Questions tagged [outdoor]

Often used for questions about keeping pets outdoors, also for questions regarding issues that are related to ours pets interacting with the world outside of our homes; also concerns and questions about doing physical activity with our pets in the fresh air outside. Use with the relevant species tag, such as `dog`

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How to identify a rex-fur rabbit?

I read that rabbits with fur-type "rex" are not suited for outdoor-living. But how can I identify this type of fur? My rabbit has the color of typical rex rabbits (black with lighter parts ...
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Hiking with a medium sized dog (German Spitz)

We are thinking of getting a German Spitz. Just want to double check that this breed will be able to get conditioned to long hikes 15-20km. Perhaps longer on vacations (30km+). Articles I found so far ...
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Moving with a cat for a short distance

tl;dr I want to move and take a cat along, how to do it the optimal way given the described situation? About 3 to 4 years ago, a stray cat moved in with me. His background is cleared, he rejected to ...
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How to avoid snails/slugs on pet's food outside?

My two rabbits get some additional tasty food when I close their enclosure at night. This helps me to train them "Coming home is tasty" and they will come in without pressure. But the last ...
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How can I protect my dog from Ancylostoma caninum?

My dog was diagnosed with Ancylostoma caninum. His vet has been treating him, and she has apparently eliminated it from its system. But the parasite seems to habituate my garden, since my dog’s ...
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What should/could I feed my outdoor rabbits in winter?

My rabbits live in Middle Europe outside in my garden the whole year. What should I regard in choosing their diet during winter? (Picture of my male exploring the big white play ground:)
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At what point do cats start to be in actual danger (rather than "just being uncomfortable") from cold winter weather?

I just got a visit from the neighbour's cat again. He likes me, but doesn't fancy his owner too much. She might not be downright abusing him, but I think he prefers to be out from the house, even if ...
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Family loyal dog for long-term travel

I'm in the process of downsizing my life. Putting the kid through college and moving into travel trailer living. As a single woman I'd like a dog that is loyal and admittedly a little intimidating for ...
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Cat poops on the lawn without burying it

A few days ago, a cat appeared in our garden and was very adamant that he was here to stay. From pretty much the first day, we found poop on the lawn which looks like it is his. Somehow his instinct ...
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Letting cats outside?

I've temporarily moved to a semi-isolated cabin in Northern Wisconsin for the summer, and I've brought my two cats (sisters, ~1.5 years old each). They've lived most of their lives in the city, but ...
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Easiest way to keep a mouse out of the rabbit pen?

We have three rabbits in a pen on the balcony. For a couple of days, a mouse has been joining them, eating some of their pellets and — more worryingly — leaving some droppings in the food bowl. How ...
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Completely outdoor cat from scratch?

My guess is that this is a non-starter, but... Is it possible and humane to get a cat and make it a completely outdoor cat from scratch (as it were)? By giving it somewhere in the back garden to go ...
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Do rabbits eat scarlett runner beans?

I like to grow scarlett runner beans in my garden to decorate a gray wall. Do rabbits like them very much? Will I have to separate rabbits from the plant, or the plant from the rabbits to let both do ...
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Garden used by rabbits: What plants are good choices?

Our garden today is only grass. I like to rebuild it step by step. What plants suits good in a garden used daily by rabbits? Points to have in mind: plants do not harm the rabbits, rabbits do not ...
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Outdoor cat suddenly stopped using litter box

I have a young cat (9 months) who was raised indoors and has never had the chance to observe other cats using the dirt outside as a cat toilet. Until now, she has never shown any concern about her ...
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Male cat suddenly aggressive towards female cat with whom he has been together for more than a year

I have 2 outdoor cats, A male and another female. Both were very friendly and have had a litter too around 4 months ago. They are together since more than a year. They were very playful and shared ...
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What kind of information collar fits for a rabbit?

My male rabbit all second day escapes the backyard. His wife stays in the garden and he comes back for her all the time. He goes for adventure to the neighbors' gardens and the nearby park. Our direct ...
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Dangers from street-cat bite that left a tiny speckle of blood?

There is a (female) cat we've been feeding the last 3 or so months (I didn't take notice so it's an approximation). She seemed quite young at first so I presume she should be around 6 months old. She ...
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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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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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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 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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Should I be worried about neighbours' cats in the context of my outdoor rabbits?

If there are two rabbits living in the backyard (whole garden at day, predator-safe enclosure at night), should I worry about free-roaming cats?
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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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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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Can a pug be trained for extended hiking?

We are thinking of going on a long hike. About 15 km per day for a week. Weather will be mild. We have a five month old healthy pug. At the moment she appears weary after 2 hours walking with us. I ...
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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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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

I like camping, and I am seriously considering winter camping with my puppies, weather allowing. I am not concerned about mysef in the least as I've slept comfortably multiple times around -9 °C (15 °...
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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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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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How much land is required to not poop scoop for average 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. ...
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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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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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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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My kitten ran away, what are the chances of her coming home and/or surviving?

We have a 3-4 month old stray kitten. She's fed, loved, played with and taken to the vet. Today, my door was cracked open for 5 seconds and she ran out into the the woods. My husband and I tried ...
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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 years old dog outside in full sun without water on a 95 °F (35 °C) day without risking sunburn/heatstroke/etc.? Clarify from comment posted ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...