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December 14

What should an NYC newbie know about dogs?

You're single and have a small dog in a downtown L.A. apartment. You're taking a job in Midtown. What should you know about bringing said dog to NYC?
posted by John Borrowman at 2:10 PM - 15 answers

December 13

Both my young dogs died. Is it my fault?

I have only had two dogs in my life, both died soon after I got them and both were young. Why did this happen, is it my fault, and how do I learn to accept it? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:13 AM - 25 answers

December 12

How to rehome the world's sweetest rabbit?

I need a holiday miracle, Boston/rabbit edition: a friend is caring for the world's sweetest pet rabbit but can't keep it and also can't find a rescue group to take it. The pound will euthanize it. Help. [more inside]
posted by BlahLaLa at 11:07 AM - 25 answers

December 11

Welcome to another edition of Name My Cat!

My BF and I lost our two senior kitties over the past few months, and we were heartbroken at having to say goodbye to them. I didn't think that I'd want to bring another cat into my home so soon, but here he is! [more inside]
posted by computech_apolloniajames at 5:31 PM - 57 answers

Where to get the awesomest pet presents?

My brother and sister-in-law have two fur babies (mid-size pittie types) they completely dote on. I'd like to get them a gift and/or gift-certificate for the holidays. Where do you dog-owning folks find the best (quality, novelty, frivolity) pet supplies and/or gifts? [more inside]
posted by msbubbaclees at 2:07 PM - 11 answers

December 10

How to pick a pet bird?

What bird would your recommend that's: 1. low maintenance; 2. friendly; and 3. quiet [more inside]
posted by LegallyBread at 8:50 AM - 17 answers

December 9

Introducing female cat to play-aggressive male cat

We recently introduced a 1 year old female cat to our similar aged male cat, who shows significant play aggression towards us. The male cat constantly wants to play, but the new cat hisses and growls every time. We're running out of ideas on how to make it work and any advice would be much appreciated! [more inside]
posted by danh at 11:34 PM - 10 answers

December 5

SpiderFilter: Yet another spider ID question

What type of spider is this? [more inside]
posted by DSime at 1:53 PM - 2 answers

How do we keep up our dog's confidence while training our puppy?

Nine month-old Chewie was surrendered to a rescue by an inexperienced owner who kept him crated 20+ hours a day and never properly socialized him. He's making GREAT progress in the month we've had him but is still an undertrained puppy. Three year-old Zelda is VERY sensitive to any correction, and has been taking it personally whenever she hears a "No!" or "Uh-uh!," even if it's not directed at her. [more inside]
posted by ferociouskitty at 7:23 AM - 5 answers

December 4

Help us name our new orange kitty!

Adopting two kitties this week. The female Tortie has been named, but we're stumped on a name for the orange male tabby. Help! [more inside]
posted by pghjezebel at 2:00 PM - 54 answers

December 3

How strict is Amtrak about dogs?

I'd like to take my 23-pound pup by train from Massachusetts to Pennsylvania in March, but Amtrak's website says the weight limit is 20 pounds. Are they super strict about this?
posted by Camofrog at 2:11 PM - 10 answers

Can you pay to hang out with dogs in London?

My partner loves dogs (sure, cats too, but mainly dogs). We can't have one of our own now for a variety of unrelated practical reasons. Are there any practical options in the London area for being around dogs on an occasional, ad-hoc basis? [more inside]
posted by Chef Flamboyardee at 12:30 PM - 11 answers

December 2

Cat person needs dog sweater

I need to get a dog sweater for a small (maybe 20 pound?) dog. There are a lot of dog sweaters on the internet. A LOT. What ever does one look for in a dog sweater? [more inside]
posted by Toddles at 7:56 PM - 4 answers

Cat has a swollen nose, what now?

Our cat has a swollen nose. We thought it was maybe temporary irritation (smokey air?), but it's been a month now, and it hasn't gone down, maybe gotten slightly worse. [more inside]
posted by slidell at 1:20 PM - 8 answers

December 1

Elderly cat hints

Our elderly cat (12-14 years) has gotten noticeably worse in the past week -- not in the 'should we put her down' way, but in terms of personality shifts and grooming troubles. The vet was unconcerned after testing and examination, but how do we deal with it? [more inside]
posted by flibbertigibbet at 9:08 PM - 18 answers

Kitten naming ideas

We’ve adopted two brother kitties and need some naming ideas! [more inside]
posted by gatorbiddy at 1:41 PM - 44 answers

November 29

Considering getting a Sphynx

I have medium cat allergies. I am considering getting a hairless cat. Let me know your experiences with them! Specific questions inside. [more inside]
posted by hepta at 11:12 AM - 13 answers

November 28

Cat care when we're not there

This is a two-parter! 1. Do you have a Boston-area pet sitter recommendation? 2. How about suggestions for entertaining said cat when there are no humans around to throw things? [more inside]
posted by prewar lemonade at 11:32 AM - 10 answers

November 27

Cat Name!

I am really stuck. I rescued this cat off the street, and she is kind of a hyperactive terror, but my older cat is totally Here. For. It. They're playing non-stop and having the time of their lives. But she's been living with us for a month and I am no closer to naming this tiny cat! [more inside]
posted by thegreatfleecircus at 9:53 AM - 106 answers

November 24

Can I give my dog pills that got wet?

My English Bulldog Daisy (obligatory picture and picture takes 100 mg Gabapentin to help her sleep at night and avoid the sundowner effects of canine dementia. The pills got wet. Can I still give them to her? [more inside]
posted by seasparrow at 4:13 PM - 7 answers

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