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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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, ...
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Does picking up an adult cat by neck cause them to be paralyzed like kittens?

When kittens are picked up by the neck by their mothers the kittens become temporarily paralyzed. Is this also true for adult cats if a human was to pick them up the same way?
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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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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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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 can I safely catch an injured semi-domesticated pigeon?

A pigeon in my neighbourhood has hurt her wing (see picture below). I would like to take her to a vet and see if they can treat her. If I try to catch her in a cage or a net, she will desperately try ...
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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 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 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 efficiently catch my own fish?

I recently performed some maintenance on my tank which required me to move all of my fish from one tank to another holding tank for a short period of time. The most difficult part of this entire ...
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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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How to free a catfish from a strangling rubber band?

I noticed that one of my catfish has a 1.5 cm strangling rubber or other material band around his head, which must have started cutting into the flesh from this morning until this evening: I have no ...
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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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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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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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My cat stays perfectly still in my arms but is scared of being picked up, how to make her relaxed?

I have a two year old female cat called Mymble. Her brother Snufkin is very chilled and comes out for walks with me on a lead, but Mymble is terrified of everything. She loves strokes, but if I try to ...
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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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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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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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Why does my cat never like to be picked up?

I have a 2 year old neutered male house cat. Had him since he was 10 weeks old. He has never liked being picked up - no matter how gently we do it. He does not like being petted very often either, and ...
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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 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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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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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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How can I get my feral kitten to let me approach her?

I adopted a 5-month-old feral kitten who had been fostered for socialization. Initially she was very skittish so I kept her in a small room in which I could reach into her hiding spots. She ...
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How to avoid accidental bites when feeding a horse from my hand

Given it's not always safe to feed large chunks of food, so I might be wanting to feed small slices of carrot for instance. If I want the horse to take some food from my cupped hand, how can I do so ...
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How to bridle a young horse

My question is: How can I bridle a young horse. I've recently purchased a now three year old Appaloosa Filly who had not been touched prior to purchase. So far I've taught her to put on her own ...
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How to pick up Syrian Hamster

Does anyone have any tips on how I can start handling my Syrian hamster? I have had him for a couple of weeks now and have stroked him while feeding him, but I am finding it difficult to pick him up. ...
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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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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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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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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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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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Holding rabbit by the scruff of her neck

Will it hurt our rabbit if we calm her down and then hold her up by the scruff of her neck? We've done it before; she seemed squirmy at first, but then she calmed down when we held her up by the ...
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Am I making the stray cat uncomfortable with my touch?

Around a week ago, a stray cat transferred her kittens to my backyard. Since then I've been like feeding her max 4-5 biscuits (since my parents don't want her to grow too attached) and I just go stare ...
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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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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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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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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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Is a cat likely to be traumatized if it is physically forced to take medicine?

My cat was prescribed some ointment drops for yeast infections in both ears. But, when I try to give him his medicine, he yowls pitifully, fights me tooth and claw, and runs away. Clearly he doesn’t ...
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Is my guppy pregnant? It's my first fish so i don't know [duplicate]

Is my guppy pregnant? I really hope it is but I'm not sure...
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How do I get my cat, who doesn't let me hold her, to the Vet? [duplicate]

My rescue will probably never let me hold her - no clue why - but how am I going to get her into her carrier and take her to the Vet? I'm a senior and live alone and she's 15lbs (7 kg). She is ...
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How can I stop my hamster biting the bars on her cage? [duplicate]

My hamster is about 5 months old and she won’t stop biting the bars at the opening of her cage. She’s now got a little red mark on one side of her face because of it. Her cage is huge and she has ...
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how good is ferrets intelligence? [duplicate]

Ferrets intelligence is do to their curiosity in nature they are also really smart they are capable to get up high into cabinets and even hide things they can also make their owner stay home instead ...
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What qualifies as animal abuse in the Netherlands? [closed]

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....