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How to socialize unneutered female and male rabbit, before or after neutering?

Situation: We own an unneutered female rabbit, since one week she is alone because her partner died. The search for a new partner is difficult, because we want an adult neutered rabbit-man for her, ...
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Neighbourhood cat claiming our home as her territory

I live in a neighbourhood which is inhabited by a fairly large number of cats. One in particular, a smokey grey female around 3-4 years old, is very friendly, to the point where she casually strolls ...
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Moving into new house, neighbours have sensitive dog

I am moving house and on visits to inspect the property before moving in, the neighbours dog would bark very aggressively whenever I went out to the back garden. The dog does not bark when I am inside ...
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What to do with a bonded domestic rabbit and a cottontail

Last summer my one of my female rabbits bonded with a male cottontail rabbit. Before I was able to catch her, they would hand out nightly in the neighbors driveway. This went on for a few months. I ...
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My second cat doesn't know how to play with my other cat and thinks that she's being attacked

We've got a 7-month old calico cat named Milù, who is very active, mischievous and loves to play - with toys or with us. She loves playing hide-and-seek, stalking on us, attacking our hands and feet, ...
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When and why do dogs “stop liking other dogs”?

When I walk my dogs I frequently meet other people with dogs that say that my dogs can't greet their dog because their dog doesn't like other dogs. This claim always baffles me. Dogs are pack animals ...
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One of my dogs harass my other dogs, even though they are submissive

I partially work with dog sitting and have a little pack of a handful dogs that I take care of a couple of days a week (that is, typically I have each dog 2-3 days per week, sometimes they are alone ...
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taking care of newborn cats

My friend has a female cat and she gives birth every year (maybe 3 times a year although I'm not sure). I wanted to take one of her kitten this time although I have some questions: Is it cruel or bad ...
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Have you ever wondered do animals also think like we humans do? [closed]

this question always pop in my mind that what my pets would be thinking or do they also think like we do. i know animals also feel emotions but i dont know if they also have ability to think or not. ...
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Dogs being bullied?

I have a pit/boxer mix. He’s a year old and I rescued him a month ago if not longer. I take him to the dog park frequently in my apartment complex. He’s very submissive most dogs. I have an issue with ...
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Leaving an American Eskimo dog at home with another person while on vacation

I am thinking of purchasing an American Eskimo dog. My family and I travel a lot (especially during the summer), and I'm sure there will be times when we will not be able to take the dog with us. Is ...
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Leaving an American Eskimo dog at home regularly

I am thinking of getting an American Eskimo dog (most likely toy size). I live in an apartment (in Stuyvesant Town, New York City, New York, U.S.A.). In the usual weekday, all 4 people in the family ...
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Should a mirror be removed from a budgie cage before socializing it with others?

Today we were gifted with a budgie from an elderly extended family member who is no longer able to care for her along with a cage containing a couple of mirrors. She seems quite transfixed on them and ...
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Adopted a brother and sister cat. The sister won't stop squeaking and meowing at night

Little bit of background. I just adopted a pair of 11-month old cats, brother and sister. Up until they moved in with me, they were living in a foster home along with their mother. Upon arriving at ...
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Puppy Won't Stop Howling When 10 Feet Away

We got a puppy 2 days ago. We decided to crate train her and she seems to have taken to the crate well. She goes in there for all her food and water and will sleep in it during the day with the door ...
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How to befriend 14 week old kitten

I've adopted a new, 14 week old kitten, who seems to be rather skittish. He have been avoiding handling him since tends to hiss and run when picked up, and prefers to play with us from a distance. ...
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What is an ideal age gap for between parrot friends?

I have a 9-month old Indian Ringneck parrot. I plan to get more parrots in the future (most likely smaller parrots). I am most likely to wait until he is 2 to get another parrot, but that is uncertain....
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Is my hedgehog too agressive?

I recently obtained a female albino hedgehog from her previous owners. They weren't that fond of the hedgehog and didn't socialize her well during the ~8 months they had her (they got her at ~1-2 ...
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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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Social component to grass eating

I am aware that pretty much all dogs eat grass. Some say they puke from it, while mine eats it to soothe her belly when she feels sick. It actually prevents her from puking. My dog will eat pieces of ...
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will untrained dogs hurt a human if he/she smells like a cat?

As dogs are trained these days it's unusual for them to attack humans. But as for untrained dogs they may have alot of reasons to hurt people such as people scare them and have them cornered, people ...
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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 much time should i spend with my puppy 4 month old?

How much time should I spent with my puppy. He is a border collie 4 month old. He seems to have a lot of energy and wants to socialize and play all the time. On one book, it says puppy needs ...
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How make puppy comfortable with strangers without making friends?

I got a 3 months old golden retriever puppy and he is very friendly. I am living in a city and I don't know much about people around. I want the puppy to be comfortable with people so that he don't ...
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Are there animals that celebrate communally? [closed]

Are there any animals that are known to celebrate events? For example, we humans might celebrate a birthday or passing an important test. An event causes us to perform some sort of celebration that is ...
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Why is my unspayed cat trying to chase off my other cat that has kittens?

I have a cat that is unspayed, about 1 year old. She has been sleeping next to my other cat, who has kittens about 10 days old, to the point the mother is constantly having to move the kittens. She is ...
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How can I make my cat trust my lap?

I have a short fur siamese cat, when I arrive home or when finish my bath she walks around me rubbing my legs, she likes to be petted but when I catch her she starts pushing me, how can I teach her ...
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Tiny cat is bullying giant, 3-ft dog

My Siamese cat is always biting my Great Dane. I didn't think it was much of a problem, because the dog is a giant and he just never really reacted to the biting, just kinda sat there. Today though, ...
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Dog charges at other dogs

I have a Boston terrier, female, 2 years old. We've been socializing her ever since she's been a puppy and she's generally well behaved. She sometimes tends to be stubborn, but is a good dog overall. ...
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Do ants mourn their dead?

Do ants exhibit any signs of grief (or other human-like emotions for that matter, i.e. affection..) such as mourning the loss of others from their colony, burying their dead, or trying to aid the ...
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Neighbor has a new cat - implications on our rabbits?

Our neighbor has recently gotten a new cat - it's still quite young. It's recently been going into our garden and sitting in the rabbit run and actively staring at them. At the moment at least, our ...
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My rescue kitten is afraid of people and hides in the basement

I have a new kitten (Slalom) I rescued from my work (warehouse). We have an earlier rescue cat (Sochi) from work also. The method we used to socialize Sochi was to keep her in our room for a day ...
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Stray Cats Intimidating my Pet Cat

I asked a question a few months ago about my cat's behavior I have a 9 month old male Persian Cat and i wanted to know what i can do prevent Stray Cats entering my house premises and intimidating my ...
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Is it normal for a dog park visit to cause extra saliva/foam at the mouth?

Our dog, Peanut, is a 2 year old female Dachshund. We just recently took her for her first visit to a nearby dog park. We noticed that she had foam on her lips/jowls. I then realized visiting the dog ...
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Is there hope for my fearful, anxious dog?

I have had my dog since he was 6wks old, he is now 7yrs. He loves to lay on my lap, touch me, but if I pet, pick him up he acts fearful, like he might bite me, though he never has. I have used ...
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Do cats notice breeds?

In more detail, the question is whether and how much cats notice cat breeds in other cats. Including, perhaps, not strictly breed but factors such as ferality, or a handicap. This is something I ...
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Why do people have pets? [closed]

As a skeptic and someone that never had a pet, all I see in pets are creatures that are very needy and you have to look after, take care when sick, sometimes with expensive procedures, and are a ...
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Not holding gerbils really stressing me out

I cannot find any information on this anywhere so I am resorting to asking here. I have had my gerbils now for about a month and I have no desire to hold them, as I am naturally a flighty person and ...
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Is it normal that my cat licks my clothes?

My cat likes (specially in the mornings) to lie in my chest while I'm reading or looking something in my laptop and then he starts to purr and to lick my clothes. He does it with as much passion as ...
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Integrating a small kitten with an older cat

We have a 10 month old male cat (virtually full grown) and we recently adopted a 6 week old male kitten. we did everything the internet recommended regarding this situation (separating them in ...
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Older female cat and male kitten, playful => bad reaction

We got our first rescue cat 9 months ago, the center said Dot was 5, she's quite small. However different vets have said she's 8 or even 10. Had we known she was 10 we would probably have had second ...
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My flatmate's boston terrier is afraid of me

I just moved in with my flatmate who already lived with her dog. I'm very dog friendly and have live with different dogs before, but is the first time that a dog is afraid of me. This only happens ...
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Placating isolated kitten

I have a kitten (15 weeks) that has to be isolated while she's being treated for ringworm (for six weeks). She's from a shelter, and I don't know when she was separated from her mother or littermates....
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My older cat is very aggressive towards my 6 week old kitten

I have a cat about 2 months old who is very aggressive he attacks my feet when I walk and any time I try to pet him he bites (hard) we got a very small kitten today who is very sweet and loving and ...
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The social aspect of having only one dog

I'm thinking of getting a dog, but I read that dogs are social and pack animals so I was wondering if there would be any short and long-term problems with the dog not having fellows around the house. ...
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How can I get my unsocialized cat into the carrier to be spayed?

12 weeks ago I bought a British short hair cat. I saw her in a cattery at breeders cattery at bottom of garden, well l think I did but the cat she was cuddling and kissing was a lot bigger. When i ...
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How should I train my dog to remain calm on lead around other dogs?

I've been working with my dog for some months now, with her on lead walking. One of the things we're still having difficulty with is other dogs. Specifically - I don't think she's being aggressive ...
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Do most dog owners want strangers to ask before petting?

I have experienced that people have different views on whether strangers should ask before petting an animal in lead. What is the norm on this? Is there any unspoken rule among dog owners?
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If my pet has a litter, should I avoid getting my scent on the babies?

I think answers to this question can be agnostic of pet species. So I am asking the general question, if my pet who is member of my family has a litter should I avoid touching them and getting my ...
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What is a good way to spend quality time with my housemate's dog while looking after it?

Hope you'll forgive the beginner nature of this question. I am not a dog person, so I have very little knowledge or experience with dogs, and most of the information on the web seems (quite ...