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How can I get my cat to stop licking itself too much?

We have an otherwise healthy kitty (about 3 years old) except for this issue with the fur on her back. She's basically licking herself to the point of creating sores on her back. How do we fix this? [more inside]
posted by lownote on Aug 30, 2014 - 22 answers

RIP, 1930s leopard

I bought a box of miscellaneous vintage things, mostly fur hats. At the bottom of the box was a muff that appears to be made of leopard. I know that I cannot legally resell it on the Internet, or in any other way that crosses state lines. So what should I do with it? Keep it? Resell in my vintage shop space in my own state? Viking funeral? [more inside]
posted by nonasuch on Jul 27, 2014 - 6 answers

Animals wear fur on the outside because they have to, why do humans?

Having an outer barrier to wind and a trapped air space inside is the best way to insulate. It's axiomatic for insulating buildings. Impermeable skin on the outside and fur on the inside seems more effecient than fur on the outside. It seems to me that you could wear a less effective insulator, turned inside out as it were, that would weigh less. Why don't people that use animal skins for insulation do this?
posted by vapidave on Jul 26, 2014 - 12 answers

Emergency cleaning a dry clean only costume?

Dry cleaning a furry costume with milk on it? [more inside]
posted by Joh on Dec 25, 2013 - 5 answers

Where to get a REAL Santa suit?

Where to get a REAL Santa suit? I don't want a costume! I want something I can wear as I work outside in the winter, real functional clothes that happen to be red and lined with white fur. [more inside]
posted by Meatbomb on Dec 12, 2013 - 6 answers

Hose-cooling a dog?

It's super hot and my dog is getting old. Today I soaked her gently with cool hose water. (She doesn't love it but tolerates it well if I am gentle.) I figure it will help her cool off both as the water is running over her and later as the water evaporates. I am reading online that wet dog fur traps heat. What's the real story?
posted by Camofrog on Jul 6, 2013 - 17 answers

Help a bald dog out?

7 month old puppy chewing herself constantly, huge bald spots. Any idea why? [more inside]
posted by ohsnapdragon on Jun 12, 2013 - 22 answers

Is fur actually worse than leather?

Is wearing fur actually any worse than wearing leather? There's a much stronger taboo against wearing fur, but I can't think of any reasons why it's worse than leather.
posted by PhillyNK on Nov 28, 2011 - 38 answers

Help me find great brands for Men's Winter coats! (Fur lined hoods!)

Looking for recommendations on good Men's Winter Coat manufacturers. Fur trim on hood preferable! [more inside]
posted by PetiePal on Nov 16, 2011 - 9 answers

Le coiffeur des chats

My old cat has long thick fur and hates being brushed or fussed at, so now we're well into a hot summer she has mats. [more inside]
posted by zadcat on Aug 4, 2011 - 20 answers

help my dog stay chill

Two years ago, I rescued an older 10lbs shiba inu/chihuahua mix who has a lot of fur and overheats easily. We've already had a few hot days in Los Angeles this year, and I'm concerned about keeping him cool and healthy, especially since we've moved to a new house that gets a lot warmer during the day. [more inside]
posted by roger ackroyd on Apr 17, 2011 - 16 answers

Tiger-striped human hair - dream, or mission?

Why does cat fur grow in multiple color bands, while human hair doesn't? [more inside]
posted by jet_silver on Mar 23, 2011 - 6 answers

Oh, what a tangled web we weave when first we coat our dog with cornmeal

Can I get this cornmeal out of my dog's fur without shaving him? [more inside]
posted by Ashley801 on Jan 23, 2011 - 11 answers

How to make my vintage sweater to smell fresh?

How do I get the musty smell out of a vintage cashmere sweater (that has a real fox fur collar?) [more inside]
posted by traceymariel on Oct 30, 2010 - 14 answers

How to clean fur?

Two-part question. 1. How to tell if something is real fur or fake? And in either case, how do I clean it? [more inside]
posted by jujube on Oct 12, 2010 - 8 answers

A Furrier Option?

How can I get skillful with roadkill? [more inside]
posted by DisreputableDog on Sep 27, 2010 - 13 answers

What is this growth on our kitten's elbow?

One of the kittens we're fostering has developed a weird hard nodule thing on one of his front elbows. What is it, is it bad, will he die? Pics and more inside. [more inside]
posted by Optimus Chyme on Apr 1, 2010 - 20 answers

ethical alpaca?

So, a friend of mine has an alpaca fur blanket exactly like this one. My wife is in love with it and I would like to buy something similar for her. [more inside]
posted by 256 on Feb 23, 2010 - 5 answers

What's it worth?

How much is this blanket/rug worth? My google-fu has me confused. [more inside]
posted by sporaticgenius on Aug 27, 2009 - 4 answers

Un-matting a Faux (Fake) Wolf Fur Lined Hoodie. Please Help! Details inside.

Un-matting a Faux (Fake) Wolf Fur Lined Hoodie. Please Help! Details inside. [more inside]
posted by xdeliriumx on Jun 2, 2009 - 6 answers

Why do cats have less fur on their heads?

Why do cats have less fur in front of their ears? [more inside]
posted by youcancallmeal on Dec 31, 2008 - 11 answers

Making Use of Human Hair

Will hair felt? [more inside]
posted by theichibun on Dec 27, 2008 - 4 answers

Fur Coat Summer Storage

Summer Fur Coat Storage: Is this a Fur Industry scam or a way to extend the life of your coat? (animal activists, please don't go whacky on me, I'm a vegetarian but I live in Chicago and I'm sorry, down jackets are just not as warm nor can you wear a down jacket to a wedding, the opera, etc). Every summer I mull over whether or not to have my coat and jacket cleaned and stored--obviously the fur industry promotes this, but does it REALLY prolong the life of the garment (or does it just increase the income of the fur store)?
posted by Lylo on Nov 23, 2008 - 9 answers

Meet Little Ms. Clumpy

My cat's fur is suddenly getting matted. Why, and what can I do about it? [more inside]
posted by mudpuppie on Oct 29, 2008 - 14 answers

How can I keep my apartment free of cat fur?

[Cat fur filter]: What's the best way to keep my apartment free of cat fur? [more inside]
posted by bchaplin on Sep 14, 2008 - 23 answers

The Case of the Missing Fur

My cat has been losing some of her fur and I'm curious about the cause. [more inside]
posted by ktoad on May 28, 2008 - 13 answers

A week's worth of cat questions

We've had our cats for a year-and-a-half now. Things have been great. Things have also been very stable for the cats and that is about to change majorly in a couple of months. With that in mind help answer some of my (many) cat questions. [more inside]
posted by any portmanteau in a storm on Apr 6, 2008 - 20 answers

Is there something I can spray on clothing to make it repel pet hair?

Is there something I can spray on clothing to make it repel pet hair? [more inside]
posted by kingtaj on Feb 10, 2008 - 5 answers

Come with me to the Casbah, Cherie

Nontoxic, non burning fur lightener for cats? Is there way to painlessly, stinklessly give Ms. Black Kitty a light skunklike stripe for her own protection? She lurks in dark, high traffic areas on dark carpet and consequently gets tripped over occasionally at night. [more inside]
posted by fish tick on Jan 11, 2008 - 23 answers

Vacuum cleaner

Need a cheap, industrial strength vacuum cleaner! [more inside]
posted by greta simone on Dec 13, 2007 - 5 answers

What types of fur were used for the collars of men's overcoats in Edwardian England?

What types of fur were used for the collars of men's overcoats around 1890-1910 in England or the U.S.? Or -- can you recommend a great resource on the history of fur in fashion? [more inside]
posted by cupcakeninja on Aug 1, 2007 - 7 answers

Why is my dog's hair suddenly getting matted after 13 years?

Why is my dog's hair suddenly getting matted after 13 years? I've already figured out what I need to unmat her (a slicker brush), but I want to know why. [more inside]
posted by RobotHeart on Jul 9, 2007 - 5 answers

Looking for a good cat brush...

Recommendations for a good cat brush? It's that time of year to be overwhelmed by shedding, and I'm looking for a good brush to use on my two cats. Cat details inside! [more inside]
posted by bibbit on Jun 4, 2007 - 22 answers

DAMNED CAT FUR!

Cat fur is killing me. [more inside]
posted by Space Kitty on May 16, 2007 - 39 answers

A Dog Can't Change His Spots- So What The Hell Are Those?

My 3 year old chihuahua has suddenly developed small black spots. What are they? [more inside]
posted by ThePinkSuperhero on Apr 18, 2007 - 9 answers

Wolf in fleece clothing

What was this wolfskin/fur fleece jacket? [more inside]
posted by London Irregular on Dec 22, 2006 - 6 answers

fur=murder?

How paranoid do I need to be about wearing fur in public? [more inside]
posted by Juliet Banana on Nov 17, 2006 - 16 answers

Cat-lint-ball-o-rama!

How do I keep cat fuzz from balling up into lintballs on all my laundry? [more inside]
posted by zadcat on Jun 11, 2006 - 9 answers

What's the best way to sell a shearling coat?

Advice on selling an expensive shearling coat? [more inside]
posted by larva on Dec 5, 2005 - 2 answers

stupid fucking cat

How do I keep my one-year-old cat from making a racket outside my bedroom door in the mornings? [more inside]
posted by item on Mar 24, 2005 - 21 answers

Old English Sheepdogs

My parents have an Old English sheepdog, and while he has the most adorable set of eyes, we can't help but wonder, is there a medical reason that so many other sheepdog owners keep the fur covering their eyes? Are Old English sheepdogs prone to cataracts?
posted by invisible ink on May 6, 2004 - 4 answers

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