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February 19

Stupidity got the cat

I left some yarn out after a day of crocheting. My cat ate an unknown amount. She’s now being prepped for surgery, and I’m not coping. [more inside]
posted by antihistameme at 8:58 PM - 21 answers

February 17

Committing to using an e-collar on my herding dog

This charming lass is a 3 year-old border Aussie named Holly. She's plateaued in her training, and our trainer would like us to use an e-collar. I'm having a hard time coming to terms with it, since it seems, well, cruel. Can I get opinions on e-collars? [more inside]
posted by SunSnork at 8:01 PM - 19 answers

February 13

What’s wrong with my cat? (TW: very sick cat)

Our terrifying bruiser of a house panther (cat tax) is very sick. We’re in the middle of rounds of tests with the vet, leading to what seems like an ominous conclusion. I guess we’re mining hopium, here. Input from vets or experienced cat owners very welcome. Snowflakes… [more inside]
posted by invincible summer at 6:53 PM - 22 answers

February 8

Leash this Beast

Trying to find a harness for something of a pear-shaped cat-dog. [more inside]
posted by Lyn Never at 7:03 AM - 6 answers

February 7

Help me be a less anxious pet-owner

How can I, as a pet owner, learn to have more chill? [more inside]
posted by unicorn chaser at 5:17 AM - 22 answers

February 5

How to make things easier for surviving dog after death of littermate?

Friendfilter: one of my friend's two 17-year old dogs, adorable littermates who had rarely been apart in their lives, passed away suddenly* a couple of days ago. The other little guy was present and seems to understand and accept the loss, but my friend would like advice and tips on making her remaining time with the survivor better and easier for him. [more inside]
posted by rpfields at 1:27 PM - 3 answers

Dog with lymphoma and necessary travel

You had a dog with lymphoma which you decided not to treat with chemo. What was the result? [more inside]
posted by rhymedirective at 6:58 AM - 9 answers

February 4

What makes some kinds of cotton attract cat-fur so strongly?

I have a cat. The fur gets everywhere. Say I have two shirts or two bed-sheets, ostensibly both 100% cotton, where one acts like a powerful & tenacious magnet for the fur but the other does not: why is that so? Is it to do with the type of weave? The way the fabric has been chemically treated (or not)? Is it an electrostatic thing? When buying shirts & sheets in future, I would prefer them not to be fur-magnets: what should I be taking into consideration when purchasing?
posted by misteraitch at 1:15 PM - 11 answers

January 28


I get Dexamothasone eye drops for my GSD (tax). It says they are out of stock. How do I get this now? [more inside]
posted by falsedmitri at 8:37 AM - 4 answers

January 23

Keeping cat safe while she's alone for 24 hours

I have to travel from LA to San Diego and stay overnight for two events. The trip will probably be about 24 hours total including travel and sleep. My cat is 10. I do not have anyone to check in on her. If I put out two litter boxes, a few bowls of water, and two plates of her dry food, will she be okay? I know she'll be mad, but like... Will she be okay?
posted by The Adventure Begins at 9:15 AM - 35 answers

January 22

When should I be worried about my dog growling?

Hi, new dog owner here. I’m 6 months into being the proud guardian of my rescue mutt, who’s really settled in nicely into my life - maybe too much, as she’s now throwing tantrums when I tell her to do something she doesn’t want to do. [more inside]
posted by antihistameme at 2:48 AM - 5 answers

January 21

Help me train this typical Arizoñian.

I have a dog named Laszlo, named after Matt Berry's fantastic vampire in What We Do in the Shadows. He loves learning tricks. Help me come up with ideas for some on-theme tricks! [more inside]
posted by actionpact at 11:27 AM - 7 answers

January 19

Name this Cat

We have a new 11 month old Siamese/Bengal mix, female, who is vocal, curious, vertical (climbs), likes to cuddle and be petted, but doesn't like to be picked up. She came with a name but it's sliding off. See for yourself. Suggestions will be taken under advisement, thank you kindly!
posted by seanmpuckett at 6:46 AM - 38 answers

January 18

How to best take care of my neighbor's cat while he's gone for a month?

My good next-door neighbor is entering a 28-day rehab this weekend. He's incredibly bonded with his cat (it's his first cat, they are VERY close), and he's super anxious about leaving him. I have my own cat (they've had one mostly successful playdate) and will be taking care of his. I work from home, neighbor has also worked from home. When we've traded off sitting, his boy usually hides or ignores me. What would be a good schedule to keep his cat happy and ease my neighbor's mind? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:22 AM - 13 answers

January 17

How can I encourage this cat to come back?

A friendly neighborhood cat occasionally shows up on our fire escape. He's clearly a pet who is allowed to roam, rather than a stray-- he is visibly well-fed and well-cared for. Plus, he has a collar with a tag that says "Roberto. DO NOT FEED" followed by contact information. I won't feed him, but we enjoy his visits-- so what can I do to encourage Roberto to stop by more often? [more inside]
posted by yankeefog at 2:34 AM - 12 answers

January 16

How to grieve a sudden pet loss of my beloved kitty efficiently?

Last week I lost my beloved cat suddenly due to a stroke. From one moment to another, she was gone, she passed away in my arms. Despite an immediate rush to the vet, nothing could be done to save her. She was healthy, happy, and playful, I got her urine checked recently and her bloodwork was done on the same day. The results came out fine, she received quality food, plenty of cuddles and it is just... unbelievably shocking. I still cannot believe it how my best friend, the first creature who loved me unconditionally, is gone. Mosty likely it is a heart failure or brain stroke, according to vet. [more inside]
posted by Salicornia at 5:34 AM - 21 answers

January 12

Cat lymphoma - treatment without surgical biopsy

I've read several accounts by people whose vets would treat feline gastro lymphoma on strong suspicion rather than requiring a surgical biopsy. Did this happen in your case? [more inside]
posted by Frowner at 12:39 PM - 3 answers

January 11

Are collars really ok for dogs?

I'm not an expert on dog anatomy (or any species, really), but common sense and the general knowledge I do have tells me that the neck is a very sensitive area. I can't imagine that pulling on it is a good idea, but it seems like most dogs wear collars all their lives and don't seem to have horrible neck injuries in their old age. What's going on here, how can this work?
posted by wheatlets at 4:14 PM - 20 answers

January 8

Tips and tricks for New Dog Owners

New dog owner. What are small helpful tips, tricks, or life hacks that you wouldn't read about in the books for giving the dog and their owners their best and happiest life? [more inside]
posted by roaring beast at 5:16 PM - 42 answers

Cat lymphoma - how did you treat? What were costs like

Our cat, aged fifteen, has kidney disease and intestinal thickening. For a variety of reasons, I suspect lymphoma rather than IBD. Did/does your cat have small cell lymphoma? How do/did you treat? [more inside]
posted by Frowner at 11:43 AM - 15 answers

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