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On the care and feeding of feces-flinging primates

This is a question for the zookeepers of MetaFilter. [more inside]
posted by jason's_planet on Feb 1, 2014 - 2 answers

One truck, two crazy felines, 1100+ miles to go...

So my three male kitties got neutered yesterday. They came home and spent most of the evening and night snarling and growling, keeping their distance from each other as much as possible in my tiny studio apartment. It makes sense - they were all in pain and shaking off the anesthesia. But today, everyone is feeling better: eating, playing, and acting like normal miscreants for the most part. Except that they seem to have picked up the very behaviors neutering is supposed to discourage. Aaaand in a few days, two of them are going to be traveling for 16 hours together in a dog kennel... [more inside]
posted by Kibby on Nov 7, 2013 - 13 answers

Handsome, but unwelcome

Help me get rid of an unwanted visitor cat and calm my freaked-out felines in the meantime. [more inside]
posted by uncleozzy on Nov 5, 2013 - 13 answers

Looking for a type of phobia that results in fight rather than flight.

If you have, say a spider phobia, are you the "Run away!!" type of phobic or the "OMG SMASH SMASH SMASH HIT IT WITH A BOOK TURN OVER THE TABLE SET THE HOUSE ON FIRE... is it dead?" type? Is there a term or specific type of phobia for the second option? [more inside]
posted by The otter lady on Aug 14, 2013 - 7 answers

[Personality filter] She is driving me crazy!!!

Help me figure out what is going on with this person and feel some empathy. [more inside]
posted by Sophie1 on Feb 12, 2013 - 19 answers

My mean-ass toddler

Does a 2.5 year old's aggressive tendencies point toward aggression issues later on? Or will he truly grow out of it (with consistent consequences, etc.)?
posted by kristymcj on Dec 18, 2012 - 23 answers

Get Confident Stupid!

How can I increase my exposure to interpersonal aggression in order to get better at handling it? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 30, 2012 - 19 answers

How can I hide my submissiveness so no one messes with me?

How can I overcome submissive traits in a threatening situation? (Not talking oh no there's suddenly a fight... more like constant state of threat like walking down the street of Baghdad.) It has become important for me to "stand my ground," beat others at staring contests, be able to let it slide when others try to intimidate me. Problem is, I'm often the first to look away and easily anxious. By most counts I am very submissive. I have a "dominant personality" but as far as aggression and such I'm submissive naturally. I need to create a dominant front. But how??? [more inside]
posted by hungry hippo on Nov 29, 2012 - 20 answers

Psychoanalyze my cat

Calling all amateur Jackson Galaxy-wannabes: why is my cat such a jerk toward guests, when he's a bundle of love the rest of the time? [more inside]
posted by apostrophe on Oct 7, 2012 - 3 answers

In search of feline harmony

I would like my two very different kittehs to get along. Help? [more inside]
posted by *s on Sep 11, 2012 - 14 answers

Aggression from random strangers

I seem to draw aggression from random strangers. I don't know why. I don't know if I'm imagining it (but I don't think I am). And since I don't know why it happens, I don't know what I can do to stop it. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 4, 2012 - 42 answers

And the voice of the dove WILL EXPLODE YOUR EARDRUMS

What bird did I just see harrassing a squirrel in my Toronto backyard? (Sorry, I couldn't get a camera in time so I have just a verbal description, no picture). [more inside]
posted by maudlin on Jun 25, 2012 - 5 answers

Dog bit my wife - what now?

We have a dog with aggression issues who has now bitten my wife. Other than putting him down, we don't know what to do with him. I need some clearer insight than my emotionally clouded mind can give. [more inside]
posted by starvingartist on Jun 6, 2012 - 27 answers

How to deal with an unsettling email?

How would I deal with this upsetting email from a professor? It accuses me of something I didn't deliberately do. [more inside]
posted by Seeking Direction on Feb 28, 2012 - 15 answers

My dog just bit my mom :(

My dog has now bit my mom and my grandfather. I'm overwhelmed and I don't know what to do. [more inside]
posted by whalebreath on Jan 18, 2012 - 133 answers

How to deal with the dog who growls too much

My dog is an incredibly vocal dog, in play. He growls like he crazy with humans playing tuggy or rough-housing, with other dogs he meets who he wants to play with or is playing with. It all sounds so fierce but it's not, he's just being playful (he's nearly 3). How do I deal with this on walks, when other dogs don't always figure out the playful part straight away, and other owners who basically call me a liar when I assure them he's friendly? [more inside]
posted by Elfasi on Jan 6, 2012 - 24 answers

Bad dogs!

We broke our dogs and we don't know what we're doing wrong. Please help! [more inside]
posted by elizeh on Dec 30, 2011 - 15 answers

Birds of peace? Not always.

I work at an animal shelter and someone gave us white doves. There's a mom, dad, and son. Originally the son was very young and his feathers weren't grown in, so we kept them together. Now he is a young adult and both he & his dad are doing the "bow & coo" aggressive stance at each other. Should I separate him from his parents? I know doves shouldn't be alone, but they are getting territorial at this point, so what should we do?
posted by ktoad on Nov 22, 2011 - 4 answers

Changed Chimp Social Behavior?

Changed chimp social behavior -- did I imagine this? Need chimp enthusiast or someone who can google better than I. [more inside]
posted by kestralwing on Nov 12, 2011 - 5 answers

Help me help my aggressive dog

My big dog wants to kill our little dog. And the cats. And neighborhood children. And babies. And maybe me! Is there any hope? [more inside]
posted by m_lazarus on Nov 7, 2011 - 30 answers

Do I have to be loyal even if they're wrong?

Is loyalty expected amongst family members even when they are wrong? [more inside]
posted by jmmpangaea on Sep 8, 2011 - 12 answers

Good ways to deal with a toddler who hits

How to deal with a toddler who hits? [more inside]
posted by agent99 on Jul 31, 2011 - 28 answers

Help my dog tolerate bigger dogs again

Our dog (a small poodle mix) was attacked at the dog run last weekend by a pit bull. The attack was unprovoked. He sustained two puncture wounds on his neck but the vets think that he will heal ok. Since the attack, he has been extremely agitated (growling, nonstop barking) when we see larger dogs on our walks. [more inside]
posted by subtle-t on Jun 28, 2011 - 6 answers

Kennel our dog?

I'm looking for a dog kennel recommendation in the Ann Arbor/Detroit area! There's probably more inside than you want to read. [more inside]
posted by kbanas on Jun 13, 2011 - 3 answers

Question about the ethical, logistical, and medical implication of having a cat neutered that doesn’t belong to you.

Question about the ethical, logistical, and medical implication of having a cat neutered that doesn’t belong to you. [more inside]
posted by Wroksie on May 23, 2011 - 45 answers

Dogs with issues

Where should I begin to deal with these dogs' problems? Is there a good order to this? Do any of these things appear to relate to each other? [more inside]
posted by Ashley801 on Apr 6, 2011 - 8 answers

You Asshole!...Um, I'm sorry I called you an asshole.

Help me stop apologizing for my own assertiveness. [more inside]
posted by EmpressCallipygos on Feb 26, 2011 - 26 answers

Going to DEFCAT 1

A few weeks ago, my cat started freaking out whenever people walk by the my ground-floor window. Is there a good way to help her chill out about it? [more inside]
posted by Johnny Assay on Jan 23, 2011 - 9 answers

Flipping the Feline Personality Switch

Can someone explain some seemingly complex domestic feline behavior? [more inside]
posted by ktoad on Jan 17, 2011 - 6 answers

CatBehaviorFilter: How do we deal with our cat's strange aggression towards my husband?

CatBehaviorFilter: How do we deal with our cat's strange aggression towards my husband? [more inside]
posted by feidr2 on Jan 8, 2011 - 20 answers

Dr. Jekyll and Ms. Hyde

Is there a way to control my cat's occasional bouts of short term insanity? It only happens at my mom's house, and usually at night. [more inside]
posted by scrute on Nov 13, 2010 - 13 answers

Help me help my dog

I was just sitting outside on my friend's lawn with my dog, who was tied to a tree branch about 20 feet away (that I checked for strength before tying her up) and quietly watching squirrels. A woman walked by and smiled at us, and my dog lunged at her, breaking the tree branch, and proceeded to jump up on her and ram her nose into her, barking. I feel absolutely terrible and have no idea how to fix this. [more inside]
posted by emilyd22222 on Sep 17, 2010 - 31 answers

puppy aggression

Is my puppy showing worrisome signs of aggression? How can I stop it before it gets out of control? [more inside]
posted by whalebreath on Jun 23, 2010 - 10 answers

Help for a Growly Doggy

Have you successfully curbed/managed/retrained the aggression out of your dog? Please tell me your success stories! What did you do? How long did it take? [more inside]
posted by The ____ of Justice on May 10, 2010 - 11 answers

How should I deal with my suddenly aggressive cat?

My cat had an aggressive episode about a month ago and has been tense and behaving uncharacteristically ever since. What can I do to help her go back to her usual self? Detailed info inside. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 24, 2010 - 11 answers

My dog is getting meaner with age

I'm afraid my old dog's mind is going before his body -- he's peeing on the floor, growls and snaps at us when we try to put him outside, and other odd behaviors. How should my wife and I handle this? [more inside]
posted by M.C. Lo-Carb! on Oct 16, 2009 - 20 answers

How can I re-socialize my dog-agressive dog?

My dog slowly went from loveable goofball to dog park bully. He's been on probation for about 6 months, and I'd like to start the process of re-socializing him and (hopefully) someday return to the dog park. How do I do this without putting any other dogs in danger -- especially considering that I don't currently know any other dog owners, and I don't have a good private space for doggie playdates? [more inside]
posted by roscopcoletrane on Oct 6, 2009 - 23 answers

Is this dog compatible with our family?

Our recently-acquired dog has been having some major behavior problems and showing some aggression that worries us because we also have a 6-month old child. We've been taking the dog to training classes but so far it hasn't been fruitful. Should we give him back? (TLDR details inside) [more inside]
posted by Happydaz on Jul 22, 2009 - 29 answers

Healthy ways to get anger and aggression out of my system?

Things have been super-stressful at work. My therapist keeps asking if I have a way to get all this anger and aggression and stress out of my system... and I don't! I usually just rant and get more angry. What are some better ways to get the frustration out? [more inside]
posted by heatherann on Jul 21, 2009 - 55 answers

What have I done to offend you, kitty?

Why is my roommates' cat hissing at me, and what should I do to convince her to stop? [more inside]
posted by fermion on Jul 6, 2009 - 20 answers

How to help a cranky cat get used to the dog?

(Pet harmony filter) A little over 3 months ago, we adopted Phoebe, an 18-month old poodle/bichon cross. She's a fantastic dog, very well behaved, perfectly lovable and playful and awesome in every way, and we adore her. We also have 4 cats, 3 of which have settled down and seem to have gotten used her. But not Phil. Phil hates Phoebe with white-hot kitty hate. And it's breaking my heart. [more inside]
posted by cuddles.mcsnuggy on Jan 8, 2009 - 25 answers

How can we stop our dog from antagonizing our cat before meal times?

How can we stop our dog from antagonizing our cat before meal times? [more inside]
posted by slowfasthazel on Nov 28, 2008 - 6 answers

how to deal with aggression from a newbie?

NewCatFilter: We just had a scary incident involving our old and new cats--what's the best response? Much more after the cut. [more inside]
posted by dlugoczaj on Sep 15, 2008 - 9 answers

Finding a new home for a fear-aggressive dog

Finding a new home for a fear-aggressive dog [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 9, 2008 - 11 answers

Meerrrrrooowww!

We get along great; our cats don't. My boyfriend and I will probably be moving in together in the next year. Our cats have already met, as I've taken care of his cat several times, usually for a week or two. They don't get along. Is there anything I can do to reduce the aggression? [more inside]
posted by queseyo on Jun 18, 2008 - 12 answers

I want to punch something in the face. Can you help me?

Looking for a website that will allow me to upload a picture of my choice and then have it punched in the face. [more inside]
posted by dinty_moore on Jun 5, 2008 - 6 answers

Help please.

Help me try to save my dog. [more inside]
posted by heavenstobetsy on Jun 4, 2008 - 23 answers

music for girls who hate girls?

She's so dull - come on rip her to shreds! [more inside]
posted by runincircles on Jan 31, 2008 - 55 answers

Where can I go to try and hurt people safely?

Where can I go to let my rage out by really trying to hurt people, but safely for me and for them? Ideally, this would be like a self-defense scenario, with two or more padded and armored attackers I can go all out against, but who are willing to accommodate my individual scenario over just an hour or two. Difficulty: I am a big guy with martial arts experience. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 10, 2008 - 27 answers

Why do my cats suddenly hate each other?

My cats have suddenly become very aggressive towards each other. What gives? [more inside]
posted by kdar on Sep 24, 2007 - 12 answers

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