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Ask Lyle - How can I learn to meet new people?

Hello, Lyle!
My name is Onyx. Every time anyone comes over to visit, I get scared, shy, and feel threatened. I run and hide either in the basement curled up in mom's clothes or inside of mom's chair. I hiss at people too. How can I be more comfortable with visitors? Mama said to tell you that I'm a male, neutered, Manx cat. I'm about 9 months old. Mama turns the heater on for me & checks on me a lot to give me hugs & kisses but I still won't come out until all the visitors are

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Ask Lyle - How often should I have my claws clipped?

Hi Lyle!
My name is Luna. My humans think I'm 6ish years old. I was part of a cat colony and was really hungry and went into the carrier with food and the door shut right behind me. At the vet they tipped my ear and made sure I couldn't have babies. I've been living the good life in Southern California for 4 years now. I'm an only cat.

Lyle, here's the thing—I don't like getting my nails clipped. They get too long sometimes and get caught on the carpet, blankets, and some of my

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Ask Lyle - I Don't Feel So Good

Hi Lyle,
For some reason, I don’t feel so good. My humans left for the day and I was doing my normal activities: ensuring there were no intruders on the kitchen counters, checking out the view from the table, playing in the kitchen sink, and I found that my humans did the nicest thing and they left me a bag of treats up on the counter! Silly that they are though, it was sealed and actually a little hard for me to get to and open, but after some perseverance and use of my teeth I got

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Ask Lyle - Frightened Feral Seeks Freedom

Dear Lyle,
I was recently brought inside by a human. I was previously living under a deck, catching my own food and while it was scary sometimes, I had things under control. I was found, brought inside to one place with other cats, and now a human has taken me to her house.

Let me tell you, it is scary here. I have found a nice place to hide, but she keeps finding me and trying to touch me, and she keeps holding a square that lights up in front of her face – how unpleasant! I

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Ask Lyle - A New Cat is Terrorizing My Sister and I!

Hi Lyle!

I really need help, I am so sad. My name is Lily and I live in a great home with my sister Kitty. I’ve lived here since my humans rescued me at 4 weeks old, and my sister Kitty joined us three months later when she walked into our backyard and I allowed her to stay (she’s pretty cool). Things have been great for three years, but for some reason my humans came home with a “brother” for us, Rocky in September. It was ok at first because he hid under the bed and didn’t want to

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Ask Lyle - How do I adjust my human's schedule?

Ask Lyle is our weekly cat-to-cat advice column from Modern Cat (and ridiculously outspoken gentleman), Lyle. If your cat has a question for Lyle. just write him at asklyle(at)moderncat.com, and he will be happy to answer them. Don't forget to include a photo of the cat who needs advice so that we can post it with his response! Follow all of Lyle's adventures on Instagram, @

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Elderly Ephram

Dear Lyle,

I write to you today in something of a down mood. My name is Ephram, and I recently turned 14 years old. I've never really thought much about my age--I've been lucky to be a healthy sort of guy, and have enjoyed all of my time with my amazing family. Lately, though, I feel like I am really slowing down. In my youth, I would barely sleep at all, just for like 16 hours a day or so, no big deal. Yesterday I slept for nearly 22 hours, just waking up to have some dinner and get

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Ask Lyle - Sometimes I Puke

Hi Lyle,
I have a bit of an embarrassing question, but I think I just have to ask, so here it goes. I'm a fairly sensitive cat and I find things very scary and tough to deal with, but what is probably the hardest thing for me is that sometimes my...litter box treasures...follow me out of that area. I am very well behaved and know that the sandy box is where I am to do my business (and frankly I like it there because it is private and safe), but I am a longer haired cat and I get what

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Ask Lyle is our weekly cat-to-cat advice column from Modern Cat (and ridiculously outspoken gentleman), Lyle. Submit your questions to asklyle@moderncat.com, and he will be happy to answer them. Don't forget to include a photo of the questioning cat so that we can post it with the advice!

You can also follow Lyle's adventures on Twitter and Instagram, @lylestagram. 


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Ask Lyle is our weekly cat-to-cat advice column from Modern Cat (and ridiculously outspoken gentleman), Lyle. Submit your questions to asklyle@moderncat.com, and he will be happy to answer them. Don't forget to include a photo of the questioning cat so that we can post it with the advice!

You can also follow Lyle's adventures on
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