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Dear Prudence: The “Schrödinger’s Stolen Cat” Edition

I took in an uncollared, unchipped cat as my own, but then I saw a “missing cat” poster that looked like my pet. Help!

Dec. 13 2017 3:44 PMDifferent StrokesI don’t like the guest my friend has chosen to bring to my party. (She’s poor.)
Dec. 11 2017 3:30 PMRelationship UnmooredPrudie counsels a letter writer who is bothered by her boyfriend’s refusal to condemn Senate candidate Roy Moore.
Dec. 7 2017 6:00 AMFriendly GhostWhy is my pal blowing me off?
Dec. 6 2017 8:05 AMDear Prudence: The “Dirty Secret” EditionI cheated on my partner, but I want to break up for other reasons. Do I need to come clean? Help!
Dec. 4 2017 3:14 PMBaby’s First SermonPrudie advises a couple who wants a grandmother to stop trying to convert their infant son into her faith.
Nov. 29 2017 12:30 PMHelp! I’m Tired of Being His Secret Girlfriend.Dear Prudence answers more of your questions—only for Slate Plus members.
Nov. 28 2017 8:00 AMSinging PraisePrudie counsels a letter writer who thinks her child can’t—and shouldn’t—sing.
Nov. 23 2017 6:00 AMHe’s Mine NowMy fiancé’s ex-wife calls us her “gay husbands.”
Nov. 22 2017 8:03 AMDear Prudence: The “Master of Disaster” EditionMy friend is a total klutz. How do I explain I don’t want her holding my newborn? Help!
Nov. 20 2017 3:10 PMSexy ClausPrudie counsels a father who walked in on his daughter while she was having sex with her costumed boyfriend.
Nov. 15 2017 10:14 AMHelp! My Friend Is About to Marry Someone Awful—and He Wants Me to Officiate the Wedding.Dear Prudence answers more of your questions—only for Slate Plus members.
Nov. 14 2017 7:03 AMGrandma’s SecretPrudie counsels a letter writer whose DNA test revealed a surprising history that could disturb a family’s peace.
Nov. 9 2017 6:00 AMCrowded HouseI finally saw my girlfriend’s home—and realized she’s a compulsive hoarder.
Nov. 8 2017 8:00 AMDear Prudence: The “Wishin’ Boot” EditionMy current company is considering hiring my old boss from hell. Help!
Nov. 6 2017 3:03 PMCancerous QuacksPrudie counsels a letter writer whose brother’s girlfriend is refusing to treat her cancer with modern medicine.
Dec. 12 2017 8:00 AMToy StoryPrudie advises a letter writer who is considering legal action after her mother gave away a prized doll collection.
Dec. 11 2017 3:00 PMDear Prudence Live ChatFor December 18, 2017.
Dec. 6 2017 12:30 PMHelp! I Lost a Tooth, and It’s Ruining My Dating Life.Dear Prudence answers more of your questions—only for Slate Plus members.
Dec. 5 2017 8:00 AMThat Magic FeelingPrudie counsels a letter writer on whether you can feel when you’re with the right person.
Nov. 30 2017 6:00 AMHurt FelinesMy teenage neighbor ran over my cat while texting. Now her parents want me to help her with her guilt.
Nov. 29 2017 12:21 PMDear Prudence: The “Oh Roger” EditionHow do I tell my kids that their dad is getting remarried just three weeks after our divorce? Help!
Nov. 27 2017 4:03 PMSpectrum of SupportPrudie advises a letter writer whose sister refuses to make special accommodations for her son's autism spectrum disorder.
Nov. 22 2017 12:30 PMHelp! My Closeted Boyfriend Was Only Dating Me Because He Wanted to Be Straight.Dear Prudence answers more of your questions—only for Slate Plus members.
Nov. 21 2017 8:30 AMNot Her Only MomPrudie advises a mother who wants her adopted daughter to learn the truth about the tragic deaths of her birth parents.
Nov. 16 2017 6:00 AMFinders Keepers, Cheaters WeepersI kicked out my terrible ex-boyfriend. Then I found $10,000 in cash that he left behind.
Nov. 15 2017 8:02 AMDear Prudence: The “Drama Tornado” EditionI shared some confidential information with my therapist, and then she told my dad. Help!
Nov. 13 2017 3:23 PMVery Personal StatementPrudie advises a survivor of abuse who is trying to avoid oversharing in a grad school application.
Nov. 8 2017 12:30 PMHelp! I’m a Medical Professional, and I’m Starting to Hate My Patients.Dear Prudence answers more of your questions—only for Slate Plus members.
Nov. 7 2017 8:39 AMWobbly BedPrudie advises a letter writer who feels uncertain in the bedroom after an ex called their sex life only “OK, not great.”
Nov. 2 2017 6:00 AMPerfectly Sexless99 percent of our marriage is amazing—it’s just this one small thing.

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