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Help me be creative with my old dog's diet.

Our dear girl is 15+ years old, 50lbs, and becoming pickier every day. She just won't eat what we've been giving her anymore, she changes her mind every day, and we know we need to aim for low protein. Most of the time now she turns her nose up at just about everything except people food. We are OK with that, but please help us be creative. [more inside]
posted by AnOrigamiLife on Apr 24, 2016 - 12 answers

Frito Feet and Stanky Pet Pits: A Cornish Rex Conundrum

I need advice from short hair cat breeds. I have a lovely Cornish Rex, Louise, who is white (and pink where her skin shows through). She gets dirty quickly, and I don't want to bathe her too frequently, because a) she doesn't like it, b) even though I towel her off, her little short curls and damp fur make her miserable and cold, and she's afraid of the hairdryer, and c) I don't want to dry her skin out, because it's so exposed... see inside for more fun Cornish Rex Facts!!! [more inside]
posted by Dressed to Kill on Apr 22, 2016 - 13 answers

Fish aren't cute

My daughter is allergic to cats and dogs, even the supposedly hypoallergenic types. What kind of pets should I suggest to her that we consider getting instead? [more inside]
posted by OCDan on Apr 19, 2016 - 34 answers

Can we teach the dogs to read while they are in the library?

My town's no-kill animal shelter is inaccessible and has a low adoption rate. I would like to have a "display" of the real-life dogs and cats in the library I manage to improve adoption rates, bring awareness to low-cost neutering/spaying programmes, vaccinations, and annual registration as well. I was also hoping the animals could be used in a "puppy room" that provides stress relief while helping socialise the animals prior to adoption. Besides allergies, what other liabilities or challenges should be on my radar?
posted by saucysault on Apr 7, 2016 - 19 answers

Are lion cuts dangerous for my cat?

My lazy, long haired cat usually needs a grooming in the spring. My new groomer scolded me for getting kitty a lion cut last year, saying that her coat is now "compromised". Is this a legit thing to be concerned about? [more inside]
posted by theraflu on Apr 5, 2016 - 13 answers

Hospice care for a fuzzy pal

My ferret/only real pet has just been diagnosed with an incurable condition, and I want to make every moment I have left with him wonderful. How to cope and tips for creating a good quality of life? Snowflakes within. [more inside]
posted by InkDrinker on Apr 3, 2016 - 5 answers

Help us set expectations for our cat with kidney failure

One of our cats was diagnosed with early stage IV renal failure about six weeks ago, and it's advanced very quickly. We're now weighing the decision to try to treat it further in the hopes of getting him some relief at the end of life, or to accept that this is the end. Details below. [more inside]
posted by tonycpsu on Mar 28, 2016 - 16 answers

Black Lab Vs. Grey Tabby moving-in-together adventure.

My partner and I are moving across the country in a few months. We will be sharing a house and we both have beloved asshole pets we really really want to keep. I have a seven year old indoor/outdoor grey tabby and she has a 7 year old black labrador. I feel like it would be a big help to get them acquainted before the move, but I am not sure how to proceed. The time is drawing nearer and I need some help with this. Details (and picture link) on the flap! [more inside]
posted by TheRedArmy on Mar 21, 2016 - 6 answers

Pet Sitter Recommendations: DC/MD suburbs (Montgomery County)?

I need any recommendations y'all might have for reliable pet sitting companies or individuals in the DC/MD area. [more inside]
posted by heathenduchess on Mar 14, 2016 - 5 answers

Moving from Tucson to Seattle with pets, snowflake edition

My mother and I will be relocating later this year [no date yet, perhaps summer or fall] from Tucson to Seattle. In this our first* question, we are wondering about our various moving options, complicated by having pets. [more inside]
posted by QuakerMel on Mar 4, 2016 - 11 answers

Best route to get cat halfway across the world?

I've read past threads about transporting pets and they've put my mind at easy that Lola will survive the 20+ hour plane ride from the US to South Africa, even if she's not thrilled with me afterwards. Of course, I still want it to be as easy and non-traumatic as possible. There are a few different options and I'm having a hard time finding information on which would be best for our collective mental health. [more inside]
posted by exutima on Feb 14, 2016 - 9 answers

Vet time?

My cat seems to have a cold -it seems like she has really bad nasal congestion and eye discharge. Should I take her to the vet? On the one hand I think no, because last time she had these symptoms (July) the vet said there was nothing she could do, and I don't want to stress her out for nothing when she's already uncomfortable and possibly prolong this. On the other hand "Making bad noises when breathing= doctor" seems like a pretty good guideline to follow in general. [more inside]
posted by bleep on Feb 5, 2016 - 11 answers

I would like to own a hedgehog. What do I need to know?

Hedgehogs: they are so cute. I hear they make a good pet. What do I need to know? [more inside]
posted by sutel on Jan 7, 2016 - 10 answers

Should I get my 5 year old cat a kitten friend?

My cat is very playful and meows for attention a lot. I’m wondering if maybe he would like a playmate but I'm afraid that he might hate it. [more inside]
posted by figaro on Dec 14, 2015 - 26 answers

The cat is very sick, should I involve my kid in his care?

Our kickass tabby cat has gotten very elderly in the last month. Slowing down on eating, refusing some foods, eating others. Sleeping a lot. I'm taking him to the vet today but I'm very worried that this is the end. My daughter is just turning 5, should I involve her in his care? [more inside]
posted by amanda on Dec 8, 2015 - 17 answers

Standard workday: compatible with a dog?

I would tentatively like to adopt an adult, housebroken dog, but could stand to hear some outside thoughts before taking the plunge. See below for lifestyle details. [more inside]
posted by schooley on Nov 29, 2015 - 10 answers

Name my family's dog, botanical edition.

My family has just received approval to adopt this adorable little guy, and we are in the process of selecting a name. We have a tradition of giving dogs floral and botanical names. I am allowed to put two names on the ballot for the family to vote on, and I'm turning it over to y'all. [more inside]
posted by Anticipation Of A New Lover's Arrival, The on Nov 29, 2015 - 53 answers

Pet Sitting $$ in 2015?

How much is a reasonable amount to pay for pet sitting nowadays? My particulars inside. [more inside]
posted by BlahLaLa on Nov 24, 2015 - 36 answers

Pet loss & grief... if you've been there, a few questions for you

It really sucks, doesn't it. [more inside]
posted by wannabecounselor on Nov 23, 2015 - 30 answers

Got rid of fleas, now for the flea dirt

My pooch was eaten the heck up with fleas, and after about two months, some laundromat trips, a trip to the vet, etc, we've been flea-free for a couple of weeks now. I'm having a heck of a time trying to get rid of the flea dirt he had picked up, however. [more inside]
posted by iarerach on Nov 20, 2015 - 10 answers

Aquarium Filter

What are the best fish for a widescreen 13 gallon aquarium? [more inside]
posted by bad grammar on Nov 15, 2015 - 5 answers

Should we get our 7 year old cat a cat?

We're moving into a reasonably sized fourth floor apartment next month with our cat, Toki. We have no access to an outdoor area. We've been staying in similarly constrained apartment for the past two months, and Toki has become super clingy and playful - I think he's just really bored. We're thinking of getting him a kitten of his very own. Is this a ridiculous idea? [more inside]
posted by nerdfish on Nov 12, 2015 - 15 answers

Asshole Dog Hates His Food

My normally food-obsessed dog does not appear to like his new food. [more inside]
posted by juniperesque on Nov 11, 2015 - 14 answers

Can kitteh eat that?

I has new kitteh! Yay! She's a rescue, about 2 years old, a small spayed female tuxedo beauty in good health, with a shy temperament. I have not had a cat in years. I am sure I am asking a question to which there are many answers and about which MeFites have strong opinions, but here goes: What is the current "state of the art" answer on the best quality and healthiest commercially prepared food for an adult, indoor, younger cat? [more inside]
posted by spitbull on Oct 21, 2015 - 25 answers

Where she goes, so does her large dog. Ugh.

Another question about my sister. She has a large pit bull and brings him everywhere (unless it's inconvenient, in which case she leaves him with a friend or family member). She wants to bring him to our house for Christmas. I don't want him to come. [more inside]
posted by witchen on Oct 19, 2015 - 57 answers

Lie to get what I came for; Lie to get what I need now

My partner and I are in transition and are seeking short-term (3-6 months) housing. We have four cats. All of the nearby rental options limit pets to two or three pets per apartment. How big of a deal is not being truthful about the number of cats we have? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 12, 2015 - 28 answers

Is the new kitten making my boy cat buffer

We recently got a little baby kitten named Kalagata Olive, and our adult male cat Caliban Party Ghost spent the first week of her arrival just MAD AS HELL about it. He seems... more ripped? He's like 11 pounds-ish now, up from 10-ish before. Could territoriality be making him more testosteroney, and therefore more buff? Is this a thing. (Obligatory visuals: Caliban mad at Olive, Caliban finally getting along with Olive, Thunder Perfect Cat putting up with Olive, Olive in her natural habitat)
posted by Greg Nog on Oct 6, 2015 - 11 answers

How to Globe-Trot with Dog

My (new) husband and I have decided it’s finally time to live the dream by stepping back from our jobs and traveling the world for the indefinite future. We would like to spend at least a month each in cities all around the world. Difficulty level: 14 year old Scottish terrier. Looking for advice of all stripes. [more inside]
posted by fiery.hogue on Sep 27, 2015 - 23 answers

How can I deal with this cat who hates me?

I'm staying in the same apartment as a cat this week and so far, things have gone terribly. Help me make it not terrible. [more inside]
posted by sucre on Sep 24, 2015 - 33 answers

Birdseed, dog food and potting soil proximity in retail.

Calling on hardware/homegoods/pet/general store folks! I have heard that it is bad to stock pet food next to bags of WILD birdseed and/or soil due to contamination possibilities. Is it ok to put bagged WILD birdseed next to bagged soil? [more inside]
posted by es_de_bah on Sep 18, 2015 - 1 answer

Name a new kitty!

A new furball showed up (no doubt in response to the sign in our yard, visible only to animals, that says, "Suckers live here. Apply within.") and we need help naming him! [more inside]
posted by tigerjade on Sep 17, 2015 - 64 answers

Our bedroom is a (flea) circus.

After returning home from a short trip we find ourselves with a flea infestation and need a chemical free method of putting the little buggers out of our misery. Details within, of course. [more inside]
posted by cedar on Aug 23, 2015 - 22 answers

What are your best practices for vacationing in a car with a dog?

We're headed on a family vacation next week that will take us down the east coast from Connecticut to Florida and back. The trip will last about 14 days and we'll be in a Mazda5 (micro minivan with a 3rd row) with 2 adults, 2 kids (8 & 10) and our adult rescue dog, Henry. We've never traveled with a dog before and so are looking for suggestions on how to make this process go as smoothly as possible. [more inside]
posted by victoriab on Jul 21, 2015 - 23 answers

Can I eat this? (Cat spit edition)

So, fellow ask-mefites, it comes to this: Exactly what level of "a cat may have licked it" does a food item need to reach, pre-microwaving, before you would consider it inedible? [more inside]
posted by kythuen on Jul 9, 2015 - 50 answers

fearful cat help

Can you help me figure out how to care for our extremely fearful cat? [more inside]
posted by Miko on Jun 22, 2015 - 16 answers

Feeding my thriving rescue dog

When we adopted River, a 2-year old German shepherd mix, from a shelter in January, she was very skinny. You could easily see the outline of her ribs and her shoulders jutted out sharply when she lay down. The vet said she could definitely stand to gain "a few pounds". With proper feeding and love, she has blossomed little by little every month, from a wispy 45 pounds to a strong and healthy 52 pounds today. We feel that this is her optimal weight. My question is this: How do we keep her at this weight? [more inside]
posted by rivtintin on Jun 15, 2015 - 14 answers

I am in a prison of my cat's making.

I have an absolutely wonderful cat, Banana. I've had cats all my life and he's my favorite by a wide margin. He is beloved by both me and my husband. He is also ruining our lives. [more inside]
posted by something something on Jun 7, 2015 - 39 answers

Recommendations for RFID cat door

No longer renting, now I can cut holes in the wall! [more inside]
posted by drfu on Jun 2, 2015 - 3 answers

Friends of long-haired dogs in the summertime....

What are your go-to measures of comfort for the overheated summer dog in your life? [more inside]
posted by A Terrible Llama on May 26, 2015 - 21 answers

cat = dog?

My cat acts like a dog. Is it possible that he was raised by dogs? [more inside]
posted by theodolite on May 13, 2015 - 33 answers

No-Kill pet shelters in Oregon or California?

A very good friend has requested that I make a donation in memory of a loved one who unexpectedly passed away, preferably to a no-kill pet shelter. I can Google or search Yelp, but I was hoping that people here could suggest a shelter they recommend from personal experience - I'm in Portland, my friend is in the Bay Area, and I'd prefer to find a no-kill shelter in one of those areas (but I suppose it really doesn't matter much).
posted by Auden on Apr 16, 2015 - 14 answers

He's already ruined my carpet

My dog is showing signs of dementia, including numerous bathroom accidents and quite a bit of bad behavior. I haven't slept through the night in at least a year. Can you help me make this situation better, or at least better assess my options? [more inside]
posted by singlesock on Apr 15, 2015 - 24 answers

Pets for people with little time but big hearts

What are some breeds/animals that fill that newly single lonely-feeling, but are compatible with a busy workday? A few details and I get emotional inside. [more inside]
posted by bbqturtle on Apr 10, 2015 - 40 answers

Should we tip our cat-sitter?

Should we tip our cat-sitter? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 2, 2015 - 30 answers

Bleach Everywhere; Worried About Fetus, Cat, Plants

Help! Own a condo; HOA told us the wood porches would be painted this week after a spray wash. Workers just began to spray bleach everywhere on the wood to kill black mildew (wood was untreated after porches built 4 years ago). Concerns: 8 months pregnant asthmatic (me), our partly-tamed feral cat who spends much time on the porch, and a host of plants. I just watched as bleach misted down from the above porch coating everything on my porch. Help! [more inside]
posted by Locative on Apr 2, 2015 - 13 answers

When did the first pet shops open?

I know dog/cat breeders were a service/profession going a long ways back but when did pets as a retail commodity become a thing? From some internet searching I know some of the big chains got their start in the mid-60's and that there were smaller, local "pet stores" even earlier but how early?
posted by Captain_Science on Mar 23, 2015 - 11 answers

Flea-ridden mongrels, time for more drastic measures?

Still finding fleas on the animals a week after dosing them with Advantage. Is it time for the big guns? [more inside]
posted by mrfuga0 on Mar 20, 2015 - 15 answers

Yo, dog. What's your name?

Please help me give my awesomest new friend an equally awesome name! [more inside]
posted by lettuce dance on Mar 17, 2015 - 60 answers

short term housing plainboro nj advice

Looking for short term housing from June to August. Family two with pets. Husband has an internship. Were hoping for furnished studio or one bedroom would be fine. Nothing fancy needed. In Plainsboro or a neighboring town. Any leads or advice in finding them would be helpful. Already posted want ads on Craigslist
posted by misformiche on Mar 16, 2015 - 3 answers

I hate you more than any other cat at night

My previously well behaved cat has begun scratching at our bedroom door in the wee hours of the morning loudly enough to wake us up and keep us awake. The door is open, and he is fed and watered. What the hell is going on and please can you help make it stop? [more inside]
posted by corb on Mar 9, 2015 - 32 answers

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