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April 25

You're No Brother of Mine

I own a pair of 7 year old sibling cats, Jack and Bellamy. They've spent their whole little lives together, never been apart, (normally) get along swimmingly. Two peas in a pod. Until yesterday. [more inside]
posted by Gyre,Gimble,Wabe, Esq. at 3:49 PM - 12 answers

April 24

How long is too long to leave a cat alone?

I will be traveling for 8 days. I'm worried about leaving my cat alone as she is very attached to me... [more inside]
posted by irish01 at 4:17 PM - 41 answers

April 23

Helping a dog adapt to apartment living?

Our 8 year old dog will be transitioning from living her whole life in a moderate sized house-with-yard to an apartment (70% of the size) with cement patio. Suggestions on making this as stress-free as possible for her? [more inside]
posted by komlord at 12:20 PM - 7 answers

Can you identify this tree?

We are moving to our forever home very soon and it has a newish tree planted out front that we have been unable to identify. Online guides have been less than helpful. Help!
posted by grumpybear69 at 11:50 AM - 4 answers

April 22

Do you tip your veterinarian?

My vet has recently added a tip line to the credit card slip that I sign when checking out. Then, the office put a sign on the counter that read, tips are for boarding, grooming, (and a few other cosmetic services I can't remember). I want to do the right thing, and apparently here, it's tip the vet. I really mostly want to know if this is common or expected everywhere. [more inside]
posted by banjonaut at 9:35 AM - 12 answers

April 20

Tell me I don't have to go to the doctor tomorrow - dog bite edition

I got bitten by a dog. Pretty good puncture wounds, definitely not a rabid dog. Doc friends are predicting augmentin. Already did alcohol and bacitracin. Would love not to go to my primary tomorrow. [more inside]
posted by Pax at 9:33 PM - 21 answers

Dog ate gum- now what?

My dog ate a discarded piece of very well-chewed spearmint "Ice Cubes" gum. Is he in danger? [more inside]
posted by I_Love_Bananas at 8:11 PM - 11 answers

April 19

How to help our cat grieve?

One of our 15 year old kitties died about three weeks ago. His brother is showing a lot of typical symptoms of cat-grief. But his behavior is making us bonkers. Help! [more inside]
posted by tippy at 6:37 AM - 20 answers

April 18

Chihuahua mix with elevated ALT levels

My 12 year old chihuahua mix Maxine had high ALT levels on her last 2 rounds of bloodwork. She is asymptomatic except for a decreased appetite. Does anybody have experience with canine liver supplements? There are a lot of options out there...
posted by TheCoug at 8:03 PM - 2 answers

How many cats makes a crazy cat lady?

Is it fair/feasible to adopt my parent's cat, given my roommate's qualms and the two specific cats involved? I've read previous questions about re-homing, about the dangers of outdoor cats, etc, but am still torn and feeling terribly guilty about even considering saying no. Pictures of all involved cats inside. [more inside]
posted by buildmyworld at 11:14 AM - 15 answers

Another reckless bird question

A small bird is repeatedly flying into our window with reckless abandon, similar to the one described in a previous thread, and we're wondering if anyone has any new ideas. The poor bird has been at it for several days now. Details of what we have tried so far inside. [more inside]
posted by wavelette at 9:27 AM - 7 answers

April 17

Choosy cats choose...?

My rotten cat, Toast, has decided to become finicky in his old age. My husband and I are pulling our hair out. Halp please. [more inside]
posted by holborne at 10:34 AM - 32 answers

April 16

Can I get a dog without breaking my needy cat's heart?

I adopted my cat as an adult and he's sweet, adoring, and clingy. He's very much a people cat and particularly loyal to me. I'd like to adopt a dog, and I've read about introducing a cat to a new dog and know the process, but my question is more along the lines of can I do it without causing my needy cat to be significantly less happy? [more inside]
posted by hotcoroner at 9:17 PM - 10 answers

What might increase my chances of wild flocks of parrots at my feeder?

I live in Pasadena, California home to all sorts of wild parrots. There are a lot of yellow headed amazons, but also a variety of species. I know they are unlikely to feed at bird feeders, but if there was something I could put in a bird feeder that might attract them, what would it be, and what feeder would you use? [more inside]
posted by arnicae at 7:46 PM - 10 answers

April 15

Older Dog, Bigger Crate?

My 10-pound dog is getting older (he's now between 10-12, best estimate) and I've noticed that he likes to stretch out to snooze on the couch during the day. He sleeps in a crate at night, so is this an indication that I should get him a bigger create so he can stretch out? [more inside]
posted by juniperesque at 7:31 PM - 10 answers

April 14

Cat with vestibular? Brain cancer?

My 11 year old cat has been very sick for a month and we’ve got no conclusive answers after an MRI, spinal tap, urinalysis, bloodwork, and X-ray. His symptoms are ataxia and dizziness. He’s still eating, using his litterbox, alert, talkative, no vomiting. [more inside]
posted by knuspermanatee at 12:22 AM - 3 answers

April 12

Missing cat + smell of something dead nearby. How do know?

My most precious, beloved Lucy has been missing for a week. This is entirely, completely out of character for her. While I was out searching last night, I noticed the distinct smell of death coming from a neighbor's property a block away. Odds are, it's almost certainly just a squirrel or something. But I have to know. How do I go about...that? [more inside]
posted by storminator7 at 9:29 PM - 19 answers

April 11

Name this cat, and why doesn't she cat

We got a cat (pic1, pic2, pic3) this weekend. She's white and orange, medium sized, about 3 years old, and enjoys chatting, sitting on laps, kneading, and purring. [more inside]
posted by redlines at 7:55 PM - 57 answers

Teach my old cat a new trick

My nearly 11-year-old cat is having issues with her back end, but she refuses to use stepstools or cat stairs. What's the best way to teach her, before she aggravates whatever condition she has? [more inside]
posted by We put our faith in Blast Hardcheese at 8:24 AM - 8 answers

April 8

How to sleep while raising a puppy?

Any ideas for making it through the next few months? Especially this month when we have to keep him at home? [more inside]
posted by oceanlady at 11:08 AM - 14 answers

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