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25 October 2011 @ 05:19 pm
Advice and commiseration wanted.

We have a 3 year old long-haired cat named Zathras who has a fetish/obsession with all things plastic. This has been going on for years: we can't use plastic trash bags or plastic shower curtains; we go through our mail quickly to throw away any plastic wrap, etc. I don't understand why he does this, but it's become routine and not a huge deal.

Today, however, he decided to branch out. Today, Zathras ate part of a plaster cat statue that was painted silver. It wasn't a large amount, just two kibble-sized pieces that likely broke into smaller pieces.

I've already contacted our vet to let them know. They told me to try to get him to eat some Laxatone and keep an eye out for vomiting or diarrhea.

But what I'd like to know, really, is WHY. This branching out concerns me. What is he going to try to eat next? 

So, has anyone experienced anything similar? 
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03 July 2011 @ 10:29 am
hi all -

i'm new to this community and would like some help.

i have 2 8-year-old female cats (sisters, one tortie and one sealpoint mix). they are indoor and sadly declawed (front only). they are VERY spoiled (of course!) and have had minimal interaction with other animals.

i just moved in with my boyfriend, 2 bedroom 1 bath house. he's got a 5-year-old purebred dalmation, also very spoiled and sadly untrained. being a dal, she's super hyper and LOUD.

we have pretty much divided the house, the cats have the bedrooms and bathroom and the dog has the living room, kitchen and backyard. the divider is one of those tall babygate things that humans can walk through with a little latchable door at the bottom for the cats.

we removed the dog and moved the cats in, and they had free reign of the house for about a week (minus backyard), with the gate in place. then we moved the dog back in, it's been about 4 days.

of course the kitties have been hiding. the dog is curious. in their few interactions, the dog chases them into hiding, and the cats hiss at the dog through the door. they avoid passing by the gate because they know they will see said dog. they have gotten slowly better, venturing out from under the bed, etc.

soooooo i guess i'm wondering how the heck to get them socialized without permanent (mental and physical) damage.

we are going to try to crate the dog and let the cats sniff. since moving the dog back in, the cats have stopped using the little door in the gate because usually the dog is standing there whining. i think they're ready... what do i do? has anyone had experience with this? i'm tired of dividing my time between the halves of the house... and worrying that my cats think i betrayed them... and feeling bad for the dog... and obsessing on all of this!

05 June 2011 @ 08:22 am
Both of my cats hate having their nails trimmed. They're indoor-only and if I don't trim their nails, they get stuck on things. Sometimes when they get stuck, the nail breaks. I figure that can't be good.

Earlier this morning I was trying to trim Lexy's nails. She's always been the more fervent about this and...everything else, good or bad. She was yowling angrily at me but I ignored it; she's always been bark and no bite. Then her sister walked up, which is usually a recipe for disaster when one of them is complaining already.

Pooka, I have no idea why, smacked my arm with her paw, claws extended. Didn't do any damage but I was so shocked that I let go of Lexy - and they decided to chase and yowl at each other. This has happened before and it usually ends all right. They make a big fuss but don't hurt each other, and in a few hours everything is back to normal. The five inch slash on my stomach doesn't make me happy, but I'll deal - I'm more worried about them attacking each other.

Today they decided they were going to camp out by the stairs. I needed to change clothes before I go out and decided to do it early. That meant passing both. They yowled at me. I shrugged it off. I changed. I went to go back downstairs and Lexy yowled at me again. I kept to the opposite side of the steps, moving slowly and speaking to her in a gentle voice.

Then she lunged at me. I don't know if she was trying to bite or just scare...probably scare considering that she didn't connect, but that part was effective. I started backing up the steps, still moving slowly, and for several steps she kept lunging at me. She kept right with me up to the landing so I closed myself in my room and got everything else I need to go out - some of it's leather and they like to chew that, so I normally don't get it out until I'm ready to go. But I am not going near her again if she might chase me again in three hours. And if she's going to bite if I get too close on my way back (she didn't, fortunately), I'd rather it be my purse than my ankle.

I'm okay with complaining when they get trims. I'm not okay with scratches that take months to fade on the occasions - which seem to be whenever the old ones are nearly gone, these days - that one wriggles loose. I'm okay with them having epic, noisy standoffs as long as they don't hurt each other. I'm really, really not okay with Lex lunging at me when I simply try to go past her.

I have a squirt bottle but I really don't think that's the answer for behavior this severe. When I previously asked a vet about feline behavior experts or books (for a very different problem - Pooka wasn't fully litter trained when I got them), I got a blank stare and the answer that all the behaviorists work with dogs. I know cats don't take to as much training and can't be trained out of some things at all, because they're not pack animals like dogs, but that answer seemed and still seems kind of ridiculous.

17 December 2010 @ 09:29 pm
Usually what I come here for requires a vet visit, but I just had a question.

We have a new kitten and she's the most precious little furball of a kitten I've seen in a very long time. Her fur is so long that when her ears go backward, they disappear. We noticed today that she lays her ears back into her fur when she sleeps. I've never seen a cat do this before and I was wondering if there was a particular reason why. She isn't showing any signs of ear trouble, there aren't any mites, she's in good health. It was just peculiar.
30 September 2010 @ 05:31 pm
I was away on vacation and the pet sitter noticed Spitzer was rather thin. He took Spitzer into the vet, had blood work drawn and was sent home with an antibiotic.

And the labs came back with a glucose > 400 !!!

The sitter wasn't equipped to handle learning about insulin and glucose testing, so I arranged for Spitzer to be boarded until I've returned from vacation and have time to meet with the vet.

Anyone dealt with this before ?
19 September 2010 @ 10:31 pm
I'm pleading with all of my LJ friends to say a prayer for Tom. I was finally able to get him to the vet and pay money I don't have to spare to get the minimum treatment I can afford. The vet said this is the worst he has ever seen him in 5 years -

He wants to to do blood work again for organ failure in two weeks. My poor baby has lost almost 5 pounds since they saw him last. He looks so frail. Now, he's not eating and I'm having to force feed him baby food via syringe per the vet's instructions until I can get him back there. My heart is heavy that I may lose my baby boy soon :(

Please, if you will, say a silent prayer for Sir Thomas - I am not ready for the Rainbow Bridge....
05 September 2010 @ 02:22 am
My parents have six cats- a mom who we took in, and the litter she turned out to be carrying. They've lived with us their entire lives (a year and a half) and most of them are the sweetest-natured animals you could ever see. They've never been abused, or given any reason to dislike or distrust people. Basically, there's no reason that I can see for them to lash out.

Some of them will bite while playing, but one goes further than that. He'll bite without provocation- often when he's being patted. And I don't think it's an attempt to make the attention stop, because he'll frequently jump up next to you, meow for attention, and then bite when you extend a hand to pat him. And while his siblings never bite hard- they don't do more than nip- he chomps down, and you have to shake to get him off. Sometimes he grabs you with his paws while biting, sometimes he doesn't. Scolding, saying "NO," tapping him gently on the head- nothing seems to deter him. If we withdraw attention, he just waits until we start patting again and bites. Is there any way to stop him from behaving like this? Or anything that might be causing it?

x-posted to practicalcats
10 May 2010 @ 10:16 am
Hello I'm not sure if I've posted here before so I will give a little background before I ask any questions.

I am currently living in a four bedroom town house with three other people. We are all either college students or former college student. I am a former college student who will be moving back to my home town after the grad ceremony. One of my roommates has had two cats for quite a while and she will be moving out at the end of this month as well. My other roommate recently adopted two cats from the Humane Society. So at the moment there are four cats in this place. I love cats but I could never own one myself since they trigger my asthma. The only way I've been able to live with my roommates' cats is by keeping the door to my room shut so that they can't come in. I go out and pet them sometimes, briefly but I can't stay near them for too long.

As far as my question, I want to know if it is possible for a spayed female to experience heat-like symptoms even though she can't actually have a litter of kittens. One of the new cats, a calico named Texas, has started showing signs of being in heat and trying to present her herself to my other roommate's bobcat mix Twitwi (who is neutered). I talked to Texas' owner and told her that her cat's been cooing, lifting her rear, licking herself, and rolling a lot. I also told that I caught Twitwi trying the mount her. I asked her "Are you sure she's fixed?" She told me that she has to be since she came from the Humane Society and that maybe what I saw was just Twitwi trying to play with her.

Needless to say, I was a little insulted that she didn't take me seriously but I want to know, are there any circumstances in which this could still happen to a spayed female? Should I encourage my roommate to call the Society? Should we just not worry about it?

Thanks in advance for any information you guys can give me.


My roommate took both her cats to the vet today and was able to verified that Texas is in fact an intact queen. So she will need to revisit the vet in the near future to be spayed. My roommate has opted to contact the Humane Society and have them take the cat in for the procedure since they messed up and gave her an animal hat had not been fixed (which is illegal here in California). I hope they don't give her a hassle.
08 April 2010 @ 10:49 am
My little girl cat isn't fixed yet. I haven't been able to come up with the 95 dollars to get her spayed yet, but that's another story.

My questions are:
how long do female cats stay in heat?
how often does it happen?
and is it normal for them to throw up at least once a day while they're in heat??