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March 25

Sitting friend's anxious dog - constant wimpering, barking, peeing

I'm sitting my former foster puppy - now as a 1 year old 80 pound dog, who still struggles with separation anxiety, soiling indoors, leash pulling, [more inside]
posted by ScorpionFlower at 10:20 AM - 5 answers

March 21

You are not my cat's vet, but I have a question about ear infections.

We have a cat with a stubborn ear infection and I'm looking for opinions/advice. [more inside]
posted by jquinby at 12:16 PM - 12 answers

March 13

Grooming tools for Australian Shepherd?

I have found myself caring for a miniature Australian Shepherd. I've got most of the basics covered, but am looking for some experienced advice on the best brushes for keeping the shedding under control + her coat looking decent. [more inside]
posted by ryanshepard at 4:39 AM - 6 answers

March 10

Big Mutt

I would like to modify or replace the extended cab window on my truck so that my dog can stick his head out the window. What can you suggest? [more inside]
posted by falsedmitri at 7:55 AM - 6 answers

March 4

Help me play with my goldfish

My three-year-old goldfish is large, healthy, and bored. They need a larger tank, but that can't happen for another few months. I'd like to interact with them more to lift their spirits, but I'll need to make my own hoop and/or install my obstacle course for them. Their body is about the size of my average size adult lady's hand. What can I get at Lowe's to use as a hoop to train them to jump through and set up some obstacles for them to swim through? No rough edges and must be easy to clean. As an aside, we've eliminated water conditions and health conditions (parasites, bacterial infections) as reasons for their minor malaise. I'm positive they are bored. Adding a tank mate is not an option, they are an unusually aggressive goldfish and have killed before :(
posted by OsoMeaty at 2:29 PM - 10 answers

March 2

Harm reduction: the cat loves to unroll TP

Are there any cat toys that will simulate the extreme satisfaction my cat gets from unrolling toilet paper? I've switched the paper to go 'under', but I feel bad depriving her of what's apparently a really great time.
posted by BuddhaInABucket at 2:07 PM - 17 answers

February 28

Please help me with my dog's random barking.

First, I looked at some of the answers from this question but our situations are mostly different. I adopted my 14 lb shih tuz, Dice on December 1. On Feb 23, he just started barking in the evenings when he hears something in the hallway. More inside... [more inside]
posted by bookworm4125 at 5:20 PM - 12 answers

February 27

How to unspook my cat about a whole part of my (new) apartment

I moved to a new apartment. My cat was nervous, and then ok with it, and then went at least partly back to being nervous. I'm confused about what's going on and want to change it. [more inside]
posted by less-of-course at 7:11 PM - 8 answers

February 25

KittenFilter Question: How Do I Help These Cats?

My housemate's cat gave birth to kittens last night, in a bag of my housemate's abandoned jackets- which had been stuffed underneath a dresser. We're generally avoiding that area until the kittens are old enough to be put somewhere else, like a crate. What else can we do to make sure that the cat and all of her kittens are okay? [more inside]
posted by Ashen at 3:51 PM - 17 answers

February 21

Spanish phrases to say to a cat?

I am an Anglophone and a Cat Person. I cat-sit on a semi-regular basis for a cat whose humans speak Spanish at home. My own Spanish is conversational at best (three years in secondary school plus some idle DuoLingo since), and I’d like to expand my vocabulary a little. [more inside]
posted by armeowda at 9:23 PM - 8 answers

February 20

A tail of two … oh, never mind.

My partner and I are moving to a new city at a six-month interval from one another. Given the circumstances described below, who should get the cats in the meantime? [more inside]
posted by mykescipark at 11:08 PM - 17 answers

Good thing she's so cute

Often over the last few weeks, my cat leaves droplets when she's near me. Little clear globs on my keyboard, shirt, or pillow. Does she have a cold or is she just... drooling with happiness? [more inside]
posted by ojocaliente at 9:14 AM - 12 answers

February 18

Are there any battery powered cat toys that your cats find entertaining?

My cat used to live with another cat. They weren't best friends but they got some exercise/entertainment by chasing each other around. I think my cat is bored now judging by her always high but now heightened meowy-ness levels, and I'm sometimes not up for wielding the chase-y thing. [more inside]
posted by less-of-course at 1:43 PM - 7 answers

February 16

How to clean up cat pee to remove the smell?

So I just brought home my first cat fosters... and one of them peed everywhere. Everywhere being my wood floor, my tile floor, and inside my closet. I wiped/soaked up the pee with paper towels. Then I wet-swiffered twice. It still smells fairly intensely like cat pee. Is there something else I should be doing or some other product I should be using? These are two fairly recently neutered male middle-aged and senior cats. Thanks!
posted by ClaireBear at 11:36 AM - 29 answers

February 13

What's the best remote control thing for my dog to chase?

I've been watching those videos where a bunch of frenchies chase after an RC car and said "hey, I have a frenchie." The question though: IS there something better to remote pilot besides a car that can go a fairly long way around a yard and keep going for a while. I assume there's something but I'd love some dog owners' takes on this.
posted by rileyray3000 at 9:18 PM - 1 answers

Tramadol in the anxious dog

Our bestest boy is seemingly in a mental crisis. Being a big dog, he has hip problems in his old age. He was previously on 3.75mg of Metacam and 50-100g of tramadol, as needed. But that got upped at his last check-up. [more inside]
posted by hwyengr at 7:44 AM - 9 answers

February 11

Sleepwalking older dog. Is this a thing?

Looking for experiences and advice from those with old dogs who have had difficulty sleeping. trying to figure out the extent to which we need to get used to this long-term, or if there are common causes (or remedies) for this. [more inside]
posted by jerome powell buys his sweatbands in bulk only at 4:11 PM - 8 answers

February 9

Housebreaking a particularly stubborn dog

Current foster dog is around a year and a half old and was surrendered by an owner that was somewhere between neglectful and abusive and was completely untrained including housebreaking. He will reliably go when taken outside but will not ask to go out. [more inside]
posted by Candleman at 11:27 AM - 13 answers

February 8

Please help me satiate my love for crows.

I am looking for all sorts of information pertaining to those lovable but oft-maligned creatures we call crows. Do you have a fascination for crows? Maybe you can help. [more inside]
posted by captainsohler at 1:51 PM - 49 answers

February 2

Indestructable cat feeder for very large, strong and always hungry cat

Do you have an automatic cat feeder that will survive a 15 pound cat who has managed to rip open bags of chips, open cabinet doors and is driving us crazy with his demanding food ways? This means a cat feeder that will not let a cat (our cat) infiltrate the food repository, the feeder won't break and open if knocked over, and will generally stand up to a very aggressive seeker of food. [more inside]
posted by bluesky43 at 5:01 PM - 12 answers

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