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August 14

Potentially adding a second dog - but what kind?

In a few months I'd like to get a second dog, but my current dog is rather finicky. Trying to think this through. [more inside]
posted by ohsnapdragon at 2:18 PM - 14 answers

August 13

weird pre-walk dog behavior!

Why does my dog, who loves walks, always act so nervous during the buildup to a walk? [more inside]
posted by cakelite at 2:01 PM - 15 answers

Should I foster cats with a FHV-1 carrier resident cat?

My lovely 8-year-old cat, who was originally a rescue, has periodic FHV-1 (feline herpes) outbreaks so is definitely a carrier. I'm thinking about fostering another cat, but wondering how her FHV might affect that. [more inside]
posted by rafaella gabriela sarsaparilla at 12:44 PM - 3 answers

August 12

Female literary dog names

My family is in the process of adopting two bonded female treeing walker coonhounds, and looking for literary names for them (especially ones that make sense as a pair). Can you provide us with some good suggestions? [more inside]
posted by RyanAdams at 11:27 AM - 43 answers

Does it matter where I buy Cheristin for cats?

The vet is telling me to buy Cheristin only through his office, where it's much more expensive than it is online, or from one particular website (Drs. Foster and Smith), which doesn't carry it. Does it matter? [more inside]
posted by MelanieMichelle at 9:20 AM - 6 answers

August 9

What can I put in my fishtank

I picked up a 28L tank secondhand, planning to put a goldfish in it. Turns out they actually need really big tanks and this is too small. What would be good in an unheated tank of this size?
posted by KateViolet at 12:06 AM - 17 answers

August 8

Cat name orthography

After being called many names (Elvis, Little Mr. Kitty, Li'l Earl Grey, etc) that never stuck, our cat has finally had his permanent name bestowed, a nonsense word that is pronounced like 'Kinky' but with hard Gs in lieu of Ks. Help me spell this name and avoid endless gif/jif misunderstandings! [more inside]
posted by palindromic at 5:10 PM - 36 answers

How to be a less anxious cat owner?

My partner and I adopted a kitten last year, who has since grown into a lively, healthy, one-year-old bruiser. Despite his excellent temperament and good health, I experience regular, overwhelming anxiety about his well-being and safety, which leads to stress for both my partner and myself. The current heat wave has brought this to a head. How do I settle into confident cat personship? Wall o'text and Cat Tax within! [more inside]
posted by peakes at 8:28 AM - 24 answers

August 6

So, I need help figuring out how much canned food to give my dog

I am going to be giving my elderly lab dog (12 years old) a sensitive stomach dog food (4health brand at Tractor Supply). I need to figure out how much to give her, I feed her twice a day morning and evening. [more inside]
posted by just asking at 4:01 PM - 7 answers

Could my cat really have diabetes?

I'm skeptical, overwhelmed, and looking for a recommendation for either a home vet in NYC and/or a rescue org who might help find her a better home. [more inside]
posted by unannihilated at 10:19 AM - 10 answers

August 5

“Indestructible”? Hah!

My 8 month old puppy, Gatsby is a serious chewer. Please help me find soft dog toys that will last more than a day! [more inside]
posted by Weeping_angel at 1:04 PM - 19 answers

August 3

the cat which will not be named

It’s another round of “name my cat please!” Pics of course. [more inside]
posted by zinful at 10:48 AM - 39 answers

August 2

Help me name my two tumblr blogs about dogs

What are some name suggestions for two dog related tumblrs? The first one is for dogs in containers in the NYC subway. (e.g. NYC subway demands dogs be “enclosed in a container,” and dogs happily comply) The second one is for dogs at protests. (e.g. Resistance Dogs Protest Trump - Anti-Trump Dog Pictures) [more inside]
posted by andoatnp at 8:45 AM - 7 answers

August 1

Adopted cat with preexisting condition - now what?

My partner and I recently adopted our sweet Rosie from a local rescue group. We just found out that she has a health issue the rescue didn't take care of and didn't let us know about. What recourse do we have for getting it taken care of? Any suggestions for how to approach the rescue? [more inside]
posted by Neely O'Hara at 8:40 AM - 10 answers

July 31

Advice about radioactive cat.

Cat recently had radioiodine treatment for hyperthyroid, and is now in quarantine at home. I'm seeking advice about what rules can be bent, from people who have been through this, or who know about radioactivity. [more inside]
posted by jessicapierce at 11:46 AM - 12 answers

July 29

Introducing a kitten to an existing cat

Hobbes (F, 10 weeks) came home a week ago and she's mostly getting along with the existing cat Nilly (F, 2 years), but sometimes she gets scared and hisses, and then Nilly gets affronted and and growls and bats. Sometimes Hobbes pees when this happens. I suspect they'll work it out, but any tips on breaking the cycle sooner rather than later? TIA!
posted by ftm at 10:31 AM - 5 answers

July 28

Fiddleleaf fig assassin: If I fits I pee on it edition

FIVE YEARS into cat detente, this criminal decided to start peeing in the pot of my most beloved plant. She has never peed outside of her litter box, ever, until I brought this plant home. So, 1) WHY? 2) How do I stop her 3) What kind of damage is this doing to the plant and how do I reverse it? [more inside]
posted by this-apoptosis at 1:30 PM - 11 answers

July 27

Dog jealous of girlfriend

How do I get a jealous dog to warm up to new girlfriend? [more inside]
posted by kabong the wiser at 8:54 AM - 10 answers

July 26

I rescued a cat, and I hate her

All she does is bite me and cost me money. [more inside]
posted by unannihilated at 8:01 PM - 65 answers

What dog breeds would be most suitable for our family?

We are considering getting a dog (well, the rest of the family thinks it's a forgone conclusion, but I'm a little leery) and I am trying to figure out what breeds might fit us best. I'm finding that to be really hard. [more inside]
posted by kitcat at 11:01 AM - 71 answers

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