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Spaying and Neutering
Indoors / Outdoors
- We had to evacuate our apartment complex
of a family of stray cats. There was a momma and 3 kits.
My wife decided that we should adopt one of the kits, so
we did and took her to the vet's. She was in perfect
health. No problem so far. Now it has been around 4 weeks
and she still will not come around us, we can't hold her
or pet her. She will run and hide if she feels you are
even thinking of trying to come towards her. Why would
this be? I can pet her when she is in her hiding spot, if
I am very persistent about it. Help me!
- We have a cat that does not understand
that he should not get on the speakers. Whenever he
feels the need to hop on them, he goes to it, meows, and
when convinced the speaker wants him to hop onto it, does
so. We have tried to squirt him with water to deter him
but he does not care. Do you have any
- I have two cats, both males around a year
and a half old, with a very odd fetish! They suck
clothing like a kitten would feed from its mother. As
soon as I put on a toweling dressing gown, they run at me
salivating, then suck all over me! They will settle for
jumpers and other soft materials, but it's the dressing
gown they go crazy for. Any ideas what causes this,
especially as they are getting older?
- My kitten won't stop biting! He is
constantly launching himself at our faces, biting our
chins and noses. He attacks our feet and arms, chewing on
our ankles and wrists. We can't figure out what is going
on. He is just over 4 months old.
- How do I get my cat to stop scratching up
the furniture? I've used that spray bottle but he doesn't
seem to get the idea. We've got a scratching post that he
loves and does use it to scratch. But he also uses the
couch, the entertainment center, my fiancés speakers...
and whatever else he can find.
Urinating / House Soiling
- How can you tell the differences between
a female or male kitten?
- I would like to get some information of
pet suppliers wholesale, I spend a lot of money on my
cats, buying food at PetMart. I feed about 30
- How many cat years in one human
- I am going to be adopting a three year
old female cat from someone that is moving. I don't know
her history and want to ensure she has all her
vaccinations. She will be an indoor cat. What do you
recommend? Are there annual shots she should receive
thereafter? Do you know what the standard vaccinations
are that a cat needs to receive? The same ones
- I'm interested in finding out if I can
bring another cat into my home. I have a tabby who stays
home alone a lot and I want her to have a friend to hang
with. I'm not sure if it's a good idea to introduce
another into her domain or whether it would be advisable
to do so. If so, should the new cat be an adult or a
kitten? Luna is three years old now and I've had her
since she was 6-7 weeks old. She's an indoor-outdoor
- I have a boy and girl and about a month
ago, they mated constantly for three days straight. We
wanted her to have babies. Anyway, I can't tell if she is
pregnant or not. Her nipples are growing and protruding a
bit and she is really affectionate. (She is a very loving
cat). Does it sound like she is pregnant?
- I was taking care of a friend's female
spayed cat for 4 weeks. I took many precautions during
her stay such as covering all sofas/chairs with bed
sheets, and never allowing her access to my bedroom. I
kept her litter and litter area clean (inside a ceramic
floor closet). After she left, I discarded the sheets,
and washed all my floor mats/area rugs. I swept and
mopped my floors too (I don't have carpeting). Then I
took a rag and cleaned all low surfaces, walls and
table/chair legs (because she grazed against them so
often) with some ammonia cleaner. Even after all of
this, people who come to my home that have cat allergies
still have a reaction, and some have said my home smells
like a pet even though she has been gone for a month.
Please tell me what I can do and where I should target to
get rid of the smell, and the mites or dander causing
- My son has bought home a stray 6-8 week
old kitty which he intends to keep. He has managed to
keep it hidden for almost 2 weeks now (and taken it to
the vet) but we are wondering if there is any information
on how to potty train a cat. Have you got
- Just became aware of the FUR-L and
FELINE-L organization. Is there any info you can send me
about this group?
||Does neutering a male cat make him
incapable of spraying? If not, does it curtail his
urge to spray? Our cat is two years old, is it too
late for neutering to do any good? We are also
interested in anything we can do after he is neutered
to help control this problem.
||A cat of any age (5-7 months+) can be castrated
safely, the earlier the better but it's not too late.
Following the operation, the hormone levels drop off
gradually over a period of six weeks. These hormonal
changes affect his behaviour which is evident after
approximately one month - he calms down, becomes more
affectionate, docile, and usually wants to have more
human companionship. Your cat will not spray after
the operation, unless the spraying is due to a
||I have a mommy cat and I just gave
her three kittens away. I want to have her spayed.
What is the correct amount of time I should wait
before I have her spayed? She is in heat at this
time. Also I have one of her female kittens from the
litter before. She is 9 months old. Is she ready to
||Please call and ask your veterinarian. Since she's
in heat now, I don't know when the best time is. The
female kitten is ready to be spayed. You're making
the right decision. Getting your cat fixed will
minimize many medical problems during its lifetime
and will make the cat become even-tempered.
||I would like to know how long my
female American tabby can live on average?
||American indoor cats live about 15 years. On
average, those who are allowed outdoors live about
five years (due to accidents, diseases and fights
with other animals). Keep your tabby indoors if you
||I am recently moving and I would
like to know what I need to do in order to keep my
cat in the new house so that he doesn't run away or
||It's great you want to keep your cat indoors - she
will more likely be healthier and live longer. My
suggestions to keep your cat indoors is to think in
terms of making life very interesting inside your
- Put shelves under window sills with something
cushy so that he can look out to the great
outdoors and fantasize a little :-).
- A bird feeder outside viewable from a window
inside is always entertaining for cats.
grown indoors in pots is good for their
health (you can buy this at a seed and feed store
- Make sure everyone in your house knows to close
the doors behind them.
- When your cat asks to go out, always say NO and
distract him by playing with him, giving him
attention or sometimes a treat.
- Have lots of toys around the house.
- Ensure he has comfy hiding spots when he wants
to be left alone.
- Have a scratching post or cat condo.
||I have a cat that is a real outdoor
animal. Do you have any idea what he does outside,
especially at night when the birds are sleeping? I
know that he hunts during the day, and takes in all
the sights and sounds of the outside world. I used
to worry about him outside but I no longer worry
quite so much since he always comes back and seems so
happy to go out.
||Tisha doesn't go outside. My cat Cedric (previous
to Pashu and Tisha) was hit by a car and died, it was
an awful sight. Cats who are allowed outside don't
usually live as long those who stay indoors. Since
they are deprived of the natural outdoors, I make
sure she gets plenty of exercise, lots of love and
attention, and that she has pots of grass to munch
on. I don't know what a cat does outside at night.
I know that mine (indoors) snoozes a lot in frequent
periods during the day. During the night too,
sometimes I can hear her playing and running
throughout the house! I assume that a cat outside
during the day will play, but mostly snooze under a
tree or in a sunny spot. During the night, they
probably look for playmates, get into fights, chase
bugs and rodents, and snoop.
||We had to evacuate our apartment
complex of a family of stray cats. There was a momma
and 3 kits. My wife decided that we should adopt one
of the kits, so we did and took her to the vet's. She
was in perfect health. No problem so far. Now it has
been around 4 weeks and she still will not come
around us, we can't hold her or pet her. She will run
and hide if she feels you are even thinking of trying
to come towards her. Why would this be? I can pet her
when she is in her hiding spot, if I am very
persistent about it. Help me!
||Since you had her checked out by the vet and
everything's ok, my advice would be to try the
- Be very patient around her and give her quiet
time, a new cat will be wary if there's too much
activity around or it's too loud in the home.
- Make sure she has various hiding spots for when
she wants to be alone and quiet, and don't
approach her in her spots at first.
- Start a playing ritual with her on a daily
basis, maybe one of you can do this with her at a
specific time of day - find out what she likes to
play with (cats love routine and they respond to
care and love).
- Make sure her litter boxes are out of the
- Make sure she has access to fresh water bowls
out of the way.
- Place shelves under window ledges to allow her
to view the great outdoors.
- Don't stare at a cat, it's a form of aggression
to them. However, you can look at at length by
winking slowly, by closing your eyes slowly, like
what they do when they are relaxed.
- Speak in a soft tone to her.
- Have toys scattered around the house.
- At first when you do get her to purr, end the
'mush session' before she does (i.e. before she
stops purring), this can make her think of asking
you for more attention on her own.
- Basically try to be patient and give her lots
of space and love, maybe she is very shy but she
will more likely come around eventually, once she
trusts you will not hurt her.
- Possibly consider getting a second cat, they
get lonely without interaction.
||We have a cat that does not
understand that he should not get on the speakers.
Whenever he feels the need to hop on them, he goes to
it, meows, and when convinced the speaker wants him
to hop onto it, does so. We have tried to squirt him
with water to deter him but he does not care. Do you
have any suggestions?
||Try putting foil on top of the speakers for a while
with a bit of tape underneath (Martha wouldn't
approve). Cats hate foil! A simple loud NO along
with a water spray aimed at his body should help
along with that. You may have to leave the foil
there for a while or something else on top of the
speakers. Also give him a place of his own to perch
on with a similar view near that same spot and
others. Cats love to perch high and to look down at
||I have two cats, both males around
a year and a half old, with a very odd fetish! They
suck clothing like a kitten would feed from its
mother. As soon as I put on a toweling dressing gown,
they run at me salivating, then suck all over me!
They will settle for jumpers and other soft
materials, but it's the dressing gown they go crazy
for. Any ideas what causes this, especially as they
are getting older?
||It's difficult to say without knowing more history
but I believe that your cats think you're their
mother (as many do). Apparently, kittens that are
bottle fed by humans often knead their clothes as
they suck, as they would knead their mother's tummy,
then as adults they tend to suck on clothes. Siamese
cats are predisposed to suckling and chewing wool.
Cats sometimes indulge in obsessive-compulsive
behaviour and it is difficult to figure out why. Ask
your veterinarian about this, they could be lacking a
certain vitamin as well.
||My kitten won't stop biting! He is
constantly launching himself at our faces, biting our
chins and noses. He attacks our feet and arms,
chewing on our ankles and wrists. We can't figure
out what is going on. He is just over 4 months
||Is it possible that someone or you may be playing
with your kitten with your hands and/or fingers? If
so, this may be the reason your kitten is doing that.
If you don't correct the problem now, you may have a
bigger terror on your hands later on! :-) The cat
needs and likes to play, and thinks you play like
another cat,with paws and claws! Change your playing
habits with your kitty by not letting him play with
your hands or body parts - a simple loud NO is all
that is needed when he does it - but you need
patience as this could take a little while. Play
with him a lot, but with objects only. You can get
somes ideas on the fun
for kitty page.
||How do I get my cat to stop
scratching up the furniture? I've used that spray
bottle but he doesn't seem to get the idea. We've got
a scratching post that he loves and does use it to
scratch. But he also uses the couch, the
entertainment center, my fiancés speakers... and
whatever else he can find.
||Cats stratch to serve many functions:
- To remove dead surface layers from their
- To leave a visual marker of their presence.
- To stretch their front legs and upper body.
- It feels good to them and it's instinctual.
- Sometimes cats may also scratch to help relieve
anxiety (marking their territory increases in
times of stress).
Unfortunately, stopping your cat's scratching
behaviour in bad places is tricky. Declawing being
the alternative though, it's definitely worth a very
hard try! Here are some tips:
- Put catnip on the scratching post, and praise
him when he uses it.
- When using the water bottle, don't say anything
and hide the fact that you are spraying him -
otherwise he may figure out that he only gets
sprayed when you're around.
- Get scratching posts and place them near your
cat's favourite scratching area, near the sofa,
near the bed etc. Some kittens and cats love
cardboard-type scratching posts too.
- Whenever he scratches something bad and you are
there to see it, say a loud NO with a look of
disapproval as soon as it happens. Or use the
water bottle. Don't scold 5 minutes after the
fact - it's useless - they have a short
attention span and will be confused.
- Make sure that any everyone in your household
in your house does these things too.
- Clip his claws regularly.
- Once your cat stops the bad behaviour, place
the posts where you want them. When you move the
posts, get your cat involved in a cheerful way,
showing him where you're moving it, maybe give
him a treat.
|Urinating / House Soiling
||Bogie my ten year old male cat has
been urinating outside the litter box intermittently
for the past 2-3 years. We have taken him to the vet
several times for testing and have ruled out any
diseases (like crystals in the urine). We therefore
have concluded that his problem is behavioural. The
problem is that he is seldom caught in the act so a
water bottle behaviour modification method will not
work. He re-sprays the same spot in the basement but
he also urinates in other parts of the house (i.e. in
empty toy boxes, on the sofa, on cushions, etc.).
What's there to do?
||Your cat's behavioural problem is a tough one to
deal with - with lots of effort on your part though,
possible to overcome. Here are some tips. If you're
already doing some of them, simply continue to do so
and incorporate the others.
- Read the excellent article by Susan Little,
DVM, Diplomate ABVP (Feline Practice) - A Practical Approach to Feline
- You can try putting the food where the cat
soils for a while, cats dislike that scent where
they eat and may stop going there.
- Clean all spots he voided on. You can get a
number of professional products meant
specifically for urine stains at a vet's or pet
shop. Use a black light for spots that you can't
- Clean and disinfect all loose rugs, clothing,
toys etc. that your cat voided on (with very hot
- Clean and disinfect litter box(es). Soak in
bathtub and brush. Ensure the boxes are then
washed with a regular soap (dish soap) and rinsed
well to get rid of all the harsh disinfectant
- Get a second and third litter box if you only
have one. The rule is one box per cat + an extra
one. They can be territorial when it comes to
- Position the litter boxes in quiet places,
where there's no traffic, out of the way,
convenient for the cats. They like their
privacy. Try to place them near or where the cat
soils the most.
- Fill litter boxes with a different type of
litter (they usually prefer a loose,
fine-textured sand-like clumping litter, some
dislike the scented ones). The litter boxes
should not be deep and should not have a lid or
under-litter liner. When you move the boxes,
involve the cats, cheerfully tell them what
you're doing (I know it sounds crazy but it's
- Ensure the litter boxes are scooped on a daily
basis and cleaned thoroughly with hot water and
replaced with fresh litter weekly.
- After you see the cat urinating in the litter
box, you can praise him, kiss him, treat, say
'good', whatever he likes!
- Play games with him and pay more attention to
him than usual - sometimes soiling is a cry for
attention (do the same for his sister of course
so that she doesn't get jealous).
- Don't punish your cat when you see another
soiled area once in a while unless you catch him
in the act - a loud NO usually does the trick.
Clean the spot again and eventually, he should
stop doing it. Placing furniture or objects over
the cleaned spots often helps.
- You can also purchase a sssCAT, a cat
repellent device, to prevent the cat from going
in a specific area.
It sounds like a lot of work but it could be well
worth it. Once the problem is rectified, another
advantage is that you will be able to notice if ever
one of your cat is not urinating due to possible
||My roommate and I have two cats.
Both are almost two years old. They are wonderful.
However, on a few occasions, the one has urinated on
my roommate's comforter, jacket, and clean clothes.
And it's always her stuff. We've caught the cat in
the act every time and can't figure out why she is
doing this. Normally she's very well behaved. Both
receive a lot of affection when we're home. However,
we both work long hours and sometimes aren't home for
twelve hours or so. Is it possible for our cat to be
suffering from separation anxiety or could there be a
||Yes to both. The best thing is to get the cat
checked by a vet to rule out anything medical. If
you rule this out, it is behavioural. Since the cat
is always urinating on your roommate's stuff, it may
be because your cat does not like your roommate for
whatever reason, or wants your roommate to change
something. Also, once an object (clothing, carpet,
pillow etc.) has been stained with urine, the smell
lingers on and the cat keeps on going back there
(being attracted by the smell). In this case,
removing the scents with a special product needs to
be done as well as training the cat to only urinate
in the litter box(es). It's unfortunate that the
cats spend so much time alone but you can enhance
their lives by making sure they can have fun without
you. See the fun for
kitty page for ideas. Some cats need more
attention than others, just make sure you give them
lots of love when you are at home.
||How do you keep matted fur from
happening and how do you get rid of them?
||The only way to prevent mats (and headaches for you
and your cat) is to groom your cat at least once a
week (if not more) everywhere. This is also a good
opportunity to check for skin lesions, bumps etc. It
sounds like a lot of work but you do get used to it
and so does the cat. Mine look forward to their
grooming sessions, because of the way they feel
after! If your cat has a lot of mats, the best thing
is to get a vet or professional groomer to remove
them. Afterwards, you shouldn't have any more
problems if you groom your cat regularly. If there
are only a few mats, the thing to do is to split them
(to relieve pressure from the skin) and then comb
them out, upwards. These mats are very painful to
cats, it probably won't be easy to get them out. I
find the best way to groom them is to put a towel on
the couch and put the cat between your legs (more
control this way). Start brushing the neck (their
favourite), then the head, along the ears, the cheeks
(moving the whiskers up/away a bit), the top of the
body (gentle along the spine), then the sides (you
lie the cat sideways), and then you groom the belly
and legs etc. I use a metal comb on my long-haired
cats, they seem prefer this type to others.
||I just bought some plants, and I
was wondering if you could 100% confirm if they are
poisonous or not to cats: Golden Pothos; China Doll
or radermachera; Arabia Variegated Galaxy or
dizygotheca elegantissima; Chia Pet; Majesty Palm;
Spathiphyllum w/flowers; and Hawaiian Schefflera. I
have been looking at lots of sites to find out if
these plants are toxic or not, and I haven't been
able to find those listed above on any sites.
||I looked through all my books/literature and did a
search on the Internet as well, and I can't find any
information that the plants you mention are
poisonous. I can't confirm because I haven't done
research on these plants myself (nor would I be able
to) or know of a great source to confirm this. I
suggest that if you do have these plants and they
can't be out of reach of your cat(s), keep an eye out
for anything odd. You will probably see if they are
interested in them or not.
||I have just purchased a cactus
plant. It has no spines, the plant has smooth and
rounded, jade colored leaves with a bit of orange
around the top rim of each leaf. I do believe its
first name begins with Jade... My kitten took a
liking to my plant and put his teeth through one of
the leaves. Nothing happened, thank goodness, but I
was wondering if you knew anything about it.
||I don't know what that plant is. It is poisonous
if the cactus has a milky or coloured sap. Keep an
eye on your kitten to make sure he's ok. If he goes
back to it, maybe you could move it out of reach. I
suggest that you grow grass in pots inside your house
on a constant basis. They're easy to do - I buy the
quick grow grass seeds at Ritchie Feed & Seed,
all you need is potting soil and pots, and to water
||We recently purchased a
Philodendron Cordatum House plant. I have found out
that Philodendrons are poisonous, but is that for all
types? Could you also state how they are poisonous
to cats, the effects etc.
||Your type of philodendron is poisonous too. The
general symptoms of poisoning from this plant are
reddening and inflammation of the skin and itchiness,
to nervousness, opisthotonos, elevated temperature
and trembling. Just ensure you keep it out of reach
of your cat, or to not have it at all.
||I purchased a hydrangea plant and
put it on the window, how dangerous is it?
||Dangerous, apparently the major symptoms are
seizures, dizziness and rapid breathing. I suppose
if it's really out of reach it would be ok but
remember that cats may go places we don't know about
when we're not around, maybe you shouldn't have one
||Today both of my four year old
Himalayan kitties walked through a wet floor of oil
based paint (forgot to close the doors)! I called
the vet and asked if mineral spirits were ok to use
on their paws and she said yes as long as I washed
their feet with soapy water afterwards. I did just
that but it didn't come out all the way, and now I am
clipping the hairs after the paint has dried. Little
by little I'm doing it. In the meantime, do you know
what I can use to remove that fumes from the paint
and the thinner? Even though I washed the feet, it
still smells. Not a lot, but I'm sure to the cat it
is even stronger.
||I suggest another (or several other baths) for
their paws. Maybe you can try to keep the cat
comfortable while you're doing it by putting it in a
pillow case with its head stuck out as well as the
paw you're working on... The more you clean, the
less they ingest. This is probably a two-person job
too. Check that their belly hairs are free of paint.
You'll need a bucket with warm soapy water, another
one to rinse the paw in and lots of towels to dry.
You'll have to put the towels through one or more hot
washes, what you use to clean will smell strong and
everything else around it. Make sure they always
have lots of fresh water to drink and keep an eye on
them for a while, to make sure they are ok.
||My cat has started to lose her
hair on her tail and now the tip is starting to
bleed. What could have happened? This seems as if
this has happened overnight.
||My advice is for you to call your veterinarian and
try to visit with your cat asap. It needs to be
looked at because it can be due to an accident,
something medical, behavioural etc.
||My cat has been diagnosed with
asthma. She's currently on Prednizone. Can you give
me any helpful hints to ease her discomfort.
||I don't know very much about asthma but since you
saw your veterinarian and it's under control, my only
suggestions would be to not smoke around your cat (if
you do) and to ensure your cat has a shelf or place
to perch near windows (cracked open) for fresh air
whenever she needs it. Maybe you can purchase a good
air purifier too.
||Lately my cat has been vomiting up
all her food (for the past 3 days) and we are trying
to feed her only little at a time which results in
her wolfing down what we give her. I have found
complete pieces of food in her vomit, which proves
she is starving and isn't even chewing her food. Is
this because of a hairball? I have heard that a cat
will vomit a lot before actually coughing up a
hairball. Is there any truth to this? And is there
any way to help her not get these hairballs?
||It's normal for cats to vomit once in a while but
when it's all of a sudden like this (and going on for
three days) I think it's best to check with your
veterinarian, she could even have gum disease or
problems with her teeth. It could be caused by the
cat ingesting something it shouldn't have or it could
be medical. If it's a hairball (and to lessen them
in the future) there are great products like Hairball
Remedy sold at pet stores and veterinarinary offices.
You usually give this to your cat once a week to
prevent or lessen hairballs and its discomfort.
||I have a question about my cat,
her nose has changed color and I was wondering if
that can be serious? It was pinkish but now it's
white. Just doesn't seem right.
||Apparently it could be completely normal due to
pigment or it could be a sign of anemia or some other
medical condition. The best thing is to check with
your own veterinarian and bring your cat in for a
||How can you tell the differences
between a female or male kitten?
||To tell the difference between a female and male
kitten, look at the kitten's genital area - a female
will have a slit running vertically and a male will
have a round opening, testicles may be visible by two
months. Remember, if you get a new kitten, make sure
it gets a full check-up and booster vaccinations.
||I would like to get some
information of pet suppliers wholesale, I spend a lot
of money on my cats, buying food at PetMart. I feed
about 30 cats!
||see these search results for "pet supplies wholesale" from
||How many cat years in one human
||One human year equals approximately 18 cat days! See the How
old is your cat compared to you? page.
||I am going to be adopting a three
year old female cat from someone that is moving. I
don't know her history and want to ensure she has all
her vaccinations. She will be an indoor cat. What do
you recommend? Are there annual shots she should
receive thereafter? Do you know what the standard
vaccinations are that a cat needs to receive? The
same ones annually?
||I recommend you get your new cat to a
veterinarian's soon for a complete check-up and
vaccinations if they think it is needed. Afterwards,
you only need to go once a year for a check-up and
vaccinations. Congratulations on having her be an
indoor cat. My cats usually get the Annual Health
Exam/FVRCP and Rabies Immunization and/or FeLV
Immunization. Depending on the year, your
veterinarian will know exactly what your cat needs.
Vaccinations depend a lot on where you live and what
problems (viruses/diseases/coyotes etc.) are lurking
around in your area. If you don't already have one,
you should get a cat carrier for when you take your
cat to the vet's. Put a t-shirt with your scent on
it (not clean) in the carrier. Having your scent
around will be reassuring to your cat.
||I'm interested in finding out if I
can bring another cat into my home. I have a tabby
who stays home alone a lot and I want her to have a
friend to hang with. I'm not sure if it's a good idea
to introduce another into her domain or whether it
would be advisable to do so. If so, should the new
cat be an adult or a kitten? Luna is three years old
now and I've had her since she was 6-7 weeks old.
She's an indoor-outdoor cat.
||It may be a good idea. Cats do get lonely. If you
do, I suggest you get a male cat since you have a
female, they tend to get along better. More so if
the male cat is smaller than Luna. When it happens,
you should give lots of extra attention to Luna -
just to make sure she doesn't feel like she's being
replaced or loved less. Let her know often that
another cat friend is coming (sounds crazy but it
worked for me). When Tisha came to live with us,
Pashu was not at all surprised - toys were scattered
all over the place in anticipation of her arrival, I
had been telling him that he was going to get a new
cat friend to play with.
||I have a boy and girl and about a
month ago, they mated constantly for three days
straight. We wanted her to have babies. Anyway, I
can't tell if she is pregnant or not. Her nipples are
growing and protruding a bit and she is really
affectionate. (She is a very loving cat). Does it
sound like she is pregnant?
||She should go to the vet for a check-up. It sounds
like she may be pregnant.
||I was taking care of a friend's
female spayed cat for 4 weeks. I took many
precautions during her stay such as covering all
sofas/chairs with bed sheets, and never allowing her
access to my bedroom. I kept her litter and litter
area clean (inside a ceramic floor closet). After
she left, I discarded the sheets, and washed all my
floor mats/area rugs. I swept and mopped my floors
too (I don't have carpeting). Then I took a rag and
cleaned all low surfaces, walls and table/chair legs
(because she grazed against them so often) with some
ammonia cleaner. Even after all of this, people who
come to my home that have cat allergies still have a
reaction, and some have said my home smells like a
pet even though she has been gone for a month.
Please tell me what I can do and where I should
target to get rid of the smell, and the mites or
dander causing allergies.
||Sorry to hear the troubles you are having due to
your furry visitor. Sounds to me like you did all
the right things. I have no other suggestions short
of having the house ducts cleaned. Eventually the
vacuuming should get rid of all the dander etc.
Ensure you open all your windows while you are
cleaning, and that you target all hidden corners high
||My son has bought home a stray 6-8
week old kitty which he intends to keep. He has
managed to keep it hidden for almost 2 weeks now (and
taken it to the vet) but we are wondering if there is
any information on how to potty train a cat. Have
you got anything?
||Here is a link to check out (assuming that by potty
training you mean for the cat to go on the toilet): www.edork.com/TopicToday/PottyTraining/introduction.asp
Otherwise, a few litter boxes placed in quiet
areas of the house will do. Simply show the cat
where the litter boxes are.
||Just became aware of the FUR-L and
FELINE-L organization. Is there any info you can send
me about this group?
||Here is the info you requested about FUR-L and
FELINE-L, the newsgroups I followed where I
eventually got a beautiful cat (Tisha) sent to me
from Pennsylvania to Ottawa this way via the FUR
group, part of FELINE-L. Both these lists are owned
by Bill Gorman, to subscribe:
- FUR-L is an organization point for
transporting cats in need of rescue and rehoming
across the country. "FUR" is an acronym for
"Feline Underground Railroad".
Send an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Subject: subscribe FUR-L your name
- FELINE-L is a general purpose mailing
list for cat owners. This is a high volume
Send an email to: email@example.com
Subject: subscribe FELINE-L your name