5 Causes of Litter Box Problems in Cats

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'Whisker Fatigue' May Be Causing Your Cat's Grumpiness at Mealtime

'Whisker Fatigue' May Be Causing Your Cat's Grumpiness at Mealtime

If your cat's pawing food out of its bowl to eat, it might be more than an annoying habit. Learn how cats can have whisker fatigue at HowStuffWorks.

Author's Note: 5 Causes of Litter Box Problems in Cats

When I was pregnant with my third child, I made a new best friend. She lived next door and when I planted myself on the front porch every evening -- ankles swollen, feet aching -- she would come over for a leisurely visit. The best part? She would wind herself in-between my ankles, an infinity loop of soft fur. It was the best part of my day. Smokey, as we came to call her, was a one-in-a-million cat. Confident, persnickety and exceedingly loving to the people she chose as her own. Luckily, we became those people. When her humans next door moved away, Smokey was adopted into our family and remained there in the years that followed. She kept watch over sleeping children, cuddled with me at night and entertained us all until her death two years ago. She is missed.

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