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

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How do I get my cat to stop waking me up at 5:45am?

I have a small, 8lb (around 3.6 kg) female cat whom, in a day, I feed a third of a cup dry food and a can of simple nourish wet food. I split this into a morning and evening meal, but the cat meows ...
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Can over-praising my dog have negative long term effects?

I recently adopted a "positive reinforcement" approach to maintain my dog's good behavior. I find myself very often telling her "good girl" when she's just sitting nicely, walking with me, or doing ...
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What causes a housebroken pet to wet the masters bed?

I have heard of and personally observed this behavior in both dogs and house rabbits. It may occur among other species as well. An otherwise perfectly litter trained and/or housebroken pet will get ...
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How can I improve the relations between my 3 dogs?

Five months ago, I added a male dog to the family, a 7-months-old, Boxer / Pit Bull mix (though he looks like a Shar Pei) named Butcher. The existing dogs are females: Brownie, 3-year-old, Weimaraner ...
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Putting leash on dog

I've got an odd issue with my dog that I've never had with any other dog I've had. When it's time to take my dog for a walk, he's fairly calm. He walks with me to the front door (where I keep his ...
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How can I keep my Labrador-mix entertained?

I recently acquired my first dog from somebody who was moving away, but could not take the dog with them. The dog is a 3-year-old Labrador mix. We don't know what the other breed is, but I suspect a ...
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Budgerigar parakeet is picking at her leg band. What should I do?

We have a budgerigar parakeet with a leg band. Lately, she has been picking at the leg band with her beak. Is there any way we can get her to stop picking at her leg band, or does the leg band need ...
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How to improve the condition of a very fearful dog?

The dog of one my relatives suffer from extreme fear reactions and his life is about finding ways to hide in a dark corner of the house and spend half a day there. I'll try to describe the dog's ...
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What to do about my dog fighting its own children

My dog mated with a female dog from another house and the female dog gave birth to 6 puppies. The family that own the female dog then decided to give us 3 of the puppies. We accepted them and brought ...
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How can I get my ferrets to play nice together?

I have four ferrets but they don't all get along. Each pair of ferrets doesn't like the other. At the moment they have separate play times outside of the cage. They're also caged separately in case ...
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Is a French Mastiff dog less friendly, does it prefer fewer people around?

My sister has two dogs; one is a Labrador and one is a French Mastiff. The Labrador is friendly and likes us all. The French Mastiff ignores me most of the time, but he is excited around people other ...
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Do cats recognize their family? Perhaps by scent?

Is there any scientific or anecdotal evidence that cats recognize other cats who closely share their DNA? As in, new kittens from the same mother and the such? I'm suspecting that there might be such ...
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Cockatiel going into tight spaces and getting angry

My cockatiel got into the habit of going into tight spaces and getting angry there. She goes into the cupboard, clothes dryer, climbs into any pots or dishes that are around, or just squeezes ...
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How do I retrain my 8 year-old Shih Tzu to tolerate tooth brushing?

My eight year-old, female Shih Tzu (Lucy) has always balked at getting her teeth brushed, and it has gotten to the point where she refuses - no matter what treats or approach I take. Any advice?
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Is there a research-based book that discusses feline social interactions and cues?

Cats have some surprisingly subtle nuances in the ways that they express themselves. From the way they hold their tail, to how they make eye contact, or even how loudly they meow, there are a wide ...
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Husband stepped on the cat's head, and now she hates him

While I was away, my husband gave my cat a bath and accidentally stepped on her head hard. She swelled up pretty bad, but she recovered. Every time he gives her a bath now, her head swells. But ...
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Why does my dog get scared when approached and petted?

My parents have two female dogs. Both were rescued from the streets and arrived very young. One is already 5 years old and the youngest is about 1 year old and weighs roughly 6 lbs. The youngest is ...
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What is the optimal age to bring home kittens?

I have done some Google'ing into when is a good time to bring home kittens, and I have read articles where the most common answer is "12 weeks but above 8 and you should be fine". I also read that if ...
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Stop my cat from knocking over cups

Whenever my cat sees a cup, he has to go inspect it and knock it over even if there is no liquid in it. He really likes drinking the water out of these cups too if there is any in it. I cannot ever ...
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My dog is destroying things and peeing inside when I am at work. How can I get him to stop?

I have a 7.5 year old pit bull and he likes to destroy things while I am at work (the couch, anything kind of box left out, anything left on the table - edible or not) and he likes to pee inside. He ...
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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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What are the negative effects of debeaking a chicken?

One of my male chickens loves making trouble and gets into fight with the other gentle male chicken almost all the time. An article I read said in this type of cases debeaking the stubborn male is a ...
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How to help my cat adjust to a new routine?

With the diabetes diagnosis for my cat, we got a whole new routine. I used to feed him his wet food at 6-7 am (basically whenever I got too annoyed by him trying to wake me) and then he would free ...
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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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What should the hen to rooster ratio be in a backyard chicken coop?

I want get some chickens, my local municipality does classify them as allowable pets. There are no restrictions for 'small' groups of chickens. Like any pet there are a lot of considerations when ...
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My dog is very allergic to something and is starting to become scared of me

I have a 9 year old pit bull that I have had since he was a puppy. He has very bad allergies to something. And I mean very bad. He is losing fur everywhere, his paws are swollen and red, his stomach ...
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Can cats be “picky” about the brand of food they eat?

The cat I had growing up was very picky about the kind of food we gave him. He had a thing for Meow Mix dry cat food. If we bought him any different brand, it seemed as though he wouldn't eat it as ...
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Cat glove carrying behavior

Our cat has a habit of waiting until night time, or until we leave the house to start hunting around for gloves. She likes to pick up gardening gloves, athletic gloves, gloves from superhero costumes, ...
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Why does our cat display her belly?

When my husband and I are having a discussion, our cat Cleo often joins us. She rolls over on her back, and holds her paws close to her chin, and gives us (what we call) blinky eyes. It's so ...
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Why is my dog peeing in the house when we're not home?

After the first month, he got settled in and more hyper, and now whenever we leave and no one is in the house (except him and the cats) he defecates inside. We take him out before we leave, but we ...
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How do I identify abnormal or erratic fish behavior?

I have 8 Albino Corydoras and all they do is swim against the wall all day, even when the light is off. I am guessing my tank has great reflection. They almost never go into the middle of the tank; it'...
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Why do my cats get cuddly in these rooms only?

My cats are almost one year old and I've had them for around 8-9 months. I've been noticing for a good month now that both of them enjoy cuddling in the toilet and bathroom. Yes, the toilet room is ...
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Why do dogs rub themselves in other dogs' feces?

From time to time, and in what appear to be completely random intervals not apparently connected to any particular events, my dog decides to rub itself in other dogs' feces when I take it for a walk. ...
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How do I crate train an adult dog?

This question My dog is destroying things and peeing inside when I am at work. How can I get him to stop? led me to ask this. Some of the reasons to crate train a dog, as set out by the RSPCA Vic ...
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Why is my cat only afraid of people when they're standing?

I have just adopted my first cat, Oliver. He is 8 months old and I was told by the shelter that he was previously a stray. I have only had him about a week and a half, but he already seems to have ...
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Why does my cat paw at the TV when it is off?

I am baffled by my cat pawing at the TV when it is off. The TV sits next to the window, but as it happens at night as well as during the day, I don't think it's just interesting reflections from ...
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Integrating a small kitten with an older cat

We have a 10 month old male cat (virtually full grown) and we recently adopted a 6 week old male kitten. we did everything the internet recommended regarding this situation (separating them in ...
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How to earn a rescue cat's love

I adopted my cat from my sister. She initially got it for her kids but hates cats, so she would just lock it in the basement. The cat would escape every now and then, sometimes for up to a week. I ...
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Is my cat's aggressive behavior playful or mean, and how do I stop it?

My boyfriend and I moved in together a year ago, each bringing one cat. The older cat moved with me on moving day and the younger one arrived a few days later. One cat is an eight-year-old female. ...
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Why did my well behaved cat suddenly start biting and meowing?

I'm not even sure how to begin with this. I have a very well behaved and sweet cat who does not usually show aggression. Today, he walked over to me as if he wanted to cuddle, but then proceeded to ...
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How to safe guard against being kicked by a horse?

For the first time of my life I was kicked by a horse. My own horse in fact. She's not an aggressive horse. I was distracted and talking to people over the fence about the horses, pointing out the ...
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What could cause my dog to bite/pull her own hair out?

The title pretty much says it - my dog, Chewy, has been biting and pulling the hair out on her front arms. Her name was given before this problem started. :) It's not every day, and I cannot find a ...
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Why is my cat pulling her nail?

Most of the time while washing herself, she also starts to 'grab' the nail to one of her 'thumbs' with her teeth and it looks like she is pulling it really hard. Don't know if she does it with other ...
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What are some dos/don'ts for soothing a freaked out cat?

Say a cat was freaked out by something. It could be a dream, a scary window critter, an unpleasant sound, or something unknown. Given that the cat is now freaked out but the cause itself is gone or ...
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Should I be concerned that my cat has become more vocal since losing his sister?

Back history: Joey and Pheobe are two and a half year old Bengal/Domestic crosses (1/2 Bengal) and both are/were reasonably vocal but not to any level of excess. Joey was (we assume) hit by a car in ...
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What can I do when my dog loves going out at night?

I have a male dog who has recently developed the habit of going out at night. I followed him once and I noticed he usually goes to meet a female dog at another house. I have been chaining him since, ...
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Cat won't let me sleep at night

My girlfriend's cat will not let me get a full night of sleep. I already have to work around our party-to-the-night neighbors and the get-up-early-with-high-heels neighbors; so this is really annoying....
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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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Why does my cat go to the toilet at the same time as I do?

I have three cats. They live permanently indoors and have 24 hour access to their kitty litter except when I go to the toilet as it is a walk-through toilet and their room is only accessed through ...
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What research is there on the long term effects of pinch-induced behavioral inhibition conditioning on cats?

There have been studies using "clipnosis" a.k.a. pinch-induced behavioral inhibition (PIBI) as a technique to immobilize a variety of animals. The following study examines the use of such a technique ...

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