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April 3

Dog likes being petted but doesn’t show it

My dog, who is otherwise expressive and affectionate, lays like a lump on a log while being petted. She occasionally rolls over to offer her belly or bears into a head scritch and she always reacts when I stop petting, but for the most part there is zero movement. Is this normal? Is there anything I can do to get her to let me know what she likes and doesn’t? [more inside]
posted by Tell Me No Lies at 6:57 AM - 12 answers

April 1

Strange cat behavior

We’re fostering a kitty due to COVID-19. She’s 9 years and blind. I’m not sure why she’s blind since her eyes look pretty clear and her pupils react to light. She came from a hoarder situation and lived with 80 other cats, so who knows what she’s been through. [more inside]
posted by hazel79 at 6:05 PM - 5 answers

Dogs and heart failure - can you tell me what you did?

Our dear old pup has a pretty strong heart murmur that I think is trending into congestive heart failure. Can you tell me about your personal experience managing this? I’d also appreciate any resources for learning more about the prognosis. [more inside]
posted by robertthebruce at 1:28 PM - 6 answers

March 31

Cleaning litterbox using a shop vac - good idea bad idea

So I am doing some studies about the best way to clean a litter box that doesn't make a big mess and doesn't ask the kitties to adjust to any kind of change. So what if I used a dedicated shop vac that had a filter bag inside? What could go wrong? Please tell me. [more inside]
posted by bleep at 4:48 PM - 33 answers

Bird in the damper section of a wood burning stove

My MIL and her partner have a bird in the pipe of their (unused) wood burning stove. Can you please give us tips on how to get it out? [more inside]
posted by ancient star at 1:37 PM - 12 answers

Not my puppy.

I need resources for training someone else’s dog from scratch. My next door neighbor has a puppy. And covid-19. I will be walking the puppy (4 or so months old). Puppy only does toileting outdoors, otherwise has not been trained beyond ‘sit’ and ‘lie down.’ Puppy pulls the leash and wants to jump on people. I would post a photo but it’s not my dog and also he’s pretty distinctive. [more inside]
posted by bilabial at 8:21 AM - 11 answers

March 28

How do we deal with our new(ish) nipping, tantrum-throwing dog?

About a month and a half ago, we adopted a dog (what appears to be a pitbull/heeler mix) from a local rescue. And now we’re having some big problems with biting and other tantrum behaviors. I'm at the end of my rope, and I don’t know what to do. [more inside]
posted by Bambiraptor at 3:03 PM - 13 answers

March 26

What are these little tiny bug-like things in my freshwater aquarium?

I am setting up a freshwater aquarium for a betta and added some live plants. They must have had hitchhikers- what the heck are these things and how do I get rid of them? Tiny snails?? Or something?
posted by clarinet at 8:41 AM - 10 answers

March 22

how can I teach my fastidious dog to 'go' on the balcony?

My dog has shockingly good housetraining and has never had an indoor accident in all the years he's been with me. I'd like him to do his doggy business on the balcony when circumstances make it difficult to go for a real walk. How can I convince him that the balcony counts as outside, not inside? [more inside]
posted by moonmilk at 2:54 PM - 10 answers

Dog walks in the time of coronavirus

Is it okay for my dog walker to keep working right now? I will preface this by saying that I absolutely intend to keep paying my dog walker regardless -- and she knows this. I live alone with my doofus coonhound in a condo in a large east coast city that has thus far been moderately hard hit by the coronavirus. My dog walker would really like to keep working right now. She enjoys the opportunity to be outside and spending time with animals. I have a high stress work from home job and really appreciate the help with managing dog care. [more inside]
posted by fancypants at 5:55 AM - 20 answers

March 21

Where to look for fleas

I feel absolutely dumbfounded when I ask this because I know what a flea looks like. However, heres my conun-dum-drum. I have an all white long haired house cat who never leaves the house. She sits on my lap frequently. I sometimes get the sensation (more to come) [more inside]
posted by The_imp_inimpossible at 4:18 AM - 12 answers

March 20

Cat has watery eye; go to the vet now or wait?

For the past few weeks, I've noticed that my cat will sometimes have a tear coming from her right eye. The fluid is clear, she hasn't shown any signs of discomfort like blinking or pawing her eye, there's nothing wrong with her left eye, and her eyes seem perfectly normal otherwise. Should I take her to the vet now, or can it wait? Pics and cat tax here. [more inside]
posted by J.K. Seazer at 11:32 AM - 15 answers

March 16

Emergency dog fostering in NYC -- is this still needed?

I called the ASPCA and they were like "we have suspended all operations," so, oops. I could take a dog for however long this lasts, and it would probably be good for me, because otherwise I am holed up by myself. I'm in Brooklyn. Caveats: I've never fostered before, so I won't be on any organization's pre-approved list. Anyone know anywhere that is still looking for emergency dog fosters?
posted by schadenfrau at 10:08 AM - 7 answers

March 14

I am the lady in the black and white portion of the infomercial right now

Has anybody actually figured out a way for dealing with cat litter that isn't messy and disgusting AND works consistently AND doesn't need a special litter type? [more inside]
posted by bleep at 3:16 PM - 18 answers

March 8

ode(s) to dog parks

I'm looking for short quotes in which people say what dog parks have meant to them - for example, in this recent interview with Edie Falco in the NYT. Please note: I am really well aware of the potential risks with dog parks, and why some of them fail. We are working hard on that angle as well as on the positive angle. Following up on my earlier post. [more inside]
posted by mmiddle at 7:41 AM - 2 answers

March 7

Static causing cat's fur to mat

It's so dry this winter that my cat is getting lots of tiny mats in her fur from the static. How can I help her? [more inside]
posted by Feminazgul at 4:50 PM - 5 answers

Quality of life for the last days of my Cat with FeLV

My dear little 7 year old Carioca is dying of FeLV. Commonly called Cat Leukemia. [more inside]
posted by adamvasco at 4:23 PM - 9 answers

March 4

Metafilter, what is my cat's name?

I just adopted a giant 4 year old baby-cat. She is the sweetest. I haven't been able to settle on a name yet, so I implore you... Help me name my cat! [more inside]
posted by mingo_clambake at 2:18 PM - 62 answers

March 3

Can I pay someone to raise a puppy for its first year?

I have wanted a dog for a long time, but due to a chronic illness, I'm not in a position to manage all the work involved in raising and training a puppy. I can manage caring for an adult dog, however - walking, playing, grooming etc. [more inside]
posted by Zaire at 3:43 AM - 15 answers

February 29

Help my Sniffly Cat

My cat has developed a chronic case of rhinitis (sniffling, sneezing) that interferes with his breathing. The vet's been trying to rule stuff out and he's had antibiotics, steroids, etc - still sniffling. She believes there's something setting off allergies in our house. What could it be? More inside. [more inside]
posted by Miko at 6:22 AM - 16 answers

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