What Breed Is My Little Shelter Kitten?

Snowshoe cat, CC-BY-SA Steve Voght

Dear Most Esteemed and Knowledgeable Kitties: Hi, I have recently adopted a 3-month-old kitten from an animal shelter. Her name is Panna Cotta, and she’s my first cat. I’ve been told that she’s a Siamese and she certainly has the pointed colors and looks of a Siamese. But when I searched the internet for photos [...]

Why Is Our Cat Pooping On the Floor?

Siouxsie asleep on the couch

Dear Most Esteemed and Knowledgeable Kitties: Our lively, fun and playful 16-year-old Maine Coon has started pooping on the floor! He has two homes, spends half the year as an indoor cat in Florida and spends the other half as an indoor/outdoor cat in Alaska. He started pooping on the floor this winter in Florida. [...]

Why Is This Scaredy Cat So In Love With Me?

Cat rubbing against person's knee

Dear Most Esteemed and Knowledgeable Kitties: I’m the new babysitter of a young boy.  There are three cats in the household, two of whom are pretty social. On the other hand, Simon has to wear a bell around his neck because it’s usually the only way he can be found. So, imagine my surprise one [...]

My Cat’s Fleas Are Gone, But She’s Still Itchy. Help!

Cat scratching an itch, CC-BY-ND Janet 59 via Flickr

Dear Most Esteemed and Knowledgeable Kitties: My cat has some fleas but is getting better. The ones that are left are biting her on the lower back. Now she bites out a little fur and the skin under fur is wet and pink and continues to itch it. I don’t know what to do or [...]

My Kitten Is Scratching Me to Bits! Help!

Tortie cat with claws outstretched. Photo CC-BY Dmitry Grigoriev

Dear Most Esteemed and Knowledgeable Kitties: Help! We have a 6-month-old rescue kitten, Theo. He’s pawsome … except for the claws. I’ve trimmed them. But he insists on clawing my legs when I’m sitting here at my desk. My legs are covered with puncture marks from him trying to play with me. I play with [...]