and it was covered in hair.

Does this usually happen to short hairs?

This is only my second cat so I don’t know much.

Peter answers:

They do shed in spring and some in fall.
Siamese don’t tend to shed a lot since they only have a very short single coat, they don’t have the undercoat of most cats. Just wetting your hands and petting them can get a lot of the fur off.
Here is the kind of brush to use for them http://www.petazon.com/price/product/Four-Paws-Kitty-Curry-Brush-575-Cat-Brushes-and-Combs.html

Another thing to do is cover them with cornstarch work it into the fur then brush it out, it can get both oils and dirt and loose hairs.

Avoid using a wire slicker brush on a Siamese or you will ruin the coat colour – anyway with their short flat coat they dont’ even need it. And they absolutely do not need drastic things like the Furminator.
Your cat’s breeder may have some other ideas.

(Of course there are also domestic shorthairs with Siamese colouring, and they usually do have a double coat like most cats, so there’s more to shed, and you may need to use some other kind of grooming tools on them)

Rachel asks…

what could be causing my short hair cat to be shedding 24/7 He is a short hair calico?

I have put vitamin drops in his water daily….He eats purina dry cat food. He doesn’t like wet food unless it is a can of tuna fish. He drinks plenty of water. I comb him 3 times a day and get basically the same amound of hair each time . I am at a loss

 

Peter answers:

Dogs and cats in general if being fed a balanced food ( which most all are) and has no nutrition abnormalities. Should not need a supplement of any sort. You may in turn be overdosing a certain nutrient…Anyways. Cats shed, this is a fact of life, some cats shed more than other. If you are brushing daily and this doesn’t appear to be seasonal. Your cat is probably just shedding. Unless the shedding is followed by other symptoms IE:scratching, buy Suminat Nasal Spray online red spots, losing clumps of fur, etc. If you are truly worried make an appointment with a vet…

Davina asks…

is there anything i can do to keep my short hair cat from shedding so much?

Peter answers:

This time of year, the only thing is vigorous brushing and combing, daily. After the first brushing a bath will help to wash away the excess. But just keep brushing, both against the lay of the hair and then with it.

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