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Second-Hand Cat, First-Rate Pet

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When Jack and Debi Roney of Vienna, Va., decided to get a kitten, they set their sights on a lively, energetic animal. But that was before they met Minnalouche, a calico that a local humane society fostered. "She seemed to need a lot of love and warmth," Debi recalls. "When I picked her up, she snuggled under my sweater. She seemed to really need me." Feeling needed appealed to the Roneys then, just as it has in the 13 years since they adopted Minnalouche. Steve Aiken, an animal behaviorist from Wichita, Kan., understands why. Adopting from a shelter, humane society or rescue group "means helping a cat who's already there and needs the love of an owner," he says.

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The Problem with Kittens

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Every rescuer has a weakness.  It’s a fact that we are all aware of, one that we all accept.  Some rescuers hate to give shots, others can only take in certain breeds or species. My weakness happens to be gender interpretation of cats.

It’s the second time now that I’ve taken a cat into the veterinarian’s office to be neutered, only to have it come out spayed.

It’s the second time now that I’ve contacted said vet to check a cat’s condition.  “No problems with an distended uterus?” I ask, summoning up all of my supposed authority and expertise to demonstrate what a wonderful rescuer I am.

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Miss Kitty's Cat House

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lookout-cat-29103It's hard to know where to begin. You see, there's this house -- a little old cottage, really -- that is occupied by 25 cats. Comfortable, well fed, proprietary cats. They might as well own the place. In a way, they do. When my friend and I visited, there was one volunteer on hand, but I didn't get the impression that the cats really cared.

The point of Miss Kitty's is that it is a real home for cats who've lost their homes. The place is clean, reasonably odor-free and even has kitchen cabinets that are partially open so that cats like my Max (who hates closed doors) can explore to their hearts' content.

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Counterproductive Behavior in Cats

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Dear Cats,

In an effort to better manage the peaceful nature of our residence, I have prepared a list of counterproductive behaviors that I have observed you participating in.  Please take a moment to review and memorize the following items of concern.  (Please note that the dogs list of counterproductive behavior will be posted soon).  Thank you in advance. Hiding

If I am attempting to give you your annual vaccinations, it is counterproductive to hide from me. Resistance is futile. Eventually, you will have to eat. And even if you can go without food, you must sleep. Sooner or later, you will receive your vaccines. When you hide, my life becomes more difficult, which ultimately makes your life more difficult.

Hiding is counterproductive.

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Cats Who Bully Owners Becoming National Problem

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According to a recent poll in the Journal of Cat Behavior, eighty-six percent of feline-caretakers believe they are victims of their cats bullying behavior. The study, conducted over a period of three years, included over 1,500 cats and their caretakers at a cost of nearly $3 billion. The report issued shocking results. Seventy-six percent of caretakers that were studied disclose that their cats habitually "...walk across them in the middle of night;" and a shocking 82% of cats sleep directly on their humans' pillow - an act that many interpret as "bullying" behavior.

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Feline Behavior

  • Is Mint Safe for Cats?

    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,
    Kathy Easley

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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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