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September 2

New ideas for finding a lost cat?

My landlord asked me to look after her cat while she's away on a cruise for two weeks, and I somehow lost it, within a small enclosed space, in less than 24 hours. [more inside]
posted by gsteff at 7:29 PM - 20 answers

My New Dog: Breed Guesses and Name Suggestions

Getting a new rescue dog tomorrow and am having no luck coming up with a name. I also have no idea what kind of dog this is. [more inside]
posted by mulcahy at 7:18 PM - 38 answers

September 1

Rehoming a cat with no network

How does an introvert with few friends (and therefore no network) find a home for an abandoned cat? (work in San Jose, live in Gilroy, if it matters) [more inside]
posted by dogmom at 8:40 PM - 16 answers

When to put a dog to sleep

My 15-16 year old dog is just around the corner from a turning point. Circumstances are not ideal. I am hoping to hear opinions and experiences and feedback about the timing of euthanasia, and if it seems wrong to put a dog to sleep "early." Details below the fold. [more inside]
posted by stillmoving at 6:24 PM - 42 answers

August 31

What should we name our dog?

If everything goes smoothly over the next week, this awesome dog will be joining our family. Could you help us think of a great name for him? [more inside]
posted by cimton at 6:54 PM - 71 answers

August 28

Why has my dog starting sharting in her crate?

Just as the title says, the last 3 days I've come home to a new, smelly brown paint job on my wall. No new diet, no new anything, just simply - she's started sharting. I've watched her go in the morning today but still, new paint job after work. What could be causing this? [more inside]
posted by lpcxa0 at 4:33 PM - 5 answers

Adding to our pack of misfit animals...

If she gets along well with our current pups, Mr. Fig and I will be adopting a 10-yr old very small chihuahua with no teeth. I'm good with what to feed her, but not so good on treats/extras. Do any Mefites own toothless pups, and/or have advice? [more inside]
posted by Fig at 3:05 PM - 15 answers

somehow, we aren't dead yet.

Why does the kitty try to murder us on the stairs? [more inside]
posted by joyceanmachine at 3:01 PM - 17 answers

August 26

How to calm the kitties?

My cats don't get along. What are good, proven ways to calm them down? [more inside]
posted by tweedle at 7:14 PM - 8 answers

August 25

Gecko in birdfeeder?

Do house geckos eat birdseed? If not, what's it doing? [more inside]
posted by LiteS at 3:34 PM - 5 answers

August 23

Can I handle a dead bat safely?

I was out hiking today and found a dead bat along the trail. I picked it up with a plastic bag (as one would dog poop) and wrapped it up and put it in my pack. Now that I'm home, I want to look at it closely. Can I do this safely? (without getting the plague or rabies) [more inside]
posted by falsedmitri at 4:41 PM - 11 answers

Our bedroom is a (flea) circus.

After returning home from a short trip we find ourselves with a flea infestation and need a chemical free method of putting the little buggers out of our misery. Details within, of course. [more inside]
posted by cedar at 10:40 AM - 22 answers

August 22

A bad cat habit and how to change it

I'm fostering a cat, but she's been here since April so this is turning into a long-term project. She wasn't feral, but had had a hard outdoor life for awhile and was somewhat tense, and part of my deal has been to calm her down and make her more adoptable. On the whole it's been working and Sophie is about 95% there. But... [more inside]
posted by zadcat at 5:18 PM - 23 answers

August 21

What just happened to my cat?

I was having a play session with my cats and they all seemed to be enjoying it. Afterwards I was giving them treats and when I went to give them to Mamma she just stared at them and looked dazed and out of it. Usually she would gobble them up immediately. It really freaked me out! [more inside]
posted by mokeydraws at 10:48 AM - 11 answers

Pet-health experts & leather-dye experts - completely normal question

Is it safe to make dog and cat toys from recycled leather* jackets and bags? Googling is not helping here. I feel like my little buddies would love some leather toys, and I could probably give or sell some to friends/neighbours, but I just want to be on the safe side. [more inside]
posted by 100kb at 9:23 AM - 7 answers

August 19

I don't want to be a lady with an angry chihuahua

Our dog, Buddy, has just recently gotten possessive/jealous of me around my partner. How can we nip this in the bud? [more inside]
posted by geegollygosh at 9:33 AM - 11 answers

August 16

Fell in love with a lady. Am not prepared for this.

A lady-dog, that is. I went to a rescue yesterday, fully anticipating that I would bring back a male dog and name him Suetonius (Sue, for short, making him a boy named Sue). But I fell in love with a striking female. Help! [more inside]
posted by MrBobinski at 7:37 PM - 35 answers

Dog and Homeowner's Insurance

We'd like to adopt a dog, but are confused about the possible effect on our homeowner's insurance, and would love some input. When we selected our policy, our insurer let us know that there were certain breeds of dogs that "could change our rates or coverage" but that the details would vary depending on the dog. Obviously, we will talk to our insurer, but we'd like to get a feel for the options and experiences of other people first. [more inside]
posted by cimton at 11:03 AM - 15 answers

August 14

What to feed new kittens who have been eating shelter food?

We've been through all the applications, and tomorrow, we're getting a pair of 10-week old kittens from a local rescue. However, while I've had adult cats, it's been ~20 years since I had kittens. So, what should I feed them? [more inside]
posted by media_itoku at 7:18 AM - 15 answers

August 12

Found cat! Lost owners?

Family member found a lost kitty at a KOA campground in Colorado. Can Metafilter find her lost humans? Mefites have pulled off wonders before...can we do it again? [more inside]
posted by theplotchickens at 3:25 PM - 13 answers

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