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Questions tagged [psychology]

Regarding a pet's mental status, or motivation for behaviors or attitudes.

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Am I losing my cat?

So my cat us very loveable. We recently had a bad flea infestation in the house because if construction. I mean we had everything bad. So about a week ago I noticed that he had fleas, we had given ...
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Why does my cat need me around to eat?

She will meow directly at me only (2 people in the house) and will have me follow her to her food bowl. She does this even if the bowl is completely full. She stops meowing once she starts eating ...
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Is my cat happy, expelled by my step-mother and living in the garden?

My cat Kiwi was born in November 2011, I lived with him for 3 years with my father and my sister in our apartment. In 2013, my father met my future stepmother who is really, really obsessed with ...
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Do cats have a theory of mind? [closed]

I mean do cat have theories of beliefs, desires and intentions of human owners, as we have about other human beings?
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How can I regain my dog’s trust after losing my temper with her?

My dog (pit mix) recently bit my daughter (1yo) in the face and in anger and I suppose fear I grabbed her by the scruff and hit her with my open hand like three times. I know I should not have hit ...
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Why does my dog want me to basically massage her jaw?

My dog has been very weird lately. She used to lick my hands when she was a puppy, but doesn't do it anymore. This past week or so she does it all the time! She also never had gas, but this past week ...
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New 5yo Cat being introduced to 1yo siblings

So recently we took in an older family pet, he couldn't live with my parents any longer so 5yo Spartapuss came to live with me and my fiance in our flat. He was essentially my cat for 3 years and when ...
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One of my dogs attacked my other dog after killing and eating a rabbit and again after killing a coyote

I have two dogs that are brother and sister from the same litter (that's what I was told at the rescue shelter) and have always been together. A couple of years ago I noticed the male dog with a ...
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Issue with fearful/anxious dog I occasionally petsit

Occasionally I look after 4 chihuahuas. 3 of them are always 100% fine, but the 1 dog is timid/anxious/fearful. When the owner is there, she is ok though still timid/shy, but as soon as the owner is ...
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How to deal with a hell hound

There was a time when we did not have any trouble with our dogs. We have a very responsible alpha male dog. One snarl will end any fights before it started. He has a friend, a gay dog. We found out he ...
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Why my mom's cat starts crying if my mom is out of her sight even for 10 minutes and is there any way to pacify her?

The cat Bhutu was earlier my pet but now she stays with my mom in our ancestral home in country side. Due to life threatening conditions over there outside the security of living room, (house is very ...
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Help. A common goldfish living in 3 gallon tank

My wife got a goldfish from our pre-school. It came in a "fishbowl" the size of a large coffee cup and a tiny ziplock with fish food. It was severely stressed: fins clamped at his side, sunken belly, ...
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I raised my cat since she was born and now she doesnt like me?

I once startled a cat at this abandoned house and then when it ran off. blop, a kitten popped up and was just born. i ended up keeping it and took care of her and named her sam because well first, i ...
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Can dogs recognize their siblings or parents?

Can dogs recognize their siblings or parents if they meet at an old age, after being separated at an early age? I had a beagle, who was separated from their siblings and parents at 2 months old. A ...
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My cat is stressed, can it come from my depression?

I have an old cat (16 years old), since two weeks she frantically licks herself until she pulls completely her hairs. I brought her to the veterinarian and he said that she is probably stressed. ...
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My Cat tried to Tuck me in bed. What does it mean?

My cat, Morris, wanted to spend time with me in my room alone. I took in 5 cats from his family including him in the house. They would have been feral cats otherwise. Only 2 of them love to spend ...
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Sudden start of agression

I have one female cat and one male. Both are neutered. About 4 months ago for no reason our male cat started "picking" on our female. He chases her out of the house, pushes her away from her food and ...
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Suggestions to expedite a 7 week domestic kitten's tolerance of humans

I help in a private cat/kitten rescue (cleaning litter trays feeding etc) we had an orphan litter of 5 five week olds come in via a 3rd party. Day 0 or 1 they were all distrustful of us (owner and 2 ...
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Why does mother cat attack me if I clean kitten's pee?

My cat attacks whoever cleans her kittens pee or pooh. Except if it was me cleaning it. Why? What does she think of this? If I cleaned it, she'd just check the clothe and it's over. It seems shes ...
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How to communicate with a cat?

Is there any way to communicate with a cat? For example, telling it to do something or stopping it from getting into mischief? How can I understand what the cat is trying to tell me with the 'meows' ...
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My cat hides when I move

So I got my first cat about 2 weeks ago! Her name is Thelma, and she is a domestic short hair who is really shy. When I first got her, I gave her the bathroom as her safe space, as my small studio ...
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What can go wrong if people carry 1 week old kittens alot?

My cat gave delivery a week ago and on the first day till now she lets us (6 people ages 6 to 20) touch her kittens and even carry them if we wish. Ofcourse no one touched the kittens on the first ...
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Is my cat considered aggressive?

My cat is pregnant but I don't think it makes a difference sense she used to display this behaviour before becoming that also. We have two (human not cat) 2 year olds and their mom to spend some time ...
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Is it healthy for a pitpull puppy to spend months in one place without leaving?

I have a puppy of almost 4 months who lives in the roof of the building where I live. The problem is that because of my work it is impossible for me to take her for a walk, the most I could do is ...
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My cat has been terrified by something outside at night, what could it be?

I have a neutered tom as well as a neutered female and a (not for long) unneutered female kitten- all three strictly indoors. Over the past week or so, the tom has been getting increasingly agitated ...
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Why doesn't my cat recognize me

My cat is a little over a year. He started sneezing blood. Took him to vet and got antibiotics for respiratory infection. He is an indoor outdoor cat but after vet VISIT he stayed in and slept a lot. ...
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How do I regain my cat's trust after forcefully pulling him out from under the bed?

It's Sunday night at 00:15am I'm exhausted from a long day and just want to sleep. My cat who is going to be a year old in a few weeks usually sleeps in my room on my bed and I usually pick him up and ...
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Will my kitten remember me after a day of interaction?

So I saved a stray kitten (about weeks old, not too sure) from a car that was about to run over her. I was looking for its mother but I wasn't able to find her. It was getting late so (this was ...
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at what age is it best for a cat to have the first litter of kittens

at what age is it best for a cat to get her first litter of kittens. at what age is a female cat fully physicaly developed so she can have kittens in the safest way for the mother and kittens. at ...
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Why does my cat COME to me if I ever have an argument with one of my family members?

Families always have their arguments, and for some reason whenever I'M having an argument (disagreement causing to loud voices) with any of my family members my cat suddenly appears and gets a little ...
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Is the cat trying to communicate by leaving toys in significant places?

My boyfriends cat will often bring toys and leave them in places that seem to have meaning. This morning he found 3 toys in the spot where he sits to put on his work shoes every morning. What could ...
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Why does my dog like to cuddle my shoes but not chew them

My dog is 15 years old and used to chew shoes when she was younger. Thankfully we stopped that behaviour, but I've noticed that she still likes to take shoes and (for lack of a better word) cuddle ...
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Why doesn't my un-spayed female cat spray or rub herself on us or other stuff?

I have a strange cat. She's very obedient to the point makes me think she's a dog. She's a year old. She isn't spayed but she never sprays. And she never rubs herself on objects.She never rubs on ...
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Why does my adopted kitten knead and suck on my daughters blankets? [duplicate]

We found an abandoned kitten on the lake in the backyard. We've had her for a little over a month, she's about 9 weeks now. She was to young to be away from her mother and had been out for what looked ...
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How can I get an adult cat to get used to a scratcher?

Tea is already an adult cat but never had a proper scratcher so all the furniture of the house is full of scratches. We know that is purely our fault (an unfortunate mixture of lazyness and ignorance)...
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Why do my cats eat food that is not part of their natural palate?

I have noticed that most of our cats enjoy trying to get into the groceries. Particularly bread and are very curious about other foods that are not a part of their natural eating diet. I do my best ...
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How to get a grown up cat to stop scratching while playing if it was used to it since it was a kitten?

I have a female cat that rips my hands while playing, but that isn't really the problem. The problem is that I used to always take her scratching and only stop playing when it got far more out of line ...
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How to stop a cat from breaking glasses?

When my cat drinks water from her water bowl she leaves in peace. But whenever I give her water from another bowl, she drinks then tries to break the glass. She pushes it with her nose and throws it ...
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why is my cat staring at me?

Sometimes i find myself in this situation where i don't know what to do, my cat is staring at me and i feel guilty to not know what she wants from me. She keeps staring until she feels tired and ...
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Does my cat have a boyfriend?

So I just walked downstairs to find my black cat chilling out on the table with a ginger cat in the room, with no issues whatsoever. The cat is called Peter and owned by someone who lives nearby. This ...
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Do cat's know when their owner is sick?

My female cat usually sleeps alone in a different room when i of course sleep in my bedroom. She's never interested in sleeping with anyone in the family,infact she seems to get annoyed and leave the ...
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My cat does not catch running toys, she runs with them

I think my cat has play issues. When it's play time she's got alot of toys to chase , i throw toys for her and she runs after them. The issue here is that she never catches her prey/toy. Once the toy ...
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Keeping my cats in a room while I am at work

Recently, I had to move back with my parents for various reasons, but one of which is to save up to buy a home. This process should take roughly a year or so. I don't have anyone with me so my cats (...
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How do I get my dog to stop eating, literally, everything? [duplicate]

I have a pure-bred Catahoula dog. He is 80lbs and just turned 1yr old. I can't give him bedding because he eats it. He literally eats everything his bedding (he pooped out the bedding all over the ...
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How to calm down dog after fireworks?

Every easter, our town has firowks display and my dog gets extremely nervous. He screams from fear and sometimes tries to jump the fence to escape. He can take all night to calm down. I try to hug him ...
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One of our cats is afraid of me, but not of my wife

So we have 5 cats and 2 of them we found on the street in an abandoned car. My wife and I took both cats home and ever since, one of them has always been afraid of me. Her sister is very loving to us ...
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Hamster refuses to climb back up pipe

My Hamster that I got yesterday went down a curvy tube into another part of her cage (a separate container) and acted like she wanted out, but when she climbed back up the tube she got to a point and ...
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What personality and temperament changes should I expect after spaying my dog?

I have an 8 month old Keeshond, who I am planning to spay in June (after her 1st birthday). What changes can I expect regarding her personality/temperament and why? There is a lot of info about ...
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Dog has withdrawn from me

I have an 11 month old lab that I have had since 2 months old and we have been joined at the hip since then. My 19 year old daughter recently adopted a 4 month old puppy that we have had about a ...
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How to teach female Persian kittens to no longer be scared by male border collie?

Background We recently purchased a 3 month old female Persian kitten which born last august. We already have a one year old male border collie. Both animals grew with their counterparts in their ...