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A cat on top of a cat tower.

Keeping a Cat Tree from Tipping Over?The base on some cat trees is insufficient in size and weight to prevent tipping. Below we have some permanent and temporary fixes for this issue.


Spanish moss hanging from trees.

Is Spanish Moss Toxic to Cats?Research seems to indicate that Spanish moss is a nonpoisonous flowering plant found in tropical and subtropical regions. It is not considered toxic to cats.


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Why Does My Cat Pee On Baked Goods?I've had my cat for 8 years now, male, neutered and there is only one thing he does that I can't figure out. I raised him from a week old so I've watch his behaviors and have learned what most of them mean, or what he wants, however, this is something I can't quite figure out. Leo jumps on counter tops like most cats. I don't keep many things out on a daily basis, but if any type of baked good; ie bread, cookies. Anything left out wrapped or covered he will pee on it! He doesn't pee on anything else or anywhere other than his litter box. Why?


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Cats Pooping Under Deck?We have cats that have adopted us and live on our back deck. We feed them. There are many places to poop besides under the deck as this does create an odor for us to NOT enjoy when we are lounging. Any ideas on a repellent for this that I can lay under the deck? I was thinking cedar mulch or cedar pet litter, looking for something dry I can lay under the deck that will not hurt them.


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Low Cost Pet Euthanasia Services?I'm looking for a vet or a place were I can take loyal friend and companion, my baby girl, Gypsy. She has been with me 13 years and together we have been through many things. She is a miniature American Eskimo and has had issues with her hair falling out, with scabs and a smell. She has severe arthritis and her back legs just don't give anymore. It's so painful. I am having to pick her up carry her outside for her to relieve herself.


Two cat doors at the bottom of bedroom doors.

Allowing Cats to Access RoomsMy adult children each have a cat that is their responsibility, including the litter boxes which are kept in their bedrooms. I got these cute cutout cat doors for each of their bedroom doors for easy access.


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New Cat is Showing Dominance?My sister has three male cats. Figaro (neutered) is the oldest, I believe he is 10. Chan (not neutered) is about a year old and Angel is a little under a year old, not neutered and sprays all over the house. Angel is the newest cat in the clan though.


A cat sitting in a litter box.

Cat Urine Smells Like Ammonia?If you find that your cat's urine has a strong ammonia odor, there are a couple of possible things that may be the cause. First it may be that the odor is actually the result of the litter box not being cleaned often enough. Secondly, you may want to make sure your kitty is hydrated. And finally, a trip to the vet could rule out a UTI.


A cat ignoring his food bowl.

Cat Won't Eat Cat Food?Cats can be fussy eaters and refuse to eat the pet food you are offering. There are a number of ways to handle this from cooking for your pet to adding meat to their kibbles or even improving on the canned food, if that is what you feed them. Several solutions can be seen below.



A meowing cat.

Caring for a Cat in HeatCats in heat can be quite uncomfortable and exhibit behaviors that are not typical for them normally. Warm cloths or beds may help, checking with your vet for solutions is another possible route to take. Ultimately, having a kitty spayed is safe and will end the concerns. More suggestions can be reviewed below.


A man looking at an air vent.

Getting Cats Out of Air Vents?An open home air vent can be very tempting to an inquisitive cat. If your kitty goes on a journey and can't get out, there are some things you can do to locate her and provide an exit. Be sure to check the length of the vents to determine if the cat has found its own way out, first.


A mother cat with several kittens nursing.

Caring for a Mother Cat and Her KittensDomesticate cats are honored guests in our homes. Because of the close relationship that has developed with our feline pets we may become caregivers to the mommy cat and her kittens should the need arise. This page addresses some of the situations that you may find yourself in with mom and kittens.


Temporary Crate for My New Cat Conner - kitty in the crate

Making a Temporary Cat CrateThis temporary cat crate is made from two milk crates. Until you can order or build a more substantial one, this quick fix allows you to take your kitty outside with you in the yard to enjoy the sun and do some bird watching.


Raising My New Cat's Dishes - waterproof mat under the feeding station

Raising Cat DishesRaise the level of your cat's food and water dishes using things you have at home rather than spending a lot at the pet store. Learn how here.


A cat in a window with a warm scarf and a cup of cocoa

Keeping Cats Warm in WinterKitties love to be warm. In summer they enjoy sunny window spots. But winter is different. Keeping your cat warm in the winter can be accomplished using a warming lamp, a heated cat bed, or pad.


A cat inside a hooded litter box.

Where to Keep the Litter Box?It is a great convenience that cats are easily trained to use a litter box. However, finding the best place to locate your litter box(es) out of site and reach of other pets and children can be a process of trial and error.


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Cat Has a Piece of Claw Stuck Between Teeth?My 13 year old cat was constantly licking her lips so I looked and there is a small piece of her claw stuck in between her teeth. What do I do or will it dislodge on its own? I've tried pulling it out, but she doesn't sit very still and I'm afraid of breaking her teeth.



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Cat Suckling on Owner?My cat is 7 and she has suckled me from the day I got her. She wakes me up in the middle of the night. I think she just wants cuddles from her mum. Is this normal?


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Removing Candle Wax from a Kitten's Fur?Our kitten knocked over my wax melting burner. She's covered in the wax which has hardened. How can I get the wax out? It's in the fur really good so there is no way to chip it out or break it off. I tried a warm towel, but it didn't help.


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Cats Pooping Under Deck?We have cats that have adopted us and live on our back deck. We feed them. There are many places to poop besides under the deck as this does create an odor for us to NOT enjoy when we are lounging. Any ideas on a repellent for this that I can lay under the deck? I was thinking cedar mulch or cedar pet litter, looking for something dry I can lay under the deck that will not hurt them.


A cat nursing on a woman's lip.

Why Does My 5 Month Old Kitty Nurse on My Lip?My 5 month old kitty nurses on my lip. Every single day. I wake up to her like clock work at 6 am doing it. She does it throughout the day. She does it at night. If I put her down, she meows at me and follows me until I pick her up. I got her at 8 weeks. She's been doing it for 3 months. It doesn't bother me. I'm just curious. She purrs the whole time laying on my chest kneading my face


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Euthanasia for Cats in Fresno, CA?We're looking for free or low cost euthanasia to put our beloved cat down in Fresno, CA.


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Kitten Nursing on Puppy?I recently got a puppy (male, 5 months) in addition to a kitten (male, 11 weeks; I was told). I noticed last night that he was trying to nurse off of our puppy. He cries constantly until he starts suckling again. He's made my puppy's belly raw in spots. Sometimes my dog allows it, other times not. I've tried little bottles of water and stuffed animals, etc.


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