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March 20

Dog hurt itself, acting spooked/scared towards owners - why?

Our dog smacked it's head (on it's own), and my guess is that she thinks I/we did it. She reacted really strongly to this and we're kind of wondering what exactly is going on with her. [more inside]
posted by kilohertz at 11:14 AM - 8 answers

Help me build the absolute best litter box setup.

I would like to own the absolute best litter box setup for my 3 awesome cats who are forced to deal with a time-strapped overworked human servant. [more inside]
posted by cgg at 10:11 AM - 9 answers

March 19

How to pee pad

My old dog is still peeing on the carpet, and she's now on barbiturates which is making it worse. It's only on carpet/rugs and only when I'm gone. Given that she clearly knows this is not allowed, how can I train her to use a pee pad instead of the carpet when I'm gone, while not conveying that peeing inside is okay? [more inside]
posted by quiet coyote at 8:30 AM - 6 answers

March 16

I do Not want to be Lord of the Flies!

The “parrot house” suddenly has an annoying new species....small flies ( not fruit flies but ones I think people call helicopter flies). I suspect they arrived in a bale of straw that has been moved outside. Spring bounced on Oregon this week, creating the swarm and giving me the chance to open windows and doors for thorough cleaning. [more inside]
posted by ZenMajek at 7:04 PM - 5 answers

March 14

Does Synovi G3 work for your dog with luxating patella?

My small dog (terrier) was diagnosed with luxating patella stage 1. I happily discovered that there are braces, exercises, and massage options, and that surgery is a last resort. I was also recommended Synovi G3. [more inside]
posted by racersix6 at 10:30 AM - 4 answers

March 12

Help my cats find their favorite toy!!

I have three adorable cats (obligatory photos inside!) and they all love their favorite toy mouse. I'd like to buy them a whole pack, but I can't find any toys that have the same combination of rattle, weight, and small size! Can you help me find some more and make my kitties very happy indeed? [more inside]
posted by WidgetAlley at 10:26 AM - 9 answers

Help with a first time owl nesting box

I live just within the city limits of Atlanta and many years I hear Barred Owls and in some years I’ve been able to spot them. I decided to splurge and buy a barred owl box from Wild Birds Unlimited but I have a bunch of questions regarding how to properly mount it, placement, maintenance and attracting the owls to it. [more inside]
posted by arm426 at 9:19 AM - 5 answers

March 10

How do I walk little dogs?

I've started volunteering as a dog walker for an elderly lady who can't walk her own dogs any more. They're small Bichon Froze dogs. I don't think they're enjoying walking with me? [more inside]
posted by hazyjane at 7:58 AM - 8 answers

March 8

Cat relationship filter

My mother-in-law is looking for a new home for one of her cats, and we said we would try and see if our resident cat would accept a new housemate. Contrary to expectations, resident cat is very accepting, but new cat is very much not. What else can we do to help them get along? Snowflakes and relationship drama inside. [more inside]
posted by brook horse at 12:58 PM - 14 answers

March 7

How do I car camp with my dog?

Spring is (almost) here and I'm interested in doing some solo car camping with my dog. I'm envisioning driving to the lake, setting up a tent next to my car, cooking in a fire ring, and then walking around the lake on a gentle trail with my dog. I would like tips on how to make this go as smoothly as possible. [more inside]
posted by lucy.jakobs at 8:28 AM - 11 answers

March 3

New cat blues

After much deliberation, last week we adopted Penny the cat. It’s day 4, and after 3 sleepless nights I’m having flashbacks to my old “I’ve ruined my life” post-partum depression. How do we get through this adjustment period without regretting all of our life choices? [more inside]
posted by Maarika at 8:55 AM - 28 answers

March 2

I Want To Get Cats, But I Have Some Concerns

I want to adopt a couple of cats, but have some concerns. Details inside [more inside]
posted by kbbbo at 7:54 AM - 47 answers

February 25

ISO forever home for doggo

A friend found a doggo that was sadly chained up outside in the cold weather. The owner didn't want him and I do not know the first thing in re-homing pets. Please help! [more inside]
posted by lunastellasol at 12:09 PM - 3 answers

February 24

Cat urinary issues strike again

Despite being on urinary feed cat has developed urinary issues. Help? [more inside]
posted by St. Peepsburg at 8:55 AM - 7 answers

February 21

How do I anonymously report animal abuse/neglect?

I am aware of a house where a number of dogs—let's say one or two dozen—are being kept in poor conditions. What is the best way to anonymously report this? (Content note: no descriptions of animal abuse inside.) [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:50 AM - 12 answers

February 20

What’s your experience with this cat-scratching deterrent spray?

Here’s a link to the product. [more inside]
posted by captainsohler at 2:27 PM - 9 answers

Kitty boo-boo

ashy kitty has a cut on her nose. It doesn't look bad but hasn't healed. Vet or not? Toll paid inside. [more inside]
posted by ashy_sock at 1:10 PM - 9 answers

Snake Neighbour

It's 3am and I've just been crying for a couple of hours. I moved house a couple of weeks ago and a couple of hours ago I just met one of the people which shares the house that's been turned into studios and they had their snake with them. I can't deal with living two metres from a snake. There's no-one I can call because it's fine and legitimate and this is brown snake land but I'm weak and afraid. How do.you sleep with a snake just there [more inside]
posted by AnhydrousLove at 8:26 AM - 26 answers

February 12

And All the Dogs Threw a Party for your Birthday!

I volunteer at an animal shelter, along with three amazing friends. One of them has a birthday this weekend and we are looking for a way to make it special at the shelter. [more inside]
posted by augustinetill at 10:04 PM - 7 answers

February 11

What should I feed these hungry cats?

I've been feeding 4 cats 3-4 5.5oz cans of Authority wet food a day, and I free-feed Authority grain-free dry as well. Cats are in great shape but I'm wondering if there is a better food out there for these guys that isn't PetSmart-exclusive... [more inside]
posted by possibilityleft at 2:06 PM - 6 answers

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