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October 19

Help me win the Flea War (not just the battle)!

I returned from a three-day trip out of town yesterday to find both cats infested with fleas. This is our third round with fleas since late July/early August. I made a trip to Petco and applied Advantage to both cats. My question is, what else can I do to make sure the fleas don't come back this time? A few key details inside. [more inside]
posted by stennieville at 6:27 PM - 12 answers

2 live dogs at the end of 2 weeks

I've offered to dog sit for a friend and the first meeting didn't quite go to plan. Please help me make this work, even if it's only for this one time. [more inside]
posted by Youremyworld at 4:25 PM - 9 answers

Moving suburban dogs to a rural property

We've just bought a 10 acre rural property (Tasmania, Australia), and will be moving there in the next month with our two dogs. Yay for them! Except these two dogs have only ever lived in well-fenced suburban backyards and are mostly walked on leads - what are some tips for training them to stay close and not run away, once they're out on the farm? [more inside]
posted by Jimbob at 3:55 PM - 6 answers

Help Me Find My Lost Cat

We lost our indoor cat at around 1am this morning from our back yard in our quiet suburban neighborhood. It's getting cold outside, and we are worried about her. What can we do to find her? More details after the jump. [more inside]
posted by Slap Factory at 12:06 PM - 25 answers

Cross or 'X'-shaped cat kibble?

A few years ago all the kibbles started mysteriously switching to the small round pellet shape. This is less than ideal since some cats will wolf down the kibble, completely unchewed, and then throw it up. This is essentially an industrywide phenomenon due to a study showing cats will eat 40% more of the pellet shape. What manufacturers have kept a cross or other larger shape that must be chewed? [more inside]
posted by wnissen at 7:30 AM - 13 answers

Choosing kitties

Can a young energetic kitty and an older mellow kitty make a good pair? [more inside]
posted by Librarypt at 7:04 AM - 20 answers

October 18

Neighbor's dog is a bark machine. What do?

Our new neighbors Boxer pup has been chained to a tree all day and he sounds like he's having a crisis, not to mention greatly exciting our Beagle pup and keeping the entire house awake. Hive mind, what's the best course of action here? [more inside]
posted by youandiandaflame at 6:38 PM - 22 answers

Dog diet with a 3-day-cycle?

Is anybody familiar with a dog diet that employs a 3-day cycle, with one day being a fast day, one day being oatmeal with olive oil and flaxseed (or something like that), and one day with raw meaty bones? [more inside]
posted by slappy_pinchbottom at 11:17 AM - 11 answers

October 17

Why can't my cat eat? (Also: can you get my cat to eat?)

My cat is having trouble eating. We've taken her to the vet, and everything seems fine. But she's losing weight, and we're getting very anxious and frustrated and scared and confused. Any idea what's going on? [more inside]
posted by meese at 8:19 AM - 31 answers

October 15

What is making my cat pee in weird places, howl, and try to get outside?

My indoor cat of 7 years has, in just the last couple of months, stopped using his litter-box to poe, walks around the house for hours howling, and tries to get outside every chance he gets. This is completely new behavior in that for 7 years he's been a great, well mannered cat. But now he's driving me insane. [more inside]
posted by snwod at 3:30 AM - 22 answers

How big should a kennel for a sausage dog be?

I'm going to build a kennel for a sausage dog that isn't yet born. I don't have access to a sausage dog to measure one. Can you give me rough dimensions for a kennel for a puppy sausage dog who will one day grow into a full size sausage dog?
posted by UltraFleece at 2:03 AM - 3 answers

October 14

When cats fly

We're moving (maybe you remember from my previous 100 questions on this topic) to California from Chicago and taking our cat on the plane with us. This is a new experience for both my hubby and me. I've done a lot of Googling, I've read up on United's pet policy, and read through Flyer Talk, etc. so I think I get the basic concepts but I'm specifically confused about a few things. [more inside]
posted by bleep at 4:28 PM - 15 answers

October 13

Are mountain lions freeloaders?

Do mountain lions ever eat the remains of another animal's kill, or do they eat only what they kill themselves?
posted by tzuzie at 5:53 PM - 9 answers

I want to get rid of my irrational dog racism. How?!

I admit it, I am afraid of many large dogs. Mostly, this includes boxers, rotties and pit bulls, sometimes even great danes if they're loose in yard. What can I do to alleviate this? Dogs can tell that I am afraid, I know. I feel adrenaline shoot through me when I encounter people with these dogs or dogs in a yard. I suspect that my fear is socially conditioned, and I feel bad about being a "dog racist." [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 4:39 AM - 21 answers

October 11

*This* is Ceti Alpha V!!

Please help me ID this bug. 1.5 inches long. Mean looking. [more inside]
posted by popcassady at 3:29 PM - 4 answers

October 10

How do I overcome the grief from my cat's death

What books/activities/other resources will help me get past this horrible sadness. [more inside]
posted by Librarypt at 11:23 AM - 38 answers

Bad dog.

I am a newish dog host on DogVacay. I had a bad experience with a dog last night and am wondering what to do about it. [more inside]
posted by prunes at 7:27 AM - 15 answers

October 8

ALCO Pet carriers. Is there a modern equivalent?

My mom has had three green ALCO brand pet carriers for probably 30-40 years. They look like this and this. We still use them. They are awesome because they open from the biggest side of the box allowing you to easily shove a big, fat, ornery cat in there and close the mesh door. All modern carriers that I've seen have their door at the front, the smallest side of the box, and it's a total pain to get an animal in and out of there. Well, they certainly don't make ALCO carriers any more, and ALCO probably hasn't even existed for decades. Meanwhile, our carriers are in various stages of falling apart. I would like to know if any company makes a similar style, side-loading pet-carrier today, and, if so, where I can find it. [more inside]
posted by KinoAndHermes at 3:47 PM - 11 answers

October 7

Caterpilter

What is this caterpillar-like beast eating my tomato leaves? [more inside]
posted by domnit at 7:04 PM - 15 answers

Tough Dog Toys for Chewy Pomeranian

Energetic pomeranian seeks indestructible toys. [more inside]
posted by iarerach at 3:50 PM - 12 answers

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