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  • What is the risk to our cats of fostering a kitten with parvo, and what additional precautions can we take?

    My wife and I are animal-rescue volunteers. We have four cats of our own, all current on rabies, distemper, and Fe LV vaccinations, ranging from 1.5 to five years of age.

    Today, a fellow volunteer asked my wife to take a just-trapped, six-week-old stray tortie weighing 17 oz. to the vet. I just saw the paperwork for the visit, which says "parvo weak +." I did some reading on this, and naturally I was alarmed. Had I been there, I'd have questioned the vet about this, but I wasn't.

    The kitten is being kept in a room separate from our cats. We are washing our hands and arms after handling her. After I held her, I even changed my shirt and instructed my wife to do the same with any clothing with which the kitten made contact.

    What is the level of risk for our cats, and what additional precautions can we take for their safety?

    2 AnswersCats7 years ago
  • How can we solve a conflict between a mother cat and her kitten?

    My wife and I both have years of living with cats but this is a new situation for us.

    Several months ago we adopted a mother (Bibi) and kitten (Lulu) from our local humane society. Lulu was frightened of us and hostile toward us at first but she seems to have mostly gotten over that and has become increasingly affectionate. Bibi accepted us at at first to a degree, but remained reserved, probably because of her previous abandonment. They have been touchingly affectionate toward each other until about the past week. Bibi now hisses at her daughter when she approaches. Bibi also seems to be unwilling to eat in her daughter's presence. We would appreciate it if someone with knowledge of cat psychology would be able to help us.

    2 AnswersCats9 years ago
  • How can we help our hostile kitten bond with us?

    My wife and I have adopted a mother, Bibi, and her female kitten, Lulu, from an animal rescue organization. We both have ample experience with cats. Bibi's other kittens had already been adopted by others. My previous volunteer work with animal rescue organizations taught me that mothers are often left alone after their babies find homes. Until we came along, however, Lulu was the one not considered likely to be adopted because she is hostile to/fearful of humans, including us so far. She runs away and hides when we come anywhere near her and hisses at us if we try to pet her. Bibi has been receptive to us so far, but she tends to feed off Lulu's fear, and, when Lulu runs away, Bibi often goes with her. We think this has impeded Bibi from bonding with us. We're considering separating them briefly so Lulu will look to us for companionship rather than to Bibi. Once Lulu has bonded with us, we would bring Bibi back.

    We hope someone with expertise in cat behavior sees this and can offer advice.

    7 AnswersCats9 years ago
  • How do I know how much salt my food has?

    Looking around online, I learned that an average adult should limit salt intake to about 6 grams/day, but what does that translate to in terms of what one actually eats? How do we know when we've hit that six-gram figure? Of course, there are other variables, too, such as age, size, amount of perspirtion, etc.

    I'm 48, which means I should eat less salt than I did 20 years ago. On the other hand, at 6'1" and weighing about 209 lbs., my salt allowance would be larger than that of an average-sized man. Also, I sweat a lot, especially given that I live in a very warm climate. I work out with weights often, and my build is muscular. I've also been a vegetarian for about eight years. I don't usually add salt to my food, but when I have starches such as potatoes and Italian pasta, I tend to add a lot, and I sometimes add soy sauce when eating oriental food. I also know that most salt intake comes not from salt we add to our food, but from salt the food already has.

    So how can I know?

    5 AnswersDiet & Fitness1 decade ago
  • How do we stop our cat from pooping, peeing, puking?

    My new wife & I both grew up with cats. I've never had trouble house-breaking one (except for one whom we later learned had cancer). Her 2-y.o. female cat now lives with us in the house we began to rent a little more than a month ago. Miu-Miu had no trouble adapting to her new surroundings, nor to me, so her new surroundings obviously are not a factor. She's been extremely well-behaved & sometimes slept with us- until this morning, that is, when I was awakened by wetness on the sheets. I thought it odd that she didn't try to wake us up to let her out if she needed to go that badly. Naturally, we changed the sheets & washed the mattress. About 40 min. later, as we were still airing the mattress, Miu-Miu hopped back onto it and pooped a new pile right in our presence, and later puked onto a laundry pile.

    My wife later told me that Miu-Miu was slow to house-break, but had not had this problem for a year or so. Naturally, we'll take her to a vet, but we'd appreciate any other advice.

    13 AnswersCats1 decade ago
  • Kitten won't eat and won't stop meowing.?

    My fiancee and I both grew up with cats, so we're fairly well versed with feline ways, but this one has us stumped.

    We rescued little Mimi after some cruel person tossed her out onto a freeway with stop-and-go traffic. She was about a month old. After she recovered from her trauma, her personality emerged as one of the most comically playful clowns we've ever seen.

    Last week, however, a shelf fell onto her and she has a small hairline crack in her femur. She couldn't walk well for a few days and didn't even try to play, so she's complying with the doctor's orders not to move around much. Her limp has since disappeared, although she still makes no attempt to run around. However, her appetite has almost disappeared (VERY unnatural for a growing cat) and she goes through long periods of restless meowing. If anyone can shed light on the reason for this and how best to respond, we will all appreciate it.

    10 AnswersCats1 decade ago