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June 28

Help me name my baby rats!

Everyone likes a name-my-cute-animals question on a Sunday afternoon, right? I have a couple baby boy rats. They need names. Link to pics under the fold. [more inside]
posted by phoenix_rising at 12:28 PM - 35 answers

June 26

What to do about my special snowflake of a dog?

I had a ton of questions about our feral rescue when he first came to live with us last spring. And now I have a new one. He has become super unruly lately and I'm not sure what to do. In particular, he has been getting really weird with people who cut through the off leash area. He'll run over and start barking at them. He runs in circles around them and barks loudly. When he's this keyed up, he won't listen to me at all. I can usually eventually get a stick in his line of vision and convince him that the stick is way more interesting than this poor person, but I don't like it. I'd love some advice about what we should be doing about this! [more inside]
posted by amandabee at 4:15 PM - 8 answers

How can I entertain my shy dog?

My recently adopted Dachshund/Shiba mix is very shy and skittish. He doesn't like toys, chews, sticks, games, or even people food. In addition to walks, which he does love, what can I do to entertain him? [more inside]
posted by juniper at 2:08 PM - 21 answers

Dog nail trimming options: EXTREME edition

So. Our dog will not let anyone trim her nails. The groomer can't do it, the vet can't do it, and we can't do it. Her reaction is so extreme that she's seriously a danger to herself, and as a result, she only has her nails clipped when she's under sedation for something else (teeth cleaning, for one). Looking at this older Ask Me post, I'm considering trying a Dremel, once we've talked to the Vet (time for another dental cleaning). Is there anything newer, or further advice that fearful-dog owners can add? [more inside]
posted by taz at 5:57 AM - 27 answers

June 25

Do It Yourself Dog Grooming

Through a perfect storm of Bad Things my bichon/poodle hasnt been groomed in about six months. I have bathed her a couple of times during that period and trimmed around her eyes and her butt a bit. I'm not going to be able to get her to a groomer's any time soon, and I'd like to figure out how to do it at home. It doesn't have to look perfect or in any style, I just want her to be clean and comfortable with short hair. [more inside]
posted by SweetTeaAndABiscuit at 5:25 PM - 5 answers

Cat collar recommendations - Looking for FUNCTIONAL, not fashionable.

We need to purchase a new collar for our cat. Concerns over previous collar and new collar requirements inside. [more inside]
posted by radiosilents at 10:05 AM - 11 answers

What will catnip do to my neighbourhood cats?

Our front yard (6ft x 20ft slate chippings) has become the neighbourhood litter tray. All the traditional solutions tried, I've started wondering about planting catnip. My thinking is that is the area is an area for happy stoner cats, it's less likely to be a litter tray. Unfortunately, I can't see anything on the internet that suggests an answer either way. Does anyone have any anecdotal evidence they'd care to throw my way?
posted by sodium lights the horizon at 4:51 AM - 15 answers

June 24

Sick dog, sick kitten, panicked mama

Is my kitten reacting to recent stresses in the house, or could something else be going on? Snowflake details follow. [more inside]
posted by iarerach at 7:07 AM - 7 answers

June 23

Best way to handle large, incontinent dogs?

I live with an assortment of 3 large, indoor dogs that belong to various roommates. One or more of them has started pooping in the house on a regular basis. What, if anything can be done about this? [more inside]
posted by csox at 6:36 PM - 16 answers

My cat came home with singed whiskers... How concerned should I be?

My cat came home with singed whiskers... How concerned should I be? [more inside]
posted by tweedle at 3:22 PM - 20 answers

Kitty's on a diet!

Is there an automatic feeder for cats that will dispense a very small amount of food six times a day? [more inside]
posted by Weeping_angel at 11:54 AM - 13 answers

June 22

Can I make a flat cat-safe after using ant powder?

CatFilter: I recently used a generous amount of Rentokil ant and crawling insect powder in the hall and kitchen of my flat. Is it possible for me to clean this up to make it safe for an 8 week old kitten - particularly when the powder contains permethrin? [more inside]
posted by the cat's pyjamas at 3:18 PM - 7 answers

Is this play-fighting or something more serious?

my kitty cats (see previous questions for photos) really are classic Frenemies. They sleep together, Crocket licks Binky's face and ears before they go to sleep , they run around together, sniff each other's bums and both sit watching birds and insects out the window.... so, they obviously love each right? Then what is this wrestling and is it just play? [more inside]
posted by JenThePro at 10:25 AM - 21 answers

fearful cat help

Can you help me figure out how to care for our extremely fearful cat? [more inside]
posted by Miko at 8:43 AM - 15 answers

June 19

What is this lump on kitty's paw?

Our cat Crazy has a lump on her paw. Since she hates going to the vet, thought I'd try this route first. The lump has been on her paw for a few weeks. At first I thought it was just a clump of litter, but no, it is attached. .5 cm and sticks out more than the pic shows. It is hard and it does not appear to cause pain when touched.
posted by Jason and Laszlo at 6:57 AM - 7 answers

June 17

What kind of spider is this?

North Carolina. Web maker. Green. picture here.
posted by zzazazz at 8:22 AM - 6 answers

Renting/Borrowing a dog for walking tourism in New York (East Village)

My sister, an avid dog walker in the English countryside, will be finding herself free for the day in New York on Thursday 25th June. She would love to spend that entire day walking a dog around while seeing the sights. [more inside]
posted by guy72277 at 7:14 AM - 5 answers

June 15

Feeding my thriving rescue dog

When we adopted River, a 2-year old German shepherd mix, from a shelter in January, she was very skinny. You could easily see the outline of her ribs and her shoulders jutted out sharply when she lay down. The vet said she could definitely stand to gain "a few pounds". With proper feeding and love, she has blossomed little by little every month, from a wispy 45 pounds to a strong and healthy 52 pounds today. We feel that this is her optimal weight. My question is this: How do we keep her at this weight? [more inside]
posted by rivtintin at 3:29 PM - 14 answers

June 14

Best shedding tool for Labrador?

My Labrador sheds a lot. We live in a warm climate. What's the best tool for deshedding? Bonus points if it can be used on long-haired and short-haired cats as well. (Also, how do I post pics of these furry little bastards?) FWIW: I've used a shedding blade (the metal loop kind) and a Target brand knock off Furminator. Both are kind of meh. I also use the Furminator shampoo and conditioner.
posted by mrfuga0 at 7:43 PM - 6 answers

June 12

Fun names for stuffed animals?

With our 6 mo daughter, we have an ever expanding universe of stuffed animals. What are some fun/interesting names that you've come up with for said animals? This is more for the amusement of weary parents than easy-to-pronounce-for-toddlers. I mean, we can do better than "bunny" and "racoonie"? My partner had an early burst of creativity with Sir Lambs-A-Lot and Harry B. Elephante, but I've got nada so far. We've got the usual coterie: owl, whale, dolphin, aforementioned racoon and rabbit, puppy, giraffe, you name it.
posted by amorphatist at 6:19 PM - 40 answers

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