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November 13

Fire dog walker, or give him another chance?

I adopted a sweet 11yo black lab on Halloween. He's obviously still settling into home life after spending two months at the animal shelter, but in general things are going great. This was his first week with his midday dog walker, and I'm not feeling super pleased with the dog walker's services. Help me figure out if I'm right to be worried or I'm being an anxious, over-protective new (dog) Momma. [more inside]
posted by schroedingersgirl at 6:51 PM - 23 answers

Int'l Owl Center or National Eagle Center?

My kids like raptors. Which would be better to visit, the International Owl Center in Houston, Minnesota or the National Eagle Center in Wabasha, Minnesota? Has anyone been to either or both? I realize the names are a little overblown. I'm just wondering which is better for a fun family visit. (They've been to Hawk Ridge in Duluth before and have visited the University of Minnesota's Raptor Center, so I'm looking for somewhere new. All three kids like raptors.)
posted by Area Man at 2:33 PM - 3 answers

Tips on looking after a 9 week old sprollile puppy

I bought a lovely puppy last week, and she is now 9 weeks old. She is a cavalier spaniel/collie cross. I work from home with fields out back, so the hope is that I can give her the attention and exercise this high energy breed combo will most definitely need. [more inside]
posted by choppyes at 4:35 AM - 15 answers

November 12

Is there any chance of getting an only cat to accept other kitties??

MeFites, have you ever been able to turn a decidedly only cat into an at-least-tolerant-of-other-cats cat? [more inside]
posted by Recliner of Rage at 7:33 PM - 15 answers

Do outdoor cats eventually gain reliable survival skills?

I've hesitated to ask this question (partly cause I assume it'll receive malicious responses from the usual suspects), but here it goes--my current two indoor/outdoor cats have been with my around 8 years. I live in an area with a lot of predators but cats always respond intelligently to threats and are quite healthy and happy. So, I'd be interested to hear others experience who've had outdoor cats--can I rest easy and assume that now they've survived a long time, they essentially know how to stay safe? [more inside]
posted by Jon44 at 5:50 PM - 40 answers

What do you call it when a dog sort of purrs?

Almost all of the dogs I have ever known (including our new rescue, Mia) have made huffing, blowing or sort of chewing noises when they are feeling a bit soppy or are being petted or cuddled intensively. I'm curious as to why there's no word for this - does anyone have any theories? Is it not as widespread as I think it is? If you have a word for this yourself then bone-us points for sharing your coinage here.
posted by Chairboy at 1:47 PM - 43 answers

Should we get our 7 year old cat a cat?

We're moving into a reasonably sized fourth floor apartment next month with our cat, Toki. We have no access to an outdoor area. We've been staying in similarly constrained apartment for the past two months, and Toki has become super clingy and playful - I think he's just really bored. We're thinking of getting him a kitten of his very own. Is this a ridiculous idea? [more inside]
posted by nerdfish at 9:13 AM - 15 answers

November 11

Help me name a cat please

This mustachioed fellow is a 2 year old who has been living at a shelter. He is chatty, gregarious and loves a lap to sit on. Any ideas? I am open to anything as long as it's not too long and complicated.
posted by Greener Backyards at 8:20 PM - 77 answers

Asshole Dog Hates His Food

My normally food-obsessed dog does not appear to like his new food. [more inside]
posted by juniperesque at 6:02 PM - 14 answers

Greyhound/cat friendship - What else can I do? Is this salvageable?

Our newly adopted retired racing greyhound is somewhat fixated on our cat - despite being tested as cat-safe or cat-trainable. What else can we do to help this? Is it salvageable? [more inside]
posted by cranberrymonger at 8:21 AM - 11 answers

November 10

Vet Advice: FeLV, Neutering & Second Opinions

Our vet doesn't want to neuter our four-month-old kittens due to their weak positive FeLV status. We feel the importance of neutering now outweigh the risks and have found a vet willing to neuter them both next week. Can we continue seeing the old vet after the operation or should we find a new practice? [more inside]
posted by smorgasbord at 5:05 PM - 9 answers

Reducing cat poop vectors

These baby kitties are going to live with a very nice family soon. They have litter box setup questions: 1. What will make the litter box SMELL as little as possible, besides frequency of cleaning? Types of litter? Type of box? 2. While Mom is dealing with a temporary health problem (kidney-related), what are best practices for handling poop as little as possible in getting it from box to garbage?
posted by listen, lady at 9:57 AM - 23 answers

November 9

Can you recommend a dog sitter in Brooklyn?

I know all about DogVacay, but I've had a range of mediocre experiences with people on that site -- and they tend to keep upping their prices. I thought I'd found someone who would be my mainstay, but she just flaked out on me. I'd love to find someone non-flakey, good with dogs, affordable. Can you recommend anyone?
posted by swheatie at 12:35 PM - 8 answers

November 7

Bat rescue in Chicago?

I'm looking for an organization in the Chicago area that specializes in rescuing/rehabilitating injured bats. Is there such a thing? I'm looking for volunteer opportunities. Also interested in any general wildlife rescue organization that might have a department of bats (DOB).
posted by 912 Greens at 5:47 PM - 4 answers

November 6

Cat bloody stool

So took the cat to the vet because she had bloody stools for 2 days. We did fecal test is negative. Now she drew some blood and we are waiting for those results. We might do an ultrasoubd she said to test for colitis and other rumors. We had that happen before and can't tell you what it was. Just went away after treatment with metronidazole. They has giardiasis and coccidia on the past but that's 9 months ago. Got treated She is 1 year old ragdoll cat Any experience with this ? Any advice?
posted by barexamfreak at 6:44 PM - 5 answers

Should I try to get my dog anxiety medication?

She licks a lot. Compulsion or behavioral issue? [more inside]
posted by ohsnapdragon at 2:47 PM - 12 answers

Name suggestions please, for this dog with cowlike qualities

This sweet rescue was found wandering the streets of downtown L.A. He is 1.5 years old and moves slowly, and sometimes falls asleep while sitting upright. [more inside]
posted by taupe at 12:22 PM - 63 answers

November 4

Why is my cat still scooting?

My cat has been scooting his butt for months. We've tried all of the usual suspects, but he still scoots! Our vet has no idea and wants us to see a specialist. I was hoping one of you has solved a similar scooting mystery. [more inside]
posted by Biblio at 1:18 PM - 12 answers

November 3

Another "Should This Be Consumed" question; cat edition

Is a cat's tongue the equivalent of a kitchen sponge? [more inside]
posted by kestralwing at 1:16 PM - 40 answers

Kitty post herniated colon diet tips and tricks

Hi! My dear kitty had an impacted colon until yesterday, when the vet extracted the offending poop blockage. My question has to do with diet for this perpetually underweight little thing that will not bring about future blockage. [more inside]
posted by angrycat at 4:33 AM - 15 answers

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