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Cat Health > Same death pattern of all kittens?! Why...?
Hunter

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Purred: Thu Dec 26, '13 5:21pm PST 
I have to agree with the poster who suggested finding an actual shelter for the kittens you rescue. Raising a single kitten takes a fair amount of funds, time and knowledge. I can only imagine how costly it would be to properly care for the volume of kittens you take in. I understand that you are trying to save these orphans but the only way you can get rid of any infectious disease would be to find a place for your current kittens/cats and do a super good clean down of the home.
New kittens coming in should be kept in a quarantine room for at least 4 weeks and all cats/kittens should have their shots and be spayed and neutered. In a proper rescue all of these things are provided for. You have to ask yourself if taking in these kittens that you cannot really afford to care for is the kindest option.
If you really want to help take the kittens you find to an SPCA, rescue or shelter so they can receive the care they need. If you are committed to helping cats/kittens you could always foster cats for a shelter/rescue. They provide the funds and food and all you need to provide is the love.
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Cats and a Clean Home > I need litter help!
Hunter

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Purred: Sun Jun 16, '13 2:48pm PST 
@Leela> I just bought Exquisticat Pine litter. They are the same little wood pellets you mentioned. I have a mix of clumping litter and pellets in the box right now and he seems to be using it, just wondering if you had any tips on how to switch them? Hunter doesn't detest them but he really prefers the clumping litter.
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Behavior & Training > Please help my kitty family!

Hunter

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Purred: Fri Mar 22, '13 8:45pm PST 
I would highly suggest reading Cat Vs. Cat: Keeping Peace When You Have More Than One Cat by Pam Johnson-Bennett ( http://www.amazon.com/Cat-Vs-Keeping-Peace-When/dp/0142004758 ) as it's a great in depth look into how cats interact and gives you some great clues into what they are thinking.
As time passes and the hormones leave their systems you should have an easier time reintroducing the cats. I would separate all 4 cats and reintroduce first the two you know get along best and slowly work my way back to the two that don't get along so well. While you have the cats in separate areas do a major overhaul clean of the main space. Deodorize and rearrange the room so the cats feel like they are entering a new (and neutral) territory.

Hope that helps a bit!
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Behavior & Training > i'm a newbie and need help

Hunter

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Purred: Tue Feb 5, '13 7:16pm PST 
" Make them a dish of shredded turkey breast from the deli and make them eat it together a few times, this is called the corporate luncheon. Seriously.. im not joking."

Kisu you made my day XD
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Behavior & Training > Unprovoked, without warning Vicious attacks while petting.

Simon

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Purred: Tue Feb 5, '13 7:10pm PST 
It may still be over stimulation. She comes up and initially wants contact, you stop when you notice she puts on her crazy face, which by then may be too late. Try stopping the affection while she is still in lovely dovey mode and see what happens. Sometimes it only takes one pet too many for a cat to decide they've had enough so by stopping before you've reached that point and leaving her wanting more it should (hopefully) just eradicate that behavior all together.

I know what it's like to be unemployed and worried about fur-baby health so I feel your pain! Vet bills are never cheap!! Hang in there, I'd try the "I'll only touch you a little bit" method and see if that works at all, if not then I would put it down to medical issues and have her tested. I hope it's not a brain tumor!
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Behavior & Training > Unprovoked, without warning Vicious attacks while petting.
Simon

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Purred: Tue Feb 5, '13 11:37am PST 
Over Stimulation and Excitement Aggression

"An often perplexing case history involves a cat that one moment lies peacefully purring on the owner's lap, happily accepting affection; and the next moment, erupts into a rage of claws and teeth. The owner is shocked by the sudden attack. It's actually normal behavior for cats to have quick reversals of mood and behavior. There's a fine line between enjoyable petting and irritating handling. Once the petting reaches a certain threshold, the cat will reject any further touching. The cat says, "Stop it!" by biting or scratching. Perhaps a sensitive or painful area was unknowingly touched. Continuous pleasurable stimulation can overexcite the cat causing aggressive behavior. The cat becomes sexually excited and the resulting aggression is a part of normal sexual behavior." (Taken from http://www.perfectpaws.com/agg.html )

I wonder if you stopped petting her, just get up and walk away from her, before she attacked if she would eventually stop this behavior? What you describe sounds a lot like she is being overstimulated though if she is spayed I'm not sure if the 'sexually excited' portion would apply or not.
It would be beneficial to have her in to the vet for blood tests just to check that there isn't anything else going on. I'm assuming also that this is a recent problem and that she has been good over the last 8 years. Has anything in your household changed lately? Have you or other house members been stressed out at all?
I would keep a blanket handy so when she starts to go into attack mode you can safely pick her up and get her off the couch, though the slipper seemed to work OK lol, quick thinking!

Hope that helped some, keep us posted! I'm curious to see what other members suggest as well.

~Simon and Hunter
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Behavior & Training > Got A Haircut Now I Wont Poop In Litter

Simon

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Purred: Mon Feb 4, '13 9:10pm PST 
Day 3 of Simon's new shave down. Yesterday and the day before I noticed one of the cats has pooped just outside of the litter box. I'm not 100% sure which cat is doing this but I highly suspect it was my 6 year old DLH Simon because it started the same day he got his new fancy shave.
If it is Simon I'm confused as to why, he seems to LOVE his new haircut, he's been a ton more active and affectionate. Even going as far as playing regularly with my younger cat Hunter. Is it possible that being shaved has somehow messed up his great litter skills?

Back story here: I have not changed the litter brand, or added any new deodorizer to it. It has not changed locations at all either. I have 2 boxes, both covered and in the entry way, they are fairly close together as I don't have sufficient space to separate them any further but this has never been a problem before. The poop never appears in the morning, only after I've gone to work and returned home.
Both cats have been checked by a vet and had blood screens done within the last month and are both healthy. The only thing that has changed since the pooping has started has been the shave on Simon (first poop found the same day), the cats no longer sleep in my bedroom (they have the whole main level of the house now, it had been that way for a week before the pooping started) and I dewormed everyone.

After I cleaned up the mess I deodorized the area and moved the one box a few inches to cover the original spot and the next night when I returned home from work I noticed that the chosen area for soiling had switched also. I removed the cover on one of the boxes hoping that would correct this problem, I'll find out tonight if it worked.

I'm a bit distressed by this recent litter mishap, if anyone has experienced similar problems I'd love to hear the why's and how's of it all. I love my cats but I do not love them soiling on my carpet!
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Grooming > Hairballs Ick! Vaseline Recommended?

Simon

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Purred: Mon Jan 28, '13 7:18pm PST 
I have had my Hunter-cat almost a year now and he has never spat up a hairball. My newest kitty addition however is a different story.
I'm new to being a cat mom so when I came home from work and saw the hairball behind the couch I panicked and assumed it was feces. I couldn't for the life of me figure out why all of a sudden someone was pooping behind my couch! The other day I was in bed and woke up to Simon horking up a lovely mess of food/hair only to finally clue in that what I had found behind my couch was from the other end of the cat. Simon is a 6 year old DLH with feline asthma (I dont know if that matters but the more info the better) and has had 2 hairballs in the last month.
A friend of mine from work told me that her cat Ringo had terrible problems with hairballs and her vet suggested a little bit of Vaseline every so often would help him pass them. I'm not 100% sure if I should be letting him eat Vaseline though, seems kind of iffy to me. I broke down and bought a jar of it but have had it sitting on my counter for about 3 weeks. I would rather keep him shaved down if the Vaseline is bad for him but I really enjoy his long, silky fur and it would be kind of sad to clip him short.

Has anyone used Vaseline for hairballs? If so how much should I be giving?

Thanks in advance for your replies! cat on moon
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Behavior & Training > How can I get my cat to use his new cat bed?

Simon

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Purred: Sun Jan 20, '13 8:41pm PST 
Catnip is a magical thing! Along with the hot water bottle I would add a used pillowcase from one of your pillows so it smells like you guys, depending on how old he is he might just be missing all his siblings and finding it hard to adjust to having his own bed. A ticking alarm clock placed by the bed will simulate heartbeats and relax him.
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Behavior & Training > Is this going well? Or not so much lol
Hunter

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Purred: Wed Jan 2, '13 8:22pm PST 
I'm so happy for you guys! I love hearing stories where everyone is happy :3 Your Tao kitty came home and now he has a buddy, a super bonus for them both being rescues!
I just got a second cat (I myself am not a cat person either. I like and understand dogs a lot more) and I've been having the same problem so I'm glad I read your post and everyone's advice.

Well wishes from myself, Kye, Carbon, Hunter and Simon!
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