My Cat Is a Holy Terror. Help!

A black and white cat scratches a sofa arm

Dear Most Esteemed and Knowledgeable Kitties: My cat can be perfect. She sits on my lap and sleeps, she cuddles with me in bed. But she can also be an absolute terror — flying all over the house jumping, climbing everything and, worst of all, scratching everything! She has a scratching post, but she also likes my […]

My Cat Won’t Let Me Trim Her Claws. Help!

Close-up of cat claw, CC-BY-SA by Howcheng

Dear Most Esteemed and Knowledgeable Kitties: My cat will not let me trim her claws. She runs away when she senses that I am going to hold her. I have tried to let her smell the clippers but as soon as I try to use them she is gone. The only success we have had […]

My Cat Has Too Many Claws. Help!

Cat's paw with claws extended

Dear Most Esteemed and Knowledgeable Kitties: My neutered female cat is a polydactal (Hemingway) cat. She is an indoor cat. Because of the nature of the structure of her additional toes, it is very difficult for me to trim the extra claws. I take her to the vet to have this done for me. I […]

My “scaredy cat” won’t let me trim her claws. Help!

Dear Most Esteemed and Knowledgeable Kitties: I adopted an adorable tabby from the shelter 3 months ago. She is afraid of everything and spends much of her time in hiding. I can pet her but I can’t hold her. She won’t trust me. Here’s the problem. Her claws are getting very long and they must […]

How can I keep my cat from wrecking my furniture?

Thomas wakes up with a stretch and a scratch on his sisal-covered scratching post.

Dear Most Esteemed and Knowledgeable Kitties: I want to find a way to stop my cat from tearing up all my furniture. I have tried almost everything, I think. I am about to have her front claws taken out. Please give me some suggestions. ~Holly Siouxsie: Before we start, we ask those of you who […]