Can Cats Tell How You’re Feeling?

Thomas gives Mama a lick on the cheek

Dear Most Esteemed and Knowledgeable Kitties: One day I came home from school and I was really sad, so I went to my room, sat on my bed, and did a reflection on what had happened that day. A tear rolled down my face, and as I wiped away the tear I looked up to [...]

How Can I Help a Terrified Kitty to Feel Safe?

Scared cat hiding. Photo CC-BY-ND by Jon Ross

Dear Most Esteemed and Knowledgeable Kitties: I am a cat foster for a local animal shelter. I recently took in a beautiful and terrified female cat. Her owners were forced to surrender her to the shelter after a house fire that destroyed their home. She did not do well at the shelter; she was overwhelmed [...]

How Can We Prepare Our Cat For Our Son’s Departure?

Bella in the window

Dear Most Esteemed and Knowledgeable Kitties: When our younger son was two, we adopted a calico kitten and named her Honey. At first we had to teach him to be gentle with her but, eventually, through his constant attention, Honey bonded with him and only him. It’s kind of beautiful the way she follows him [...]

My Cat Died Right After He Got His Shots. Why?

A cat's face with a rainbow reflected on it

Dear Most Esteemed and Knowledgeable Kitties: I took my cat to the vet on Monday for simple shots — rabies and leukemia — and he had a couple of sores on his back and legs that I wanted to have checked. The problem is the vet gave him both vaccines at the same time, and [...]

Is It Time for Me To Release My Cat From Suffering?

Dahlia sits in a meatloaf position, her eyes closed, finding comfort in a sun puddle

Dear Most Esteemed and Knowledgeable Kitties: Last year, my cat Kravitz underwent treatment for hyperthyroidism and a bladder infection. He was cured of the hyperthyroidism, but was diagnosed with mild kidney failure. He was switched to a renal support food, and he was fine for a while. Last week, he stopped eating a lot and [...]