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Behavior & Training > VERY scared aggressive foster cat, help?!

Purred: Tue Sep 30, '14 4:20am PST 
This is an article I wrote on the subject. This is the method I use to socialize scared, aggressive, even feral cats.

How to help new or fearful cat adjust

At first keep the cat in only one room or even better, an extra large plastic airline dog crate with its litter, food, water, a toy or two, and something to sleep on. I cover the crate with a blanket all except for the door so the cat feels like it's in a safe den. I personally prefer the crate method with scared cats because with the crate method, the cat can choose whether she wants to hide in the back of the crate or whether she wants to come to the front and interact with the world outside of the crate. I put the litter pan at the front of the crate, the food (feed dry food) and water dishes at the side or between the litter pan and the cat's bed in the very back of the crate. A folded towel makes a good bed. This way you can clean and change the litter and take care of the cat's food and water without having to disturb the cat. Whenever I'm near the cat, I talk to the cat in a soft gentle voice.

After a few days of this, once a day when I'm done taking care of the litter, food, and water, I will talk to the cat and then give her a tablespoon of canned food on a small paper plate as a treat. After giving her the canned food I leave her alone. The treat helps teach the cat that good pleasant things come from you. When the cat begins to act less fearful of you, try to gently pet her on the top of the head and scratch her neck and behind the ears. If she reacts fearfully by hissing or trying to smack at you, slowly back away from the cat and go back to the routine of soft talking and giving canned food treats for a few days before you try to touch the cat again.

I've socialized a number of skittish or fearful cats by this method. I've even tamed a number of feral cats by this method. It may take two weeks to two months to socialize a skittish or nervous cat. Taming a feral cat may take much longer. Give your new cat plenty of time and be patient with her!

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Saying Goodbye: Memorials & Support > Bindi left us suddenly today :(
Angel- Dova(8-1-13/- 7-5-14)

Dragon Born
Purred: Sat Sep 27, '14 1:34am PST 
I empathize with you. That is indeed an extremely painful condition for which nothing can be done and the only answer is euthanasia to relieve the suffering. More on FATE here: &S=0&EVetID=3001644

So sorry for your loss. It's always hardest when a kitty crosses the Rainbow Bridge very suddenly and unexpectedly.

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Behavior & Training > Issues with cats not covering feces


Purred: Sat Sep 27, '14 1:26am PST 
A lot of cats don't cover their poop. I don't know if they're simply lazy or what. I have several cats who never cover their poop, they just "dump and go." I have a couple of other cats who, if they're around when these non-covering cats use the litter, will go into the litter box and with a disgusted look on their faces they will cover the feces for the negligent cats! I haven't found that covered litter pans or uncovered litter pans make any difference.

For cats that poop over the edge of the litter pan, this is easily corrected by getting a rubbermaid/sterilite type plastic storage box about 30 inches long and 18 inches tall. You cut a circular hole in one end about 9 inches in diameter and about 6 inches up from the bottom of the box, for an entrance hole. These big boxes are cheaper than most litter pans, are of a size that cats like, and a cat cannot pee or poop over the sides of the box. You can use the boxes either covered or uncovered, most cats prefer uncovered litter pans.

For cats who get poop stuck to their rear ends (usually longhairs) the best remedy is to gently clip the hair short under the tail, around the anus, on the inner backs of the hind legs, and on the underside of 1/4 of the tail closest to the body. I keep the hair in these areas of my old Persian clipped short all the time to prevent him from getting poop stuck in his coat.

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Cat Health > Skinny Kitty

Splat Cat

Purred: Sat Sep 27, '14 1:18am PST 
Here is some good information on hyperthyroidism in cats.

Perhaps if you tell your vet that you cannot afford all the tests and ask the vet if it's possible to just do thyroid testing, the vet will work with you to keep the costs down. Also call your local shelters, explain your financial situation, and ask if they know of any vets who will treat your cat at low cost or who will take payments. You could also ask if there's something you could do at the vet's to help work off part of your bill. Good luck to you and your kitty.

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Cat Health > Kitty's sneezing & has a little eye gunk. Is it a cold or allergies, and how do I treat it?


Purred: Sat Sep 27, '14 1:10am PST 
Chances are it's an upper respiratory infection. These infections are as common in cats as the common cold is in humans. If your kitten is eating well, drinking well, urinating and defecating normally and acting like he feels good, then I would wait a few days and see if it gets better on its own. However, if the kitten is acting sick at all, not eating well, if there's pus in the eye gunk, or if it gets any worse, then you will need to take the kitten to the vet for antibiotics.

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Cat Health > Searching for information on scoliosis.

We little black- kitties RULE!
Purred: Sat Sep 27, '14 1:06am PST 
The cause of a malformed spine is most likely genetic, meaning he inherited the disorder from his mom or dad. It could also be because of a genetic mutation that occurred while he was in the womb, possibly because his mother was malnourished or exposed to toxins that caused birth defects while she was pregnant. Since it is genetic and he could pass it on to any of his kittens, you should get him neutered as soon as he's old enough.

If the deformity is severe, he may need surgery to correct his spinal alignment. A deformed spine can put pressure on his spinal cord, leading to neurological symptoms. In less severe cases, his vet will want to take X-rays a few times a year to make sure the condition hasn't gotten worse. Physical therapy can be useful in helping Kitty get around easier.

Good luck with your kitty and I hope he lives a normal lifespan with good quality of life in spite of his challenges!

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Behavior & Training > Really need pointer/advice!


We little black- kitties RULE!
Purred: Tue Jul 29, '14 4:56pm PST 
If she's not spayed, she may very likely be in heat. Cats in heat can be very vocal and persistent in calling for a mate. If she is spayed, then she may just be a talkative cat or part Siamese. Cats with Siamese blood in them may not show Siamese in their looks, but they may inherit other Siamese traits such as the loud mouth! If your cat is spayed and this behavior has just recently started, then you might want to have her vet checked to see if there is any medical issue causing her increased vocalization.

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Plus Power of the Paw > MY SWEET BOY


We little black- kitties RULE!
Purred: Thu Jun 26, '14 1:44am PST 
Fly free sweet Salem. Our condolences to your family. It is so hard to lose one who is so young, who should have had many years of good life, whose life was stolen away too soon! May your spirit presence touch the hearts of your earthly family, to let them know that you're forever alive and well on the other side of the Rainbow Bridge, with an invincible spirit body that will last forever!

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Local Tips, Playdates & Meetups > Indiana Meetup


We little black- kitties RULE!
Purred: Thu Jun 26, '14 1:23am PST 
We are in IN too.

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Rescue, Adoption & Happy Endings > Found Kitten - not sure what breed/mix

We little black- kitties RULE!
Purred: Wed Jun 25, '14 2:46am PST 
Your kitty is a black domestic shorthair. Black cats have "ghost" tabby markings in their coats and these markings are usually much more visible in kittenhood than they are in adulthood. Black panthers, black jaguars, etc, also have ghost markings in their coats. One of Uno's photos on her profile of her as a kitten very vividly shows the ghost tabby markings in her coat.

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