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Wool-sucking in cats

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Dear Kyra, I have an adopted 5-month-old ginger boy named Barney. He's a very sweet, funny kitty, and I love him to pieces. But...he has some strange quirks. The nice people at the animal shelter told me that he was separated from his mom too early and was bottle fed for a while, so he liked to "suckle" on people's fingers.

I thought that this was cute and he would eventually grow out of it. The problem is that he's not growing out of it, and it's getting worse. When I'm trying to sleep at night, he will try to suckle my nose, earlobes, neck, or any exposed skin. Of course, he also "makes biscuits" on me at the same time. This is rather annoying when I'm trying to get a good night's sleep. (Have you ever tried to sleep while another kitty makes biscuits on your chin? It's hard!)

How can I break my Barney of this habit? I've tried using strongly scented skin care products in hopes that he wouldn't like the taste, but it hasn't made any difference. Please help?

Lyndsae Raleigh

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Cats spraying

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Baby, I live with 2 male cats (neutered) and 1 female cat (spayed). All of a sudden they have started spraying (they are 1 year old). They have sprayed my bed, my doors and in my closet (that I know of). I'm sick of doing laundry and I don't know if it is just one cat or all of them, or just the males.

Can females even spray? I would like to find out which ones are spraying, why they are spraying and more importantly, how I can make them ALL STOP spraying! I'm not the type of person to just get rid of my pets when they do something bad, but I've HAD IT with this behavior!

Any ideas on how to solve this issue?

Thanks,

Jeff

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Cats covering feces

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Dear Ghost, Why do cats cover their feces? My two cats are neurotic about covering up everything in their litter box, which is stupid because it's automatic anyway. Is it really necessary? Thanks,
Kristin

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hypersthesia

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Mama-San, My 1 yr old tabby has developed a fear of its tail! The end twitches and she sometimes lightly attacks it, but most times just runs from it (especially at night) your site mentions anger in connection with tip- twitching. But she is the sweetest little cat in world and gets along famously with two other cats in the house who are the same age.

We have had visits from a raccoon lately and we have more than a few neighborhood cats prowling around. But this has me mystified. I hate to have to give her drugs, but if it gets worse she might need prozac or something else? Any info would be greatly appreciated. Thanks,
Donna

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Feline Behavior

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    Hello Grey Socks, Every time I put toothpaste on my brush, which is mint flavored, my cat wants to lick it. She goes completely banana's over it. Is it okay to let her lick some? Thanks,
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  • Wool-sucking in cats

    Dear Kyra, I have an adopted 5-month-old ginger boy named Barney. He's a very sweet, funny kitty, and I love him to pieces. But...he has some strange quirks. The nice people at the animal shelter told me that he was… Read More +

  • Cats covering feces

    Dear Ghost, Why do cats cover their feces? My two cats are neurotic about covering up everything in their litter box, which is stupid because it's automatic anyway. Is it really necessary? Thanks,
    Kristin

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  • Cats spraying

    Baby, I live with 2 male cats (neutered) and 1 female cat (spayed). All of a sudden they have started spraying (they are 1 year old). They have sprayed my bed, my doors and in my closet (that I know of). I'm… Read More +

  • hypersthesia

    Mama-San, My 1 yr old tabby has developed a fear of its tail! The end twitches and she sometimes lightly attacks it, but most times just runs from it (especially at night) your site mentions anger in connection with tip- twitching.… Read More +

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