Our “Ask US Anything” is a series of posts on the site where I share the questions/concerns/ideas that readers have sent in and then the responses from our readers about those questions/concerns/ideas.
Cat Hair Matting in NM vs. FL
Robyn wrote in asking, “Dug my Flopper has a very thick coat. Every time we brush him (and he likes it shockingly) and we get all the mats out, the next day more mats form. Do you have any recommendations other than to brush him ever day?…which he would not like. We are moving to FL in a month, I’m hoping the moisture in the air will help.”
So I asked on our Facebook page for her to see if anyone had experienced moving from a hot dry climate like New Mexico to a hot humid climate to Florida with a long-haired cat:
Ragdolls and Bravecto Flea Control
Sarah wrote in, “Hi Jenny I was wondering if you or anyone on the site have heard about Bravecto to treat fleas my vet was recommending I use it for my Winston he said they had a new three month topical for cats. But wanted to check to see if others have used it and if it is a safe one?
Thank you, Sarah”
I think I have heard of it, but no, I have not tried it. In all honesty, I am never game to put something on my cats like that that is new to the market. I preferred tried and true. For example, I put Revolution on my cats and my vet this year said there was a new Revolution this year that also covered ticks. I said, “No, thanks – don’t want to be a guinea pig.”
I am not sure if Bravecto is new, however – looks like a few people know of it –
– posted your question on Facebook to see what others had to say.
Please do check that link again in 24 hours as more people reply.
Cat Weeing on Furniture
Alice wrote in:
I am not sure if anyone has any advise or can help me with the situation I am in….
Basically I have a 5 year old male ragdoll which I have had since a kitten.
He is lovely natured but does not get on with my other male cat (not ragdoll) since day 1 has always attacked the other cat and weed on furniture to mark his scent.
I took him to the vets for various tests ultra sound, blood tests etc to see if there was any underlining issues to why he was weeing on my furniture.
Since then I have kept both cats separated one upstairs one down. The ragdoll does go in the garden but recently is now trying to escape and explore more of the world (understandably this is an issue as he is suppose to be an indoor breed).
The next issue is I had a baby 5 months ago, since then he has gone mad with weeing on everything possible (baby’s cot, crib, toys, play pen. So now the ragdoll stays down stairs and I have a stair gate up. Well… the ragdoll (earl) has now started spraying up all my furniture and all over my wooden floors. Understandably I am at my wits end with what to do!
My next step was to have the garden cat proofed and have a cat flap in the kitchen (where he will live) and be able to access the garden when ever he pleases.
He tends to mainly wee when I go on holiday or do not let him outside on his demand. He is a very domineering character so does bully the other cat.
I just need some help with opinions on wether this is a good idea or people think it is time to think about re homing? The breeder I brought him off doesn’t not seem to be breeding anymore as her website and name are no longer available to contact! He
Any help or advise would be much appreciated! Thank you
I am in the process of reading a book that I think might help you – think it’s Chapter 8 that covers this stuff. Think Like a Cat is the name of the book.
We also have a page on the site dedicated to peeing outside of the litterbox (but think Think Like a Cat will help you more).
Lastly, I posted your inquiry on our Facebook page to see if readers had some suggestions for you:
Please be sure to check that link again in 24 hours as more people respond.
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