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November 30

How to keep our cat from urinating on our car?!

One of our cats is a habitual out-of-litterbox toilet user. Due to this issue, we've had to put him in the garage at night when we can't keep an eye on him. However, we recently purchased a new car and plan to begin putting it in the garage - but we're not sure how to keep that cat - plus possible one other - from urinating on the car. Can anyone think of some solutions? Right now all I can think of is a cover or tarp.
posted by BuddyBoo at 8:17 AM - 8 answers

Did I get my bird sick?

For the last few days I've been ill - mostly very sore throat (like waking up every couple of hours in the night to take pain killers). 2 nights ago I had a fever of >38c for about 8 hours. This morning my partner noticed our Galah has a wet (and possibly kinda bald) patch around 1 nostril. I suppose he could have been splashed drinking but I haven't seen him drink today [more inside]
posted by missmagenta at 3:59 AM - 6 answers

November 29

Standard workday: compatible with a dog?

I would tentatively like to adopt an adult, housebroken dog, but could stand to hear some outside thoughts before taking the plunge. See below for lifestyle details. [more inside]
posted by schooley at 8:08 PM - 10 answers

Name my family's dog, botanical edition.

My family has just received approval to adopt this adorable little guy, and we are in the process of selecting a name. We have a tradition of giving dogs floral and botanical names. I am allowed to put two names on the ballot for the family to vote on, and I'm turning it over to y'all. [more inside]
posted by Anticipation Of A New Lover's Arrival, The at 5:58 PM - 51 answers

I left my dog in the car for under 10 minutes. Did I abuse my dog?

I take my great dane everywhere except for the grocery store. I left her in the car for ten minutes tops, came back to a mean note citing animal abuse. What should I do? [more inside]
posted by Marinara at 5:16 PM - 38 answers

Are there charitable orgs that help with refugees that have pets?

For xmas, we'd like to give a donation on another's behalf to an organization that helps with refugees fleeing that have brought their pets with them. [more inside]
posted by DorothySmith at 10:50 AM - 11 answers

Which dog sitter should I choose?

Ugh. I don't know why I'm having such a hard time making this decision. I'm being an over-protective dog mom and need some advice. [more inside]
posted by gigondas at 8:35 AM - 10 answers

November 26

Old dog, old kidneys, old carpet, help?

A few years ago we adopted an older dog. She's now an elderly dog. She has a kidney condition that makes her drink massive amounts of water, and she goes through periods where she'll pee in the house. [more inside]
posted by instamatic at 7:56 AM - 16 answers

November 25

The holiday question you've been waiting for: Cat diarrhea :(

How do I handle my poor cat's diarrhea? Specifically, how do I clean up the poor guy? [more inside]
posted by slidell at 4:01 PM - 18 answers

November 24

Help my flea-addled kitty

I've recently learned that my cat is severely allergic to fleas, which means he can spend hours and hours grooming. I put Revolution on him monthly, but it's not enough. There are way too many other factors here, and I listed them in all their glory after the jump. [more inside]
posted by mermaidcafe at 10:23 PM - 20 answers

Pet Sitting $$ in 2015?

How much is a reasonable amount to pay for pet sitting nowadays? My particulars inside. [more inside]
posted by BlahLaLa at 1:50 PM - 35 answers

November 23

Cat introduction tips wanted!

Cat people, please give us some cat introduction pointers, because we're kinda lost. [more inside]
posted by agent99 at 8:12 AM - 12 answers

Pet loss & grief... if you've been there, a few questions for you

It really sucks, doesn't it. [more inside]
posted by wannabecounselor at 7:27 AM - 30 answers

One year old dog snaps if I try to open her mouth.

We have a one year old shih-tzu dog that we got as a 2 month old puppy. She is extremely sweet and calm and not territorial about food, toys, etc. However, if she has something small in her mouth that I need to get out, she growls as a warning and if I try to open her mouth, she bites. [more inside]
posted by gfrobe at 6:29 AM - 11 answers

Help me pick a dry cat food for my elderly cat

Help me pick a dry cat food for my elderly cat, who is thinner than I'd like. [more inside]
posted by Year of meteors at 12:48 AM - 18 answers

November 20

Got rid of fleas, now for the flea dirt

My pooch was eaten the heck up with fleas, and after about two months, some laundromat trips, a trip to the vet, etc, we've been flea-free for a couple of weeks now. I'm having a heck of a time trying to get rid of the flea dirt he had picked up, however. [more inside]
posted by iarerach at 3:55 PM - 10 answers

November 18

Where's the airbnb for cat owners who travel?

We would love to rent out our condo in Vancouver—or participate in some kind of home exchange—but are reluctant to leave our cat with strangers. (And local cat sitters are quite expensive.) Is there a site, or a filter on an existing site, to find others in a similar situation? [more inside]
posted by motownie at 3:12 PM - 9 answers

November 16

Cat has lots of fluid on her lungs

My 2-year-old cat is at the veterinarian’s office overnight. I’m afraid she may not have much time left. I’m looking for more information than I’ve got so far so I have a better idea of what I’m dealing with. [more inside]
posted by bryon at 6:09 PM - 9 answers

What bird is this? (Bay Area edition)

My neighbors, who raise backyard quail, were given another bird about a month ago by someone who apparently found her (him?) in a gutter nearby. Initial assumption was that NewBird was also a quail...but six weeks later, it's pretty clear that isn't the case. Local wildlife agencies have been slow to get back to my neighbors -- any bird experts in the house here want to weigh in? (Additional details and photos within.) [more inside]
posted by aecorwin at 12:18 PM - 7 answers

November 15

Aquarium Filter

What are the best fish for a widescreen 13 gallon aquarium? [more inside]
posted by bad grammar at 4:26 PM - 5 answers

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