Questions tagged [containment]

Questions about places where pets live, including housing, designing and maintenance, keeping pets in the place, restricting access, or keep other animals from these locations.

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How can I prevent my plants from getting eaten too fast?

I've got a huge problem with my fish and plants. They eat them too rapidly. Put in 5 plants yesterday afternoon. Today they are half eaten already. Mostly, the sword bearers are responsible. Eaters ...
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What are some long term strategy to keep cats off counters?

What are some effective ways of keeping cats off the TV counter for a long term? My cat loves to climb my TV counter, which it probably shouldn't because it can cause him some serious damage with ...
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Will a single chicken ruin my lawn?

I was thinking of adopting one ex-battery hen. She is to be a pet chicken. I live on 700 m2, however, she would be kept in the back yard where I have two large patches of grass and the rest is ...
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What kind of basking areas exist for turtles?

I want to build my turtle a basking area. What areas exist? And what are their advantages and disadvantages? (I would favor one answer per kind of basking area.)
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Hound/Retriever keeps escaping

I have a mix of Hound and Retriever who just wont stop escaping. Here is the story: We got her from a rescue shelter about 3 years ago, and she was the only one that was laying down and kept quiet, so ...
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Mouse problem, how can I attract a cat to the area?

I have a cat at my farm with my livestock. I feed her and she also kills mice at the farm. She also lets me pet her, hold her, etc. She loves attention. At my house, which is a little over a mile from ...
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Should I free this turtle?

My neighbors have a turtle in a container. The animal is continuously stretching its neck as if it wants to climb outside of the container. I do not think the turtle should be kept in such a ...
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Is there anything more that I can do to make my dwarf hamsters more comfortable and happy?

I have three Russian dwarf hamsters that are almost 41/2 weeks old now. My sister purchased two hamsters that she thought were both females, but she realized they were not once she unexpectedly ...
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How do I get my cat to stop jumping on things?

My cat has the tendency to jump up on things. I had my food on my table and he knocked it over. How do I get him to stop jumping up on things?
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Building a Termite Farm

So me and my friend have decided to make a termite farm and with me and him both being in high school, we don't really know the best materials for it. We have looked it up and have only found a small ...
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Should I worry that someone will steal my puppy while he is in my backyard unsupervised?

I live in a pretty to a very safe area in the USA. My backyard is large, grassy, and safe (no manmade objects, choking hazards, poisonous plants, etc.) so I let my puppy be in the fully fenced in the ...
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1 year old bearded dragon problem - he is getting stressed by his own reflection [duplicate]

I have a 1 yo bearded dragon. I have always used a 100 watt basking lightbulb for my 40 gallon (150 L) tank. He is just now starting to notice his reflection. I have the static background around 3 of ...
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How can I dissuade a cat from entering certain areas of the house?

For her entire life, my cat has been indoors and as best I can tell has no desire to go outside. However, she still regularly wants to go to certain parts of the house, which could potentially be ...
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How to protect shrimp babies?

I have a tank of shrimps where I have a red cherries that is pregnant and two yellow sunkist shrimps that are pregnant. To keep their soon-to-be-born babies safe, what should I do? I have a serial ...
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Discouraging cat from scratching couch

I have never had pets, but recently a friend of mine was in serious trouble and asked me to care for her cat. I did my best to accommodate it as well as I could. The house is vast, has a beautiful ...
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Spotted salamander hibernation interruption care

Today I saw my dogs playing with something in my yard. It turned out to be a very large spotted salamander (about 10-11 inches long). It was frozen solid, and I assumed it was either already dead, ...
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Is my hamster tank large enough?

The hamster tank I bought is 96 x 47 x 38 cm (L x W x H) and I’m looking to get three winter white dwarf hamsters. Would this be spacious enough for three or two?
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How to create an antnest outworld

I'm an antkeeper and was wondering if someone knows how to go about doing a proper antnest outworld. I did make some outworlds with sand to prevent my colony from digging to deep, but I was wondering ...
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Is one small room to cruel for 2 cats?

I’m housing two of my friend’s cats for a month and a half while they are away on vacation. Both cats (1 male and 1 female) are 6 months old, they aren’t related, but were raised together from a very ...
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When do rabbits need a dry and insulated place to sit?

My female rabbit likes to sit on the grass in my garden. In summer, this seems normal to me, but in the colder seasons, I am worried about her health. For example today it is a cloudy, foggy, and ...
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Can I permanently leave my cat in an outdoor enclosure?

I've just needed to bring 2 of my kitty's that were being fostered back home. My home also has 2 fully grown Rottweilers, so I needed to create an outdoor enclosure for them that keeps them safe ...
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How do I stop my cat from digging at and sleeping in our flower box?

We have two indoor cats - a small Russian blue and a big Norwegian forest. They are both lovely cats and cause us very little issue. Until recently, when my wife decided to take up at-home indoor ...
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Can a hamster run around a room instead of having a wheel?

A hamster needs to run to stay healthy and happy. I am wondering, if a hamster was given a large enclosure (like the size of a room that is 300-400 square feet / 28-37 square meters), would the ...
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What can I put around the doorknob to keep the dog from scratching the door?

We moved into a new apartment with a wood stained door. The dog misses us when we leave and sometimes jumps up and scratches around the doorknob, trying to get it to open. It has scratched the door ...
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How can I keep our cats from endangering my pregnant wife?

I'm already aware of this question concerning cat litter and pregnancy, and fully intend to take responsibility for cleaning our cats' litter boxes. I am however more concerned about the additional ...
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How much space does a fish need?

I am wondering if there is any accurate way to determine how much space any particular fish needs. I have heard things like 1 gallon per inch of fish, but this cannot be accurate as a betta (2.25 ...
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Wild rabbit nesting in my yard

[Not a pet, but I don’t see a better SE and there are folks here that know rabbits.] There is a wild rabbit that keeps digging nests in my yard and having babies there. My cats killed three of four ...
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What kind of cover do I need for a sectional to protect my furniture from my cat's claws?

We recently bought a sectional couch with a short chaise extension and back (picture included), and initially we were using a loveseat and sofa cover to protect the new furniture from our cat's claws (...
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How to prevent crows from eating rabbits' food?

My rabbits are outdoor rabbits. The crows do not act against them. But when my rabbits (daily) leave their enclosure to roam free in the garden, the crows want to get into the enclosure to steal the ...
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How to stop my cats from climbing on the window and door nets?

I have four kittens (4 months old) in my yard. They are really lovely, but very mischievous. About two days ago or so, they started to climb on the door nets to use it as a scratcher post. They are ...
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Prevent cat from falling from second story, indoors

I know there are similar questions here, but I think this one is a little different and I need an answer somewhat urgently. My house is two-story, with an upstairs living room overlooking the first ...
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My fish are disappearing :(

I have a 10 gallon tank I had 3 guppies and some snails. Only 2 adult snails and some babies. I had 3 guppies the night before and the next day one of my guppies disappeared. This has happened before ...
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Do pet garden snails need mud?

I have got two garden snails in a glass jar which is covered by a thin cloth for ventilation. For food currently I have given them white rice and powdered egg shells. I have also sprayed the bottom of ...
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Keeping fry out of canister filter?

I have a ~1000 gallon pond in my yard. It contains mosquitofish and goldfish. The pond currently has 2 of these submersible filters similar to this: However, to clean the filter, I need to wade into ...
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Getting a new rabbit to live with another one

I have a 8 month rabbit (male, neutered) and I'm considering getting another one so they can play together. What gender/age should I go for?
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How to use windows with no screens for my cat when I move

I'm about to move back to Paris with my cat after having spent years in North America. My cat was found in Pittsburgh and has lived with me there, in California and in Montreal. In all of those places,...
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How do I keep my leopard geckos cage warm without a heat mat or bulb? [duplicate]

I bought my gecko recently and had a bulb that worked fine, but it broke so I ordered a new one along with a heat mat, but they have not arrived. In the mean time, how can I keep it’s cage warm or can ...
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How to stop a horse from ripping rugs?

My horse, unfortunately seems to bare the brunt of our geldings rug attacks. The gelding himself is turned out with two mares. My own, a 3 year old Appaloosa and an Anglo-Arab mare. Prior to getting ...
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Design requirements for bearded dragon vivarium

I'm in the process of designing a new vivarium for a bearded dragon that I'm going to get in the future. I'm intending on building this from scratch out of high-quality materials (I'm an engineer so I ...
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How to build or find poo-pass-thru flooring for rabbits that won't hurt feet with long term usage?

I need to build a vertical rabbit hutch that has enough room for two pet rabbits. In order to do this I need to find a material (or construct something) that will be friendly to their feet since ...
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My leopard gecko keeps burrowing but not like in sand

My leopard gecko (I think it's a female but I'm not sure) keeps burrowing herself under things. It started with burrowing under her reptile carpet so I secured it, then under a heavy rock which I ...
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Is this a safe size for a dwarf hamster cage?

My new dwarf hamster Basil was gifted to me the other day, and she already is constantly chewing on the plastic tubing in her cage. I'd prefer (safety and aesthetically) to get her a glass aquarium ...
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My hamster won’t stop biting the cage

My Syrian hamster is about 1 and a half years old and still doesn’t stop chewing the cage, no matter what. I’ve given her chew stick, toys, hay toys and I’ve sprayed the cage she bites with hamster ...
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How to teach a young horse personal space in trot?

My horse's personal space is perfectly fine when leading and in her stall. However, the moment I take her up into the arena and I try to trot in hand she begins to 'lean' on me. I've tried correcting ...
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Infared light effect on animals [duplicate]

I have built a Webcam with a raspberry pi. It is supposed to go in the house of our guineapigs to watch what their doing. The camera has no IR filter so I want to get some IR lights to give the camera ...
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Is this cage too small?

Too small? It has 2 sections, an upper level, and a second floor. It has 2 wooded houses, a stick of chewable things, and food stick, wooded logs, a second food bowl, a wheel, and only has tubes for ...
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Adequate UV light for my birds

My vet told me that my birds (parakeets like in the below image) may have calcium absorption problems in the long term because their exposition to UV light is low (they do not receive direct sunlight,...
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What should horse owners do if their property is threatened by bushfire and they are unable to evacuate their horses?

Our state is in a bushfire crisis. The worst in recorded history. Image courtesy of http://google.org/crisismap/australia The problem with evacuating horses is there is literally not enough trucks ...
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Comfortable place for rabbits in the snow

I have two rabbits in my garden. This will be their first winter in this garden, the rabbits had two winters in our last garden. The last garden had a lot of bushes and plants to hide in and find a ...
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How to keep dogs out of trash?

It's kind of ridiculous that when searching for dog proof trashcans 99% of the ones that come up have a foot pedal that opens them ... I don't know how stupid they think dogs are, but mine figured the ...