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April 20

My cat's been biting humans out of the blue

We adopted a cat a couple of months ago. He's about five, and in good health according to the vet. (He was surrendered to a local SPCA for financial reasons.) Starting about a month ago, he's started biting people. He'll get very close, his eyes will dilate, he'll extend his neck toward an arm or leg and he'll often let out a relatively long, complaining meow and then chomp down on the limb. It's scaring the shit out of me and my wife. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:57 PM - 6 answers

April 17

Mitgrating swarms of bees? Is that a thing?

I just moved to the southwest of the US and barely have seen a bee, but now four times in the last week I have wandered into what appeared to be (and sounded like) a moving swarm of bees (once on a hike, once in my car, twice on runs). Literally one second I hear a slight buzz, then it increases to massive buzz, then I see bees everywhere, then maybe 20 seconds later they are all gone. In all four cases the bees completely ignored me. Do I really keep seeing swarms of bees? Is that a thing? Are they dangerous? Google isn't any help.
posted by Spurious at 5:54 PM - 13 answers

April 16

No-Kill pet shelters in Oregon or California?

A very good friend has requested that I make a donation in memory of a loved one who unexpectedly passed away, preferably to a no-kill pet shelter. I can Google or search Yelp, but I was hoping that people here could suggest a shelter they recommend from personal experience - I'm in Portland, my friend is in the Bay Area, and I'd prefer to find a no-kill shelter in one of those areas (but I suppose it really doesn't matter much).
posted by Auden at 9:29 PM - 14 answers

Orphaned ducklings :(

Our dear, sweet Muscovy duck momma appears to have been snatched by a predator today, leaving behind 5 ducklings. What can we do to help ensure their survival? [more inside]
posted by wats at 5:38 PM - 9 answers

April 15

Board Kitty or Hire a Cat Sitter?

We're going on vacation for 16 days. Our cat can't come. Should we board her in a kennel or hire a cat sitter? [more inside]
posted by firemonkey at 8:15 PM - 22 answers

Cat Tree Shopping Help

Kittehs need a tree. I've found one I like ... spoiler alert, doesn't ship to my country. [more inside]
posted by hilaryjade at 7:27 PM - 7 answers

He's already ruined my carpet

My dog is showing signs of dementia, including numerous bathroom accidents and quite a bit of bad behavior. I haven't slept through the night in at least a year. Can you help me make this situation better, or at least better assess my options? [more inside]
posted by singlesock at 6:37 PM - 24 answers

April 13

Unexpectedly fostering young dog with no doggie experience whatsoever

Can you help me plan the adoption of a foundling dog, and also give me tips on fostering her when I have no experience with dogs whatsoever? [more inside]
posted by Tarumba at 8:10 AM - 19 answers

April 10

Pets for people with little time but big hearts

What are some breeds/animals that fill that newly single lonely-feeling, but are compatible with a busy workday? A few details and I get emotional inside. [more inside]
posted by bbqturtle at 10:14 AM - 40 answers

April 7

Please help us find a way to rehome two lovely cats, near Toronto

We've been hit with the perfect storm of awful over the last few weeks. We've found a way around a lot of it, or through a lot of it, but all leads for rehoming two cats (who are just lovely, and sweet) have failed us. Can you point us to someplace/one that could help, potentially? Any ideas we may not have thought of? The location is Oakville, Ontario, near Toronto. [more inside]
posted by routergirl at 6:17 PM - 32 answers

Damn you Loud Morning Kitties!!!

These damn cats won't let me sleep in the morning. Need tips / tricks to make them leave me alone! 3am is NOT waking up time :0/ [more inside]
posted by JenThePro at 9:48 AM - 27 answers

What do you feed a finicky cat?

My cat was perfectly fine eating wise until she was 6 months and got spay surgery. I feel that now she is very different- stopped eating dry food and she only eats maybe 1 can of hills I/d gastrointestinal prescription diet per day. That if I force feed her with a spoon. I tried forti flora and even heating up her food. It only helps so much. She does eat a little but simply not enough for her age/ weight. How do I get her to eat more or not be such an ordeal every single feeding time? I did set up feeding times evening and mornings and nothing in between . What else should I put in food to entice her to eat or what type of canned food did you try?
posted by barexamfreak at 4:45 AM - 16 answers

April 5

Canine hospice...

We think our sweet mutt's days our numbered, and I need advice on how to handle the whole shebang in the best, least invasive and least financially crippling way possible. [more inside]
posted by pennypiper at 11:20 AM - 15 answers

April 4

Herbal Equine/Animal Medicine Resources...

I have been asked by a friend with no Google-fu to try and track down online or paper resources for herbal medicine for horses/small farm animals. This is proving harder that I expected, so I am turning to the hive mind. Details inside [more inside]
posted by Northbysomewhatcrazy at 5:50 PM - 5 answers

April 2

Messy Feline Eaters

Any recs for a good mat to go under cat food bowls? [more inside]
posted by kittensofthenight at 11:08 PM - 18 answers

April 1

I'm close to adopting a dog but I'm facing an ethical dilemma

I have the choice between two dogs. Which one to choose? [more inside]
posted by Sijeka at 7:33 PM - 31 answers

Why is my 8-year-old cat suddenly defensive to touch near her flanks?

My 8-year-old cat is defensive when touched on the flanks on both sides. This is out of character for her and I interpret it as pain. Is this familiar to anyone? [more inside]
posted by tel3path at 12:23 AM - 8 answers

March 31

No one really cares about a dying rat...

My friend in Jamaica Plain, MA, has a suffering rat in his driveway. He can't get in touch with anyone who will come take care of it. Animal control isn't answering the phone, and the Angell Memorial (nearby animal hospital) said they won't euthanize it for him. Does anyone know who he can call to come put this creature out of its misery? [more inside]
posted by désoeuvrée at 2:55 PM - 37 answers

March 30

Book recommendations for raising chickens

My mom is interested in raising a few chickens and I'd like to send her a few books. Any good recommendations? [more inside]
posted by barchan at 10:14 AM - 12 answers

March 25

Seeing-Eye Role Reversal

One of my dogs has suddenly developed some vision issues, and is having some trouble adjusting. It's breaking my heart to see her bump into things and become disoriented. Have any mefites gone through a transition like this? What are your tips/tricks to becoming a seeing-eye human? [more inside]
posted by Fig at 11:18 AM - 11 answers

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