Cinder’s Advice: The Right Cat Toy

In December 2013, my husband and I adopted a one-year-old tortoiseshell cat from Hearts United for Animals. Cinder has taught us so much about cats that it seemed proper for her to have her own advice column. QUESTION: My cat doesn’t play with toys. Is something wrong? “Cinder, have you lost your mouse again?” Allison asked. I was sitting beside the front closet door, waiting for my pet parents to fetch my mouse for me. I’ve more than a dozen toys to choose from, but will only play with my leopard-spotted gray mouse. It’s my favorite mouse of all time. … Continue reading Cinder’s Advice: The Right Cat Toy

Cinder’s Advice: Growling and Food-Guarding

In December 2013, my husband and I adopted a one-year-old tortoiseshell cat from Hearts United for Animals. Cinder has taught us so much about cats that it seemed proper for her to have her own advice column. QUESTION: Why does my cat growl and can I stop her from guarding her food? “Grrr!” I growled as Allison placed my breakfast in front of me. Allison pulled back. “Cinder, no!” she scolded. She turned to Andy who had just entered the kitchen. “Cinder growled at me!” He approached me. Before I could stop myself, I growled again. “Grrr!” Allison shook her … Continue reading Cinder’s Advice: Growling and Food-Guarding

Cinder's Advice: Helping A Cat Recover After Surgery

In December 2013, my husband and I adopted a one-year-old tortoiseshell from Hearts United for Animals. Cinder has taught us so much about cats that it seemed proper for her to have her own advice column. QUESTION: How can I help my cat recover from surgery? Recap of my previous two columns: A few days after I got adopted, I stopped feeling so good. The vet told my owners that I might have an allergy to dental plaque. Because plaque is full of bacteria, and because my immune system was overreacting to those bacteria, the vet prescribed yucky-tasting antibiotics to … Continue reading Cinder's Advice: Helping A Cat Recover After Surgery

Cinder's Advice: Giving Medication to a Cat

In December 2013, my husband and I adopted a one-year-old tortoiseshell cat from Hearts United for Animals. Cinder has taught us so much about cats that it seemed proper for her to have her own advice column. QUESTION: How can I get my cat to take medication? Recap of part one: A few days after I got adopted, I stopped feeling so good. Every time I bit into a treat, my mouth filled with pain. What the vet discovered shocked my owners and me. I’ll just say that I was very fortunate to have been adopted by people who loved … Continue reading Cinder's Advice: Giving Medication to a Cat

Cinder's Advice: Taking a Cat to A Vet, Part One

In December 2013, my husband and I adopted a one-year-old tortoiseshell cat from Hearts United for Animals. Cinder has taught us so much about cats that it seemed proper for her to have her own advice column. QUESTION: When should I take my cat to the vet? A few days after I got adopted, I stopped feeling so good. My owners had been spending a lot of time playing with me, which I thought was fun, and they had also been trying to get me to let them touch me. They were patting my head, rubbing my tummy, tapping my … Continue reading Cinder's Advice: Taking a Cat to A Vet, Part One

Cinder’s Advice: Bonding with a New Cat

In December 2013, my husband and I adopted a one-year-old tortoiseshell from Hearts United for Animals. Cinder has taught us so much about cats that it seemed proper for her to have her own advice column. QUESTION: How can I bond with my new cat? Zoom! Zoom! That’s me racing from one part of the library to another. The library is the room where my pet parents restricted me during my first week with them. My owner was laughing as she chased me. When I ducked under a computer desk, she dropped to her knees and crawled after me. Next, … Continue reading Cinder’s Advice: Bonding with a New Cat

Cinder’s Advice: Trimming a Cat’s Claws

In December 2013, my husband and I adopted a one-year-old tortoiseshell from Hearts United for Animals. Cinder has taught us so much about cats that it seemed proper for her to have her own advice column. QUESTION: How can I clip my cat’s claws? Meow! Meow! After I got adopted, I felt so happy to have a new home. I also felt so grateful to my new owners. In that first week, I wanted to check out my new home and to thank my new family—both at the same time. I tried to knead the scratchy carpet, the way I … Continue reading Cinder’s Advice: Trimming a Cat’s Claws

Cinder's Advice: Bringing Home a New Cat

In December 2013, my husband and I adopted a one-year-old tortoiseshell from Hearts United for Animals. Cinder has taught us so much about cats that it seemed proper for her to have her own advice column.     QUESTION: How should one introduce a new cat to their home? Ah, I remember my first day with my new owners. Even in that one room to which they initially restricted me, there was so much to see. There were so many objects to sniff! There were so many places to climb! I needed to bound here and there, everywhere. When my … Continue reading Cinder's Advice: Bringing Home a New Cat