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October 29

How can we keep our cat comfortably warm at night?

I'd like to explore solutions for keeping my ageing cat warm at night. [more inside]
posted by biffa at 12:23 PM - 19 answers

October 28

What’s the fasting protocol for a thyroid test for my dog?

My dog is already diagnosed with hypothyroidism and has been on medication for a year. He has a checkup tomorrow morning and I can’t remember how I’m supposed to prepare him for a blood test. [more inside]
posted by otherwordlyglow at 8:51 PM - 5 answers

Is it normal for a cat to be extremely passive when mishandled?

We recently adopted a 3.5 month old kitten from a local shelter. I have two kids, 5 and 1, that are still very excited about the cat but have yet to fully learn the proper way to handle him. Our 1-year old will often grab him by the tail to pull him out from under tables or we may find him running down the hall with the cat clutched under his arm. We're doing our best to supervise and teach proper handling, but as with most kids, things take some time to sink in. [more inside]
posted by stranger in the village at 5:13 PM - 18 answers

October 26

Can we train our 7 month old cat to not bite us?

Feral kitten we got when he was very young, whom we raised with lots of love and tenderness, went from being super sweet for the first month or two (slept every night in our arms, purred a lot, only bit us 10% of the time) to 90% biting us and 10% sweet/purring, and now only sleeps under our bed. He is however extremely food-motivated so I was wondering if there was a way to train the biting out of him? [more inside]
posted by egeanin at 10:42 PM - 28 answers

October 25

How will my dog feel when her friend moves away?

A neighbor is moving out of state later this week with her husband and wonderful dog. They live a few houses away, and we often stop while out on walks to let the dogs romp around in their backyard. I’m wondering how my dog will take it when they are no longer there (and it’s kind of bumming me out, to be honest). [more inside]
posted by dreamphone at 6:00 PM - 6 answers

Cat-astrophe?

I've been thinking a lot about getting a cat lately. I can't decide between one cat or two. Complication: small apartment. [more inside]
posted by unicorn chaser at 5:02 PM - 24 answers

October 23

Just ten thousand reflections of my own sweet self

Moved houses over a month ago, kitty was fine until last week when he started hissing at his reflection. What should we do? [more inside]
posted by cooker girl at 12:01 PM - 6 answers

Do I have to resign myself to never having a pet?

I love cats and dogs and have investigated adopting either a cat or a dog on numerous occasions but there's one thing that always stops me: that my elderly family live abroad and I need to be prepared to travel back there at short notice, and for an open ended period of time, if necessary. Can people help me problem-solve this? [more inside]
posted by unicorn chaser at 6:35 AM - 26 answers

October 22

Help finding replacement for cat's favorite toy

We've searched high and low for a replacement. Description, pictures and video below the fold. [more inside]
posted by slkinsey at 9:39 AM - 7 answers

October 21

How can my husband re-bond with our new cat after medicating him?

We just adopted two adorable kittens (teenagers really, about 5 months old), one of whom had an infection in his eye that meant we needed to smear antibiotic ointment in it twice a day. My husband did the majority of the medicating as he's a better cat-catcher than I am, but now the medicated kitten is skittish around him. How do we repair the relationship? Cat tax and more details inside. [more inside]
posted by wuzandfuzz at 12:30 PM - 12 answers

From zero dogs to one dog

Walk this very nervous potential pet owner through the steps to getting a dog. [more inside]
posted by rouftop at 11:10 AM - 19 answers

Making the right choice for a dog with cancer

Our amazing rescue dog, who we have had for less than a year, just a had a small growth removed from his elbow. It was biopsied and turned out to be a soft tissue sarcoma (specifically, a hemangiopericytoma), grade III (the worst/highest/most malignant grade). He is only about 6 and has absolutely zero symptoms or pain, but the oncologist tells us that the median survival time for this type of cancer is 8 months. We don't know what to do next. [more inside]
posted by catoclock at 7:52 AM - 19 answers

October 19

Please help me name this awesome cat

We have some perfectly serviceable names but nothing really sings, you know? [more inside]
posted by *s at 9:15 AM - 64 answers

October 16

Mother Cat With Healthy Kittens In At Least Two Places?

A stray cat has adopted my mother. She has also had kittens (of course). One kitten is upstairs in my mother's spare bedroom closet, and the other is in the porch. The mother cat seems perfectly happy to be in the high traffic area of the porch and hangs out with the kitten there, and the kitten upstairs is still alive and moving about after two weeks, so presumably the mother visits her as well. A couple of questions below the fold. [more inside]
posted by purplesludge at 3:18 AM - 3 answers

October 14

Best Dog Bed That's Comfy & Sturdy

I have a 30 pound Terrier and 67 pound pittie/border collie. Is there a bed that suits them both? [more inside]
posted by mulcahy at 3:22 PM - 15 answers

October 12

Should I get a dog?

Should I get a dog? Lots of pros, a few cons. Some people in my life are extremely supportive, encouraging and wonder why I don't already have one. Meanwhile some other important people in my life strongly disagree, enough to give me some serious paws (hah!). Obviously I will make my own decisions, but I need an (relatively!) unbiased Nth opinion, which is where the awesome mefites come in! [more inside]
posted by cgg at 12:58 PM - 27 answers

Feline insulin costs

My wife's old cat (RIP) was diabetic and she used to have to give him insulin shots. This insulin came from a regular human pharmacy but was dirt cheap. Yet I hear stories about humans dying from rationing their insulin because they can't afford more. What's going on? [more inside]
posted by komara at 8:41 AM - 8 answers

catfilter: enriching the class clown

She clawed through the carpet under the door last night. face/desk. help me come up with an enrichment plan to prevent these shenanigans in the future. ...also welcoming encouragement. [more inside]
posted by snerson at 7:11 AM - 9 answers

What animal is pooing all over our garden?

Every single night one (or more) animals use our garden as a public toilet, leaving behind 15-20 identical looking poos. What animal is making our garden a health hazard for the kids? [more inside]
posted by mr_silver at 5:31 AM - 29 answers

October 11

Corralling dog poo

My dog is fecally incontinent. How do we keep her poo contained? [more inside]
posted by mrfuga0 at 4:07 PM - 12 answers

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