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Questions tagged [cleaning]

Questions about cleaning your pet or the environment he/she lives in. Use this tag when your question addresses cleaning methods, requirements, and other aspects that pertain to keeping a clean atmosphere for your pet.

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Can I use diluted essential oils to clean my house without causing harm to my cat?

I would like to add a few drops to the water I use to mop my floors but I'm not sure if it would be harmful to my cats. I don't plan on using it on their toys, just on the floors (they do lay on the ...
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Is it healthy for newborn puppies to live on direct land?

My dog Jamie (no breed) had 4 puppies on July 8th. They haven't opened their eyes as of yet. Prior to this, Jamie dug a hole in the ground in the yard and there she gave birth to her puppies. While ...
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How can I remove waste from a tank with fry?

I have surprise fry in one of my tanks (I've counted 8 or 9 so far). I've removed all the adults into a separate tank, so the fry won't be eaten. I have apple snails in the tank as well. These ...
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how do i keep my goldfish tank's bottom clean? [duplicate]

my goldfish tank's water is crystal clear and the filter is working fine but goldfish creates a lot of waste so their manure collects on the bottom of the tank(which is bare), is it okay or will it ...
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How to soften dogs crusty eyes?

I had a quick question I was hoping you can help me with. I have a 15yr old Jack Russell. She's having an issue that I've never personally had to deal with. You know how some white dogs have those ...
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How to minimize litter being tracked out of a custom litter box?

tl;dr- I'm making a litter box and I want to design it in a way that prevents cats from tracking much litter out of it. How could this be done? I'm designing a do-it-yourself litter box because ...
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My indoor kittens are leaving grimy stains on everything

I have two indoor kittens which are around half a year old. We got both of them at 12 weeks old and about 1 month apart. Both of them still have their manhood intact. They leave grimy stains where ...
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Looking for an automated aquarium

I'm looking for a fully automated aquarium. Need an automatically timed feeder for the fish Could the aquarium could automatically clean itself A battery backup for both the feeder and the cleaning ...
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How to remove oil from the aquarium water surface?

I experimented with sustainable food sources for my shrimp aquarium which I usually don't feed since the population grows slowly with the natural algue supply, so I put in some potato peels which ...
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What kind of substrate is best for fancy goldfish?

I read that gravel is unsuitable for fancy goldfish, as the fish will eat the pieces whole and get sick. I installed sand in my tank, but I find it very difficult to clean, as when I siphon, the hose ...
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How can I safely clean a bird's cage indoors?

When I adopted my conure, I was given her old cage. My conure is at least 15, and presumably she's lived in this cage for her whole life, so it's a bit dirty. When she first arrived, I rubbed the ...
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Should I clean the turkey baster used to feed my axolotl?

I use a turkey baster to feed my axolotl blood worms. I can see that there are old worms stuck at the top of the baster. Should I use hot water/bleach to do a proper clean of the baster?
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Ear infection remedies

I just adopted a 3 year old pitbull. We took it to the vet and they said it has an ear infection, but I assume the ear infection is probably deeper in the ear as I cannot see it in the visible areas. ...
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Dandruff with male cat

My male cat has horrible dandruff. What can I do?
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How does a snail clean a fish tank?

I don't keep fish, but I've wondered about this. From what I understand, snails are introduced to a fish tank to keep it clean. Fish produce waste and the snails eat this along with algae. Don't ...
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Is hot water enough to clean a reptile's water bowl?

I saw on a forum once that hot water is enough to clean a reptile water bowl and I'm a little skeptical of this. Is this enough to clean it or should I use diluted vinegar, disinfectant such as Wipe ...
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How can Old built up pet urine stains be removed from tile flooring?

My dog is 16 and for the past year she has been having many accidents inside due to her age. I clean it up as soon as it happens, but if I'm not home, it's apparently left long enough for a stain to ...
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How can I get rid of string algae that's inside java moss?

The last batch of plants that I ordered came with a surprise supply of string algae. So now it's growing on top of all my plants in the tank. I've been trying everything I can to get rid of it. The ...
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How do I prevent fungal growth in my betta tank?

How do I prevent fungal growth on my pebbles and cave in my betta tank? I just cleaned out the tank because there was black fungus growing on the pebbles and green fungus growing on the cave. I only ...
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How can I stop my cats from urinating in the pet carrier?

We have two British Shorthairs, George and Martha, 4 years old. Last year, George peed himself in the pet carrier on the way to the vet. Looking back, part of the problem probably was timing, as I had ...
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How can I reduce and control bird dander?

My wife just found out she has a condition which is worsened by many types of allergens, like bird dander. We have 5 parakeets, 1 pineapple green cheek conure, and a cockatiel. The cockatiel ...
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Is cleaning a dog's floppy ears necessary?

Me again. So my baby, Peanut, now a 14 month old female spayed Dachshund is growing into herself. I figure she's as big as she'll get, which is pretty darned small. (She's a miniature.) I've read that ...
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Mixing African cichlids with goldfish

I have goldfish in a tank. I added cichlids 3 weeks after. They died over the weekend. I don't know if it was the heater I have in there or I could have overfed. My question is what do I do to next ...
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Remove fish when cleaning gravel?

How do I clean the gravel at the bottom? Stirring the bottom with gravel vac raises clouds of gunk, so I wonder if its better to remove fish while cleaning or leave them in place. I am a newbie, ...
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How can I reduce my need to do a water change on my turtle's habitat?

Hello turtles masters :) I have 20cm (shield) turtle in 70L of water in aquarium. As a filter I use Repti Clear F350 (276L/hour 6W). I also use ReptoFresh and ReptoSafe. Problem: Even I clean the ...
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How can I clean the slate tile in my terrarium without damaging it?

I keep my leopard gecko on unfinished slate tile. To clean the tile I use the below reptile-safe disinfectant (image source and more info here): and a scourer or scrubbing brush: (image sources ...
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Can unscented baby wipes be used instead of pet wipes to disinfect my dog?

NOTE: This is a follow-up of and related to my previous question — How to clean (disinfect) my dog everyday after walk? Baby wipes are used to dry bathe babies, a good way to bathe them without ...
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How to clean (disinfect) my dog everyday after walk?

To give you some perspective, my dog and I go for a walk, every morning (~ 45 min) and evening (~ 30 min). We don't have any grounds nearby (only fields (1)) which means I have to walk him on streets ...
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How to hold my dog in place to clean his ears?

My dog (a German Shepherd mix) has a severe ear infection and needs ear drops twice a day and an ear flush once a day. He absolutely hates this, and as a result I have not been very successful in ...
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How many days does it take an ammonia spike to occur?

I recently bought a new aquarium along with four small tiger barbs. I'm currently learning how to cycle the water so I was wondering how long can the fish live in the unchanged water before it needs ...
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Is it OK to pet cat / let her lick me while she is cleaning herself? (and general cleaning behavior)

I have a healthy kitten ~9 weeks old, long-haired, seems to have good cleaning habits (I found her at 8 weeks). She likes to jump up on my lap and clean herself, which is fine. Sometimes when she's ...
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How to correctly clean my dog's ears?

My young Brittany has the inner part of his ears getting dirty quite easily. It is not smelling badly and there is no pus. So I think they just need routine care. When should I decide that they need ...
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Why does cat urine have a stronger smell than other pet urine?

It may just be my perception, but it seems like cat pee has a distinctly 'Cat' smell that is different from other pet urine. It seems to have a stronger smell that lasts longer, than other urine ...
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How can I get old cat urine smell out of a mattress?

When we went on a weekend trip a few months ago, I forgot to leave the door open to the cat boxes. So the kitties used our mattress as a replacement. When we got home we cleaned up as best as we could....
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How can I eliminate set-in dog urine scent from a carpet?

Our 15-year-old dog has decided she no longer wants to be house trained. As a result, we have several set-in dog urine spots in our carpet. We have a consumer Hoover "steam" cleaner and have ...
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What's the best way to clean a contaminated aquarium?

I had an aquarium apocalypse a while back. Overnight, some white fungus grew over everything and killed most of the fish in my 25 gallon aquarium. Rather than cleaning it right away, I ignored it ...
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How do I get a band-aid out of my dog's fur?

One of my dogs had a scrape on his ear. I cleaned it, covered it with an antibiotic ointment, and covered the ointment with a band-aid. A couple days later, the scrape was healed, but when I removed ...
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How can I manage excessive hair shedding from dogs?

Certain dogs have a reputation for shedding hair (Labradors, Golden Retrievers), creating a constant struggle to keep the house clean, especially as this shedding continues throughout the day. ...