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Obligatory cat album. Sick cat is the lynx point; fat cat is the chocolate point (?) with the air conditioner face. [more inside]
Since my last question, we've decided to get a cat! However, we're running into the interesting problem of not finding any that we like. Are we being too picky or should we wait? Snowflakes below. [more inside]
I have tadpoles in the garden pond; to minimise cannibalism when they turn to protein diets, I want to supplement their food. As a kid, I used liver-on-a-string, but now I'm a vegetarian so what are my options? [more inside]
I recently finished screening and thoroughly escape-proofing my porch, with an eye to giving my cats a safe taste of the outdoors. But I know my two white cats will now need sun protection for their ears, and many human sunscreens are toxic to cats. What feline sunscreen do you use or can recommend? [more inside]
My old man cat has been slowing down for a while, and I think we may be moving into a new phase of old-man-cat-ness. I can handle the medical aspects, but what might I not be thinking of to make his life at home as comfortable and easy as I can for whatever time he has left? (Difficulty levels: Deaf, getting very stiff in the back legs, was never a good jumper to begin with, underweight, seems to be getting maybe a little confused). [more inside]
I am afraid of dogs and hate it when dogs run up to me while I'm out for a walk. Is there a signal for "stay away from me" that dogs will understand? [more inside]
My friend wants to re-home her beautiful young indoor/outdoor tom cat, because he terrorizes and traumatizes her other cat with aggressive play. The other cat's a shy, skittish female and my friend is more bonded to her than to the tom. [more inside]
Mr. sutel finally said we can get a puppy! Yay! I have not had a dog since I was a teenager and I would like some advice on how to go about this. [more inside]
Can you train a dog to stop scratching the ground after pooping? [more inside]
Thirty-two year old female who has absolutely never wanted kids. But I'm going puppy crazy and really want to get a dog now. Has anyone ever gone through this? [more inside]
I lost my dog in a somewhat rural area. What do I do? [more inside]
I've never ever wanted a cat until about a month ago, but now I can't stop thinking about it. My husband likes them, my kid adores them, and I'm pretty sure I'm allergic. Should we try fostering a cat to see how it goes? Or just take the plunge? [more inside]
I have a new cat and he is great but what's not so great is how he eats half of my previous cat's food. Complication - previous cat is extremely NOT food-motivated. [more inside]
My partner and I lost our beloved kitty of many years, and after taking some time, we're starting to think about adopting a new cat. Today we visited a local shelter and met a sweet, loving 1 year-old kitty who is missing one hind leg. We know that "tripod" cats tend to get along quite well and we'd take care to provide steps and a good soft bed. But my partner and I are both usually gone during the day, and we're wondering if a three-legged kitty might be more prone to falling, and whether she might be better off with more supervision than we could provide. Are we worrying too much?
The best dog in the world (foreground) is now a middle aged (7 year old) lab mix, and as his little doggy muzzle turneth gray, he has a problem. A stinky dog fart problem. What should we try, and in what order? A very friendly dog who gets sad when no one wants him in the same room as them thanks you. [more inside]
My brother is looking for a companion animal, specifically a dog that weighs 25 pounds or less (due to his apartment's regulations). Can anyone suggest a rescue organization in the Washington, DC area that he could connect with? Thanks.
Are the benefits of dental cleaning worth the risk of putting my 10-year-old lab mix under anesthesia? What should I be aware of and what questions should I ask my vet before making this decision? [more inside]
Before the introduction of the horse, some tribes in what is now the central and western United States used dogs as beasts of burden. For example, dogs hauled the travois, a type of sled used by North American Indians to carry goods. What breed was the dog, and is it still in existence?
Can you recommend a dog trainer or behaviorist in the Phoenix area who can help my little pup with barking issues? [more inside]
I live less than a mile from where I run most of my errands and I would like to start walking to these places instead of driving. I always bring my pup with me for the ride. I'd love to bring my little guy with me to the bank, grocery store etc and leash him outside at these places but I never see it done, so I have some questions. [more inside]