Questions tagged [play]

Play between pets and pets and their owners. Solutions to encourage healthy play time for pets, what is normal and how to curb destructive play habits.

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Is my rescued budgie healthy?

We just had a new budgie, got it from my parents. Main reason we decided to adopt him is because he's been bullied by his mates in cage (there's like 8 of them on a regular sized cage). As for my mom, ...
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Why does my cat only meow while carrying his toy bunny?

My cat (2 year old orange male tabby) basically only makes 3 noises. 1. Purring 2. Chattering at bugs/lasers/moving light reflections and 3. Meowing exclusively when carrying around/being-near-after-...
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Puppy safety for tug of war

I see a lot of questions here and on other sites answering the psychological hazards of tug, but I don't see anywhere discussing the physical. I have a small Shih Tzu puppy, under 5 pounds (<2 kg) ...
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Is there something wrong with my cat and rabbit's relationship?

I'm hoping someone can help me. I assume my rabbit has just formed a strong bond with my kitten, but just wanted another person's perspective on the matter. So, my cat is only four months old. However,...
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Aggression or rough play between my two dogs? [duplicate]

My two dogs won't stop biting each other. This concerns me because of their sizes, I'm afraid that my big dog gets out of control and ends up hurting my little one. What can I do to stop them from ...
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1 Year old kitten doesn't like playing with 2 year old cat unless she is initiating it

I've had her for over 6 months and my 1 year old kitten refuses to engage in play when my 2 year old male cat tries to chase and play. She always bugs me to play and is clearly more attached to me, ...
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Why one of my cats doesn't like to play with toys when my other is playing?

I'm the human of two female young cats, one is 7mo the other around 5mo, they're wonderful and behave very well, very affectionate, they like it around us and feel confident around the house. They ...
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Did I make a mistake getting a 2nd cat?

I have 2 cats. I got the 2nd cat mostly because my impression was that cat 1 was bored. However, cat 1 gives me looks that say, “don’t you love me anymore?” and “have I done something wrong to ...
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Cat afraid to play with my other cats

We have five cats in our household: 1 spayed female and four neutered males. The female came to us first. She was a rescue from a storage yard that had a lot of cats. We took her in when she was 3 ...
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Does my cat like being chased?

I am a new cat owner, so bear with me. So my cat gets the zoomies about twice a day (he is 6 mo. old, neutered). He has immense amounts of energy. He will just run all over the place bouncing off ...
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Why does my cat "catch and run"?

I have one of those feather toys on a long stick. If you move it around fast enough, it sounds like feathers flapping. All the girls go nuts for it, as they run and jump around trying to get this fast ...
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5 month kitten is aggressively playful

I got my first kitten around a month ago. She keeps biting and scratching my blankets, and attacking them with her hind legs. I've tried rewarding her when she uses her own toys or her scratching post,...
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Does purring tire cats?

Hope it doesn't sound like a silly question. Context: My cat is not the most affectionate cat in the world. But sometimes she comes to search for love and to play. When I pet her, obviously, she ...
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3 month old Mini Dauchsund Suddenly Doesn't Want to Play Fetch

Until the last 48 hours, fetch was my puppy's favorite game. He would play it with any toy, but especially his favorite which is a rubber squeaky pacifier (he actually has 2 of these now, since one ...
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Do dogs and other intelligent animals (cows, etc.) blink to communicate?

Cats are known to blink as a form of smiling. I believe I have also noticed that the dogs and cows here often look and blink at me when they are upto something. E.g.1: when one of the dogs is play ...
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Bunny lays down (like a pancake) when I pat him

My Bunny was neglected and only on pellets for about 5 years (before I got him). When I pat him he often lays down (legs underneath him), is that good? Also, how do I get him happier? He is free ...
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How much time per day should I be spending with my cat?

My cat is 6 years old and a total sweetheart ... when he wants to be. Sometimes, though, he gets extremely needy and obnoxious, demanding a lot of attention from me. I want to make sure he's ...
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Is my older dog going to hurt my puppy?

So we have had our 2 year old lab since she was 10 months old and she's been an only child for 2 years. We just brought a 10 week old puppy home and the 2 year old follows the puppy around the house ...
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Chocolate Lab wants me to throw the ball for him but he refuses to give it back [duplicate]

My three-year old chocolate lab male is ball obsessed. But once I throw it for him and he catches it, he refuses to give it up, running around with it and if I tell him to drop it, he looks at me, ...
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How can I train my dog to release a tug toy safely?

I adopted an 18 month old pit bull from a shelter about a month ago and I have been trying to train him to play tug and fetch to help strengthen our relationship and give him efficient exercise. ...
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How do I get my puppy to stop playing with my cat?

I recently got a 18 week Alaskan Klee Kai who is currently 10 lbs. I brought it home with a six year old cat who is also 10 lbs. The puppy really loves to play with the cat but the problem is he ...
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How much play time does a 5-month old kitten need? [duplicate]

First time posting here, and Furry is my first pet ever. Furry joined us when he was 1-month old. Last month we decided that he was being too annoying at night so we set up an environment for him in ...
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My cat is terrified of me

My wife bought a pretty shy kitten, but after a while it got used to me and was even jumping on my shoulders in the morning purring when I was getting ready for work. She almost wouldn't leave my side....
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How do I play with my dog after her teeth get removed

My 9 year old Pomeranium/Shih Tzu mix is getting her teeth removed soon, she's not particularly old and is still very hyperactive and loves to play and run around. But all of her favourite games ...
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How long to settle who's alpha?

Background: I got a male Bengal kitten at 3 months. When he was 7 months, I added a male Savannah who was 12 months. I isolated them for about a week, then did controlled meetings for a few days, and ...
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Why do my cats play differently?

I play with both my cats using a wand with various toys on the end of a string (never hands), but they do so very differently. My Bengal likes to stalk the toy until it stops moving (usually just out ...
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Should I be allowing my kitten to bite my fingers?

I have a ~5 week old male kitten. I've been raising him well and he gets a lot of attention. He purrs every time someone touches him and is a generally happy kitten. However, I am wondering if I ...
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How can I stop my dog from grabbing on to legs of other dogs?

I just got a new foster dog and he's 11 months old. When he plays with other dogs at the park he grabs onto their legs with his mouth. It's not hard really (a soft bite), but enough that he'll ...
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Does my cat know we're playing when I chase him?

I have two absolutely adorable cats who love to play each other and me. We have a few different games we play, but I'm wondering if they know "tag" is a game. Sometimes, when they're in a very ...
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Is it bad for the cat's health if I keep prodding my cat to play when she wants to rest or sleep?

At times I am so deeply engaged in a play session, that even when the cat wants to stop and rest I keep prodding her for a while. Also sometimes when I feel too bored and my cat is sleeping, I wake ...
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My dog won't get tired

I have a mix of Border Collie with Australian Shepherd. Recently we moved to a country house and now he has a 24/7 access to big green fields and almost 24/7 human attention. Happy dog. But I'm ...
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Does my dog want to play with the cat, or kill it?

My dog is a mutt with many breeds that we aren't really sure about. She is fascinated with rabbits and points, so I assume she has some hunting instincts. Relatives of mine have a cat. When we go ...
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How to teach my cat to give death bite to rodents?

There are some rodents in my house recently. As usual my cat, Bhutu, is excited about it. But she prefers to play with the rodents. When the rodent freezes with fear she sniffs the rodent and then ...
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How to ensure that while in a rough play session with my cat, the cat never gets distracted to any other human and starts to play rough with them?

I thoroughly enjoy rough play with my cat, and I encourage her to play rough with me. But everybody else in my home dislikes it. It often happens that while I am in a rough play session with my cat, ...
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What should I do to make my cat active?

As my cat is growing up, she is becoming so lazy. She just eats and sleeps. She does not even play with her toys anymore. She is 3 year old. Please help me. What should I do to make her active?
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Border collie puppy chasing cats: how much is too much

My border collie puppy (3 months) likes to chase my cats. I think cats do know this is play. I only saw the puppy scratched once, and I don't see claws out while the puppy is chasing the cats. On ...
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Teaching dog to bring Frisbee back

I've got a 9 months Labrador. We'll go for a one hour walk once or twice a day and play with a Frisbee. She's crazy about it, really loves it. So because she likes it so much I use this to exercise ...
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How can I improve my relationship with my Husky, and it's living situations

I just got a Husky puppy just over week ago, she is now nine weeks old (her name is Nova). She has several bad puppy habits I am attempting to train, and her living situation could be improved but I ...
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Kittens Playing or Fighting

I have some 12 week old kittens that just met. We kept them separate for a couple days so that they could play with each other under the door, then we propped the door open just a bit. They liked ...
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How do I calm my boyfriend's overly excited dog?

Every time I come over my boyfriend's place and my boyfriend and I hang out the dog suddenly becomes overly excited. He doesn't seem aggressive towards me because we get along just fine usually. But ...
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Neck biting without release during play

My German Shepherd male is 7 months old and has been socialized and exercised since he was 10 weeks old with trips to the local dog park (almost daily). Recently, his behavior has changed toward one ...
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Cat meowing when playing

I have a 2 years old cat that likes playing cat and mouse with me and my girlfriend. If I walk from my bedroom to my living room, he gets playful and he chases me and tries to grab my leg with a soft ...
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How to prevent wastage of food by my cat who loves to play with her food more than eating it?

Cat food is costly and I really can't afford huge wastage of food. But the situation is becoming more and more unmanageable for me as the days progress. If I don't free feed my cat, she will continue ...
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Help: My German Shepherd has lost his spark

I have a female German Shepherd, 8 months old. When she was young she was playful but also annoying. Things like chewing me so hard dthat I could not walk because you can't walk with a dog hanging on ...
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How to play with my cats?

My cats are four years old and one of them always meows while I am using the computer, if I go to see what she wants, she just walks away, circles the sofa once and then stands there staring at me. As ...
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Biting and fur pulling while playing

I dog-sit a 7 year old Labradoodle. He loves to play with our neighbors dog and they have gotten along great until recently. Our dog recently was neutered and since that time he has been biting our ...
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Is it safe for my cat to carry/jump around with heavy toys in her mouth?

I got this automated toy for my cats: https://www.amazon.com/SmartyKat-Hot-Pursuit-Concealed-Motion/dp/B06WP7F8YC My female cat really, really likes the toy. She grabs onto it and carries it around, ...
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Why my cat uses paws to bring food from plate to floor and then eats it from floor? [duplicate]

My cat doesn't like to eat from plate. She rather likes to eat from floor. In case of large food such as a piece of fish she will kick the food on plate a few times. Then she grabs the piece with ...
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Dog running away with toy

I have searched this site and didn't find a question with the specific issue we're facing. We've tried to teach our dog fetch and came across an issue we didn't know we we're having prior to this and ...
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How to prevent my cat from deconstructing cat fountain?

Since vet stated that it might be better for them to prevent dehydration I bought a cat fountain for my girls (Catit Flower Fontain). However they seem obsessed with deconstructing it into basic parts ...