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Need advice on transitioning cats to healthier cat food

We have 2 cats that are a little less than 2 years old. They are both active and healthy little terrors with no medical issues. One of them seems like she is always hungry. While I get that there are some animals that will whine for food until they drop dead from overfeeding, when I gave her more she seemed happier. However, at that point she gained a little more weight than she should have to remain healthy, so I wanted to find some food that is more nutritious, has less byproducts, more protein and helps them feel fuller. [more inside]
posted by 8dot3 on Mar 6, 2013 - 12 answers

I'm getting a puppy for my birthday (no, really ...)

I'm getting a puppy! Would love some advice about the first few days/weeks, especially in terms of bringing him to my office. [more inside]
posted by lunasol on Feb 22, 2013 - 20 answers

Dog Ownership 101

What's it like to be a first-time dog owner? [more inside]
posted by Sara C. on Feb 9, 2013 - 54 answers

How to cope with roomie's annoying pets

I share an apartment. I have a great relationship with my roommate. When I met her before I moved in she told me “I work a lot of hours, my home is my sanctuary, I like to come home to a calm unstressful environment.” I am the same way. On to the problem. I am not an animal lover but I have lived with dogs and cats before it has been fine. The issue is her dog is a Chihuahua that always barks. [more inside]
posted by seesom on Feb 5, 2013 - 25 answers

The care and keeping of anal glands.

Please explain to me how my dog's butt works. Thank you. [more inside]
posted by phunniemee on Jan 29, 2013 - 22 answers

Sick kitty, low on cash.

My cat is sick. I have next to no money. Is there a really-truly-worth it pet insurance company you recommend? Or is there a place I can apply for financial assistance? [more inside]
posted by greta simone on Jan 26, 2013 - 15 answers

Cat sitter in Boston

I moved back to Boston a bit over a year ago. previously I was living in the suburbs in a southeastern city and had a really great pet sitter: she would come to the house to care for my pets daily when I travelled. I have had trouble finding a similar person here. I have had a few short work-related trips, for which my building doorman sufficed. When I took a longer personal vacation, I used yelp to find a pet sitter. The person I chose was recommended but REALLY did not measure up. (ie did not show up at all:please memail me if you want who never to use). I am looking for someone who will come to my home daily to feed/water my 2 cats. I live in Fort Point (so parking can be a challenge). Anyone have suggestions? (note; I prefer to leave my cats in situ as vs boarding them)
posted by maryrussell on Jan 14, 2013 - 5 answers

Help us name our cats.

We just acquired two new kittens from the shelter. Problem: we are stumped as to what to name them. [more inside]
posted by baby beluga on Jan 12, 2013 - 78 answers

Can I give my cat Sustagen?

Can I give my cat Sustagen? [more inside]
posted by mule on Jan 3, 2013 - 6 answers

Please help me administer eye drops three times a day to a very skittish little dog

Please help me administer eye drops three times a day to a very skittish little dog. [more inside]
posted by scody on Dec 16, 2012 - 11 answers

Help Me Clone My Cat

I want to clone my cat. [more inside]
posted by BitterOldPunk on Dec 2, 2012 - 20 answers

Name this dog!

Help me name this adorable Boston Terrier puppy! [more inside]
posted by aoleary on Nov 28, 2012 - 59 answers

Oh birds!

So we're unexpectedly in receipt of a pet bird. What do we need to know? [more inside]
posted by wierdo on Nov 28, 2012 - 31 answers

Old dog, new tricks?

What sorts of things should we be considering to keep an older dog amused and happy? [more inside]
posted by Pomo on Nov 27, 2012 - 11 answers

Jet Set Puggle

Our 24-lb puggle (for scale: I am 5'6") needs a soft-sided carrier and also to get stuffed into said carrier. [more inside]
posted by griphus on Nov 26, 2012 - 23 answers

It's not me, it's you - rabbit edition

Should we get rid of the rabbit? And what about this cat? [more inside]
posted by kat518 on Nov 24, 2012 - 17 answers

How to eavesdrop on your pets using technology

Rabbits may vocalize in frequencies humans can't hear. How can I record my rabbits talking and play it back to myself? [more inside]
posted by epanalepsis on Nov 12, 2012 - 6 answers

What items add enjoyment to a hedgehog's life?

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 - 4 answers

Can I drive 1600 miles in a Mini Cooper with 4 cats?

Can I drive 1600 miles in a Mini Cooper with 4 cats? [more inside]
posted by pinkbungalow on Nov 4, 2012 - 27 answers

Airline where pet can fly w/o certificate of health from vet. Sandy Emergency!

Emergency! Does anyone know of an airline (or other option) that allows pets to fly as cargo without a certificate of health from the vet? I know there are one or two. [more inside]
posted by LLF246 on Nov 2, 2012 - 30 answers

How to adopt a Boston Terrier, without waiting months?

What's the best way to adopt a Boston Terrier (without waiting months and months)? [more inside]
posted by amoeba on Oct 21, 2012 - 9 answers

What is this puppy's name?

Name my scrappy survivor terrier puppy? [more inside]
posted by ohsnapdragon on Oct 20, 2012 - 40 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

Dog and Cat relationship

How do I get the dog to play with the cat like its a cat? [more inside]
posted by misformiche on Oct 4, 2012 - 25 answers

How to train a dog to come, stay, and heel on command?

I want to train my dog to stay, come, and heel (or, "come in closer, but you don't have to come right up to me"). How do I do this? [more inside]
posted by jsturgill on Sep 24, 2012 - 12 answers

Henry needs large, flat, shallow tray for his bath.

I need a relatively shallow 3'x3' or 4'x4', flat bottomed plastic tray... thingy. I want to give Henry, our very large African Spurred Tortoise, a bath. [more inside]
posted by BlackBox on Sep 17, 2012 - 30 answers

At this rate, there will be sixteen by next week.

Cool or uncool: your spouse gets a second dog from a local shelter without asking or consulting you? [more inside]
posted by fatllama on Sep 7, 2012 - 88 answers

Games to play indoors with a Husky-cross puppy

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 - 13 answers

Getting rid of cat odor - special snowflake - cat no longer in house

Getting rid of cat odor - special snowflake - cat no longer in house [more inside]
posted by 4midori on Aug 26, 2012 - 10 answers

Pet Microchip choices

My veterinarian offers HomeAgain pet microchips. The company wants a $17.99 per year fee. I find that there is also a site: RFID-USA that offers registration at a one-time expense and no yearly maintenance fee. Is this a good option in lieu of the HomeAgain continuing yearly fee. [more inside]
posted by mightshould on Aug 7, 2012 - 21 answers

How can I stop traumatic flashbacks linked to my pet's death?

My pet died suddenly. How can I stop traumatic flashbacks and focus on happy memories? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 1, 2012 - 26 answers

When the mama is away, the cat wants to play - but how?

When the mama is away, the cat wants to play - but how? [more inside]
posted by NoraCharles on Jul 28, 2012 - 15 answers

Should I put my dog down?

Should I euthanize my healthy, but difficult dog? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 23, 2012 - 64 answers

Hit Me With Your Best Shots!

How do I decide how best to have my dogs vaccinated? And what vaccinations are really necessary? And possibly going against my vet’s wishes. Detailed snowflake inside. [more inside]
posted by Quincy on Jun 29, 2012 - 21 answers

What is this book about a sad dragon trying to take care of a pet?

What is this book from my childhood involving an adorable reptile and his pet? [more inside]
posted by derogatorysphinx on Jun 24, 2012 - 2 answers

Recommations for cat/pet sitters in Toronto? Help me feed my cats and go away too!

Does anyone have recommendations for pet sitters/cat sitters that you liked in the Toronto area? I have the opportunity to go away for July & August to my parents cottage on Prince Edward Island but to make that happen I'll need to arrange for someone to feed my two cats (Max and Bentley) while I'm away. [more inside]
posted by machine on Jun 22, 2012 - 7 answers

Why can't you give a pet a space burial?

Why is it apparently not possible to give animal remains (cremated)? [more inside]
posted by pemdasi on Jun 1, 2012 - 5 answers

How to minimize dog allergens in a vehicle

How to get dog allergens out of your car or this favor just got out of hand. Part human relations, details inside. [more inside]
posted by ibakecake on May 12, 2012 - 26 answers

Temp home for our cat?

Do you have any ideas for temporary placement for our cat till we can get a new place that allows cats? no friends or family can help. [more inside]
posted by assasinatdbeauty on Apr 20, 2012 - 9 answers

Stevie D and I Need to Get Moving!

I need to move my cat with me from Toronto to North Carolina. It's very complicated. What is the LEAST traumatic way to get my kitty to our new home safe and sound? BONUS: Requisite animal pics inside! [more inside]
posted by Dorinda on Apr 8, 2012 - 11 answers

Pet-friendly Boat Tour in/around NYC?

Travelling to NYC area this summer with 3 people and small, well-behaved dog. Looking for boat tours that are pet-friendly. Hopefully something that goes around Manhattan, but any waterway in the area would be nice. Any ideas?
posted by cows of industry on Apr 3, 2012 - 4 answers

Going out of town for 4 days. Can any cat owners living in Oakland, CA recommend a good cat-sitting service?

I'm going out of town next month for about 4 days for a work trip. I'm doing some research on pet sitters who can come over to look after my kitty. [more inside]
posted by starpoint on Apr 2, 2012 - 7 answers

How to move kitties across the country?

Mew. How do we get 2 kitties across the country? [more inside]
posted by k8t on Mar 22, 2012 - 36 answers

Oh, that dog o'mine

I need a dog harness that doesn't touch the neck. [more inside]
posted by griphus on Mar 17, 2012 - 10 answers

Judah will be needing to pee at some point...

Any of you have any experience with high-tech dog doors? [more inside]
posted by Pecinpah on Mar 16, 2012 - 7 answers

What is the 'right' decision?

Mefi animal lovers, I adopted two bunnies ~6 months ago from the local house rabbits society. A few surgeries later, my finances are on the brink. I am now up a creek, and thinking about returning them to the society. How can I be sure I am making the best decision possible for all parties involved?(bonus, adorable pics!) [more inside]
posted by satori_movement on Mar 6, 2012 - 12 answers

Dog breed suggestions

What breed of dog should we get? [more inside]
posted by acidic on Mar 2, 2012 - 37 answers

Might be easier to find a new apartment than to make peace between cats

My cat is old and is used to being the queen of the house. But my roommate is about to introduce her old cat to the house, and I'm concerned. What steps do I need to take to minimize problems and stress? [more inside]
posted by soonertbone on Feb 27, 2012 - 8 answers

Should we keep this puppy?

New puppy-filter. More specifically: is this new puppy for us-filter. [more inside]
posted by murkywaters on Feb 21, 2012 - 18 answers

Surviving the cat-cat-baby nexus

Introducing a very stupid and quirky cat to another cat, a baby, or possibly both. Bad idea, or worst idea ever? [more inside]
posted by saladin on Feb 13, 2012 - 11 answers

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