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

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How can I fix my relationship with my 7 month old cat after I've constantly abused her the past month?

My kitten is 7 month old, and I... [Content Warning: Descriptions of animal abuse behind spoiler] Now she won't move around me, being highly cautious to every move and every sound. I feel so bad ...
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Why do cats lick plastic bags, and is there any harm in it?

Most of my cats (past and present) have liked to lick plastic trash bags and grocery bags. Assuming that they are not tearing off bits of plastic and swallowing them, but just licking, is there any ...
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Is it ok to pick my adult cat up by the scruff of the neck?

We have a 18 month old male, neutered cat. (His full name is Mr Sid Cuffuffle- Sid to his friends - no lie!) A mother cat carries her kittens by the scruff of the neck, as the skin is very loose. I ...
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How do you safely evacuate with cats?

Every now and then when some natural disaster hits, I see stories in the press about abandoned pets or people being turned away from emergency shelters because they have pets with them, and I think: "...
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How can I keep my cat from climbing on my desk?

My cat loves to climb on my desk at home. Problem is, he is constantly knocking things off (he broke a cup and a couple other things this week), and messing up stuff on my desk, bumping my monitors, ...
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How can I free a snake from duct tape?

I left some strips of duct tape on my patio because I was gonna paint it, and a milk snake or king snake from outside got tangled in it. Sorry, but touching it is out of the question. I'm trying a ...
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Are there health risks to leaving a dead fish in the aquarium?

Sometimes one fish dies, without any apparent disease. In previous aquariums I would always remove them as fast as I could. Now my aquarium is a bit bigger, and I have some laziness to remove those ...
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Do invisible fences pose long term health risks to dogs?

I know that invisible fences work by giving the dog a shock through his/her collar when they get near the fence. Is this shock dangerous to dogs? Can repeated exposure cause long term health risks? I ...
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How long can a healthy cat go without food?

I am trying to change the kind of food my cat is getting, and he is refusing to eat it. He is completely healthy, he passed his last annual physical without issue. If I give him some of the old ...
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My cat loves coconut oil. Is it safe to give him some?

I use coconut oil to moisturize my skin everyday. If my cat happens to be around me by the time I'm using the coconut oil, he goes nuts and tries to lick it from the jar. Occasionally I give him just ...
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How can I keep my cats safe in my car?

When transporting one cat I put the carrier on the passenger seat (with the front grill facing me). When transporting both, somebody gets the back seat (with the carrier similarly facing the center ...
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How can cat owners protect cats from secondary poisoning from rodenticides?

Modern rodenticides are specially designed chemicals that cause vermin death by altering vermin's metabolism. One often used group of such chemicals is called anticoagulants. No symptoms are ...
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Can I use human medicine on dogs?

Sometimes our doctor advises us to use to use human medicines for our dogs. For example, when my sister's Labrador was small, the doctor advised us to administer children's syrup for stomach disorder. ...
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What level of output laser pointer is safe for a cat?

I've got a few laser pointers: a red one, and a green one. The green laser pointer is much stronger than the red one, it's the type that you can seem the beam if it's dark enough (it's 5mW). What ...
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Should a puppy with its first vaccinations meet a dog that’s not fully vaccinated?

All in the title, really. Over Christmas, my puppy will have had his first vaccination. I want to bring him to see family over this time, but a dog he will meet hasn’t had yearly boosters, only her ...
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Are chicken bones dangerous for dogs?

I often heard that chicken bones are dangerous for dogs as they may break, splinter and damage the internal organs. Is there any truth to this claim?
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How can I clean the shell of my tortoise?

The top and bottom of my tortoise's shell tend to get messy from wet substrate, waste, etc. How can I safely clean the shell, without damaging it in any way?
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How should I dispose of a dead fish's body?

One of my neighbor's fish coincidentally died during the time I was caring for them. I immediately removed it from the fish tank, but I didn't know what to do with it. Flushing a pet down the toilet ...
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Is it safe for a dog to drink water from a stream?

We have a small stream that cuts through our yard. The dog enjoys drinking from it frequently, even when he has a source of fresh water (from the kitchen sink) nearby. Is it safe? If not, is there a ...
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What can I do to prevent/educate a kitten from chewing wires?

I just got my first kitten 2 weeks ago. She is 14 weeks old and likes to chew everything. I bought a couple of toys and she seems to enjoy them very much. But as soon as she gets access to some kind ...
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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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How can I prevent a neighborhood tomcat from harassing my neutered female cat when she goes outside?

We live in a fairly agricultural area, so we don't keep a litter box. My 2-year-old female cat goes outside to play and do her business. She was spayed at around 7 months old, but the large ...
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How can I tell when it's time to stop playing?

I have a Border Collie that fetches things like it's his job. If he brings me something to throw and I don't do so promptly, he will start to get pushy and let me know that I need to stop being lazy ...
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Is it safe for a cat to be with a Covid patient?

I recently tested positive for Covid and I’ve been isolating myself in one of the bedrooms. This is the same room where my kitty sleeps and basically calls it her own territory. She meows, yowls and ...
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Should I regularly feed my cat catnip?

I have a cat who, like most other cats, really loves catnip. She becomes (joyfully) delusional and keeps rolling on the ground. Most of the time she would swallow the herb. While I enjoy watching the ...
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Will my pet get sick drinking from the toilet?

Many houses have a room with a large white bowl that is regularly refilled with fresh water. The door is open unless the room is occupied. The bowl holds much more water than any water dish. Unlike ...
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Can I get sick from my cats sharing my food or drink?

My cat loves to drink out of my water glass. We don't try to encourage the behavior, but sometimes she sneaks a sip while we're not looking. She also sometimes tries to have a taste of our food. Can ...
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What kind of paint is safe to use on a bird cage?

My bird's cage is starting to show its age a bit and could use a fresh paint job. I've heard that you have to be careful with the type of paint you use, since birds will pick at the bars of their cage....
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Can I release my pet rabbit in the wild?

I am aware the issues surrounding feral cats and I would never consider turning a dog loose to fend for it's self. But rabbits are not predators so would seem unlikely to have a negative impact on ...
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What are the risks of leaving a dog unattended in the car?

I see a fair number of people in my area leaving their dogs in the car while they eat at a restaurant. This doesn't strike me as a particularly safe or healthy practice. Aside from expected ...
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How can I tell the difference between play and aggression at the dog park?

I have heard some real horror stories about taking dogs to the dog park. Too many owners just let their dogs run unsupervised, and many people seem unable to distinguish dog-on-dog play from dog-on-...
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My cat will only play with silicone earplugs, which is concerning. How do I fix that?

My 3 year old neutered female cat has gone mental on playing with silicone earplugs. They are small, chewy, yellow things you put in your ears to block out noise. My cat thinks they are THE BEST ...
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What's a suitable way to drive with a big dog in the car?

I drive a Honda Crosstour. I was wondering what I can use to make sure that the my dog, a german shepherd, can be kept safe and comfortable in the trunk/backseat and also prevent any damage to the ...
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How can you tell if neck biting between dogs is too rough?

We have two dogs. One is a 4 year old male and the other is a new dog we adopted over a week ago who is a 2 year old female. They are both the same breed (Alaskan husky) and roughly the same size. ...
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Is it safe for my cat to lick my skin when it has lotion on it?

After I've put lotion on following a shower, my cat likes to lick my arms, even several hours later. It does seem to matter which brand of lotion I use, though I haven't tried many. What is in the ...
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How can I help hermit crabs survive their first molt?

I have tried to keep hermit crabs as pets at various times in my life, and each time the poor things have died during their first molting process. I know that they are incredibly vulnerable during ...
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How would I get my dog down from our 3rd floor bedroom if there was a fire?

Our dog sleeps with us in our 3rd floor bedroom, and though we have an escape ladder for people in case of fire downstairs, what is the best way to get a 60 pound dog to the ground safely? There's no ...
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How do I make sure my fish tank is safe after my apartment has been fumigated?

I just received notice that my apartment is getting bug-bombed this weekend. I'll have to move all my animals out of the apartment for the day while the gas dissipates, but my fish are in a 55 gallon (...
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How to prepare a pond for crayfish?

We received some crayfish as a gift shortly after our new pond was finished. Sadly we had no idea under which conditions they had to be kept and as the only hiding place was the covering shield above ...
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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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How should I refresh an overheated cat or prevent him from overheating in the first place?

My cat appears to overheat during a day in the outdoors. What can I do to help him stay refreshed and stay cooled down?
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How do I control weeds with dogs present?

Is it safe to use round-up on my weeds and / or weed and feed in my yard, although the dogs go out in the yard? My concern is if they eat the weeds, they would be poisoned, or they could possibly ...
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How would I deal with a choking cat?

Can someone describe the technique for dealing with a cat that is choking? I just want to know in case my cat ever gets something stuck in its throat. Is it similar to CPR?
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How to correctly clean my dog's ears?

My young Brittany has the inner part of his ears getting dirty quite easily. It is not smelling badly and there is no pus. So I think they just need routine care. When should I decide that they need ...
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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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How to stop adopted stray/feral cat from scratching trees?

I'm 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 ...
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Should I worry about my cat jumping out the window?

I just bought a cat and live on the 14th floor of my building, and I realized that he doesn't have any fear of heights like dogs do. I am really afraid that he might jump from a window. I did some ...
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Is there a way of getting rid of ants that's safe for my cats?

We had ants last summer. They came in through the kitchen and a wall near the kitchen. We caulked it up so they couldn't get in, and the problem was solved. This summer, we've had ants again. They ...
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How can I identify and get more information about poisoned jerky treats?

Over the last few years, I've heard from the news that jerky treats are poisoning pet dogs and cats. Even today (October 23rd, 2013), I'm hearing about it on the news. I am concerned; what is going ...
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Are there pet safe ways to eliminate static in pet fur beyond a humidifier (especially in rabbits)?

I have 2 rabbits, and in the winter they become so full of static that I can't even pet them without giving/receiving a static shock. Using a humidifier helps a great deal. Yet, even with relative ...

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