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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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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Calming down feral cat to take to vet?

There's a feral cat in our house that's always fighting with other feral cats. He's a really nice cat, but he's a big adult street cat and I know he won't let me pick him up. What can I give this cat ...
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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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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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When can a horse be started under saddle?

I understand this can be a very highly opinionated topic. However, I would like to know when to start a horse under saddle. If possible an answer that provides a "when you can" and "when you should" ...
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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 ...