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April 7

Please help us find a way to rehome two lovely cats, near Toronto

We've been hit with the perfect storm of awful over the last few weeks. We've found a way around a lot of it, or through a lot of it, but all leads for rehoming two cats (who are just lovely, and sweet) have failed us. Can you point us to someplace/one that could help, potentially? Any ideas we may not have thought of? The location is Oakville, Ontario, near Toronto. [more inside]
posted by routergirl at 6:17 PM - 34 answers

Damn you Loud Morning Kitties!!!

These damn cats won't let me sleep in the morning. Need tips / tricks to make them leave me alone! 3am is NOT waking up time :0/ [more inside]
posted by JenThePro at 9:48 AM - 27 answers

What do you feed a finicky cat?

My cat was perfectly fine eating wise until she was 6 months and got spay surgery. I feel that now she is very different- stopped eating dry food and she only eats maybe 1 can of hills I/d gastrointestinal prescription diet per day. That if I force feed her with a spoon. I tried forti flora and even heating up her food. It only helps so much. She does eat a little but simply not enough for her age/ weight. How do I get her to eat more or not be such an ordeal every single feeding time? I did set up feeding times evening and mornings and nothing in between . What else should I put in food to entice her to eat or what type of canned food did you try?
posted by barexamfreak at 4:45 AM - 16 answers

April 5

Canine hospice...

We think our sweet mutt's days our numbered, and I need advice on how to handle the whole shebang in the best, least invasive and least financially crippling way possible. [more inside]
posted by pennypiper at 11:20 AM - 15 answers

April 4

Herbal Equine/Animal Medicine Resources...

I have been asked by a friend with no Google-fu to try and track down online or paper resources for herbal medicine for horses/small farm animals. This is proving harder that I expected, so I am turning to the hive mind. Details inside [more inside]
posted by Northbysomewhatcrazy at 5:50 PM - 5 answers

April 2

Messy Feline Eaters

Any recs for a good mat to go under cat food bowls? [more inside]
posted by kittensofthenight at 11:08 PM - 18 answers

April 1

I'm close to adopting a dog but I'm facing an ethical dilemma

I have the choice between two dogs. Which one to choose? [more inside]
posted by Sijeka at 7:33 PM - 31 answers

Why is my 8-year-old cat suddenly defensive to touch near her flanks?

My 8-year-old cat is defensive when touched on the flanks on both sides. This is out of character for her and I interpret it as pain. Is this familiar to anyone? [more inside]
posted by tel3path at 12:23 AM - 8 answers

March 31

No one really cares about a dying rat...

My friend in Jamaica Plain, MA, has a suffering rat in his driveway. He can't get in touch with anyone who will come take care of it. Animal control isn't answering the phone, and the Angell Memorial (nearby animal hospital) said they won't euthanize it for him. Does anyone know who he can call to come put this creature out of its misery? [more inside]
posted by désoeuvrée at 2:55 PM - 37 answers

March 30

Book recommendations for raising chickens

My mom is interested in raising a few chickens and I'd like to send her a few books. Any good recommendations? [more inside]
posted by barchan at 10:14 AM - 12 answers

March 25

Seeing-Eye Role Reversal

One of my dogs has suddenly developed some vision issues, and is having some trouble adjusting. It's breaking my heart to see her bump into things and become disoriented. Have any mefites gone through a transition like this? What are your tips/tricks to becoming a seeing-eye human? [more inside]
posted by Fig at 11:18 AM - 12 answers

Dog and cats living together...NOT mass hysteria?

We've had an adopted coonhound for four months, and she's essentially ignored our two cats the whole time. All of a sudden she's started to act aggressively toward them. Why?? What can we do?? [more inside]
posted by Bromius at 7:27 AM - 8 answers

March 24

Good toys/climby things for newly three-legged cat?

My mum's boisterous siamese The Lola was recently hit by a car, and had to have a broken leg amputated (pinning was deemed unlikely to work). I'm going to be watching her house next week and I'm assuming The Lola's usual physical pastime of climbing on the roof is not going to be very viable anymore. Given she's likely to have recovered from the surgery by then, what are some playthings that might be good to cheer her up/tire her out while she doesn't have full balance back yet? [more inside]
posted by solarion at 9:52 PM - 12 answers

Why do cats unroll toilet paper?

I searched google and saw only hits talking about how to stop the behavior, but that doesn't interest me. I'd really like to know if there are people out there who've tried to understand *why* some cats do this?
posted by dancing leaves at 5:18 AM - 17 answers

March 23

Please identify this bird.

Sorry no pics, but it was so distinctive that I'm hoping you guys can help me. I'm in Portland, OR, and saw it last week in a large park. It was a perching bird, about 6", and was either on the ground flipping over leaves or perching about eye-level in the small trees. It let me get quite close, and seemed more curious than wary. [more inside]
posted by Specklet at 6:20 PM - 12 answers

When did the first pet shops open?

I know dog/cat breeders were a service/profession going a long ways back but when did pets as a retail commodity become a thing? From some internet searching I know some of the big chains got their start in the mid-60's and that there were smaller, local "pet stores" even earlier but how early?
posted by Captain_Science at 12:53 PM - 11 answers

Home remedies for a dog with kennel cough

How can I make my dog with kennel cough more comfortable as she recovers? [more inside]
posted by Zosia Blue at 11:58 AM - 8 answers

Cat Introductions, One Bedroom Apartment Edition

We brought home a second cat yesterday in an effort to give our existing cat a playmate. They began interacting nearly right away, and I'm not sure what to do about overnight arrangements. Additional sleep-deprived ramblings inside. [more inside]
posted by area.man at 11:13 AM - 8 answers

March 19

Asthma: What to do about the dogs?

I have no idea how to handle this situation. I have two dogs; whom I love very much. I've always been a little allergic to them, but it seems to be progressing to asthma. I have no idea how to begin to figure out what to do. Seeking advice. [more inside]
posted by LANA! at 4:08 PM - 19 answers

Renting a goat in NYC

Is there a place/person who will rent me a goat (or sheep) for a few hours in NYC? [more inside]
posted by Partario at 7:54 AM - 4 answers

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