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How can I prevent my cat from killing animals and birds?

Please help and share your ideas/experience! It is hard to keep my cat inside, he is literally begging to let him go. But he is a real hunter... Rabbits, birds, chipmunks - he eats them all. I hate ...
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Is it ok for persian cat to go to home yard

We have a Persian cat who is free to go out into our yard: Two days ago when he was out there, I heard some sounds from afar and saw another cat with smaller body size than him. When I reached them I ...
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training middle-aged cat to excrete outside

summary: ~10-year-old female has been venturing outside for several months, after (per unverified claim) having been an indoor-only cat. She will come inside to excrete (urinate, defecate), then go ...
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Why did all my goldfish suddenly die?

I have read this question, and this one, about goldfish/pond life suddenly dying. These situations are similar, but not identical to my own, and so I'm not sure whether this question is a duplicate. ...
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possibly new cat in the neighborhood [closed]

In what follows, I'd like to tell about the cat situation of my neighborhood in order to decide whether to get my own or not. I live on a ground floor apartment in a fairly big city. My living room ...
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How can I maintain high levels of comfort and life quality for my outdoor rabbits?

I have two rabbits in the backyard, they are healthy and the enclosure is secure. (See this question) How should I shape their surrounding to offer them good life quality?
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Outdoor cat comes in and pees on my bed

The cat in question is a female. She is probably 5 or 6 years old, maybe older, outdoor farm cat. She has always lived outside but is super friendly and loves to be petted. When I let her in I put ...
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What boundaries are necessary for outdoor rabbits?

I handle two rabbits in the backyard. At night they have a 3 square meter enclosure, at day the whole garden (I assume 100 square meter, but I am very bad in dimensions). What requirements at walls/...
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Racoons: What sort of protection do my rabbit enclosure need?

I have two dwarf rabbits in an enclosure in the backyard. Some time ago I heared about some rabbits catched by a group of racoons. (In a place some away. Here I havend heared about or seen racoons.) ...
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What was my dog trying to communicate with this part-howl while meeting new people on a walk?

I'm guessing that's a tricky question to answer, so I'm going to provide lots of details. Thanks for your patience! tl/dr: I was out for a walk with all of my kids. My dog does well with kids (...
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Should I be worried about neighbours cat in relation to my outdoor rabbits?

If there live two rabbits in the backyard (whole garden at day, predator save enclosure at night), should I worry about free tramp cats?
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How do I ensure the safety and good health of my outdoor rabbit?

I want to handle two rabbits in the backyard. What factors are important for rabbits safety and health? (I'm only looking for answers relating to safety and health. I have asked about happiness and ...
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Is overhead cable running leash suitable for all dogs?

I have been told that such a running leash is not recommended for pyrenean shepherd dog. The advice was, that if I want to let a dog of this breed out alone, I should build a fenced place for him to ...
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Relocating two outdoor cats from New Jersey to Florida

Two male kittens (brothers) were born under my kitchen deck almost 5 years ago. One allowed himself to be held for long periods of time. The other not as much, but follows me when I am outside. They ...
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Will Pea Gravel keep cats from using my garden as a potty?

I am planning on using small rocks in a section of garden and I want to pick the smallest size/shape that will keep cats from using it as a toilet. At first I was considering sand, but that seems to ...
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How do I get rid of flies around my dog and her puppies?

My dog just had puppies 2 days ago and there are so many flies around them. They are mostly around her tail. Is this bad for the puppies? What can I do to get rid of them besides taking them inside?
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Camping with two puppies in December

two puppies in December I like camping, and I am seriously considering winter camping with my puppies weather allowing. I am not concerned about mysef in the least (I've slept comfortably multiple ...
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Kota, scared to leave house and pulls until she's choking on lead, plus scared of every thing outside

I bought Kota, approx 2half, Northern Inuit bitch, not neutered only 8 days ago. She lives with my stud dog 5yr old Northern Inuit, Leo who is brilliant had him from puppy. They are getting on well ...
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What color should I paint my barred owl house?

I built a barred owl house. I painted it with an exterior white oil primer initial coat to protect the wood. I live in the NorthEast. Do I need to camouflage paint it? Paint it brown like a tree ...
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Leashed Cat on Windowsill above fire escape

I have an indoor cat that I want to provide fun, interesting experiences for as I imagine my studio apartment is a bit small for a full grown cat. Since she's a kitten she's always sat by a window ...
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Is there an outdoor place I can take my cat to run around in L.A.?

I live in Los Angeles and my two year-old cat is dying to go outside and run. But I'm afraid that if I let him out he will: run away or get run over by a car or get eaten by a wild animal (apparently ...
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How much land required to not poop scoop for avg sized dog

I am hoping to eventually buy some land (at least 4 acres) outside the city, and I plan on adopting a bunch of "undesirable" (seniors, "bad" breeds, ugly, unfriendly, etc) dogs. They would be indoor ...
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What percentage of “lost” cats are actually eaten?

Cats are often allowed to roam outdoors unsupervised where a dog would not be. I recently saw a craigslist ad about a cat missing for 8 years. My boy has been missing almost 8 years now and were ...
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In what temperature ranges are dogs comfortable outside?

Specifically, a Labrador-type dog. My wife and I would like to get a dog for our family, but we don't want to leave it inside for extended periods. It's not as bad as us both being gone 8-5 each day, ...
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How to feed outdoor cats when you're away for a month

I have an outdoor cat that my neighbors refuse to feed. Now I have to be absent for one month. How can I feed my cat during my absence?
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Outside reaction to dogs

I have a female shepherd a little over a year. I have been pulling my hair out on trying to figure out what will work with the same situation. I’d like to note that she doesn’t sleep in the bedroom, ...
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Are there alternatives to electric fences that use GPS instead of buried cables?

I have a friend that would like to allow their dog to roam a large, unfenced, yard during the day but an "invisible" electric fence would be too prohibitive for the terrain. Are there any ...
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How to let an indoor cat have some outdoors time safely?

I have two indoor cats that have an abundance of energy and some behavior problems. I have read that allowing the cats outside occasionally can help with this behavior. Additionally, both cats ...
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How long can a dog stay outside on a 95 F (35 C) day safely?

How long could you keep a medium sized, brown, healthy 2 yr old dog outside in full sun without water on a 95 degree Fahrenheit (35 degrees Celsius) day without risking sunburn/heatstroke/etc? ...
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Do dogs prefer to urinate outdoors?

My wife and I recently got a dog, and even though we never had any formal training, it seems like she (the dog, not my wife) prefers to urinate outdoors rather than indoors. When she wants to go, ...
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Is keeping a cat indoors cruel?

Our cat is 3 years old and her previous owners had her since she was a kitten. They started bringing her outside at age 2, and she becomes aggressive when kept indoors. How can I ensure that my cat ...
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Letting cat in and out when living in upstairs apartment

I will be living in a second floor apartment in a stand-alone house. Is it possible to have a cat there with me, who is used to going outside to hunt and explore? I'm concerned because I wouldn't ...
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9 month old Border Collie chasing and staring at the the sun

We got a Border Collie back in August 2016, and around November she started hunting shadows. Then around December, she started focusing on lights (for an instance in the roof), but this didn't last ...
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Searching breed of this dog [closed]

i am activly searching breed of this sand dog. I am applying couple pictures for additional help. He was very playfull and friendly oriented. Miss the chance to ask his owner for he's dog name and ...
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What kinds of fences/toppers would deter cats from yard without harming a toddler?

I have an issue where a neighborhood cat seems to like to use my yard (particularly the rose bush areas) as its personal litterbox. This wouldn't be a huge problem, except that the cat seems to track ...
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Tips on essentials before I bring my dog hiking?

I am considering bringing my dog hiking and possibly build it up to camping overnight. Is there any essentials you recommend I should bring other than the obvious water bowls, food, leash, harness and ...
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How to leash train a ferret?

I have three ferrets. I bought a small harness from Petco similar to this one But I've had no luck getting it on them. I've tried slipping it on while they're distracted (chewing something or ...
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Is it safe to leave a Sheltie puppy with access to a doggy door?

I have to go to work during the day and I'm struggling to find a system that works well for making my Sheltie comfortable when I'm gone. I leave her in the house with plenty of food and water, check ...
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Pet Door For Multiple Animals

We live in western Washington in the US (winter low temperatures are usually above freezing, rarely in the teens). I'm thinking about putting in a pet door for three animals: a largish cat (about 12 ...
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How can I protect my dogs from my neighbor's two pitbulls without shooting them?

This is a question pertaining to the protection of my pet in a dangerous situation and also about how to deal with another pet owner. Hopefully I'm not asking something outside the scope of this site. ...
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How to deal with a big change in a dogs environment?

I know similar questions have been asked, so I'm going to be more specific about my problem. My parents have 2 friendly dogs, a beagle and a rottweiler, of 12 and 10 years old respectively. They have ...
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Creepy: The cat left a half eaten rabbit in the garden [duplicate]

Creepy warning, this question is not for the light-hearted This morning I was making breakfast while I spotted our cat eating something in the garden. A better look showed he caught a rabbit. The ...
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Indoor Cat Sneaking Outside, Urinating on Deck BBQ Cover

I have an old cat (16+ yr) who has figured out how to tailgate the dogs out the dog-door (the door is self-locking door which to dogs can open via a dongle on their collar). This does not bother us ...
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What advice can I offer a friend on how to teach their cat not to try and sneak outside?

I have a friend who just lost her kitten. The kitten was about 10 months old, and had gotten into the habit of "escaping" out the door whenever possible. Any time someone went towards the door, the ...
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Can I let my tortoise play outside while it's raining?

From this topic. I have 20-year old Red-footed tortoise ("jabuti" type), and I would like to know if it would be a problem to let my tortoise outside in the rain, and what consequences might happen ...
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Does snow kill fleas?

Our rabbits live indoors, but during the nice months we take them camping and to other outdoor activities. To protect them we give Revolution Flea & Tick during the 6 months of outdoor weather. ...
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Can dogs differentiate edible fungi?

Now autumn is here, the seasonal proliferation of fungi is upon us. This weekend, walking my dog in the local woods, there was an unusually large overnight growth of mushrooms of various types. There ...
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How can I keep vermin out of outdoor pen or enclosure?

I've got 5 chickens who all live in a pen that is being attacked by rats. The rats keep burrowing under the walls of the pen and it would be impractical for me to brick it up to keep them out. What's ...
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How can I train my puppy to ignore wildlife at night while camping?

I would like to adopt a puppy in the next year or so, and am starting to do a little research. I intend to make full use of the resources available in my community to ensure my new friend has the ...
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How can I reduce the smell of stale dog urine in my yard?

I have an 13½ year old dog who is almost blind. She is still able to make her way outdoors to go potty but due to her age and poor eyesight, doesn't get very far before she squats down: ...