Questions tagged [fear]

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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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Our cat is still scared and suspicious of us

We adopted Carsi when he was eight months old. As far as we know, he was left behind by his owner as she moved and he was taken care of by nice people, but lived on the streets. When we adopted him, ...
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My girlfriend's 9 month old Maltese is terrified of me

So my girlfriend got her first dog, male Maltese, in September last year. Few weeks after we went on a walk and all was fine, after that few more walks, but I has never been at her home, where she ...
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I was petting my bunny and I can't tell if he's scared or likes it

I recently took my grandma's rabbit because she's wasn't taking care of it well. He's very skittish and doesn't like to be picked up and such. I was petting him and he has his front legs splayed out ...
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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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My cat does not recognize me

My cat, which I adopted with my girlfriend, does not recognise me anymore after I came back from a two week holiday. Everytime it is near me, it starts running away. After spending so much time with ...
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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 have 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 already seems 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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Dog too scared to come inside after incident

I'm new to this site. I have a question: my baby (my dog) got her tail caught in the screen door and she has been injuried, resulting in a wound. Now she is scared to come inside or to come near me ...
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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 ...
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Cats are still skittish; have obsessive eating disorder

We adopted two little kittens at 5 weeks old. I think the lady we got them from was some sort of cat hoarder or she was capturing ferals from outside and rehoming them. Anyways, the kitties are two ...
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How to train a dog not to jump on the bed

My girlfriend has a 3yo shiba inu that's driving me crazy. I'm always stressed because I'm afraid of dogs and when I'm at her home especially because the dog always jump over the bed. So.. how can I ...
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Dog no longer trusts us or other dogs after bad foster home and vet experiences

My dog was in a foster home with his brother and foster brother at around 3 weeks of age. He was nipped by his brother and then bitten by his foster brother in the exact same spot on his neck around ...
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Why does my dad's dog really like me when others are there but seems afraid if we're alone?

My dad has a medium-sized dog. She was adopted when she was a puppy, and is now about 6 years old. When she was younger (until about 3 years old) I used to visit a few times a year but now it's only ...
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Cat is stressed out from new cat both female

Me and my family own a cat that is 4 years old. We got a 6 month old cat in April and the new cat kept casing the old cat into my room. The 4 year old cat got scared of coming out of the room and ...
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How can I get my cat to not be afraid of me?

We recently got an 8 month old cat from a breeder, it had lived its live in a cage with the rest of the litter up to that point. The car journey home was about an hour and the whole time I had my hand ...
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My flatmate's Boston terrier is afraid of me

I just moved in with my flatmate who already lived with her dog. I'm very dog friendly and have live with different dogs before, but is the first time that a dog is afraid of me. This only happens ...
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How to prevent fear of fireworks in dogs? [duplicate]

Many dogs are afraid of the sound of fireworks. They panic, often barking and sometimes becoming aggressive. One could sedate the dog before July 4th, but that's not the best for the dog. What other ...
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Why is my dog suddenly scared of the water dish?

About three days ago, my dog approaches the water dish like he's thirsty, but dances around it like he's scared of something. He will finally drink, but after annoying the hell out of me with ten to ...
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My dog is very allergic to something and is starting to become scared of me

I have a 9 year old pit bull that I have had since he was a puppy. He has very bad allergies to something. And I mean very bad. He is losing fur everywhere, his paws are swollen and red, his stomach ...
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Dog has started to fear its own shadow

We own a 10-month-old pug, which up until now didn't show any fear, be it loud noises, other dogs or simply darkness. One brave pup! Today, while out for a walk late at night, he started to jump and ...
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What are some dos/don'ts for soothing a freaked out cat?

Say a cat was freaked out by something. It could be a dream, a scary window critter, an unpleasant sound, or something unknown. Given that the cat is now freaked out but the cause itself is gone or ...
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How can I keep my cat from being scared any time he sees or hears a person?

One of my cats will avoid any central parts of the house or run through them very quickly. He also runs in fear any time someone walks into the room he's in or if he hears voices at the front door. ...
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Why are dogs afraid of fireworks and thunder?

When my dog was younger she had no visible reaction to fireworks or thunder. At about 5 years old it started to be an issue, and now (at 7) she panics and hides under the table, shaking, when some ...
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Why is my cat afraid of me when I play guitar?

When I play guitar (acoustic and electric), my cat gets really scared. And it's not just guitar, he gets scared when I'm playing violin, mandolin and other instruments too. He kind of shrinks and ...
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Why does my dog get scared when approached and petted?

My parents have two female dogs. Both were rescued from the streets and arrived very young. One is already 5 years old and the youngest is about 1 year old and weighs roughly 6 lbs. The youngest is ...
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Why are cats afraid of vacuums?

My cats are pretty stereotypically afraid of my vacuum. As soon as they see me getting ready to use it, they'll jump up. The second it gets turned on, they're bolting to the other room. I watch ...
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How can I help my dog that is afraid of other dogs?

I have a dog that has 3 months and 3 weeks and I walk with her regularly along the street since she was 2 and a half months, I also have an old dog (15 years) that's blind and they live together. But ...
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Why does my dog urinate when I call her?

We have two Labradors, a male and female from the same litter, that we got when they were two months. They are now 5 months old. They are both very friendly and loving with the kids, but the female ...
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How can I get my dog to stop being so sensitive to noise?

I have a 4-year old dog who, at times, is very fearful. We can deal with her fearfulness, but the problem we can't seem to resolve is her sensitivity to noise. If someone slams a car door outside and ...
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Can a rabbit be scared to death?

I have heard several times about rabbits being kept in outdoor cages where, a dog or other predator barked and/or scratched at the cage. The person came out and found the rabbit(s) dead in a still ...
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How do I make my chicken overcome his fears?

My new chicken was formerly living with my uncle before I adopted him. According to what my uncle told me, the chicken once experienced another chicken being killed with a knife. Since then this ...
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What could cause my dog to fear power outages?

My 10-year-old mixed dog has developed quite the arcane fear, she fears power outages. Whether it happens when it's dark (when all of the lights turn off at the same time), or during the day (in ...
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Why does my dog act differently outside the house?

My dog, Rex, is like two dogs in one. He is 2.5 years old, neutered pitbull/boxer mix, and is incredibly aggressive towards other dogs. In the house, he is cuddly, playful, and docile. My mom ...
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How do I walk a small dog afraid of loud noises in an urban area?

I have a miniature dachshund puppy (10 months, 9lbs.) that is easily frightened by loud noises, such as trucks passing by. Walking in any urban setting seems to be a negative experience, but she ...

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