Questions tagged [safety]

For safety issues concerning the safety of pets, and also the safety of people from a pet.

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Is biodegradable cat litter safe to use in rat litter box?

I currently use bathing sand in my rats' litter box but I'd like to change it to something I can just flush down the toilet (it would be much more convenient). I tried using tissues but they just take ...
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Should I capture live (invasive) house sparrows for my indoor cats to hunt?

Okay, let's get a couple of things out of the way first: I am not in this to torture birds. I have a deep love for all animals, especially birds. I'll explain myself further in the body text below. I ...
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What air quality index (AQI) is safe for cats?

My kitty loves to go outside, but I live in an area with extensive wildfires at the moment, and so the air quality has been awful. I've been keeping her inside for the worst of it, but it's starting ...
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Should I let my cat go outside?

I got a 6 months male who has been used to freely wander outside in the countryside. I'm wondering about letting him go outside. I live at the second floor and share a balcony with my neighbor (a ...
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What will be safest and least stressful for my cats? [duplicate]

So we plan to go away for 7 days. So which of the following is the best for my Cats? Leave them at home and have someone reliable feed them. Put them in Cat hotel for the 7 days. The pro for number ...
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4-month-old cat licks a drop of honey, is there something to worry about?

So this morning I was having breakfast with bread and honey, and apparently a drop of honey fell over the table. My little kitten saw the opportunity and jump over the table and "licked" the ...
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Is bitter nail polish safe for cats?

I've been having real trouble with my cats chewing on cords. I've heard lots of people talking about bitter apple spray, but it seems like it would be better if I could paint something onto the cord ...
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Inhaling or ingesting cat's hairs

I discussed with somebody about the fact that I would like to buy a cat. The answer was that it can be dangerous, but in a different way than I expected. Their argument was that inhaling or ingesting ...
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Dad accidentally sat on my cat

My dad accidentally sat on my 2.5 kg, 2 year old Persian cat. He didn’t see or hear her because he was on the phone, and she was sleeping on an office chair. Once he sat on her, he realized that ...
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Dextrose powder for puppies

My puppy is too skinny, even though he eats rice and other things I feed him. I bought dextrose powder in case he will become ill. But since he is not sick, can I put a dextrose powder in his water/...
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How to use windows with no screens for my cat when I move

I'm about to move back to Paris with my cat after having spent years in North America. My cat was found in Pittsburgh and has lived with me there, in California and in Montreal. In all of those places,...
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How to stop adopted stray/feral cat from scratching trees?

Im in New Zealand. The cat (probably female), has been with us for 5 years, but my parents are sick of her killing our trees with her claws. We think she was abandoned by her previous owners and lived ...
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What do I do if my dog inhaled dog shampoo?

My dog inhaled dog shampoo, at first she was making noises, but over time they started disappearing. But now she makes tiny little noises from time to time; it's been 4-5 hours since that incident, ...
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Is it normal for kitten to stray off for a week?

We had three stray kitten of which one have gone missing. We were used to feeding them since their mother had left them (actually we have not seen her since, which is unusual, and wonder if something ...
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How do I make sure I don't accidentally hurt my cat while playing VR?

I have a small apartment. Sometimes I play virtual reality games by moving everything against the wall in my living room, giving me enough space to use the rest of the room to get the games to work. I'...
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Is it okay to give too many injections to a 40 day puppy?

My 40 days old puppy had loose motions and the vet gave him injections (antibiotics), a day later he had 103.5 °F (39.7 °C) fever and again got the injections, screaming in the process. Should I see ...
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When can my newborn human baby hug my cat?

My human baby is vaccinated. He is 2 months old. I think he got 2 vaccines already. I have a tabby cat. She sometimes goes outside, but eats inside. I am not sure how clean she is. Not too dirty. Can ...
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Bleach in turtle tank

We had a terrible outbreak of algae in the turtle tank. I removed the turtle and added bleach to the water to kill the algae. I then siphoned all but about an inch of the water out, put in clean ...
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Can a cat be a carrier of biting bugs?

I have a 9 year old Norwegian Forest Cat with a naturally thick coat. He is very happy and rarely scratches. He is brushed with a soft brush once a day. He has no antibug treatment. It is different ...
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Is it okay to heat a lactated ringer's bag using a sous vide cooker?

I have been told that cats like it better if their subcutaneous fluids are administered from a bag that has been warmed a little bit. I like this idea, but I don't trust my arbitrary means of heating ...
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Separating the fry from parents - German Blue Ram

If I leave the eggs to hatch with parents and let the parents raise the fry, when should I take the fries out? I mean, for how long they can live with their parents? I know at some point parents will ...
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How should I stop my aggressive cat from viciously attacking me?

My 2 year old, male, part Egyptian Mau cat is really vicious when he attacks. There is always blood after it has happened. What can I do to stop him? He will attack any part of you and he always ...
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Dog scratching another

I have 2 dogs and one has a tendency to scratch and then lick the other's back. Sometimes it will happen so much a cut appears and a scab afterward. Is this dangerous and how do I stop this behavior?
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Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS) characteristic for safe cat/dog static shocker

I'd like to design one cat tracker device and seen some instruction like this, so I'd like to add some vibrator and safe static shock, when the cat is going to far from base like the static shock used ...
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How long walking a cat too long?

TL;DR: My cat ended up walking for 1.5 km almost daily. Is it too long? Due to some renovations in my apartment, I had to move to somewhere 1.5 km away only for two months. My cat, which was a stray ...
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Is this kibble or poison? [closed]

I was walking my dog in a park (respecting social distancing and all). At some point I heard a crack; she had picked up a very dry pellet from the grass and was chewing on it. I couldn't get her to ...
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Is it a bad idea to give my rabbits wild wood to nibble on?

I have two 8-month old rabbit pets, and while my house is not very well designed for rabbit-proofing, I have given them a decent chunk of space where they can roam around 24/7. I feed them a hay based ...
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Are rocks that are breaking apart bad for aquarium use?

I'm planning a new, 50 gallons (around 190 liters) aquarium and I found very nice looking, red rocks on the shore of the St. Lawrence river, close to where I live. I cleaned them (bleach, brushing) ...
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Translucent sheets of polycarbonate or polyester. Safe to make a crinkle toy for my plastic packaging loving cat?

My 1.5 year old calico is perfect in every way except she cannot resist the crinkly temptation of plastic bags and packaging. Since adopting, the family has been mindful of how one handles plastic ...
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Can I allow my puppy near my breast?

Recently, my husband and I brought home a small, 15 day old puppy from a local shelter. Its mom has passed away so I have adopted it. I feed it with a bottle filled with milk from my pet goat. The ...
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Risks giving wooden toys to parrots

I am starting to give my cockatiels wood so they use it as a toy, destroying it. I know there are many toys made out of wood, but isn't it possible for them to get hurt with the splinters if they eat ...
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My cats drink from our swimming pool

My cats (three kittens) like to drink from our swimming pool, which is filled with a lot of chlorine. This has been going on for a a pretty long time, and even though I provide a huge bowl of fresh ...
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Is cedar oil safe to de-flea 2-week-old kittens?

I did some research, but I'm a bit concerned about the methods recommended, namely diatomaceous earth and giving the kittens a bath. I believe the kittens are too young for a bath since they don't ...
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How much should I cut off my Dachshund's nails? [duplicate]

My 3 year old Dachshund has long nails and they click when she walks. How much can I clip off safely and how often should I?
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How to keep my dog from circumventing her massive e-collar?

My dog (10 month old Collie mix) recently had to have stitches on the bottom of her right hind foot. The vet provided an e-collar (aka "cone of shame"), appropriately sized, but she is a rubber puppy ...
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Kittens that eat dry food

My kittens just turned 4 weeks old. I noticed recently they would sneak to their mother's dry food, which is a “mother and baby-cat food”, and eat it. Is it okay to let them feed on it? Because I ...
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What soil should I use for a dirted aquarium?

I am preparing to make a dirted aquarium. I have some CaribSea eco-complete substrate which I will be putting on top of a layer of soil in my 10 gallon tank. I am considering using Miracle-Gro ...
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What happens if a horse has no horseshoe, or the horseshoe is detached and its hoof “breaks”?

I've recently read about horseshoes, so I get the general idea behind them. However, what happened when a horse's hoof, for whatever reason, was "broken" or "worn out"? Would that feel really painful ...
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Does a small amount of human shampoo cause harm to a cat?

So my cat (almost 2 years old) somehow got urine on the back of her neck, so to clean it up we used a small amount of diluted human shampoo on a towel to wash her fur. It didn’t go into the skin much (...
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What can I give my dog to chew that will last more than a few minutes?

I have a puppy (well, he's almost a year old) that destroys everything because when he's not crated, sleeping, or being entertained by nature, my other dog, or me, he wants/needs to be chewing on ...
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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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Can I put resin aquarium ornaments in boiling water for sterilization?

First of all, I'm not an English native user, so the sentences are not as clear as you would like. Sorry for that. Yesterday I got some second-hand ornaments that I could put into my home aquarium to ...
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Keeping outdoor cat away from my indoor cat

Is there anything i can do to prevent an outdoor cat from my window that is eye level? My Cat is an indoor cat and the two are fighting through my screen.
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is it a bad idea to let my tortoise explore my room while supervised?

I let my tortoise wander around my room to let out his energy(if I don't he gets restless and antsy). I was wondering if I need to have the humidity/temperature up in my room? also, some of my cats ...
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What is best escape proof harness / leash for a cat?

A cat lives in our house who is basically a full time indoor cat as that is the safest way to keep a cat. Problem is that this cat really really wants to go outside and really does well with short 100%...
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My leopard gecko keeps burrowing but not like in sand

My leopard gecko (I think it's a female but I'm not sure) keeps burrowing herself under things. It started with burrowing under her reptile carpet so I secured it, then under a heavy rock which I ...
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Can a praying mantis ootheca die of humidity?

Some time ago, I found a New Zealand praying mantis laying an egg and the next day I collected the egg and hung it from a branch. I sprayed the container I put it in with water every day and now I'm ...
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Is this a safe size for a dwarf hamster cage?

My new dwarf hamster Basil was gifted to me the other day, and she already is constantly chewing on the plastic tubing in her cage. I'd prefer (safety and aesthetically) to get her a glass aquarium ...
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Cat health consideration regarding the coronavirus

We have a two year old Persian cat with some kidney problems. We live in Iran, which these days is not a good place relative to potential coronavirus outbreaks because of the government not giving ...
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How to teach a young horse personal space in trot

My horse's personal space is perfectly fine when leading and in her stall. However, the moment I take her up into the arena and I try to trot in hand she begins to 'lean' on me. I've tried ...

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