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June 30

Correcting the cat-human ratio: Kitty no3?

We have a lovely 9 yr old female cat and an active young male cat. His buddies next door have moved, and he needs to play... not with our other cat. Should we get a playmate? [more inside]
posted by jrobin276 at 12:28 AM - 10 answers

June 29

I iz NO pandabear

Cat-naming filter: I need help finding out what this lovely rascal of a cat's name is. Despite being a soft dark grey and white ball of fluff, he refuses to answer to Pandabear (would have been so cute for him!). [more inside]
posted by mirileh at 8:21 AM - 48 answers

June 28

Elderly cat behavior

Our 17-year-old calico (Kishiru) has always done something we call "Sock Patrol" where she brings one of Mr. altopower's socks into the living room while meowing very loudly. However, this behavior is increasing and we're not quite sure what to do. [more inside]
posted by altopower at 8:46 AM - 24 answers

June 27

I have three cats. Cat three hates cat one.

This is a question about cat behavior in a multi-cat household. I don't want to rehome anyone but things can't continue like this. Details and pictures below the fold. [more inside]
posted by bile and syntax at 7:01 AM - 13 answers

June 26

Senior citizen needs to go cat-free ASAP

My octogenarian mother in Portland Oregon needs to give up her cat, as she is no longer able to deal with taking care of it. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:04 AM - 18 answers

June 25

Happy, Uplifting, Poems and Songs for a Dog Memorial Service

I am organising a non-religious Service of Remembrance for people to honour their departed dogs. I am after suggestions for appropriate poems and songs for this service. [more inside]
posted by DarlingBri at 8:30 AM - 14 answers

June 24

Betta with SBD

After fasting him for a few days, trying to feed him a blanched pea, and antibiotics, what is next step in a betta SBD treatment regimen? Should I fast him for a few more days and try a daphnia or epsom salts? Or is this likely a bacterial infection that antibiotics should fix? [more inside]
posted by Llamadogdad at 10:06 AM - 1 answers

June 23

Name this bird (Romanian edition)

A bird has taken up residence in a tree outside my apartment and its constant, repetitive calls at night are driving me nuts. I am hoping it will calm my nerves slightly if I at least know what type of bird it is. [more inside]
posted by oclipa at 12:47 PM - 10 answers

Sorry my dog peed on your kid's stuff

Last time I visited my niece with my dog, he peed on her toys, jeez louise, not embarrassing at all. When not around my niece, he's never peed in the house. I'm visiting them again soon. Is there anything I can do to prep for a pee-free visit? [more inside]
posted by Uncle Glendinning at 10:36 AM - 21 answers

June 21

Bad kitty...

Our cat has developed the habit of consistently pooping on our bed. Sometimes we're home, sometimes not. Luckily she still pees in the litter box, but we're afraid that's going to change. We keep the litter clean and are at our wits end. I adore this cat... I love her to pieces. I'm desperate to keep her, but this behavior is intolerable and needs to stop. What can we do? [more inside]
posted by onecircleaday at 8:56 AM - 18 answers

June 19


Hello all, this little nuggo is coming home with me on the 30th. Baby Kitty [more inside]
posted by Dressed to Kill at 5:29 AM - 14 answers

June 18

Is there future dog danger from a dead raccoon?

I found a healthy-looking (well, aside from being dead) raccoon in my yard today. I don't currently have a dog, but friends occasionally drop by with their doggos and I don't want any dog friends to get something like distemper (which I understand is the leading cause of death among raccoons). If a dog visits, say two weeks from now, is there any likely danger to the pup from the spot where the racoon died? [more inside]
posted by maxwelton at 12:30 AM - 5 answers

June 16

Help with feline hyperthyroidism

Our cat was just diagnosed as being hyperthyroid. We need some real world advice on how to move forward. [more inside]
posted by pdb at 10:50 AM - 22 answers

June 15

Encouraging Dogs to Play Together? Should I? And how?

I have two dogs:
  • Black Jack, a 13 year old male Schipperke who I adopted in February
  • Licorice, an almost 5-year-old female Pomeranian/Pug/Cocker Spaniel/etc mix, who I've had for almost 2 years
After a few initial skirmishes, they coexist peacefully together for the most part, but almost entirely ignore each other. How can I (can I?) encourage them to play together? [more inside]
posted by pixiecrinkle at 9:51 AM - 14 answers

June 14

Animals are family

I heard someone of Native American descent say how they were raised to believe that wild animals are part of their family. (They are Seneca tribe.) I am looking for stories, texts, or myths that represent and justify this kind of Native relationship with animals. Ideally in the form of stories I can share with children.
posted by Jason and Laszlo at 7:36 AM - 3 answers

June 12

Where to buy novel protein dog food?

Hi, Our dog has been having skin/itching issues and our vet is suggesting trying a "novel protein" diet. Does anyone know of good brands to try for dry and wet dog food?
posted by massofintuition at 3:32 PM - 21 answers

June 10

Pets for family that travels

My son wants a pet. My wife and I are considering it. However, our family is out of the country for 8 - 10 weeks per year over the summer. Assuming we find a pet-sitter to come by the house while we are gone what are our options?
posted by askmehow at 5:12 AM - 31 answers

June 9

The Water Is Everywhere

My dog keeps playing in his water dish and making a mess. Any suggestions? [more inside]
posted by Sassyfras at 3:08 PM - 12 answers

June 8

Furminator - is it really bad for cats?

My cats shed - a lot. Help me decide if I should switch my grooming tool to a Furminator. [more inside]
posted by joseph conrad is fully awesome at 7:05 PM - 26 answers

Worried about my dog

Sorry, no pics, but my lovely German Shepherd/Collie mix is clearly uncomfortable. What do I do? [more inside]
posted by mumimor at 11:16 AM - 11 answers

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