Questions tagged [grooming]

Questions about keeping your pet clean and maintaining various parts of their body.

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Why is my cat trying to rip my toe off?

My cat regularly pulls out her blunt nails when she grooms herself, and I know that’s normal. Recently I had my pinky toe injured, and now it’s bruised, won’t bend, and has a subungual hematoma. I was ...
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ragdoll x persian mix breed, is my kitten going to be long haired? [duplicate]

I fostered a 6 weeks old kitten, the owner said his father is a blue smoke ragdoll while his mother is a persian. Will my kitten be long haired or short haired based on this picture. father mother
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How can I encourage a Winter White dwarf hamster to change color?

I was told that the Winter White dwarf hamster changes color based on the season. i.e. brown/dark grey in the summer and white/light grey in the winter. Firstly, what causes the hamster to notice the ...
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Sore on cat's tail

My daughter was playing with her cat tonight and noticed some blood-- she was checking the cat for injuries and found this bare patch on her tail that was raw and slightly bleeding. It looked like it ...
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How to teach young cat to groom after using the litter box?

I recently (~14 days ago) adopted a young cat from a non-profit organization. He's a domestic short hair, about 8-9 months old, neutered and knows how to use the litter box - he found it right away ...
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My Cat is Licking Everything

My cat is around a year old and has had the same bed ever since we've gotten him. Lately, he has been licking the wood frame. I've also seen him lick the wood of his older toys and stuffed animals of ...
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How do I clean an aggressive cat's private area from diarrhea?

I have a cat that I took home while she was pregnant and now she is almost due this month. She currently has diarrhea that gets stuck in her private area, and she has started to smell bad. She's ...
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Will my kitten have a medium or long coat? [duplicate]

My 9 week old kitten is very fluffy. I'm wondering if he will grow a medium or long coat? His parents are both British shorthairs, but I can already tell he isn't.
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Why is my female cat over-licking lower abdominal raw?

Mini Moose, my female cat, is pregnant and is over-licking her lower abdominal area raw. Two years ago she had a stillborn baby. Her babies are alive in her, I can feel them moving around.
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Why does my cat lick my lips every time he purrs?

I’m not sure why, but without fail, every time my cat starts purring he licks my lips. It’s not just a few licks either—sometimes he’ll do it for up to a minute or two, walk off, then double back for ...
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Siberian attached tufts of 3" long fur to her body with glue-like saliva, cannot be removed. Was shaving bad? [duplicate]

Our Siberian is 4 years old. She began to grow a heavy winter coat, 2-3" thick, when it was still warm in September (we live in California and it was 75 °F (24 °C)). She developed knots and ...
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12 week kitten Short/Medium/Long haired? [duplicate]

I thought I would come here to ask all of your opinions of whether my 12 week old kitten will be short/medium/long haired. Obviously I’m not actually fussed, but each of my family have different ...
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Is dandruff from neck massage on cockatiel normal?

This cockatiel likes to perch on my shoulder to receive neck rubs. After a while of this, I notice quite a bit of white flakes, like dandruff, on the fabric of my shirt. Is this normal? Or might this ...
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I rescued a dog from the street. What haircut should I ask for? [duplicate]

I adopted this dog some months ago. I don't know a lot of dogs and stuff. What haircut will suit him? Thank you!
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Will my kitten grow up to be a fluffy cat? [duplicate]

My kitten is about 10 weeks old and is fluffier than other kittens I've had in the past, so I was wondering if she will remain this fluffy or if it's just her kitten fluff. Her vet speculated she may ...
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Can an orphaned kitten (about 4 weeks old) learn to clean itself?

I found a baby cat who was about 1 month old I think. I can't bring her in our house because we are not in ground floor and some other reasons. I keep her in the parking and she can go out and back in ...
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How often (and what type) should I reward during grooming?

My SO and I have a 1.5 y/o Standard Poodle with a great temperament. We keep her coat moderately long (not show length), so gets brushed lightly several times a day, a more serious brushing session (...
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How long can I use dry shampoo for cats after it expired?

I found some dry shampoo in my bathroom and I thought my mom bought it when she went to the grocery store last week. However, after I used it on my sister's cat I noticed it expired 12 years ago and I ...
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Does my kitten have medium length or long hair? [duplicate]

Our six month old kitten is a Maine Coon mix - the person we got him from said he's ¾ Maine Coon and ¼ Bengal but we're not so sure. We were wondering if you think he has medium or long hair? He's got ...
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My cat often leaves the litter box with urine and litter on his rear

I have this top-entry litter box for my cat shown below. I'm not sure if it's this box that's the problem, but he will often leave the litter box with urine on his rear which often also has litter ...
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How should you groom a dog with a double coat and severe matting?

In this question, the answers state that there are two types of dog breeds: dogs with a single coat that consists of a coat with a single type of hair, and dogs with a double coat, with an inner coat ...
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Why do groomers tell you not to shear a long-haired dog in warm weather?

Specifically, I have a Great Pyrenees. I've had groomers tell me that a dog's fur keeps them cool in hot weather as well as keeping them warm in cold. This argument holds as long as the environment is ...
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Should I do something about my cat getting very dirty?

I've recently started letting my cat outside, which she really enjoys. However, one of her favorite things to do out there is to roll around in the dirt, which of course leaves her filthy. She's ...
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Will my kitten have medium or long hair? [duplicate]

I just adopted this cutie. She is five or six weeks old. I am pretty sure she will not be short haired from the ear tufts, but I'm curious how long you think her hair will be? I have had medium haired ...
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Dog scratching another

I have 2 dogs and one has a tendency to scratch and then lick the other's back. Sometimes it will happen so much a cut appears and a scab afterward. Is this dangerous and how do I stop this behavior?
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How much should I cut off my Dachshund's nails? [duplicate]

My 3 year old Dachshund has long nails and they click when she walks. How much can I clip off safely and how often should I?
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Did the vet cut my dog's nails too short?

I can see red dots inside the cut portion of my dog's nails (not to mention the hang nail). Does this mean that the vet cut them too short? Not sure if this is normal, or if I need to find a new ...
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I need to groom my dog during this covid lockdown

Posting for a friend. She has a poodle cross dog and his coat has grown and needs grooming. Its also curly and dense. She wants to know can she just take a clipper to him and go for it or whether ...
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"Banding" in cat's fur

As shown in the photo of the side of its body below, one of my cat's fur forms bands, while my other cat does not have this issue with its fur. (This is not a result of having ticked fur pattern, but ...
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Why is my cats top fur matted? [duplicate]

What causes my cats matted fur? I think its sap from the bushes she crawls into. Others say long haired cats get knots when they shed.
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Tick fell into dog's ear

3 month old German Shepherd dog. This morning I found a tick in his ear, a bit deeper than usual. I got out a tweezer and carefully got it removed. However it seems the tick has fallen into his ear as ...
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Good quality food for Sphynx cat?

I have recently got a 4 year old Sphynx cat and I was looking for any recommendations for good quality food for him. I read that the food needs to be high in meat and preferably wet food so he gets a ...
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Cat is losing fur around neck and ears. Is it some kind of disease? How to cure it?

There's an outdoor cat who comes to our home very often. I don't know what has happened but her fur around neck has almost gone. Even on her head and ears, the fur has started to fall out. Also she ...
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How clean are pets?

I am troubled and afraid of pets because of hygiene reasons but almost everyone is telling me I should not consider hygiene as a reason to avoid them and be appalled. I am a person that loves hygiene....
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Will adding olive oil to my cat's kibble solve his dandruff issue?

My semi-longhaired cat has had frequent bouts with dandruff. He has a specific kind of dense fur beneath the longer hairs, almost like down or wool which makes grooming him a challenge. I have been ...
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I heard I can't shave my cat's fur because it affects its ability to cool down. Is that true? [duplicate]

We live in a warm climate and have two cats. One of the cats is local and seems fine with the heat but the other one comes from the Northern region and has a lot more fur. In Summer, the heat is ...
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I am planning to trim our budgies nails

I am planning to trim our budgies nails, they are long enough now to do this. Can I use a sharp nail clipper while someone holds them in a soft cloth?
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Help! Rabbit has a circular bald spot. It's very red and has hardened

I was busy a couple days ago and and when I checked on him I found this. Is this from stress? Is this a wound from over grooming? The spot is dry, hard and red. It's circular and very distinct from ...
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Hair Mats in 20 year old cat

My 20 year old male Siamese has stopped grooming himself and has developed numerous hair mats. He will not allow me to tease them out and is not inclined to put up with anyone grooming him. He does ...
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What things are handy to have in a horse owner's kit?

Horses are complex animals to keep as pets. They require a lot of care in ways that may not always be apparent. After many years of accumulating knowledge from research and experience, it would have ...
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What should I use to dye my dog's fur?

I want to dye my dog's fur with a color for part of a costume, and it has to be his whole body. I have read online about using food dye or chalk and am willing to try that but am unsure. I obviously ...
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Is my African Grey's beak too long?

My mom says her parrot's beak is too long and she wants to get a clipper to trim it. I'm not so sure about this. Is his beak too long, and if so, what can we do about it?
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Why does my cat lick her belly until sore? [duplicate]

Hi I’m wondering if anyone can help me because I’m at a serious loss and I don’t know what to do. It’s really frustrating because I have been to the vets constantly over the past two years, to three ...
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My cat has perpetual dry nose - am I making the problem worse?

My cat's nose is perpetually dry, and he will get "boogers" with moderate frequency (similar to eye boogers, dry clumps of something or other with no associated mucous that come free if I pick at them)...
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Is this DIY doggy bath wipe safe?

My friend babysat my 6 month old bulldog puppy and used a DIY dog bath wipes. The recipe was 2 to 3 cups of water, 1 tablespoon of "my pet's friend" oatmeal enhanced deodorizing shampoo, 1/4 ...
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How to get rid of matted hair in cats

I have a Persian male cat. He has many hairballs at his lower part (near the tail). I have searched for solutions from Google, and got some solutions, like: 1 "Give specific cat food which is ...
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My 12 year old cat is very sick

My 12 year old cat has been losing a lot of weight all of a sudden. She behaves fine, but she is always hungry. As soon as she finishes eating, however, she goes straight to her litter box and has ...
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Should I pull the dead skin off my gecko's eyeless sockets?

I have an 18 year old leopard gecko. Due to improper care in the past years, he has lost both of his eyes. I have not had any issue removing the dead skin from his eyes until recently, and I just can'...
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Does my dog need to be groomed?

My fiancée and I adopted a Corgi mix about 8 months ago and haven't ever had her groomed and don't know much about her grooming history from her previous owner. We're going to the beach with her in a ...
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Cat's fur not growing back after surgery

My female cat was spayed approximately two years ago. The fur on the area that was shaved for surgery has never grown back. There is a layer of soft downy fuzz, but nothing more. The demarcation ...