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  • 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 …

  • 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 …

  • Why Is My Cat So Kneady?

    Ah, the delight of a good knead! Kittens are born with the instinct to stimulate their mother’s milk, and it was once thought that cats who did this were weaned too early. However, cats who grow up with their mothers can still exhibit kneading behavior, so that theory doesn’t hold true. Large cats will tamp …

  • Ask a Cat Lady: Why Won’t My Cat Be a Lap Cat?

    Aw, Steven! It is not in every cat’s nature to cuddle and be affectionate in the ways that we want them to be. I didn’t get my lap cat until Puma Bean Jackson, my fourth kitty, came along. You might try adopting another! If that is not an option, here are several tricks for you …

  • What Yucky Diseases Can I Catch from My Cat?

    A handful of diseases can be passed from cat to human, but thankfully, you’d have to try pretty hard to get them from an indoor house cat. Young children are more likely to ingest these germs since they aren’t too fussy about what they put in their mouths, so keep your own sandboxes covered and …

  • Ask a Cat Lady: How Do I Give Pills to My Cat?

    There are times when it’s okay to abuse your cat’s trust. There’s a time to get spayed, a time for vaccinations, and a time to pop pills. They are smart creatures, but you are a sneaky. (Note: This is a primer for giving solid medications — liquid medication should be administered slightly differently to prevent …

  • Ask a Cat Lady: Why Is My Kitten Always Hungry?

    Well, I double-checked with Jackie, and as I suspected, this kitten was THE RUNT. This sounds behavioral, though cat aggression can be due to medical issues, so first rule that out with your vet. As the smallest of the litter, he probably had to fiercely compete to get his momma’s nipple. His aggressive behavior may …