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Goldfish fire drill

Help my small apartment-dwelling friend come up with a fire evacuation plan for her goldfish. [more inside]
posted by ladygypsy on Apr 24, 2012 - 15 answers

I think I'd be a great dog person. Am I nuts?

Very soon, after many years of waiting for the "right" time, I think I will FINALLY be in a situation where I can be a good dog owner and provide a pooch with a wonderful home. Help me make sure I'm not deluding myself. [more inside]
posted by Dorinda on Apr 21, 2012 - 16 answers

Need help naming a polydactyl girl kitten

Name the kitten. Polydactyl edition. Details and pictures within. [more inside]
posted by bilabial on Apr 21, 2012 - 52 answers

My five year old cats are little terrors. Help me train them!

My five year old cats are little terrors. Help me train them! [more inside]
posted by anotheraccount on Apr 17, 2012 - 25 answers

Seeking model Animal Control Dept.

Is there any big city anywhere that has a really competent Animal Control Dept? [more inside]
posted by mmiddle on Apr 9, 2012 - 7 answers

Sonic dog bark control systems and hearing ranges.

In our two cat, one dog household, we are considering purchasing one of the many available Ultrasonic bark control systems (not the Collar versions!) Would the emitted sounds be audible to / affect the cats in the same way its intended to do for the dog? [more inside]
posted by Barmecide on Apr 7, 2012 - 9 answers

Muddling through bureaucratic bullshit.

[Oakland, CA law/ordinance filter] Please help me find full text of laws or ordinances regarding pet licensing in Oakland, California (Alameda County). And is what I'm doing REALLY illegal or is it bureaucratic nonsense? [more inside]
posted by crayon on Apr 5, 2012 - 9 answers

Feline Uncertainty

I want to get a cat. I think. How do I know if this is a good idea? What does cat ownership entail? Is this too much? Feeling overwhelmed and in need of calm, soothing, authoritative advice. [more inside]
posted by firstbest on Mar 31, 2012 - 36 answers

Practical pet home visit tips for pet allergy sufferers

What practical, non-medical tips do you have for pet allergy sufferers who will have to stay in a home with a pet for multiple days? Next month I'll be faced with this. Reading previous questions, I saw a good suggestion - bring your own Pillow Case. What other things do you do when you know you have to live with someone with a pet for a few days? Any nonmedical suggestions for me, the visitor, are welcome, and I'd love to hear any kooky things you have done in the past that somehow worked for you.
posted by cashman on Mar 29, 2012 - 21 answers

Puppy Jekyll and Hyde

Our dog is decidedly more manic when left alone with me. Is it normal for dogs to behave very differently with two different caregivers? How can I make things better for her where I'm concerned? [more inside]
posted by peripathetic on Mar 22, 2012 - 9 answers

Can I go home again while my kitty is sick?

I want to visit my hometown before my mother sells the house I grew up in. Complication: ailing kitty. [more inside]
posted by epersonae on Mar 21, 2012 - 17 answers

Cure for pleco with cottony mouth fungus?

My plecostomus still has fungus after treatment. What to do next? [more inside]
posted by Obscure Reference on Mar 11, 2012 - 3 answers

I broke up with him years ago, but we stayed friends for the dog.

Please help me to break up with someone I've already broken up with. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 5, 2012 - 43 answers

proper pet health insurance?

i'm looking into health insurance for my kitty cats, but am at a loss navigating the various providers. can you help Sweet Potato and the Fonz? [more inside]
posted by crankyrogalsky on Mar 3, 2012 - 7 answers

What are some songs about pets or animals that aren't obviously about pets or animals?

What are some songs about pets or animals that aren't obviously about pets or animals? Any era or genre will do. [more inside]
posted by MaryDellamorte on Mar 1, 2012 - 35 answers

What's a dog to do in Santa Fe?

Is Santa Fe a dog-friendly destination? [more inside]
posted by pepper bird on Feb 22, 2012 - 7 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

Should I get a cat?

OK, so I'm pretty much settled into my studio apartment and am still thinking about moving eventually (so that I'm closer to public transit), but I'm going to take my time and wait until I find another apartment that meets all of my criteria. One such criteria is that they allow cats. I would turn down an apt in a nice location if they didn't allow cats. Now my current apartment allows cats, and I'm really seriously thinking about getting a sweet kitty companion. I'm a big time cat person, and I had planned to get a cat this year. [more inside]
posted by starpoint on Feb 13, 2012 - 22 answers

What kind of household is a good match for a miniature pinscher and how much energy do they REALLY have

What kind of household is a good match for a miniature pinscher? When does their high energy become a problem? [more inside]
posted by mintchip on Feb 11, 2012 - 8 answers

My dog killed a cat; what to do?

My dog killed a cat in my yard. I have no idea where it came from, but suspect it is not wild. We are traumatized, what do we do? [more inside]
posted by butterstick on Feb 9, 2012 - 70 answers

Leaving a Dead Pet Behind

Pet Filter/Child Psychology Filter!: Close friend is considering moving after spending 20+ years in her home. Her children, when the moving topic was mentioned, immediately flipped out over the idea of leaving their home because of the handful of dead pets who are buried in the garden area. What can she tell them to help though the decision? Snowflake stuff inside! [more inside]
posted by PeppahCat on Feb 6, 2012 - 19 answers

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

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