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Dr. R.J. Peters, Platinum Author

List of Articles:
Adopting a Cat
Biting and Scratching
How to Live With a Blind Cat
How to Catch a Cat
Cat Collar Problems
Cat Health
Weird Things Cats Do
How to Choose a Cat
Planning For Disasters
Is distemper a death sentence?
Eating Problems
Farm Cats
Fat Cats
Feline Leukemia
Can you have too many cats?
How to Live With a Lot of Cats
Holidays With Cats
Cats and Kidney Disease
The Importance of Spaying & Neutering
Kitten Season
Finding a Lost Cat
Naming Your Cat
Common Parasites
When Your Pet Dies
Rabies Information
Rescuing Animals
Ringworm in Cats
Senior Cats
What it means when your cat sneezes
Kids and Cats
Traveling With Cats
Do Cats Need a Lot of Water?
Why Cats Purr
Cats Don't Go Wild
Caring For Outdoor Cats in Winter
Toxic Plant List

Guest Articles:
Raising Kittens, by Bob E.
Pets Relieve Stress, by Stan P.

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Have a question for The Cat Lady?

If you have a question about your cat, or cats in general, please join our "Cat Q & A List" so we can get to your question as soon as possible. Due to the volume of questions received, it is difficult to provide answers very quickly. To help you find answers fast, the following common questions are linked to articles written by The Cat Lady. If you can't find what you're looking for, please join the list and send in your question. We'll be happy to help you find the information you need. Newsletter Signup

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If you are having an emergency, please call your veterinarian right away. This is not a veterinary web site, as we deal primarily with behavior problems based on real-world experience with hundreds of cats on a daily basis.

If you need general information about behavior issues, you may be in just the right place! Advice is drawn from our "hands-on-cats" experiences, but cannot be guaranteed to work for you or your cat, as everyone is different. (And I'm not there to see what you mean...)

These are the most common questions I get, below. Also check the list of articles on the left for other questions.

Inappropriate Elimination problems

This is without a doubt the most common question asked. Only the details are different. It varies from, "How can I get my cat to stop peeing behind the couch?" to "Why is my cat pooping on the bed?" Read, "Why isn't my cat using the litter box?" If it doesn't discuss your specific problem, please join my "Cat Q&A List" and send in your own question. We'll get an answer out to you as soon as possible!

Introducing a new cat to your home

There are many reasons someone might want to add a new cat to the household. Sometimes it seems like a good idea to give a resident cat a companion, especially if the humans aren't home during the day. Or perhaps a stray wanders in and turns out to be such a good cat the family doesn't have the heart to make him leave. Whatever the reason, introducing the new cat to the regulars who already live there can be a challenge.

Is my cat sick?

Although this is not a veterinary site, a lot of people still write in with questions about their cats' health. A big concern is how to tell if they even need to call the vet. Things to consider are cost, scheduling, convenience and availability. Vets aren't always around on weekends or the middle of the night. It helps to know a little bit about evaluating your pets' health and whether something even warrants a phone call. This cat health article may help put things into perspective.

Dealing with a pregnant cat

While spring is typically known as "kitten season," when cats seem to produce the most offspring, they actually can reproduce anytime during the year. Our rescue has received pregnant cats at all times of the year. Click those links to read some things to think about when dealing with these mothers-to-be.

When you have to move

Sadly, many cats are left behind, often simply abandoned, when some families have to move and discover they can't take their cats with them. The myth of cats "going wild" or giving them their "freedom" is nothing but a tragic Old Wives Tale. Read my article on "Giving a Cat its Freedom," and then check here to learn about How to Move When You Have Pets.

( We will try to answer all questions but cannot guarantee a timely response, nor can we guarantee that it will appear on this site. Also, any medical questions should be directed to a veterinarian. Due to the volume of questions received, it is difficult to provide answers quickly. If you are having an emergency, please call your veterinarian. )

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