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Issues to do with the reproductive cycle and process of mating and breeding a pet, including gestation, birth, feeding and weaning.

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Is my guppy pregnant? How could I tell whether a guppy is pregnant?

I recently purchased a guppy and I feel that it's quite fatter and stomach is bulged compared to other fish. Is it pregnant? How could I tell whether a guppy female is pregnant or not?
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What are the signs that a female platy fish is about to give birth?

I have a 10 US gallon tank that has been up and running for about 6 days. I purchased 2 female and 1 male platys and they have been in it for about 4 days. I believe both females are pregnant (they ...
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At what age can/should a baby rabbit (kit) be separated from its mother?

I know that rabbit gestation is 28 - 31 days, and that the mother can get pregnant immediately after birth. Does that mean baby rabbits can be weaned when they are 4 weeks old? Assuming the mother ...
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Pet Rabbits, Double Pregnacies, and Keeping the Buck in with the Doe

In my limited experience thus far, I have found that my rabbits get along well together and show every sign of enjoying each other's company. So I would very much like to keep my buck in with the ...
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How fast do rabbits really breed?

Someone recently mentioned "breeding like rabbits". So my question is how fast do rabbits breed? If I accidentally bring home a pregnant female rabbit, or a male and female pair from the local fair, ...
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How to stop a 12 week old kitten nursing . Hurting mom

I'm having the same problem as outlined in How can I get my cat to stop nursing from its mother? My kitten is about 12 weeks old, and is still nursing. The mom tried pushing it away, but the kitten ...
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My female Red Eared Slider, as far as I'm guessing, is gravid

So, it's my first time having a pet and it turns out that one of my turtles is a female. I have come to that conclusion after extensive researching and because of her behavior. These days she has ...
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Why are my Baby bunnies Dying?

I adopted two male rabbits from a friend of mine. (Her children were over them). I have had them all winter (In Wyoming) and they have been great. 3 weeks ago I found a baby bunny in the bottom of the ...
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Why does my dog get stuck to the female after mating?

Whenever my dog mates, he ends up stuck inside the female. Attempts to separate them prove futile. Why are they stuck together after mating?
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How do I care for a pregnant platy?

I was noticing that my platy's stomach was getting bigger and I thought I was over feeding. Then today her stomach was huge so I looked up what a pregnant platy looks like and she is for sure pregnant!...
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My rabbit isn’t feeding her baby, what should I do?

So my rabbit gave birth to a baby two days ago. About seven hours later, she had two more (however, unfortunately, they died); they may have been dead when they came out, I don't know. We took her to ...
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Can a dog contract a sexually transmitted infection?

My friend has a dog that has mated with so many female dogs. I've been a little worried about this dog lately because he is becoming more promiscuous. Are there dog sexually transmitted infections (...
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Do Rabbits Inbreed?

I understand that rabbits quickly reproduce, but when a litter is born, is there a possibility that a male and a female from the same litter will reproduce?
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Should I worry about a kitten who is the result of inbreeding?

My friends' cat recently gave birth however it was later revealed that the father was the cats' son. My friend offered to let me adopt one of the kittens but I am worried that the kitten I adopt will ...
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I had my cat's kittens adopted young (6 weeks), will they be okay?

Good and bad news. The good is that nice people have adopted both of my cat's kittens together without splitting them up. The bad: someone told me 6 weeks was old enough, but now I found out 8 is ...
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How can I tell if my cat is pregnant?

I discovered that my cat was pregnant only a week before she give birth to kittens. What behaviors or signs could have indicated to me sooner that she was pregnant?
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Can wild cottontail rabbits interbreed with domestic rabbits?

If a wild cottontail rabbit and domestic rabbit try to make babies, will they have kits? I know that horses and donkeys make mules what do domestic and cottontail rabbits make?
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How to tell a female corn snake and a male corn snake?

How to tell a female corn snake and a male corn snake? I am thinking about mating my male corn snake with a female corn snake. My problem isn't the mating. My problem is how to tell the difference ...
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My leopard gecko is digging. Does this mean she's gravid and trying to lay eggs?

Found this question on a leopard geckos group on Facebook. My new gecko keeps digging in her earth. As soon as I flatten and evenly spread it out she pushes it all back to the same spot and sits on ...
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What is the difference between a "reputable breeder" and a "pet mill?"

I have seen and heard some really bad things about puppy mills and other pet mills. And many places, like the AKC, recommend finding a reputable breeder to purchase an animal directly rather than ...
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Can a cat get a sexually transmitted disease?

If my normally indoor cat mates with a feral cat, is it at risk of getting any diseases? My cat has all of its vaccines up to date, so I suspect the only concern would be a sexually transmitted ...
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Is it possible to breed crickets?

Buying crickets every few days to feed to my bearded dragon gets expensive, and I hate going to the store. Is it possible for me to breed crickets?
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Will crickets lay barren eggs?

I have crickets that are laying eggs in a dirt bin. I've noticed tiny eggs that look like super small grains of semi-translucent rice. I'm curious, is it possible that a female cricket might lay ...
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Why do cats often screech when mating?

My friend has two pet cats. I saw them mating. After mating, when the male jumped off her back, the female cat screeched. This is not to be mistaken with cats fighting, he didn't bite her or anything....
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Can I make my own substrate to keep fruit flies alive?

I've found that fruit flies make a good staple food for my Red Devil Crabs, but it's expensive to keep buying a new batch of them every time the substrate starts to mold. Is there a way I can make my ...
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Do rabbits experience menopause?

I got a question third hand, (friend > wife > me) and a quick search leaves me wondering where to look for the answer. The friend has an 11 year old female rabbit that has not been spayed. She wants ...
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How can I raise some red earthworms for my turtle?

I've recently attained a culture of about 20-50 red earthworms, and I'm planning to use them to feed my turtle. I'm currently leaving them in a 14 inch * 5 inch * 5 inch deep planting pot, with soil ...
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Will our cat try and hurt the new kittens he is related to?

We have a 7 month old male kitten/cat. His mother lives in the same apartment block and she and he have access to eachother's homes. My neighbour who owns the mother watches over our boy while we are ...
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Mother cat won't care for her newborn kitten

My cat Ylaya had her first babies two years ago. All of her kitten until now were/are inbreeding. Her first litter was two cats, one of them was very sick and died. The other one (Yrwana) lived but ...
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How can I prevent my non-neutered cat from breeding?

I have 2 kittens with my family, a male and female. My family is strongly opposed to having them spayed/neutered for ideological reasons, and I've tried having that discussion with them, even at a vet ...
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How do you breed Daphnia to feed to aquarium fish?

There seems to be a lot of conflicting information on the internet regarding how to breed Daphnia, with the goal of feeding them to aquarium fish. Some of these at large expense including having ...
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Can rabbits make babies when separated by a single wire cage wall?

I have heard several people say that their female rabbit got pregnant while physically separated from the buck by a wire cage. I have heard it from multiple people, over a span of years. In all cases ...
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Why aren't my turtles producing eggs? [closed]

I have two turtles, one male and another female, (I've identified the female by her more sloping back). There are 4 golden fish too in the tank with them. It's been around 5 years since I brought ...
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How long before my red-eared slider lays eggs? Should I force her onto land?

I have 4 adult red-eared sliders, two male and two female. One of my females is definitely carrying eggs. They are in a wonderful outdoor habitat. We did all the research before we built it two ...
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Is it advisable to let my cat mate two months after having given birth?

My cat (Persian) is in heat two months after having given birth! Yes, she has stopped breastfeeding the kittens as they have been adopted. However, in case she mates with my male cat and gets pregnant ...
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If my pet has a litter, should I avoid getting my scent on the babies?

I think answers to this question can be agnostic of pet species. So I am asking the general question, if my pet who is member of my family has a litter should I avoid touching them and getting my ...
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Is there a way to momentarily raise a neutered cat's testoterone level so he can experience mating?

I neutered my male before the female got her first heat and I am waiting until she is one and a half to spay her (bigger organs, less complications in surgery...). I wonder if there is a way to raise ...
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Can a baby bird's feathers be dyed?

I was reading a recent question by a new bird owner whose bird was very colorful when purchased but has become less colorful. A quick look online shows bird prices can vary greatly by significant ...
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What do I need to consider before breeding reptiles?

I'm considering breeding some of my pet reptiles. Is there anything I should do beforehand in order to be properly prepared? I'm not concerned so much with how to breed them, more of just what I need ...
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Unsuccessful rabbit mating [closed]

One of my does pulled fur and built some sort of nest. Its been 13 days but no litter yet. What is the reason for this? Another doe isn't always willing to lift her tail. She has bred before but I ...
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