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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 - 10 answers

Dog and cats living together...NOT mass hysteria?

We've had an adopted coonhound for four months, and she's essentially ignored our two cats the whole time. All of a sudden she's started to act aggressively toward them. Why?? What can we do?? [more inside]
posted by Bromius at 7:27 AM - 8 answers

March 24

Good toys/climby things for newly three-legged cat?

My mum's boisterous siamese The Lola was recently hit by a car, and had to have a broken leg amputated (pinning was deemed unlikely to work). I'm going to be watching her house next week and I'm assuming The Lola's usual physical pastime of climbing on the roof is not going to be very viable anymore. Given she's likely to have recovered from the surgery by then, what are some playthings that might be good to cheer her up/tire her out while she doesn't have full balance back yet? [more inside]
posted by solarion at 9:52 PM - 11 answers

Why do cats unroll toilet paper?

I searched google and saw only hits talking about how to stop the behavior, but that doesn't interest me. I'd really like to know if there are people out there who've tried to understand *why* some cats do this?
posted by dancing leaves at 5:18 AM - 17 answers

March 23

Please identify this bird.

Sorry no pics, but it was so distinctive that I'm hoping you guys can help me. I'm in Portland, OR, and saw it last week in a large park. It was a perching bird, about 6", and was either on the ground flipping over leaves or perching about eye-level in the small trees. It let me get quite close, and seemed more curious than wary. [more inside]
posted by Specklet at 6:20 PM - 12 answers

When did the first pet shops open?

I know dog/cat breeders were a service/profession going a long ways back but when did pets as a retail commodity become a thing? From some internet searching I know some of the big chains got their start in the mid-60's and that there were smaller, local "pet stores" even earlier but how early?
posted by Captain_Science at 12:53 PM - 11 answers

Home remedies for a dog with kennel cough

How can I make my dog with kennel cough more comfortable as she recovers? [more inside]
posted by Zosia Blue at 11:58 AM - 8 answers

Cat Introductions, One Bedroom Apartment Edition

We brought home a second cat yesterday in an effort to give our existing cat a playmate. They began interacting nearly right away, and I'm not sure what to do about overnight arrangements. Additional sleep-deprived ramblings inside. [more inside]
posted by area.man at 11:13 AM - 8 answers

March 19

Asthma: What to do about the dogs?

I have no idea how to handle this situation. I have two dogs; whom I love very much. I've always been a little allergic to them, but it seems to be progressing to asthma. I have no idea how to begin to figure out what to do. Seeking advice. [more inside]
posted by LANA! at 4:08 PM - 19 answers

Renting a goat in NYC

Is there a place/person who will rent me a goat (or sheep) for a few hours in NYC? [more inside]
posted by Partario at 7:54 AM - 4 answers

March 17

Yo, dog. What's your name?

Please help me give my awesomest new friend an equally awesome name! [more inside]
posted by lettuce dance at 10:32 AM - 60 answers

March 15

New cat hates old cat -- let them fight it out??

We have a 13-year-old sweetheart of a cat and a new one-year-old cat. The new cat hates the old cat, and attacks her if she and the old cat are in the same room. We have a family disagreement on how to handle this situation. I would welcome advice on the best approach. Details inside. [more inside]
posted by merejane at 11:33 PM - 17 answers

March 14

How to stop a puppy peeing indoors?

We've had our eight-week-old Labrador for a few days and he's developed a bad habit: he won't pee while we're outside in the garden (sometimes for over an hour) but the moment he comes in he goes to one part of the kitchen and pees there. How can we make him realise that he's got it the wrong way around? [more inside]
posted by Hogshead at 5:16 AM - 15 answers

March 13

My cat came home! (Yay!) Now what?

Should I be concerned about my cat's health and behavior after he was gone for about three days? [more inside]
posted by Big Chief Little Pants at 5:51 AM - 15 answers

March 11

Maru and Hana are hogging all the best Cat Toys

Where can I buy the cat tower shown in these photos? [more inside]
posted by instead of three wishes at 3:13 PM - 4 answers

March 10

Coping with Trauma and the Loss of a Pet

I’m having trouble dealing with something terrible I saw involving a neighbor’s dog. I feel weird since it wasn’t my dog or my trauma, but it took me back to the night my own pet died, and I just feel awful about everything and I don’t know how to cope (warning: general description of terrible dog death under the fold). [more inside]
posted by girl flaneur at 8:53 PM - 15 answers

The poop is definitely in the box (er, raised bed), how do I get it out

What do I do about the cat poop in my raised beds if I don't want to get rid of the cats? I have a little feral/community cat colony in my (urban) backyard. They have chosen two of my raised beds as their toilet. Now that the snow has melted the smell is kicking in. I don't want to drive the cats away, but I would like my backyard to not smell of sewage and maybe even use those beds for non-edibles. Anyone have ideas? [more inside]
posted by schroedinger at 7:41 AM - 15 answers

March 9

I hate you more than any other cat at night

My previously well behaved cat has begun scratching at our bedroom door in the wee hours of the morning loudly enough to wake us up and keep us awake. The door is open, and he is fed and watered. What the hell is going on and please can you help make it stop? [more inside]
posted by corb at 10:54 AM - 32 answers

March 6

Auto-feeders for a clever cat

Do you have a smart, food-motivated cat, and an auto-feeder that stands up to that cat? [more inside]
posted by Tomorrowful at 4:20 PM - 15 answers

Source for prescription kitteh food?

Kitteh is 17 and going strong, except that he's lost three pounds in the past several months. His vet has prescribed special food. I bought samples of two brands from the vet to see if he'd eat them and he likes them both (good kitty!) Now I need to find the best source to buy them from in bulk. [more inside]
posted by caryatid at 1:31 PM - 8 answers

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