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August 23

Can I handle a dead bat safely?

I was out hiking today and found a dead bat along the trail. I picked it up with a plastic bag (as one would dog poop) and wrapped it up and put it in my pack. Now that I'm home, I want to look at it closely. Can I do this safely? (without getting the plague or rabies) [more inside]
posted by falsedmitri at 4:41 PM - 11 answers

Our bedroom is a (flea) circus.

After returning home from a short trip we find ourselves with a flea infestation and need a chemical free method of putting the little buggers out of our misery. Details within, of course. [more inside]
posted by cedar at 10:40 AM - 22 answers

August 22

A bad cat habit and how to change it

I'm fostering a cat, but she's been here since April so this is turning into a long-term project. She wasn't feral, but had had a hard outdoor life for awhile and was somewhat tense, and part of my deal has been to calm her down and make her more adoptable. On the whole it's been working and Sophie is about 95% there. But... [more inside]
posted by zadcat at 5:18 PM - 25 answers

August 21

What just happened to my cat?

I was having a play session with my cats and they all seemed to be enjoying it. Afterwards I was giving them treats and when I went to give them to Mamma she just stared at them and looked dazed and out of it. Usually she would gobble them up immediately. It really freaked me out! [more inside]
posted by mokeydraws at 10:48 AM - 11 answers

Pet-health experts & leather-dye experts - completely normal question

Is it safe to make dog and cat toys from recycled leather* jackets and bags? Googling is not helping here. I feel like my little buddies would love some leather toys, and I could probably give or sell some to friends/neighbours, but I just want to be on the safe side. [more inside]
posted by 100kb at 9:23 AM - 7 answers

August 19

I don't want to be a lady with an angry chihuahua

Our dog, Buddy, has just recently gotten possessive/jealous of me around my partner. How can we nip this in the bud? [more inside]
posted by geegollygosh at 9:33 AM - 11 answers

August 16

Fell in love with a lady. Am not prepared for this.

A lady-dog, that is. I went to a rescue yesterday, fully anticipating that I would bring back a male dog and name him Suetonius (Sue, for short, making him a boy named Sue). But I fell in love with a striking female. Help! [more inside]
posted by MrBobinski at 7:37 PM - 35 answers

Dog and Homeowner's Insurance

We'd like to adopt a dog, but are confused about the possible effect on our homeowner's insurance, and would love some input. When we selected our policy, our insurer let us know that there were certain breeds of dogs that "could change our rates or coverage" but that the details would vary depending on the dog. Obviously, we will talk to our insurer, but we'd like to get a feel for the options and experiences of other people first. [more inside]
posted by cimton at 11:03 AM - 15 answers

August 14

What to feed new kittens who have been eating shelter food?

We've been through all the applications, and tomorrow, we're getting a pair of 10-week old kittens from a local rescue. However, while I've had adult cats, it's been ~20 years since I had kittens. So, what should I feed them? [more inside]
posted by media_itoku at 7:18 AM - 15 answers

August 12

Found cat! Lost owners?

Family member found a lost kitty at a KOA campground in Colorado. Can Metafilter find her lost humans? Mefites have pulled off wonders before...can we do it again? [more inside]
posted by theplotchickens at 3:25 PM - 13 answers

Animal Testing at Universities - Definition of Terms

The Canadian Council on Animal Care, which regulates university research involving animals, provides "acute non-survival studies in which the animals are completely anesthetized and do not regain consciousness" as an example of an experiment "which cause little or no discomfort or stress." What's a "non-survival study"? And, what's a "survival study"? [more inside]
posted by monkeymonkey at 9:14 AM - 14 answers

August 9

Lost our cat. Remaining cat also seems lost. Should we get him a pal?

We lost our beloved cat 9 days ago. Our remaining cat has been confused and sad, clearly needing a great deal of reassurance and wanting to be with us more of the time.We eventually plan to get him a new buddy. Should we get him a new buddy sooner, like this mont, or later, like 3-4 months from now? [more inside]
posted by arnicae at 8:53 PM - 19 answers

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

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