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Why do my dogs only lick me instead of each other?

I have two dogs, and neither of them licks each other unless they're cleaning themselves, but they like to lick any person that gets near them wherever and whenever possible. Why do they not lick each ...
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How long will it take feral kittens (5 and 8 months old) to adjust to their new home?

On January 5, they were trapped along with several others from a cat colony and were brought to a sub Foster’s house in a cage where they remained with their colony mates. They were then taken to ...
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How can I get my 15 month old Dachshund to quit licking my other dog's pee?

My older female Dachshund goes out to pee and the male Dachshund, whose name is Buster, licks her per and he's constantly in there faces; the two don't like it and I am at wits' end about it.
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Why is my hermit crab more active after passing away of his fellow crab?

I started with two hermit crabs, and they would run through the normal hermit crab cycle of not being out much during the day and being more active at night. Recently, one of my hermit crabs died and, ...
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How cruel is it to make your cat listen to other cats?

From time to time, to control how cats act, I use other cat sounds (I play these sounds using my phone). Female cats are attracted to crying kittens, whether they are spayed or not, while male cats ...
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How to “coach” dog - child meetings at the street?

My son is around 6 years old. On the way to school we see many different dogs. He wants to touch everyone. What guideline can I provide my son, to interact with unknown dogs? Aims: not scare my son; ...
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How do you socialize a bunny that has been locked in a cage for many years with very little socialization?

My grandma has had an unwanted bunny for about 4 years now. He is very skittish and not friendly because he has never been socialized. I was wondering if there's still hope for him and if he can be ...
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Adopted a 7 month old cat a day ago, today she is hissing and yowling in the safe room

My partner and I adopted a 7 month old cat yesterday, she seemed fine, we were in her safe room for a few hours at a time, and she was curious and played and explored just fine. No hissing, and only a ...
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How can I introduce my puppy to my boyfriend's dogs?

I recently moved in with my boyfriend and brought along my year-old intact male pup, and my boyfriend has four other dogs. Including his attentive, jealous German Shepherd, and I want my pup to get ...
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Best methods to help your dog if he is scared of children?

We have a five-year-old Basset hound with a loving and easy going temperament, however, he has had no exposure to children in his life and when approached by young children he gets scared and runs ...
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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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What should I do to make my cat spend more time with us?

So we have a black cat, who is the son of a white female stray cat we used to feed. We call the female cat Kuchi, and her son Gulu (9 months old). Gulu was born inside our house, he is almost like our ...
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How do I stop my dog from barking at random strangers

We have a 3 month old puppy who is 50% Anatolian Shepherd and 50% unknown (though we suspect some bloodhound). She is very gentle at playing, loves meeting and playing with new people, and has never ...
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My dog claws at me when he wags his tail. Why does he do this?

My dog wags his tail and then paws me with his front paws and I am at a loss as to explain what he wants. This rarely occurs while I eat, and usually occurs when I am doing normal things, like being ...
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Do dogs need dog friends?

I have a 12 year old rescue mixed Maltese. I also have an an 8 year old Rhodesian Ridgeback. The Maltese came first, and so they have lived together for 8 years now. Recently, I was talking to someone ...
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How to make puppy comfortable with strangers without befriending them?

I got a 3-month-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 doesn't ...
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Introducing a third cat into a two cat household

Last year, I adopted two Tabby sisters. They were seven months old at the time. They have settled in nicely, and play peacefully together. I have been approved for a third cat, which we have plenty of ...
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Is it good to keep one of a cat's kittens instead of rehoming them all?

My cat is pregnant for the very first time. My question: is it good for a cat to keep one of her own kittens (male or female?) The rest of kitties will go to our friends' homes, and after this ...
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Is there hope cats will be friends after lukewarm start?

I have a one-year-old British Blue boy called Sausage. He is neutered and very calm, sweet, affectionate, and social. I had always planned to get him a companion as he gets along well with everyone ...
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How can I deter my cat's unwelcome guest from coming inside?

This week, my neutered middle age male cat called Garfy brings home a 'guest', who is a much smaller cat. I guess it's very young, but not sure of the gender or origin, so let's just call it Taby. I ...
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Pet rat's companion died and was cannibalized, she is now alone

About 4 months ago I bought two young-ish female rats, Star and Blaze. The store said they were the same litter, but their coloring and size as they grew leads me to believe that may not have been the ...
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Advice on my abused rescue cat

I am getting a rescue cat from a local charity, she is 3 to 4 years old and seems very affectionate in the videos. She has had a hard life so far, though, stolen and repeatedly bred, then booted out ...
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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 a lot of reasons to hurt people such as people scare them and have them cornered, ...
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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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Will getting another cat change my cat's behavior?

I have a ~1.5 year old male tabby cat. I have had him since he was just 2 weeks old, when he was still basically blind and didn't yet know how to walk. I have raised him extremely lovingly and as a ...
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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, 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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Calming aggressive puppy

Me and my girlfriend got our puppy (German Pinscher) 4 weeks ago. Everything went on fine so far, he is quite an energetic comrade, but we try to give him as much rest as possible. Sometimes, it is ...
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Cat Not Socializing with Partner's Cats

Just looking for any tips or insight here, my partner and I have four cats (more details shortly) and multiple different issues for their socialization. All the cats were fixed at a young age and all ...
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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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How many different cats can a cat keep track of?

I have four cats, adopted as kittens over a period of time, with some gap between adoptions. Cat #1 (the first one) dislikes cats #2, #3, and #4 (hisses at them, and generally avoids them). Cat #2 ...
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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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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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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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How to make an unsocialized cat get along with a socialized cat

Short summary of my tomcats: Bodhi: 1 year old; has been living for 5 months with me; checked by vet last time a month ago and is healthy; he gets along great with me, but he uses his claws if I pet ...
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New puppy - is this normal behaviour

We have a new dachshund, he is 3 months old. I am worried about his behaviour around my kids. If they run or walk by, he aggressively bites their ankles, pants, bathrobes and growls at them - every ...
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Managing the gradual induction of stray cat into my life

I think one of the five stray cats that visit my verandah has taken a liking to me and she hung around for a really long time (45+ minutes) staring at me through my large glass windows AFTER she had ...
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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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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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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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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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Should you pet a bird, and if so, how?

Do birds respond to petting, like cats and dogs do? Do they like being gently brushed against their heads? Does grooming in this sense exist in the avian world?
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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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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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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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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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How can I keep my cat from being scared any time he sees or hears a person?

One of my cats will avoid any central parts of the house or run through them very quickly. He also runs in fear any time someone walks into the room he's in or if he hears voices at the front door. ...
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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 ...