Our kids are finally old enough to care for their "own" pets - please help us pick appropriate creatures! [more inside]
posted by VioletU
on Feb 14, 2014 -
Hi everyone. This is a bit of a follow-up to my previous question
. So our second and final goldfish died today (don't think this one was ammonia poisoning, was fine last night and belly up-dead this morning). I want to take this opportunity to set up the tank properly and do better by the next fishies, because we weren't very prepared for these ones a few months ago, and sort of learned on the fly. I have a few questions. (Lots of detail inside because I don't want to forget anything.) [more inside]
posted by gaspode
on Feb 11, 2014 -
We are both experienced cat owners. In November, our beloved Tigger passed away; in December, we got three black cats from a shelter. Two of them are socialised and friendly, the third is not. (We knew this and we were willing to take the chance.)
Third cat was raised in the house of a pet hoarder, who let them inbreed; he lived there with 65 cats (!) for 6 months to a year, and was then seized and brought to the shelter, where he stayed for a year and a half.
How normal and happy can we expect this cat to turn out over time? [more inside]
posted by Too-Ticky
on Feb 1, 2014 -
My partner and I have been searching for a dog to adopt for the last two month or so - after our interview, home check and lots of hoops we are ready!
The shelter we're approved by has found a match - yay! He's a small staffy that's calm, suitable for first time owners (like us), confident, good with kids, and well mannered. The only problem for me is - he's 11
years old. We are open to adult dogs, but we were thinking, uh more like 1 to 8 years old.
Does anyone have any experience adopting older dogs? What should we be considering? [more inside]
posted by teststrip
on Jan 30, 2014 -
Several months ago, after thorough discussions with my doctor, I was given a "prescription" for a psychiatric service dog. I'm excited. I love animals and have been wanting a dog for most of my adult life. I've read the books. Watched the documentaries. Questioned dog-owning friends to death. And even did a 4 year stint as a Pet Nutritionist for a large, holistic pet food manufacturer. I like to think I'm dog-savvy. Nonetheless, I'm overwhelmed with information and can't seem to make any progress. [more inside]
posted by stubbehtail
on Jan 14, 2014 -
A dear friend of mine who lives far away has lost two of her three cats to sudden, upsetting illness, in the space of a week. She has implied that she's not interested in talking about it, which I can understand. [more inside]
posted by Sokka shot first
on Jan 8, 2014 -
Are there charities to help pet owners in need? I came across a Craigslist ad that really bummed me out. [more inside]
posted by mermily
on Jan 4, 2014 -
The only solution I can see that will allow me to live with all my pets (current and future) is to finally purchase my own home. However, I'm not entirely convinced this won't be a colossal mistake! On the other hand, if I'm not ready now I probably never will be, nor will I be able to achieve my "pet goals". Am I ready to be a homeowner? Is this really a good idea for me? Are there any other options? Obviously, there are some snowflakes. [more inside]
posted by cgg
on Dec 30, 2013 -
Is this a polka dot plant? I need to know in case Mr. Muffin decides to munch on it (details and links to pics inside) [more inside]
posted by Calzephyr
on Nov 18, 2013 -
For years I have wanted to be a professional petsitter. Right now I work 30 hrs./week in an office. I would do it the "right way," getting insured, learning pet CPR, paying self-employment taxes, etc. Ideally it would be my main job, along with maybe freelance writing on the side (which I have done). Have you done this? Is it possible to make an OK living doing this? I have a lot of marketing experience and animal-related contacts, so that will help.
posted by trillian
on Nov 16, 2013 -
Howdy! We're relocating from New York City to London at the end of this year, and of course we're taking our cat Olive with us. What we're having a little bit of a hard time with is figuring out just *how* to bring her, and we're hoping you can help us. [more inside]
posted by adamgreenfield
on Nov 11, 2013 -
My budgies love love love these chew toys
and are about to chew their way through a third of these
, made from the same stuff. But at $10 a piece, it's getting a little ridiculous. That first link says they're made of yucca -- is there somewhere I can either buy these toys in bulk, or just get ahold of tons of the raw (dried) material and cut it up myself?
posted by fiercecupcake
on Nov 6, 2013 -
About three months ago I adopted a rottweiler mix, about 7-8 years of age. He's delightful and charming and basically the best dog ever, but he has arthritis. He's under treatment for this (meloxicam) and is still pretty mobile, but he does love to sleep. And sleep. And then sleep some more. So I'd like to buy him the best bed possible to ensure he gets to enjoy his favourite pastime. What would you recommend? I've heard about magnetic beds, memory foam, and so forth, but am not sure what I should get. My price limit is $500.
posted by lesbiassparrow
on Oct 30, 2013 -
RelationshipFilter, more detailed: My asthmatic daughter is allergic to my fiancee's daughter's dog. Now what? [more inside]
posted by ZakDaddy
on Oct 18, 2013 -
My loving husband gave me a pair of birds. I was able to quickly google how to take care of them, and am doing fine in that regard, but am wondering: how do bird people enjoy
them? Bonus question: how do I get my cats to not want to eat them? [more inside]
posted by corb
on Oct 14, 2013 -
We are considering adoption of a dog who was diagnosed with Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD). Seeking advice from people who have experience caring for a dog with IBD.
I am concerned about:
Scavenging. We live in a dense suburban neighborhood with no fenced area. Doggie gets walked 4 times a day. As hard as I try, he grabs mysterious food items off the ground. Sometimes I can pry the food away from him. Scavenged food is bad for IBD maintenance.
Progression of the disease. Can dogs live normal healthy lives with IBD? Or is it a string of crises? Our last dog had a serious heart condition. He lived a long, reasonably comfortable life. But it was costly, time-consuming, and we worried a lot.
We grew attached to this dog before we knew about the IBD. I wonder if we should decline to adopt him. [more inside]
posted by valannc
on Oct 9, 2013 -
I adopted two stray kittens just under a year ago. I am mildly allergic and planned to keep them temporarily, but grew quite attached. I am constantly on the road for work take them around from hotel to hotel with me, which is not ideal. On top of that, my permanent living situation is changing and I will be living with someone with severe cat allergies. I need to find a home for these two as soon as possible. I have exhausted my possible friends and family options. I really would like them to be able to stay together, as they are quite good buddies. I don't like the idea of giving them to a shelter, though I am beginning to see it may be the only option here. If it's useful, I am going back and fourth between Scranton, PA and Pittsburgh, PA right now, in case anyone has suggestions that are location specific. Does anyone have advice about facilities or other ways that I might try to find them a home? Tobias and Tzipora and I thank you.
posted by sb3
on Sep 21, 2013 -
I volunteer with a rescue group that fosters and adopts out tiny dogs. I am looking for someplace that will custom-print either a collar or a pet bandana with the group's logo, so it's similar to the"adopt me" signs that many adoption groups use. Likely I'm going to want less than a few hundred, which seems to be below the radar for most commercial outfits. Any suggestions for a company that might do that without costing an absolute fortune?
posted by answergrape
on Sep 19, 2013 -
Need to save sofas. Have big stinky dogs. Is Crypton the fabric or choice? Or is there something better? [more inside]
posted by Lesser Shrew
on Sep 15, 2013 -
Despite my best googling I can't find out if it's legal to own a sheep as a pet. I live in a residential neighborhood in Morehead City, North Carolina. I'd like to own a sheep and keep it in my backyard. To love and pet and cuddle. Thanks for any help! [more inside]
posted by gpoint
on Sep 5, 2013 -
Mango (pic here
of course, the smaller, less white one) has taken to peeing inside the lobby door inside the front door. He started when we had a workman in - we think the workman might smell strongly of his own, elderly cats. I am calm and understanding with him, not angry, I try not to reinforce it, we have had him checked and done many things (see list below) but it's still happening and it's not great. Have you successfully stopped your feline companion weeing in an inappropriate place and how did you do it? [more inside]
posted by LyzzyBee
on Aug 30, 2013 -
I have a scaredy-cat. He runs away from anything loud and/or fast. He is barely older than 3, and hopefully he'll live for a long time. Can I ever hope to get a dog while he's around? [more inside]
posted by MsMartian
on Aug 28, 2013 -
I think my father would love to have a dog. My mom, however, is allergic, and so getting one that would live with them is not possible. How else can my dad get access to regular doggy goodness without actually having his own dog? [more inside]
posted by nat
on Aug 24, 2013 -
I recently got a really wonderful cat! While my old cheap-o vacuum did just fine before getting the cat, it is now seriously out if its league. I clearly need to replace the vacuum with something more powerful, but the prices of vacuum cleaners scare me (I am a student and so money is tight). Any suggestions on vacuums that will get the job done with pet hair but not totally break the bank?
posted by rainbowbrite
on Aug 19, 2013 -
We just bought a house and got a new couch about 4 months ago. The couch is a huge sectional, cloth, and cream colored. I tried to warn my husband that cream color was a bad idea (even though I love the way it looks) because we have pets, but it was such a great deal that we just decided to get it. He also kept telling me "we can always get it recovered if we need to".
Well, I don't think he realized that it would most likely cost thousands to have it recovered since it is so big. And we didn't know how big of a mistake the fabric was. [more inside]
posted by kerri13
on Aug 13, 2013 -
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 -
Mr. Lucid and I put our lovely cat to sleep after her brave battle with kidney disease. I'd like to send an uplifting poem to the vets and vet staff who have helped our family so much. I'm looking for poetry that is specific to pets and animals and speaks to the value of having them in our lives, but also expresses gratitude for those in the helping professions who mean so much to their four-legged patients. [more inside]
posted by luciddream928
on Aug 8, 2013 -
Dogs, cats, and herbicides. My town hires a contractor to spray the gutters for weed control. A truck comes along and hoses down the gutters with Milestone (aminopyralid). It's impractical to give notice to homeowners of application dates because the window of application is extremely weather dependent; therefore I have no idea when it's going to happen and end up blithely walking my dogs straight through freshly applied herbicide at every single street crossing, as we walk four miles nearly every day of the year. Obviously many other dogs and outdoor cats are affected as well. How does your municipality handle weed control? Are you given notice? Are there more environmentally friendly ways of preventing weeds in gutters? Supposedly this is a very safe herbicide but, you know, we've heard that before. I strongly prefer not to walk my dogs in it.
posted by HotToddy
on Aug 7, 2013 -
My usually very stay-at-home cat has recently taken to disappearing before I get up in the morning and coming home late in the afternoon. I think a neighbor may be feeding her because, besides the fact that my cat's always been a homebody, I feed her in the morning, so she would likely stay around to be fed unless she had an equally good reason to go elsewhere. When this started last week, she didn't have a collar, so conceivably someone could have thought she was homeless and tried to take her in. But after two days I put a collar on her, with an attached note to the effect of "please don't feed me or take me in", but she's still going off every morning. I miss her and worry that one day she won't return. How can I track her movements? [more inside]
posted by zeri
on Aug 6, 2013 -
An animal lover with deep experience in digital marketing needs help turning passion into proffession. [more inside]
posted by ladoo
on Jul 30, 2013 -
Can a street cat be brought into a home with 6 large dogs? My dad has 6 dogs, all very docile except for the female dog, and he wants to possibly bring his porch cat inside at some point over the next 4 months. Is this possible? [more inside]
posted by Jim On Light
on Jul 19, 2013 -
I am going out of town for a few days, and have asked a friend to check in on my cat. How much should I pay her? [more inside]
posted by rainbowbrite
on Jul 1, 2013 -
I'm afraid of my roommate's cat. It doesn't "play" so much as "viciously attack," and I have a body full of puncture wounds to prove it. Is there anything that can be done about this? [more inside]
posted by showbiz_liz
on Jun 24, 2013 -
This was me
. We still don't have a dog, but that previous thread mentioned something about bringing the dog into the office. What would be requirements of the office and myself to make this feasible and a safe and enjoyable situation for all involved? Do you work in a dog friendly office with advice to give? [more inside]
posted by like_neon
on Jun 11, 2013 -
I have an 8 yr old American Staffordshire (LAILA), I adopted her at 2 years old (she had a past of abuse/neglect). She is an amazing dog but since I got her when I would leave sometimes she would chew anything in sight ...this behavior stopped finally once I worked with her and she started to become more confident in herself/me. Now, the only time she misbehaves is when another dog is introduced into the picture, and I can't get her to stop. [more inside]
posted by love2much
on Jun 4, 2013 -
I'm babysitting a friend's dog (female dog), and she's hysteric. She keeps crying by the door, trying to run away.
What are the best ways to calm her down and make her feel more relaxed alone, away from her owner?
posted by lipsum
on May 20, 2013 -
I'm flying with my mother's cat on Saturday, and would like some advice. I have never flown with a pet before. [more inside]
posted by marble
on Apr 24, 2013 -
People with pet insurance on their cats. Have the benefits ever outweighed the costs? It seems very expensive to me. I've not had it before as it wasn't around when I got dear old Dot. Bearing in mind these are fit 3 yo cats with no pre-existing conditions who were well cared for in previous home and will be living indoors only. The only people who have had good use out of their pet insurance who I know are lady with cat who was in a road accident and had lots of ops and MRIs and lady with 2 rescue dogs who have had joint and allergy problems. [more inside]
posted by LyzzyBee
on Apr 20, 2013 -
We have a cat and we'd like to add a beagle to the family but are wondering if the two would get along. I understand a beagle is a hunting dog and might see the cat as something to track and, well, hound. Any stories here?
posted by xmutex
on Apr 6, 2013 -
We got a new cat a few months ago, and I've noticed that I've been itching all over more and more, and I seem to be developing a rash on my arm, and possibly even some eczema on my ear. I didn't actually make the connection to the cat until this week, but the itching, etc, has been bothering me for a month or so, and I never had any of these symptoms prior to the cat.
The thing is, I haven't had any kind of sneezing or sinus or runny nose problems at all, just the itching, and most descriptions of cat allergies describe mostly people having problems with sneezing and runny nose. Is it possible to just cause skin irritation in some people?
Would Claritin or Allegra help with it? What else can I try?
posted by anonymous
on Apr 2, 2013 -
The lady friend and I live in Los Angeles and are going away for about a week. We are looking for someone, probably a law student, to come stay with our kittens and take care of them. How much should we offer to pay? [more inside]
posted by heisenberg
on Mar 31, 2013 -