Pets inside are hard without a flash because, as you said they don't sit still. So you need a faster ss thus giving up the dof needed. I am always trying to shoot the cats but as soon as they see the camera they are on the move. Perhaps try to get them closer to a window when a good light is coming in to help out.
Cool shot of the cat, he looks like my departed little buddy! Im agree pets indoors are a challenge, I suggest getting them when they are sick and asleep! Or give them a nice bone to work on so they don't pay attention to you. And I know what you mean black dogs inside with a flash just isn't the best.
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