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Dear Dr. Schelling,

The other day when I cleaned my cat’s litter box, I noticed that her stools were very soft, like the consistency of soft-serve ice cream. The smell was horrendous. What could be wrong?

–Sydney M., Boston, MA
Dear Sydney,

It sounds like your cat has a case of diarrhea. Diarrhea is a common symptom in cats and there are many possible causes. Luckily, most cases of kitty diarrhea are benign and self-limiting. For more info on what to do when Rascal gets the Runs, click here.

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My cat is so talkative. She meows for food, toys, and attention. Sometimes she sits outside my bedroom door and meows until I get up. I’m glad she’s so friendly, but sometimes it gets out of control. Why does she do it? Should I worry?

–Frustrated in Phoenix

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Dear Frustrated,

We felines can be quite chatty indeed! Our Siamese friends are known as big talkers. But any cat can have the gift of gab. It’s no secret that our endearing meows, chirps, and chortles are a great way to get your attention. It’s also a great way to beg for food or wake you up when it’s time to play…at 3 AM! All right, sometimes we go overboard. But we may be trying to tell you something! Click here to learn more about why some cats talk so much.


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