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October 26

Dog Training 101

How do I make myself authoritative to a high-energy and intelligent dog without becoming frustrated? [more inside]
posted by Armed Only With Hubris at 5:27 PM - 18 answers

October 25

What's the nicest thing you ever did for your cats?

My cats, Arthur and Nikki, have been kind of needy lately, and I already have scratching posts, treats, toy mice, and a few other toys. I pet them and brush them fairly often, and one of them hops on my shoulder all the time. I'm looking to do something extra-special for them. Any suggestions? [more inside]
posted by Slinga at 5:45 PM - 34 answers

Acceptable treats for dog on Ultamino diet?

Our poor, itchy doggo has recently been put on the Ultamino food trial, after consultation with a dermatologist. Her GI issues and skin are doing much better, but she is pretty sad about no longer having yummy treats. [more inside]
posted by madonna of the unloved at 3:26 PM - 8 answers

Enormous toxic houseplants plus new kitten?

I would very much like to get a kitten but our house is full of old, gigantic houseplants that are toxic to cats. What to do? [more inside]
posted by whistle pig at 8:32 AM - 16 answers

October 24

Who can help me with this distressed dog?

I live in Walsall, UK in the West Midlands. For the last four hours a very distressed dog has been barking solidly, there is no one at the door. The dog is stuck behind a fence and is trying to climb out. I have never heard a dog there before tonight. [more inside]
posted by Augenblick at 4:52 PM - 5 answers

Is my cat speaking English? (not as stupid of a question as it sounds)

My cat Tumnis is smart. He is an adopted teenage cat and learns tricks like shake, roll over and fetch within a day. Lately he has errily started a behavior that when he wants affection for either my husband or I, he makes a very enunciated meow of our different specific names. [more inside]
posted by Arachnophile at 3:04 PM - 29 answers

October 22

Help me score some Meowie Wowie!

What is your favorite brand and source of ultra-super-duper strong catnip? I want to send my kitty kids into orbit! [more inside]
posted by Rosie M. Banks at 4:14 PM - 9 answers

October 20

Dog-Friendly San Antonio

MrGood and I are visiting his mother and her husband in a few weeks. We are thinking about taking our four-month-old pit mix. Please tell me about dog-friendly things to do and places to go! Restaurants and coffee shops with dog-friendly patios, parks, outdoor shopping areas, etc. MIL lives in the Alamo Heights area, but we will have a car.
posted by chaoticgood at 10:21 AM - 4 answers


This is a call for cat gifs, but very specific cat gifs. I need cat gifs where the cat is back on its hind legs and pawing at the air, but its paws are not in sync. [more inside]
posted by phunniemee at 6:19 AM - 9 answers

October 18

Yet another 'why does my cat do this?' question

My indoor cat has recently started meowing at the door of my apartment in the early morning (around 5 or 6 AM). Why might he be doing this? [more inside]
posted by capricorn at 8:45 AM - 25 answers

October 17

Buying HeartGuard without a prescription

I am trying to get a six month supply of Heart Guard to a person in Northern CA who has lost everything in the fires. I can easily find the meds but not a prescription. I was thinking of contacting the Humane Society in Sebastopol where she is staying to see if they can help. I am willing to pay for the meds, and if I have to, a Vet visit, but would like to skip that last part if possible. Any one have any other ideas?
posted by cairnoflore at 2:16 PM - 10 answers

October 13

I'm a bee magnet!

There are bees that fly around outside my school's cafeteria. They flock to me. Nearly every single day at least one follows me for a good distance. How do I make myself less attractive to bees? And what's the best way to get them to leave you alone? [more inside]
posted by blackzinfandel at 10:16 AM - 19 answers

October 11

Adopting an ESA with Medical Needs

I'm looking to adopt a dog as an emotional support animal to help with my anxiety and PTSD. I found the most adorable senior dog at the shelter who I really clicked with. However, I am uncertain if her medical needs would make her an unsuitable fit for me. [more inside]
posted by Malleable at 11:54 AM - 11 answers

October 9

Who names a kitten "Roxbury," anyway?

It's time for another round of Name! Those! Kittens! [more inside]
posted by Vervain at 11:11 PM - 21 answers

October 6

Do you brush your cat's teeth? How is that working for you?

So, the vet pointed out that our cat's little gum was all reddened and suggested that we start brushing her teeth. Tips would be appreciated! [more inside]
posted by Frowner at 7:07 AM - 18 answers

Two cats, one (not litter-scattering) box

I have two adorable cats. They love to frolic, and by frolic, I mean "kick litter out of their box like it is their job." This is no longer tenable, especially as dog friend is very interested. What are the best closed-top or otherwise litter-trapping boxes that can accommodate two fluffy Maine Coon mixes? (Pictures of cats fitting in things duly provided) [more inside]
posted by corb at 6:17 AM - 14 answers

October 4

Benefits of snail in shower?

A small snail has moved into our shower room. What are the pros and cons of moving it outside? [more inside]
posted by sacchan at 3:55 AM - 15 answers

September 26

How can I discourage my cat from urinating outside his litter tray?

How can I discourage my cat from urinating outside his litter tray? [more inside]
posted by Murderbot at 7:31 AM - 11 answers

September 24

Pet culture vs non-pet culture

We used to be invited to another couple's house for Thanksgiving dinner. They live about three hours away so the trip there, dinner, and the trip back is a long day for us. I have pets that need to be boarded if I'm going to be away that long, and for a year or two we could manage it, but this couple would extend their invitation a week or two ahead of time and I started to have a hard time finding room at the boarders. [more inside]
posted by Rufous-headed Towhee heehee at 1:50 PM - 16 answers

My cat has a tic. What could be going on?

Please take as a given we already have an appointment with our home vet first thing tomorrow. Our (otherwise very healthy) cat has had a small but noticable tic for the last 30 hours. She doesn't have the tic all the time, but when she does both front and rear paws lightly tic. When she has the tic, she still does her normal cat things - lies on her back, eats food and drinks water, etc., runs around the house. What could be going on? [more inside]
posted by arnicae at 10:04 AM - 5 answers

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