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May 10

That dark corner is not your litterbox!

The lovely and talented Kokopelli has gotten into a bad habit of crapping along the periphery of small rooms/alcoves in the basement. Is this indicative of something particular, and what do I do about it? He has lots of litterboxes. [more inside]
posted by jackbishop at 7:21 AM - 8 answers

May 9

What should I look for in adopting my ideal cat (or should I not adopt)?

For the past few months, I’ve been considering adopting a cat as a way of easing loneliness, helping me fight depression, and giving me something to care for and love. However, I have a few constraints that limit the type of cat I feel capable of caring for. I’m wondering what age of cat I should be looking for, or if I’m being unrealistic and am not well suited to adopting a cat after all. This will be my first pet, and I could use advice from people who know these things. [more inside]
posted by honey wheat at 5:11 PM - 44 answers

Stray cat - why missing fur?

Stray Kitty is a long hair, possibly with a Maine Coon element. The fur is matted and knotted, sticking way out in places. We've started calling him/her "Kramer." Here's what's strange: the fur appears be missing from the mid section on both sides and underneath. Broad patches of pink are visible when the voluminous fur falls to the side. Kitty doesn't scratch or pick at the pink area, has a good appetite, and is perfectly nimble. [more inside]
posted by Kevin S at 2:51 PM - 15 answers

I am suddenly a new parent, to a ferret. Have questions.

I found myself in possession of a stray ferret recently (obligatory and adorable pics here). After a long search for the stray ferret's parents turned up empty, I made the (obvious) decision to keep this furry little noodle. I've had ferrets previously, but it's been about 15 years, and I raised those little guys from babies. I have questions, specifically about playtime, toys, keeping her engaged, and my existing cats. [more inside]
posted by tryniti at 12:11 PM - 7 answers

Is my cat one-and-done with silvervine?

I got Ms. Mildred Butterclaws, or Millie, a little over a year ago from a shelter. I found she was unresponsive to catnip. Then I heard about silvervine right here on MeFi and ordered a small package. She responded enthusiastically to silvervine the first time I gave it to her, but since then-- nothing. She just ignores it. Is this a common thing with cats? What could be going on here? [more inside]
posted by mcmile at 12:02 PM - 5 answers

I need help figuring out my dog's chronic ear-yeast infections.

We adopted a three year old Treeing Walker Coonhound in December. She's had an ear infection pretty much since then. [more inside]
posted by msali at 10:42 AM - 13 answers

May 6

Chicagoland Dog Behaviorist Recs

Tucker, the 8 month old mastiff rescue that we picked up this week (oblig.) is an anxious fellow and exhibits separation anxiety. No destruction yet, but constant pacing, whining, and eventually barking. Can anyone recommend a Chicagoland (preferably city) dog behaviorist? [more inside]
posted by hwyengr at 6:25 PM - 2 answers

May 4

How much help will chemo be for our cat?

Our 15 year old cat has liver cancer - a diffuse carcinoma. We've just got the news from the vet and are trying to figure out the best course of action. Prior to this he's been hiding away, barely eating and drinking, not grooming and having trouble using the litter box. His mobility is now pretty poor. Chemo could extend his life, but should we? [more inside]
posted by Artw at 6:09 PM - 28 answers

the heck is wrong with my cat?!

My cat (obligatory pic) has been struggling with some degree of ataxia in her hind legs for a few months now, and three entire vet practices are stumped about why. Maybe the wise MeFi hive mind can think of something that none of us have considered? What it isn't: diabetic neuropathy, kidney disease, injury, or (probably) lymphoma. [more inside]
posted by We put our faith in Blast Hardcheese at 9:03 AM - 6 answers

May 3

how do I know if I should get a second cat?

I have a cat. I think I may want to adopt a second cat to be his friend. How do I know whether this is a good idea or not? Cat-shaped snowflakes and much angst below. [more inside]
posted by thereemix at 8:46 PM - 20 answers

May 2

At wits' end w/r/t peeing cat

My cat is peeing in the corner of the living room. This is an on and off pattern that's been going on for more than a year. I've managed to get it to stop several times, but it seems like each time he stops for a shorter period of time. I feel like I'm doing all the stuff I'm supposed to. Help! [more inside]
posted by deadbilly at 2:11 PM - 27 answers

April 28

Fenced-In field for rent in Massachusetts?

Where can I find a grassy field that is completely fenced in that I can rent for an afternoon in Massachusetts? I have two dogs, but one dog I can't bring to a dog park (he's reactive) but I'd like to run them outside. [more inside]
posted by Farce_First at 9:42 AM - 8 answers

April 27

My dog was given expired rabies vaccine, what now?

So I noticed on my dog's paperwork (after the fact) that the rabies vaccine my dog not at his last apt was expired 3 months before the date of injection! The vet tried to deny this when I confronted her with it saying it was just entered incorrectly by the tech however I said I will follow up with the manufacturer since I have the vial serial number on the paperwork and get answer directly from them. She then called to admit the expiration date written was correct and that it was expired so efficacy not guaranteed and asked for me to bring my dog back in so he can get another shot. My question is, is there any safety concerns or risk to my dog if he gets vaccinated with another rabies shot (which is supposed to last 3 years) only a month apart? Has this happened to anyone else? I'm very upset by this. Also the paperwork did not list exp date or serial number for the other vaccinations he got so I have no idea if they were also expired but just have to let that go I guess since I'm sure they would only lie to me if I asked about those without proof or serial number.
posted by CheeseAndRice at 12:25 PM - 11 answers

Can I convince a landlord to allow a subletter's support rabbits?

So, I've been planning on moving out of the country for several months now, and have been making plans to sublet my apartment for 2 months now. (I move out in a bit over a month.) My prospective subletter has rabbits for emotional support, with a letter from her psychiatrist supporting this. I just learned that my landlord won't allow the subletter I had lined up because her rabbits are "exotic pets". What do I say? Should I get my hopes up?
posted by LSK at 9:59 AM - 19 answers

How do I disinfect a lawn?

Tell me ways to clean giardia-infected dog poop from our grass. (Dog pics inside.) [more inside]
posted by kimberussell at 8:08 AM - 7 answers

April 25

You're No Brother of Mine

I own a pair of 7 year old sibling cats, Jack and Bellamy. They've spent their whole little lives together, never been apart, (normally) get along swimmingly. Two peas in a pod. Until yesterday. [more inside]
posted by Gyre,Gimble,Wabe, Esq. at 3:49 PM - 13 answers

April 24

How long is too long to leave a cat alone?

I will be traveling for 8 days. I'm worried about leaving my cat alone as she is very attached to me... [more inside]
posted by irish01 at 4:17 PM - 41 answers

April 23

Helping a dog adapt to apartment living?

Our 8 year old dog will be transitioning from living her whole life in a moderate sized house-with-yard to an apartment (70% of the size) with cement patio. Suggestions on making this as stress-free as possible for her? [more inside]
posted by komlord at 12:20 PM - 7 answers

Can you identify this tree?

We are moving to our forever home very soon and it has a newish tree planted out front that we have been unable to identify. Online guides have been less than helpful. Help!
posted by grumpybear69 at 11:50 AM - 4 answers

April 22

Do you tip your veterinarian?

My vet has recently added a tip line to the credit card slip that I sign when checking out. Then, the office put a sign on the counter that read, tips are for boarding, grooming, (and a few other cosmetic services I can't remember). I want to do the right thing, and apparently here, it's tip the vet. I really mostly want to know if this is common or expected everywhere. [more inside]
posted by banjonaut at 9:35 AM - 12 answers

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