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January 24

Doggie germs

Humans are innately repelled by things like rotten food and bodily fluids - partly because of social taboo, but also as a way of stopping us eating/handling things likely to make us very sick. Why aren't dogs repelled by 'harmful' things in the same way?
posted by mippy at 1:43 AM - 14 answers

January 23

Can we negotiate this vet bill?

Our cat Winston is undergoing dental surgery. One vet first saw the dental problem over a year ago and described it as a minor issue. At this year's annual exam, another vet at the same clinic said that Winston now requires expensive surgery that could have been avoided had he been treated a year ago. How do we approach negotiating the bill? [more inside]
posted by vathek at 2:50 PM - 2 answers

Octopus parents that continue living?

Are there any species of octopus where the mother and/or father remain alive after the birth of the offspring, and do they transfer their knowledge to the offspring? If no, have their ever been observed abnormalities where this happened?
posted by bergnotburg at 7:45 AM - 2 answers

January 22

Overthinking this plate of kitten - can I untrain it?

Short story: Abandoned kitten was not properly litter trained and imprinted on carpet. Has anyone successfully retrained a cat to NOT pee on carpet? [more inside]
posted by arabelladragon at 4:40 PM - 10 answers

January 20

Help my dain bramaged cat. (kitten development issues.)

My juvenile cat is suckling and I'm looking for ideas on how to transition her away from her current target (my fingers and/or her sister's ear) onto anything else. [more inside]
posted by BenevolentActor at 5:09 PM - 14 answers

January 19

Safety of using an aquarium pump as a toy

My two-year-old loves to play in running faucets for long periods of time (usually "washing" things like plastic plates or his hands), but I don't like to let the water run indefinitely for cost and conservation reasons. I got this little aquarium pump and it has nicely solved this problem. I fill the sink, stick the pump in and attach aquarium tubing to it, and he uses the tubing like a hose to do his "washing". [more inside]
posted by ABCApplePie at 8:36 PM - 10 answers

Any advice for training a deaf puppy?

Starting tomorrow, I will be fostering this little guy, a 12-week old dalmatian mix. He's deaf, and I have zero experience working with deaf dogs. As per the rescue group's requirements, I'll be taking him to puppy socialization classes (yay!) but I think the training is going to be up to me. Can anyone offer any advice or suggest resources that might be helpful? Also, I'd love to hear some name suggestions.
posted by bibliowench at 8:24 PM - 8 answers

What is this baby beast in my ceiling?

Grumpybearbride and I have been plagued by beasts in our ceiling, scritch-a-scratching and tumbling about in the night, causing a ruckus and keeping us from getting a good night's rest. This morning it sounds like they added a new member to their family. I recorded and enhanced the sound of said wee beastie in hopes that someone with more knowledge than I could potentially identify it. This is the recording. Help!
posted by grumpybear69 at 6:31 AM - 12 answers

January 18

Need to move my cats permanently from main house to different area

My cats have already claimed the main house and the surrounding area as their territory over the past 8 months. However, I need to move them away to my separate house - about 1200 meters away (see below for reasons). What is the best method for moving all of them and insuring they won't return to the main house/stay at my house? Thanks so much again Metafilter!!! [more inside]
posted by MD_yeahright at 2:38 PM - 18 answers

Gastroenteritis in a Tiny Dog

My old chihuahua pal is barfing and doing runny poops. My vet is not helpful. I'm worried about dog-to-human transmission of something like norovirus. I would like some impartial advice, especially if you can (reasonably) tell me to calm down. I also welcome anecdotes about any similar experiences you've had. (Gross play-by-play details and analysis within) [more inside]
posted by witchen at 8:07 AM - 31 answers

January 17

help me make my blind dog's life as good as it can be

My darling dog Jack has gone blind, I'm looking for real-world suggestions for making his sightless-life better. [more inside]
posted by rinosaur at 3:05 PM - 9 answers

January 16

Please help us name our new puppy!

We are adopting a shih tzu puppy, yaaay! We would love some help picking a name for him! [more inside]
posted by bookworm4125 at 10:32 PM - 26 answers

January 15

how to train puppy for both outside and pads?

Dakota is 11 weeks old. I have housebreaking questions. [more inside]
posted by ASCII Costanza head at 12:01 PM - 7 answers

Would a cat by any other name be so fluffy?

Another name that cat question - I adopted a cat! Her shelter name was Boo, but I'm not feeling it. Can you help me find her name? Pictures. (She's absolutely gorgeous - these pictures aren't the best.) She's an almost six year old girl, at the shelter they said she was a bit of a princess, and so far she's pretty vocal, but she's still getting used to things. She's the only pet in the house. Open to any kind of name, but nerdy or witchy names get bonus points in my heart!
posted by firei at 5:00 AM - 77 answers

January 14

Should I stay or should I leave (my veterinarian)?

My 15-year old Westie Monty has had GI issues for many years. Our vet has been rotating through a small repertoire of remedies with varying results and we're starting to wonder if a change of vet is in order. [more inside]
posted by DrGail at 2:44 PM - 11 answers

Foster Dog with guarding and growling behaviour

I have another foster dog whose circumstances mean I would rather foster her long-term. She's sweet, and generally well-behaved and walks well with my dog. However, she has some pretty extreme guarding behaviour with her bed, bowl and toys. Moreover, she tends to steal my dog's toys and make them hers by dropping them in her dog bed. My dog is calm about it all, but right now I don't dare leave them alone in the same space. Any ideas to work on guarding? [more inside]
posted by frumiousb at 1:24 AM - 10 answers

January 13

What should I feed my cat?

What should I be feeding my cat in a reasonable balance of healthy and easy--dry food, canned wet food, raw food? Is portion-controlled free feeding so terrible? Is there peer-reviewed scientific research to back up any claims for or against a particular diet? [more inside]
posted by serelliya at 5:31 PM - 27 answers

January 12

I can't play with you right now lil doggo.

I work from home, have a three year old male pembroke corgi who ALWAYS wants to play. I play with him throughout the day when I can, but he is always popping up alongside my chair begging to play and it breaks my heart. When I can play with him I do. What do I do here? I want him to stop begging me all day to play but not necessarily never ask me to play because that seems sad? I don't know, can anyone help with ideas or guidance.
posted by long haired child at 4:26 PM - 15 answers

Putting a dog to sleep - now or later?

One of my dogs is heading towards needing to be put to sleep if he's not already there - I'm having trouble sorting my feelings and if I'm putting him to sleep for the right reasons. [more inside]
posted by lpcxa0 at 2:12 PM - 27 answers

January 11

Front door mat - dog pee habit

Our 7 year old female dog, has fallen into a habit of peeing on the front door mat. This used to happen in times of change – luggage appearing, parties happening, things of that nature, but is now happening with increasing frequency (couple of times a week) and without any major changes to the household that usually set her off. [more inside]
posted by walkinginsunshine at 1:45 PM - 12 answers

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