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

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Why do neutered dogs still show sexual signs?

My dogs are both neutered - however they both still hump people, objects, and even each other. Sometimes they even get aroused. Is this a sign of dominance? Or is it a sexual thing?
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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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How can I tell the difference between play and aggression at the dog park?

I have heard some real horror stories about taking dogs to the dog park. Too many owners just let their dogs run unsupervised, and many people seem unable to distinguish dog-on-dog play from dog-on-...
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Why does my dog roll in gross stuff?

Sometimes my occasionally timid dog comes in from the backyard with extreme confidence, jumps up next to us, and we simply want to vomit due to the incredibly new and violently horrible stench he has ...
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Cats and string: will a toy make this better or worse?

My current cats are both fascinated by shoelaces. (I've never had this problem before.) For shoes not currently being worn, if I don't keep them hidden away behind a closed door the cats will bat ...
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How to prevent my dog from bringing stuff into the house?

My 9 month old dog uses a doggy door to go into our enclosed backyard. She has started to pick up stuff like sticks, dead bugs, even dog droppings missed in clean-up and bring it into the house. We of ...
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Why does my cat scratch so much against the sides of his litter box?

While I understand cats and their desire to bury their waste when they are finished, my cat often sits in the litter box and digs against the plastic side of the litter box, not actually in the litter ...
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Cat oscillating claws at me whilst being stroked

I have a 2 year old cat which we got from a cat shelter and has been with us for almost two weeks now. He's very friendly and enjoys a good stroke and has never used his claws in anger. What ...
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Why does my dog urinate when I call her?

We have two Labradors, a male and female from the same litter, that we got when they were two months. They are now 5 months old. They are both very friendly and loving with the kids, but the female ...
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How do I get my dog to stop stealing socks?

My dog greatly enjoys stealing socks and running around with them in his mouth any chance he gets. He doesn't destroy them; he just holds on to them. Eventually, he will get bored with this and just ...
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Do cucumbers spook cats? If so, why?

There are a bunch of videos going around of cats getting spooked by cucumbers, for example here. (For more examples, see this dedicated subreddit.) Is this merely careful selection from one extreme ...
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My cat suddenly stopped using the litter-box to defecate

I have read this question, but no answer seems to help here. My cat is an eight-year-old neutered male, and I have had it for five years. He has always used the litter box, but sometimes defecated ...
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What are healthy treats for a house rabbit?

My house rabbit can be rather shy around guests, and I would like to encourage her to be more friendly when people come around. I have explained to my guests that rabbits can be startled easily and ...
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My cat will only play with silicone earplugs, which is concerning. How do I fix that?

My 3 year old neutered female cat has gone mental on playing with silicone earplugs. They are small, chewy, yellow things you put in your ears to block out noise. My cat thinks they are THE BEST ...
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How to leash train a rabbit?

I would like to be able to leash train my rabbit so its easier to travel with her, and to take her out to parks and such (under careful supervision). I've seen footage of rabbits in showjumping ...
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How smart are ferrets?

It's been several years since my ferrets passed on, but I was quite impressed with just how smart they were (well, really only one of my two... the other was sweet, but wasn't particularly bright). ...
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What does it mean when the skin on my cats' backs twitches?

I've noticed this behavior on two of my cats, and I don't believe it is feline hyperesthesia (neither exhibit any of the other symptoms commonly associated with the condition, and the back twitching ...
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Can cats get depressed?

I had three cats, and two of them were the best friends. They used to eat together, sleep together, etc. But, unfortunately, one of them died recently. I believe that if my best friend died, I would ...
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How much dominance is normal in 2 cats at play

I have 2 cat's, one is young (8 months) and the other is 1.5 years old. During play, the older cat always takes the role of the chaser and the younger cat always runs away. I had read somewhere that ...
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Why does my cat walk away (and expect me to follow) while I stroke her?

Is this an instinctual habit? If so, would it be safe not to follow it? I wouldn't want to get its instincts messed up or anything.
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Cat sometimes becomes aggressive

My cat is almost always nice and calm, but sometimes his pupils delate, he stares at me intently, then raises on his back legs to reach my arms while I'm sitting in a chair and strikes me with his paw....
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Why does my European pond turtle rest on the back of my red-eared slider?

I have a European pond turtle and a red-eared slider as pets. They had been living together in harmony in an aquarium for about 8 years, but when I moved them both to a larger aquarium a year ago, I ...
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Is there any effective solution to stop a bird from habitual plucking?

My pet bird (African Grey Congo) has been a plucker for years. We tried the "cone of shame" for a while as recommended by our vet to break the habit, but she goes right back to plucking the second it ...
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Why do dogs roll around in random patches of grass

When I bring my dog into the dog park, It's not uncommon to see a dog rolling around in the grass, but sometimes, there will be a particular spot int he grass that nearly all the dogs nearby will want ...
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Cats fight over who sleeps further up on the bed

I have 2 cats, who enjoy sleeping on the bed with my wife and me, but during the night we notice that they both start at the foot of the bed, and creep up, leapfrogging each other to be higher up and ...
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Can two cats live in one room?

A couple months ago, me and my boyfriend rescued a 6 week old kitten who was thrown out of a car. We decided to keep him, but we live in a two bedroom apartment, with a roommate who is allergic to ...
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Can I allow my puppy near my breast?

Recently, my husband and I brought home a small, 15 day old puppy from a local shelter. Its mom has passed away so I have adopted it. I feed it with a bottle filled with milk from my pet goat. The ...
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Can I put any other fish in with a male betta?

I had a male betta fish for a long time, and was told by the people at the pet store that I could put in a pleco fish (aka an algae eater) because it would stay near the bottom. Since, he claimed, the ...
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Why do dogs look humans directly in the eyes?

I recently noticed that dogs see directly into the humans eyes. Clearly the same for wolves. Why do they do it? Is is only for communication or affection?
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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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Why does my cat meow less than I expect it to?

My 1-year-old cat only meows when he wants food or when he wants to play. However, I have observed other cats meowing and purring much more often than my cat. Is there something wrong with my cat's ...
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Is it true that cats show their emotions through their tail?

A friend of mine told me that cats show their emotions through their tail. I have cats that are angry 'shake' their tails, but is it true for all their emotions?
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Why is my rabbit / bunny angry?

My pet rabbit sometimes gets angry when I walk past her. She then makes a growling sound and "attacks" me. We had her spayed and thought that this would help, but the problem still persists. Is ...
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Is there a way to prevent another dog from pooping on our grass?

Our regularly-trimmed grass outside our gate has been pooped on by another dog. I don't know the dog and I've been trying to determine which dog it was. I know about dogs being territorial, and that ...
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Why does my cat get aggressive when I'm inhaling loudly?

Recently I've realized that my cat gets very nervous, and even aggressive, if she hears me snorting loudly several times, even when she's a long way away from me. If I start doing so, she immediately ...
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Is overhead cable running leash suitable for all dogs?

I have been told that such a running leash is not recommended for pyrenean shepherd dog. The advice was, that if I want to let a dog of this breed out alone, I should build a fenced place for him to ...
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Why do dogs wag their tails?

Ever since I was a little kid, I have wondered why dogs wag their tails. So, why do dogs wag their tails? I am looking for an answer from a credible source.
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Why do dogs lick the face?

Why do dogs lick people and other dogs in the face?
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Why is one of my cats licking walls and windows?

I've been catching my cat licking windows and recently some walls. The doubtful advantage is that the lower half of my windows don't fog any more, but why is she doing that? Is it unhealthy for the ...
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My dog scratches at the floor during fireworks. What can I do to make him feel safe?

Sometimes when there is a thunderstorm or fireworks my dog will become restless and scratch at the front door or back door. If I open the door he doesn't move, but if I walk away he will begin ...
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How can I train my dog to stop eating everything?

He's almost a year now (about 10 months old), and I thought it was just a phase, but it's not so much like that as it seems. I've had problems with him eating wood (from chewing on tree branches), ...
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Why would a cat ask to play all the time and how to satisfy her?

I have a quite energetic, 1.5 year old female cat, who used to live outside until 6 months old. We get along nicely, and I try to have play sessions with her 2-3 times a day for at least 5 minutes - ...
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How to react when a dog lashes-out at his dog friend?

I have three dogs and I can say that they get along very well 99% of the time they are together (which is technically most of the time). Sometimes they start a fight out of the simplest thing that ...
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How should I react to two fighting cats?

Several questions have addressed how to get cats to get along together. How to stop two male cats from fighting How can I encourage two cats to get along? How do we handle two female cats in the ...
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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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My dog runs after children who have taunted him

I have a dog and we live in a place where there are lots of children. Most of these children will go to the gate of people who have dogs and start throwing stones at the gate just to hear the dog bark....
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Cat won't use cat flap

We have 4 cats and have recently moved from an apartment with no cat flap to a house with one. 3 of the cats started using it within a week, but 1 is very stubborn and just won't use it and it's now ...
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Why does my cat insistently meow at me when I shower?

When I shower, my cat has this unusual habit. She meows at me insistently and repeatedly, and looks at me with wide eyes. I want to mention that I do not keep her in the bathroom against her will. I ...
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How best to discipline a kitten?

We have a 3 month old kitten. He's lovely but his biggest problem is peeing on our bed. He slept in the kids' room when we first got him, to keep him separate from our dog, but they're now getting ...
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How do I prevent my cat from getting on the table?

We have a 7-month-old cat. I would like to prevent her from getting on the dinner table because it's likely there's something to eat, or at least a water jug there, and we don't want her to start ...

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