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Helping a Neighbor's Pet

How far can we go to help a neighbor's animal? [more inside]
posted by R2WeTwo on Jan 21, 2012 - 20 answers

Wild bird or lost pet?

Help! Is this bird potentially a lost pet? [more inside]
posted by ascetic on Jan 12, 2012 - 15 answers

London Puppy Buying: The Pitfalls

Looking to buy/acquire a puppy in (North) London. I am worried about vaccinations etc. and have some questions about ethics of the whole thing. Can I get a puppy from a shelter? Or should I feel happy about paying for one from a 'good' home through a website? [more inside]
posted by bollockovnikov on Jan 9, 2012 - 22 answers

Breeding Personality

If personality isn't supposed to be genetic, then how are pet breeds able to be differentiated by personality? [more inside]
posted by divabat on Jan 5, 2012 - 15 answers

New Year's Bird

I think we found a parakeet in our backyard. What should we do? [more inside]
posted by otherwordlyglow on Jan 1, 2012 - 22 answers

Canine complicating family dynamics

How do I address my parents' insistence on bringing a dog into our house when my wife is opposed to it? [more inside]
posted by Run.Faster on Dec 23, 2011 - 56 answers

How to Calm Down Angry Fish?

Fish owners: I have some goldfish in a tank. They're all healthy, and well-fed, and have plenty, and I mean plenty, of water (since some of them died). However they are aggressive to each other sometimes. More inside. [more inside]
posted by Angel of Khaos on Dec 18, 2011 - 6 answers

Should I get a dog, even though my husband has a slight tendancy to violence?

My husband has anger issues. We are considering getting a dog, but I'm not sure I trust him to appropriately express his anger around the dog. What should I do? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 9, 2011 - 33 answers

Any recommendations for an apartment broker in Vancouver, BC?

Vancouver, BC apartment brokers: any recommendations? Especially for one that will help me find an apartment that will allow me to have a dog [more inside]
posted by lesbiassparrow on Nov 27, 2011 - 4 answers

I may have killed my friend's pet.

Babysitting friend's budgie and let it out to have a fly. It hit a wall and fell to the ground beside my dog who promptly scooped him up but dropped him immediately when I yelled at him. I rushed him to an avian vet. The bird is in shock and in "critical" condition. Oh, please help. Vet expenses are going to be $400 and I don't even know if the bird will make it. But I don't care about the money. I care about my friend and my friendship with her. [more inside]
posted by heffalump on Nov 21, 2011 - 36 answers

Cat Needs a House Call Stat--Brooklyn

Brooklyn Veterinary House Calls? [more inside]
posted by mixer on Nov 16, 2011 - 9 answers

Cat Food Sans-Dye?

Does anyone know where to find a list of cat food brands or types without any coloring or dye at all? I've tried a bunch of the natural types, and they all seem to come back up as orange or virulent yellow onto the very light beige apartment carpet, with some regularity. [more inside]
posted by thelastcamel on Nov 14, 2011 - 13 answers

Cut this person off OR stop being so judgemental?

Am I being too judgmental regarding this casual friendship? [more inside]
posted by HopperFan on Nov 13, 2011 - 34 answers

Is 9 months too old to begin crate training a lab?

My wife and I recently adopted a 9 month old black lab who has not been crated at all. He does fine in the crate at night (just a little whining before he nods off), but when I put him in the crate in the AM, he doesn't like it. [more inside]
posted by stevedee on Nov 4, 2011 - 19 answers

Cats 101

I am daydreaming about getting a cat. But I've never had a pet of any kind. What would I be getting myself into? Give me the skinny, in terms of cost, daily care, supplies needed, etc. (Point me to a good book on the subject if you know one!) If I were to do this, I want to be as well informed as possible. [more inside]
posted by ocherdraco on Oct 28, 2011 - 54 answers

Adopting an animal when depressed

I'm looking to adopt my first dog. I have some general ideas down. Medium size, medium activity, short coat. I have space for it and all the time in the world for it as I'm home 24/7. What I need to know are people's experiences with mental illness and owning a pet. [more inside]
posted by kanata on Oct 28, 2011 - 36 answers

Not another new home!

My parents' new Shih Tzu is going to be staying with us next weekend (us=2 people, 1 dachshund, 2 torties, & 1 betta). Do you have any tips or tricks for reassuring & keeping pets away from home happy? [more inside]
posted by Kronur on Oct 21, 2011 - 7 answers

How can I keep my sick dog healthy?

My dog has cancer. Am I hurting him if I spoil the heck out of him the next few months? [more inside]
posted by werty on Oct 13, 2011 - 16 answers

Trouble in Kitten Paradise

Kitten help needed: Our 3 month old kitten has started peeing in our large round chair. He doesn't pee anywhere else, and this just started three days ago. Why is he doing this? Any tips for getting him to stop? Thanks in advance for your help.
posted by Equiprimordial on Oct 2, 2011 - 10 answers

Is my cat in serious trouble or just normal hairball trouble?

Cat is weird. She's constantly sticking out her tongue, like there's something caught in her throat, but she's not choking and is relatively calm otherwise. I noticed it this morning as I was leaving for work and she's still doing it tonight. Is it normal hairballness that will soon work itself out, or should I be worried?
posted by mediareport on Sep 28, 2011 - 11 answers

Don't let the dog eat the bunting - rude or informative?

I'm sending my brother + SIL a handmade baby bunting that has been around cats...and they have a dog. It is reasonable or rude to let them know this in case the dog finds it irresistibly chewable? [more inside]
posted by FlyByDay on Sep 17, 2011 - 10 answers

POUNCE ALL THE THINGS

Help us meet our new kitten's playtime needs! [more inside]
posted by Bebo on Sep 17, 2011 - 19 answers

Breathing easy

Air purifier and air humidifier for a home with a newborn and two dogs? [more inside]
posted by mooselini on Sep 16, 2011 - 4 answers

Dog seeks rats

Is it an insane idea to get my pet dog a pet rat? [more inside]
posted by whalebreath on Sep 16, 2011 - 36 answers

I can haz owtsidez?

Please help me win my FaceBook debate (or, at least, learn something new): MUST dogs be walked? Is it truly better for cats to be only indoors? Are cats less domesticated than dogs? I'd like fact-based support, not ASPCA party line. Gimme Science! [more inside]
posted by _paegan_ on Sep 1, 2011 - 30 answers

Your tips for feeding four cats while I'm out of town?

Overnight is one thing, but how can I make sure my four feline snowflakes get proper nutrition while their humans are off on a three-day cross-country jaunt? Given we've got one cat with food intolerances, one super-picky princess, one food-snatcher, and one with what the vet has described as a "highly efficient colon" (meaning she needs wet food every day), things are going to need a bit more consideration and prep-work than just leaving a big bowl of crunchies out. Please, kittyfolks, share your wisdoms! [more inside]
posted by aecorwin on Aug 9, 2011 - 16 answers

Old cat and new kitten strategy

Old cat, new kitten filter: Does anyone have experience introducing an older cat to a new kitten? My cat is 17 years old, female indoor. Any advice/ best practices?
posted by tessalations999 on Aug 7, 2011 - 10 answers

Why hasn't our new dog peed yet?

We adopted a dog this morning and he still hadn't peed. How concerned should we be? New dog owners need reassurance! :) [more inside]
posted by rossination on Aug 6, 2011 - 40 answers

Fatal Felines: Fact or Fallacy?

Has a domestic cat ever actually killed a human being? I can't find any evidence of this, and yet, I keep running into people who seem weirdly fearful of cats (and no, I am not talking about allergic folks). What is going on? [more inside]
posted by aecorwin on Jul 21, 2011 - 55 answers

Two Cats + 3,000 miles + 4 wheels = ?

We're sending our two cats on a cross-country road trip. Who should they go with? [more inside]
posted by LDL_Plackenfatz on Jul 14, 2011 - 8 answers

Pet problems at home.

I just moved in with my boyfriend, and as it turns out he's very easily annoyed by my pets. I'm looking for suggestions on how to moderate the tension so that both he and my little creatures can coexist without murdering each other. [more inside]
posted by wansac on Jul 8, 2011 - 23 answers

How to get a kitten to be our dog's best friend?

Tips for a successful dog and kitten union? [more inside]
posted by ohsnapdragon on Jul 7, 2011 - 12 answers

Wailing and gnashing of teeth

Cat adoption filter: should we take in a young feral who seems to have adopted us, or should we find a different kitten to bring into our home? Complicating details inside. Bit of a novella, apologies in advance for the length. [more inside]
posted by Scientist on Jul 6, 2011 - 56 answers

Am I doing enough for my dog?

How can I ensure my puppy's quality of life while we're both trapped at home? [more inside]
posted by peripathetic on Jul 1, 2011 - 18 answers

Suggestions for Maryland Apartments?

What are your suggestions for pet-friendly Maryland apartments with a washer and dryer in the unit in the Columbia/Ellicott City/Elkridge area? Suggestions for apartments to avoid are also welcome. [more inside]
posted by Rob Rockets on Jun 30, 2011 - 6 answers

Can you help us find a Yorkie name?

My family is about to welcome a sweet little female Yorkie puppy into our family. We are terrible at coming up with pet names. Can you help us brainstorm? [more inside]
posted by karizma on Jun 29, 2011 - 69 answers

How to make a dog's chew toy?

How do I create a chew toy for a dog? [more inside]
posted by hellbient on Jun 29, 2011 - 2 answers

Breakup, who gets custody of a disputed pet?

How to deal with a question of custody of a pet after a breakup? [more inside]
posted by 1024x768 on Jun 28, 2011 - 15 answers

She's a lady...

Help me think of fictional characters called Lady Something-or-Other to call our new chicken! [more inside]
posted by raspberry-ripple on Jun 28, 2011 - 49 answers

How do I pick an air purifier?

Trying to select a portable HEPA filter for a small (about 9x10) room. What has worked best for you? What should I avoid? Permanent filter or replaceable? [more inside]
posted by crowyhead on Jun 24, 2011 - 6 answers

Plants for pets.

What plant should I get that would be safe for both cats and ferrets? [more inside]
posted by Evilspork on Jun 9, 2011 - 6 answers

A few questions on vitamins and supplements.

I have a few questions about vitamins and supplements. Does anybody have any experience with Calcium/Magnesium/Vitamin D & B-Complex improving anxiety and mood? And, can anybody recommend a joint-health supplement for a puppy with a genetic tendency towards hip dysplaysia? [more inside]
posted by Raichle on Jun 7, 2011 - 18 answers

Preventing cat loneliness

How do I tell if my cat's lonely? [more inside]
posted by hoyland on Jun 6, 2011 - 14 answers

Twin Cities Pet Sitter

Looking for a terrific pet sitter in the Twin Cities. [more inside]
posted by Laura Macbeth on Jun 6, 2011 - 0 answers

Inspection, possible eviction, related to pets and lease.

Former apartment manager advised us to cut corners with regard to pets (we have two dogs, two cats) in our original lease (which was written to say we have one dog, one cat that somehow allowed us to pay a single $200 pet fee). The new manager has made this an issue as we attempt to renew our lease and has scheduled an inspection for Tuesday, which may result in eviction or us being asked to "remove" two pets. [more inside]
posted by alpha_betty on Jun 3, 2011 - 10 answers

I suppose i could electrify all upright surfaces...

2 months after moving into a new house, our cats have started peeing on everything. Please help me stop them before I lose my temper with them... [more inside]
posted by sodium lights the horizon on Jun 2, 2011 - 12 answers

Where to go after my dog tests heart worm positive?

My dog was diagnosed with heart worms this weekend even though he has been on preventative! Can anyone offer any words of wisdom on successfully dealing with the treatment course, and where to go after?! [more inside]
posted by Quincy on May 16, 2011 - 3 answers

How to make a pet rehoming decision?

I'm afraid I may have to find a new home for my dog, and I'm really brokenhearted about it. How can I best make this decision? [more inside]
posted by katy song on May 13, 2011 - 21 answers

I've got a friend in a bad situation. How can she get out?

A good friend of mine - I'll refer to her as E - is living in a negative situation that she's ready to get out of. Short version: she's living with and basically looking after a toxic, alcoholic parent. E's done all she can, and it's time to leave. But there are some issues holding her back. How can she address these? Details below. [more inside]
posted by katillathehun on May 10, 2011 - 14 answers

How do I make my cats happier?

Should I transition my indoor cats into outdoor cats? [more inside]
posted by timsneezed on May 9, 2011 - 53 answers

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