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Questions tagged [pet-selection]

The process of choosing which pet to adopt. This tag is for making decisions on which species fits your lifestyle, or researching a species to find out more about them, but NOT for pet recommendations.

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My cat peed on my clothes! [duplicate]

Ok so my cat is literally my favorite “person” in The world. We both absolutely love each other. So my cat was getting a little on the heavy side so I switched to a healthy food a year back- she hated ...
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Is it safe to let a pet lick your face?

Many people let their pets, such as a dog, lick their face and lips. Is this safe or are there any serious problems with this?
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Younger siblings fed cat that is not ours and now the cat won't leave

My younger siblings secretly gave food to a cat that lives nearby, (belongs in the area but not to an immediate neighbour) once I found out I realised this needed to stop. However the cat has taken a ...
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Should I consider a Maltese or English Bulldog with children (ages 3-11 years)?

I have smaller brothers. One have 3 years, another have 5, another 7 and another have 11 years. What dog is better for these children? Maltese or english bulldog? I have a small house, without ...
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How to properly take care of pet slow loris?

I keep watching youtube videos of cute slow lorises kept as pet. When they enjoy on being tickeled and raise their arms, it is so good to watch. I am planning to adopt a slow loris as pet. I want some ...
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Should I get a small animal or a dog to take to college with me?

When I go to college I plan on getting or bringing a pet with me, I'm trying to decide if a papillon (dog breed) or a small animal (ferret, rat, sugar glider, or Madagascan Hissing Cockroach). I ...
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Are crows good pets?

So I was curious about owning a pet crow, do you guys know in which state in the US it is legal and if it is a good idea. I have seen that they are very smart and I was wondering if by using this ...
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Is it safe to keep bonobos as pet?

I have a wish to take a great ape as pet. The most commonly taken ape as pet is chimps. But as the chimps get adult it becomes difficult to control them and many end up in zoos. Also I have heard many ...
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Koalas as pets in the EU

Are Koalas allowed and realistically viable as pets in the EU (Ireland)? Many reasons speak for them as good pets: they are cute. they appear to be clean they dont make noise they are also cute. ...
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Best pet for a blind person

I'd like to know what would be the best pet for me as a blind person. I don't like dogs at all due to something bad that happened to me and my annoyance with puppies. However, I'm considering either ...
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Is it OK to adopt unknown breeds?

I thank you all in advance for your answers. I am a dog-lover and I'm going to adopt my first dog in a few weeks (I couldn't do so before because of lack of time and space) Now I'm wondering if is it ...
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Dandruff with male cat

My male cat has horrible dandruff. What can I do?
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How can I get my cat to like me?

I have a five year old cat named Binx. I've had him since birth. I also have two other cats that are his sisters. Only four years old. Binx has never really been a cuddly, passionate cat until about ...
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how can you tell if a kitten will have short or long hair?

I am getting a kitten from from a women, the momma cat and her kittens were dropped off at her house. They're not ready yet so I've only seen them in pictures. She estimated that they are about 4-5 ...
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Can we leave a pug alone for 9 to 11 hours during the day?

We are thinking of getting a Pug but want to know if this breed of dog would be okay left alone during the day. The dog could be alone for up to 11 hours but usually more like 9 hours.
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Is there a breed of owl that makes a good pet

Very much as the question says, is there a breed of owl that does well in a household environment? The barn owl trust says that barn owls don't make good pets, but is there a breed that does, and ...
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stray cats under the deck

so we recently found out that we have a problem, we have a little group of cats in our neighberhood and they have settled themselves in under our deck. Theire are three cats and they wont leave from ...
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Cat won't stop trying to take off her head cone, that keeps her from touching her injury

My kitty cut her eye today so we took her to the vet, they gave her eye drops so everything is fine just now. She has a cone to prevent her from pawing it or hitting it off something, but she won't ...
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What to look for in a horse for beginners?

When choosing a horse, for a beginner, what are some characteristics or behaviors to look for? Are there certain breeds to look at or avoid and, if so, why?
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Pet options for an immunosuppressed family member [closed]

My wife and I recently moved down to TX from WI. Back in WI, our pet needs were amply met by us visiting her parents who owned dogs, cats, horses, llamas, chickens, rabbits...you get the picture. ...
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New cat for my other cat

I just lost my male 16 years old cat. I have a 5 years old female, very sweet but lonely. She is declawed in her front feet. I want to get her a new cat, what age, sex and with the claws do you ...
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Would it be bad to get my pet rats from Petsmart?

I've done my research on rats, and I've heard it's not good to get your pet rat from Petsmart, but that is the only choice I have at the times. I'm planning on getting two females. I went to look at ...
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What is a good beginner species? [closed]

I'm thinking about getting a snake and I want to know what is the best breed to start with. I've worked with lots of snakes so far at work, but I would like to get one of my own and I don't know what ...
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How can I find a dog that looks like a wolf? [closed]

I've been looking for a new dog, but I want one that looks like a wolf i.e. fur pattern, size. Not necessarily half wolf, and more options other than the Siberian Husky and Alaskan Malamute
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2 male pups from different litters

We want to adopt two male pups that come from different homes and different litters would this work? One is spayed not sure about the other one. Please advise!
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Which type of hamster besides syrians are the least bitey?

I want to get some sort of small hamster (winter white, campbell's dwarf, robo, etc.) but I would like to know which kind is the least likely to be all nippy and such. I am not exactly sure which to ...
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My fiance won't let me get a cat [closed]

After 4 years of renting, my fiance and I finally bought our own house, yay! All the while we've been renting I've been dying for pet, so now that I can have one I'm over the moon. The trouble is my ...
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Where to find/buy a good puppy?

Hello I'm currently looking for a dog for my family and I'm not really sure where to start my research. In the past I've always gotten a dog through a friend of a friend but we recently moved and I ...
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Can a grizzly bear be kept as a pet?

I saw that video a few time ago. It shows the story of Brutus the Grizzly which is living as a pet with his owner. I take grizzlies as dangerous animals and so I think the grizzly must have been ...
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Are there any health concerns for Birman cats?

I'm considering buying a Birman kitten (not in the near future, but in prospect), and I can't find any info on genetic diseases and other health issues connected with this breed. Sites and breeders ...
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How does care differ between a Labrador and Cane Corso?

We have a Labrador of 15 months and we are looking for a Cane Corso puppy. Our Labrador is quite big for a Labrador. Both dogs will be male. What I do wonder, is if this the best combination, since ...
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Mini Aussie as an office dog?

I've been thinking of adopting a Mini Australian (or North American) Shepherd. I am gone at work most of the day, but work in a dog-friendly office, so I was thinking that I could take her to work so ...
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How accurate are personality descriptions given by a rescue organization?

When browsing pets online through many websites like Petfinder, rescue groups will list some personality characteristics (snuggler, good with kids, etc). How do they determine these personality ...
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How do I choose a supplier where the fish are treated humanely and are likely to be healthy?

I would like to buy fish that have been treated properly before being sold. The first thing that jumps out at me is that obviously a bigger tank is better. One online resource I found essentially ...
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What small pets should I consider for a preteen with limited space? [closed]

There are no other pets or children in the house, this child will be keeping the pet in their room and be responsible for it's care and feeding. The parents will be supervising the care-giving, but ...
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How can you tell if a kitten will have long or short hair?

This weekend I visited a friend who had a new kitten (about 8 weeks old). The kitten has a fuzzy coat, but most kittens seem to have a fuzzy coat from what I can tell through internet searches. We ...
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Do all Siberian Huskies have blue eyes?

I want to buy a Siberian Husky, and I'm interested in knowing if they all have blue eyes or if they have different eye colors.
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Is there a pet which eats flies

Is there any pet which I can hold indoors in Central European household and which eats flies (and any other insects) flying around my house? I got plenty of them because my neighbor has a pig farm ...
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What is the basic care needed for a siren?

I have the opportunity to get a siren or two, but like always, I want to make sure that I'm prepared to care for them before I get them. I know they're very closely related to axolotls, with the ...
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Does age matter when adopting a cat (if you already own a cat)?

If I already have a cat (or a kitten), and I want to get another to keep it company. Say the cat I have already is a couple years old, is it okay for me to get a new kitten? Or the other way around? ...
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Yorkshire Terrier, Long snout versus short snout?

My question is pertaining to the Yorkshire Terrier (Yorkie). I am specifically referring to Champion line show breed. Apparently, Yorkies have two different types of snout. Some of them have Short ...
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How can I tell whether adopting a second cat is a good idea?

I have a 7-year-old female cat, adopted from the Humane Society last September. About a month ago we moved from a two-story house into a smaller one-bedroom condo. Perhaps because I brought a lot of ...
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Do miniature cows with cat like agility exist?

Do miniature cows exist which can be taken as a pet in home? Ideally they should be genetically improvised to have the agility and enthusiasm of a cat. It may sound impossible but I imagine it to be ...
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Is there a breed of rabbit that doesn't grow more than the size of a hand?

A pet shop owner has a litter of tiny bunnies (maybe mini lop/lion head crosses) and she is claiming that they will remain that size into adulthood. She says that they were imported from Holland. Can ...
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How should I select a puppy from a litter?

I've heard different recommendations on how to pick a puppy from a litter to fit a person's needs/lifestyle. I've heard that if I live an active lifestyle, then I should pick the one that runs up to ...
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Can a hamster and a tortoise/land turtle coexist peacefully?

We're interested in keeping a hamster in the house, and I know my wife is fond of small reptiles. Is it possible to keep a tortoise and a hamster in the same enclosure? I'm thinking this is ...
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Robotic pets included, what options are there for a cubicle pet? [closed]

Note: I am intentionally using 'pet' a little bit elastically here. I'd like to have a preferably furry office pet without cruelty. It would be nice to know I could have a hamster, but that bears at ...
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Can any breed participate in lure coursing?

I know sight hounds like whippets are normally used for lure coursing but can any breed participate? Are there breeds that it would be best to avoid lure coursing with and if so, why?
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What qualities are required for dogs competing in flyball?

I'm not sure I really understand where the difficulties are. Is it only about team strategy? Or do the individual dogs have to be particularly suited to the game? Of course they need to be fast, but ...
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What indicators show a rat is healthy prior to purchasing it as a pet?

In 2013, a boy was tragically killed from rat-bite fever, which a lawsuit states was contracted from a pet rat he had been given 2 weeks prior. The rat had been purchased from a pet store; in this ...