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Questions tagged [fear]

For questions about rational and irrational fears that pets develop.

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How to make my parakeets not afraid of me?

Couple months ago I bought two parakeets from the local pet store. I got them a cage, and for thew first few weeks they were afraid of me, but sometimes would jump on my finger (only to fly away when ...
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Cat dislikes a person who they used to love before [duplicate]

So my boyfriend and I have a stray cat. She quickly bonded with him and then after 2.5 months she has now become afraid of him but only during the day. At night she jumps up on the bed with him and ...
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Dog keeps hyperventilating

Several years ago a smoke alarm inside my house went off and my dog started to shake and hyperventilate. Since then she does this after various beeping type noises, such as a computer booting. In the ...
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How to help my cat in this situation? [closed]

We have three bedrooms. Me and my mom share one bedroom and for various reasons Bhutu(my cat) is allowed only in our bedroom, and not the other two, during night time when we all sleep. Now I often ...
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Does frightened cat drink a lot of water?

Today one of our tenants was on the rooftop. She had her huge teddy bear in hand. At the same time I went to roof to have a walk with Bhutu (my cat). By seeing the teddy Bhutu was frightened to hell. ...
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How to make a cat comfortable towards a person with whom she relates a terrifying experience?

One tenant girl had bought a huge teddy bear and came to show it. Bhutu, my cat, reacted as if she has seen a ghost and ran for her life. She is usually a very cheerful girl always trying to play ...
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I live in an upstairs condo and my new dog refuses to go down stairs

I recently adopted a 9 month old female doberman mix dog. She is the sweetest thing, however she seems to have very high stress and anxiety. She seems to be terrified of the stairs which is the only ...
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My dog is really afraid of whistles

Over the past few months I noticed that my dog has developed an incredible fear around football (soccer) fields or when he is in a room with a TV playing football. At first I thought the shouting and ...
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How can I fix my relationship with my 7 month old cat after I've constantly abused her the past month?

My kitten is 7 month old, and I... [Content Warning: Descriptions of animal abuse behind spoiler] Now she won't move around me, being highly cautious to every move and every sound. I feel so bad ...
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My cat is terrified of everyone other than me

I live with my family and we have had this cat, Tilly, for several years but she still seems to be terrified of everyone other than me (including my family). She is very comfortable around me but when ...
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My dog is old and dying, how do I convince him not to be scared of me?

My dog is now 19 years old and on his last legs; completely deaf, nearly entirely blind (cataracts so bad you can see them) and occasional unsteadiness when walking, neither I nor his vet have noticed ...
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Dog Attacks People he Knows on the Swing

I have a white factor collie mix by the name of Shea, he is approximately 3/4 Collie and 1/4 Australian Shepherd (and 6 years old). These details my prove to be unnecessary however I am including them ...
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My cat is terrified of me, can I repair the relationship?

Three weeks ago, I adopted a 9-month-old female cat, Kira. On the ride home and for a little while after, she seemed pretty calm, though withdrawn. She's set up camp in my bedroom and has food/water/...
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Inactive and scared inside, rambunctious playful outside

We just got a new puppy 2 days ago. Since we got her she has barely moved. Inside she lays around scared but outside she is a completely different dog. She plays she runs but she is still very shy. ...
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Adopted a brother and sister cat. The sister won't stop squeaking and meowing at night

Little bit of background. I just adopted a pair of 11-month old cats, brother and sister. Up until they moved in with me, they were living in a foster home along with their mother. Upon arriving at ...
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Existing puppy (18 months) scared of new rescue (between 2 and 4 years) - will this stop?

We have an 18 month old male pug puppy, he's a very friendly, happy go lucky fella. Loves, people, and other dogs when were out on walks. We recently had the opportunity to rescue a female pug between ...
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Fearful 3-year-old adopted cat

We adopted a 3-year-old cute tabby cat from a local shelter 3 days ago. The shelter found her and some of her friends around a park. We don't know if she had any owner before, but she is litter ...
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My cat is afraid of me and plays aggressively

I recently adopted a 1 and a half months cat. He was very calm and friendly when i first brought him home and he would sleep on everyone's lap. So i took him to the vet to get him checked and make ...
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Why is my cat afraid of the vacuum? [duplicate]

I know this is common, but my cat HATES, DESPISES, FEARS, and ATTACKS my vacuum cleaner! Why do cats do that?!
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Suggestions to expedite a 7 week domestic kitten's tolerance of humans

I help in a private cat/kitten rescue (cleaning litter trays feeding etc) we had an orphan litter of 5 five week olds come in via a 3rd party. Day 0 or 1 they were all distrustful of us (owner and 2 ...
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I accidentally kicked my puppy in the mouth. Help?

Disclaimer: I love my animals and this was in no way intentional and i have been shrouded in guilt since this happened. Ok, so earlier today, about an hour ago, i was playing with my 5 month old ...
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How to treat car anxiety in dog?

I have a 4 year old Husky/Shepherd (70lbs) mix I adopted as a pup. I've had great success in training him and teaching him tricks, as he is highly food motivated. However, there has been one ...
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Why are my dogs getting progressively more scared of the nail grinder?

I got a nail grinder for my dogs because they're big with big nails and nail clippers just don't do that good of a job... I have to admit that I have accidentally nicked a little too much off a few ...
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How do I regain my cat's trust after forcefully pulling him out from under the bed?

It's Sunday night at 00:15am I'm exhausted from a long day and just want to sleep. My cat who is going to be a year old in a few weeks usually sleeps in my room on my bed and I usually pick him up and ...
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Accidentally scared dog last night and he has been aggressive/scared of me since

So my girlfriend and I adopted a rescue dog like 4-5 months ago, we don't know the breed for sure, but we think he is a Treeing Walker Coonhound based on his looks, and the vet thinks he's like 5-7 ...
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Is it okay to let my dog run when she's scared?

When I take my dog on walks, sometimes there will be loud noises that scare her (e.g. thunder, construction, large vehicles driving by). When this happens her flight response kicks in and she wants to ...
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First time owning a cat

This is the first time I have a cat in my life. She is almost 10 months. She came home yesterday and she was wandering around the house, which has a litter box, food, and water. This morning, I ...
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My cat is scared of my grandkids?

My cat literally pooped himself because he's terrified of my grandkids and a flotation device he saw in their wading pool. He never does this, he just started when they came to visit. They have ...
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Dog all of a sudden scared of living room wall

My dog is a rescue. She has a very skittish, submissive personality--she gets scared by things fairly easily, but usually I can at least figure out why. But recently she has been avoiding coming into ...
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House training 1 year old German Shepherd

Looking to seek advice on how to re-establish confidence for my German Shepherd pup. She is 1 year old, not spayed. I'm currently working on potty training her but recently found out that my mother in ...
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My cat is afraid to eat

My 13 year old female cat has become afraid of eating, it started when she choked on a small treat 4 weeks ago. I have tried giving her food in different rooms and in different bowls, but she would ...
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How can I stop my dog barking and growling at strangers and guests?

My dog is a 7 month old chihuahua/ dachshund. She's actually really playful and nice if she knows you, but she will bark and growl if your a new person. She won't let you pet her, and I really need ...
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Best methods to help your dog if he is scared of children?

We have a 5 year old Basset hound with a loving and easy going temperament, however he has had no exposure to children in his life and when approached by young children he gets scared and runs away, ...
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Made my cat scared of me, need help

Unfortunately I've messed up and don't really know how to remedy the situation, I need some suggestions and help. The situation is as follows: my in-laws are vets and do a lot of pro-bono work. One ...
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Cat so spooked of me she attacks and stalks

That's my first post so be patient with me please:) My bf and I moved into a new flat with a couple we know for ages (their cat knows us very well and used to love sitting on my lap). The move ...
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How to calm down dog after fireworks?

Every easter, our town has firowks display and my dog gets extremely nervous. He screams from fear and sometimes tries to jump the fence to escape. He can take all night to calm down. I try to hug him ...
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Why is my dog afraid of me when we are alone, but affectionate most of the time when others are around?

We adopted Penny about 4-5 months ago (she's a little over a year now) from a local shelter. In the beginning she was a little nervous, which I'm guessing had to do with new surroundings. The ...
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One of our cats is afraid of me, but not of my wife

So we have 5 cats and 2 of them we found on the street in an abandoned car. My wife and I took both cats home and ever since, one of them has always been afraid of me. Her sister is very loving to us ...
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Why some pets seem to be afraid of black objects?

I have noticed a somehow strange thing about several pets - they seem to be afraid of black objects, at least until get used to them: Cat - I have taken care of a friend's cat for about an year. ...
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My brother traumatized my cat. Help?

My cat, Pip. We got him in september of 2014. He was lively, playful, brave, and hyper. My brother is a very mean guy. He sees amusement in other's pain and fear, and enjoys teasing me until i break ...
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How can I get my cat to stop chasing my other cat?

I have three cats. All neutered and spayed. A tuxedo named Pip, a tabby named Kitty, and a tortie named Faith. Pip isn't really all that important in this question, I'll give more info about him later....
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How to teach my dog to not be afraid of my air pump

My dog is afraid of the manual air pump I use for pumping my bike's tires (when I carry it but especially when I operate it). How can I teach him that there's nothing to be afraid ? I've seen videos ...
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Adopted kitten still hasn't adapted well to humans

About four months ago we adopted a long-haired female kitten (6-10 months old, the vet couldn't tell because she was slightly sickly and thus smaller than normal) from our local shelter. Despite our ...
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Suddenly my kitten is fearing me?

My little kitty cat was very playful but after a small incident he got very very very much scared of everything, even including his toys. He used to come to me when he feal sleepy but not anymore. ...
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My dog acts like she doesn't know me sometimes

We have a 1 1/2 yr. old German Shepherd who can act like she doesn't know who we are. She has been like this since we got her at about 3 mos. old. I've never had a dog act like this before. Today ...
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Housemate's dog won't warmup to us

My housemate brought his 3yo dog to live with us a few weeks ago and in that time he hasn't warmed up to myself or our other two housemates. When the owner is home, the dog is happy and acts normally, ...
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Cat Suddenly Afraid of Dog

I have a four-year-old ragdoll cat and a one-year-old miniature schnauzer puppy (about half the cat's size). The cat has learned to tolerate the dog and only retreats to high ground if she is actively ...
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Why is my cat only afraid of people when they're standing?

I just adopted my first cat, Oliver. He is 8 months old and I was told by the shelter that he was previously a stray. I have only had him about a week and a half but he has already seemed to have ...
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My male cat is attacking my female cat; female so scared she urinates herself

My wife and I are at our wits end with two of our cats and want to see what advice people have for us. Here's the problem: Larry, a male, stalks and attacks Curly Sue, a female. In the past, we have ...
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Does putting some bandages on a dog really help with noise fear?

My dog, a 8 year old female Terrier mix, is extremely sensitive to loud sounds. She gets very scared of storms and firework. In advance to holydays, where fireworks are pretty common, I was looking ...