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June 9

Help siblings resolve sibling-cat-fight?

We had our kitties groomed, now one cat hates the other. [more inside]
posted by philotes at 8:54 AM - 11 answers

June 8

What is my responsibility to this cat?

A couple of years ago a family leaving its lease in a house in my neighborhood abandoned its young cat. My next-door neighbor began feeding it, but would not let it inside because she already had a cat. Now she has lost her lease, and I have begun feeding it; my porch seems to have become its home base. [more inside]
posted by mmiddle at 8:51 AM - 12 answers

June 7

cat carrier eenie meenie miney mo

My partner and I are flying from the west coast to the east coast at the end of July with our 15lb cat, Buddy. Which carrier should I choose? [more inside]
posted by wintersonata9 at 5:51 PM - 14 answers

I am in a prison of my cat's making.

I have an absolutely wonderful cat, Banana. I've had cats all my life and he's my favorite by a wide margin. He is beloved by both me and my husband. He is also ruining our lives. [more inside]
posted by something something at 10:32 AM - 39 answers

The cat and the bedroom door

What is the best way to to keep a cat from scratching at the bedroom door at night? [more inside]
posted by 2 cats in the yard at 4:13 AM - 23 answers

June 3

What dog vaccinations are really necessary (other than rabies)?

What vaccinations does my dog really need to get each year? It seems my vet has at least 4 different boosters not including rabies and sends me reminders every 6 mos it seems. Which are vitally necessary? [more inside]
posted by WinterSolstice at 1:42 PM - 13 answers

Help me help my elderly rescue dog.

My recently rescued elderly dog is ball-obsessed. More specifically, she is obsessed with playing with balls right near the edge of my couch. This is a problem. How can I fix this problem? [more inside]
posted by waterisfinite at 11:28 AM - 21 answers

June 2

Recommendations for RFID cat door

No longer renting, now I can cut holes in the wall! [more inside]
posted by drfu at 11:30 PM - 3 answers

Hyperthyroid Kitty: What to do?

My 12-year-old cat Gordon (obligatory photos: 1, 2) was diagnosed hyperthyroid this weekend. I had suspected this was the case, as he'd been exhibiting symptoms. So now I need to decide what to do for his treatment. [more inside]
posted by cowboy_sally at 9:04 AM - 23 answers

May 28

Ornithology 101: Bird locomotion - boing vs. waddle

As I sat outside enjoying the evening, I watched a small bird (a sparrow, I think?) looking for worms or seeds in the veggie patch. For some reason (maybe the wine, I dunno) the question crossed my mind: why do some birds hop (like the sparrow) and some walk/waddle (a duck, for example). [more inside]
posted by Klaxon Aoooogah at 10:24 PM - 10 answers

May 27

cat lovers - need advice for stray cat family

I live in a large residential neighborhood in a suburb. For the past 8 months, my husband and some of our neighbors noticed a stray cat. About a month ago, our neighbor noticed she had 3 kittens. [more inside]
posted by seesom at 7:28 PM - 4 answers

Resources for Tripod Dog

We got an emergency foster on Friday, a young Boxer who had just had a hind leg amputated. I am fully aware that she will be fine, but I can't seem to find information on what to expect through recovery. [more inside]
posted by DarlingBri at 2:50 PM - 3 answers

May 26

Friends of long-haired dogs in the summertime....

What are your go-to measures of comfort for the overheated summer dog in your life? [more inside]
posted by A Terrible Llama at 5:42 PM - 21 answers

Local dog makes bad.

My idiot dog [file photo of idiot dog] has started barking when I leave the house. His bark is LOUD. Like, super loud. This is unacceptable. I live in an apartment and there are innocent people involved who don't deserve this. [more inside]
posted by phunniemee at 1:01 PM - 28 answers

May 24

Is there a doctor ... er, veterinarian ... in the house?

I've got a female rat that needs to be spayed. My vet office gave me an estimate of $560. This seems way higher than I would expect (and I'm no stranger to vet bills, having taken care of many rats over the years -- but I've never done a spay). Is this a reasonable estimate, or is something wrong here? [more inside]
posted by phoenix_rising at 11:34 AM - 14 answers

May 23

Companion kitty: the seekening

My adorable 7-month-old (ish) kitten Milo is not always as restful as the pictures make him seem. He has lots of energy and wants lots of play. I try to keep him entertained but I think he may need another little bundle of furry energy. I have only ever been a single-kitty household, so I have some questions. [more inside]
posted by Athanassiel at 11:12 PM - 15 answers

Ways to amuse a water-loving dog--without water

I'm petsitting a dog who loves to play in water, and normally when I petsit for her, water play happens and she knows to expect that from me. But drought and weather are making all of that a bad idea. Now what? [more inside]
posted by jenfullmoon at 7:08 PM - 14 answers

Our new cat needs help, and so do we.

We just adopted a cat from a local rescue group, primarily to keep our current cat company, since we just lost two cats to old age. But the situation is not what we expected, and not what I have ever had to deal with before, after a lifetime of cats. [more inside]
posted by kestralwing at 6:03 PM - 33 answers

Is there an age when a kitten may outgrow biting?

I would like to hear from people who have had a kitten that bit past a few weeks of age and outgrew it, or never did outgrow it. Our 7 month old kitten was found outside at around 6 weeks old and therefore missed out on some kitty socialization from his mama and siblings. He bites us (myself, husband and preteen child) regularly, sometimes drawing blood. More details below. [more inside]
posted by haunted_pomegranate at 12:42 PM - 20 answers

May 21

Does anyone round here own a cat?

On the off chance that someone round here has some experience with cats and cat appliances, I have some questions.... [more inside]
posted by Thella at 10:51 PM - 33 answers

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