Questions tagged [behavior]

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

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Submissive puppy

My puppy is really submissive/afraid with other dogs. Low back, tail between the legs, turn on his back when other dogs come to play with him and won't let any dogs smell his butt. That being said he ...
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How to make sure dog doesn't tear stitches in paw?

My dog stepped on something and now has a pretty nasty cut on the back paw pad. Got stitches there. Now for the next 10 days I need to keep her very calm both indoors and outdoors, so that it could ...
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Potty training troubles

I have a 4 month old Rottweiler puppy, and she’s outside quite often as she’s very energetic and loves to run around and play. The problem I’m having though is that even though she is outside for ...
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When choosing a cat, how to determine temperament and personality and decide on a good fit?

For the last few months, I have been gradually preparing to adopt my very first cat! I've been a fish owner and a partial dog owner before, but have never taken care of a cat on my own before and have ...
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My female cat hisses and pins down my kitten before licking her and cuddling her?

I got a kitten a few weeks ago. At first my older female was unhappy with it of course, but no severe fighting, just a hiss or two. Now she’s recently started to hiss and pin her head down randomly. ...
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Why does my cat purposely knock over her water dish?

My cat is around 1 year old and I have had her for 4 months. 2 months after I got her she started knocking over her water dish. At first I thought it might be because she didn't like the high sided ...
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I took in a malnourished kitten; how do I stop my other cat from stealing her food?

I took in a abandoned kitten; she is skinny, malnourished and needs to eat. I bought her kitten dry food, but my older cat keeps stealing her food. He has his own dish of food filled to the top ...
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Dog hyper focused on shadows, lights and reflections

This is a strange one so bear with me. In short, our dog (Aussie) is hyper focused on lights and reflections. She spends 90% of the day staring at the ceiling or walls, either barking or growling... ...
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Why is my well behaved cat suddenly start to attack

My cat is usually calm and well behaved. He usually just ignores everyone and isn’t that affectionate but recently he started to be nicer and even nudged his head against me for pets.I thought it was ...
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How to soothe a kitten that had to remain inside a carrier for extended period of time?

I recently brought my kitten in to be neutered, he was approximately 10 weeks old. He used to love going into his carrier and never had a problem with it, he'd even sleep in it if we left it out. I ...
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Is it a good idea to take another cat when my current cat is a real princess?

I have a five-years old female cat, that is the cuddliest cat that my husband and I ever encountered. She cannot be put on the floor, she needs to be on us (shoulder, arms, back) all the day. She ...
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Why does my dog bark for permission to eat? [duplicate]

Pepe is an 8 year old Chihuahua /Papillon rescue. We've had him for 5 years. Recently he's decided that he won't eat unless we tell him it's ok. He'll just stand there, barking. Even if he's just ...
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Why does my male dog (Husky) lick my female (Chihuahua) dog's pee? [duplicate]

Why does my male Husky dog of two years follow my female Chihuahua dog of fourteen years when she goes to the bathroom, and when she pees he licks her urine right after?
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Cat hates me, but likes my kids

We have three rescue cats, all three of which we fostered, a 2 year old neutered male, a 1 year old fixed female, and a 6 month old neutered male. The problem is with the middle cat. She stays in my ...
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Is there a way to stop my kitten from digging his claws into my arm for no reason?

So I recently adopted two new kittens, both of which are remarkably well behaved for their ages and breeds. The only real problem I have is with the male, a black cat that's a mix of Maine Coon and ...
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Cat afraid to play with my other cats

We have five cats in our household: 1 spayed female and four neutered males. The female came to us first. She was a rescue from a storage yard that had a lot of cats. We took her in when she was 3 ...
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Why does my cat lay down with me whenever I need to or I’m about to get up? Is this a common thing?

I’ve noticed whenever I need to get up or I’m about to get up, my cat always gets so cozy with me. There’s no way it’s routine, because this happens at random times. It just is confusing me, and it ...
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Dog won't drop ball while playing fetch, but he will drop other toys he fetches?

I have a 2-year old Golden Retriever who seems to love chuck-it balls above all else. He plays fetch just fine when it's with other toys, as long as they're not balls, and he drops them on cue or even ...
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My cat does not play with me after giving birth

My cat had 3 kittens 2 months ago. Before she was pregnant, she used to play with me all the time, but now she doesn't. Why do you think she no longer plays with me?
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Does my cat like being chased?

I am a new cat owner, so bear with me. So my cat gets the zoomies about twice a day (he is 6 mo. old, neutered). He has immense amounts of energy. He will just run all over the place bouncing off ...
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My Dog Growls When I Try to Pick Her Up

My nine-month old English Boodle is very sweet and playful. She's never shown signs of aggression towards me or my family, or any other dogs - sometimes she tries to play with the cat, but usually ...
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Why does my cat have these random freak-out session?

Sometimes, out of nowhere, my cat will freak out. Not just like you're probably thinking - it would just jump and hiss maybe at something that startled it. No. At completely RANDOM times (often early ...
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How to stop neutered male cat from mounting the other one?

I have two neutered male cats that sometimes exhibit dominance behaviors. I've had them both for about 5 years, and they go between cuddling, ignoring each other, and trying to be dominant multiple ...
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Why do cats sometimes sleep in plant pots?

My grandparent’s cats slept in their plant pot when it had nothing in, they only did it often in summer. I wonder why they would want their pelts to be dirty with grit and dirt and weeds.
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Having Trouble Harness Training my Macaw

I have been trying to harness train my 1 year old macaw, but it is not working out well. She is comfortable with the harness around her and I have been trying to convince her to overcome her fear of ...
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Dog likes walks, but is terrified of walk preparation

We have a small dog, a Chihuahua cross, about a year old. As long as it's not raining, she enjoys her daily walk around the block. She'd prefer it warm and dry but a bit of cold and damp only seems to ...
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Help! I’m worried about my new kitten. She hasn’t eaten in over a day and I haven't been able to see her in over 12 hours :(

My boyfriend and I adopted a cat from a family friend. She rescued this cat from being outside and was with her for about a week before we got her. We brought her home, and she immediately ran under ...
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Discouraging cat from scratching couch

I have never had pets, but recently a friend of mine was in serious trouble and asked me to care for her cat. I did my best to accommodate it as well as I could. The house is vast, has a beautiful ...
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Queen lost litter of kittens and started nursing her only surviving 8 month old, should I intervene or just let them be?

My Queen "Phobos" has had difficulty having babies; she's had three litters totaling 12 kittens and only one made it ("Mazakeen," 8 months old) past a few days. Her 8 month old ...
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How much sleep is too much for my bird?

I have a 22 year old peach fronted conure. I noticed over the last couple weeks that she has been taking more naps during the day. She seems otherwise normal. She has been molting since July/August. ...
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Find internet story about a dog who rescued a woman from drowning by using a leverage from wood and the leash [closed]

I remember reading that a dog saved a woman from drowning in a swamp or similar (in the US I think) by creating a leverage from wood and the leash. It was told in first-person from herself and I read ...
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My new hamster is inactive

My aunt got a new dwarf hamster for my cousin for Christmas. I have been keeping watch until Christmas morning and then I will surprise my cousin. I have put the hamster in its new enclosure, which is ...
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Resident cat still attacking new cat after 4 months. Help?

In August, I adopted a one year old female cat. My first cat is a three year old female, who I’ve had for over a year. I’ve been going slow with their introduction, but we keep getting stuck at the ...
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Cat biting Mom - hard enough to draw blood, always in same spot on wrist

My mom has an 8-month-old ginger kitten that is generally very sweet, though very energetic. For some reason, every afternoon he will run into her bedroom while she's sitting on the bed, jump up, and ...
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My cat attacked me for first time in 10 months! Why is that?

My cat attacked me for first time in 10 months! Why is that? She is a very calm cat, 10 months old. She never pawed at me before tonight, even when I cut her nails or hug her tight (though she always ...
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Cat with one testicle or unilateral cryptorchidism

I had my cat, "Darien" (1 yr 3 months, Persian) neutered this last Sunday. He is doing okay, he's sleeping nicely, he is eating well as usual, and we are always monitoring him. It has been 4 ...
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Could having fallen onto the floor have changed my goldfish's behavior?

I have a tank with three goldfish in it. Some weeks ago, I had to do a 100% water change and had to take the fishes out. While returning them to the tank, one of them, an Oranda, jumped off and hit ...
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How to stop my cat peeing in the hallway [duplicate]

My cat (7 year old female) has started peeing in the hallway, we have had to take up the floor because of a leak, and now there is exposed concrete, and a small dug out channel where the pipes run (...
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A cricket has taken a chunk out of my gecko's tail. What should I do?

As it turns out, I had way too many crickets in my gecko's terrarium and one of them had been eating away at her tail. It was just a little off the tip and I've taken the crickets out and I'll be hand ...
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Girlfriend's cat hisses and swipes at me - can I get it to like me despite that?

Having trouble with my girlfriend's cat constantly hissing at me and swiping at my legs. Wondering if there is a way I can get this cat to like me, or at least to get it to stop this behavior. The cat ...
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New bullying behavior between sister kitties

We adopted Tabby sisters early this year, and they are now both a year and a half old. They are both spayed. Lately Sheena, the larger cat, has taken to bullying the smaller built cat, Zoey. Sometimes ...
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How to make an unsocialized cat get along with a socialized cat

Short summary of my tomcats: Bodhi: 1 year old; has been living for 5 months with me; checked by vet last time a month ago and is healthy; he gets along great with me, but he uses his claws if I pet ...
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2 kittens always fighting and not playing [duplicate]

I have 2 kittens; one male and one female. The male is 12 weeks old and a British-shorthair. He was also the first kitten I bought. When I bought the kitten, he was just 10 weeks old, so he has been ...
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My dog killed a rabbit, should I get a bunny? [duplicate]

My 11 year old daughter really wants a bunny, but in the past our dog has killed a wild rabbit. Does this make my dog more prone to killing a bunny? I don’t know how to prevent my dog from doing it; ...
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Is my bearded dragon trying to brumate?

Background: I have a male bearded dragon, a little over a year old. I live in a region that gets cold/snowy in the winter. I recently had some ups and downs with keeping my beardie's habitat ...
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Why is my cat scared of a box?

I put out a box of blankets thinking that my cat would like it, but as soon as my cat saw the box she ran under my bed. She usually loves boxes or bags with clothes that I need to return, but she ...
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Male cat in heat symptoms and solution

I think my cat (male, 1 yr and 2 months old) is in heat (please pardon me if "heat" is not the right term for male cats). I have dogs, but he is my first cat. He is meowing very loudly and ...
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Kitten always has her tail downwards

I recently got a kitten, about a months ago. She is now 4 months old. She has had some stool related issues, but finally seems to be getting better. She is very playful and plays a lot with my other ...
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Can the stray cat I am feeding be fine if I am gone for a couple of weeks

Can cats (almost an year old) find food and survive for themselves? TL;DR During my eight months of staying alone in lockdown, I had come across a stray cat in my building (may be ~4-6 months old at ...
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Why is my cat following and keeping an eye on my other cat?

Some context: I have two cats, one male (Gatão, 3-5 years old) and one female (Pitica, 1-2 years old). Pitica has been spayed before I took her in, Gatão has been spayed since last week. They came ...

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