Questions tagged [mental-stimulation]

Refers to any form of entertainment or distraction which can keep a mind running, such as a complex toy, an interactive companion, or a visual display.

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How can I provide intellectual stimulation to my cat other than through food?

My indoor cat has a (rotating) variety of toys, things to climb on and scratch, and places to run around; I'm not concerned about him getting enough physical stimulation. But I've heard that cats ...
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How can I make sure my cat is getting enough stimulation? [duplicate]

I have a 3(-ish)-year-old indoor cat. She used to be an outdoor cat, but that stopped when she was about 1, 1-and-a-half, or so. We used to live in a high floor of an apartment, we now live in a ...
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Will 2 cats keep each other stimulated?

My girlfriend and I are waiting for 2 kittens to reach the 12 week mark so we can bring them home (since they are siblings they should get along, right?). We have both had cats as children and love ...
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Kayaking Cat Conundrum

Backstory If you view my profile and peruse some of my recent questions, you will be able to figure out that a year ago I adopted a kitten that was quite different from what I had ever known before. ...
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How much activation/stimulation is *enough*

I have a young labrador (1 year old). His day roughly consists of: 06.00 - 06.10: Wake up, 10 minutes of outside time in garden to pee 06.10 - 07.00: 20-15 minutes of searching for food in various ...
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Any advice on coonhound pet ownership?

I have a 7.5 year old red-tick coonhound. Although I am not a hunter, I take him for three walks per day, usually between 1 and 1.5 hours each (with the exception of the 3rd walk which is just an ...
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Suggestions for activities for dog recovering from dental surgery

My dog recently had 4 teeth pulled and the dentist instructed me to not let her play with/chew any toys for 2 weeks after the surgery. My dog loves to play though, so she's very frustrated that I've ...
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How do you euthanize a fish? [duplicate]

My Green Neon Tetra has Neon Tetra disease and I am wondering if I can euthanize him because he doesn't eat and he is swimming at a strange angle. If you can find any ways that I can humanely ...
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Any serious studies of pets and music?

It's always hard to tell whether a pet actually notices music as something different from less-organized noises, outside of the occasional dog which demonstrates that it can howl in harmony or the ...
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What kind of toys are appropriate for a rabbit?

I know rabbits are crepuscular so it seems like they are either eating, sleeping or spending time with me. Do they need toys to play with? If so what kind of toys should I get?
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Are rawhide bones or natural raw bones potentially dangerous for a dog?

Chewing can be a very rewarding activity for dogs and it also provides mental stimulation and helps clean their teeth. So I'm planning to give a bone to my dog from time to time, to keep him busy, but ...
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How can I keep my Labrador-mix entertained?

I recently acquired my first dog from somebody who was moving away, but could not take the dog with them. The dog is a 3-year-old Labrador mix. We don't know what the other breed is, but I suspect a ...
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How do I get my dachshund to be interested in toys?

I have a dachshund who will not actively play with toys. She will, very rarely, pick up a bone or a chew toy (mostly a bone). She has a myriad of toys available to her, ranging from small, fluffy, ...
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Do fish get bored, and if so, how can fish boredom be identified?

There are a lot of opinions on this topic, with a lot of different views. We know from Mythbusters that even goldfish have memories. Is there any reliable science on fish boredom? For common house ...
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How effective is leaving a television or radio on to comfort dogs when away?

When I leave for a few hours, I put my dogs in a room, turn on the television, and close the door. I always tune to either a classic rock music or a classical music channel at a moderately low volume ...
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How can I keep my cat stimulated when she's stuck inside the house during winter?

My cat is vehemently an outside cat. When she's stuck in the house for more than a few hours she starts clawing at the back door and yowling. Here's the problem: I live in Massachusetts, where the ...