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December 5

Name the new cats!

We are adopting these two this coming weekend. We would like to consider new names for them. [more inside]
posted by sciencegeek at 8:34 AM - 32 answers

December 2

Doggo or Pupper

We are ready to bring a new canine companion into our household. We are all ready to go...except we're stuck on one point: Doggo or Pupper? [more inside]
posted by Gray Duck at 8:14 AM - 14 answers

December 1

I need to convince a jerk cat to find another yard to inhabit.

I live in a dense urban area with a lot of feral and outdoor cats. A particular tabby has started marking all over my back deck and yard, which is driving my indoor cats bonkers. I also have a very large dog who uses the yard, but that has not scared off jerk cat. Is there something I can do/use to keep cats, especially jerk cat, out of my yard, and that is safe for my dog and indoor cats? [more inside]
posted by tryniti at 11:00 AM - 9 answers

November 28

Why is my cat afraid of turkey?

My older cat is terrified of certain cooking smells, and is currently crouched downstairs in a corner meowing in fear. Could this be a medical issue, or is it a somewhat common fear? [more inside]
posted by oxfordcomma at 8:36 AM - 12 answers

November 27

My dog and I both need to sleep

My 13-year-old dog is in declining health and essentially on hospice care but her issues are well-managed during the day. She‘s increasingly having trouble sleeping at night, though, and I’m feeling like I’m running out of options for managing it. [more inside]
posted by quiet coyote at 9:09 AM - 10 answers

November 26

Kitty Tinkle

We have a 15-year-old cat who has recently forgotten how to use her litter box. [more inside]
posted by spacewrench at 8:18 AM - 15 answers

November 23

fresh eucalyptus smell and cat

If I hang fresh eucalyptus over my shower head, is the smell bad for my cat? Litter box is in the bathroom. The cat won't be able to get at the eucalyptus but the bathroom smells strongly of it
posted by the twistinside at 4:25 PM - 3 answers

November 18

Can I access my dog's and my sister's cat's treat dispenser with 1 app?

Is there an app that I can check into my sister's apartment and give her cat a treat through one of those wifi connected pet cams that dispense treats, and then, in the same app, check in on my dog and give him a treat. [more inside]
posted by cda at 10:03 PM - 1 answers

Dog book recommendations

You read dog books. I just got a dog. I have a public library. What ONE nonfiction dog behaviour and/or training book would you most recommend for me? [more inside]
posted by aniola at 7:22 PM - 10 answers

Fish broth for cats

Our cat needs to drink more water. While I am adopting diverse strategies, I am particularly hoping that I can make delicious home made fish broth. Do you do this? Do you have recommendations?
posted by Frowner at 7:15 AM - 13 answers

November 16

How shall I address my new dog?

Please help me discover the name of my new best friend. He's a four-year-old Australian cattle dog that I picked up from a rescue a few hours ago. He hasn't had a great life up till now. Photos here, here and here. I'm not a fan of cutesy names. In the past my companions have been named after scientists and musicians, but I'm open to anything. Thanks!
posted by chocolatepeanutbuttercup at 1:15 PM - 71 answers

November 14

Puppies pooping when it’s pouring

My puppy is doing well with house training so far but there’s a problem when it’s pouring rain outside. Namely, she refuses to go out there at all. Unfortunately this means sometimes she holds it too long and goes potty inside the house. [more inside]
posted by Tell Me No Lies at 5:42 PM - 15 answers

Pick up your litter

What am I missing about this cat litter: [more inside]
posted by Chrysostom at 11:45 AM - 6 answers

November 13

Birb times

I would love to watch videos of & read essays about birds who are happy, communicative, empathetic, intelligent, and who have positive & close relationships with humans and animals of other species. [more inside]
posted by Sterros at 8:17 PM - 16 answers

Got a big head there, Bobo

Can other animals (apes/bears/etc) be allergic to bee stings like humans? [more inside]
posted by downtohisturtles at 7:25 PM - 7 answers

November 12

How to soothe my ex's anxious cats until they can move in with him?

My husband and I are getting divorced. He's getting the cats in the divorce. He has effectively moved in with his new girlfriend (temporarily, until we can sublet our apartment and he can afford his own) whose living situation precludes him taking his cats with him, leaving me as the sole caretaker of two very upset cats who don't understand why their favorite human isn't around and are acting out accordingly. How do I survive this and maybe help these poor babies be a little happier? [more inside]
posted by bridgebury at 7:59 AM - 9 answers

November 4

Hershey's Cocoa container unopened weight

My dog (Merlin) got into an 8 oz container of Hershey's Special Dark cocoa while I was away this morning. The container currently weighs more than the advertised weight (226 grams) - it's weighing out to 259 grams. But there was definitely some on the floor and I assume he consumed some so I assume some of that weight is packaging. Does anyone have an unopened container they can weigh for me so I can do a worst case scenario math?
posted by macfly at 1:19 PM - 8 answers

Do you have insights on my oldster cat?

I have a 17 year old cat and his behavior has changed significantly in the last year or so - can you tell me why, and if there's anything to be done? [more inside]
posted by RajahKing at 7:09 AM - 14 answers

November 2

Comparing vet costs: feline tooth extraction edition

The vet says partner's cat needs some kitty dental surgery. What's an average price range for this? Relevant details inside. [more inside]
posted by eviemath at 7:12 PM - 15 answers

What game/toy do you play with your older cat boy/lady?

I have a 13-year old male cat at home. When he was younger, his favorite game is to play "catch ball" with me throwing out a paper ball that I crumple a small sheet of paper into small and tight that rolls and bounces fast. [more inside]
posted by lanhan at 8:57 AM - 14 answers

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