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March 24

Sick cat, fat cat

Obligatory cat album. Sick cat is the lynx point; fat cat is the chocolate point (?) with the air conditioner face. [more inside]
posted by schadenfrau at 8:06 AM - 9 answers

Want to adopt a cat, but can't find one!

Since my last question, we've decided to get a cat! However, we're running into the interesting problem of not finding any that we like. Are we being too picky or should we wait? Snowflakes below. [more inside]
posted by redlines at 7:15 AM - 16 answers

March 23

vegetarian protein for tadpoles (not a euphemism)

I have tadpoles in the garden pond; to minimise cannibalism when they turn to protein diets, I want to supplement their food. As a kid, I used liver-on-a-string, but now I'm a vegetarian so what are my options? [more inside]
posted by AFII at 2:39 AM - 16 answers

March 22

Sunscreen For My White Cats

I recently finished screening and thoroughly escape-proofing my porch, with an eye to giving my cats a safe taste of the outdoors. But I know my two white cats will now need sun protection for their ears, and many human sunscreens are toxic to cats. What feline sunscreen do you use or can recommend? [more inside]
posted by ZeroDivides at 6:57 AM - 9 answers

March 20

How do I make my senior cat comfortable?

My old man cat has been slowing down for a while, and I think we may be moving into a new phase of old-man-cat-ness. I can handle the medical aspects, but what might I not be thinking of to make his life at home as comfortable and easy as I can for whatever time he has left? (Difficulty levels: Deaf, getting very stiff in the back legs, was never a good jumper to begin with, underweight, seems to be getting maybe a little confused). [more inside]
posted by Stacey at 5:51 PM - 29 answers

March 19

How do I say "stay away" in dog-speak?

I am afraid of dogs and hate it when dogs run up to me while I'm out for a walk. Is there a signal for "stay away from me" that dogs will understand? [more inside]
posted by heatherlogan at 6:57 AM - 32 answers

March 18

The cat went out on a chilly night

My friend wants to re-home her beautiful young indoor/outdoor tom cat, because he terrorizes and traumatizes her other cat with aggressive play. The other cat's a shy, skittish female and my friend is more bonded to her than to the tom. [more inside]
posted by flourpot at 8:02 AM - 21 answers

March 17

Looking to adopt a puppy! Now what?

Mr. sutel finally said we can get a puppy! Yay! I have not had a dog since I was a teenager and I would like some advice on how to go about this. [more inside]
posted by sutel at 7:53 AM - 12 answers

March 15

Can you train a dog to stop scratching the ground after pooping?

Can you train a dog to stop scratching the ground after pooping? [more inside]
posted by mortaddams at 4:35 PM - 5 answers

March 13

Mefites who don't want kids: did you ever go puppy-crazy?

Thirty-two year old female who has absolutely never wanted kids. But I'm going puppy crazy and really want to get a dog now. Has anyone ever gone through this? [more inside]
posted by rainygrl716 at 7:26 PM - 30 answers

Help finding lost dog in unfamiliar rural area

I lost my dog in a somewhat rural area. What do I do? [more inside]
posted by crazycanuck at 4:48 AM - 19 answers

March 12

Should I get a cat? A question from the formerly (?) cat-averse

I've never ever wanted a cat until about a month ago, but now I can't stop thinking about it. My husband likes them, my kid adores them, and I'm pretty sure I'm allergic. Should we try fostering a cat to see how it goes? Or just take the plunge? [more inside]
posted by Maarika at 5:55 PM - 24 answers

March 10

Feline Feeding Logistics

I have a new cat and he is great but what's not so great is how he eats half of my previous cat's food. Complication - previous cat is extremely NOT food-motivated. [more inside]
posted by Mizu at 6:23 PM - 12 answers

March 5

Adopting a three-legged cat- are there considerations we're overlooking?

My partner and I lost our beloved kitty of many years, and after taking some time, we're starting to think about adopting a new cat. Today we visited a local shelter and met a sweet, loving 1 year-old kitty who is missing one hind leg. We know that "tripod" cats tend to get along quite well and we'd take care to provide steps and a good soft bed. But my partner and I are both usually gone during the day, and we're wondering if a three-legged kitty might be more prone to falling, and whether she might be better off with more supervision than we could provide. Are we worrying too much?
posted by brackish.line at 4:58 PM - 19 answers

Dog farts. Noxious, noxious dog farts.

The best dog in the world (foreground) is now a middle aged (7 year old) lab mix, and as his little doggy muzzle turneth gray, he has a problem. A stinky dog fart problem. What should we try, and in what order? A very friendly dog who gets sad when no one wants him in the same room as them thanks you. [more inside]
posted by deludingmyself at 1:12 PM - 13 answers

Looking for a dog rescue organization in Washington DC area

My brother is looking for a companion animal, specifically a dog that weighs 25 pounds or less (due to his apartment's regulations). Can anyone suggest a rescue organization in the Washington, DC area that he could connect with? Thanks.
posted by sacrifix at 9:33 AM - 7 answers

March 3

Questions about getting my dog's teeth cleaned under anesthesia

Are the benefits of dental cleaning worth the risk of putting my 10-year-old lab mix under anesthesia? What should I be aware of and what questions should I ask my vet before making this decision? [more inside]
posted by désoeuvrée at 3:27 PM - 11 answers

March 2

What was the working dog of the Native Americans on the Great Plains?

Before the introduction of the horse, some tribes in what is now the central and western United States used dogs as beasts of burden. For example, dogs hauled the travois, a type of sled used by North American Indians to carry goods. What breed was the dog, and is it still in existence?
posted by A. Davey at 11:25 AM - 7 answers

Dog Trainer/Behaviorist in Phoenix?

Can you recommend a dog trainer or behaviorist in the Phoenix area who can help my little pup with barking issues? [more inside]
posted by meese at 10:37 AM - 2 answers

February 27

The etiquette of tying your dog up outside

I live less than a mile from where I run most of my errands and I would like to start walking to these places instead of driving. I always bring my pup with me for the ride. I'd love to bring my little guy with me to the bank, grocery store etc and leash him outside at these places but I never see it done, so I have some questions. [more inside]
posted by pintapicasso at 7:06 AM - 47 answers

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