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  • How Do I Stop Feral Cats from Pooping in My Garden?

    Having a feral colony in a residential area can cause strained relations with your neighbors, so I’m happy to hear that Steve is seeking to resolve the issue peacefully. There are so many solutions to try, and I highly recommend using Gardens Alive to get further details on specific products that can help you. The …

  • Why Does My Cat Act Proud After Pooping in His Litter Box?

    Usually my songs are followed by all the information that I could not squeeze into lyrical form, but Keri got me here. Until there is more scientific research available, I do believe I’ve said all there is to say on the jubilation of cats who have, in fact, buried their burdens. “The Poop Dance” by …

  • Why Is My Cat Licking All the Fur Off Her Butt?

    I’ve talked — er, sung — about feline balding (alopecia) before with “Why Does My Kitty Appear to Be Going Bald?” — but the fact that this kitty has self-directed aggression makes me think this is a behavioral and possibly neurological issue. If your vet has ruled out allergies and fleas, stress or hyperesthesia could …

  • Do Cats Dream — And If So, What Do They Dream About?

    All signs point to yes! Scientists have found that rapid eye movement (REM), and important component of dreaming, occurs in most mammals. The process of sleep does vary between species. Humans have five stages of sleep, while cats only have two (REM and non-REM). For the kitties, it occurs every 25 minutes or so. Since …

  • Do Plastic Water Bowls Cause Feline Acne?

    I never really thought I’d have opinions about what bowls to use to feed and water your cat, but this was before the days of Dunkin’s feline acne. My big boy likes to cuddle under my armpit at night, and I noticed dark spots on his chin that would fleck off onto the sheets when …

  • How Do We Keep the Cat Happy at Our New Year’s Party?

    The holidays are prime party time for many households. Depending on the personality of your cat, this could either be the highlight of his year or a reason to poop on your favourite slippers. Many cats lean toward becoming recluses when strangers walk in the door, so you should never force your kitties to be …

  • How Do I Cat-Proof My Christmas Tree?

    O Tannenbaum, O Tannenbaum — how tempting are your branches! It’s nearly impossible to have a totally risk-free, cat-proof Christmas tree. Somehow the cats always manage to find something to knock down, chew up, or pee on. This is why we can’t have nice things. We love our cats for their interactions and curiosity, so …

  • Don’t Get in a Temper About Feline Distemper

    When I’m in the thick of homing foster kittens, I often have to educate potential families on the needs of their new critters. I tell them these kitties have been “deflea’d, dewormed, and had two rounds of distemper!” They usually reply, “Wait, what’s distemper?” I know it’s a virus, and I even administer the vaccination …

  • Why Is My Cat Such a Drooler?

    It sounds like Falcor here is just having a really good time and letting his salivary glands get the better of him. While it is not scientific fact, I like the theory I found on it being a vestige of Pavlovian response. Kittens salivate when kneading their mother’s teats, and it’s possible that slobbery Falcor …

  • Why Does My Cat Eat Dirt?

    Larry sent me several questions about the strange dietary habits of his cat, who also eats tortillas and bread and also licks the shower curtain. As nutritious as I tell myself tortillas are, I suspect the animal might be missing something from his diet. You could try feeding him a higher-quality cat food. While dirt …

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