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August 9

Looking for help with cat's perpetually scaly, cracked paw pads

My boyfriend's cat's paw pads are always extremely scaly and cracked, but it doesn't seem to bother him at all. Here's a picture to give you an idea of how bad. Has anyone ever seen this, and if so do you have any advice? Or is this just one of those weird pet things that probably isn't a big deal and you can't do anything about it anyway? [more inside]
posted by roscopcoletrane at 5:32 PM - 8 answers

August 8

Finding the right temperature for a Betta fish in a 5 gallon aquarium

Need help finding the right temperature for a Betta fish in a 5 gallon aquarium [more inside]
posted by Drinky Die at 2:26 PM - 5 answers

August 7

How to stop my cat from play biting with a sleeping newborn?

My cat suddenly thinks I am a great toy - help? Noise makers not allowed - the baby is (finally!) sleeping. [more inside]
posted by skittlekicks at 2:26 AM - 9 answers

August 6

Dog bit (at?) neighbor, I'm panicking

I have had a dog for about a year and half that I got from a rescue group. I love her like crazy , but she bit a neighbor's pants tonight and I'm freaking out. She's my first dog as an adult, so I'm not sure if I am overreacting, so every conceivable detail is inside. [more inside]
posted by whodatninja at 8:03 PM - 14 answers

Name our adopted cat filter!

If AskMefi had a superpower, this would be it. What is my newly adopted cat named? [more inside]
posted by moons in june at 4:37 PM - 78 answers

August 4

Which researcher was shocked by gay rams?

I recall reading an article about a researcher of big horn sheep who was shocked by homosexual behavior. Can you link me to this article? [more inside]
posted by jefficator at 11:35 AM - 3 answers

August 3

How much damage could one chicken do?

I have the opportunity to adopt a single, mature, anti-social chicken to keep in my yard. Will she destroy the yard? [more inside]
posted by Toddles at 11:37 PM - 10 answers

Discouraging cat from pissing on sofa

Our lovely little cat-beast has taken to pissing on our sofa basically every morning, no matter how much we try to stop him, no matter how clean the litter box. We're using Febreeze to try and get rid of the smell, but we worry that a certain aroma remains, and that's what makes him go back there. Is there some strong-smelling but nontoxic-to-cats substance we could put on the sofa to make it appear less like a giant soft litter box?
posted by Zarkonnen at 11:06 PM - 34 answers

July 28

Is this normal? My dog wakes himself up barking

My dog is about 5 years old. I've had him for 3.5 years. In the last month or so he has started barking in his sleep. Sometimes he's puppy-dreaming and quietly yipping and moving his feet. About half the time he barks really loud and wakes himself up. This is a definite change in his behavior. Should I be worried? [more inside]
posted by OrangeDisk at 6:44 PM - 10 answers

No, no, not THERE

How do I keep my cat off of my computer? [more inside]
posted by sailoreagle at 2:31 PM - 19 answers

Belgian Malinois puppy problems.

Asking for my next door neighbor who just got an 11 week old Malinois puppy who is biting more than an average puppy. There is a reason people call them Malingators. He bites and does not release. Malinois owners what has worked for you to break this problem? [more inside]
posted by Coffee Bean at 11:05 AM - 12 answers

July 24

What are these bugs I'm hearing near Pittsburgh?

It doesn't seem to match the cicada or katydid noises I've found around YouTube. It's outside a suburban window - it is a "buzz" (it sounds a bit like a "hiss" in the recording, but was buzzier to my ears), with ~2.5 seconds of noise followed by a ~2 second pause. Listen here.
posted by Seeking Direction at 8:42 PM - 1 answers

Euthanizing Tropical Fish

What is the easiest, most humane, and least gross way to kill dying fish in our office fish tank? [more inside]
posted by ldthomps at 1:56 PM - 13 answers

A Therapy Cat for My Cat?

My sweet geriatric (14.5 years old) kitty Lulu is experience an indeterminate health crisis that is causing her a lot of anxiety and I'm looking for ways to ease it. [more inside]
posted by brookeb at 11:40 AM - 6 answers

ISO specialty cat groomer in Los Angeles

I acknowledge that I am a terrible person, but I want to get my cat Nosy a dinosaur haircut so he looks like Toothless. [more inside]
posted by Space Kitty at 11:27 AM - 1 answers

July 23

Talk to me about flushable cat litters

We've got a single cat, in a fourth-floor walkup with the garbage room in the basement. It would be nice not to have to run to the basement every time I empty the litter box (and I'm not so thrilled with the idea of letting a few days' worth of cat poop accumulate in a bin before carrying it out to the trash). What is the situation with flushable cat litters? Are any of them worth using? Any downsides I should be aware of?
posted by nebulawindphone at 11:52 AM - 34 answers

What is a beagle, really?

Say you have two pure-bred dogs: a pug and a beagle. If you breed them, you will end up with a crossbreed of two purebreds: a puggle. Is it possible to breed two true puggles and end up with a dog that is by breed standards (or genetic standards?) identical to a pure-bred pug or beagle? Thank you.
posted by griphus at 7:09 AM - 12 answers

Help us get our kitty back with lojack

This scamp has a habit of visiting our neighborhood park. There's a greenway behind the park where he will ramble during the day. We're looking for a kitty GPS (or RFID and reader) that will give us a bead on where he is. [more inside]
posted by batbat at 6:17 AM - 5 answers

July 21

It's a cat food question

My question is essentially what is the best food option for an elderly cat with tooth problems (and potentially digestive as well)? And the caveats are that this is in the UK, on a limited budget, and the owner is both somewhat frail (so labour-intensive options are out) and stubbornly determined that she knows best - so I'm looking for personal experience and online resources/guidelines that I can present in the most straightforward manner. [more inside]
posted by an opinicus at 2:29 PM - 11 answers

What are your best practices for vacationing in a car with a dog?

We're headed on a family vacation next week that will take us down the east coast from Connecticut to Florida and back. The trip will last about 14 days and we'll be in a Mazda5 (micro minivan with a 3rd row) with 2 adults, 2 kids (8 & 10) and our adult rescue dog, Henry. We've never traveled with a dog before and so are looking for suggestions on how to make this process go as smoothly as possible. [more inside]
posted by victoriab at 11:52 AM - 23 answers

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