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 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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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 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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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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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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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 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 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 get rid of pet hair?

I recently started renting a room from a homeowner with multiple pets which I'm allergic to. The entire house is full of dander, my clothes, carpet, etc. are already covered in it. What are the best ...
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Roomba robot vacuum for dealing with cat hair?

Our cats shed lots of hair, so I spend a significant amount of time with a broom just picking up hair. This literally destroys my back. So I was thinking of buying one of those robot vacuums that ...
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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 ...
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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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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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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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How to encourage my dog to clean his genitals

I have a nearly 2 year old Norfolk Terrier who is very casual about cleaning his genitals. The fur becomes matted and we need to carry out some grooming to clean this up. When we had his coat cut for ...
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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 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 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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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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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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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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Dandruff with male cat

My male cat has horrible dandruff. What can I do?
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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 ...