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My friend told me about her cat suddenly attacking people and I was wondering if that happened to anyone else.  She said she would just be petting her cat, the cat would all sweet like she liked being pet, but then out of no where she would just turn and attack her.  I have never heard of this happening before, has anyone else?

My wife and I just brought home a new kitten yesterday and our established cat (Shadow) immediately became very aggressive towards the two of us.  Shadow is a Maine Coon and weighs about fifteen pounds, so she's a pretty large cat.  We live in a nice big clean home, so there's much room for everyone and the little kitten even has her own room.  The only contact they've had is when we had Shadow check out the kitten, while the kitten was inside of a carrier.  We've given Shadow her space, but she's literally lunged on numerous occasions at both me and my wife, trying to attack us.  We live in Portland, Oregon and a couple of years ago we went through a big snow storm for about a week and this is when Shadow (about five to six months old at the time) came to our door and we believed she was a feral cat and the Multnomah County Animal Shelter also thought there was a good chance?  We had taken her to the shelter after she had road out the storm in our bathroom for a few days, hoping her family would come looking, but no one ever did and we had told the shelter not to put her down, we would take her if it ever came to that.  Shadow has always been an aggressive cat and she'll occasionally show her dominance towards my wife, but she's never tried to actually harm us like what we've seen over the last twenty-four hours.  I'm 6'3 and 245 lbs. and I'm even scared of her now, she just tried to attack my wife and then she turned and ran at me (while hissing and growling), but luckily she proceeded to slip on the hard wood floors and passed me without incident.  Any and all help would be greatly appreciated, we truly feel like prisoners in our own home and this just isn't fair to anyone involved, Thank You!  Scott & Alice.



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My cat has a throw up problem.  Not hairballs.  Liquid and food.  I'm getting quite tired of cleaning this up and I am considering getting rid of the cat.  This occurs maybe once a month.  

Short of that, what could be causing this ?

Male 2 year old cat.

A friend of mine has a cat that was diagnosed with Chronic Renal Failure.  This disease is terrible and can eventually kill a cat.  There are treatment options, but they all mainly help to manage the cat's remaining years, and do not cure or undo the damage caused by the disease.

There is however a new operation where the cat's can receive healthy new kidneys through a transplant procedure.  They say its about 80% effective, meaning the cat is all better, but its costs $5,000.00.

How much would people be willing to pay to save their cats life?

Okay. I would love to get a cat. I have a rather small apartment, but hopefully I'd be moving out in a year or two. I spent the last few days trying to determine which cat breed would be the best choice, and I am even more confused than before. I have always had cats, but they were ordinary cats picked up from containers, cleaned and fed. But now I'd like to have a breed.

So. I'm looking for the love of my life. Long-semi long hair, intelligent, lap cat. Someone who can listen to me while I study aloud all day long, meow here and there agreeing with me, and demanding attention. He would be alone about 3-5 hours every day. Sometimes maybe 7. He wouldn't be allowed outside, since sadly, there is no outside here. He would get all the love I have.

At one point I loved the idea of getting a Norwegian forest cat, but then I realized how huge they can get, and decided to hold that thought for a while. On my chosen list are also: Turkish Angora and Van, Korat, Birman, Ragdoll, Russian Blue and Chartreux. Yes, I understand that not all of them have the length of hair I'd prefer, and some of them don't score the highest on intelligence.

What  do you think would be the best option? Maybe another breed I didn't take under consideration? Thank you a lot.

Our cat, Clover, of 9 years suffered a Stroke about 3 weeks ago. My husband and I were out of the country traveling when it happened but thankfully our cat-sitter was home at the time.

Apparently she was resting when suddenly she started gagging and panting, as if to vomit, but then she tried to get up and collapsed because she lost control of her hind leg. She then started peeing on herself and continued panting. The Vet said they have never seen anything like it but diagnosed it as a Stroke. They prescribed her some antibiotics, and sent her home after an overnight stay. She regained her strength in 4 days, and now seems to be back to her old self..... Except!, recently I have noticed that she sometimes shivers continuously when I'm petting her. Kind of like she has the chills. It has only happened a couple of times but I am concerned.

We don't have the money to take her back to the Vet right now, but they advised me to give her Pepcid AC to help calm her, apparently it has a soothing effect.

I was hoping to get some advice as to what this might be, or what I can do to help her rehabilitation until we can get her back in for a check up.
Any advice or thoughts are appreciated! thx.

my cat is impacted/constipated and I would like to know if it is ok to give him mineral oil or castor oil as a laxative to make him poop?





I'm looking into the possibility of feeding my cats a home diet.  My vet can order in Feline Vitamin-Mineral Premix from Medi-Cal.*  I'm wondering if it would be possible for me to formulate a home diet in which the animal protein comes from bivalve mollusks (e.g. scallops, clams, oysters, mussels, etc.) and possibly also crustaceans (e.g. shrimp and prawns).**  I want to do this primarily for reasons of farmed-animal welfare and environmental safety.***

More specifically, my question is:

(1) Is it safe for cats to eat bivalves and / or crustaceans as part of an appropriately formulated home diet?

(2) Is it safe for cats to eat an appropriately formulated home diet, where the SOLE SOURCE of animal protein comes from bivalves and / or crustaceans?


*Ingredients: Vitamin A (Retinyl-Palmitate; 10,400IU/g), Vitamin D3 (Cholecalciferol; 2100 IU/g), Vitamin E (Alpha-Tocopheryl Acetate; 130 IU/g), Vitamin K (Menadione Sodium Bisulphate Cplex; 2.2mg/g), Vitamin B1 (Thiamine Hydrochloride; 13mg/g), Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin 13mg/g) Vitamin B3 (Niacin; 200mg/g) Vitamin B5 (D-Calcium Pantothenate; 25mg/g), Vitamin B6 (Pyridoxine Hydrochloride 10mg/g), Folic Acid (1.2mg/g), Biotin (0.15 mg/g), Copper (Copper Sulphate; 5mg/g), Iron (Ferrous Sulphate; 100 mg/g), Zinc Oxide (130 mg/g), Cobalt (Cobalt Carbonate 0.36mg/g), Selenium (Sodium Selenite; 0.13 mg/g), Iodine (Potassium Iodide; 0.9 mg/g), Taurine (500 mg/g).  The recipes I know of also call for Calcium Carbonate and Potassium Citrate, the latter of which I know I can also get from my vet.

**In addition to the Vitamin-Mineral Premix, Calcium Carbonate, and Potassium Citrate, the only non-animal protein / animal fat ingredients the Medi-Cal recommended diets call for are (1) rice and (2) corn oil.  So the diet I'm thinking of would really just be: VM Premix, Calc. Carb, Potas. Cit., rice, corn oil, and bivalves / crustaceans.

*** I'm vegan myself, and I've looked into vegan diets for cats - e.g. Amicat, Evolution, Vegecat - but, especially since one of my cats is a diabetic in remission and I've heard stuff about the general importance of keeping cat diets low in carbs, I'd be very concerned about trying to feed my cats a vegan diet.  I think that there's an excellent chance that bivalves, like plants, aren't capable of having subjective experiences and thus can't be harmed in a literal, morally relevant way, and I suspect that this may also be true of crustaceans.  I am, however, quite confident that fish do have subjective experiences - see e.g. Sneddon et al "Do Fish Have Nociceptors Evidence for the Evolution of a Vertebrate Sensory System" (2003) and Chandroo et al "Can fish suffer?: perspectives on sentience, pain, fear and stress" (2004).  I know that there are environmental issues about fishing and farming marine animals, but I live in Canada and I'm pretty confident that I can get farmed bivalves (and probably crustaceans) that get around these problems. 

My baby Tigger was 9 yrs. When I adopted him as a kitten he had been very ill, the vet said he only had a 30% chance of survival...He of course made it and was the best baby in the world. (If not for his love and affection I wouldn't have survived my own serious health issues)
He wasn't sick again until about 1.5 yrs ago, when we noticed his teeth were going bad. We haven't had the funds to take him to the vet so we did what we could. Tigger began to lose weight a yr ago and vomiting white foam periodically, he never ate very much but we started feeding him soft food. He loved drinking water and his litter box habits were regular and healthy looking.
Then, on my wedding anniversary (10/31) he was acting fine all day. That evening he puked several times then had diarrhea 3 times. I sat with him all nite. On 11/1, I came home from work and he was loving and purring but very weak. We gave him water and he drank a 3 tablespoons. He was waking oddly, like his hind legs were stiff. He peed, then went under the end table.
Early the next morning, we found him under the couch, under where I had fallen asleep. We knew he had gone in his sleep the nite before...He never screamed, never whimpered, never showed obvious signs of pain. I am confused as to how this happened so suddenly. I'm still grieving and trying to come to terms with his passing. Any thoughts or ideas would be greatly appreciated to help me find some closure. The guilt is making me sick....


I hope you can help.  A stray cat came into my house whilst the back door was opened.  I noticed the stray cat sitting on the worktop eating out of my cats bowl.  My Blind cat Felix was in the kitchen at the time and jumped up onto the worktop next to the stray cat obviously not knowing it was there. 

Anyway the stray cat hit my blind cat on the face and ran away.  Problem is that since this has happened my blind cat is keeping one of his eyes closed most of the time or he is keeping it half opened.  I have checked his eye for any signs of scratches or discharge etc but there is nothing.  My cat is still letting me touch his eye area etc and he doesnt seem to be in any pain or showing any signs that he is.

 Should I bathe his eye with some sterile water just incase there is an infection etc.  Please help I am beside myself with worry. 

Any help, information and advice will be greatly appreciated. x

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