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How do I politely talk to the neighbors about the state of their animal's health without offending them/forbidding me to have anything to do with the cat? [more inside]
My nephew, who is around 4, is curious about animals. My family encourages him to capture frogs, lizards, grasshoppers, etc. This often ends with the animal dying, either because it starves, suffocates in the poorly vented makeshift container, or my nephew squishes it when trying to hold it. This greatly upsets me, and nobody in my family seems to care. How do I deal with this? [more inside]
I'd love some suggestions for places where I can (legally) let my dog hike off leash in NJ. Northern NJ preferred, but if you've got a great spot in the region (NJ, NY, PA), would love those suggestions as well. Not really looking for any dog park recs unless they are spaces that are 5 acres+ in size for dogs of all sizes. I have a local dog park that is an acre, so would really prefer to hear about hiking areas. Thanks!
I have a cat feeding conundrum. I have three cats who have recently been nicknamed Skinny, Chunky and Closet. (Obligatory pics: Chunky in a less-chunky state; Skinny & Closet). I am having trouble figuring out how to feed all three of them according to their own needs. [more inside]
When I was a kid (in the 80s), my family had a tape recording of a big dog walking around and growling and making himself known -- on an endless loop, as it was some sort of neverending cassette -- that we’d put on when we left the house to fool nonexistent burglars in our suburban neighborhood. Did anyone else have a dog tape?
While putting together my weekly multivitamin/pill case, I was distracted by the sound of cat B knocking something over in the kitchen. I went to investigate clean up and became distracted for 10 minutes; in that time it appears that cat A may have gone in my room and stolen an adderall pill. [more inside]
One of our feral neighborhood mama cats was hit by a car. She has a litter of kittens, they are about a month old. We have seen them out and about in the neighborhood, but don't know where she has hidden them. How can we find them? [more inside]
I work with a local foster based dog rescue in my hometown. We are always in need of funds for vet bills and the like, and while we hold regular fundraisers, we could use some consistent funds to count on. I had an idea for a monthly subscription style system of donations what donors can have drafted monthly, but what can I offer them in return to really bring in the donors? [more inside]
I'm considering adopting a dog who may have luxating patella. Is this an adoption deal breaker for someone who doesn't have a lot of money? [more inside]
They moved in maybe six months ago and have a big dog that barks and barks when I get in, often at 10 p.m. or so. (they leave him tied up outside for unknown amounts of time as well). After reading one of the posts here, I decided to approach them and get more info: now I know his name (which often stops him cold), age, etc. [more inside]
My dog had an accident in the house a while ago, and I only recently noticed that the urine leaked through the floor onto my turntables. How do I clean this? [more inside]
Our cat lost her frenemy last month, who was the Best Cat in the World. BCW and remaining cat did a lot together. Remaining cat is a dominant young female who seems less stressed now that she's the only cat, but both more sedentary and bored. We've been attempting to work on both but wondering if she needs a cat/dog? [more inside]
The lovely and talented Kokopelli has gotten into a bad habit of crapping along the periphery of small rooms/alcoves in the basement. Is this indicative of something particular, and what do I do about it? He has lots of litterboxes. [more inside]
For the past few months, I’ve been considering adopting a cat as a way of easing loneliness, helping me fight depression, and giving me something to care for and love. However, I have a few constraints that limit the type of cat I feel capable of caring for. I’m wondering what age of cat I should be looking for, or if I’m being unrealistic and am not well suited to adopting a cat after all. This will be my first pet, and I could use advice from people who know these things. [more inside]
Stray Kitty is a long hair, possibly with a Maine Coon element. The fur is matted and knotted, sticking way out in places. We've started calling him/her "Kramer." Here's what's strange: the fur appears be missing from the mid section on both sides and underneath. Broad patches of pink are visible when the voluminous fur falls to the side. Kitty doesn't scratch or pick at the pink area, has a good appetite, and is perfectly nimble. [more inside]
I found myself in possession of a stray ferret recently (obligatory and adorable pics here). After a long search for the stray ferret's parents turned up empty, I made the (obvious) decision to keep this furry little noodle. I've had ferrets previously, but it's been about 15 years, and I raised those little guys from babies. I have questions, specifically about playtime, toys, keeping her engaged, and my existing cats. [more inside]
I got Ms. Mildred Butterclaws, or Millie, a little over a year ago from a shelter. I found she was unresponsive to catnip. Then I heard about silvervine right here on MeFi and ordered a small package. She responded enthusiastically to silvervine the first time I gave it to her, but since then-- nothing. She just ignores it. Is this a common thing with cats? What could be going on here? [more inside]
We adopted a three year old Treeing Walker Coonhound in December. She's had an ear infection pretty much since then. [more inside]
Tucker, the 8 month old mastiff rescue that we picked up this week (oblig.) is an anxious fellow and exhibits separation anxiety. No destruction yet, but constant pacing, whining, and eventually barking. Can anyone recommend a Chicagoland (preferably city) dog behaviorist? [more inside]