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Dog doesn't give any signs and refuses to pee outside. What should we do?

My wife and I adopted a former stray, 2yo Golden Retriever mix. Most of the day, he's pretty lazy and not active and we are trying to potty train him. Our problem is that this dog has not given us ...
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Is it cruel to take a cat inside for one or two days due to cold?

There are several stray cats outside and currently the weather is around 0 C. We expect it to get colder at night. The temperature is expected to be around -10 C during the night. While I expect all ...
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Ok to let my indoor house cat outside in area frequented by strays?

My 2 year old in-door house cat has shown an interest in hanging out outside, in my fenced-in backyard. While nervous, I do want to allow him to sniff around there so I am inclined to allow him to ...
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Baby kitten demands more food but has a big belly

My kitten’s belly is big and I give her a good amount of food at a time, but afterwards she wants more. She plays and behaves otherwise normal. Should I feed her more? She is four weeks old and she is ...
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Found a kitten in the street, is it dangerous to keep him in the same environment with my 2 year old cat?

As I was coming back from the gym with my wife wound a kitten in the street crying, dirty and hungry. We could simply not let him there. We got him home. Is it dangerous to keep him in the same ...
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Will the stray/feral cat I’ve been feeding come to my new apartment patio once I move in a month, it is ~800ft away from my current apartment

About a month ago I took over feeding a stray (feral maybe?) cat for my neighbors because they were moving. Now, I am moving. However, I will be living in the same apartments just at a new building ...
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How to tell if cat has abandoned her kids?

Today, when I woke up, I found several kittens in one of the empty room in my house: Now, I am monitoring them from the morning but I don't see their mom anywhere. My questions: Has the cat ...
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Am I making the stray cat uncomfortable with my touch?

Around a week ago, a stray cat transferred her kittens to my backyard. Since then I've been like feeding her max 4-5 biscuits (since my parents don't want her to grow too attached) and I just go stare ...
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Bald patch on stray cat's neck, what should I do?

So there is a stray cat I've been feeding for a few weeks now and he has a bald patch. He didn't have it when I first saw him and I think it began or happened pretty recently. It's on his neck so I ...
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There's a cat in my garden who doesn't want to leave

For 2 to 3 months, a cat who seems to me to be fairly clean has been hanging out in my garden; the first few days I didn't want to give him anything to eat or drink so that he wouldn't come back. ...
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Relocate stray kittens on their own or together with mother cat

So I am in a predicament. About 4 months back, a local stray female cat started hanging around the house. We occasionally put food outside for her to eat but eventually it became a regular thing. ...
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I need help in neighborhood dispute about feeding a stray cat

I was just told that I can't feed stray cat in my neighborhood. Two ladies came to my door and stated "I am to let the stray cat in the neighborhood to starve and they don't care", they made ...
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Will Nina be a long-haired cat? [duplicate]

Our Nina is a street cat rescue. She was very hungry and frightened of the dogs around. Her vet said she is 9 or 10 weeks old and I just wonder will she be this much fluffy when she's a grown up. Will ...
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I was bitten by a kitten not even a month old, what should I do?

I was bitten by not even a month old kitten which is a stray; this happened when I was trying to help it get to it's mom. The bite is not deep and is very shallow, it's like very small dots. What ...
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Can the stray cat I am feeding be fine if I am gone for a couple of weeks

Can cats (almost an year old) find food and survive for themselves? TL;DR During my eight months of staying alone in lockdown, I had come across a stray cat in my building (may be ~4-6 months old at ...
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How do I identify a good site/app for pet adoption?

How do I identify a good site/app for pet adoption? Are there any examples for good sites/apps? Either for finding a pet to adopt, or for putting up a pet for adoption.
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Is it safe to cook and eat raw meat that a stray cat was eating? [closed]

If a stray cat is eating raw hamburger meat, can I still cook and eat it afterwards? Would it be safe, considering that the stray cat was eating from it?
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How to get stray kittens to not be afraid of humans?

There are two kittens that have moved into my backyard. Their body is maybe 8 inches in length and they are able to eat the cat food I put out. They come to my backyard because I put out food and the ...
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Lost/Abandoned cat wants to enter house; advice needed

Few days ago, we noticed a cat hanging out around our house and it kept meowing pitifully, so we fed it and offered water and a little card board box in case it wanted a place to rest. The first night ...
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Friendly stray cat attacking my shoes

I have this male stray cat, who is 2-3 years old. He has been in the neighbourhood since he was a kitten. He always comes when he hears my keys, for pets and rubbing my feet. I am not the one that ...
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Need help trying to integrate over friendly stray into our cat duo [duplicate]

Background, we moved into our house in December and became friends with a stray in the same month! Previous owners of the house have never seen the cat/were dog owners, so cats coming into the yard ...
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How to avoid accidental cat-napping?

At the start of the covid-19 lockdown our whole family was at home and the weather was very warm so we spent a lot of time in the garden. A lot of cats visit our garden and most ignore us but a very ...
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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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If one finds a dog whose registration and vaccination are both expired, should he return the dog to the owner or an animal shelter?

Say someone finds a stray dog in Florida, USA, and some research indicates that the dog's registration and vaccination have both expired. In this case, is it better to return the dog to the owner or ...
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Convince a territorial pup to go out on walks

I recently adopted a stray pup. Although it is great in most ways, I just can't convince it to go out on short walks. It thinks the area around the house is its territory and is very happy/playful ...
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Are my cats related?

I adopted my first cat (Venus) 3 years ago, she showed up at a family barbecue in my backyard asking for food and we just took her in, she was an adult already and the vet said that she was probably 2 ...
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Stray cat terrorized because of medicines and trust issues

I'm Dex from India. I have been feeding a stray cat (1 year old male) near my house for almost 3-4 months. A week ago or so he has got some minor skin issues after fight with another stray cat (...
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Stray cat and indoor cat [duplicate]

Six months ago I moved to North Carolina. In august I noticed a beautiful stray with two colored eyes. At first I’d have to throw chicken into the woods for him because he would not come close. Over ...
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How to reduce the attachment of an overly attached stray dog?

About me I am around 20 year old student and live in college provided hostels. I share room with one person who hates stray dogs while having some at his home. I started getting familiar with dogs ...
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What could I feed a dog if my budget is small?

After reading this question: Is cheap human food for street dogs good for their health? I thinking about cheap foods for dogs (for example stray dogs one wants to support), if one does not have the ...
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Is cheap human food for street dogs good for their health?

I live in a place where there are lots of stray dogs. The number is quite high. I try to feed most of them but they are a lot in number. I'm a minor and do not earn much, so I feed them some cheap ...
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Seeking advice on managing and adopting a stray cat

I live with 2 cats in a quiet residential area in Tokyo. For the past few months, a stray cat keeps coming to our house and I've been feeding him everyday. He spends most of a day in our backyard ...
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Moving Stray Cats Feed Location A Couple of Blocks Over

I recently stumbled upon two litters of kittens and a couple of adult cats on my way home. The kittens are not of nursing age and some approach me without issue when I offer food. I started feeding ...
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Should I adopt a stray kitten even if it's too much responsibility?

I have been feeding a group of stray cats for a while, particularly an orphan kitten because she is very skinny. I don't have the heart to part with her. She does not come forward to eat along with ...
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Can a stray kitten eat eggs?

I have many stray cats around, and there's this stray kitten I am feeding whenever I can. Is it safe to feed her boiled eggs a few times a week?
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Hair loss on stray cat's head behind ears

There are two stray cats (around 6-7 months old I guess) near my house. I often feed them boiled chicken or cooked egg yolk. About 10 days ago I started giving them Whiskas Dry Kitten Food. Few days ...
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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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Dog with open wound on leg and no vet available

I found this dog in a graveyard, probably waiting to die, with a huge open wound on its backside 2 days ago. I've been feeding it, helping it regain its strength but I'm concerned, the wound may get ...
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How to deal with violent stray dog

I love dogs and all other animals, and have a 4 year old Lab. The place where I live, there are 5 stray dogs. I love all of them and feed them everyday thrice when I take my kid out. One of them is ...
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How to take care of community dog?

Scenario I live in a college campus, where stray animals are not hurt as compared to outside so even peacocks can be friendly. So there's no question of the dog biting me (I also pet only interested ...
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How do I help to heal a bird that has fallen from its nest? [closed]

I was going to mow my lawn, when I heard a eally high pitched squeal from my tree. I went over to examine, and their was a small blue bird. I don't really see blur birds, and they aren't exactly what ...
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Cat who is normally docile freaks out when a neighborhood cat comes onto our porch, despite getting along well with our other cats. Why?

Context Our family has four cats. Some details about Pepe, the most relevant one to this question: 5 years old Orange tabby Male Exclusively indoors Properly fixed Extremely friendly and ...
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Helping stray animals in India

I live in India alongside millions of stray animals (mainly dogs, cats and cows). I have started to feed and play with the dogs near my home. They eat from the garbage. I give them clean water and ...
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Cat meow is inaudible [duplicate]

I've adopted, or is it been adopted by, a stray cat which frequents multiple houses in the immediete area, but sleeps on the sofa in my lounge. It struggles to communicate even though I know it is ...
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Injured semi stray cat

I live in India and I have a semi-stray cat. We feed him daily and he goofs around in our backyard for most of the day. However, he seems to be very active nowadays and picks up fights with other cats ...
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What can I do for a stray cat having an eye infection

Last week I found a neighborhood stray cat (he often comes in my yard) is having an eye infection. His right eye appears to be half closed and abnormal with white eye discharge. His left eye looks ...
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How to help a stray mother cat, who wants to come inside

There is a stray mother cat and her kitten in my neighborhood. The mother is very friendly, I think the baby kitten is feral because he will run away as soon as he sees a human. I feed both of them ...
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Can/Should I take a feral/stray cat with me to a new house?

2 years ago a nursing Mama cat appeared on my porch digging through garbage for a meal. I tried to pet her, but she ran away immediately and I did not see her for several days. Gradually she started ...
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How often should I feed a pregnant cat?

A stray cat adopted us a few months back. Initially, we thought it was a boy but then discovered that it's a girl and expecting kittens. I have never had a cat before and I am learning on the go ...
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Overly friendly stray cat wants to come in our house

We have a beautiful Calico stray cat outside our house. We played with her one day and she just followed us home from about half a mile away. We've been feeding her every day since then. But every ...
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