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2 year old house cat chewing cords and straps in half.

Why is our cat chewing cords and straps in half; and may eat small pieces of it, but mostly leaves it? (Shoelaces, Bra Straps, Tank Top Straps, iPhone cords, etc.) Aside from the idea that cats seem to enjoy chewing and licking leathery things or plastic things, like plastic bags, is there a greater reason? Maybe psychological? He is fed 1/3 cup of food twice a day, once in the morning and once at night, I doubt he is hungry. Any ideas on a replacement? More inside. [more inside]
posted by sir_rubixalot on Sep 20, 2010 - 31 answers

Doggone it, help me do the right thing!

Can I get a dog? *Special snowflake filter.* [more inside]
posted by ohsnapdragon on Sep 17, 2010 - 24 answers

but my chickens actually *improve* the quality of the house's garden and cats are good for sanity

Need help finding relevant California Tenant law information. [more inside]
posted by aniola on Sep 9, 2010 - 9 answers

Moving my kitty to a (not so) deluxe apartment in the sky

I'm moving my 14 year old cat to my new apartment this weekend. How can I make this transition go as smoothly as possible? [more inside]
posted by reenum on Sep 9, 2010 - 12 answers

Flokati rug+pets=bad idea?

Flokati rug + pets = bad idea? [more inside]
posted by SamanthaK on Sep 5, 2010 - 13 answers

Will two dogs join in league vendetta to overthrow us as rulers of the house?

How is having two dogs different from having one dog? [more inside]
posted by little light-giver on Sep 3, 2010 - 31 answers

I was looking for a predator; how was I supposed to know that she'd act all... predatory?

How the heck do I catproof a deck? (Second-story, somewhat sketchy DIY deck made out of wood with picket-fence railings. Kitten wants to commit suicide.) [more inside]
posted by kataclysm on Aug 26, 2010 - 19 answers

This dog is a xenophobe. Good thing we're moving!

It's my dog's first move and I suspect it will be a rocky time. Help me figure out how to transition and help her not stress out! [more inside]
posted by actionpact on Aug 25, 2010 - 6 answers

Deodorizing a house

De-stinkifying a house of cat smell--while the cats (and their not-so-hygenic owners) still live there. I found a place I want to live (cheap!), but all of the common areas smell very strongly of cat and litterbox. If I move in, are there any affordable measures I can take to return the place to tolerable freshness? Or should I find somewhere else to live? [more inside]
posted by schroedinger on Aug 24, 2010 - 19 answers

Sex(less) Kitten

Help me prove that my cat is not a masturbation addict. [more inside]
posted by spamguy on Aug 23, 2010 - 20 answers

nuke it from orbit

How to scrub a carpeted rental apartment of cat residue? [more inside]
posted by gerryblog on Aug 21, 2010 - 10 answers

I love you, buddy.

I had to put my dear, grumpy, 16-year-old cat down yesterday. There were some things that I wish the vet's office had done differently, and I need some perspective on how to deal with it. TL;DR. [more inside]
posted by mudpuppie on Aug 19, 2010 - 48 answers

Is there a herpetologist in the house?

My son's pet California King snake is acting very odd. Does anybody have an experience with this behavior in snakes? The snake is about 6-7 years old, bred in captivity. We've had him since he was a little less than a year old. He is 4 feet long and eats 1 adult mouse (frozen) a week at this time of year. Google turns up a handful of snake forum posts describing this same behavior, but no real answers. [more inside]
posted by brownpau on Aug 18, 2010 - 8 answers

Original Cat meeting New Kitten

Cat adjusting to new kitten: what's the next step for us to ensure they learn to get along? We've taken some basic steps already. [more inside]
posted by Tequila Mockingbird on Aug 12, 2010 - 12 answers

From Woof, Woof to Wiouf, Wiouf

Can I buy a seat on a plane for my dog? [more inside]
posted by JPD on Aug 11, 2010 - 22 answers


Are there any websites, web applications, widgets, or really anything at all that change on a regular basis (like some of the Gmail themes)? [more inside]
posted by ghostbikes on Aug 3, 2010 - 5 answers

Vet Misdiagnosis - Refund?

I recently took my cat to an emergency vet over a weekend. I was initially pleased with the care he got, not so much afterwards, and was obviously expecting it to be a little pricey. Well, it certainly was, especially emotionally. (more on that inside) In a fit of emotion/rage I wrote them a letter expressing how upset I was with them and demanding some of my money back. So now... how do I follow up? [more inside]
posted by slyboots421 on Jul 27, 2010 - 32 answers

Do I need to fire my cat sitter?

Just got back from a 2 week trip. Do I need to fire my cat sitter? [more inside]
posted by micawber on Jul 26, 2010 - 40 answers

Tough decisions regarding my dog

I adopted a dog a few years ago and now I'm considering the possibility of giving her up. I feel awful about it and I'm not sure what to do. Good reason for doing it: starting med school. Not sure if it's a good or bad reason: Boyfriend hates her. Really long, but if you can handle it, I'd love some insight. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 22, 2010 - 54 answers

How should I move my furry family members?

I'm planning to move from Michigan to the Portland area in a few months (target date is end of October/beginning of November). Yay! I'm trying to plan ahead - so I'm wondering what would be the best way to move my pets. Best, in this case, means the least stressful option for my pets. [more inside]
posted by rikhei on Jul 22, 2010 - 10 answers

How Do Animals Recognize Members of Their Own Species?

Most animals don't recognize themselves in a mirror. Yet, they obviously can recognize another member of their species. E.g., if you have a cat for a pet, and introduce a new cat into the mix, both will likely do more than just notice each other. Same with dogs. Cats, dogs, et al, are able to tell the difference between cat, dogs, et al. Obviously, this ability to distinguish members of your own species works out nicely, especially for breeding purposes. But, how does it work? How does the old cat in the house know that the new addition is also a cat and not a small rabbit?
posted by justcorbly on Jul 18, 2010 - 17 answers

Charlotta the Fourth

Is it creepy to adopt a new cat because he reminds me of my old cat? [more inside]
posted by Ouisch on Jul 17, 2010 - 41 answers

Meeting a new guy's dogs--what treat to bring?

About to meet a pair of dachshunds (belonging to the guy I've been out with a couple of times) for the first time. I'd like to bring them a special treat. I know nothing about dachshunds--what are good dog treats for them? Also open to bringing a toy. [more inside]
posted by Fuego on Jul 13, 2010 - 28 answers

And turtles, of course ... all the turtles are free / As turtles, and maybe, all creatures should be.

The youth program I work for has taken in a painted turtle from the wild against my advice. We are very ill-prepared to care for this thing. What advice can you give so I can keep this thing healthy for as long as possible, given the limited resources we have? [more inside]
posted by Think_Long on Jul 6, 2010 - 16 answers

Wash my dogs lady parts!

How to wash my lady dogs neither region [more inside]
posted by slowtree on Jul 2, 2010 - 13 answers

Sneaking puppy through the alley?

Can my husband sneak the dog into a motel, or is that just a recipe for disaster? [more inside]
posted by nursegracer on Jul 1, 2010 - 37 answers

Is it cruel to move pets internationally?

I'm moving to the Netherlands from Australia in October, and debating whether I should bring my cat. We'll be returning to Australia in two years. Anyone have any experience of moving cats overseas? [more inside]
posted by nerdfish on Jun 27, 2010 - 12 answers

How can I help my high-strung dog transition to a noisy new place?

How can I help my 4-year-old Mini Schnauzer transition from living in a quiet apartment complex in New Jersey to a much louder building in Denver? [more inside]
posted by violetish on Jun 27, 2010 - 4 answers

Let's make beautiful turtles together!

How can I help my Reeves turtle get it on? I'm in NYC and looking to mate my turtle. [more inside]
posted by bloody_bonnie on Jun 27, 2010 - 1 answer

Running a Cat House

Pets allowed! Advice/suggestions/cautions for renting an apartment to pet owners - ? [more inside]
posted by coffeefilter on Jun 26, 2010 - 21 answers

Advice on building a turtle tank

I'm planning on building a turtle tank. How do I go about it? [more inside]
posted by caboose on Jun 25, 2010 - 8 answers

What's it like for cats having teeth extracted?

Vet says cat's tooth extraction surgery will be difficult and painful. Is it worth it? [more inside]
posted by not that girl on Jun 24, 2010 - 29 answers

Thank-you gift for complicated cat-sitting arrangement

Complicated cat-sitting situation: What's an appropriate way to say thank you to my cat-sitter, who is also my landlady? [more inside]
posted by twirlip on Jun 19, 2010 - 8 answers

I don't want to have blood on my hands

My parents are always manipulating me, and I need to break away. Long story inside. [more inside]
posted by stedman15 on Jun 12, 2010 - 30 answers

Special Diet Cat Food

Is there somewhere online where I can compare the nutritional value of cat foods? Something similar to the "Nutritional Information" label on packaged human foods? [more inside]
posted by Kurichina on Jun 9, 2010 - 8 answers

To crate or not to crate?

Just got a 6-year-old rescue dog. Is it necessary to crate? [more inside]
posted by kmtiszen on Jun 7, 2010 - 15 answers

Crossing the US/Canada border with pets

What documentation works for taking a dog from U.S. to Canada and back? Do I need a USDA form, or will a letter from the vet suffice? [more inside]
posted by krista_p on Jun 4, 2010 - 7 answers

Critters make my skin crawl

How do I assure myself that I did not just bring in ticks to take over my house? [more inside]
posted by wending my way on May 30, 2010 - 9 answers

Help me find cheap flea medicine!

Cheapest online source for Advantage Multi or Frontline Feline. And yes, I do have a prescription from my vet. [more inside]
posted by jenfu on May 29, 2010 - 6 answers

help me get my fat cat slim

Fat cat needs to lose weight, but can't afford special foods or diets, um, help? Special snowflake story inside. [more inside]
posted by patheral on May 29, 2010 - 61 answers

Help me Help Them

Complicated question involving hoarding, ad/hd, and a disabled relative. [more inside]
posted by alltomorrowsparties on May 24, 2010 - 7 answers

Cat vs. Gerbil Cage

How can I keep my cat from sitting on my gerbil cage and freaking out my gerbils? [more inside]
posted by beandip on May 17, 2010 - 31 answers

Boo Hiss

Bringing a "cat of a certain age" into the home of a much younger cat. [more inside]
posted by Kloryne on May 10, 2010 - 4 answers

Leash-crazy dog

How do I get my 5 month old puppy dog to stop biting her leash? [more inside]
posted by malhouse on May 6, 2010 - 16 answers

Help me landscape without killing my dog!

We have some huge overgrown Holly bushes out back that we want to replace with something more manageable. Help us find something that won't kill our dog! [more inside]
posted by RobotNinja on May 5, 2010 - 2 answers

It's not really white anymore.

Too many pets and perplexing white carpet. Help? Mrs. LT and I live with our brood (4 cats, 1 dog) in an apartment that has . . . wait for it . . . white carpet. We didn't think about this when we moved in, but now the carpet's filthy, and we're trying to figure out a way to save it/our deposit, because otherwise we'll need to move when our lease is up before it gets any worse. Ugh, what can we do? [more inside]
posted by liketitanic on May 1, 2010 - 13 answers


I'd like to get a dog, but my work/living situation is up in the air next year. What opportunities are there to foster or raise/train dogs for a short period of time? [more inside]
posted by pilibeen on Apr 24, 2010 - 8 answers

I have an unexpected cat. Help.

What do I do with this cat that followed me home? [more inside]
posted by Dormant Gorilla on Apr 13, 2010 - 19 answers

Please don't eat the other dogs!

Some advice or tips needed about dog training/obedience for a new dog (not a puppy). [more inside]
posted by spicynuts on Apr 9, 2010 - 14 answers

No cats, my ass.

WTF is up with "no cats" clauses in apartment rental ads? Can they really do this? [more inside]
posted by Ouisch on Apr 9, 2010 - 34 answers

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