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June 12

Does a hissing sound actually attract cats?

I have been hearing people, occasionally over the years, make little hissing noises at cats in an effort to attract them. Does this work? How do you know? [more inside]
posted by amtho at 12:54 AM - 17 answers

June 10

Cat health issues

YANMD, or veterinarian. Family cat is exhibiting odd symptoms. Family cat has been taken to the vet recently for treatment/diagnosis. Family cat is dying all the same. Amateur speculation welcome. [more inside]
posted by queen anne's remorse at 6:56 AM - 19 answers

June 9

Rabies Free at 23

My cat is so old, the vet is refusing to vaccinate her. Is this ok? [more inside]
posted by Toddles at 8:37 PM - 14 answers

Do I need to worry about hornets?

I just moved to a new house and this morning I woke up to find a giant hornet -- about 1.5 inches long -- in my room. [more inside]
posted by Chenko at 2:40 PM - 6 answers

June 6

Prozac For Dogs

My dog has just started on 20 mg of fluoxetine (prozac). I would like to know others' experiences with this medication (in dogs). [more inside]
posted by Aranquis at 12:49 PM - 6 answers

June 3

dog to-do list

Hi AskMe! I have a long-term goal: to be in a position to have a dog after 3 years. What are the things I need to line up and have in place? I've started to make a checklist below the fold plus some questions I'm chewing over. What am I missing? [more inside]
posted by sockandawe at 4:44 AM - 13 answers

June 2

You are not my vet but my vet is closed

Should I start the cat on this antibiotic prescription today? Gross pet content within. [more inside]
posted by doift at 7:43 PM - 4 answers

June 1

Elderly cat wants cuddles at 3am

How do you stop your cat from waking you at 3am? She is 15 years old and the 3am wake-up is a daily occurrence. She does not want to play, she just wants to be pet and cuddled. The vet says this behavior is attention seeking so we should play with her more—in fact, we do play and cuddle with her daily but too much never seems like enough. I do not want to lock her out of the bedroom because I worry that she is too old for such a lonely change. Have you ever dealt with this effectively?
posted by Jason and Laszlo at 6:33 AM - 24 answers

May 22

New pregnant cat... how serious is this eye discharge?

We took in a stray and SURPRISE PREGNANT. Confirmed Wednesday at vet. They didn’t notice this eye discharge or it appeared after. That makes one eye basically have a halo of water/goo. Is this worth emergency vet or taking her in monday? [more inside]
posted by OnTheLastCastle at 9:52 AM - 9 answers

May 19

What do Turkish dogs eat?

If you were a dog that was rescued from the streets of Turkey, what food might you be really used to? [more inside]
posted by rouftop at 8:39 PM - 16 answers

How has your Veterinarian's practices changed since Covid?

How is your Veterinarian conducting business these days? I'm finding mine to be less than satisfactory. [more inside]
posted by SoftSummerBreeze at 8:49 AM - 16 answers

May 17

Secrets to Avoiding and Removing Pet Hair from Wool Outerwear?

I'm at the "I've tried everything" and am looking for any ideas I might have missed. I have two cats that shed a lot (e.g., in a ray of sunlight I can always see little pieces of hair floating around). [more inside]
posted by Jon44 at 8:09 AM - 10 answers

May 11

New house, new cat?

I just bought a house, and I'm wondering if now is a good time to introduce a second cat into the mix. [more inside]
posted by gottabefunky at 9:57 AM - 5 answers

What do two small herds of cows do when they meet?

When do small herds of cows meet, how do they behave relative to each other? [more inside]
posted by Quillcards at 3:10 AM - 4 answers

May 10

How is this cat? When do I intervene?

One of my housemate's cats bonded to me and spends all his time in my room. (I wfh, his owner works out of the house and lives on a different level of the house). He's seemed sick, so I briefly reported the symptoms, and his owner scheduled a vet house-call for next week. I think he needs to go to urgent care sooner, but I know very little about cat health. [more inside]
posted by itesser at 11:15 AM - 48 answers

May 8

Any recommendations for flavoring for feline gabapentin?

I'm about to switch my cat's oral suspension gabapentin prescription to a compounding pharmacy, which has a long list of possible flavorings. However, gabapentin is so bitter, I'm concerned a flavoring might actually make it worse. Has anyone found a flavoring that made their cat tolerate it better? [more inside]
posted by tavella at 2:31 AM - 16 answers

May 7

Suggestions for toys and games for enrichment-loving kitties

Asking this on behalf of Hildy and Starling, do your kitties have any fun toys and games they enjoy? [more inside]
posted by bleep at 12:25 PM - 33 answers

How much Kaopectate do I give my dog?

My dog weighs 15 pounds and has bad diarrhea, the vet said to give him Kaopectate for two days he has had it previously with no problems and it's worked well, unfortunately, thinking we had the information written down we never checked the dosage with the vet and our vet is now closed for the weekend. The Internet has everything from 7.5ml a day over 4 doses to 22ml per dose 8 times a day as options. [more inside]
posted by wwax at 9:55 AM - 4 answers

May 3

Of cats and yard toxins

The landlord had their lawn service spread either fertilizer or weed killer on the grass. Our cats like to nibble on the grass. How soon, if ever, will it be safe for them to do so? [more inside]
posted by whistle pig at 8:11 PM - 5 answers

May 1

Cat lost in unfamiliar territory

Packing up to head home after a road trip with my cats, and the little one bolted. I have been calling and looking for him for almost 5 hours, I've put food out all over the property. Called the local animal rescue and posted on the local facebook lost pets page. [more inside]
posted by tinymojo at 1:23 PM - 24 answers

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