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July 20

Best pet gate to put between two railing poles

Looking for hands-on experience with pet gates, details inside. [more inside]
posted by Candleman at 5:12 PM - 1 answers

July 19

Indoor cats and heat

I have two 13-year-old indoor cats. My air conditioner is busted. The temperature is expected to hit 100 degrees tomorrow and Sunday. Should I leave town? [more inside]
posted by 2019 at 2:06 PM - 21 answers

July 17

Another edition of “name this cat!”

A few days ago we adopted this very handsome boy, but have yet to figure out his name. Help us name this cat! (More details within.) [more inside]
posted by a device for making your enemy change his mind at 10:44 PM - 61 answers

Help! A cat followed me home. He needs to be gone tomorrow.

I'm in NYC. He's a sweetheart, but I can't keep him, and if he doesn't have somewhere to go by tomorrow night I'll have to release him back onto the street. [more inside]
posted by unannihilated at 7:41 PM - 20 answers

What dragonfly (maybe) is this?

Can you identify this dragonfly? Spotted just after dawn this morning. It was about 2 1/2 inches long. I'm in southern Arizona. The monsoons have just arrived and it's bug city down here - I'm seeing so many little dudes I can't recognize!
posted by DSime at 11:26 AM - 2 answers

July 16

How Convince Dog?

Our 6-month-old poodle has developed the habit of peeing a little the moment we put a leash on her. She does it if we put her harness on, or if we just clip the leash onto the harness. She does it if she's in an elevator, in her crate, or on a sofa. She just did it when I was just scratching her under the chin on the sofa. She does it if Mrs. musofire clips on the leash, or I do. How do I train her to stop? [more inside]
posted by musofire at 8:07 PM - 6 answers

What have you done to eliminate (or mitigate) dog smell in your house?

Our Old Boy is a stinky one. He's super sweet 14-15 year old Cairn Terrier mix with skin fungus, alopecia, and he's progressively more incontinent. All of these lead to him being a stinky dude, which in turn makes my small house (~900 sq ft + basement) really stink. How do I eliminate or even mitigate this odor? [more inside]
posted by brokeaspoke at 9:09 AM - 15 answers

July 15

What did you give your small, shy cat to hide in?

I have a small, shy cat that is being bullied by the larger, non-shy cat. There were a few pieces of furniture that the small cat could hide under or inside, but those pieces of furniture are now broken. What can I bring in that will give this cat a place to hide? (No cat pics, sorry.) [more inside]
posted by umber vowel at 9:40 AM - 8 answers

July 12

Names for two sister kittens

Tomorrow we welcome two young sisters into our home from their foster family. They're currently called Ruby and Shuri, but as they ignore their names anyway, we'd like to rename them something linked. So far, the family argument list is Brunhilda & Sigrdrifa, Willow & Blossom, Friday & Saturday, Starlight & Moondust, Monkey & Mouse, but nothing is quite clicking. Pop culture, feminist and historical names are great. I promise photos in updates. They are pure black with bobtails and very active.
posted by dorothyisunderwood at 11:14 PM - 40 answers

July 11

What would you name a penguin?

Help me name a penguin at our zoo (aka. how has this not been asked before). [more inside]
posted by allkindsoftime at 3:45 PM - 47 answers

July 7

Scooby-Doo, please unmask the anxiety-maker in my home.

I've had my feline companions for about seven months now. Signs may indicate that they aren't happy here. How do you make that call? [more inside]
posted by mykescipark at 9:42 AM - 20 answers

July 3

Cone of Shame and kitty hissing - help!

I know this question has been asked a million times, but after a very stressful night lying awake incredible worried, I'd love some advice. [more inside]
posted by JenThePro at 7:21 AM - 8 answers

July 2

Help our dog with bedtime separation distress?

Can you help our labradoodle with a heartbreaking case of separation distress? [more inside]
posted by stupidsexyFlanders at 6:04 PM - 12 answers

Cross-country Cat Caravan: Do we need reservations?

We'll be driving approximately NYC -> Seattle. Kitty has taken practice rides and does well, so I think we're set on the kitty-wrangling part. It's the hotel part I'm not sure about. [more inside]
posted by Dashy at 7:56 AM - 19 answers

Introducing a new kitten

I have two cats. I am adopting a 3rd. I have been told that you need to take it really slow introducting a new cat to the mix, but.... does it really matter THAAAAAAAAAAAAT much? Does it not have more to do with the individual personalities of the cats involved? Am I that off base? [more inside]
posted by PuppetMcSockerson at 6:17 AM - 21 answers

June 28

Cat dandruff

Mrs. Beasley has dandruff. Omega-3 supplements see to be the way to go. However, I positively hate the smell of fish. Do you have experience treating cat dandruff with a product that won't make me gag? Cat tax. (Yes, she is staring into your soul.)
posted by mudpuppie at 10:25 AM - 7 answers

June 24

I think I adopted a dog too soon

My beloved dog died about six weeks ago. I have been grieving intensely, yet I believed I was ready to adopt another dog to be a companion for myself, my husband and our other dog. We have had the dog for two nights and I am having doubts about my decision and am on a roller coaster of emotion - guilt, grief... I don't know if I should give it more time or tell the rescue group that I am not ready and have them find another home for him. [more inside]
posted by GoldenEel at 9:26 AM - 23 answers

Cat cannot sleep on bed anymore; how to train her

Our cat has been sleeping in my husband's bed for over a decade. Her geriatric cat health issues mean this can't continue (...just trust me, even the vet agrees). The kitty is understandably very upset about this change. How can we make this easier on everyone (e.g. let us get sleep)? How can you retrain a geriatric cat? [more inside]
posted by flibbertigibbet at 4:02 AM - 30 answers

June 23

What to do with this cat?

Our family is facing a dillemma. We have this cat that we adopted from a neighbor almost 10 years ago. Pretty much from the moment we've had her she's had "bowel problems", which translates to the cat having had diarrhea pretty much constantly. We've spent hundreds and hundreds of dollars on the vet, without a conclusive diagnosis and no medications that solved, let alone alleviated the problem. We're at our wits end. We're tired of living in a house that's covered in shit and smells like a two week's old litterbox. Tired of watching our step everywhere for fear of stepping in another puddle, tired of cleaning the puddles, just basically, really, really tired of this shit. The last three months the cat has lost a lot of weight, she's been put on steroids, but all to no avail. In short: we're ready to bring her to the vet to have her euthanized. But we feel guilty. What would you do in such a situation? Are we bad people for just wanting this to be over?
posted by monospace at 4:07 PM - 23 answers

Name for animals that are sometimes bipeds and sometimes quadrupeds?

Is there another term like biped or quadruped that can be used to describe animals that are able to use both forms of locomotion? Some examples of these animals are: bears, kangaroos, gorillas, frilled dragons, pangolins, and humans. (I am aware that some of these examples spend the vast majority of time using just one or the other form of locomotion, I'm not here to debate that)
posted by McNulty at 12:17 PM - 2 answers

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