Questions tagged [behavior]

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

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How to teach cats to use only the litter boxes?

My girlfriend recently got 2 cats (sisters from the same litter) from an animal shelter. They are 3 years old. At end of May we went on vacation, and on our return we discovered to our dismay that ...
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How to stop my cat from biting me when I'm sleeping

My cat, a 2 year old rag doll who my husband says he is totally besotted with me, has been biting me. Not in play (I could understand that), but launching himself at me. The first time he bit me in ...
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How old is too old to rehome a genet kitten?

I've been researching genets (particularly common and Angolan) as pets. From my understanding once they bond they bond for life and are highly intolerant to home/owner changes. I've also heard that ...
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Why does my hamster bite me during the night?

My hamster Luigi lives free in my room, his cage is open and he can go in there whenever he wants. I bought him 5 months ago and he never had aggressive behaviors until now. In fact, in the past few ...
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Male kitten bullying his sister out of food?

I have just gotten two cats, and I've never had cats before. My boy (3 months) is growling? at my girl (4 months). They've always eaten together; with wet food it wasn't a problem, but I'm now ...
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New puppy very playful and happy inside, super scared outside

We recently (3 days ago) got a Shiba Inu of 4 months, she's was with a breeder in the country side whilst we live in a fairly noisy city. She got comfortable at home very quickly, she is joyful and ...
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Mother Cat Attacking 3 Weeks Old Kittens

My pet cat has two kitten, each 3 weeks old. Suddenly I'm noticing it sometimes bites and scratches the kittens with legs when making "meow" like sound. Is it normal? Is the cat only attacking the ...
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Ways to stop male cats (who are not mine) “scent marking” inside my house - they have access because my cats have access to outdoors with a cat flap

I've been having a problem lately with 1 or 2 specific male cats in the neighbourhood coming in to my house via my cat flap and scent marking/urinating on vertical surfaces to (I presume) mark 'their' ...
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Why does my sister's dog pinch with his teeth?

Just to clarify, this isn't a nibble. It's a single, very deliberate pinch! He's a Staffordshire Bull Terrier, and he's getting quite 'long in the tooth' now. I mind him quite regularly when my ...
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Puppy pees when touched or scolded

One of my female dog gave puppies 4 months ago. One of the girl pup, that's not adopted by anyone yet, still is with us. The thing is, she's brave and confident, but pees when scolded, or when we try ...
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Why is my dog so anxious at night?

Our year-old golden retriever has been having a hard time going to sleep at night lately. During the day, when nobody is around, he sleeps fine. However, at night, he digs at the bed, barks, and pants ...
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Should i get a new companion for my rat or? (Graphic)

So i got 3 bonded pet rats, over the past week, 2 of the three killed and ate the smallest rat, (i had thought he escaped for 4 days)(iv had them for 7 months) who had trouble putting on weight (fed ...
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How do I encourage my cockatiels to feed their babies when they will just only sit on them?

My cockatiels are both pied and have tried once already to lay eggs and killed them all. Now, a new one is here and it is day 2. They stopped feeding him and hes been chirping for quite some time and ...
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HELP my very newly adopted cat hasn’t eaten, drinkin and pooped in the first 12 hours [duplicate]

My new adopted cat Luna hasn’t done any of the three things listed above she’s hiding under my bed and growls and hisses whenever she sees me or my feet if she doesn’t eat within 24 hours should I be ...
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Active wildlife outside the window- Good or Bad for Cat psychology?

At my current house, there is an active community of wild creatures in the backyard, including a variety of birds, chipmunks and squirrels, rabbits, a groundhog, and butterflies by day and lightning ...
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How do you stop 3 month old kittens from nursing [duplicate]

How do I get mother to stop nursing 3 month old kittens?
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5 month old dog keeps picking up older smaller dog by her neck

We just adopted Blue, a now 5 months old female Husky/German Shepard mix who's about 40 lbs, and we have Nani, an almost 5 years old Basenji who's 14 lbs. They seemed to get along quite fine until ...
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Why does my 10 month male kitten destroy everything? [duplicate]

I grew up with cats so I'm used to having them. However my fiance and I decided to get a kitten about 7 months ago (he was about 3 months old then). We had some minor issues when he was younger but ...
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pet mouse just started biting

We've had Winston for just about a year, we got him as a baby. When we got him we already had two grown mice (all caged separately but next to each other) and all was well. We (my son and I) held/...
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Cat siblings suddenly fallen out with each other

We have a couple of two year old male neutered cats, Ed and George, who have lived with us since they were kittens. Until yesterday, they were on exceptionally good terms, and would play, groom, and ...
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Should we remove the infertile budgie eggs and box? [duplicate]

We have a pair of budgies who we purchased 6 years ago. They have had two sets of babies, totalling 6 live babies. As they appear to have an interest in breeding again, we put the breeding box back on....
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My cat seems to think he is being punished due to being bandaged. How can i convince him it is not a punishment?

My cat who is currently a four year old male has gotten Dermatitis at his neck. We took him to veterinarian and we received some medicine for him. I am not sure if it is the Dermatitis or the medicine ...
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Dog chews the fur of its companion and vomits it later

My 1 yr old Maltese Shih Tzu, Harley, keeps chewing the fur of his father Tubby. He has chewed off all his ear fur and all his chest fur. How can I stop this, as Harley keeps vomiting large fur balls? ...
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6 month old cat still nursing [duplicate]

My kitten is now 6 months old but my year old cat is having kittens anyday now and my 6 month old is try to nurse on her and he’s been doing that to his older brother who is also a year old. Why is he ...
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Introducing a blind cat and a playful kitten

I am currently fostering Alex, a two year old cat who was left completely blind after a car accident about two months ago. He has only recently left the vet clinic but is already quite well adjusted ...
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How can I identify which cat is peeing on my bed, then what can I do about it?

I have four cats. Pepe is a male orange tabby about six years old. Smudge, Buddy, and Pudding are male, male, and female grey tabbies about a year and a half old (they're triplets from the same ...
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Can goldfish have opinions?

I have two goldfish for 2 years named Archimedes and Nelson. They lived in an aquarium with big white gravel. I changed their soil with dark blue pebbles as a result of advice given by my breeder. A ...
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Why does my female rotty stare down my female cat?

We recently picked up a medium to large 5-year-old Rottweiler, and she is very well behaved. Rarely barks, loves to cuddle, quiet, timid, knows release, heel, and sit. When handing her treats she ...
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Why does my African Clawed Frog keeps banging into the tank glass and pawing at the corners with his front feet?

I just recently got an african clawed frog which I rescued from being dissected. He used to live in a large plastic bin with 3 other frogs and sometimes I'd see them nipping at each other. He keeps ...
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Deaf cat screaming to get attention [duplicate]

My sister has 2 cats and one is deaf. Every time the other one wants our attention (mostly when she wants to get out or she's bored), she meows constantly. It's not loud, just a little annoying. But ...
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Dog won't eat without an explicit order

We feed our 5 year old mixed breed 3 times a day (Royal Canin, gastrointestinal, 3/4 cup recommended dosage per day for her 10 lbs weight), around our own meal times. She never gets table scraps, ...
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How to train my parrot to not poop on me?

Please don't say it is their nature and they just do it. Because then it would be a dog's nature to poop in a house (which my dog never does). Also, I have 2 parrots, for some reason the one NEVER ...
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My cats used to groom each other, now they are fighting [closed]

I’m in need of help with my cats. To preface, I’d like to consider myself one who knows a great deal about cats and behavior. I’ve read a number of books and have searched webs and watched many videos....
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Have an older cat that lost her sister and now meows all the time, why?

We adopted both cats from the shelter on the same day. The younger one was 1 year old or so and the other was closer to 2 years old the vet said. We had them for 14 years and they really didn’t play ...
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One cat licks the other, but hates being licked

I have two 3-year-old cats. They are siblings (same litter), one female, one male. They get along reasonably well, with the occasional boxing and hissing match but nothing too serious (see my previous ...
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Sump Pump Aggression

My dog is obsessed with my sump pump. This has gotten so bad that she will rush down the stairs every chance she gets and sometimes just sit at the door until someone would open it. Now it’s to the ...
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13 week old kitten will not stop sucking on me [duplicate]

I have a 13 week old kitten, which I took away from her mama when she was 9 weeks old. She stopped nursing from her mom and started sucking on my ear lobes and neck (and sometimes the tip of my ...
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How does heat affect the relation between a mother cat and her child?

My mommy cat has a 1 year old. She was always a great mother she weaned them perfectly. However one day recently she stopped wanting anything to do with her even as a friend. I was worried I was going ...
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My cat is keeping his eye closed. Why?

My cat is keeping his right eye closed most of the day, and when he opens his eye, there is something wet coming out of it. Here is a picture of him.
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My cat has been hissing at her sister after 4 years of being with each other

I've noticed my cat Azula is hissing at her sister Divina a lot more than usual lately. Of course, cats play with each other and sometimes hiss but they are twin sisters, they've never been separated ...
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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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Training for Canine Parking Lot Anxiety (?)

I am fortunate enough to be able to take my dog on an afternoon outing (nearly everyday) with the goal of wearing her out. We typically stop at one of the local grocers on the way home for any missing ...
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My dog after 7 years is now walking behind me; she now hates her harness

My dog always walked at my side or a little in front of me, both positions allow me to see her clear and predict if she is sensing a dog nearby. She used to be slightly to moderately reactive. But ...
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Cat won’t let kittens grow up

My cat ( who was feral at first but is now a “skittish” pet) had 4 kittens. She has them sheltered but not completely hid. Around 3 weeks of age she let me touch them with no hissing or growling. She ...
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I got bitten by an almost 1 month puppy [duplicate]

I got bitten, on my nose, by an almost 1 month old puppy. I had a scratch. I bled for sometime and then stopped. I had applied alcohol to the spot. I don't know whether the puppy has rabies or not. ...
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Cat staring at the wall all the time

My cat Annie is staring at the wall by her food bowls, so I keep changing her water every hour. She won't come out of the kitchen now. Annie and I are extremely close. I have always told her to show ...
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My cat mixes up the floors in my building. How can I help him?

My cat comes from two home cats with English shorthair father and Russian blue mother. I live in an apartment and he enjoys walking through the corridor and sniffing everything. The problem I have is ...
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rats not getting along,rats too young?

Im a new rat owner, and Iv'e gotten three rats at the moment. As a new rat owner I made the mistake of not getting my first rat in a pair or group and I got the largest one at the pet store. His name ...
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What's the most efficient way to burn my young cat's energy?

We own two cats - a Russian Blue female turning 7 this year, and a Russian Blue/Maine Coon Male who is 2 1/2. Both are rescue cats from the local area, and both are very well-tempered around us. ...
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My dog has been acting strangely around one of my cats' butt

Our family has a dog and four cats. The dog's name is Brutus, he's male, 6 years old and a Boston Terrier/Beagle mix. The cat relevant to this question is named Smudge; he's a male gray tabby cat, ...