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Ask me no questions

I have recently connected with an old friend and I am curious to see what Mefites think of this behavior and see if you have any tips on dealing with it. [more inside]
posted by random thoughts on Feb 18, 2014 - 42 answers

 

How do I get our cat to bury her poop?

I am not a cat person, but my wife likes cats, so we have one. Our cat consistently uses the litter box (which is much more than I can say for the last cat we had). However, she almost never buries it, and the odor is, of course, offensive. [more inside]
posted by tckma on Aug 9, 2013 - 41 answers

The dog is great except for this one thing...

Help me help my neighbor's dog (and mine) learn to share. [more inside]
posted by VTX on Jul 26, 2013 - 13 answers

What professional can identify what's wrong/weird about my behaviour?

I have never had many close friends or intimate relationships, and i know that other people find my behaviour off-putting. But due to politeness, nobody will tell me! What profession's job is to just plain tell me what's not ok with my basic behaviour (eg voice volume, personal space) so i can stop pushing everyone away without meaning to? Thanks! [more inside]
posted by maiamaia on Apr 15, 2013 - 30 answers

Stranger danger

Was I being creepy / out of line when I offered this girl a ride? [more inside]
posted by WhitenoisE on Mar 4, 2013 - 46 answers

My Dog Thinks He's A Cat

I have a 3-year-old pomeranian that has suddenly decided he wants to get under and behind all the furniture. [more inside]
posted by iarerach on Mar 1, 2013 - 13 answers

WHAT on EARTH is our dog doing??

So here is the traditional routine: I get up in the morning or I come home from work. I get dressed or change out of work clothes. Here is what happens... [more inside]
posted by michellenoel on Feb 26, 2013 - 13 answers

Fiction: Someone is being drugged without them realizing it

I am looking for books or movies where someone is unknowingly drugged in such a way that it changes their behavior/personality but there are no obvious side effects like blackouts or hallucinations. [more inside]
posted by 99percentfake on Jan 29, 2013 - 30 answers

Is there a specific word or phrase for the following behavior?

I've been racking my brain trying to figure out if there is a specific word or term that defines the following behavior: when someone says "I know you don't/said (x) but ..." For example: "I know you said you don't drink coffee, but this one is really good and you should drink it" or "I know you said you're really busy with your job and new baby but I would really like you to take the time to email me and tell me what's new with you." I'm not looking for words or phrases that ambiguously describe how this behavior makes an individual feel (e.g. "annoying") but rather something that would be used as a clinical definition to refer to this particular behavior (e.g. "passive-aggressive," "gaslighting," etc.)
posted by matrushka on Jan 15, 2013 - 28 answers

Did I just offend this landscaper?

What did I do that was inappropriate in my consultation with this gardener/ landscape designer? [more inside]
posted by steinwald on Sep 22, 2012 - 30 answers

Why is my ex girlfriend acting this way?

Help me understand my ex girlfriend's recent behavior. VERY LONG [more inside]
posted by tokaidanshi on Jul 26, 2012 - 43 answers

What is up with this child?

I watch a 10-year-old girl whose behavior is very strange and I'd like to get to the bottom of it. She's a family member, and no one seems to take me very seriously when I mention her oddities. I spend ~20 hours with her weekly, and the more time I spend with her, the more concerned I am. Many details inside. [more inside]
posted by sarahgrace on Jul 2, 2012 - 62 answers

Teach me how to speak dog

Help me understand dogs. [more inside]
posted by rhythm and booze on Jun 5, 2012 - 40 answers

getting out of a suddenly dangerous dating situation

I just had a really upsetting/scary interaction with someone I've been dating/sleeping with and I'm not sure where to go from here. [more inside]
posted by These Birds of a Feather on May 11, 2012 - 53 answers

Stop us from sleep-murdering this sweet cat

How have you convinced your cat to let you sleep? (The cat who howls in the night). [more inside]
posted by instead of three wishes on May 7, 2012 - 30 answers

Toddler behavior - throwing things but not out of anger - what to do?

My 16 month old son throws his cup or his food when he no longer wants it. Not emotional, not a tantrum, definitely willful. The boy looks us straight in the eye and throws. He doesn't seem to respond to a harsh "No!" or the more empathetic, gentle "we set our cup down nicely" approach. I am assuming this is pretty standard kid behavior, but is there anyway to curtail this behavior in a kind, constructive and effective manner? He is pretty happy, easy going little guy, right now.
posted by flesti on Apr 20, 2012 - 30 answers

How do I get my cats to stop knocking things over?

How do I cat-proof a bookshelf and desk? My cats like to climb on my bookshelf and desk and knock things off of them, sometimes for fun and sometimes to get my attention. I would like them to stop doing this. [more inside]
posted by schroedinger on Dec 30, 2011 - 32 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

Kittenparty?

Katzenfilter: How can I make the second cat selection process easier on first cat? [more inside]
posted by Kitty Stardust on Aug 24, 2011 - 11 answers

In love and less... interesting?

I feel I'm less interesting when I like someone... is this normal? [more inside]
posted by InterestedInKnowing on Aug 10, 2011 - 19 answers

How can I be a better teacher to these kinds of students?

Were you one of these archetypal students? How did your teachers help you self regulate, control impulses, and overall become more self-aware? [more inside]
posted by These Birds of a Feather on Aug 1, 2011 - 27 answers

People watching for fun!

What are the interesting traits, habits or facts that you can pick up on just by looking at someone? [more inside]
posted by Fat Elvis on Apr 14, 2011 - 104 answers

Today is the first day of the rest...

What techniques do you use to affect positive change in your life? [more inside]
posted by Kronur on Feb 27, 2011 - 17 answers

Dog: LOL! BBL!

A close friend of mine has a young dog with tendency to run off without her when let off-leash. Any suggestions on how to curb this bad behavior? [more inside]
posted by Kikkoman on Jan 14, 2011 - 29 answers

Why does he hate raspberries?

Why does my dog hate raspberries? (The sound, not the fruit) [more inside]
posted by frwagon on Jan 8, 2011 - 35 answers

What are the behaviors of a mensch?

“We judge others by their behavior. We judge ourselves by our intentions.” What behaviors communicate to others that we care about them and the world in general? [more inside]
posted by Deathalicious on Jan 2, 2011 - 13 answers

How to help a 7 year old with OCD (or OCD-like) problems?

How do I help my super creative/smart son balance his imagination with the task at hand? [more inside]
posted by digitalprimate on Dec 10, 2010 - 11 answers

Don't Pet This Kitty

Adopted cat doesn't seem to be warming up to us. We've had her for about 7 months now. She doesn't like to be petted or touched and often bites very hard if Mr. Stardust or I have to do so. Can we get her used to being touched, or should we leave her alone? Further details within. [more inside]
posted by Kitty Stardust on Nov 13, 2010 - 23 answers

Help with our naughty dog

So this is a typical example of what my dog does when I arrive at home. He is 5 years old and has always been this way. Help us get him under control. [more inside]
posted by morganannie on Oct 25, 2010 - 31 answers

Why have these cats started fighting?

Why are these lovely and docile cats suddenly so hostile and agressive? [more inside]
posted by bingoes on Sep 28, 2010 - 16 answers

Bedtime Stories for Whiners.

Are there any great books out there about whining? My toddler is well on her way to becoming a regional champ & it's a problem. [more inside]
posted by Ys on Sep 10, 2010 - 24 answers

Any great books on urban anthropology? In addition, what could I do with a Deviant Behavior degree?

Any great books on urban anthropology? In addition, what could I do with a Deviant Behavior degree? [more inside]
posted by delasoull on Aug 22, 2010 - 8 answers

You don't hear this one every day.

I'd like to add a kitten to the family. However, I have a toy fox terrier which makes this difficult. Every cat I've had in the past would eventually begin stalking the dog, pawing him on his hindquarters and biting his neck. The dog would cower 24/7 and I ultimately needed to keep them in separate areas of the house, at all times, to protect him. I've tried various methods to prevent this, but since the last time I've owned a cat was over five years ago I'm open to re-trying anything.
posted by biochemist on Jun 16, 2010 - 12 answers

I need some sleep!

Is my cat insecure or just bossy? [more inside]
posted by WowLookStars on May 22, 2010 - 13 answers

Post-baby, friend's behavior has been awful. How do I deal?

Friend has changed significantly after having a baby. Is this normal? How can I continue to be supportive when she's difficult to be around? [more inside]
posted by pecanpies on May 20, 2010 - 19 answers

Love Him but His Kid Needs Help

How to work with a divorced parents dating situation where you love the guy one-on-one, but his relationship with his daughter is another, entirely more problematic issue? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 21, 2010 - 37 answers

Am I crazy or did he just say that?

My coworker is saying things that I'm not sure are inappropriate or considered harassment. Where's the line, and what do I do about it? [more inside]
posted by Lizsterr on Jan 25, 2010 - 54 answers

What has made this cat so crazy?

Why has my 4 year old healthy spayed female calico foster cat suddenly gotten so annoying? [more inside]
posted by Pineapplicious on Jan 2, 2010 - 7 answers

Night Meows

New cat meows all night. Sleep much disturbed ... [more inside]
posted by jrchaplin on Dec 7, 2009 - 30 answers

How to make amends for disruptive behavior in a library?

A group of 11-year-old kids under my wife's supervision got out of control and were disruptive to the library they were meeting in. How can we make it up to the library/ its patrons, and ensure that something like this doesn't happen again? [more inside]
posted by Jpfed on Nov 19, 2009 - 31 answers

Maybe she just needs a crazy straw...

Not really worried, more just curious about my cat and how she's been drinking water...she dips her paw and then licks the water from it, repeatedly. [more inside]
posted by nevercalm on Nov 9, 2009 - 38 answers

Should he stay or should he go? Dog problems..

When is it time to get rid of the dog? Fiance's poorly-trained dog has bitten me three times. I'm nervous about moving in with them and our future children. What do I do? [more inside]
posted by emkelley on Nov 3, 2009 - 52 answers

The Affair of the Sooty Paws

How the heck do I keep the kitties out of the chimney? [more inside]
posted by stuck on an island on Oct 8, 2009 - 17 answers

Dog suddenly not eating

My dog is not eating, but the situation is not the same as previous questions, as far as I can tell. Please see inside for detail [more inside]
posted by lootie777 on Sep 26, 2009 - 15 answers

me: "Hi!" you: "Hello" me: "um.." you: "...." me: "..." -> infinity

How do I stop acting like a complete weirdo? It freaks people out, which freaks me out, which freaks them out more on and on in an infinite cycle. [more inside]
posted by wiretap on Jul 15, 2009 - 44 answers

Party foul, or reason for jihad?

Party foul, or unforgivable etiquette breach? [more inside]
posted by dejah420 on Jun 8, 2009 - 173 answers

This cat is destroying my apartment.

I agreed to cat-sit. Now the cat is destroying my apartment, my sanity and my 401K (no wait, the stock market did that). Please help me. [more inside]
posted by Valuev on May 15, 2009 - 24 answers

Is my dude-cat just needy, still in adjustment, or desperate for lady-action? (Please say the middle one.)

Newly adopted male cat yowling in the nighttime. Help me assess the situation, because my landlord has expressed concern about male cats continuing to exhibit male behavior even after alteration. [more inside]
posted by dorothy humbird on Dec 9, 2008 - 26 answers

Looking for advice on 'conditioning' cats and my house mate

House mate's cat keeps peeing in my bed; compounded by said house mate's neglectful attitude towards household chores in general. Ideas to keep the cat off my bed (and not just from peeing on it i.e. permanent cat repellent)? and suggestions for addressing the larger issue at hand? [more inside]
posted by weakcore on Dec 4, 2008 - 24 answers

I'd like some tips on clicker training my new dog.

I recently adopted a 2 yr. old Shih Tzu from the pound. He's been to the vet and has a clean bill of health. He's settled very well into things here and I'd like to start working on training him. After reading about several different methods I find clicker training the most interesting but I've never done it before. Anyone have any suggestions or tips? [more inside]
posted by lysistrata on Nov 26, 2008 - 10 answers

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