Questions tagged [fear]

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What next for our scared shelter cat?

We have a 2+ year old male, neutered cat, name George, that we recently picked from a local shelter. George was dropped off at the shelter at about 4 months old, and has been there ever since. He now ...
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Cat associates closed door with getting caught

There are a few questions about closed doors, but I feel my question has a bunch of different angles which makes most replies inapplicable. One of our three cats has a big issue with going to the vet. ...
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New rescue dog follows me everywhere, but seems terrified of me

We got our rescue beagle 5 weeks ago. We were told that she was never socialized, and she is 3 years old. She follows me everywhere in the house and doesn't like to go in the yard without me there. If ...
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Strange change in rabbit's behaviour

I have a bunny who is almost 6 months old. When I first got him home at the age of 2-3 months, I tried not to scare him and to let him explore the surroundings. Everything was fine until I wanted to ...
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My cat gets scared and I don’t know why?

so I adopted a cat that is around 1-2 years old three days ago.She was doing really well, using the litter tray, eating fine and all in all settling in perfectly. But yesterday and today she just ...
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One of my dogs is scared of another because of a recent fight. How to teach them to play again?

We have two dogs, Milla and Lucy. Lucy gets startled easily and when she is scared can be prone to responding aggressively. She is not highly food motivated, especially when she is agitated. Milla ...
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My dog was attacked by an owl [duplicate]

My pet chihuahua was attacked by an owl and we took her to the vet. She was just bruised, but I just want to know how do you get your puppy back to normal self, because my dog hasn’t acted her normal ...
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I hurt my puppy, please help

Yesterday, me and my dad were trying to remove ticks on our puppy. I had to hold him under his head and right arm, beacuse ticks were on his front right arm, near the paw. It was very painful for him, ...
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Took in a feral cat, but she is hiding and not eating

I started to feed this feral cat, who would walk around my apartment building but I would only see her at night. She would wait for my boyfriend and I Outside our door,she would come inside and eat ...
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I hit my cat and now he hates me

Well, I used to hit my cat from time to time when he did something wrong. He had just turned one year old and I’ve been hitting him so much lately, that now he no longer asks for cuddles, kisses or ...
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How to help my cat feel less threatened by other cats outside? [duplicate]

A little over a year ago, a cat showed up on our doorstep. Since then, we've taken her in and she lives with us. She spends most of her time indoors, but she doesn't have a litter box, as she goes ...
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Husband stepped on the cat's head, and now she hates him

While I was away, my husband gave my cat a bath and accidentally stepped on her head hard. She swelled up pretty bad, but she recovered. Every time he gives her a bath now, her head swells. But ...
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My cat suddenly started to attack us!

My cat was really calm and remarkably very friendly for a month since the beginning of March. She was sterilized when she was 3, now she is 5 years old. She has always been always aggressive and does ...
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Is it okay to neuter my cat although he had been exposed to FIP cat?

I have two male cats, both are stray which decided to live in my house this past year. one cat is less than a year, 10 months perhaps, and other is probably older than 2 years, both are not neutered ...
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How can I recover my cat and boyfriends relationship

My boyfriend is an alcoholic and has done some horrible things when he's got hammered. It had affected the whole family and been a very toxic abusive time for the last three years. My cat is terrified ...
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Bunny honks and sometimes charges at my hands when moving things around

Some background info: my indoor rabbit is a castrated male who free roams when I’m home. He is overall a happy bun since I take good care of him and take him yearly to the vet to get his shots and to ...
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I'm very exhausted giving ear drops to my overly skittish cat. I can't take him treating me like a threat. What should I do?

Context: I got my cat ~2 months ago. He was in a shelter, and he was very sweet when I first saw him so I decided to adopt him. Unfortunately, they didn't let me to because he still had some small ear ...
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Is there a way to discourage extreme fear of strangers in my two 4 year old cats?

Our 2 indoor cats (same litter) live with three people, one of the three being me. They're fully accustomed to our presence and are very affectionate, asking to be petted, sleeping with us in beds, ...
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Flatmate's dog still aggressive towards me even after living together for almost a year

I moved into a three-bedroom apartment a year ago. Two months later, we got a third flatmate with her dachshund. He was extremely terrified of us for the first two weeks. We gave him space and never ...
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Scared cat what should I do

I have adopted a cat about two years ago. He is scared of me and my family, but not of my other cat - he loves my other cat. He eats his food, treats, and uses the litter box. He loves to be ...
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My cat gets angry and scared at me if I stand

I recently (3-4 weeks ago) adopted this cat and she was incredibly scared at first. With time she warmed up to me, but she is only happy if I'm sitting down or lying down. As soon as she notices I'm ...
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How do I stop my cat from attacking me

I got a cat a week ago off a friend and at first it was very scared and didn’t come out from under the sofa, in the past 2 days it has come out and plays with us. The cat is a house cat and has never ...
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Former stray - LOVES pets, hates seeing hands

About a year ago, my parents adopted a stray female tortie cat who used to hang around our backyard. She would wait at the door and beg to be let in, so they finally gave up. She's been to the vet, ...
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Cat spooked of a balloon, he is traumatized and I’m at a loss

I went out of town on the day of my roommate's birthday. I had gotten her a balloon. Unfortunately, I didn’t know balloons scared cats so much and I feel terrible. The balloon was out from Friday to ...
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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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How to care for scared cat?

I have a cat. It's 8 months old. I decided to put a female in the house. She is his age. Both are neutered. Ever since the female arrived she has been trying to hide. I need to put her in a room but ...
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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 month old 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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Why does one kitten love his toy, but the another one is scared of it?

So I just got two kittens a few days ago, and they have both been doing fine. I just got a new toy for them, a fish pole toy with a furry thing on it. I was pleased because the much shyer one, Truman, ...
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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 me please

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 00:15 AM. 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 ...