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Is there a safe product to use on cats to prevent mosquitos from attacking them?

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Most flea and tick medicine for cats also works on mosquitos. If not, you can try a little bit of natural citronella (dogs hate that smell so be careful), or even get some cat-nip spray. Some bugs can't stand the smell of cat-nip and it will act as a deterrent.
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Is there a topical product to help a cat's dry skin and clumpy coat?

My cat is 11yrs old and will not allow me to bath her, as she freaks out at the sign of water. Her cot is not smooth and she has dandruff and dry skin. I wanted to try something topically before having to go to the vet. she does bathe herself and has alot of hairballs.
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I've been told (and have tried) adding a small pat of real butter to your kitties food will help. When their skin/coat is dry or flaky it means they are not getting enough oil in their diet. After only a few days you'll see the difference as the dandruff and dry fur will go away. If you don't like feeding your kitty butter you can also try fresh fish that are known to have good oils (such as wild caught salmon).
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What products are best to clean feces out of a cat's fur?

My 7-year old cat is long haired, small (6 pounds) and has never had a problem with getting feces in her fur, but I've had to clean her several times lately from minor mishaps, and now there has been a second really gross clean up that is nearly impossible. She eats Good Life regular cat food and I give her Petco brand hairball treats as instructed. She isn't overfed and I give her enough water. Is this a medical problem? What can prevent this from happening?

This most recent one happened after I left her for 2 days with plenty of food and water, and I came home to a mess. The first time happened overnight while I was home.
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There are kitty shampoos at PETCO that help with the mess and odar. If she has diarrhea Maybe cut back on the hairball treats or it could be a medical issue. I have had long hairs and currently have one and as they get older sometimes constipation becomes a problem in either case I've found that trimming their hair around their hind end & back legs helps you & the Kitty out with this problem. >*;*<
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do you clip cats nails in store? If so whats approx. price ?

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I dont know if every Petco charges the same, but the the one I use charges $10.00 to trim the my cat's nails. Well worth it.
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Do you trim cats nails

She is a 2 year old Siamese miix
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Cats do need their nails trimmed. Buy cat nail trimmers or small dog trimmers and just snip off the sharp tip of the nail. Never cut them short because it will be very painful and cause them to bleed. If your cat's nails are clear/white you can see the pink "quick" in their nails which have all the nerves and blood vessels so do not cut that!! If your cats nails are black and you can't see through them, just make sure to snip the very tip of the sharp nail. If your cat squirms than just trim them while she is sleeping so then she won't fight you.
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What sort of brush would you use for a persian?

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We just adopted a Maine Coon mix with long, thick fur and ended up buying the Furminator. It works great for the deshedding and was worth the $50. We also grabbed detangling spray and a slicker brush. Hope this helps.
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8 mo old male cat, won't wash at all. Any way to have him or teach him to wash?

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Is The kitty around a lot of dirt or smells, like smoke or chemicals in the air? This will cause most animals from grooming themselves because anything in the air will adhere to their coat and it tastes really bad. Give him a bath i if this is the issue and he will begin grooming himself. Or you can be MOMMA KITTY and start with a wash cloth and wipe him down with luke warm pure water no additives and within a short time he will start the grooming himself but most cats need some help with grooming. wiping him down and a good brushing once a week to help with the hairballs and shedding. Hope this will be helpful. >*;*<
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I have 2 cats

I need them to be bathed,nails trimmed and hair cut on one of them.Do you do that?
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Most cats do not need to be bathed as they groom themselves. The only exception would be if the cats are exceptionally dirty and are frequently outside. The other exception would be if the cats are show cats (they have to look presentable and be used to being handled). Bathing a cat too much can dry out their skin, so no more than once a week.

We had to bathe our new kitten as he was diagnosed with ringworm and the vet prescribed a special shampoo and advised us to bathe him once a week.

I know of some people who have their long-hair cats shaved during the summer months, but I've heard that a cat's fur should not be cut due to preventing them from regulating their body tempertures (not sure if this is in fact true, but it's worth researching). However, do not trim a cat's whiskers, doing so will throw off their equilibrium.

We trim both our cats' claws with special scissors you can buy at Petco. We started this when they were kittens, so they are used to us handling their paws.
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My cat over grooms himself!

My cat was a rescue and over grooms his bottom to the point where it's drenched. I was told it was from stress, but how do I stop this without discouraging grooming all together?
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I am not sure if there is a way to specifically prevent the over-grooming, but it sounds like the solution is reducing the stress-level of your cat. Make sure your cat feels at home, has hiding places and gets to spend some quality time with you, especially with grooming. If that doesn't reduce the stress and the over-grooming, then I would recommend "Good Cat" by Pet Organics. We got our cat as a 7-month rescue, and there were times when he went 'crazy'. We started him on Good Cat, figured out the right dose (too high and he sleeps all day), and he was much happier. We weaned him off eventually (after a year). We also used it on our 2000 mile road trip, mixing his dry food with some water and good cat to calm him down in the car. This is a natural product that just calms and soothes your cat. Maybe this will help.
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Why has my 8 year old cat starting sitting in the litter box (doesn't make a difference if it is clean or dirty)

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Has there been any new stress added to the cat recently? New animals, loud noises, moving, anything like that. The cat could be trying to comfort itself by surrounding itself with its own scent. This is not a good sign. A cat should look at its litterbox as the outskirts of its territory and only use it to do its business.

You want to discourage the cat from seeking its box as refuge and encourage it to go elsewhere. If you don't have a cat tree or any vertical space, get one. If the cat box is covered, get rid of the lid, clean the box completely (wash it thoroughly) and try to make it less appealing to spend a lot of time in, say by moving it closer to the center of the room or into and open area. And of course make sure you are playing with it daily to encourage confidence and good behavior.
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What are the prices for the grooming packages available?

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Grooming prices may vary from store to store. Please feel free to check with your local PETCO for quotes.
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can I bring my cat in to get groomed and nails clipped.

I asked the commack store and they said yes but I asked the rocky point store and they told me no. So now I am confused on the answer. If it is yes what location can I go to?
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I would talk with the Commack store. Different stores have different groomers, and many groomers are NOT prepared to deal with a cat. Cats are very different from dogs, not just in temperament, but the way their skin folds and how thin it is. So, contact the location that told you yes, and ask for the person that does the cats. Also, try to find a groomer that can handle your cat without sedation - in some cases that may be difficult (I don't know how aggressive your cat is, but mine is very) because sedation is actually really hard on them (my vet recommended no more sedations for my eldest; I have to trim him myself these days).
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how do i trim my cats claws

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It's so easy. I can't believe the number of friends I have who want help with this simple operation. If you begin early with your cat, this is much less of an issue. Try to get your cat comfortable with you touching and manipulating its feet. When it is sitting in your lap or beside you, handle its feet even when you do not need to trim its nails. Unlike dogs (who often don't like having their feet touched) cats are usually pretty receptive to this process. I put a heavy towel on my lap before I start. This is to avoid injury to me, should the cat try to bolt. Most of my cats prefer to be sitting in a "normal" upright position. A few, are okay laying upside down. I use a toe-nail clipper made for humans. I did try many other devices before deciding that this was as good a tool as any but you should use whatever is most comfortable for you and your pet. Start slowly and examine each nail carefully. Press each pad gently between your thumb and forefinger to extend the claw. Clip the tip of the nail taking care to avoid the pinkish quick (the live part of the nail). Fortunately, cat's nails are much more translucent than those of many dogs. Usually bright daylight is sufficient to allow you to see how much to cut. With practice, you will often be able to tell by applying gentle pressure on the clipper whether it is "safe" to cut or not. If the nail feels spongy, I usually reposition the clipper and cut less. Don't forget the extra "thumb" claws on either front foot. These get no wear whatever, and can grow long enough to be a real problem. The more experience you get cutting your own pet's nails, the more you will get to "know" your cat's nails and how they grow. You will be surprised that some need very little trimming as a rule, and others are always in need of cutting. If the worst happens and you cut into the quick, have styptic powder handy to stop the bleeding. The few "accidents' I have had in thirty years of owning cats have been very minor, with the bleeding stopping almost instantly. Some people smooth the cut edge of the nail with a file. Cats have all levels of tolerance for this procedure, too. I don't bother with filing, but I do place the cat on a scratching post immediately after trimming the nails and they take up where I left off. If the cat is nervous, slow down and praise and pet it. Make it a positive experience and do not try to overpower the cat. If you can only trim the nails on one foot before the cat gets impatient, that's good enough for that session. Try to end each session with positive reinforcement: praise, petting, treats or catnip. Eventually, most cats will allow you to do the entire operation in one sitting, and many aren't even that eager to leave once you're done. Some cats are really resistant to nail-trimming. If that's the case, save the job for your vet or cat groomer or at least wait until you have the help of someone who can safely hold the cat for you. It's not worth either you or your cat getting hurt, and above all you don't want to damage the bond you have with your pet. Most of the time, though, if you proceed with gentleness and patience you will succeed.
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can i get my cat de-clawed? how much?

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As tempting as it may be it is really bad for your cat's health for it to be declawed. In some ways it is a form of animal abuse. It might completely change the personality of your cat. If you really love your cat, then reconsider this decision. Imagine your parents removed your fingernails when you were a baby, wouldn't that bother you. Try other options like a scratching post to shorten nails or ask your vet for other tips. Declawing should be a last resort option!
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how can i stop my calico from shedding

male calico 4 yrs old leaves hair all over the place, every time i pet him my
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how do i bathe my cat? will it control shedding?

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Dry paw pads

My cat has very dry paw pads from running around on our carpet all day. Are there any good lotions for this? Link please if you could. Thanks in advance!!!
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cats nails need clipping do you make house calls

shes old and have hard time getting her in carrier she was traumatized recently made trip from R.I. to Ms. won't go near carrier
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Do you do grooming on cats (declawed)

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