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Cat won't come out after a year of ownership

Similar questions have been asked, but I've not seen one that matches the situation described below. I have 3 cats. One is 5 years old and has been with us most of that time, one is 2 years old and we'...
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General and specific advice regarding feral kittens

Backstory: (Might be relevant) Wife and I have found a colony of feral cats in our city, consisting of a mom and a litter of four kittens. We took an instant liking to them and from that point on for ...
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Resident cat guarding the door where the new cat is

We're trying to introduce Lucena, a 1 year old shy Siamese female kitten, to Elsa, a 3 year old extrovert Siamese female cat, living with us in our apartment since two years. Both are spayed. We ...
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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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Male Budgie doesn't want female in his cage

We recently got a female friend for our old male budgie. They are not doing much outside the cage. Right now they have separate cages. But the female wants to get inside the male's cage, I think ...
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Should I take a stray with me when I move, if I already have a indoor cat?

I've had my cat since it was a kitten. He is strictly indoor and has never been around other cats. He's now 7 years old. I've also befriended a stray and been feeding her for the last 2½ years and she ...
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Rats: I have 1 male 1 female, she just had babies. How long can male be left alone in the cage?

My husband brought me home 3 rats, he doesn't know much about them so when he was told they were all female he didn't pay much attention. Turns out there were 2 males and 1 female. Within a day, one ...
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I hit my cat and now he hates me

Well, I used to hit my cat from time to time when he did something wrong. He had just turned one year old and I’ve been hitting him so much lately, that now he no longer asks for cuddles, kisses or ...
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One of our cats is a bully (and the victim is scared to go the litterbox)

We have three cats: two slightly older females (4 and 5 years old) and a young male (about 1 year old). The two females get along fine and the younger female and the male get along fine, but the male ...
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15 Year old cat used to other cats/dogs now alone

My 15 year old cat (Simon) grew up with dogs since he was born. He actually thinks he's a dog (still plays fetch), so cute. When he was young, I got him another kitty friend, Buddy. They lived ...
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Why does my cat never like to be picked up?

I have a 2 year old neutered male house cat. Had him since he was 10 weeks old. He has never liked being picked up - no matter how gently we do it. He does not like being petted very often either, ...
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Husband stepped on the cat's head, and now she hates him

While I was away, my husband gave my cat a bath and accidentally stepped on her head hard. She swelled up pretty bad, but she recovered. Every time he gives her a bath now, her head swells. But ...
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How long will the cat remember an unpleasant, failed kitten introduction?

My 2 year old female cat, named Flo, was just introduced to a 5 week old baby kitten that we had planned on rescuing. After the kitten had been here for about 4 hours, we soon realized Flo was not ...
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Why are some cats more vocal than others?

To put this in my perspective. I have three cats at home. They are silent, hardly ever meow but will occasionally purr if you stroke them in the right spot. They will also occasionally rub on you but ...
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Can an abused, malnourished and matted poodle 2½ - 3 yrs old ever show unconditional love like he was intended to?

I recently got an abused, malnourished and severely matted miniature male poodle 2 ½ - 3 years old. This is when I picked him up at the farm in Pittstown, N.J. on January 16th, 2020. ...
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How can I recover my cat and boyfriends relationship

My boyfriend is an alcoholic and has done some horrible things when he's got hammered. It had affected the whole family and been a very toxic abusive time for the last three years. My cat is terrified ...
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Bull Arab entertainment [duplicate]

We have a beautiful natured large bull Arab dog. Due to being pregnant I have been told to reduce my interactions with him incase my tummy gets a knock to it. My neighbour is walking him some ...
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How do I know if the dogs are playing too rough

I have American Staffy female rescue from the pound 5 months a go friendly with other dogs love the play yesterday got rescue Staffy shorter breed both same age he's a male he's very friendly as well ...
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How can we encourage our kitten to come up to us, if we're unable to get down on the floor with her?

My brother just lost his cat to cancer, he is alone, and really needs companionship of our kitten. She uses her litter box and is eating good. He gave her a room with all her stuff in it. She doesn't ...
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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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Kneading and drooling in cat

A neighbour's cat occasionally visits me (spayed tom) and while I enjoy his company, he has one habit that is somewhat antisocial. He seems to really like physical contact, but will often have a ...
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New Cat Meows Constantly

My husband adopted a feral black cat a couple of days ago. He's an absolute sweetheart, only a little over one year old, but he meows constantly. Whether he's with us, playing, or in his room, he's ...
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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 I 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 ...
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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, ...