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June 26

Adorable animals to follow on Snapchat 🐾

I'd love to follow more Snapchat accounts that feature cute animals! Extra bonus points for: [more inside]
posted by dire at 11:42 AM - 1 answers

June 24

Small dog has turned into large poop machine

In the past couple of days, our terrier/schnauzer mutt has suddenly starting pooping so much that it seems to defy the law of conservation of mass. Help me decide if this is a bland-diet-for-a-couple-of-days situation, or a get-thee-to-a-vet-now situation. (Sorry for the wall-o-poop inside) [more inside]
posted by the return of the thin white sock at 9:43 AM - 7 answers

June 22

Where to go in Los Angeles with my cat on Friday afternoon?

On Friday, my building will receive a much-welcome visit from The Exterminator. That means that I'll have to be out of my loft for about three hours with Garbo, Queen of All She Surveys. We can't really go to a neighbor's because the whole building is being treated, and so far none of my friends have offered to host a visit. Anyone have any suggestions about where I can go in LA with a pissed-off cat, preferably air-conditioned? [more inside]
posted by ljshapiro at 11:38 AM - 9 answers

June 21

A dog's coat keeps it cool: fact or fiction?

I see a lot of lightweight articles of dubious scientific merit claiming that one should not shave down a dog's coat in the summer because it actually helps keep it cool during the summer. Can someone point me to actual science that upholds or refutes this claim? [more inside]
posted by drlith at 8:34 PM - 12 answers

Can we stick a stamp on a dog?

The death of a family member means a dog (jack russell terrier) is probably coming to live with us. We need to find a way to get the dog across the country safely on its own. Train? Plane? Dog-mobile? [more inside]
posted by instead of three wishes at 7:18 PM - 9 answers

June 20

Train the cats, train the kids?

I have inherited two kittens (now almost a year old). One of them is continually scratching my elementary-aged kids. I have had no luck training the kids in cat body language, because it seems to go from cuddly-and-purring to face-scratching instantly. [more inside]
posted by instamatic at 3:46 PM - 23 answers

Puppy Poop Schedule

How often does your dog need to go outside (pee or poop) and how do you know when it's time? [more inside]
posted by otherwordlyglow at 9:56 AM - 8 answers

Kitten Nurses on Himself

My 3 month old kitten began nursing on his own nipples 3 days after adopting him. I've owned him for two weeks so far. He does this ritual immediately before preparing for bed (with my husband and I) and sometimes during the day before he naps. Is there a way this can be stopped, or has it already turned into a (bad) habit? Someone suggested a (pet's) shirt that can cover his nipples. Another suggested "calming" spray just before bed. Is there an ointment I can rub on his nipples that tastes DISGUSTING to prevent him from continuing to do this? Please help!
posted by scarbo at 7:42 AM - 17 answers

Cats gonna cat

Most mornings, when I get out of bed, my 2-year-old cat jumps into the just-vacated spot and digs furiously into the sheet. Then he usually runs around the house at full speed. What's going on here? [more inside]
posted by mchorn at 7:05 AM - 8 answers

June 19

How to catch a kitty?

I need your help catching this kitty and potentially finding a new home for it! [more inside]
posted by QueenHawkeye at 9:58 PM - 9 answers

Adopted by an injured stray cat! Chicago and general help

Somewhere in the middle of last night when I had passed out from a migraine, a cat adopted my wife. [more inside]
posted by AlexiaSky at 7:35 AM - 14 answers

June 18

Sweet, fuzzy, vicious: how do I stop my cat from killing everything?

My young, vigorous male (neutered) cat is an extremely proficient killer. How do I get him to stop? [more inside]
posted by pleasant_confusion at 5:26 PM - 19 answers

June 17

Kitty needs a name!

I have a new family member and she needs a name! [more inside]
posted by Stonkle at 7:13 PM - 59 answers

June 16

When do we spay our kitten?

I'm getting conflicting information and would like to make the best decision for my kitten. When is it best to spay? [more inside]
posted by aniola at 9:49 PM - 20 answers

June 14

Basics of raw food diet for dogs

Please tell me all the secrets to successfully feeding my dogs a raw diet! What mix of meats do you use? What percentage of organ meats? What add ins like yogurt, veggies, and eggs? What disasters and successes you have had. Finally, has it made a difference in your dogs health?
posted by Coffee Bean at 1:11 PM - 6 answers

June 13

Why Won't My Dog Do Her Business in Our Backyard?!!

Hive Mind, please help us figure out how to get our dog to do her business in the back yard. [more inside]
posted by Hanuman1960 at 12:25 PM - 16 answers

How to handle an episode of aggression by cat toward baby

Our older female cat just got annoyed with the baby and tried to bite the baby. What should we do? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 2:55 AM - 15 answers

June 11

This happens more than I even want to admit to myself

Caught my cat lapping from my glass. I sigh, grab myself another glass of water and continue about my business. But then... [more inside]
posted by Dressed to Kill at 7:13 AM - 51 answers

June 10

Please help me with my lovely Donkey Dog.

The latest of my series of newbie dog questions. The good news from the last question is that after boarding (which went wonderfully) she now walks with her dog walker-- at least most of the time. The bad news is that while walking with me she has started to refuse to go home. Here is a picture of her going crumpledog at the intersection to my building. How do I get her to stop this? It is making me crazy and late for work. [more inside]
posted by frumiousb at 11:22 PM - 13 answers

June 8

Looking for dog foster care

How do I work this? My dog, a wonderful black lab/dalmatian mixed breed, needs companionship for a few months while I'm in recovery... [more inside]
posted by nj_subgenius at 8:14 AM - 12 answers

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