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July 25

Is he "the one"? (Cat edition.)

My boyfriend found a stray kitten in the parking garage of his building this weekend and we caught it and delivered it to the local shelter. But I can't stop thinking about this kitty. Should I go back and get this cat? Is this what "time to get a cat" feels like? [more inside]
posted by helloimjennsco at 6:40 AM - 43 answers

July 24

how can I help my cat be more comfortable in the heat?

I live on the east coast and it's been very hot. I am worried about my cat in this heat - being covered in fur must suck right now. How can I help him be more comfortable? [more inside]
posted by thereemix at 7:52 PM - 21 answers

How to Dog: Cat People Edition

How do we successfully have a dog? I, my housemate, and our three cats have four days to learn. [more inside]
posted by kythuen at 4:29 PM - 22 answers

Found Kitty Flier Best Practices

A kitty followed us home last night! [more inside]
posted by thack3r at 3:29 PM - 19 answers

How does one break up a dog fight?

After a traumatic experience at the dog park, I’ve decided to learn how to break up a dog fight, with your help, please! [more inside]
posted by mulcahy at 10:07 AM - 22 answers

July 23

Moving with 2 cats

Moving from Ohio to Florida with my 2 cats So many options : we decided to drive them than fly them... The vet said less stressful Now shoukd we do hard top cat carrier vs soft top? Any advice? Should we separate them? [more inside]
posted by barexamfreak at 5:49 PM - 18 answers

A case of catsternation

Catfilter: My boyfriend and I recent got a new cat. This is our third. One of our other cats already gets along great with it. The other now hates everyone. What's going on? More details inside. [more inside]
posted by fignewton at 3:08 PM - 3 answers

July 20

There is a young male feral cat stuck on the neighbors roof.

There is a young male feral cat stuck on the neighbors roof and it has been up there a few days and is freaking out. It is hot and I would like to get it down. The neighbors are having their house remodeled and I have contacted them and I have permission to access their property. [more inside]
posted by johnpowell at 11:54 PM - 12 answers

Three cats, one small apartment: too many?

Considering adopting a foster kitten; already have two young cats; live in a 1-bedroom apartment. Cats and kitten get along well now; but is this asking for territorial trouble? [more inside]
posted by We had a deal, Kyle at 7:52 AM - 18 answers

July 17

cats are weird, volume 3 billion

Why might my cat only have diarrhea flare-ups on Sundays? This is a serious question that merely sounds insane--I am hoping MeFites can help me think of something I've missed. Possibly unnecessary warning: discussions of poop within. [more inside]
posted by We put our faith in Blast Hardcheese at 8:02 PM - 17 answers

July 13

Reducing my dog's divorce-related stress

Please help me reduce the stress/separation anxiety and improve the behavior of my 3 year old dog. More inside. [more inside]
posted by heartofglass at 7:12 AM - 13 answers

July 12

Name that dog, episode 126.

Meet Jill, the terribly shy, but sweet, 11-month old shepherd/lab (?!) mix we adopted last night. I think she needs 2 syllables. We like old-fashioned names. We already have Sally, the terrier of indeterminate origin and her predecessor was Gertrude. So far, Stella and Ethel are contenders. What says the Green?
posted by sarajane at 9:39 AM - 34 answers

July 11

My cat is an asshole

My 15 year old cat is becoming more of a jerkface. He's always been a bigmouth, but within the past year he's ramped up the yowling. I took him in awhile back and the vet said there's nothing physically wrong with him, he's basically just an asshole (the vet was a bit more tactful). Now he's started attacking my other cat - they've been together for 10 years. What gives? What can I do? [more inside]
posted by AFABulous at 12:57 PM - 19 answers

Cat with urinary blockage - urethrostomy decisions and vet bills...

Hello everyone, My 10yr old cat Charlie developed a urinary blockage tonight and I rushed him to the emergency vet. Turns out he needs bladder surgery and possibly perineal urethrostomy. Has anyone been through this and did it turn out ok? [more inside]
posted by seraph9 at 12:47 AM - 19 answers

July 10

Dog filter: What are the dark patches on puppies' bellies?

I've noticed that all of my dogs (and most puppies in general) have had some irregular, dark splotches on their bellies and underarms (underlegs?) that fade with age. Kind of like liver spots on older humans, but larger and darker, and generally much lighter by about one year of age. What are these called, and can they be used to estimate a dog's age? Curious because I've noticed them on all of the dogs I've ever had, but nothing turns up on google, except for pathological conditions.
posted by stillmoving at 11:19 AM - 12 answers

Adopted a Cat - Afraid I Made a Mistake

I went to the store to buy dog food yesterday, and ended up adopting a kitten. I have thought about adopting a cat for quite a long time, but have always talked myself out of it. Now I'm terrified that if we don't horrible mistake, and worry that I should give her back now she still little. [more inside]
posted by aka_anon at 10:56 AM - 41 answers

July 6

Help with fear-based territorially aggressive dog - meds?

This is Pasquale (my user photo). I’m considering asking our vet to try a pharmacological approach to his fear-based territorial/visitor aggression. Have you gone this route? Do you possibly have another (non medicinal) approach we can try? Apologies for the length inside. [more inside]
posted by elkerette at 5:21 PM - 11 answers

July 5

What sort of snake is this?

Found in North Western New Jersey. http://imgur.com/fbGf9vf
posted by miniape at 9:11 AM - 4 answers

Five day cat charm offensive

Last week I adopted two 12 year old cats, Mungo and Rum. They have been settling in well in all practical ways apart from the fact they are scared of me, hiss at me and won't be in the same room as me unless they can help it. I've taken three days off work next week, so with the weekend that's five consecutive days where I plan to be home so they can get used to me. How can I make the most of it? [more inside]
posted by litereally at 3:39 AM - 26 answers

July 3

Dealing with dog anxiety and bad habits

My parents' dog is not allowed inside the house. I let her inside for two nights because it was very hot -- 105F -- outside. But now any time I go inside and leave her alone, she's frantic and begs to be let in. She already has separation anxiety. [more inside]
posted by mmmleaf at 9:46 PM - 37 answers

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