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My boyfriend's cat's paw pads are always extremely scaly and cracked, but it doesn't seem to bother him at all. Here's a picture to give you an idea of how bad. Has anyone ever seen this, and if so do you have any advice? Or is this just one of those weird pet things that probably isn't a big deal and you can't do anything about it anyway? [more inside]
Need help finding the right temperature for a Betta fish in a 5 gallon aquarium [more inside]
My cat suddenly thinks I am a great toy - help? Noise makers not allowed - the baby is (finally!) sleeping. [more inside]
I have had a dog for about a year and half that I got from a rescue group. I love her like crazy , but she bit a neighbor's pants tonight and I'm freaking out. She's my first dog as an adult, so I'm not sure if I am overreacting, so every conceivable detail is inside. [more inside]
If AskMefi had a superpower, this would be it. What is my newly adopted cat named? [more inside]
I recall reading an article about a researcher of big horn sheep who was shocked by homosexual behavior. Can you link me to this article? [more inside]
I have the opportunity to adopt a single, mature, anti-social chicken to keep in my yard. Will she destroy the yard? [more inside]
Our lovely little cat-beast has taken to pissing on our sofa basically every morning, no matter how much we try to stop him, no matter how clean the litter box. We're using Febreeze to try and get rid of the smell, but we worry that a certain aroma remains, and that's what makes him go back there. Is there some strong-smelling but nontoxic-to-cats substance we could put on the sofa to make it appear less like a giant soft litter box?
My dog is about 5 years old. I've had him for 3.5 years. In the last month or so he has started barking in his sleep. Sometimes he's puppy-dreaming and quietly yipping and moving his feet. About half the time he barks really loud and wakes himself up. This is a definite change in his behavior. Should I be worried? [more inside]
How do I keep my cat off of my computer? [more inside]
Asking for my next door neighbor who just got an 11 week old Malinois puppy who is biting more than an average puppy. There is a reason people call them Malingators. He bites and does not release. Malinois owners what has worked for you to break this problem? [more inside]
It doesn't seem to match the cicada or katydid noises I've found around YouTube. It's outside a suburban window - it is a "buzz" (it sounds a bit like a "hiss" in the recording, but was buzzier to my ears), with ~2.5 seconds of noise followed by a ~2 second pause. Listen here.
What is the easiest, most humane, and least gross way to kill dying fish in our office fish tank? [more inside]
My sweet geriatric (14.5 years old) kitty Lulu is experience an indeterminate health crisis that is causing her a lot of anxiety and I'm looking for ways to ease it. [more inside]
I acknowledge that I am a terrible person, but I want to get my cat Nosy a dinosaur haircut so he looks like Toothless. [more inside]
We've got a single cat, in a fourth-floor walkup with the garbage room in the basement. It would be nice not to have to run to the basement every time I empty the litter box (and I'm not so thrilled with the idea of letting a few days' worth of cat poop accumulate in a bin before carrying it out to the trash). What is the situation with flushable cat litters? Are any of them worth using? Any downsides I should be aware of?
Say you have two pure-bred dogs: a pug and a beagle. If you breed them, you will end up with a crossbreed of two purebreds: a puggle. Is it possible to breed two true puggles and end up with a dog that is by breed standards (or genetic standards?) identical to a pure-bred pug or beagle? Thank you.
This scamp has a habit of visiting our neighborhood park. There's a greenway behind the park where he will ramble during the day. We're looking for a kitty GPS (or RFID and reader) that will give us a bead on where he is. [more inside]
My question is essentially what is the best food option for an elderly cat with tooth problems (and potentially digestive as well)? And the caveats are that this is in the UK, on a limited budget, and the owner is both somewhat frail (so labour-intensive options are out) and stubbornly determined that she knows best - so I'm looking for personal experience and online resources/guidelines that I can present in the most straightforward manner. [more inside]
We're headed on a family vacation next week that will take us down the east coast from Connecticut to Florida and back. The trip will last about 14 days and we'll be in a Mazda5 (micro minivan with a 3rd row) with 2 adults, 2 kids (8 & 10) and our adult rescue dog, Henry. We've never traveled with a dog before and so are looking for suggestions on how to make this process go as smoothly as possible. [more inside]