Questions tagged [hygiene]

Hygiene is a set of practices performed for a pet to preserve their health and well-being.

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Cat urinates on his back paws; what should I do?

I have two cats, the bigger-sized of whom often (once every two days) pees on his back paws. Upon inspection, this doesn't seem to be his fault -- he's using the litter and litter box properly, but ...
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How to deal with newborn kitten bodily waste?

We have a cat that just had kittens. The mother and seven kittens are in a big plastic enclosure and at this point the kittens can only wriggle and nurse. I don't think they can leave the container at ...
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My Bengal cat doesn't cover his feces and pees over the edge of the litter box

We have two male Bengal cats, one of the cats we've had for 5 years (Esxi) and we got our second cat about a year and a half ago (Echo). We have a problem with Echo since the start, he doesn't seem to ...
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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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Is silica sand cat litter dangerous to use?

I'm seeing various articles on the web claiming that silica sand may be harmful to humans / cats, especially when inhaling the dust it creates. Quartz silica (sand), the other ingredient in most ...
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How should I brush my cat's teeth?

My vet recommended getting a kitty toothbrush, but when I went to the kitty specific pet store to get one, they said to give them freeze dried turkey neck. The idea is it's more natural, less invasive,...
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Leopard gecko got calcium supplement in eye

My cousin was feeding the leopard gecko a cricket which was dusted with calcium supplement. Some of the calcium got in her left eye. Could this cause any health problems?
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My cat uses the litter box wrong!

My cat (a three year old female) is great at going into her litter box when she needs to go. No problems with missing it, deliberately or accidentally. However, she seems to do it wrong. This ...
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Drinking fountain or bowl for a cat?

My cat has a stainless steel water bowl which I clean and refill every day. In the last few days, I have been looking for a drinking fountain (ceramic or stainless steel) because I want the best for ...
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How to keep my cats warm in outside cat house?

I really need to figure out a way to have my cats live outdoors (6 months old). They're stinking up the whole house. I'm going to buy a cat house on Amazon, but I'm not sure how to keep it warm. I ...
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What is Fly Strike?

I heard someone talking about "fly strike' and their pet, what is it? Can it be prevented and/or treated?
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How to take care of my dog's teeth?

My 2 year old dog is starting to have yellow teeth, especially the ones in the back of his jaws. I was wondering, what is the right way to take care of a dog's teeth without overdoing it? I want my ...
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Should I change litter weekly even if it is hardly used?

In line with the n + 1 rule I planned to buy a third litter box. I inspect/scoop both my current boxes 1-2 times a day, and I hardly see any use of second one. It seems that it is a bit of waste to ...
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Is it safe for my cat to drink water which contains fake fish?

I recently watched this video. I couldn't find the original video. The contents are: some glass bowl/cup contains water with these fake swimming fish > cat gets curious > cat dips a paw into ...
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My long haired cat keeps getting dirty - how do I keep her clean and how do I clean her all the time

How do I clean my long haired cat and keep her clean? I've bathed her and the next day she smells like urine all the time. How do I keep her clean? What can I do to help her? I don't think she is ...
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Handling snakes and salmonella

I'm not a snake owner (though I'm considering becoming one), however I've handled snakes belonging to friends. I've been told you should always wash your hands after handling snakes because of a ...
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Hygiene practices for working in a cat breeder

My wife is thinking of working in a breeder but we have a cat at home. They have lost cats to sickness. They have alcohol gels for hands and shoes but is there information from a reputable ...
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Are maggots appropriate food for a turtle?

I've got my turtle some dog food to use as an occasional treat for it. I've only gave it once and it didn't even eat from it then. I then covered and left it. After some time I noticed some white ...
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How can I stop food mixture from dissociating in water?

I've been trying a new way of feeding my turtle by mixing a variety of vegetables with chicken and/or prawns. I do so by mincing everything then combining them and crushing them together. I then form ...
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How do I keep my dog's water clean?

I use hollow cylinder type container for water for my German shepherd. Every time the container gets dirty with green algae, making my dog not to drink the water. Sometimes even some insects get ...
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How do I feed a turtle foods that don't float?

I have a small turtle, and I feed it a variety of food including boiled chicken, slugs, earthworms, and vegetables. I've recently upgraded its aquarium and added substrate and made it deeper. I'm ...
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How can I prevent my cat from making a mess when he eats?

Every time my cat eats, he gets food all over the floor, making it a really disgusting and unappealing corner in the house. What solutions could I use to avoid this problem?
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Why do my clothes acquire a bad “dog smell” after laying in the wardrobe for a long time?

We proudly own a 3 year-old mix of Labrador and golden retriever. We care about her, and regularly wash her using the appropriate shampoo for dogs. The dog itself never has any kind of unpleasant ...
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Is this turtle tank too dirty?

My sister got two turtles a while back, and it was great at first. Though now it seems it's too much for her to properly take care of them. Their tank is very dirty, though she claims they like that. ...
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How do I bathe my cat?

We have a skin infection going around in our house right now, and the vet's instructions were to bathe the cats with a special shampoo. Once we get them lathered up, the shampoo has to sit on their ...
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How do I manage a cat litter box to maximize hygiene?

I have a genetic, incurable autoimmune disease. This causes me to be chronically immunocompromised. Keeping a pet is a decision of weighing the benefits vs. possible health risks. I've decided the ...
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How should I dispose of a dead fish's body?

One of my neighbor's fish coincidentally died during the time I was caring for them. I immediately removed it from the fish tank, but I didn't know what to do with it. Flushing a pet down the toilet ...