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Impossible Standards

Help my wife with her impossible standards. [more inside]
posted by Hands of Manos on Mar 13, 2007 - 31 answers

How do you know who's the alpha male?

Men: are you aware of who the resident alpha male is around your office, on your bowling team, in your circle of friends? Is this a shifting position? [more inside]
posted by thehmsbeagle on Mar 7, 2007 - 54 answers

Help me re-train my cat!

My cat begs for attention when I am on the computer. I have tried to wear her out before I get online with lots of love and play time, and I've also tried distracting her in appropriate ways (fishing pole and laser pointer) while I'm on the computer. The problem seems to be getting worse, and it has just occured to me that I've accidentally trained her to think of computer time as play time. What do I do? [more inside]
posted by paddingtonb on Feb 28, 2007 - 18 answers

Dizzy Kitty

Strange Cat Behavior Filter: My beloved old cat had what looked like a transient dizzy spell last night. What could have caused it? [more inside]
posted by ottereroticist on Feb 20, 2007 - 9 answers

Please help me keep my cats.

I need help training/controlling my cats before they drive me even more crazy than they already have. [more inside]
posted by Four-Eyed Girl on Feb 1, 2007 - 26 answers

[catfilter] Why does my cat go into corners, look up, and meow?

[catfilter] Why does my cat go into corners, look up, and meow? Three locations, 2-3 times a week, 9 years: Living room corner (behind the lamp), bedroom corner, studio corner. She'll do it for a 10 minutes sometimes, just looking up and meowing. Sometimes she'll get up on the coffee table and meow, but mostly it's in the corners. Why?
posted by SeƱor Pantalones on Jan 31, 2007 - 37 answers

What outward traits relate to personal info?

I've found that some deep seeded personal information manifests it's self through much more casual every day behavior. I'd like to learn how to spot more of these traits. Examples and clarification inside. [more inside]
posted by magikker on Jan 26, 2007 - 30 answers

How aggressive should we late the older Pug be with the new puppy Pug?

How aggressive should we late the older Pug be with the new puppy Pug? [more inside]
posted by JPigford on Jan 19, 2007 - 7 answers

Will neutering change my male kitten's aggressive behaviour?

Our recently adopted, very sweet, very clingy male kitten is showing some signs of aggressive behaviour. Is this typical of intact males? Will his behaviour change for the better after he's neutered or should I be worried? [more inside]
posted by LeeJay on Dec 7, 2006 - 19 answers

Does anyone here have personal experience with a Basenji?

I am interested in adopting a Basenji, and am wondering what your experience has been - positive/negative. [more inside]
posted by WaterSprite on Aug 25, 2006 - 19 answers

How do I get the dogs to use the doggie door?

How do I get my dogs to use the doggie door? [more inside]
posted by Roger Dodger on Aug 15, 2006 - 12 answers

My freaky, lunging, barking beagle

How to keep my dog from freaking out and barking and lunging at other dogs when we go on walks? [more inside]
posted by printchick on Jun 8, 2006 - 25 answers

How can I integrate four very different cats?

How do you go about integrating two very different pairs of cats into one happy household? [more inside]
posted by christinetheslp on Jun 3, 2006 - 6 answers

I'm odd enought already thank you very much!

Help!I think I'm "catching" a nervous tic. How can I stop this before it gets out of hand? [more inside]
posted by clubfoote on May 31, 2006 - 8 answers

Why are boys so physical?

Boys! And their manifestation of physical energy + why do they have a love/hate relationship with trying to kill each other? [more inside]
posted by LadyBonita on May 23, 2006 - 27 answers

I'm not afraid of dying, just don't give me a ticket!

Does anyone know a source for this story? I once heard about a railroad crossing that had quite a few fatal accidents, because drivers would routinely duck under the barrier gates as they closed instead of waiting several minutes for interminable freight trains to pass. But there's a twist ... [more inside]
posted by Quietgal on May 19, 2006 - 8 answers

Feline attraction to allergic person

Cats are mysteriously drawn to me. [more inside]
posted by seawallrunner on May 11, 2006 - 22 answers

Dog behaviorists in Houston

I need an animal behaviorist who works with dogs in Houston. Any suggestions?
posted by LittleMissCranky on Feb 22, 2006 - 4 answers

Curing wool-eating cat?

Has anyone ever known a cat who liked to eat wool? Was it a medical or a behavioral issue? Was it ever possible to discourage this behavior? [more inside]
posted by matildaben on Jan 5, 2006 - 16 answers

Release my sippee cup NOW, or you die, Sister!

Advice for how to stop a 2.5 year old boy from annihilating his 1 year old sister. [more inside]
posted by brheavy on Dec 14, 2005 - 18 answers

Cat wants OUT

My indoor-only cat meows like CRAZY every time I go near my front door. Does my cat hate me and want to escape? Or, is it separation anxiety?? AskMe cat experts, please please help... [more inside]
posted by rio on Sep 26, 2005 - 22 answers

How do I keep my cat from shredding my furniture?

My girlfriend's cat has an incredible knack for destroying my furniture. I've got an opportunity to replace my uncomfortable fabric couch with a farily nice, comfortable, microsuede couch for cheap. I'd like to avoid having this piece of furniture become yet another unintended scratching post. What's worked for you? [more inside]
posted by jimray on Sep 21, 2005 - 23 answers

More people throwing trash from car windows?

CigaretteFilter -- Lately I notice a LOT more pig-people throwing cigarette butts and other trash from their car windows. Is it just me noticing? If not, WTF?
posted by ZenMasterThis on Sep 2, 2005 - 24 answers

Advice on 5 year old's behavioral issues?

Advice wanted on how to use a carrot (instead of a stick) to reduce a bunch of very frustrating behavioral issues with our 5 year old... [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 1, 2005 - 11 answers

Help! My daughter is driving my wife and me insane!

ParentFilter: What do you do about an almost-three-year-old girl who screams excessively? [more inside]
posted by cerebus19 on Aug 16, 2005 - 23 answers

Feline floor folly.

My kitty won't walk on the floor, and much of the ground outside. [more inside]
posted by WolfDaddy on Aug 1, 2005 - 14 answers

How often do most people change their email address?

I'm looking for statistics about how often the average Internet user changes his/her email address. [more inside]
posted by junkbox on Jul 12, 2005 - 5 answers

How to train a dog to fetch?

Dog behavior question: My friend recently adopted a 3-year-old dog from a shelter. It doesn't seem to "get" the whole idea of fetch and retrieve. [more inside]
posted by Brian James on Jun 29, 2005 - 23 answers

How can I get my 4 year old to eat his meals?

I have a four year old son who simply refuses to eat his meals in a timely fashion. This has been an ongoing problem since he was two years old and we've been trying various approaches, but have mainly been hoping that he grows out of it. But it's at the point that every single meal has become unpleasant because of his refusal to eat. [more inside]
posted by Lactoso on Apr 13, 2005 - 56 answers

Getting a second cat, what kind should we get to make sure they get along?

Cat Filter. We just lost an elderly cat, leaving us with only one. Potato Chip is 4, spayed, playful, and large-and-in-charge. (Really, she's like 20 lbs.) She used to bully the older cat--eat her food, ambush her out of the litter box, etc.--and doesn't seem to notice that she's gone now. I like to have 2 cats around and intend to get another. My question is, how can I minimize the bullying and maximize the peace of our happy home? I'm thinking a kitten, since a kitten would naturally be submissive to an adult. Does that sound right? Should this kitten be male or female? (Neutering will be done before we bring new kitty home, if necessary.) Rambunctious or shy and retiring? It's really a crapshoot, I know, but all opinions are welcomed.
posted by scratch on Feb 2, 2005 - 12 answers

How do I get sleep around my insomniac dog?

DogFilter: My dog has taken to waking me up in the middle of the night. Help. [more inside]
posted by ThePinkSuperhero on Jan 26, 2005 - 21 answers

The real world likes to get into my dreams

I just took a nap, and was having a really interesting dream--which I can't remember right now, except for the ending, in which someone poked me in the stomach, waking me up.

When I woke up, my cat had just jumped up on me, and was pressing her paw into my stomach. I'm amazed that this was translated into the dream so quickly, but it's happened to me before with other things, like sounds. Does anyone know how the brain can so quickly react to "reality" stimuli and so quickly convert them into dream material? [more inside]
posted by interrobang on Jan 24, 2005 - 34 answers

Parenting impulsive kids

Do you have any experience in dealing with smart, energetic kids with impulse problems and oppositional attitudes, with or without ADHD diagnosis? We're looking for dietary, behavioral modification or even meds suggestions. [MI] [more inside]
posted by sacre_bleu on Jan 23, 2005 - 26 answers

How do I adress public hygeine issues?

What is the best way to tell a potentially over sensitive co-worker that clipping her fingernails is not an appropriate thing to do in the office?
posted by anonymous on Dec 28, 2004 - 40 answers

My roommate's drug habit is affecting me adversely...

In what gentle manner have you informed a roommate that his/her chemically affected behavior is affecting you? More inside.
posted by goofyfoot on Dec 22, 2004 - 26 answers

Long Distance Conflicts

My best friend, who lives about 300 miles away from me, and I had made plans to get together for Christmas, along with our other best friend, for whom I paid 600 bucks to fly out here so we all could be together. Now 300-mile away best friend has e-mailed me with a weak excuse and cancelled his visit here. I know he's not adjusting well to his new home, and seems to be isolating himself from everyone, including me. I'm hurt and angry. How best to address this situation?
posted by anonymous on Dec 19, 2004 - 7 answers

Help with my apartment-mates rage problem

My apartment-mate has a rage problem. It used to be once a month or so he would have a tantrum that involved smashing dishes and lightbulbs, overturning furniture, tearing down posters, and ripping up papers. Lately it's gotten to be a weekly thing. I used to feel sympathetic and I talked with him about his problems, but I've lost my patience and I'm sick of being caught in this. Several of his friends have tried getting him to go see a college counselor but he won't go. If I could, I would just leave the apartment, but it's impossible until my contract is up in June. Does anyone have any suggestions for getting him to chill out when he's in the middle of a tantrum? Or any suggestions for convincing him to get counseling, try medication, anything?
posted by anonymous on Dec 12, 2004 - 22 answers

Why are some people chronically late?

Why are some people chronically late? [more inside]
posted by grumblebee on Nov 24, 2004 - 142 answers

Permanent Marker is... Permanent

You know how sometimes that black sharpie and an empty desk seem like a canvas? You know how tempting it is to draw on that work desk? I do. I have bitten into my forbidden fruit and woe is me. "Porthole Multi-Purpose Glass and Surface Cleaner" got it to he point of being faded. A slow Tuesday has elevated me to the gossip of the day after my little cartoon drawings were discovered. The surface is standard office/cubicle fare. The area is perhaps 6"x8". Save me! [more inside]
posted by geoff. on Oct 19, 2004 - 24 answers

How did you convince someone to change their mind?

When was the last time that anyone convinced you to change your mind about something important? (e.g. politics, religion, job, boyfriend/girlfriend, lifestyle, haircut, annoying personal habits.) How did they do it? [mi]
posted by armchairsocialist on Oct 11, 2004 - 24 answers

Drunken behavior

Bad behavior with alcohol as an excuse: what's the worst thing you ever stole while inebriated (larceny only objects; some guy/girl's heart doesn't count.) [more inside]
posted by filmgeek on Oct 1, 2004 - 52 answers

Why were people in the 1800s smart about engineering while dumb about medicine?

Why were people in olden days so smart about some things, but so dense about others? (more inside) [more inside]
posted by stupidsexyFlanders on Sep 16, 2004 - 35 answers

D'oh! He's pining for the fjords!

Is there a way to gently steer someone away from constant Simpsons or Monty Python quoting? [MI] [more inside]
posted by milovoo on Sep 8, 2004 - 33 answers

How do I deal with racism at work?

Workplace racism and etiquette advice. MI. [more inside]
posted by i_am_joe's_spleen on Sep 6, 2004 - 15 answers

Movie sleep rituals

A very bright acquaintance of mine, personable, well adjusted, loving dad, relaxes by watching the same short scenes from a favorite movie (LOTR, Matrix, etc.). He'll watch the same scene every night for months. He says that when the line is delivered, he feels complete and can go to bed. Is this common? Does this behavior have a name?
posted by kk on Aug 30, 2004 - 26 answers

Should I keep this office job or make a Fresh New Start?

So, I want to run away from home. No, I'm not a disaffected teenager, I'm a disaffected twenty-something who needs to decide My Future. (More is to be found on the inside for your convenience.) [more inside]
posted by lychee on Jun 10, 2004 - 54 answers

What are these circling bugs?

When I open the doors and windows sometimes these little gnats/flies come in and proceed to fly in small circles in the center of the room. I am sure many of you are familiar with this. What are they? Why are they doing this? (more inside) [more inside]
posted by vacapinta on May 24, 2004 - 13 answers

Why does our cat pee on our clothes, and how can I stop her?

CatPeeFilter: Why does our cat pee on our clothes, and how can I stop her? (more inside) [more inside]
posted by jennyb on May 12, 2004 - 13 answers

Why should I vote in the election if I'm uninformed?

In the gray, Mathowie wrote, "it's my hope that all Americans take part in the democratic process ... I'm kinda pissed that American Idol logs half as many votes as the entire last presidential election every wednesday night. Get out there and vote, people!" I admit that I haven't voted in ten years. Why should I? [More inside.] [more inside]
posted by grumblebee on Apr 23, 2004 - 95 answers

Online resources for emotional support after a breakup?

Can anyone recommend some good online resources that might help someone going through the breakup of a long term relationship? More along the lines of emotional support rather than legal.
posted by btwillig on Apr 20, 2004 - 20 answers

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