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Behavior of the pet, including social interactions with either humans or other animals.

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My cat who just gave birth for the first time to 3 kittens stopped caring about them and has rapid breathing [duplicate]

Today My cat Maša gave birth to 5 kittens, but 2 of them didnt make it. It took some time and we got worried, so we called the vet, who suggested giving a shot of some medicine that should help with ...
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Codependence and food stealing -Cats

I have two male cats, brothers of the same litter. At meal times Percy will always go after Poseidon's food. Sometimes after he's licked his bowl clean but often before he's even finished his food. ...
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Providing Enrichment for a Cat Uninterested in Play

We've been living with a rescue cat (~2 years old) for about a year now. He's really loving, relaxed, and loves food; but he seems quite uninterested in/upset by play. He generally won't attack/stalk/...
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Does my cat hate me now

Please help! My cat won't come back indoors. After I accidently kicked my cat she will no longer come back into the house at night. She was out all day most days but in on a night in my room sleeping ...
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Cat disappeared for 2.5 days before coming back

Context My fiancée and bought a new house and moved in at the beginning of the month (just over two weeks ago now). The previous owners were leaving the country and we opted to adopt their cat; a 5 ...
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Cat suddenly being aggressive

Two cats - both male, neutered and have access outside. Older cat has recently been hissing, hitting and yowling at the younger cat. Younger cat is not aggressive or retaliatory and is pretty ...
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Dealing with an overactive, unpredictable part-Siamese

Almost two months ago, we recently welcomed a 1 year old black cat into our family. We believe he's part Siamese: he's got the sleek jawline and he's very skinny. Our problem with our cat is that ...
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my cat gets stuck on the same rooftop every day

we have a cat whom we raised from birth (which was 1 year ago). For most of the day she stays at home, however sometimes she will venture outside, there are 2 other cats and a dog with whom she is ...
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Cat Sits in Front of the TV

My girlfriend and I adopted our cat Beatrice (F, 2 yo, spayed) about 4 months ago. About 2 months ago (so 2 months after adoption), she started the annoying habit of getting up in front of the TV when ...
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My one year old kitten doesnt show affection to my 9 weeks old kitten

I have a one year old Birman cat who we adore so much. On his first birthday we introduced him to his brother a 8 week old british short hair. We took about three days to introduce them and since we ...
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Can Free Roaming Dog be antagonizing the crated dog thus causing her to pee in it?

We have a two year old BC rescue and adopted an Aussie rescue several months back and who will be one year old in a month. The Aussie was a bit tough to train as she instinctively needed to mark. ...
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Is a female dog licking her vulva always a sign of a problem? Or can it be just pleasure masturbation (not an issue)?

I think my dog is sometimes masturbating by licking her vagina very passionately while making humping motions while she is in heat. Can a dog actually do this for pleasure to themselves (i.e. there is ...
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Sudden behavioural changes and aggression in my dog

I have a large mixed breed intact male dog that will turn six months next week. His father is a purebred American Staffy and his mother is a daniff (great dane x Neapolitan Mastiff). He is usually ...
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My male cat led me into the woods and onto a dirt mound

my cat that we had for 1+ years started to meow at me today (which he barely does) he's a outdoor cat and visits for a few hours of the day and goes off somewhere else he started to meow a lot and ...
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Help! My dogs are bored >.< [duplicate]

So my dogs are super spoiled. They literally had everything they wanted growing up. Got a new stuffed animal like every week till they got bored with them after a year or two. Used to go crazy for ...
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Can cats be abusive towards humans?

I’m sitting with my cat, and she’s being very nice to me. She’s purring, and she’s sleepy and calm and very nice. However, yesterday she was on a wild streak and attempted to bite and claw me to get ...
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why does my cat only bite me?

i live with my mom and we have a one year old cat. the cat only ever bites me and she bites me repeatedly. theyre gentle unprovoked bites. ill be laying down and she'll start biting me repeatedly, my ...
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Young Boa Imperator tries to run from my hands back into enclosure. What to do?

So my young Boa Imperator girl tries to run from my hands back into her enclosure. Sometimes immediately, sometimes after sitting in my hand for some time. How should I make her more comfortable ...
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Is a very young cat likely to be a bad/less competent mother?

Reading that a cat can have kittens as young as 4 months -- that seems like the cat is still someone I would consider a kitten herself -- it strikes me that such a young cat would not have had the ...
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Has the behavior of dogs and cats towards each other changed significantly in the past 50 years?

When I was growing up 50 plus years ago, it was pretty much a given that dogs would chase cats -- it was almost like a chemical reaction, owners couldn't control the dog and you simply had to keep ...
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How can i get my mother cat; who just lost her kittens, (2nd litter), due to illness, to not attack the older kittens from her first litter?

We got our cat as a kitten. Her first heat she got pregnant and had 5 kittens. We kept all 5. She got pregnant again and had 3 kittens. All our cats had upper respiratory infections, cat flu. The 3 ...
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Surprise attack by Dog

So here's the situation: I have a black male lab, currently 1.5 years old. We meet many small kids while taking walk. Usually, the kids taunt my lab and call him "kukur"(literally means &...
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Shih Tzu with food aggression behavior problems

I have a male Shih Tzu dog that is just over a year old (not neutered), and he has food aggression behavioral problems. We got him when he was just a month old, and he tends to be a picky eater (maybe ...
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I accidentally hurt my dog , I don't know what to do because she's scared of me now [duplicate]

I accidentally hit my dog. I feel absolutely disgusted and horrified with myself. I was mad at alot of things and I was hitting my pillow, and she was at the other end of my bed playing so I thought ...
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How do i get my cat to stop climbing my blinds to get on my bed

My cat constantly climbs my windows to get up onto my bed (I have a loft) the problem is: My fans very close to the bed and she always hits her tail when she up there She can't get down by herself ...
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Is my beta too aggressive for tank mates?

I recently finished setting up a 10 gallon tank with the intention of making it a Betta tank. I was reading online and saw that Bettas and rasboras share similar environments, so I decided to add a ...
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Is it normal for a 12-week old puppy to occasionally vomit while in the crate at night?

I was wondering what other owner’s experiences are with a roughly 12-week old puppy occasionally vomiting- but only while in the crate at night? Is this caused by some type stress from being in the ...
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Do male cats mate with dolls or other things, like dogs?

It is well known that lone male dogs "use" (instead of a girl-dog) almost anything else: dolls, furniture, the legs of the people around, and even rabbits and chicken (when available). ...
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Help with a rescue

We got our rescue three days ago. We met him on summer, spent a week together, he was stray. He was rescued and a shelter/rescue agreed to keep him for us until we solved our living arrangements to ...
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What is the proper way to calm down a puppy that has become over excited?

I have a 12 week old Brittany puppy that overall is a great puppy; she has taken to potty training well, learns things quickly, and is very loving. About once per day though, she gets VERY excited and ...
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How do I care for a freshly neutered cat that hates my guts?

So, I adopted a cat about two weeks ago who was unneutered and abandoned by the person who had had him for his whole life (2 years). I have been told by the vet that he's sweet and the friend who's ...
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My cat (3 yrs) fell into my bathtub of diluted shampoo. After licking himself clean he has been sneezing non-stop for 3 days. Would this be why?

He has been acting normal besides the fact that he sneezes constantly. Not purring as much, considering. Just wondering if he has a little cat cold or if the diluted shampoo water he fell into had ...
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Aggressive cat bites out of no where, even though he's usually affectionate

I got my cat when he was one month old from a shelter. Ironically I picked him because he did not bite me. Once we got home it changed. He would stalk me at night as I slept and bite my face/nose (not ...
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Why has my cat become aggressive

So my cat went missing for 2 years. When I first got him, he was a loving 11-year-old rescue and was my best friend. I was absolutely devastated when he went missing and assumed he had left to pass ...
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Why would my once tame mouse start biting

I just got a mouse about maybe 2 weeks ago when I first got him he was a big sweetheart but he would constantly vibrate which worried me. Soon searching on Google why he was I never got a proper ...
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Help - How can I help rescue this young stray kitten?

So there's this young stray kitten (can run and eat solid food) that got stuck outside our window on the 3rd floor of an apartment building. We helped bring her down and brought her inside the house (...
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What to do about my dog barking at everything? [duplicate]

Our 2 year old cockapoo is very anxious and we have had trainers/behaviourist advice; no matter what we do she is obsessed with barking loudly indoors and in the back yard, upsetting us and neighbours....
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My 10 months old cat keeps going to the neighbor’s

I have a 10 months old female cat and she has been going to my neighbor’s house a lot recently and refuses to stay at my house. She would always wait at the door or try to climb out the window to ...
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Shy dog won't walk on leash

In short: What are some "tricks" to get an extremely timid dog, that is impounded, to walk on a leash and go outside? In long: At the dog pound that I volunteer at we have a dog (Dakota) ...
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Very skittish cat, spends most of his day hiding - how could I help him? [duplicate]

We got our kitten about a year ago, he was always skittish but it feels like he's getting worse and worse. At the beginning he was always out and about. He was a bit scared of our friends coming by ...
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My dog's leaf obsession

I have a six year old Lab/ Great Dane mix. He is a very good dog but has been diagnosed with anxiety and OCD. He is on medication and is in behavioral therapy. For the most part it is controlled. ...
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Why doesn't my cat seem to mind loud music despite stronger hearing?

I am effectively making a colloquial assumption that my cat's hearing is better than mine but... if this truly is the case, why doesn't my cat seem to mind loud music? Surprising noises that come out ...
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Remedy an adult dog that was trained that it's okay to go to the bathroom inside

I adopted an adult, 4-year-old Jack Russel/Italian Greyhound mix a year ago. The previous owner would leave him locked in a small room all day at work, and the owner before that kept him outside all ...
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Why does my cat paw at his reflection in the mirror?

Not every time he looks in the mirror, obviously, but sometimes my cat will sort of sit on his back legs and paw with his front on his reflection in the mirror? There doesn't seem to be much ...
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Kitten growling and hissing while obssesively playing with a brand new toy

I adopted a female kitten that is about 8 weeks old with 3 other litter mates. She is a medium-haired tuxedo. I've had them for about 3 weeks. I brought home a new toy for her to play with today. It's ...
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Stop dog from bothering my mom

My mom has come to our house and our dog is constantly bothering her. Continuously licking her feet, smelling and licking her genital areas, etc. Telling him no or giving him jail time is not helping. ...
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Can I stop my male cat from beating up my female cat?

One morning my grandson and I found a cat digging through our trash can. He was literally skin and bones. We decided to fees him. His need for food over powered his fear of us and he let us pet him. ...
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Do lost dogs stay in packs?

I just lost two of my dogs, one small and one large. Do dogs who are lost normally stay in a pack? Edit: I just found my dogs, and I can confirm that they, and two other dogs that I found, stayed ...
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What to do with my indoor-outdoor cat when we are not home?

We have a male cat, aged 1 year and 6 months roughly. He is not a complete indoor cat. He can go in and out of our house as his will. He usually spends half his time indoors and half outdoors. The ...
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Why has my cat changed all of a sudden?

I've raised my cat from a kitten, she was maybe 3 or 4 weeks old. I've been by her constantly. I am a stay at home mom so I really mean constantly. I carried her around the house with me, put her in ...
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