Q. I just read that a group of cats is called a clowder. Where does that term come from? Susan MaleMadison, New Jersey Dear Ms. Male, A. “Clowder” is an early 19th-century variant of the word “clutter,” which comes from the Old English word “clott,” meaning lump. If you think that doesn’t sound so good, […]
Q. My cat likes to play rough and sometimes scratches me in a tussle. My wife says the scratches are not safe and I should stop encouraging such play. I think she’s overreacting. Can you help us put this matter to rest? Otis Curtin Mobile, Alabama Dear Mr. Curtin, A. Yes, we can. Stop encouraging […]
Q. My 10-year-old cat has begun to leak urine while sleeping and sometimes when she is awake but close to dozing. This did not happen when she was younger. It’s not like a full release of urine, just a dribble. She is not at all bothered by it and in fact is totally unaware when […]
Q. I know my cat feels good when she kneads on my chest because she purrs gently and also does it rhythmically and calmly. But why kneading? How did that develop in cats as a go-to for expressing relaxed contentment? Rhea Gowers Brooklyn, New York Dear Ms. Gowers, A. You’re definitely right that your cat […]
Q. Why have my cat’s eyes been watery lately? Angie Slomanson Carlisle, Massachusetts Dear Ms. Slomanson, A. If your cat’s eyes have a watery discharge, it’s quite possible she has a respiratory illness. In many cases, the culprit is a virus. There aren’t any great drugs to kill viruses, so often the best option is […]
Q. I adopted three feral cats from a shelter when no one else would — a mother and two of her kittens. The littermates, 5 months old at the time, were a boy and a girl. It’s now almost 3 years later, and the girl has become my best friend. She and I have bonded […]
Q. If I’m looking for information about how to care for my pet on the Internet, it’s better to go with a website that...
Q. My veterinarian said my cat has heart disease and has to take a blood thinner so he doesn’t throw a clot. What does...
I am about to have a baby and wonder how that will affect my 6-year-old cat. My husband and I have had her since she was a kitten. Anything I should know or do in advance?
My beloved cat, Tigger, has died of cancer at the age of 19, and his death has left me feeling somewhat guilty. He enjoyed going outdoors, and I would follow him around the yard to make sure he was okay.
My cat scratched me on my arm, and a few days later I developed a bump there. But then I went on to develop a fever and also felt very tired. I went to the doctor, who said I had cat scratch fever and that it would resolve on its own. Does that sound right?
I have fallen in love with a shelter cat that is deaf and would like to adopt it. Should I have any concerns?