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I just got a new cat and the previous owner didnt know what breed it was. He looks like an American Short hair but his face is much slimmer than them so Im not sure.

Everyone loves being around an easy-going obedient dog, but the larger picture is that an obedient dog sees you as his leader and if you are able to let your dog know he cannot get away with bad behavior, you’re well on your way to having an adorable, well-mannered canine companion. The best known approach has always been the “learn and earn” one, where your dog understands that he doesn’t get anything he likes until he does something you want.



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I have a neutered male Persian cat with litter box issues. Despite the fact that I keep his litter box clean, he constantly urinates and deficates just inches from where it is located in the hallway. Can anyone offer any insights into the cause of this particular behavior?


Hi everyone,

I'm new here and looking for any possible answer that I can find. About a week ago my four year old cat died suddenly. She did not have any noticeable health issues. She was accident prone and a bit clumsy but was affectionate with a high energy level until the moment it happened, jumping up to he sink to get water and playing with my other cat. 

 my friend and I were sitting on the bed reading a magazine. She jumped onto the bed for a pet, jumped to my dresser and back onto the bed. Suddenly it sounded like she had jumped awkwardly from the bed. I thought she was just being her clumsy self. I sat up and looked on the floor at the foot of my bed and she was sprawled out horizontally. I jumped up and panicked knowing something was wrong and planning on taking her to the emergency vet clinic. My friend went to her side. As I am repeating we need to to to the clinic, my friend kept saying they she wasn't going to make it... she got that far off look in her eye. She cried out twice in what I assume was pain, and then she was gone call in all, it happened in under two minutes. 

I do not have to option for an autopsy as I picked up her ashes on Tuesday. I am absolutely devastated and still in shock. I have been reading about congenital heart defects but she never displayed any or the symptoms. My ex-bf is a paramedic and thought it may have been an aneurysm. She was an indoor car and although I got her at a shelter she was vaccinated. 

I am completely at a loss and am having difficulty finding closer. Can anyone provide some insight?

Thank you so much...


candace lee

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Has anyone given their cat a haircut?  My cat's hair is longer than mine!  I think it is too long, and I would like to give her an overall new "do"  but I have heard cats get really freaky when you do this.  Any experiences?  Please reply.....

My two year old, long haired grey cat (approximately 7 pounds) has been pulling out her hair for about three months. This all occurred after getting her three year rabies shot. It was determined that the shot was probably not the cause but it was probably what triggered the pulling. Her skin in fine, not inflamed or red. The vet has ruled out almost everything. We have another cat and he is just fine. It is probably psychogenic alopecia but we have not ruled out hormonal disorders etc. We felt that it was a lot of money to spend when she has every symptoms of psychogenic alopecia.

We tried a cone for two two week periods, and that did not work. We have been doing environmental enrichment, to no avail. There are absolutely no stressors that we can find or think of causing this. She is perfectly healthy outside of the hair pulling. She is active, happy and acting completely normal. We also have a basset hound, but all three animals love each other and sleep together- I highly doubt that as a stressor.

We are looking for advice on what to do. We live in the midwest so maybe it is the dry air? We are hoping to hear from someone who has dealt with this before for any suggestions. We understand it could be hormonal or something bigger but without testing we don't know, but as I said before she is acting perfectly fine besides the pulling. The other cat (her brother) is completely healthy as well, ruling out any disorders or diseases that would affect all cats in the household.

Any help is appreciated!!

My kitten is 3months old and since I bought her at 6 weeks old from a vet she has tried to suckle on any part of my skin which is uncovered eg; arm, neck, hand. She is a happy healthy kitten with a good appetite and enjoys the company of my 10 month old maltese puppy who just loves her. The kitten does not attemped to suckle on the puppy but any member of the family with a bit of uncovered skin is suckled on. Has anyone encountered this behaviour in a kitten? if so I would appreciate any suggestions or comments on it. Thankyou



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Bad Breath in Cats... what causes it? how to cure it, and avoid it in your cat?


I have a 6 year old male Tabby cat, he has lived his life with my at my percentage with 3 other cats until last summer, when we lost a cat, and since then has lived with two other cats. I recently loved into a condo and after a week with him there with me, I had to begin commuting out of state for work, every week and sometime every other week, coming home on weekends.  After a week here, he seemed to settle in, I think he was a bit lonely, because he always had other cats with him even when we were all at work, but I had to then take him back to my moms since I am commuting.  I am home now for Christmas for over 2 weeks, and would really like to bring him here with me until I leave again.  I am just afraid this will do more damage than good.  I just miss him so much while I'm away and afraid he will forget who I am.  He is the most personable cat we have, never hid when people came over, not scared of much. But, I be did take a few days to adjust when I brought him to my condo, and than again when I took him back to my moms.  Is this too damaging for him?  Thanks! 

Hello everyone, new to this board but I have some questions about picking up the right kitten.

I have a 1 year - 1 month old MALE cat that is pretty energetic and a clown. Hes very very playful and only does the biting or clawing when rubbing his belly but quickly licks you thereafter. I wanted to get him a friend since he seems very lonely and would be good to have him grow up with...

My question is, I dont want them mauling each other so I asked the adoption workers what a good fit would be. They advised to get a younger cat or kitten and preferably a male as well since females can be picky and not get along. I dont mind either but a male would be great as my cat has been a good one, question is would male & male get along?

Also the kitten I found at the center is about 3 months old...I am wondering if this is too young for my 1 year old at home. I did get my current cat at 3 months old too so I know how it is. Or should I get one more along the lines of 6-10 months old. Not sure if the younger kitten would be more helpful as my cat may be more in tuned to just play with him than anything else.

Any advice is good advice, my main concern is gender choosing and age. Thank you!

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