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September 4

First thing tomorrow vet visit or emergency vet?

The cat is exhibiting weird peeing behavior - urinating in small amounts, getting into the litterbox and not peeing. This started this morning. She is eight. Obviously we need a vet visit - do we need to go now to the emergency vet, or first thing tomorrow to the regular vet? [more inside]
posted by Frowner at 9:27 AM - 18 answers

August 31

Sexual and consumptive abstinence as a yard-stick for sapience?

Are there any examples of non-human animals intentionally curtailing either resource consumption or reproduction in a way that would indicate a kind of understanding of ecology? Are there animals that, given super-abundance of resources and/or lack of predation will alter their behavior in such a way that obviates population boom and bust or general unbalancing of their ecosystem? [more inside]
posted by es_de_bah at 9:49 PM - 19 answers

August 30

Paws Touch Grass

Looking for grassy dog parks in Chicago. Do they exist? [more inside]
posted by Miss T.Horn at 2:31 PM - 8 answers

August 29

Should we get a third cat?

We have two cats and a dog. There's been a real sweet boy cat at our local shelter since April. My husband and I both think he'd make a good addition to our home. But maybe four pets is too many? [more inside]
posted by Bistyfrass at 9:51 AM - 31 answers

August 28

Cat behaviour research and resources.

Can anyone point me in the direction of some up to date resources on domestic cat behaviour and theory? Snowflakes inside. [more inside]
posted by arha at 10:54 PM - 6 answers

is cat food harmful for dogs?

Searching the Web, I see that eating cat food can give some dogs diarrhea. But is it actually harmful to a dog for some reason? One vet said yes, but all others I've asked say no. I have given up trying to keep them from kitty leftovers.
posted by mmiddle at 2:47 PM - 7 answers

August 24

Adopting kittens: Avoid the doppelganger?

I had to euthanize the best cat ever (with apologies to my surviving cat) on Tuesday. I'm going to adopt two kittens sometime soon. One of the kittens available for adoption near me looks a lot like the cat who passed away. I immediately scratched her off the list because of the resemblance, but I don't know if that's a silly reason to disqualify her. [more inside]
posted by mudpuppie at 11:41 AM - 21 answers

August 22

Should I put my dog down?

Should I put my dog down for behavioral issues? There's a blizzard inside, of course. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 2:33 AM - 30 answers

August 19

How do you know when it's time to euthanize a pet?

We have an 18-year-old indoor cat, and we are all very attached to her - we've had her since she was a kitten. Lately, she has been showing her age, and when I took her to the vet today, he suggested that we consider euthanasia at this point. More details inside. [more inside]
posted by JubileeRubaloo at 12:04 PM - 44 answers

August 18

What can my cat eat after dental work?

My cat had a lot of teeth extracted today. The vet advised wet food for a week, but my cat will not go near wet food. I've tried it over the years, and it doesn't matter what brand or flavor or how I give it to him; he won't eat it. The vet tech said I could soften his dry food with hot water. What else can I try while he recovers? He can't have chicken, but no other dietary restrictions.
posted by mermaidcafe at 4:03 PM - 18 answers

Kitty needs a night light

My 16-year-old cat is having some vision issues and needs light in order to use the litterbox at night. I'm currently leaving the dining room light on with a dimmer, but I don't think this is a long-term solution. I also don't understand electricity and am concerned about fire. Snowflakey problems inside. [more inside]
posted by FencingGal at 8:10 AM - 17 answers

August 17

Is my dog depressed?

My dog is a four year old Rhodesian Ridgeback. He has so little energy that I worry he is depressed. Should I pursue this with the vet or is it just the way he is? [more inside]
posted by pintapicasso at 9:07 AM - 14 answers

August 11

Help us find grey mouse

Our cat Strider loves his toy mouse (the one in front of him), but it is getting worn to bits, and is often lost in the apartment for weeks at a time. I would love to buy him a dozen of these but can't find them in any store, and he has no interest in any other mouse toys. It makes a light rattle sound when shook. He has had grey mouse since he was a kitten and even took it with him for meals.
posted by ridogi at 9:25 AM - 27 answers

August 10

Cat introductions: new apartment edition

My cat has been living with my family while I've been in college. My partner and I are about to move into our first apartment, at will be taking my cat with us. My partner also wants to get a cat of their own, but we aren't sure how to best introduce the two cats. [more inside]
posted by brook horse at 5:39 PM - 5 answers

August 9

Scared pup in the city

My new dog is having trouble adjusting to city life. Looking for pointers and trainer/behaviorist recommendations (San Francisco). [more inside]
posted by désoeuvrée at 10:49 AM - 11 answers

August 8

Please help me figure out why my dog is so itchy?

My dog is scratching herself like crazy and I can't figure out why. I took her to the vet but they had no answers aside from theorizing that she's allergic to something she is laying down on, because it's her undercarriage that seems to be itchiest (along with her legs). The only other clue is that this happened the previous two years as well, around this time of summer. So it's seasonal and it's localized in her tummy/chest and legs. There's nothing unusual in her environment - same old hardwood floors, rugs, and lawn that she always hangs out on. And there are no fleas. Does anyone have any idea what might be causing this? She's so uncomfortable.
posted by malhouse at 6:53 AM - 13 answers

August 7

Trusted cat vacation feeder: LA edition

Which are the best sites to use to find someone I can trust to feed my 3 cats while I'm on vacation? [more inside]
posted by AllTheQuestions at 4:59 PM - 12 answers

August 6

One who loved and was loved...

I need an epitaph for a dog. Must be 15-25 characters to fit on a copper disc to be placed where I scatter her ashes. Quotes from works of all sorts and creeds are fine, but space is limited. Would like something dog worthy. (Whatever that means...) [more inside]
posted by 1f2frfbf at 2:34 PM - 23 answers

August 5

How to protect car interior from excitable Jack Russell terrier?

How can we protect our car interior from being ripped by our zealously protective Jack Russell terrier? [more inside]
posted by ragtimepiano at 10:39 AM - 10 answers

August 4

(How) can I get my formerly feral cat to let me pet her?

I adopted a litter of feral kittens that shows up in my friends' backyard when they were 4-6 weeks old. Two years later, two of the three are now happy housecats who love to be pet (by me and my partner, anyway; still super shy with others). The third (a calico -- my vet says they're genetically predisposed to be standoffish?) still does not want to be touched, and I'm trying to figure out if I should give up on petting her. [more inside]
posted by destinationtoast at 3:59 PM - 30 answers

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