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 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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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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In what temperature ranges are Labrador-type dogs comfortable outside?

My wife and I would like to get a dog for our family, specifically, a Labrador-type dog, but we don't want to leave it inside for extended periods. It's not as bad as us both being gone 8AM - 5PM each ...
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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 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: ...
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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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What is a good moisturizer for a dog's pads?

My dog loves walks and with winter upon us, salt is everywhere. Salt seriously dries out skin, so what is a good moisturizer for both her and me? I have all natural coconut oil based lotion and cream ...
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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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How to make my cats poo in certain area of my yard/garden?

I have three cats that usually make their business on a regular indoor litter box and also outside everywhere over the garden. They often spend the night outside, or even some days if I travel. Is ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...