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July 4

Pet beaver book

I once read a book about a family who adopted a beaver. It was probably published between 1970-1990 and had candid family photos of the beaver swimming in their bathtub. What was it? [more inside]
posted by nouvelle-personne at 9:58 PM - 8 answers

Cats bringing live gifts to bed

Looking for advice on discouraging a new cat behavior in which they bring live prey to bed while humans are unconscious. [more inside]
posted by edbles at 4:58 AM - 11 answers

July 2

Help, my cat has Screen Dependency Disorder.

My cat is obsessed with TV and screens in general. She spends hours sitting in front of the TV even if it's off, and when we watch something she jumps up right in front of it. It's annoying and worrying. [more inside]
posted by signal at 6:02 PM - 11 answers

June 30

Dogs jumping and catching frisbees - lifestyle edition

A few years ago I went to the sheep shearing festival at Gore Place in Waltham. One of the activities was a dog jumping exhibition. This consisted of dogs making long, running jumps, attempting to catch and retrieve frisbees, sometimes jumping into water to do so. What is this sport called, and where can I see it again? [more inside]
posted by Winnie the Proust at 11:06 AM - 9 answers

Keep my laid-up dog entertained

My 8 year-old sled dog mutt Kesugi had TPLO surgery 5 days ago. His primary interests are running, jumping, roughhousing and fetching and he's used to at least 90 minutes of off-leash activity a day. He cannot run, jump, roughhouse or fetch for at least 12 weeks, it looks like, and can't be off-leash at all. Tell me all the best, specific ways you would keep your dog's brain busy when he can't keep his body busy at all. [more inside]
posted by charmedimsure at 10:20 AM - 7 answers

New rescue dog blues

I'm fostering a rescue dog and slowly losing my mind. Advice and comforting stories needed! [more inside]
posted by socky bottoms at 8:58 AM - 20 answers

June 27

Should I get rid of my puppy?

I adopted a puppy 1.5 months ago who is now 5 months old. I thought it would be okay with my landlady since my previous roommate had a dog and he moved out and she was okay with it. She just told me today that I need to have the puppy rehomed by Friday, it is Monday. I am thinking maybe I could move and keep her, or get her rehomed, but I feel really awful about that. I made a huge mistake I guess. [more inside]
posted by anon1129 at 9:50 AM - 27 answers

June 26

Flying across the US with cats?

Moving from New Hampshire to Seattle with 2 cats and looking for opinions on in-cabin pet travel on Alaska, American, Delta, or JetBlue. [more inside]
posted by Jacqueline at 4:50 PM - 5 answers

I miss my old dog

My parents adopted a dog from a shelter a couple of days ago - and she looks exactly like a rescue dog we lost less than a year ago. Her death was extremely traumatic for us. I still can’t look at her pictures without feeling sick. And I adore this new dog (she’s ridiculously cute!) but I also cried several times the day she arrived because she reminded me so much of the other dog. I haven’t really petted her much after the first day because I feel so strange. I don’t want to feel this way. [more inside]
posted by bigyellowtaxi at 1:18 PM - 13 answers

June 24

Full litter box changes for multi-cat households

I have three cats and five litter boxes. I scoop all boxes daily and have a good routine in place for that piece. What I don't have a good process for is changing out the entire litter box every few weeks so it's not a giant filthy stressful mess. This feels like it should be so incredibly straightforward but it's just not in our house and I feel like I'm missing some key part of the process. How do you do it? My specifics inside. [more inside]
posted by anderjen at 7:28 AM - 22 answers

Purse stable high protein dog treats recipe?

I've recently moved to a city with a very high number of stray dogs. Lots of people are feeding with left-over bread and occasionally kibble, but I'd love to keep something in my purse that I can easily hand out that has a bit more protein. Most US brands aren't easily available here. Any suggestions for recipies that might work?
posted by korej at 7:02 AM - 9 answers

June 20

Help old dog adjust to cats and sleep quietly at night

How can we help our old dog adjust to cats and sleep quietly and comfortably at night? [more inside]
posted by ljs30 at 1:47 PM - 7 answers

June 17

Integrating family and felines

My elderly parents are coming for a month-long visit after 2 and a half years of covid-enforced separation. I am really looking forward to it. In the interim, I adopted two rescue cats (cat tax). We have never had pets before, though my parents are excited and enthusiastic about meeting them. I am too (and my unbiased opinion is that my cats are adorable and nobody can help falling in love with them anyway), but I do have some practical concerns. [more inside]
posted by Nieshka at 6:17 AM - 8 answers

June 16

Cat vs chair! Emergency-lite edition (well ok, time-sensitive edition)

Thumbnail: one of my cats is variably bad about scratching upholstery. I do not want that to happen in one particular instance. [more inside]
posted by less-of-course at 1:26 PM - 8 answers

Video of dog zooming to get frisbee?

I recently saw a vertically shot video of a guy holding some soft frisbees that I'd like to find again. [more inside]
posted by Gorgik at 11:28 AM - 3 answers

June 15

Ideas to stop dog eating a couch cushion?

Our dog (dog tax) is obsessed with this one couch cushion. Months ago she ruptured the zipper. Now any time she gets a chance she is trying to pull out more of the stuffing. It's going to be an expensive fix to get it restuffed and mended, and I very much don't want to have to fix it again once we've done it. Any ideas? [more inside]
posted by potrzebie at 5:54 PM - 16 answers

Car crate and harness recommendations for new dog

Our new baby shark (tax) needs some gear. Unfortunately online reviews and rankings have been totally devalued. Help us find dog accoutrements based on what worked for YOUR dog. [more inside]
posted by babelfish at 5:49 PM - 10 answers

Help me name my snails

I have several aquatic snails in a tank I call Snellywood (Snailcity, S-town, baby). I have two new purple mystery snails to join my other mysteries Fred and Ginger (and Tracy and Hepburn the nerites) [more inside]
posted by wellifyouinsist at 7:55 AM - 21 answers

June 14

Rehoming a cat who's not happy

My beautiful Wisakedjak is one of five cats in our house; I've had him since kittenhood and he's about five years old now. But he has never been entirely happy and we're thinking he may need a different sort of home. [more inside]
posted by jackbishop at 5:42 AM - 5 answers

Another spider ID request

Hello! Wondering if anyone has any ideea what spider this is. Pictures taken this morning. I am in NYC (Queens), in an apartment, on the third floor. It rained last night -- I was reading about some likely candidates (though I hate looking at pictures of spiders, which made it difficult) and a lot of them sounded ground-dwelling, so I'm not sure what to think. Thank you!
posted by andrewesque at 3:54 AM - 9 answers

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