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Questions tagged [animal-handling]

Questions about how to properly handle animals. With handling generally referring to the act of picking them up, or holding them.

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Reasons of aggressive cat and even not playing at all!

My cat is around 2 years old. Its Persian male cat. He has no any partner. I don't know what's the problem with it! It is not playing at all, also it is not responding to my voice (except there is ...
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Can't handle my leopard gecko after trying many different techniques

I have an adult female leopard gecko (a year old) and a young male leopard gecko (1 month old). The older one struggled with post traumatic stress being handled but still lets me pet her and sometimes ...
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Leave a dog alone during night/daytime?

Where I live there are some regulations about leaving your pet alone. I don't know the details but I guess it is ok to leave a dog alone for a couple of hours, while fishes probably can be left alone ...
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Handling my chameleon

I have had my chameleon for around a month now. When I first got her I was told to leave her in her enclosure for two days before handling her. After the two days had passed I went to pick her up and ...
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How to efficiently move a goat?

Question This question is about a tame goat, which is not mine and over which I have no long-term control. The goat wears no sort of halter, but is completely bare. This goat somehow managed to get ...
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How to help a wild baby parrot who cannot fly?

3 days ago a baby parrot was found in my garden, we are not sure from where this bird came from. We soon discovered that he cannot fly, at this time we are trying to keep him safe from predators. ...
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How to put rabbit in cage without scratching me?

We've had our rabbit for just over a week, he is 15 weeks old. Handling him is going well, except when I put him back in his cage. He is scared and kicks out, which I've learnt to handle by holding ...
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What are the risks associated with keeping woodlice at home?

I have started collecting woodlice in the garden and putting them in plastic boxes (with small holes, ~ 1 mm wide) with rotten leaves, pieces of apple and earth. What are the risks associated with ...
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Is it healthy for a pitpull puppy to spend months in one place without leaving?

I have a puppy of almost 4 months who lives in the roof of the building where I live. The problem is that because of my work it is impossible for me to take her for a walk, the most I could do is ...
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How do I prevent my Robo Dwarf Hamster from biting during handling?

I purchased a Roborovski hamster on the 19th. I let him roam his cage and get comfortable for the first four days before attempting to handle him. As an aside, his current housing is too small and I ...
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Grabbing cat by scruff [duplicate]

My cat had made her way into the crawl space in my garage. It is a big garage with a very high ceiling. She was not able to get back down so we had to go up by ladder and find her and bring her down. ...
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Is an UV lamp dangerous for fish?

Is the UV lamp useful for decorative freshwater (aquarium) fishes or may it be rather dangerous instead ? As far as I am aware the sun causes fishes coloration to saturate, although the UV lamp only ...
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Pet weasel seems afraid of being on the ground

I have a pet weasel. When she is up on my shoulders, she seem to be fine. She will be relaxed and calm. However, when I put her down on the ground, she seems to be very nervous, or afraid. She will ...
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Bearded dragon scared of hands?

I recently purchased two bearded dragons. One is a juvenile while the other is not much older than a baby. The baby bearded dragon is very accepting of holding and interaction and doesn't do much ...
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Not holding gerbils really stressing me out

I cannot find any information on this anywhere so I am resorting to asking here. I have had my gerbils now for about a month and I have no desire to hold them, as I am naturally a flighty person and ...
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Dealing with aggressive dogs in a professional environment

At a job that requires interaction with dog how would one go about dealing with aggressiveness? For example if you worked at a petsmart or kennel how would you deal with an aggressive dog?
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What qualifies as animal abuse in the Netherlands?

During the process of my divorce recently, I was told by legal workers that I could not claim the part of my salary that I've always used to take care of my dogs in the calculation of the partner ...
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Tiger riding, possible or not [closed]

Due to my love towards tigers, I am actually willing to adopt one in the near future. Besides the point, influenced by the vast amount of fantasy stories in which we've all seen warriors riding tigers....
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What are the warning signs that my cat is about to bite?

My cat suddenly bit me! Was my cat giving me any warning signs that I could have looked for? What should I do when I see those warning signs next time?
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My cat bit me, should I abandon her?

I love my cat. Her name is Butti (means short by height). Yesterday she bit my hand and I don't know why. My doctor told me to start course that includes 5 injections and now I'm having second ...
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Handling snakes and salmonella

I'm not a snake owner (though I'm considering becoming one), however I've handled snakes belonging to friends. I've been told you should always wash your hands after handling snakes because of a ...
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How do I get my gerbils to enjoy being held?

I got two female gerbils a few months ago, and I'm having trouble getting them used to being petted. They occasionally sit still while I stroke their backs, and if my hand is in the cage, they'll tend ...
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How to hold a cat properly?

Cats hold their infants behind their heads with their mouth. We can also hold kittens easily in that way. But as they grow and gain weight, I don't think it remains proper way to lift. I usually hold ...
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How can I get my cat used to being picked up?

I recently adopted a cat from a shelter who does not seem to want to be picked up. She loves being petted on the head and scratched at the base of the tail but dislikes contact with the rest of her ...
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What is “tap training” in snakes?

In this answer I saw reference to "tap training" when handling snakes. What is it, and do I need to learn it?
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What is the Tellington TTouch method and what are the benefits for dogs?

The dog of one of my relatives has fear and anxiety problems. A few months ago the vet suggested micro-massaging the dog. I didn't know what it meant at the time. Recently I heard about the ...
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How do I protect my dog from other dogs that are loose when we're walking?

I have a small/medium mixed breed dog who never ever gets along with bigger dogs. I always have my dog on the leash, but in my neighbourhood people often let their dogs run loose. I usually find ...
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Can older tarantulas become reaccustomed to being handled?

My friend has two female Mexican redknee tarantulas. When he first got them, he handled them on a fairly regular basis, and they were quite docile. However, they are now both more than 10 years old,...
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Is it ok to pick my adult cat up by the scruff of the neck?

We have a 18 month old male, neutered cat. (His full name is Mr Sid Cuffuffle- Sid to his friends - no lie!) A mother cat carries her kittens by the scruff of the neck, as the skin is very loose. I ...
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How can I safely pick up a garden snail?

I have a pet garden snail who is fully grown, but still not very big. Sometimes I need to move my snail around for one reason or another, like for cage cleaning. But I'm afraid to pick snails up, ...