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September 17

Name a new kitty!

A new furball showed up (no doubt in response to the sign in our yard, visible only to animals, that says, "Suckers live here. Apply within.") and we need help naming him! [more inside]
posted by tigerjade at 12:04 PM - 64 answers

Any advice for helping an injured bird

When we got home from work Mr. Fence found an injured wood pigeon fluttering about. Have put it in a cardboard box for now, but can't get through to any animal rescues at the moment. Any advice for how not to kill it overnight? [more inside]
posted by Fence at 11:01 AM - 8 answers

September 13

Best pet for a studio apartment

I would love to have a pet, but live in a 40sqm studio apartment. What would you recommend? [more inside]
posted by ellieBOA at 8:39 AM - 32 answers

September 12

DRONTAL for Cats - How soon is too soon?

Hi, My cat has elevated ALT and some anemia. This is being treated with antibiotics and supplements. She has had a flea infestion after being dewormed in April. Vet said it was ok to deworm now. [more inside]
posted by watercarrier at 10:03 PM - 2 answers

Why does my cat only love me when she's in jail?

I have a kitten that was feral until I got her at about four months. In her quarantine pen she gradually came to trust us and became very affectionate. When we let her join the rest of the household cats she fit right in with them but was totally skittish with us. She wouldn't let us pet her or even approach too close. I recently had to put her back in quarantine and she's right back to her old, lovey ways. [more inside]
posted by irisclara at 6:47 PM - 15 answers

September 8

What do ethical dog breeders want in puppy parents?

I am shortly to go visit a dog I want (5 month German shepherd) from a super ethical breeder, and I don't want to accidentally flunk out. Please help me know what to say and calm down before this interview so I can be a good and happy dog parent! [more inside]
posted by corb at 9:19 AM - 7 answers

September 7

I've lost one of my ferrets.

She's lost. So be it. I'm distraught. But that's not what the question is about. My other ferret grew up with her and they're almost a year old, so I'm worried he'll get depressed, and I can't spend hours upon hours with him every day. I'm reluctant to introduce a new ferret to the mix. What should I do? [more inside]
posted by Ain at 2:30 PM - 9 answers

My dog ate some guitar humidifier. Should I take her to the vet?

About half an hour ago I saw my dog lounging in the liner of my guitar case, and I thought, aw, how cute. Then I saw that she had been chewing, and swallowing small amounts of my Herco HE360 guitar humidifier. [more inside]
posted by Luminiferous Ether at 8:33 AM - 5 answers

Learning how to dog

It seems that we have a dog coming to live with us tonight. She's a rescue and apparently doesn't know how to be a dog. How do we teach her this? [more inside]
posted by backseatpilot at 7:32 AM - 28 answers

September 6

Safe ointment for cat to help heal minor skin irritation?

My cat has a few small, uninfected scratches on bridge of its nose. I have washed gently with warm water and a cloth, but am wondering if anyone can recommend something simple I can apply to promote healing? Could be an over the counter ointment made for the purpose or something I have at home like olive oil, jojoba oil, or aloe, but I don't really want anything medicated. YANMvet but, cat parents, what have you used?
posted by dahliachewswell at 6:38 PM - 15 answers

September 2

New ideas for finding a lost cat?

My landlord asked me to look after her cat while she's away on a cruise for two weeks, and I somehow lost it, within a small enclosed space, in less than 24 hours. [more inside]
posted by gsteff at 7:29 PM - 20 answers

My New Dog: Breed Guesses and Name Suggestions

Getting a new rescue dog tomorrow and am having no luck coming up with a name. I also have no idea what kind of dog this is. [more inside]
posted by mulcahy at 7:18 PM - 41 answers

September 1

Rehoming a cat with no network

How does an introvert with few friends (and therefore no network) find a home for an abandoned cat? (work in San Jose, live in Gilroy, if it matters) [more inside]
posted by dogmom at 8:40 PM - 17 answers

When to put a dog to sleep

My 15-16 year old dog is just around the corner from a turning point. Circumstances are not ideal. I am hoping to hear opinions and experiences and feedback about the timing of euthanasia, and if it seems wrong to put a dog to sleep "early." Details below the fold. [more inside]
posted by stillmoving at 6:24 PM - 42 answers

August 31

What should we name our dog?

If everything goes smoothly over the next week, this awesome dog will be joining our family. Could you help us think of a great name for him? [more inside]
posted by cimton at 6:54 PM - 72 answers

August 28

Why has my dog starting sharting in her crate?

Just as the title says, the last 3 days I've come home to a new, smelly brown paint job on my wall. No new diet, no new anything, just simply - she's started sharting. I've watched her go in the morning today but still, new paint job after work. What could be causing this? [more inside]
posted by lpcxa0 at 4:33 PM - 5 answers

Adding to our pack of misfit animals...

If she gets along well with our current pups, Mr. Fig and I will be adopting a 10-yr old very small chihuahua with no teeth. I'm good with what to feed her, but not so good on treats/extras. Do any Mefites own toothless pups, and/or have advice? [more inside]
posted by Fig at 3:05 PM - 17 answers

somehow, we aren't dead yet.

Why does the kitty try to murder us on the stairs? [more inside]
posted by joyceanmachine at 3:01 PM - 17 answers

August 26

How to calm the kitties?

My cats don't get along. What are good, proven ways to calm them down? [more inside]
posted by tweedle at 7:14 PM - 8 answers

August 25

Gecko in birdfeeder?

Do house geckos eat birdseed? If not, what's it doing? [more inside]
posted by LiteS at 3:34 PM - 5 answers

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