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July 30

Aging cats and cat trees - seeking anecdata

Our two cat brothers are 10 years old this year! They are as playful as ever, but I'm starting to wonder if we need to get them a shorter cat tree. [more inside]
posted by Paper rabies at 11:36 AM - 9 answers

3 br / 2 ba / 1 cat

Potentially buying a house where the owner would prefer that his indoor/outdoor cat (10 yo F) stay with the new owners. That's hypothetically fine with us, but how should we manage introductions to our two indoor-outdoor cats (M, 9 and 7) and the dog (M, 11) ? Or is this a terrible idea? [more inside]
posted by Sweetie Darling at 6:22 AM - 11 answers

July 29

Don't bite me

All my new kitten (8 weeks old) does is sleep and bite me. It's bearable for now, but I do not want him to grow into a cat that bites me. Please hope. I saw this question and this question, but the kittens were older (7 months) than this guy. [more inside]
posted by pH Indicating Socks at 9:37 AM - 13 answers

July 28

Dog whining and acting needy

What can I do about my older dog, a twelve year old Shiba Inu who whines a lot when he seems to want something? [more inside]
posted by ljs30 at 2:40 PM - 9 answers

July 26

Dry food for a cat that doesn't like it?

I have two healthy kittens - but one won't eat *anything* dry. Do you have suggestions for food & treats a cat with this quirk might like to snack on? [more inside]
posted by RajahKing at 8:44 AM - 18 answers

July 24

Name this Cat!

Picking up this girl tomorrow and we having trouble coming up with a name that we all like. Wife doesn't like "human" names for cats. I don't like "food" names for cats. Doesn't have to have anything to do with her coloring, but bonus points if it does. Ideally the name would also have a cute nickname pairing. Thanks!
posted by pyro979 at 2:57 PM - 61 answers

Is there a way to get a dog NOT to pee on a certain thing?

Area outside of a house. It's been peed on. Which then makes other dogs pee on it. Yellow rinse and repeat. So how do you break the cycle? Is there a scent there you can put to make them NOT want to use it? Or a scare crow for urination? Anything?
posted by rileyray3000 at 2:24 PM - 6 answers

July 22

My cat has sad poops. Vet?

My cat started having dry, hard, pellet-y poops a little over a week ago. I've been trying various things including more/better water dishes, more brushing to ward off hairballs, and wet food with extra water. She is still pooping at least every other day and is still getting zoomies/jumping/eating/snuggling/etc. a normal amount. How do I know when it's time to see a vet? [more inside]
posted by momus_window at 9:27 AM - 19 answers

July 20

Cat has mast cell tumors and we seem to be running out of options.

Poppa is almost 15. A while back he had what I thought was a scratch on his hind leg that kept getting irritated since he would jump from cabinets over the fridge to the countertops below. It wasn’t healing so I took him to the vet and an allergist. [more inside]
posted by mokeydraws at 11:28 AM - 5 answers

July 19

To get a cat or not to get a cat?

It's been suggested that I get a cat to help relieve stress. However, since I'll be going back to working in The Office soon, would it be fair for the cat to be left alone all day without any human companionship? (Other issues as well) [more inside]
posted by gtrwolf at 10:28 PM - 26 answers

July 16

Cat has bump on face...

We're going to the vet next week, but I am hoping that other mefites will have some experiences to share. [more inside]
posted by Frowner at 6:43 AM - 11 answers

July 14

Dog has a tumour on the spleen, not sure what to do

My elderly dog has a tumour on the spleen. The vet found it during a checkup for some short but persistant nosebleeds. The vet recommended euthanasia but dog seems otherwise ok... how do you decide when it is time? [more inside]
posted by cyml at 9:04 PM - 18 answers

July 13

What’s the best dog diet?

Looking for hard data on the benefits of raw or homemade vs. kibble diets for my dog. [more inside]
posted by vanitas at 9:33 PM - 20 answers

July 9

Dog ate a whole chicken leg

I left the table for 5 minutes, and now the chicken bone is gone. It was an air fried chicken leg bone. He's a 2 year old corgi. I fed him a half hour before and a piece of bread after. Is there anything else I should do? I'm worried.
posted by bbqturtle at 5:52 PM - 11 answers

July 8

I love the smell of archival quality dog urine

In a continuation of the urological saga of Frank the Adorable Wombat, I need advice on how to remove the smell of urine from paper. These papers have not been peed on, but were stored in a box that was and are now infused with the charming stench of ammonia. [more inside]
posted by DarlingBri at 2:46 AM - 4 answers

July 6

Fleas and Ticks and Worms, Oh My

What should I use for treating my mostly indoor cats? [more inside]
posted by RoadScholar at 9:22 AM - 5 answers

July 4

what to do with a stray chicken

A stray chicken has taken up residence in my yard. What can I do? [more inside]
posted by kevinbelt at 5:24 AM - 12 answers

Cat Window Perch

Please tell me about cat window perches. Some attach with suction cups. What are the other methods? Do you need to open the window at all? Do you have a perch you like? [more inside]
posted by NotLost at 5:20 AM - 10 answers

July 3

The best multi kitty litter box, bar none

Many people ask about kitty litter here, with specific needs. I have different specific needs. I want to know the overall best kitty litter solution for two beautifully house-trained, altered, 12-week old kittens. [more inside]
posted by heigh-hothederryo at 10:54 PM - 12 answers

July 1

Can I help my cats get over fireworks?

We moved into a dream house in a really cute neighborhood. Where there are a lot of fireworks in the summer. It's just kind of the culture here. Our cats are maybe getting used to it a little, but they're quite stressed out. Is there anything we can do to help them?
posted by insteadofapricots at 9:11 PM - 12 answers

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