Questions tagged [multi-pet-families]

Regards concerns about households containing multiple pets of the same or different species and their interactions.

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Two Cats: Better to feed together or separately?

Is it "more natural" (or behaviorally preferable) for two domestic cats to eat together… or to feed them separately? I have two cats, and one of them is what I would call an… ...
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Behavior issues after one of three dogs dies

My question/ problem is; We got a rescue golden retriever when she was 9yrs old (CoCo) and a few weeks later we got a blue/red nose little girl pit named Tater who was 12 weeks. Tootsie (Rot/Doberman) ...
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Should I always take everyone to the vet?

As a rule we all (pets and parents) go to the vet together. Everyone lives together and shares the same resources, so if one is sick, it seems reasonable to get everyone checked out. If it's annual ...
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Can my bunny and cat share a carrier but not at the same time?

I'm getting a bunny and didn't know if the smell of a cat would freak her out even if they became friends or if they could get each other sick that way even if i cleaned it out or if it's okay in ...
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dog attacks other dog when ever I come home

I recently just changed to second shift and I am also a full time student so i leave early in the morning and usually don't come home til after 10 at night. My wife gets home after 5 and there is no ...
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Cat is afraid of another cat

Okay, so I have four cats in my household now. About a month ago, two started fighting. Neither were neutered, and one was the offspring of the other. I don't feel like typing out their names, so let'...
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Why my cat is doing acts of sabotage?

I have a male Angora cat. The problem is that it keeps doing acts of sabotage, playing with litter, dropping vases, cracking cups, etc. We also have 3 other cats in the house (his "wife" and their 2 ...
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Question about getting a mother's milk from another species

Every now and then, I see online about how a baby animal is orphaned and no longer has a mother to give the baby milk, only for another animal of a different species allow that animal to take their ...
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Is it good to keep on of a cat's kittens instead of rehoming them all?

My cat is pregnant for the very first time. My question: is it good for a cat to keep one of her own kittens (male or female?) The rest of kitties will go to our friends' homes, and after this ...
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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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Why is my dog scared of my kittens?

On Sunday night, my cat Raven gave birth to 4 kittens. They are doing brilliantly, fat, happy, noisy, cuddly. Raven has recovered well and is behaving like her usual super-friendly self. There's ...
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Why has my first dog started stealing my second dog's food?

I have two cocker spaniels. One is 7 and the other is 2. They have got on with each other from day one. They play and sleep together and there is no aggression. The older dog is clearly top dog but ...
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How do I get my cats to stop being territorial towards my rabbit?

I've had two indoor cats for years and a few months ago I adopted a Holland lop rabbit. The transition for the cats has been fairly easy because we kept the bunny penned up unless we were around to ...
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Dressing my dog causes her to attack my other dog

I own two small dogs. One is a pug, female, 3 years old. The other is a pomeranian, male, 6 years old. If I put a shirt, or take a shirt off(and this includes harnesses) on the pug while the pom is ...
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Can an elderly cat adjust to a new cat in the household?

In the past I had a pair of littermates who I'd adopted at the age of 10 weeks. When they were around 12 years old I asked my vet how old would be "too old" to adopt an additional cat -- that is, at ...
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Will dogs still be territorial towards members of their family?

I was wondering what is more important for dogs, territory or blood relation. Will dogs still be territorial towards members of their family?
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How can I reduce my cat's crankiness at mealtime?

We have 4 cats (all desexed): Hunter, male, 10 years, adopted 2005 Ginger, female, 11 years, adopted 2008 Juliet, female, 8 years, adopted 2007 Romeo, male, 2 years, adopted 2014 We recently added ...
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Will it be okay for me to get a kitten when I already have two turtles?

We have a couple young pond sliders (carapaces are 12 and 9 cm long). They live in an open area which is quite accessible: a flat water container in our terrace with a basking area. When we are at ...
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Kitten born with defects. How do I get the mother to care for it?

A while ago, my cat gave birth to 3 kittens, one of which had deformed legs. At first, the mother dragged the other 2 kittens away and stared at the kitten with the defect in a strange manner. I got ...
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What illnesses/symptoms should I look for with a new cat?

We are adopting a new (rescue) cat next weekend. The rescue that we are getting him from recommends a 7-10 day isolation period before we introduce him to our current cats to make sure that he isn't ...
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What effects could long-term nursing have on a cat?

I have a cat thats 9 months old. The mother ended up getting pregnant again shortly after (fixed now, so no more worries), which lead to one of my cats to continue nursing after being introduced to ...
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How can I get my cat to stop nursing from its mother?

My cat is 9 months old, and she still likes to nurse from her mother. I've been stopping her (also punishing her by removing her from the room we are currently in. Is this a bad way to react?) when I ...
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If a cat tries claiming dominance over its mother, should I stop it?

I've seen my cats bite each other, and after some research, I found that it was the cat claiming dominance (letting the other cat know "I'm the Alpha"). What surprised me was that one of my cats (...
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Do cats recognize their family? Perhaps by scent?

Is there any scientific or anecdotal evidence that cats recognize other cats who closely share their DNA? As in, new kittens from the same mother and the such? I'm suspecting that there might be such ...
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Is it harmful to allow animals of different species to share the same water bowl?

This question can apply to any kind of animal, but I'm mostly targetting the aspect of cats and dogs sharing the same water bowl. Does this affect the relationship between animals? Would it be ...
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Why does my cat eat dog food?

He knows where the cat food is, and he mostly eats cat food, but there are times he'll eat some of the dogs food, even when there is cat food available for him. Why is this happening? The cat food we ...
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Is it possible to train dogs to share their toys?

We just adopted a second dog who is a female. We have a male dog which we adopted 3 years ago. He's used to having free access to all of his toys (he's a spoiled brat). I read that when you introduce ...
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Is it OK to crate my new dog at night while my old dog roams the house?

We adopted a dog almost three years ago from our local shelter. He is an amazing dog with tons of energy. We've been thinking about getting a companion dog for him for some time. Today, we finally ...
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Possible cat depression: how to deal with territory changes?

At the beginning of this year, I had four cats (3yrs m, 9yrs f, 15yrs m, 18yrs f.) I adopted the youngest cat when he was 7 months old, the others had been with me since their respective infancies. ...
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Recommendations for introducing adult cats to newly adopted adult cats

Recommendations for introducing kittens to adult cats covers a lot of good information about introducing new kittens to a cat household. However, we've just adopted 2 older cats (11 and 13) into our ...
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How should we handle our two new senior cats having different food than what our other cats eat?

Today we will be picking up two senior cats (11 and 13 years) that had to be given up by their previous owner. These two cats are being fed a different brand of dry food than what we give our other ...
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How do I get one cat to realize the other is trying to play, and not fight?

I just moved in to a new place with my girlfriend, and we moved our cats in together. They both like to occasionally play, whether with us or with toys. The bigger, older cat really likes to play with ...
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Is my cat's aggressive behavior playful or mean, and how do I stop it?

My boyfriend and I moved in together a year ago, each bringing one cat. The older cat moved with me on moving day and the younger one arrived a few days later. One cat is an eight-year-old female. ...
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How to stop two male cats from fighting after vet visit

I have two male cats. For a few years they were friends until recently when one was sent to the vet for a couple of days. When he returned, the two suddenly became hostile at each other -- especially ...
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How can I teach my kitten not to steal the other kitten's food?

I have two kittens, not from the same litter. The older kitten is 5 months old, and I have had her for 3 months. The younger kitten (not even half the size) is 3 months old and I have had her for 2 ...
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What's the most comfortable way (for the dogs) to carry two chihuahua's outside?

We have three chihuahuas in our family, two of which are unable to walk down stairs so I often find myself having to carry them outside. They don't like to do anything outside, if the whole group isn'...
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How do I help my adult cat accept the young dog?

Growing up in the country, we always had both dogs and cats around and they all got along just fine with each other. We even had one of our cats save one of our dogs from an attack by a larger dog ...
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In a multiple cat household, how do I tell which cat is sick?

I noticed some sign of illness in my cats' litter box (blood, diarrhea, small urine volume, large urine volume, whatever), and I have multiple cats. What is the best/fastest way to tell which cat is ...
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How can I stop a cat from preventing another cat in the house from using the litter box?

When going to work, two cats are left alone in the house. When coming home at night, there's a big mess on the floor. The only solution so far has been to put the aggressive cat inside a cat carrier ...
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Do ferrets get along with other pets?

While reading about things to know when acquiring a ferret, I came across this article that says that ferrets do not get along with other pets: Most ferrets don't get along with birds, fish, ...
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Choosing a second fish for a lone goldfish

I have a lone goldfish, a comet, about 10 cm long from tip to tail. I want to buy a second fish and am wondering about size. Is it ok to introduce a much smaller goldfish, or maybe three smaller ...
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How to react when a dog lashes-out at his dog friend?

I have three dogs and I can say that they get along very well 99% of the time they are together (which is technically most of the time). Sometimes they start a fight out of the simplest thing that ...
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How can I get my ferrets to play nice together?

I have four ferrets but they don't all get along. Each pair of ferrets doesn't like the other. At the moment they have separate play times outside of the cage. They're also caged separately in case ...
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What is the best way to keep a cat in a multi-cat home from eating all the food?

I currently have three cats, one 1.5 year old and two ~6 month old kittens, all of which we got at the same time. As soon as we got the cats home, the older cat started eating the food from both bowls,...
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How can I improve the relations between my 3 dogs?

Five months ago, I added a male dog to the family, a 7-months-old, Boxer / Pit Bull mix (though he looks like a Shar Pei) named Butcher. The existing dogs are females: Brownie, 3-year-old, Weimaraner ...
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Possible sign of dog-to-dog aggression in a 3 dog household

I have a friend who recently adopted a boxer from a rescue (they've had the dog full-time for about a month now on a semi-trial basis). There is little information on his history as he was just found ...
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How can I train a dog to behave with a cat?

I have witnessed my neighbor's Golden Retriever misbehave with their Persian Cat. He puts the cat's tail in his mouth like a toy, removes much of the cat's hair with his mouth; essentially, he ...
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How can I encourage my kitten to leave my adult cat alone?

We currently have two cats; one less than a year old and another around 6. Our adult cat simply wishes to be left alone, but our kitten wants to play with anything and everything all the time, ...
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How do I prevent my cats from urinating everywhere?

I have 5 cats (2 males, 3 females, all spayed/neutered). They all used to be indoor, but because they urinated everywhere, especially one that slept with me, we now keep them outside. I really miss ...
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How to get cats to coexist in peace?

My cat is a big neutered male and my sister's cat is a small female. Both cats are three years old. When my sister is away on holidays I have to take care of both cats. Unfortunately, they hiss at ...