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I have had Olive (adult, female British shorthair mix) for about 2 months. I had to move apartments about two weeks ago, and that was scary for her. I adopted Olive from a local shelter - she had been picked up wandering along the side of a highway. She is EXTREMELY shy and skittish and spends much of her time hiding. I have been petting her as often as she wants to be petted (although I am still learning to read her body language and she does not set very strong boundaries so sometimes I unwittingly pet her for too long), and over the past week I have gotten her to play a bit (only for ~5 min. at a time, and halfheartedly at that). She is eating and eliminating regularly, has seen a vet and is more or less medically healthy. At the old apartment she lived with another cat who was mean to her, but now it is just her and me. She is definitely more comfortable than when I first brought her home, but not by much. She only lets me pet her when she is in her "safe zones," she has NEVER approached me to seek affection (or anything else, for that matter), she is scared to be out in the open (she needs to have her back to a wall and if I walk into a room where she is out in the open, she gets terrified and bolts off to a hiding place) and she is still reticent to play (and the little bit of play that does happen only happens in her "safe zones"). I have given her plenty of cozy hiding spaces in every room of the apartment, a scratching post in every room (which she uses) and a cat tree (which she does not use). To complicate things, she HATES to be picked up or restrained, and protests with much hissing and occasional violence, but though I respect her preference, I had to restrain her to give her medication for a gum infection for her first few weeks at home, and may have to do so again in the future (I do not have to pick her up for any reason presently). Should I be doing something differently? Should I stop approaching her and ignore her until she comes to me? I love her immensely and I just want her to feel safe and happy and loved, but this is my first cat and I am not sure what to do. Please help.

Hi guys,

My two kittens are about 4 months old. I would like to find out ways which I can teach them not to go into the kitchen. We got a room divider between the kitchen and the rest of the apartment but sometimes they make their way through and into the sink and counter top area. I don't want them to get hurt, and I would just rather they don't go into the kitchen. Please send me your tips etc!

we've had her for almost nine years , september 6th 2014 : That morning she seemed perfectly fine she did her usual thing , and suddenly my mum realized princess mian was looking very fragile n mum carried her  she had pooped on the floor n pied on my mum , mum knew something was wrong she never did that . mum said she was making a very strange sound like she was in pain , her tongue was hanging . she rushed her to the doc but she collapsed on the way . she had bruises on her face for a week n when my mum took her to the vet he said she was fine and nothing to worry n if the bruises don't heal after three days to bring her , her bruises seemed like it was drying but she passed away on the 4th day . i dont know why that vet said she was fine she was obviously not fine , i got to know half hour later but i couldn't b there to see her for the last time as i live in another country . i took the next flight i wanted to go spend some time next to her grave n talk to her  i cried my heart out i almost wanted to open her grave and give a hug for the last time but my mum stopped me from doing that . we had to bury her in the pet cemetery cos we live in a n apartment . wish we lived in a house where we could have buried her . i've lost my baby princess main i'am heart broken i can't seem to move on , i've been taking sleeping pills every night . i feel guilty for not realizing what she must have suffered from . she's always been there for me i've shared so many happy and sad moments with her . I'ts the worst feeling ever . so i made a talisman n i put her fur into that  . i am so depressed 

My indoor cat 12years old started acting sick on sunday took him to my vet yesterday 400 dollars later they took blood which came back normal .  Vet sent me home with some meds for nausea since hes been vomiting not eating just out of the blue .   Has anyone ever experienced this  with thier cat.  Gave him appetite stimulator now just watching him he is not himself . 

 

Hi there,

I recently produced a short documentary film on indoor vs outdoor cats and addressed topics such as nutrition, health, injuries, diseases and neutering.

A vet's advice (who treats 2,000 cats p.a.) is included! Eventually, he will answer the question whether indoor cats live a better and longer life than outdoor cats.

http://youtu.be/uK0KEssN3Ss

Let me know how you keep your cats and how old and how well they are!

Best wishes,
Martin

We rescued Beckham in off the streets about four years ago. He was never 100% confident around us, he seemed skittish when we showed him affection but he loves a good chin scratch and belly rub and often let's us stroke his back. But lately when we go to stroke him he moves his head back or to the sides and if we go to stroke his back, he dips down, this behaviour comes and goes, one minute he'll let us stroke him etc, the next he moves away. He has been acting strange, lying in places he doesn't normally lie and acting up. But my niebour told me today that his cat died a couple of weeks ago, around the time my cat started acting strange. My cat is an outdoors cat and we often see him roaming around my niebours house and starting fights with his cat. His cat was a female at 19 years old and my cat is a male at 12 years old. Is it possible for cats to feel emotional about the loss of another cat like we would with one another. I'm wondering is my cat showing signs of illness or grieving?

I have a anxious cat. He has to be on Prozac to function like a normal cat and it has made a tremendous improvement. He does like to Lee outside of the litter box when I leave for more than a day. He only does it once I return though not while I'm gone. Lucky I only leave a couple times a year. But the last few weeks he has been wanting to urinate on my couch. But only between the hours of 4-6am. My daily routine has not changed at all so I can't figure out why he is doing this but only between those hours in the early morning. Any idea on why this is happening?

Got 2 new kittens from different litters.1 had sick eyes, other one plump n healthy.both dead within 2 weeks.now my 14 month old cat is hanging to life with same symptoms. Been tested for distemper,FIV,porvo test and panleuk.. All negative. Please help me.what is it??

i have a kitten that has very nice markings on him and he has such a wild personality and is so funny and can be so naughty ,i wish to find out if hes a special breed or just a tabby.


My now deceased kitten of around two months would have a very severe reaction to my boyfriend whenever he was round. The kitten would bleed from his nose and eyes, become very clumsy, timid and aggressive and at times we thought perhaps clinically insane. On one occasion, he climbed up our wallpaper to get onto the fridge (He had never done this before) and either jumped or fell off of it. He didn't seem any worse than he had prior to the fall however he kept on trying to climb up to the fridge. He was very week and tired, he wouldn't eat or drink on his own and as mentioned earlier, he was bleeding quite considerably. He bled from his nose a lot, a little from his eyes and possibly from his mouth although it could have come from his nose. We had to wipe him of blood every ten minuets because his face would be covered. My boyfriend didn't return for a week or so and in that time the kitten recovered, and was healthy and strong again, but it happened again when he returned. This was happening on weekends otherwise we would have taken him to a vet, but as it was my mother was away on both occasions and we couldn't find any veterinary practises open even if she had been here. My boyfriend left again and the kitten recovered, and then on the third visit the kitten reacted the same way, only this time he died. It was only after the third visit I realised it /must/ have had something to do with my boyfriend. If I had known beforehand I would not have allowed him round. 
     What was it that made the kitten bleed whenever my boyfriend was round? As a side note, he definitely did not harm the kitten in any way, he was always very gentle and calm with him. He owned a dog - could the kitten have had an allergy to it? I am desperate for an answer - as is my boyfriend. I haven't been able to find answers anywhere else and the question has been haunting me since the day Littlefoot died. 

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