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

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What is the best way to manage a half-wild cat as a pet?

We have two spayed cats, Alice and Kesha. We took Alice in as a kitten born from a wild cat in a private house backyard. We received Kesha from her previous owners, who discovered they were allergic ...
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Diurnal, crepuscular, nocturnal, matutinal, vespertine; what do these mean and how do they impact my pet's life?

A recent answer listed all of these and said the group a pet falls in could impact how they behave: diurnal, crepuscular, nocturnal, matutinal, vespertine. What do all of these mean and how do they ...
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At what age cats should stop biting and scratching games?

I have a Maine Coon kitten who is 1.5 months old. When he's playful, he starts biting and scratching whenever he sees your arm next to him, and any hand movement is like an invitation to bite. Trying ...
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How do I get my dachshund to be interested in toys?

I have a dachshund who will not actively play with toys. She will, very rarely, pick up a bone or a chew toy (mostly a bone). She has a myriad of toys available to her, ranging from small, fluffy, ...
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Why do dogs turn around in a circle before lying down?

I have observed over and over again in dogs (mine and others) that they will often walk around in a little circle, on the spot, where they are about to lie down. It's like they need to rotate a ...
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Is the cat trying to communicate by leaving toys in significant places?

My boyfriends cat will often bring toys and leave them in places that seem to have meaning. This morning he found 3 toys in the spot where he sits to put on his work shoes every morning. What could ...
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Why is my cat afraid of me when I play guitar?

When I play guitar (acoustic and electric), my cat gets really scared. And it's not just guitar, he gets scared when I'm playing violin, mandolin and other instruments too. He kind of shrinks and ...
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Why does touching my cat's hindquarters make him bite his paws?

Recently (within the past 2 weeks or so), touching my cat's hindquarters has resulted in him frantically biting his (FRONT) paws. I noticed it for the first time when I was petting him while he was ...
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What means do rabbits use to mark and defend their territory?

Bunnies as prey animals would seem to be very quite, shy and fearful. Do they do anything to mark or defend their territory? The best answer will include references, be focused on house rabbits, ...
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Why is my dog defensive at home but scared outside?

I have noticed that my dog is more defensive and violent when at home. Once a dog came to our house, my dog attacked it and injured it and the other dog ran away. Another day, my dog saw the same dog ...
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Why does this dog take food out of his bowl to eat it?

I noticed that when my roommates feed their puppy, the puppy will take a mouth full of the kibble (but not chew or swallow it), then walk away from his bowl, and drop the kibble on the ground. He will ...
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Why is our cat bringing his toy to us and whining?

So I have a cat who's a bit of a loner. Really hates contact unless it's under his terms and he very rarely wants contact except for about 10 minutes in the morning. Unwanted contact is met with ...
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How can I stop my cat from eating plastic?

One of my cats will eat anything that is soft plastic. He will eat shopping bags, cellophane wrappers, anything. Fortunately, he hasn't had any issues. I've seen plastic in his poop, so when he ...
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How can I stop my cat from scratching her chin?

I have two six year old cats, brother and sister (friend "forgot" to fix their parents, so I know the specific litter and birth date). The female keeps scratching her chin profusely, to the point that ...
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How can I make a dog recognize another person as her owner?

My uncle bought a female dog, but had to go on a business trip and gave her to me. The dog stayed with me for 6 months and became used to me. Now my uncle is back and wants to take the dog, but any ...
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Do plecos keep their territory permanently?

I have a new pair of clown plecos, and need to reshape the tank a little bit to give them more hiding places. They're still small (about two inches) and have only been in the tank about a week, but ...
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Why is my dog primarily active (eating, playful) when everyone else is asleep?

I have a miniature dachshund who will only play with toys at night, once everyone is asleep. When every light and television in the house is off, he makes his way down off the bed, eats any leftover ...
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What are the problems associated with my cat eating paper?

My cat has recently started chewing on paper products I leave around the house. I try to keep him away from the paper stuff, but, well, I can't be everywhere always. I figure since paper isn't cat ...
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How can I train my dog to not whine when left alone (outside shops, indoors while we're outside, etc.)?

Our 1-year-old dog tends to whine loudly when left alone. The dog settles down very quickly when in the car, but if left outside a shop or inside and kids are playing outside, she whines. She tends ...
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Why is my one dog's hobby chewing my other dog's fur?

So, I have had my 3-year-old, 65-pound, American Bulldog for about 9 months. His name is Dewey and he is deaf. I recently adopted another dog, a 2-year-old, 45-pound, Australian shepherd/Chow mix, ...
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Do cats have a preference of being in the light or being in the dark?

From time to time I have to put my very energetic cat in my bedroom for an hour or so while I'm cleaning, or working on something I can't have her messing with. In the evenings if the lights are off, ...
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What is causing behaviour changes in our young adult dog?

I have a German Shepherd dog whose name is Alex. He is a male dog and he is approaching 2 years of age in this November and have not desexed him. The dog has never been mated with another dog. Now, ...
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Removing budgerigar eggs

We have several budgerigars and from time to time my partner sees an egg in their cage and disposes of it immediately. They are possibly fertile because we have both male and female budgies however ...
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Why does my cat run away everyday, and return every afternoon?

I've a male cat, just 5 month old, and I work for a software company so I leave him with my dad (parkinson's patient) everyday morning. When my cat senses that I'm going to work, he shows very high ...
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What age of snake is best for a pet?

I want to buy a snake and am interested in whether or not I should buy an adult snake or a baby snake. I have heard from my friend that an older, adult snake can be more frisky but when I went to the ...
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My rabbit is digging at the carpet in the corner of the living room, what should I do?

Sometimes when my bunny is out running around the house she will go in the corner and dig at the carpet. I stomp and clap my hands while saying "No" sternly, and she stops but will often go back to ...
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How do I get my dog to use the doggie door in both directions?

My wife and I recently moved into a condo with a roommate. Since we want privacy for our bedroom, but don't want to have to worry about animals making noises at our door at night, we installed a cat ...
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Why doesn't my cat lick me?

I have a three to four year old female Siamese cat. She is from a local shelter and according to them she was dropped off by someone who found her wandering around on his deck. So she was likely ...
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Why does my dog howl at airplanes?

I noticed that whenever an airplane passes over our house, my dog starts howling and doesn't stop until the plane is a very far distance from our house. Is this a normal behaviour? If not what can I ...
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Can't tell if cats are playing with or hunting each other

We've got 2 cats at home at the moment, both neutered. Our cat is a male ~9-10 months old and my brother brought his for the summer, which is a female ~11-12 months old. They've met before and during ...
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Severe separation anxiety in dog

My mother owns a poodle that suffers extreme separation anxiety. She bought him as a young adult (2 years) from a breeder, she has had him for 18 months and has two other dogs. He has always been ...
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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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Possible sign of dog-to-dog aggression in a 3 dog household

I have a friend who recently adopted a boxer from a rescue (they've had the dog full-time for about a month now on a semi-trial basis). There is little information on his history as he was just found ...
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Calming a cat down after being told no

Whenever we say "no" to our cat he gets hyper and starts running around the house knocking things over. What are some techniques to calm down a cat?
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How can I prevent my ferrets from chewing on wires?

Ferrets tend to have a thing for chewing wires and all sorts of rubbery things. Swallowing pieces of this indigestible material can result in expensive surgeries to remove the foreign object or death. ...
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How do I reduce my hound's intense prey drive (towards squirrels and cats)?

I have a Plott hound mix - rescue. He's a sweet heart. I've had him for 4 years and we've managed to smooth out most of his edges. I'm still struggling a bit to handle the [very] sporadic meltdowns ...
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How can I encourage multiple cats to bond and play together?

Often two or even all three of my cats will want to play at the same time but they usually come to me for the fun and games. I try to start them off getting them excited but ultimately it boils down ...
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Is there any evidence to suggest that lizards can recognize a human face?

I was playing air drums next to my 2-year old Uromastyx's tank, and I noticed out of the corner of my eye that she kept glancing up and my face, despite my hands going crazy 2 feet down (almost giving ...
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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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Should my cat love having his fur pulled out?

My cat loves deep scratching. Over time, I discovered he loves getting his fur lightly pulled out. It started with his nose, which seemed reasonable enough because it's hard to groom there, but now ...
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Why is my cat growling at the laser dot?

I have recently gotten a laser pointer to play with my two cats (mother and son). The son is overweight and I thought the laser pointer would help with giving him a bit of extra exercise to help him ...
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How can I train my dog to behave for grooming?

My 2-year-old Yorkshire Terrier really hates to be groomed, and with the amount of hair Yorkies have, this is not good. To my knowledge, he hasn't had a bad past with groomers, unless it happened ...
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Why does my dog prostrate (stretch)?

I noticed that sometimes my dog usually prostrates, stretching his fore legs with face towards the floor. He does this early in the morning when I wake up and we see each other, when I get back from ...
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Very lazy puppy

Three days ago I got a pup from a shelter home. He is 3 months old. The mum is a mixed breed with some Border Collie in her. He looks like a German Shepherd and also like he's going to be quite a big ...
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Are shock collars an effective and humane way of modifying behavior in senior animals?

We have a 12 yo male /neut Jack R T with no current notable health problems. He has a history of IBS but it's been recently well managed with diet and acid blockers. He's a wonderful dog: cute, loyal,...
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How can I stop a cat from preventing another cat in the house from using the litter box?

When going to work, two cats are left alone in the house. When coming home at night, there's a big mess on the floor. The only solution so far has been to put the aggressive cat inside a cat carrier ...
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Is my cat's behaviour normal?

Over the past few months, I've been trying to figure out the differences between the two black cats I had for about 5 months. They are about 8 months old and they come from the same litter. Luna, the ...
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What is the appeal of the bath tub to a cat?

My 5 month old DSH spends several minutes, two or three times per day, playing in my bath tub. He'll be running around playing, then heads to the bathroom, jumps in, rolls around on the floor, paws ...
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Is it a problem to pet my kitten while she is eating?

For purely selfish reasons I like to pet my ~10 wk old kitten while she's eating. I mean, she's really soft, and she just lets me give her the attention while she purrs and eats. How could I not?? ...
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How to efficiently move a goat?

Question This question is about a tame goat, which is not mine and over which I have no long-term control. The goat wears no sort of halter, but is completely bare. This goat somehow managed to get ...

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