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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How to clean hermit crab leftovers?

I have a 5-gallon glass tank for my 2 hermit crabs. I feed them river shrimps twice a day, but they leave a lot of food untouched, which tends to settle on the bottom of the tank between and under the ...
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How to get rid of worms in my tank?

I got worms in my tank now. The tank has got water in it, but no fish and the water has just been sitting. I've now got cyclops and weird worms. Are they deadly to fish? I meant to empty the tank and ...
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How to get rid of black hair algae?

My aquarium is infested; it's on the plant leaves/pebbles/glass. I tried to remove everything manually but it soon bloomed again, big water changes, shortening the lighting time, but no success. It ...
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I am missing a small White Cloud Mountain minnow in my newly set 20 gallon tank

I am missing a small White Cloud Mountain minnow in my newly set 20 gallon (76 L) tank. I just added it and 4 others to the tank less than a week ago. Now, I can only find 7 out of the 8 White Cloud ...
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How to reduce the smell of ammonia in horse's stall

How can I reduce the smell of ammonia from my horses stall? My horse is still young (3 years old) and currently makes quite a mess in her bed every morning. She will defecate and urinate all over the ...
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How frequently should a Sphynx Cat be washed? What is the routine and the best products?

At this point I am washing my 2 Sphynx Cats once a week with water but I look forward to see your routines and what products (if any) do you use for yours.
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What is the cleanest way I can pick up all of my dog's poop on grass?

This is somewhat of both a Lifehacks and a Pets question. My question is also short - but I think it's pretty self-explanatory. When my dog poops on grass (such as on my lawn or a park) I find it ...
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How to deal with cat's muddy paws when it gets in through the cat flap?

Problem Our cat is free to go in/out through the cat flap. Being quite wet here, he often gets muddy paws, so we get prints in the kitchen, carpeted rooms, window sills, today even on a wall! On the ...
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How do I clean an aquarium?

I just got a used aquarium from my cousin. It's dry, but there is black stuff on the sides, and I'm not sure how to clean it off. It's completely disassembled, but the parts are inside. Everything ...
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Aquarium with mud production that clogs the filtration system

I've had a 120 L aquarium for a few years; about 40 small fish are in it (including 6 Corydoras paleatus and 12 fire tetras). Now, as of a few months ago, I've noticed that the filter, the sponge, and ...
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Should I do something about my cat getting very dirty?

I've recently started letting my cat outside, which she really enjoys. However, one of her favorite things to do out there is to roll around in the dirt, which of course leaves her filthy. She's ...
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Is it ok to lock my cat for half an hour to clean my room? If not how should I do it?

I adopted my cat ~4 months ago from a shelter, he was a stray before. About a few days in, I did the terrible mistake of cleaning my room with a vacuum cleaner. In my defense, in the shelter they told ...
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How to deal with newborn kitten bodily waste?

We have a cat that just had kittens. The mother and seven kittens are in a big plastic enclosure and at this point the kittens can only wriggle and nurse. I don't think they can leave the container at ...
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How often should a litter box be cleaned?

I have 2 cats, and 2 litter boxes. We do them when they seem full, but I'm wondering, should we do them more often than that? At what intervals, if I have 1 litter box per cat, should I clean their ...
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How do I clean an aggressive cat's private area from diarrhea?

I have a cat that I took home while she was pregnant and now she is almost due this month. She currently has diarrhea that gets stuck in her private area, and she has started to smell bad. She's ...
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Locating dead fish

I can't find a couple of my saltwater fish in my 75 gallon tank. There are so many nooks and crannies for them to hide in the live rocks. I suspect they died. I wish to locate them, so their dead ...
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How do I do a water change in my fish tank?

I have seen many questions asking how often one should do a water change for different circumstances in a freshwater aquarium, and so on, which got me wondering. I never knew, until I was on this site,...
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What could I use to clean limescale off of tank glass?

My turtle tank is half of its height filled with water. Where the filtered water falls from the pipe into the water, there is a lot of limescale on the glass. What tools (sponge, brush...) could I use ...
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How can I clean the shell of my tortoise?

The top and bottom of my tortoise's shell tend to get messy from wet substrate, waste, etc. How can I safely clean the shell, without damaging it in any way?
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Bleach in turtle tank

We had a terrible outbreak of algae in the turtle tank. I removed the turtle and added bleach to the water to kill the algae. I then siphoned all but about an inch of the water out, put in clean ...
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What is this white-ish buildup on my fish filter?

What is this white-ish buildup on my fish filter? Should I be cleaning more often?
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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 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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Too much solid debris after filter media change

I have my tank for about 10 years now. Three years ago filter stopped working and has been replaced with Tetra that was available at hand. It was working fine until couple months ago. It is still ...
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Is flushing or landfilling cat litter more environmental friendly?

I've tried to google that one - is it more environment friendly to flush cat litter (assuming it is flushable) or landfill it? I can see that flushing has disadvantage of polluting water, while we ...
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What could be the impact of unwashed aquarium sand?

I got lazy and didn't clean my aquarium sand, what bad can happen? This is what I used gravel link on Amazon. So far everything is good.
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5 month kitten is aggressively playful

I got my first kitten around a month ago. She keeps biting and scratching my blankets, and attacking them with her hind legs. I've tried rewarding her when she uses her own toys or her scratching post,...
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How do I remove hair algae from my fish tank?

I have a 5-gallon tank that has a betta, a few live plants, and a hiding place that I have had up and running since August, the fish has been in there since September. A few weeks after adding the ...
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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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How often to clean fish tank with bottom feeders

We have a 29 gallon fish tank with 3 snails, 3 shrimp and 3 catfish. We also have moon fish that I read like to eat algae. We have had the tank a couple of weeks and it looks really clean. I also ...
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Activated charcoal filters + fan for covered litter box?

A couple of weeks ago I finally adopted two cats (both 2 years old, from different shelters). One of the two does not cover his poop, probably because he never learned to, and it's too late to teach ...
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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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Kitten does not clean herself after using the litterbox / only after a few minutes

So, I'm having a hard time with my new kitten. She uses the litterbox just fine. After using it, she gets out and only cleans her butt after a few or so minutes. By the time she does, she was on a lot ...
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How to get cat allergens out of a furnished apartment

Take the following scenario: the tenant of a completely furnished apartment (including bed linen and towels) keeps a cat (European Shorthair) in there. The cat roams outside a lot of the time, but he ...
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Cleaning to rid house of cat allergen after cat is gone

We discovered through a blood test that our 3 year old is severely allergic to cats. We have two cats who are 7 and 8 respectively and we're adopted as kittens. So their hair and dander is all over ...
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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 is aquarium siphon so slow?

I bought an aquarium siphon for water changes. I purchased the extra large size, which has a 1.5 ft (46 cm) long vacuum tube, and which comes with a squeeze valve to get the siphon started. When I ...
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My cat is shedding so much! What to do?

My cat sheds so much, so I can't even pet her! Then there's cat hair everywhere! Can I do a homemade cleaner, or something like that?
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How to siphon a pond?

While building a pond, I accidentally got some dirt at the bottom. If that were a fish tank, I would siphon it out, but the pond is lower than anything else around, so it is impossible to get the end ...
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What amount of “grime” is acceptable in betta tank post water change?

There is always always always stuff in my betta’s tank, and it of course gets stirred up after water changes. I always vacuum up the waste I can find and clean out dead plant matter. But no amount of ...
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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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Should I systematically wash my hands after touching my cat?

That's not the first question my cat made me ask on Pets.SE. One of them being this one 2 years ago. I couldn't convince my stepmother as, for her, it's either the cat in the house, either her in the ...
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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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Can I use Isopods in a leopard gecko cage?

I want an automated cleaning system for my leopard gecko cage so as to prepare for using soil in my cages later on. Im wondering if its okay to use the little orange isopods that some people put in ...
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How to care for a horse's teats/udder?

I have several mares and fillies and I notice they are prone to getting ticks on their underbellies where the skin is soft and there is less hair, including their udders. They also get a thick black ...
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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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When (or If) to reseal an sump?

I bought a glass sump (intended for a fresh-water tank) 2nd hand that has clearly been put together at home. The construction looks great, but you can tell its homemade since the seal has "frayed ...
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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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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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New Rubber Mat Stinks

I purchased a brand new rubber mat to use inside of a pet carrier. The mat is easy to clean and provides a non-slip surface. But it stinks like new rubber. I googled around and found several ...