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 to let an indoor cat have some outdoors time safely?

I have two indoor cats that have an abundance of energy and some behavior problems. I have read that allowing the cats outside occasionally can help with this behavior. Additionally, both cats ...
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Do invisible fences pose long term health risks to dogs?

I know that invisible fences work by giving the dog a shock through his/her collar when they get near the fence. Is this shock dangerous to dogs? Can repeated exposure cause long term health risks? I ...
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Are cats appropriate pets if I am not home for most of the day?

I love cats, I also work a full time job and am in the office from 11 AM till 9 PM. I would like to get a cat, but am afraid that my absence for majority of the daytime will be a problem. ...
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Can I release my pet rabbit in the wild?

I am aware the issues surrounding feral cats and I would never consider turning a dog loose to fend for it's self. But rabbits are not predators so would seem unlikely to have a negative impact on ...
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Cat in a electronics hobbyist house

I really want a cat, but the problem is that my hobby is electronics. Half my house is a lab. I don't have dangerous equipment, but I do have tiny pieces. Most of the time are inside boxes, but when I ...
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What does a horse need in terms of land?

I grew up in a suburban area. Our next door neighbors had horses on a half-acre of land, and they seemed fairly happy. If I were to take care of horses, how much land would I need for them to have a ...
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How many shells should be made available for a growing hermit crab?

It has been many years since I've owned hermit crabs, and I'm thinking about getting some for my son. I recall that they can be quite choosy about changing shells. How many empty shells should I ...
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Is overhead cable running leash suitable for all dogs?

I have been told that such a running leash is not recommended for pyrenean shepherd dog. The advice was, that if I want to let a dog of this breed out alone, I should build a fenced place for him to ...
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How can I keep vermin out of outdoor pen or enclosure?

I've got 5 chickens who all live in a pen that is being attacked by rats. The rats keep burrowing under the walls of the pen and it would be impractical for me to brick it up to keep them out. What's ...
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What size gaps need to be kitten-proofed?

My partner is set on getting a kitten. We live in a terraced house, and I've heard horror stories of cats getting trapped in walls, behind large appliances, etc. by finding their way into places they'...
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How much space does a rabbit need to live comfortably?

Currently I have no rabbits, but I'm doing some research on rabbit care, and the most important factor for my small apartment is how much space a rabbit should have. I don't want it to live in factory-...
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How can I keep my dog in my back yard?

My sister has a Siberian Husky, and just moved into a rental home. Her previous home had a fenced backyard (6 foot privacy), but this home does not. How can she easily keep her dog in her yard? They'...
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Neighbor's cat coming back for kitten

I've been looking around and haven't find someone in the same situation as I am, so I'm making my first question here. About 1 1/2 month ago my neighbor's cat gave birth to 4 kittens in my basement. ...
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How can I keep a rabbit cool?

As pointed out in the question What temperature ranges are appropriate for a pet rabbit? temperatures above 85 °F (29 °C) are hazardous to rabbits. How can I help my rabbit stay cool in warm ...
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Preventing dog from going to highway

My parents have two dogs. The smaller of the two is used to roaming free, coming back to the yard whenever she feels like it. She's been known to wander several kilometers and then coming back to the ...
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How to stop cat from going to a risky area

A year ago, my cat had broken her leg (two compound fractures) after she fell off the balcony (7 stories). Miraculously she survived and lived two months with a bandage. Me and my girlfriend were ...
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How do you bunny proof behind the couch?

We have a couch sitting in front of a living room window, with curtains behind it, and the plug for the lamp right in the middle. In my experience, if a bunny has a dark safe place, it is likely to ...
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How much space do cats need when living indoors?

When keeping pets that live in terrariums or aquariums, it's common to consider the minimum amount of space they need in their enclosure in order for the animal to be happy. I was wondering if there ...
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What are the benefits and risks of a wire bottom cage for my pet rabbit?

Often when you see rabbits on TV, they are in cages with wire floors. It seems to be made out of half inch hardware cloth (wire). We know from this question that rabbits can be litter box trained, ...
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Can house rabbits have free access to the whole house all the time?

I am thinking about getting a rabbit and during my research I learned about bunny proofing, litter boxes, and have heard about cages for the bunnies and that they need to room to run. There seems to ...
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What is the right height & width for a cat's tunnel?

We're building a tunnel to allow our cat to enter / exit a master suit (bedroom + bathroom) when the door's closed. How should I think about the right size to allow the cat to go through the tunnel ...
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Is my horse too cold?

This is my first horse and he is an Appendix (thoroughbred/quarter horse cross). He has a long slim athletic build much like a thoroughbred. I came out to feed him this morning and he was shivering ...
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How large of a space do cats need before being introduced to full house?

We have one cat and are bringing in two more. Our resident cat is 10 and will have the run of the house for about a week to 2 weeks while we continue to switch out bedding and make sure that our ...
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Is there a “shock collar” that doesn't actually shock the pet, but instead just makes loud noises?

I don't want to get shock collars because I don't like the thought of hurting my pet, but what I'm looking for is a collar that instead of shocking the pet with electricity, just produces startling ...
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Are there alternatives to electric fences that use GPS instead of buried cables?

I have a friend that would like to allow their dog to roam a large, unfenced, yard during the day but an "invisible" electric fence would be too prohibitive for the terrain. Are there any ...
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Can a new cat owner, with no experience handling animals, be expected to successfully restrain a cat using a towel?

I need to give my cat ear medicine because he previously had ear mites (before adoption, he was a stray), and his eye medicine because he has herpes induced conjunctivitis, which isn't serious yet, ...
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How can I make my balcony safe for my cat?

My cat enjoys hanging out on the balcony and likes to jump up on the railing. The problem is that my railing is fairly thin, curved on top, and made of smooth plastic -- making it difficult for my cat ...
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What are some ways to increase space for cats in a small house?

I have a fairly small house (OK, it's really small). Not an apartment, but still very small. I also have a cat, who loves exploring every bit of my small house. He loves the basement. The basement ...
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Is keeping a pet rabbit in an outdoor hutch a kindness?

Rabbits have been domesticated for hundreds of years, historically for farm production/substance reasons. With the move to companion animal being only with in the last 100+ years. With current ...
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Teach cats to stay close in unfenced area

We have two cats that we would love to take to a summer house with us for weekends during at least half of the year. The idea is that we'll be heading there on Friday and returning on either Sunday ...
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How to keep a cat out of a crib / bassinet

My wife is 7 months pregnant and we've got most of our nursery area (it's in our master bedroom) set up. Now, our 4 year old 18 lbs (8.2 kg) Maine Coon is getting up and sleeping in the baby's ...
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Buying new rabbits, unsure if they need neutering

So I'm going to be getting two new male rabbits (from young ages) and was wondering if it is best to neuter? I don't want them fighting and then having to separate them. Although I had an un-neutered ...
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Could roses be used to fence a dog in?

We are looking at buying a new house and would like a large yard for our dog to play in. I've never cared for most fences aesthetically, and they are extremely expensive/difficult to install. This ...
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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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Can a bunny register the dangers of falling?

I live in a two-floor apartment and I'm trying to free roam my bunny. However, our stairs spiral upwards and have minimum railing (only 4 horizontal poles), so it would be easy for a rabbit to fall ...
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How should I build a cat tree?

I would like to upgrade my small cat tree. I have a slightly overweight tabby cat. It needs to be sturdy and have lots of places to sleep perch and play. I would like to know if cats are affected by ...
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How to help a cat that has gone suddenly blind

Our cat recently had a cardiac arrest and, as a result of the brain damage, is totally blind (he may get it back, if not fully, partially). Two days later he is out of hospital and back at home. He ...
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Selecting & Installing “Invisible Fence” Systems

We're thinking of installing an "Invisible Fence" like system to contain our poodles – a miniature and standard puppy. I'm inclined to purchase parts and install it ourselves rather than have 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 ...
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Suitable heat source for young blood python

The goal: Design a habitat suitable for a hatchling/juvenile blood python. Main issue: Controlling temperature and humidity Progress so far: What I've got so far (all theoretical at this point) is ...
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Are my windows cat safe?

I recently moved into the top floor of a 5 story building and wish to get two kittens soon. During the day the flat gets warm and we open the Windows a lot, so I'm worried that it might fall out of ...
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How much vertical space to keep african dwarf frogs from jumping out?

I have a 20 gallon (76 liters) long tank with a lid to keep my african dwarf frogs in. I'd like to eventually move them to a bigger tank without a lid. Considering the maximum water height ...
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What is the minimum space to keep a cat in an outdoor enclosure?

I was wondering what the minimum space requirement is for keeping a cat? I was thinking of rescuing another cat and keeping it in my bedroom because my dad is allergic to cats, but it still would be ...
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How to warm up a snail terrarium?

I'm taking care of my roommate's 11 giant African snails for a week and it turned out that they have been depraved of necessary heat and space to move for months. They are now, and have been for ...
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Is a bedroom enough space for a bunny to be happy?

I've wanted a bunny for ages, and I'm still living at "mum's house" and she has very strict rules on pets. The conclusion is that if I'm to get a bunny, he/she would have to live in my room. Now, I've ...
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Would my work schedule rule out getting a dog?

I have been thinking about getting a dog (a medium or large breed - most likely large), as I have always wanted one, and my daughter wants one. I live in north-central Florida, where we have hot ...
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Can my fish coexist?

I have 2 turquoise rainbows, 2 albino corys, 4 zebra danios, 5 serpae tetras and 5 cherry barbs in my 30 gallon tank. Do you think I'm overstocked? If so, what do you think is the best mix/number for ...
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rats not getting along,rats too young?

I'm a new rat owner, and I've gotten three rats at the moment. As a new rat owner I made the mistake of not getting my first rat in a pair or group and I got the largest one at the pet store. His name ...
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How can I protect my tortoise from ant attacks?

I've been getting prepared before attaining a new tortoise, and I thought I'd have everything figured out and set up before I get it. A while ago when I was cleaning my turtle's pool I left it to ...
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Combined invisible fence with bark collar?

We are interested in using both an invisible fence and a bark collar with our new dog. It seems a bit inconvenient for both him and me if he has to wear two separate collars for this. Do products ...