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April 22

Frito Feet and Stanky Pet Pits: A Cornish Rex Conundrum

I need advice from short hair cat breeds. I have a lovely Cornish Rex, Louise, who is white (and pink where her skin shows through). She gets dirty quickly, and I don't want to bathe her too frequently, because a) she doesn't like it, b) even though I towel her off, her little short curls and damp fur make her miserable and cold, and she's afraid of the hairdryer, and c) I don't want to dry her skin out, because it's so exposed... see inside for more fun Cornish Rex Facts!!! [more inside]
posted by Dressed to Kill at 4:50 PM - 13 answers

April 20

The miracle of life...and cat pee.

I'm totes pregnant! With twins! Yay! Apparently, one of my cats is not as excited about this development as his human counterparts are. While snuggling with me this morning, he turned around, faced his pee parts towards me, and sprayed. It was not awesome. How do I discourage this (hellish, foul) behavior? [more inside]
posted by batbat at 9:19 AM - 10 answers

April 19

Fish aren't cute

My daughter is allergic to cats and dogs, even the supposedly hypoallergenic types. What kind of pets should I suggest to her that we consider getting instead? [more inside]
posted by OCDan at 11:12 AM - 34 answers

Prius Penske Canine Cat

Me, my husband, my dog, and my cat are all piling into two vehicles (our Prius and a moving truck) and driving 2000 miles. How do we keep from killing each other (especially the dog)? [more inside]
posted by meese at 9:29 AM - 17 answers

April 15

Why do birds keep flying into my exterior blinds?

About two weeks ago one bird began repeatedly flying into the exterior blinds of one of my windows. Now this happens almost every day at the same time (just before sunset). Today there were three birds doing it. Why are they doing this and how can I make them stop? [more inside]
posted by peppermintchaya at 5:23 PM - 10 answers

Help me find a 🐱/🏠-sitter in Boston

I just moved to Boston (Jamaica Plain, specifically) and I'm looking for a regular cat sitter since I often travel, sometimes for good chunks of time, so it would be ideal if pet watching could be in exchange for staying in my apartment. How can I find a trustworthy person amenable to such an exchange? [more inside]
posted by Cogito at 4:14 PM - 11 answers

April 13

Kitty Prison or just another room for kitty to sleep in?

I'm posting ANOTHER question about cats. This time - is it cruel to put one of my cats away at night so that I can actually sleep once in a while? [more inside]
posted by JenThePro at 11:42 AM - 28 answers

April 12

Bring Mischief to the Goat.

I need your tales of goaty mischief. Have you owned or known a goat with too much of the devil in it? What sort of creative naughtiness do they get into? I need your experience. [more inside]
posted by Jilder at 9:55 PM - 29 answers

Dog suddenly hates dog walker

My wife and I have had Sally, a 7 year-old rescue for about two months now (Requisite picture). About a month ago we wanted her to be able to get a little more activity, so we hired a dog walker. He's been great - he clearly loves her, and she seemed to like him as well. There were no problems at all until last Thursday, when she suddenly wouldn't go outside with him anymore, and snapped at him when he tried to leash her up. [more inside]
posted by Ragged Richard at 12:29 PM - 12 answers

April 11

name this cat!

I went to Tahoe this weekend to ski, and it was raining so I adopted a cat instead... she needs a name! [more inside]
posted by blueberrypuffin at 8:28 AM - 72 answers

April 10

What color dog/cat hair is least obvious on black suits?

We have cats with white/brown/ALL the fur. Lint rollers are a staple in my life - and I still end up with copious fur on my (mostly black) suits at work. I recently commented to Mr. Arnicae that it is too bad our cats don't have black fur and he said "Oh no, black fur is even worse - it shows up AND it looks dirty." What color of pet fur is more obvious on a predominantly black suit wardrobe? [more inside]
posted by arnicae at 7:32 AM - 8 answers

April 9

older dog decisions

My 11 year old Westie has been drinking 2-3x more water than usual. My vet says the next step would either be an X-ray ($75) or an ultrasound ($500). I'm not sure what's the best next step? Cute pup photo here. [more inside]
posted by inevitability at 1:23 PM - 12 answers

April 8

Are there any large dog breeds that are *not* bred for work?

Are there any large dog breeds that are *not* bred for work?🐶
posted by gregr at 9:14 AM - 25 answers

Registering cats as emotional support animals?

My SO and I have two lovely cats, and are moving from Canada to Hawaii in a few months. We both have well-managed anxiety/depression. Is there a way we can register them as emotional support animals? [more inside]
posted by Paper rabies at 8:10 AM - 9 answers

April 7

Thanking my vet for really exceptional service?

In the last four months, I lost both of my beloved cats to cancer. During the great cat die-off, my vet was not only a vet-- he was a friend, a shrink and a sanity check. He emailed me daily, even on his vacation. He did free house calls. He called me several times a week. I would like to thank him in some way which is both a big enough thank you and not too much. [more inside]
posted by frumiousb at 6:55 PM - 11 answers

Hyperthyroidism

I come to this question via my beloved cat who is 17 years old and who has been diagnosed with hyperthyroidism. Due to her inability to take conventional medication for this, and surgical procedures are not conducted in our geographic location, I am seeking as much information right now on how to at least alleviate symptoms. [more inside]
posted by watercarrier at 9:24 AM - 18 answers

Can we teach the dogs to read while they are in the library?

My town's no-kill animal shelter is inaccessible and has a low adoption rate. I would like to have a "display" of the real-life dogs and cats in the library I manage to improve adoption rates, bring awareness to low-cost neutering/spaying programmes, vaccinations, and annual registration as well. I was also hoping the animals could be used in a "puppy room" that provides stress relief while helping socialise the animals prior to adoption. Besides allergies, what other liabilities or challenges should be on my radar?
posted by saucysault at 7:58 AM - 19 answers

April 5

What is the best no-pull harness for dogs?

What is the best no-pull harness for dogs? Details inside... [more inside]
posted by Cool Papa Bell at 1:49 PM - 23 answers

Food-obsessed kitty + early mornings = cranky humans

So, I have basically been composing this question for about 2 months in my head...and this morning's events pretty much made me realize that I NEED to get this question out to you all! I hope you can give some advice about how to best handle some behaviors of our 2.5 year old rescue kitty! [more inside]
posted by foxhat10 at 11:22 AM - 32 answers

Are lion cuts dangerous for my cat?

My lazy, long haired cat usually needs a grooming in the spring. My new groomer scolded me for getting kitty a lion cut last year, saying that her coat is now "compromised". Is this a legit thing to be concerned about? [more inside]
posted by theraflu at 9:39 AM - 13 answers

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