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December 9

A cat's love for organ meats - does it represent a dietary deficiency?

My cat is increasingly snooting food she used to like, but never will she reject canned food that contains organ meats. Preference only, or indication of a deficiency? [more inside]
posted by jet_silver at 10:50 AM - 4 answers

December 6

Apartment dog

What's the best dog to get when you live in an apartment, and how do you manage if you work full-time throughout the week? [more inside]
posted by nonmerci at 1:54 PM - 35 answers

Dog displayed food aggression for the first time

My dog growled, raised her hackles, and peed when my partner approached her while she was eating today. What do we do? [more inside]
posted by soy_renfield at 5:40 AM - 17 answers

December 3

What's this cat's name?

This was me. Long story short, I moved to a unit in my building where I can have pets, and one trip to the shelter later, I'm ride or die with this majestic rat-trap. I just brought her home and she's in my bathroom cavorting among the toys and boxes afforded by her new lifestyle--now all she needs is a name. [more inside]
posted by jameaterblues at 8:47 PM - 82 answers

December 1

Whole Foods' "Whole Paws" cat food--worth of my felines?

Wondering if this slightly less pricey, superficially healthy-sounding brand is fine to feed my lovely beasts. [more inside]
posted by Smearcase at 10:58 AM - 7 answers

November 28

Is it safe for a cat to use a heating pad made for people?

My wife is achy, and has been using a heating pad a lot recently. Our cats just discovered the magical heating pad and they think it's cozy, and we feel bad about kicking them off of it all the time. Is it safe for them to sit on the heating pad? I tried to Google this but Google just gives me links to heating pads for cats.
posted by madcaptenor at 5:00 PM - 30 answers

Where to find Affordable pet for Emotional Support (for someone on SSD)?

Where can I adopt a pet dog with a low or no rehoming fee? [more inside]
posted by Kombucha3452 at 2:51 PM - 15 answers

how can you tell if your dog would like living with another dog?

My dog was kind of a jerk to my sister's dog over the holiday, does this mean he wouldn't be able to have a dog brother or sister someday? [more inside]
posted by cakelite at 1:44 PM - 19 answers

November 20

Dog breeds that are good with cats and with stairs

My wife and I would like to get a dog. We're both fond of pretty much all kinds of dogs, but there are a couple of practical considerations. First, we have a cat, so we're looking for a gentle dog with a good sense of humor (the cat is pretty funny.) Secondly, our house has lots of stairs. The dog would need to be able to handle stairs, certainly in the prime of life and, hopefully, when older, too. Given that we may need to carry the dog up the stairs in its senior years, though, maybe we should look for one that weighs no more than, say, 50 pounds. [more inside]
posted by saywhat at 9:02 PM - 15 answers

My Squirels aren't drinking!

I am rehabilitating some baby squirrels since Hurricane Irma destroyed their nests. I'm getting them ready for release, but they almost never drink water, and seem to rely solely on food for hydration. How do I humanely teach them to drink? [more inside]
posted by Kimothy at 2:01 PM - 5 answers

Introducing new cats part 2: Thanksgiving stress edition

This was me about a week ago. Things have not exactly improved since then, plus I have a three-day trip planned this week. What to do? [more inside]
posted by whistle pig at 9:33 AM - 9 answers

Should I rehome my dog?

Family members have suggested that I rehome my dog. I am beyond pissed at them for suggesting this but understand their concerns. Help me figure out the best thing to do in this situation. [more inside]
posted by Malleable at 9:03 AM - 38 answers

November 19

Reinforcing the recall command? Any tips?

When I first got my rescue dog, Huggy, mefi was very helpful in assisting me as a newbie dog owner. Thanks! I've had her now for almost two years, and it's been wonderful. Until yesterday, I would have said the one thing I was sure of in her training was that she was responsive to the recall command. And she always has been, until she wasn't and the consequences could have been dire. Is there anything further I can do to strengthen it, or is she simply doomed to life on a leash? [more inside]
posted by frumiousb at 4:49 PM - 8 answers

November 14

Brady Bunch with cats

In a few months I will move in with my partner. Hooray! Also, my cat and her cat will come along: uh-oh. How to best navigate multiple problems? [more inside]
posted by soonertbone at 6:45 PM - 8 answers

New cat old cat blues

I am hoping for anecdata about introducing a new cat to existing cats and having it initially go poorly but then they eventually become friends and everyone lives happily ever after. [more inside]
posted by whistle pig at 8:14 AM - 15 answers

November 12

Considering adopting a fostered motherless kitten-

We are considering adopting a very young 8 week old kitten who was found on the streets at 3 weeks old and has been with a loving foster ever since. What should we consider? [more inside]
posted by stewiethegreat at 11:03 AM - 16 answers

November 10

Did I do enough to locate the owner of this cat?

My father brought home a stray cat. It was hanging around some ladies house for a week or so but she didn't want to let it inside and it was near winter in Chicago so we took it in. It has an unregistered chip but we filed a missing report at the humane society the chip originated from. The lady has his number in case owner shows up as well. Did I do enough or do I need to do more? [more inside]
posted by mamamia88 at 7:21 PM - 11 answers

November 8

Cat stressed out - help me be the best cat carer I can be...

Our cat, Jake, is acting stressed out lately. I took him to the vet this week and she suggested Feliway (which we have) and trying a calming dry kibble (Royal Canin Feline Calm Dry Cat Food). I need your cat experience / help! [more inside]
posted by joseph conrad is fully awesome at 1:38 PM - 10 answers

November 7

Name the kitty sisters...

My best friend has two new Egyptian Mau kittens, sisters, that must be named. Seven months old. Help O help wise Mefites. brief vid Thank you!
posted by Melismata at 8:51 AM - 29 answers

November 6

Need Vet for Stray Dog in Tucson

So I have a stray dog in my house and it will be staying with me anywhere from a couple days, if its owners can be found, to FOREVER. I need a recommendation for a vet in Tucson, and some general doggy guidance. Lots of information and lots of questions inside. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:00 AM - 12 answers

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