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

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My seven year old cat is hissing at my new three month old kitten! [duplicate]

I just recently adopted a three month old kitten; while already having a seven year old resident cat in my home. My seven year old cat is not a happy camper and is aggressive towards my new kitty. I ...
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Alternatives to walking a dog

Dogs need to be entertained and physically and mentally stimulated to feel happy. Many behavioral problems are either caused by boredom or could be treated by engaging the dog in different games and ...
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What next for our scared shelter cat?

We have a 2+ year old male, neutered cat, name George, that we recently picked from a local shelter. George was dropped off at the shelter at about 4 months old, and has been there ever since. He now ...
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My dog has 2 personalities

I have a 1 year old, 80 pounds (36 kg) male bernedoodle. At home he is a sweetheart, cuddly, and playful but outside he acts crazy. He jumps on people sometimes and he has also bit my hands several ...
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Cat meows very loudly when I lock her out of the room

My first cat is now 4 1/2 months old (female) and has always meowed briefly when I leave the room or when I go to sleep and lock her out of the bedroom. But now she's meowing much more. Since I can'...
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How to care for scared cat?

I have a cat. It's 8 months old. I decided to put a female in the house. She is his age. Both are neutered. Ever since the female arrived she has been trying to hide. I need to put her in a room but ...
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Cat at the dorm sprayed on me

I'm a 21 year old female university student and I'm currently living at a dorm. There are a lot of cats here that have been living here since God knows when. I have loved cats since I was a kid but I ...
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Should I keep my rat alone?

I got a pair of male rats from a friend who couldn’t keep them anymore and everything went good for months. They were a sibling pair, named Frederick and Connor. A couple of months ago, I found ...
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German Shepherd with horrible smelling oral tumor

Our German Shepherd has had this growing tumor for a year and half. It has grown so big and has destroyed her teeth and the inside of her mouth. The tumor smells SO BAD we don’t know what to do. ...
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Cat vomiting and not acting right

I have a Bengal at home. The other day I fed him some raw chicken that was sitting in the fridge and I just took out to season and prepare. The next morning I woke up and there were piles of dry vomit ...
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Should I let my cat go outside?

I got a 6 months male who has been used to freely wander outside in the countryside. I'm wondering about letting him go outside. I live at the second floor and share a balcony with my neighbor (a ...
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Why does my cat paw at my sheets?

Occasionally my cat will go from cuddling with me on my bed, to pawing at the sheets, like he is digging. At first it seemed to correlate with him discovering the option of crawling under my sheets so ...
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Male cat attacking female

My mom and I have 3 cats, a 3 year old female, and a 2 year old male, along with their 1 year old daughter. The male is fixed, however our female is not. We have noticed that he randomly attacks the ...
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Cats peeing in potted plants. What to do?

I have several big potted plants, and my cats are peeing on these plants. Needless to say, the plants aren't doing that great. The cat litters are always clean. Is there anything I can do so that the ...
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Why has my dog started running out of our yard?

My 6 yo Pointer Mix has gone out on her own for the last year and a half or so. She was always very good about staying in her yard, doing her business and then coming back to the front door when ...
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Why does my cat like licking tape so much?

One of my cats (3 y.o. female Bengal, spayed) absolutely loooves the taste of the sticky side of tape - especially packing tape (or at least, that's what's usually available) but I've also caught her ...
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Cats don't know how to mate

My Persian male cat is 1 year and a month old. Two days ago, one of our close friend brought her Persian female cat, because Queen was in heat, who also is 1 year and a month old. Tom is 10 days older ...
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Kitten does not clean herself after using the litterbox / only after a few minutes

So, I'm having a hard time with my new kitten. She uses the litterbox just fine. After using it, she gets out and only cleans her butt after a few or so minutes. By the time she does, she was on a lot ...
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My praying mantis pet is not eating and has 2 black lines on it's abdomen

There are 2 new black lines on my mantis's abdomen, which seems to be contracting. Almost like it's squeezing it. What is it? I don't think it used to have that. Secondly, it's also not eating, and ...
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How to help my dog with his “fear” of my baby

tl/dr: My dog seems spooked by my baby crawling around the house. The dog runs away anytime the baby gets even remotely close to him. We make sure that the baby never actually bother's the dog, but ...
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I hit my cat and now he hates me

Well, I used to hit my cat from time to time when he did something wrong. He had just turned one year old and I’ve been hitting him so much lately, that now he no longer asks for cuddles, kisses or ...
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Can dogs exhibit politeness?

Can dogs exhibit politeness? I come from a science background and in general am very skeptical of anthropomorphic claims that people make about their pets. I also have considerable experience with ...
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My cat doesn’t stop chasing and bothering my kitten

So I have a 1 year old cat, he’s a very leave-me-alone kind of cat and only gives affection every now and then. In July we adopted a female kitten and unfortunately she was sick when we adopted her, ...
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Will behavioral issues occur in dogs that don't leave their mothers?

Information regarding separating puppies from their mothers, generally, only talks about at what age is it appropriate to remove a youngling from its dam. There isn't much information about whether ...
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Cat associates closed door with getting caught

There are a few questions about closed doors, but I feel my question has a bunch of different angles which makes most replies inapplicable. One of our three cats has a big issue with going to the vet. ...
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Girlfriend's chihuahua very aggressive with me at night while being already awake

My girlfriend's chihuahua is generally very protective with his uneaten food, or when he has a bone to play with; which is fine as long as he doesn't bite for it (and he doesn't, he just growls). He ...
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Why does my cat bite me while I'm petting it?

While I'm petting my cat, she'll start biting me. She grabs a little chunk of my arm (not hard at all, doesn't hurt), then moves her head from side to side, as if she was trying to rip part of my ...
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Dog being overprotective

I have had dogs all when I was growing up, but never had to train one. I adopted a dog, yesterday, and the dog is very sweet to me. He did fine in the dog park and walking along the trails in ...
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I accidentally scared dog last night and he has been aggressive/scared of me since

My girlfriend and I adopted a rescue dog like 4-5 months ago, we don't know the breed for sure, but we think he is a Treeing Walker Coonhound based on his looks. The vet thinks he's around 5 to 7 ...
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Cat is hitting the object when trying to jump on it

So about a month ago our cat managed to fall out of the window onto our balcony, from 2nd floor to 1st floor. It was at night, so we didn't see exactly what happened, only heard the noise when he ...
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New rescue dog follows me everywhere, but seems terrified of me

We got our rescue beagle 5 weeks ago. We were told that she was never socialized, and she is 3 years old. She follows me everywhere in the house and doesn't like to go in the yard without me there. If ...
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Limping cat - bone tumor?

One of my cats unexpectedly started limping about 2 weeks ago. She was fine one day, then the next day she was heavily limping on her left hind leg and within another day or so she would not even ...
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Leopard gecko's odd behavior

I got my leopard gecko a month ago. I love her to bits, her name's Frankie. The vet said she was around 6 months old. Maybe I'm just worrying too much, but I figured I should get input anyway. To ...
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I need help rebuilding my cats trust after abusing them multiple times

Before I start I want to say I am now on medication and have received professional help. It is not an option for me to rehome these cats as I will explain later. To start off i am 16 and still live my ...
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Clingy puppy with insane separation anxiety

I've read some posts on here related to this topic, but all of the tricks have already been used. TL;DR: My mum rescued an abused pup with head trauma. My mother has a rescue pup. He belonged to a ...
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Do stray mother cats hate their kittens after they grew up?

So there is this one stray black cat that I have always been feeding. After a year, she started to stay most of the time around my house (still in my lot), up to the point that she decided to give ...
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Cat poops on the lawn without burying it

A few days ago, a cat appeared in our garden and was very adamant that he was here to stay. From pretty much the first day, we found poop on the lawn which looks like it is his. Somehow his instinct ...
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Outdoor cat suddenly stopped using litter box

I have a young cat (9 months) who was raised indoors and has never had the chance to observe other cats using the dirt outside as a cat toilet. Until now, she has never shown any concern about her ...
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How do I get one cat to realize the other is trying to play, and not fight?

I just moved in to a new place with my girlfriend, and we moved our cats in together. They both like to occasionally play, whether with us or with toys. The bigger, older cat really likes to play with ...
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New kitten (3 months old) was very affectionate at first, now ignores me

I'm a new kitten/cat owner, and I'm somewhat worried here. I've only had the kitten for one week yet, so this might just be a "phase" it's going through. For the first few days after I got ...
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15 month Dachshund overly demanding for walks

My Dachshund, 15 months old, will not play with her toys. She just constantly watching me, staring, all she wants is to go for walks. I walk her 3 times a day, if I'm not quite ready by her evening ...
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Is it safe to keep bonobos as pet?

I have a wish to take a great ape as pet. The most commonly taken ape as pet is chimps. But as the chimps get adult it becomes difficult to control them and many end up in zoos. Also I have heard many ...
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Why does my dog only show aggressive behavior indoors?

My dog Cooper is a 1 1/2 year old Lab mix, and for the last few months, he has been constantly aggressive. It's odd because he is totally normal away from home. Inside, he growls and bares his teeth ...
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My dog (border collie half breed) too excited even after workout

We got a rescue dog, vet told us he has a lot of border collie in him, he's about 1 and a half years old. The problem: it seems as if he can't get tired or get calm, it happens everyday. We've had him ...
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Why does my cat come to me when I'm sitting on the toilet?

Whenever I sit on the toilet, my cats come to me and rest at my feet. Why? Do they miss something?
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How does my dog know that I arrive home?

I ask here the opposite of this question. My dog is at home. A few minutes before I arrive home by car, he gets excited that I arrive (I know because the parents tell me so). He keeps his excitement ...
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How should I handle a dog when I catch it chewing a shoe?

When I hear my dog(s) chewing something in another room, I sometimes go to take a look at what it is they are working on. In case it is a shoe, what immediate action should I take to stop the chewing ...
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How do I spot potential problem behavior when adopting a dog?

Frequently people are adopting dogs from rescue shelters. Adopting any adult dog can be a bit of a challenge in that it's hard to know the dog's history. Some rescue dogs have a history of abuse and/...
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How to reduce my parrot's aggressive behavior?

I had two parrots which I believe is ringneck. They were raised by uncle. They were once very friendly. But after one flew away, the other became very aggressive even towards my uncle. I bought ...
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How can I prevent my rat from intentionally peeing on me?

I recently rescued two male baby rats from a shelter. They're assumed to be brothers and they have both warmed up to me over the two months or so that I've had them. While I expect the occasional ...

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