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May 20

What kind of bird is this? (Photo within)

I need help identifying this bird. A fried took the photo while traveling in Texas a few days ago. The bird was seen in the urban area of Dallas, TX. Thanks!
posted by amf at 11:24 PM - 8 answers

Can I convert Feliway plug-in diffuser liquid to a spray?

I bought a lot of Feliway plug-in diffuser refills but this morning the diffuser started smoking, which I've since learned is a very common occurrence. Can I take the liquid and dilute it to use as a spray, or is there something dangerous about it?
posted by acidic at 9:36 AM - 2 answers

May 19

Evolution, squished squirrels and cars

This came up in conversation, and now I'm wondering: has a little over a century of cars squishing squirrels made an evolutionary difference in their behavior? Or to put it another way: does that century of cars hitting squirrels that can zigzag better than their cousins that run in straight lines mean that automobile drivers are forcing an evolutionary selection in favor of the straight-runners? [more inside]
posted by easily confused at 8:24 AM - 11 answers

Any advice before I take the cat to the vet a third time for sneezing?

My cat is sneezing a lot after two courses of antibiotics and I'm unsure how to proceed, given that I don't entirely trust the veterinary practice I use in terms of pushing for expensive tests and treatments. Could the cat just have allergies? Do I just need to suck it up and go to this vet again? [more inside]
posted by microcarpetus at 7:05 AM - 13 answers

May 18

Hairless patches on the back of cat's neck

My cat has been getting these small hairless patches on the back of her neck. Any ideas on what's causing them and how serious they are? [more inside]
posted by monologish at 7:40 AM - 16 answers

May 14

How to surprise a child with a kitten exactly on their birthday?

Logistical masterminds and cat people: is it possible to give my son a specific breed kitten as a surprise for his birthday? [more inside]
posted by rada at 11:22 AM - 34 answers

Poor Lame Pooch Part 2

A few weeks ago our pooch tore his ACL according to his vet. I asked this question. We have been following all the advice given. We were doing ok. Today I let him out back while I was bringing in the groceries and heard the yelp. Now his other leg is busted too I think. I have more questions. [more inside]
posted by MayNicholas at 11:06 AM - 5 answers

May 13

cat = dog?

My cat acts like a dog. Is it possible that he was raised by dogs? [more inside]
posted by theodolite at 6:21 PM - 33 answers

Issues with dropping rabies shots for an older dog?

At our 10-year-old Standard Poodle's last yearly checkup his vet mentioned that he was old enough that they no longer advised vaccinating, making the point that he was old enough that vaccine complications made the risk of vaccinating more significant, and advised that we drop the vaccines. I'm looking for a reality check with other pet owners on how this might conflict with various social logistics around vaccinations... [more inside]
posted by handful of rain at 9:43 AM - 14 answers

May 12

MeFi, help me name my new dog?

We are adopting this puppy right here, and I'd love some help with name ideas! [more inside]
posted by malphigian at 10:45 AM - 62 answers

May 11

Affordable high quality protein wet cat food?

When our 9-ish-year-old cat started barfing regularly, out vet had us switch him from dry food to the Royal Canin Selected Protein PR canned food. It worked, although man, that stuff stinks. Now we're looking for something more or less equivalent that isn't $3 a can. (Vet: "Try a bunch, see what works.") Any suggestions for relatively affordable high quality protein canned cat food? Venison seems to be the favorite.
posted by gottabefunky at 12:19 PM - 22 answers

May 8

What to do with baby bird with swollen belly that fell out of its nest?

Found a baby bird that fell out of its nest. Took it inside, fed it. It now has a swollen belly. What do I do?? [more inside]
posted by at 6:20 PM - 16 answers

May 6

A good book on basic dog training?

We recently adopted a 7 month old dog from the local shelter, a 37 pound border collie mix awesome mutt. We really need a good book to give us direction in training him to be even awsomer and deal with a few problems. [more inside]
posted by ratherbethedevil at 6:27 PM - 9 answers

May 5

Dog with back disease... how to cope?

I found out two days ago that my 6-year-old dog has something called IVDD, which is Intervertebral Disc Disease. I am hoping to get advice on how to live and help him live a happy life given this diagnosis. I welcome anecdotes, science, warm wishes, advice... [more inside]
posted by hippychick at 2:58 PM - 13 answers

May 1

Comfortable dog collars, buying online, EU/UK

It's new collar time for my soft haired curly, wavy doggy, so I'm looking for this combo (in order of importance): comfortable / secure / attractive, and wonder if anyone has recommendations. Local shops have very little choice, so options available via Amazon UK, eBay UK, or Etsy are especially helpful. [more inside]
posted by taz at 3:51 AM - 8 answers

April 30

Sit in the Combing Place and utter the spell MEOW.

My cat loves to be combed. She was fine with a brush, then I tried a comb, and then I tried another comb. She absolutely loves to be combed with that one. I know the benefits of removing cat hair. This is not utilitarian any more, it's a thing she loves and wants. Will my cat ask for more combing than is good for her? [more inside]
posted by jet_silver at 8:08 PM - 10 answers

April 28

Please help us name a mini-golf goat.

There is a cute goat who lives in a cute little goat house. With the help of about 5 bunny rabbit friends, he (or she?) keeps the grass trimmed at an abandoned mini-golf (putt-putt) place. We stop there occasionally to talk to the goat and to fantasize about running a mini-golf-ery since it's for sale. But what is a clever name for a goat associated with mini-golf? We are at a loss for a good one, properly punny.
posted by MonsieurBon at 1:28 PM - 36 answers

April 26

Is this a bedbug?

A friend of mine came over in a panic this morning because she found two strange little bugs in her bed. She captured one and we have photos. What is this insect?
posted by One Second Before Awakening at 7:58 AM - 12 answers

April 23

Subcutaneous injections for cat=Beyond frustrating

My cat was diagnosed with kidney disease and as of this Monday she's supposed to get 100ml of sub q fluids for the next 3 weeks every day and then they want to do another blood test. Monday was a breeze because we did it at the vet's with the vet tech showing me how to do it. She administered 50ml and then I did the remaining 50ml. Buffy, my cat, was so compliant. Not a peep out of her. [more inside]
posted by hazel79 at 7:42 PM - 28 answers

Looking for a very specific prescription pill (dose, size, coating, etc)

I have a very picky patient (cat...) and need to find a pharmacy that sells a very specific pill - 5mg Fluoxetine (Prozac) small in size, sugar coated (like Advil.) [more inside]
posted by pwb503 at 5:59 PM - 6 answers

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