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April 30

Ghoulies And Ghosties And Long-Legged Beasties

It's another round of Name That Kitten! This lil fuzzbucket is coming to us next week with the placeholder name "MewMew". Which, no. We already have a cat named Goblin and are thinking we'd like a name that somewhat matches. Another entry from the Dungeons & Dragon's bestiary? Germanic mythology? Supernatural creatures? Please help us give poor MewMew a better nom de pet.
posted by Sara C. at 5:14 PM - 46 answers

April 29

What to do about puppy UTI

My three month old puppy is peeing every five minutes and clearly has a UTI. Will this self resolve? How long should I wait before taking her to the vet?
posted by BeaverTerror at 3:50 PM - 14 answers

C is for aircraft, that's good enough for me

Naming multiple puppies, difficulty factor: Aircraft that start with C [more inside]
posted by ROU_Xenophobe at 10:53 AM - 28 answers

April 28

Where have all the ticks gone in Arizona?

My dogs in the 70s' never left the yard, in Phoenix, yet ticks were an issue. Tons…I can remember my Dad burning them off with a cigarette (probably not the best way.) FF to 2016, I've had a dog since 2013, no ticks nor fleas. He goes to the dog park 4 times a week (not the cleanest place.) I've had three cats for 20 years, no issues. The new area is in Tucson. Is it an area thing, climate thing, or are ticks on the downward spiral? [more inside]
posted by atomicmedia at 6:26 PM - 15 answers

April 27

Puppy Naming!

So in a couple of weeks this guy will be coming home, he's a wire-haired pointing griffon and we are having a hard time finding a good name. Contenders so far are Fred and Bruno. So in time honored mefi tradition help me find the perfect name!
posted by zeoslap at 9:20 AM - 35 answers

April 26

Trash-ure Hunt

I need your recs for best trash can dogproofing. [more inside]
posted by asockpuppet at 6:17 PM - 11 answers

April 25

Dog Socks? (And other dog questions.)

So I've been asking about dog ownership, and got advice here (among other places) which led me to sign up to foster a dog. This is Huggy, my 5 year old foster mutt (though she's clearly got quite a bit of Rottie in her). She has a host of problems and she will be with me for a while. As a result, I have a host of questions. Can you answer some of them? (You are not my vet-- I have a good vet. ) [more inside]
posted by frumiousb at 12:57 AM - 19 answers

April 24

Help me be creative with my old dog's diet.

Our dear girl is 15+ years old, 50lbs, and becoming pickier every day. She just won't eat what we've been giving her anymore, she changes her mind every day, and we know we need to aim for low protein. Most of the time now she turns her nose up at just about everything except people food. We are OK with that, but please help us be creative. [more inside]
posted by AnOrigamiLife at 11:41 PM - 12 answers

My cat ate a bunched up piece of elastic from some laundry

Hi my cat ate an elastic bunched up string [more inside]
posted by barexamfreak at 8:31 PM - 9 answers

April 22

Will sedating my cats before taking my cats on a plane stress them out?

My indoor cats have never had to deal with a loud, crowded airport before. They're never flown. We have to pick them up when we go through security, and one of them hates being picked up. I'm really worried about them getting overly stressed. I'm getting conflicting info about the effectiveness and side-effects of sedatives. [more inside]
posted by grumblebee at 5:20 PM - 25 answers

Frito Feet and Stanky Pet Pits: A Cornish Rex Conundrum

I need advice from short hair cat breeds. I have a lovely Cornish Rex, Louise, who is white (and pink where her skin shows through). She gets dirty quickly, and I don't want to bathe her too frequently, because a) she doesn't like it, b) even though I towel her off, her little short curls and damp fur make her miserable and cold, and she's afraid of the hairdryer, and c) I don't want to dry her skin out, because it's so exposed... see inside for more fun Cornish Rex Facts!!! [more inside]
posted by Dressed to Kill at 4:50 PM - 13 answers

April 20

The miracle of life...and cat pee.

I'm totes pregnant! With twins! Yay! Apparently, one of my cats is not as excited about this development as his human counterparts are. While snuggling with me this morning, he turned around, faced his pee parts towards me, and sprayed. It was not awesome. How do I discourage this (hellish, foul) behavior? [more inside]
posted by batbat at 9:19 AM - 10 answers

April 19

Fish aren't cute

My daughter is allergic to cats and dogs, even the supposedly hypoallergenic types. What kind of pets should I suggest to her that we consider getting instead? [more inside]
posted by OCDan at 11:12 AM - 34 answers

Prius Penske Canine Cat

Me, my husband, my dog, and my cat are all piling into two vehicles (our Prius and a moving truck) and driving 2000 miles. How do we keep from killing each other (especially the dog)? [more inside]
posted by meese at 9:29 AM - 17 answers

April 15

Why do birds keep flying into my exterior blinds?

About two weeks ago one bird began repeatedly flying into the exterior blinds of one of my windows. Now this happens almost every day at the same time (just before sunset). Today there were three birds doing it. Why are they doing this and how can I make them stop? [more inside]
posted by peppermintchaya at 5:23 PM - 10 answers

Help me find a 🐱/🏠-sitter in Boston

I just moved to Boston (Jamaica Plain, specifically) and I'm looking for a regular cat sitter since I often travel, sometimes for good chunks of time, so it would be ideal if pet watching could be in exchange for staying in my apartment. How can I find a trustworthy person amenable to such an exchange? [more inside]
posted by Cogito at 4:14 PM - 11 answers

April 13

Kitty Prison or just another room for kitty to sleep in?

I'm posting ANOTHER question about cats. This time - is it cruel to put one of my cats away at night so that I can actually sleep once in a while? [more inside]
posted by JenThePro at 11:42 AM - 28 answers

April 12

Bring Mischief to the Goat.

I need your tales of goaty mischief. Have you owned or known a goat with too much of the devil in it? What sort of creative naughtiness do they get into? I need your experience. [more inside]
posted by Jilder at 9:55 PM - 29 answers

Dog suddenly hates dog walker

My wife and I have had Sally, a 7 year-old rescue for about two months now (Requisite picture). About a month ago we wanted her to be able to get a little more activity, so we hired a dog walker. He's been great - he clearly loves her, and she seemed to like him as well. There were no problems at all until last Thursday, when she suddenly wouldn't go outside with him anymore, and snapped at him when he tried to leash her up. [more inside]
posted by Ragged Richard at 12:29 PM - 12 answers

April 11

name this cat!

I went to Tahoe this weekend to ski, and it was raining so I adopted a cat instead... she needs a name! [more inside]
posted by blueberrypuffin at 8:28 AM - 72 answers

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