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 ends in “.org” or “.edu” rather than “.com,” yes? Doesn’t “.org” signify that the organization is a non-profit and therefore not looking to make money? Franklin McCarthy Doylestown, Tennessee A. Dear […]
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?
My cat needs a $3,000 operation, and I dont have the cash or that much credit available on my credit card. I should have bought pet health insurance, but obviously Im not going to be able to get it now, after the need for a surgery has been found. Do I have any options whatsoever?
My cat has been diagnosed with gastrointestinal lymphoma, and the veterinarian says he will need chemotherapy. Ive seen my father go through chemo, and it was no picnic. Im worried about putting my cat through this. Will it really help?
Do cats know their own names? It seems like sometimes my cat recognizes her name - shell turn her head slightly or look at me when I call out to her. But other times, saying her name makes no difference. She acts like Im not in the room.