What is this thing my cat brought to my porch? http://i.imgur.com/cejZcGe.jpg
It appears to be something between an animal fetus and organ. When I turned it over it looked the same on the other side. There were no visible eyes/mouth/features. It was larger than a quarter and there was no blood present. A possum visits regularly, and the area has many moles, birds, and raccoons.
posted by Locative
on Mar 1, 2013 -
Philosophically, I believe in eating a plant-based vegan diet. In practice, it has proven difficult, as we are so disconnected from the animals that we are consuming. The most difficult for me is giving up dairy. So HiveMind, please help me by recommending books and DVDs on modern -day factory farming , which will reconnect me with the animals I am consuming. I am hoping that by seeing their suffering I will be no longer be able to be complicate in their exploitation. I have Our Daily Bread on DVD, and have Earthlings on hold from the library. I see there is a series on Peta.org, called Meet Your Meat. But, I really want a DVD, I'm not trying to watch stuff on my computer. I have also seen the Got the Facts on Milk documentary, but I really what to have a visual connection between dairy cows and the production of milk, so that when I think of consuming dairy I have an image that would deter me from doing so.
posted by TRUELOTUS
on Dec 21, 2012 -
I'd like to heat up a rock or piece of metal to drop in my chicken's water source to warm it up. What should I use? [more inside]
posted by cda
on Nov 29, 2012 -
Hedgehog owners of MeFi: what are some awesome toys or treats that your spiny kiddo really goes nuts for? [more inside]
posted by Ufez Jones
on Nov 4, 2012 -
I have a beautiful, fun and energetic puppy. A Husky cross (we don't know what the other half is, but it must have been small). She loves to play games. Me and my partner alternate working from home during the day. What fun games can we play with her at home, indoors, that don't distract too
much from our work? [more inside]
posted by 0bvious
on Aug 29, 2012 -
What sort of technologies can help / support the Animal Health pharmaceuticals business? I am not talking about general enterprise technologies such as ERP or SharePoint. I am looking for technologies that can specifically help the Animal health business. For example a technology platform that helps vets gain information about diseases. Any suggestions or thoughts? Any tech that can maybe assist with solving a problem currently faced by Animal Health pharmaceutical business.
posted by r2d2
on Aug 13, 2012 -
Yesterday, I picked up my 18-month-old pit bull-type mix Chance
after three weeks of boarding. His coat is in bad shape in he is shedding unimaginable amounts of hair. What's the best approach to get him healthy again? [more inside]
posted by halogen
on Aug 10, 2012 -
Help me think straight. I was attacked by a loose German Shepherd while out on a walk with my husband and our two small leashed dogs. What should I do next? The owner is in denial and I am concerned for the safety of myself and others. I think that if I threaten a lawsuit I could scare her into building a fence and reinforcing her door. I'm interested in getting her to take action to keep her dog enclosed or to take it to a behaviorist, not trying to win money in a settlement. [more inside]
posted by anonymous
on May 19, 2012 -
There is a raccoon nesting in the attic crawlspace above my apartment. It is loud. What is the usual process for removing it, and how can I convince my landlord to be responsible for that process? [more inside]
posted by killdevil
on Apr 15, 2012 -
I'm being forced to visit Disney in September, for two and a half days. The rest of my family will be staying longer, so I get to pick what we do those two and a half days. My son is 5 and this is his first Disney "experience". What the heck do I select? [more inside]
posted by anastasiav
on Apr 9, 2012 -
[Oakland, CA law/ordinance filter] Please help me find full text of laws or ordinances regarding pet licensing in Oakland, California (Alameda County). And is what I'm doing REALLY illegal or is it bureaucratic nonsense? [more inside]
posted by crayon
on Apr 5, 2012 -
After eating lunch at a friends house today I was shocked to see that his dog was chewing on a fleshy dear head found in the woods. Now I'm worried that I could have contracted worms from the dog if it had been chewing on the head before it licked my hand when I arrived. Is there anything I can do early on to prevent infection? I don't want worms in my stomach, brain, or anywhere else!
posted by davidriley
on Apr 4, 2012 -
Am I harming my dog by not walking it every day? And why won't she play with her ball anymore? [more inside]
posted by kanata
on Dec 7, 2011 -
Human or what? Kids found a box of bones (photo). Here's a photo
Sure you advise us to go to the police, but really .. any chance these are human ?
posted by Xhris
on Nov 29, 2011 -
Please help me find examples of animals or creatures of different types that work together toward a shared goal. I'm trying to use it to illustrate the principle that a group working together can succeed more quickly or get farther than individuals working alone. [more inside]
posted by slo
on Oct 12, 2011 -
What are the main differences between a Birman and a Ragdoll cat?
We are looking for a nice family cat and we have a seven year old. We are looking for a breed that has blue eyes, and is warm and affectioniate like a dog. I have heard that Ragdoll's tend to get really big, that is one thing I'm not sure we want. Any experiences you guys have would be appreciated.
posted by lynnie-the-pooh
on Jul 12, 2011 -
A friend of mine came across this
wild tortoise on the road, outside Querétaro, México. She took it to the vet, who patched her up, sowed up the bits that needed sowing and put most of the shell back together, sans a couple of pieces. It's about 10 inches long.
She's going to have to take care of it until it's well enough to go back to the wild and has no clue how to go about it.
Off the top of her head, she'd like to know:
¿What should it eat? ¿Should she place it outside in the garden or in the house? ¿Sun or shade? ¿Water, earth, or both? ¿Will the Labrador retriever be a problem? ¿Should her trio of rambunctious kids be kept away?
Any other interesting fact or recommendation you can share will be most welcome, and will surely net you a beer on your next visit.
posted by Cobalt
on Jul 2, 2011 -
Where can I find someone that I can pay to do a custom drawing of an imaginary animal for me? [more inside]
posted by althanis
on Jun 29, 2011 -
I've got about two acres of grass in the country, and I'm considering getting a critter or two to eat the grass so that I don't have to mow it.
Does anybody have any recommendations for animals that make good lawn mowers?
Bonus points if I can eat the animals in the fall and replace them in the spring, and even more points if they're low maintenance. I don't mind supplementing their diet.
posted by Stagger Lee
on Jun 27, 2011 -
I want to learn more about the animal rights issue in Australia in the context of animals being raised for slaughter. Where do I start? [more inside]
posted by vidur
on Jun 14, 2011 -
A dog bit our son. How do we keep this one bad experience from turning into a lifelong fear of dogs? [more inside]
posted by scrump
on Mar 10, 2011 -
What can my friend do about an unknown animal in his ceiling? His apartment maintenance people said they'll look into it in "a few days"... [somewhat time-sensitive] [more inside]
posted by katybird
on Feb 14, 2011 -
Where can I get recommendations for the 'greenest' house cleaners and personal care products? [more inside]
posted by lemonade
on Feb 14, 2011 -
Yesterday, I was watching a bird trying to cross a street. It would start walking, and when a car came, it would freak out and fly back to where it started, then start walking again. This went on for a while. Why didn't it just fly over the road to the other side?
posted by reductiondesign
on Sep 21, 2010 -
My house smells like decomposing critter. A critter died at a point in my chimney that it cannot be removed without removing the masonry and taking apart the chimney. (It died on the shelf above the damper.) The chimney dude recommended we just wait it out and said that with the average daily temp being 90+, it should be 'fast.' However, it's really damn disgusting and we're a week into a likely 2-3 week process. In the meantime, recommend any smells to help offset the stench? [more inside]
posted by lostinsupermarket
on Sep 17, 2010 -
I'm moving my 14 year old cat to my new apartment this weekend. How can I make this transition go as smoothly as possible? [more inside]
posted by reenum
on Sep 9, 2010 -
I'm about to move out of my parents house into my first apartment post-college, and I intend to take all of my possessions with me - including a decent amount of stuffed animals. Is there a way to store/display them in my new place that is not completely childish, creepy, or ridiculous? [more inside]
posted by firei
on Sep 5, 2010 -
A friend is planning to rescue a dog from a native reserve and I will be looking after her for at least the next couple of months starting this weekend. What are the things I need to think about doing? [more inside]
posted by talkingmuffin
on Aug 23, 2010 -
I have an idea for a real-life game involving herding animals. Has this been done? and how should it be done? [more inside]
posted by anonymous
on Aug 3, 2010 -