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September 30

Sister's barking dog is driving my mom crazy

My sister has a rescue dog, lab mix, probably about 10 or 11 years old. This dog will not stay in a kennel when my sis goes on holidays, away for the weekend or overnight, etc. so my mom (84 years old) ends up looking after her quite often. She barks at anyone coming into or even walking past the house, and my mom's nerves are frazzled. [more inside]
posted by Samarium at 6:54 AM - 17 answers

September 27

Dog toys for the texture snob

I need help finding glow in the dark or light-up balls with a tennis ball texture or a floppy, sturdy glow in the dark or lighted frisbee (or good ideas for to manufacturing the same at home). [more inside]
posted by charmedimsure at 4:56 PM - 4 answers

September 25

International Pet Transport Logistics Help Needed

I'll be moving from Korea to Arizona in December and wondering how to also bring my pet hamster to the US. What kind of paperwork do I need to be prepared for? Do airlines take hamsters? My preliminary research seems to point to probably not but maybe if you negotiate well? But then how do you avoid the cargo bay? What with the sensitive and loaded nature of transporting animals and scammers on the internet, are there any reputable international pet transport services that people have had good experiences with that also takes hamsters? [more inside]
posted by maykasahara at 1:11 AM - 1 answers

September 24

Should I foster a baby animal? Which?

I've never had pets. I know my household cannot absorb a forever pet. But I have some time and I want to snuggle baby animals. Tell me your good and bad animal fostering experiences and help me figure if I'm a good candidate for an animal foster mom. [more inside]
posted by fingersandtoes at 8:06 AM - 11 answers

September 22

So, a hedgehog walked into a house

What to do, (if anything,) about a hedgehog trying to get into the house? About 6 weeks ago, a hedgehog took up residence in my garden. A couple of weeks ago, I went out to dinner, forgetting to close the door from my kitchen to the garden and he apparently wandered in. After I found him, I left the door open overnight so he was back in the garden by morning. Now, he tries most evenings after dusk to get back in, scratching at the door and making my dogs crazy. I'm starting to suspect he may be a domesticated variety that was simply dumped. If that's the case, I'm a bit worried about him come winter. What do? Is there any way to easily tell if he's wild or actually an abandoned pet? [more inside]
posted by Expat at 10:59 PM - 13 answers

September 18

Special Snowflake Edition: What do you feed a toothless cat with IBD?

Looking for food suggestions for a very soft canned cat food for an older cat with no teeth and possible IBD. Snowflakes galore ahead! [more inside]
posted by forkisbetter at 11:50 AM - 8 answers

September 16

How can I get my cat to like dogs?

I would like to get a dog sometime in the next few years. My cat does not like dogs. I don’t want to adopt a dog and realize later that she’ll never come around. Is there a way I can acclimate her to dogs now, before I own one? [more inside]
posted by waffleriot at 8:35 AM - 19 answers

September 15

Cats are not like dogs that poop in a box.

We're first time cat owners. Iris is a youngish adult kitty we were told was someone else's pet before we adopted her. I am near the end of my rope with her scratching behaviors. [more inside]
posted by i_am_a_fiesta at 3:13 PM - 57 answers

A midnight critter is nibbling on my fruit! Help me ID/handle it

On my counter I keep a bowl of fruit and vegetables. Each morning I wake up to find little nibbles in the fruit, which I then discard. This has happened for about a week. What could it be? [more inside]
posted by 4midori at 9:51 AM - 10 answers

September 13

Looking to help aging kitty with kidney issues

My wife and I are looking for an alternative to Hills Science Diet K/D dry food (formulated for cats with kidney issues). [more inside]
posted by Roger Pittman at 10:33 AM - 12 answers

September 11

Bird in bathroom. Should not be there. How to fix?

There is a bird. Some type of finch. It flew into my washroom via the open louvered vent adjacent to the shower. [more inside]
posted by tivalasvegas at 3:49 AM - 11 answers

September 9

Help understanding vet costs

I had a very bad experience at my usual vet and had to take my cat to the emergency vet... can experienced people help me understand how much these things should cost? [more inside]
posted by OnTheLastCastle at 11:32 AM - 21 answers

September 6

Help! Wasps!

My room has just been invaded by about a dozen wasps. I had to close the window to stop more coming in, so now they're all trapped in here. What should I do?! [more inside]
posted by Chenko at 6:43 PM - 9 answers

September 3

What frog is this?

This frog-like beastie was hanging out next to our pond. It looked to be about three inches long. My best googling makes me think it's a baby bullfrog but I'm a bit confused by the dazzling yellow chin stripe. This is in suburban Bloomington, Indiana.
posted by firstdrop at 7:46 PM - 4 answers

Do you offer a reward to someone who finds your lost dog?

My dog is a runner. When someone finds her and gives her back to me, is it appropriate to offer them a small reward for their trouble? [more inside]
posted by pH Indicating Socks at 11:20 AM - 22 answers

September 2

We didn't domesticate cats, they domesticated us

I need a cat toy for my little killing machine who easily grows bored of toys. Obligatory cat pics inside. [more inside]
posted by toerinishuman at 5:48 AM - 19 answers

August 30

Where can I find amazing animals on the web?

I'm looking for regular web-based sources of amazing animal photos, stories, and videos. I'm interested in content that shows silly animals, incredibly athletic animals, or (particularly) extraordinary animal intelligence. I'd also like to find material that shows cool interspecies relationships, whether that's cats who love dogs, rhinos who live with turkeys, or people who have unusual pets. I'm even interested in things like dog-training videos! Can you point me to forums, subreddits, YouTube channels, or other corners of the web that regularly publish stuff about amazing animals?
posted by jdroth at 11:15 AM - 5 answers

August 27

Should I refund contributions for my cat's pancreatitis fundraiser?

We started a fundraiser to help pay for my kitty's hospitalization, but he died less than a day into the campaign. What do I do? [more inside]
posted by Menomena at 5:18 AM - 23 answers

August 26

Terse news blurb about Komodo Dragon beheaded during burglary

I could always find it until now. Probably Associated Press, 1992-96. Richmond, Virginia.
posted by Mr. Yuck at 7:39 PM - 1 answers

Self-Cleaning Litter Box? Too good to be true?

We have two cats, one of whom is very fastidious. She won't use a box that is not to her standards of clean. She will go next to the litter box if she deems it unclean. I am considering getting two self cleaning litter boxes but am wary of the cash outlay. [more inside]
posted by readery at 12:09 PM - 22 answers

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