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October 23

My cat's time is up...

My cat is not terribly old, he's 12-13 years or so. But he has health issues that make our quality of life pretty bad. How do I explain to my children, ten and seven, that keeping him has become unsustainable? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 3:04 PM - 8 answers

Taking care of some stray cats. Bad idea?

So we have 2 stray cats that started spending more and more time in our yard. One is a ginger tabby male that looks like he's spent a few years in the outdoors the other is a young cat that I assume may have been a kitten last spring. Neither have collars or tabbed ears. [more inside]
posted by ShakeyJake at 2:38 PM - 7 answers

Name for a blog about rescue kitties

I am starting a blog about my kittens that I adopted from a local cat rescue organization. I need a fantastic name for said blog. [more inside]
posted by PuppetMcSockerson at 6:49 AM - 10 answers

October 20

What do I do with a huge cat tree my cat won't use anymore?

My indoor cat was let outdoors by a well-meaning relative and got fleas. Because he was an indoor cat, he wasn't treated for fleas (fixed now!) and it took me a while to realize he had fleas. He and the cat tree and our home generally are treated now, but he changed his behavior patterns as a result and now I have an 80" tall cat tree that he doesn't use. What do I do with this thing? [more inside]
posted by jeoc at 6:49 PM - 12 answers

October 19

How do I keep cats off the balcony railing?

I am moving into a 4th floor apartment with a balcony and no screen doors. How can I keep my cats from plummeting to their deaths while still allowing fresh air into the apartment? The balcony doors are the only windows.
posted by torisaur at 1:10 PM - 17 answers

Bravecto to treat fleas on cats - has it worked for you? Is it safe?

My vet is recommending a new topical flea killer called Bravecto, which is supposed to continue working for three months after you apply it to your cat. I've never heard of Bravecto. Have you? What do you like to use to control fleas? [more inside]
posted by chromium at 10:21 AM - 8 answers

October 18

Resources for remotely grieving a pet.

I'm 37 weeks pregnant and unable to attend pet grief sessions in-person right now (and likely for some time), but am looking for resources to help me process the death of my beloved 9-year-old rescue. I've heard that several vet schools offer counseling lines or pet grief lines via phone — but am unsure how to access those resources. Do you have advice or information on remote grief sessions or counseling for pet loss? Thank you.
posted by melodykramer at 9:09 AM - 5 answers

October 17

What is going on with my dog's daycare?

My energetic 9-year-old mutt has always loved doggie daycare and has been suddenly 'dumped' by her daycare, coincidentally right as the ownership changed. What could be going on and how, or can I, get some better answers from them about what happened? [more inside]
posted by nakedmolerats at 4:10 PM - 23 answers

October 11

He wasn't a scaredy cat before!

Our wonderful tuxedo baby Crocket got a bit of a scare yesterday and now he won't come downstairs! Can you reassure me it will be all right? I'm feeling like a bad kitty mum! [more inside]
posted by JenThePro at 12:58 PM - 9 answers

October 10

And then there was

How do we go from two cats to one cat? [more inside]
posted by christinetheslp at 4:17 PM - 13 answers

Dog Toys Under Couch

My dog keeps accidentally pushing or rolling her toys under my couch and then she barks because she can't reach them. It's driving me crazy. How to solve (besides buying a new couch)?
posted by Aranquis at 2:25 PM - 16 answers

October 9

Slightly more ethical dog food

I'm a pescetarian for ethical and environmental reasons but I have pets and they are not. What is the most ethical meat product produced for the pet food market in terms of avoiding factory farming conditions and impact on climate and ground water? [more inside]
posted by latkes at 12:19 PM - 11 answers

I want what is best for the frogs.

Which is worse for the frog - being tossed (not thrown, flung or hurled) over a few feet of weeds into the water, or set down in the weeds (in which I've seen black racers and ringneck snakes, the former active during the day, the latter at night) to find the water itself? [more inside]
posted by Armed Only With Hubris at 9:13 AM - 15 answers

October 8

New Vet Recommendation Needed - Pittsburgh/SW PA

Pet owners of Pittsburgh(ish), do you love your vet? Will you share your amazing vet with me? Cat specific would be amazing, but at this point I'd settle for someone with kind and competent staff members (across the board). Please and thank you. [more inside]
posted by librarianamy at 7:30 AM - 7 answers

October 7

Can't catch sick friend's sick cat, need vet home visit, Alameda 94501

My friend has been hospitalized. He has a cat. The cat seems to be sick, perhaps because my friend was physically unable to give it water in the few days before the ambulance came. I caught this cat and put it in a humane society box to bring from his old apartment to this one. Never again. The vet must come to the cat. Does anyone know a vet who will come this afternoon, say between 3 and 7 pm? or tomorrow afternoon? [more inside]
posted by KayQuestions at 12:41 PM - 10 answers

October 6

Little terrier pup needs a name... help!

I adopted a little male terrier mix a month ago. (awww so cute!). He is currently, and sadly, the no-name pup. [more inside]
posted by imbri at 3:05 PM - 44 answers

October 5

Cat likes junk food

How can I get my cat to not turn up his nose at higher quality food? [more inside]
posted by skewed at 2:40 PM - 8 answers

October 3

Can I bring pet remains into Germany?

My wife and I are relocating from the US to Germany in 2 weeks. We have the ashes of our three cats, each in a pretty little box. The thought of leaving them behind breaks our hearts. Can we bring them into the country? We have no plans of scattering the ashes there.
posted by Cat Pie Hurts at 6:08 AM - 6 answers

October 1

Boarding a cat vs keeping at home

We are leaving to go on a 4-day trip on Wednesday. We have three cats-- two seniors and one frisky rambunctious young one. I'm having last-minute doubts about whether having pet sitters over twice a day will be enough to keep rambunctious cat from bullying one of the older cats. Should I board him instead? Many more relevant details inside. [more inside]
posted by whistle pig at 10:14 PM - 16 answers

Dog with SARDS, blind dog tips?

I'm still a bit in shock. My lovely RottieX rescue girl Huggy has suddenly gone profoundly blind. She literally woke up that way this morning. I spent all day today at the vet and they have diagnosed SARDS (Sudden acquired retinal degeneration syndrome). I'm looking for experience with a suddenly blind dog or from other dog owners with SARDS. Thanks! [more inside]
posted by frumiousb at 3:48 AM - 8 answers

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