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How fresh should cecotropes be when used to recolonize a different rabbit?

I have a rabbit that just came off a series of antibiotic injections. At first I thought he had some GI issues (jelly stool & loss of appetite). I kept food going through him (by force if needed) ...
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How to stop a 12 week old kitten nursing . Hurting mom

I'm having the same problem as outlined in How can I get my cat to stop nursing from its mother? My kitten is about 12 weeks old, and is still nursing. The mom tried pushing it away, but the kitten ...
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Black dark spot on kitten's face

I found this spot on my 7 week old kitten, it doesn't seem to be painful. I tried to clean it using H2O2 solution - it went away, but 5 days later appeared again together with a new spot on the nose. ...
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My kitten kneads and sucks on our blanket but why

I have a male kitten and I found him and 3 sisters of his abandoned. They were starved so badly they couldn't last a full day. All of his sisters died so we got him a friend. They play a lot then they ...
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How much purring is too much purring?

I have an adolescent cat that I adopted as a kitten. For some time now I have noticed that he is purring a lot. I know that when giving affection this behavior is normal but my cat seems to start ...
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How do I give a cat a pill?

The problem of pilling a cat is well-understood, but I've found its solution to be evasive. I understand that in principle I should be able to open the cat's mouth, toss a pill in (or use my finger ...
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How can I gain back my dog's trust after accidentally kicking him?

I was in my yard the other day playing with a football and my dog was nearby. I was kicking the ball against the wall when my dog was walking past, I didn't see him and accidentally kicked him in the ...
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Does neutering have any negative effect on the health of a dog?

After asking Can a dog contract a sexually transmitted infection?, I want to advise my friend to neuter his dog and I want to do the same with my own dog. I want to ensure my dog is still safe, so I ...
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Is it okay to feed my cats canned tuna?

I opened a can of tuna today and my cats went absolutely insane over the smell. I let them have a very tiny piece and they absolutely loved it. What I'm concerned about is that it's canned tuna. ...
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Why do rabbits chew electrical wires?

Bunnies like to chew on electrical wires. While there is some question about if they can be trained not to, it best to bunny proof any wires they may be around. (How to) Is there any reliable ...
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Why does my cat (almost) constantly purr while he's awake?

I've heard cats purr to show contentment (though humans who want that to be true may be imagining it). WebMD suggests they purr (1) to get our attention ("feed me!"); (2) when content ("petting time")...
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Can I use a gecko to get rid of a cockroach infestation?

I am tired of having tons of dying cockroaches around my house from poison so I am thinking of letting a gecko loose in my house to help get rid of the infestation. I would stop using the poison and ...
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Laser pointer: does a no-win situation risk psychological harm to cats?

When using a laser pointer to play with the cats, I've always been careful to end the session by giving them a physical toy to play with. I've assumed, without any actual basis, that putting them in ...
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Can an adult feral cat be socialized/domesticated?

My mother was active at spay and release (trapping feral cats, spaying or neutering them, and then releasing them back into the neighborhoods they lived in) at her old house. By the time she left, ...
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Can dogs eat yoghurt?

My dog loves eating yoghurt. I'm wondering if this is good for her. Can dogs eat yoghurt, is it good for them? Are there any dangers? What should I be looking for when selecting a yoghurt?
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Should I be concerned that my cat is breathing fast?

My cat is breathing fast (and occasionally panting with an open mouth). It's not associated with exercise (he's just sitting on the couch) What could be the cause of this?
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How to leash train a rabbit?

I would like to be able to leash train my rabbit so its easier to travel with her, and to take her out to parks and such (under careful supervision). I've seen footage of rabbits in showjumping ...
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Is distilled or spring water better for fish tanks?

A recent answer suggested that if your home water supply was not used for filling a fish tank, that 'spring water (not purified water)' was preferred over distilled water. What advantages would one ...
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Can I use human shampoo to wash a dog?

Basically, I just want to know if it is safe and cost effective to use human shampoo to wash my poodle.
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Can a rabbit be scared to death?

I have heard several times about rabbits being kept in outdoor cages where, a dog or other predator barked and/or scratched at the cage. The person came out and found the rabbit(s) dead in a still ...
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Diurnal, crepuscular, nocturnal, matutinal, vespertine; what do these mean and how do they impact my pet's life?

A recent answer listed all of these and said the group a pet falls in could impact how they behave: diurnal, crepuscular, nocturnal, matutinal, vespertine. What do all of these mean and how do they ...
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If cats were introduced too quickly, can the process be started over?

I messed up and introduced a new female 7 yr old cat to my male 8 yr old cat.. They were doing fairly well, a few hisses but tolerating each other for the first few days, then my husband was ...
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How to stop two male cats from fighting after vet visit

I have two male cats. For a few years they were friends until recently when one was sent to the vet for a couple of days. When he returned, the two suddenly became hostile at each other -- especially ...
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How can I help a dog to lose weight?

My uncle's dog is obese (too fat) and my uncle wants him to lose weight. As the dog is currently staying with me, I was thinking of reducing his food intake and not giving him food as regularly as ...
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How do I do a water change in my fish tank?

I have seen many questions asking how often one should do a water change for different circumstances in a freshwater aquarium, and so on, which got me wondering. I never knew, until I was on this site,...
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Is it OK to feed dogs dairy products?

A recent answer included feeding dairy products to a dog, in the answer is was Cream Cheese, but it does bring up the whole question of if dairy products are appropriate for dogs. I personally am '...
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Why is my dog peeing in the house when we're not home?

After the first month, he got settled in and more hyper, and now whenever we leave and no one is in the house (except him and the cats) he defecates inside. We take him out before we leave, but we ...
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Repetitive Paw Licking

My wife and I adopted a wonderful 5 year old female Pitbull about a year ago. Shortly after we got her she started licking her paws, not just normal cleaning of the paws but repetitive licking until ...
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What causes bald spot between eye and ears on a cat?

My cat is 7 months old and I've only got her for 2 weeks. She came with symmetrical bald spots on both sides of her face that ran from her ears to her eyes. What might have caused this? She rarely ...
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Adult vs Kitten vs All Stages cat food

I see most cat foods marked "Kitten", "Adult" or "All Life Stages". What are the actual differences between them? Is it bad for a kitten to eat adult food or vice versa? Specifically, I have been ...
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Is tap water safe for reptiles?

Is it okay to give my reptile a bowl of tap water to drink from and bathe/swim in? Or is there something wrong with tap water that I should avoid?
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What factors are most important to adopters of rescue dogs?

I manage a website for the Oldies Club, which is a UK based dog rescue charity specialising in older dogs, which also advertises senior dogs for other charities around the UK, and I also offer ...
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Is it safe for my dog or cat to eat grapes, raisins and sultanas?

I am wondering if some of the blogs about feeding pets certain human foods is really harmful for my pet or just some of the latest hype. Is it safe for my dog or cat to eat grapes, raisins and ...
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Why does my cat pee on the rug outside the toilet?

I have a cat which was a stray cat 10 years ago. No pee tray or litter tray was provided as she knows how to do her business in the toilet without any training from the 1st day. However, the problem ...
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How do I trance my rabbit?

I have heard that you can trance a rabbit to help with tasks such as nail clipping and cleaning the underside. Is doing this safe for my rabbit? How do I do it? Are there other applications where ...
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What causes rabbits to spontaneously change gender?

Working with rescued rabbits we often have people who purchased two girl (or boy) bunnies from a pet store or breeder, and a few months later they have a bunch of baby bunnies that need new homes. I ...
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What types of kitty litter are there and what else can be used as kitty litter?

What types of kitty litter are there? What type of materials can be used as kitty litter? Answering the following question got me searching for some resources on here. Kitten always gets dirty ...
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What treats are dangerous for me to feed my cat?

Considering Is chocolate harmful for dogs? , are there foods which can endanger my cat? Some relevant answers could be found here: Is it safe for my dog or cat to eat grapes, raisins and sultanas? ...
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One of my three pet bunnies jumped out of the hutch and we can't catch her

I have 3 pet bunnies. One male mini rex and two female black Dutch. One of the females jumped out of the hutch two weeks ago and we have all tried to catch her with no success. I see her every night ...
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Any internal medicine to get rid of maggots in dogs?

There's a 6 month puppy in my area and he's been infected with maggots in his right rear leg. He's too scared of humans so i cant go near him and apply any ointment or spray. So is there any internal ...
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Why does my cat poop (but not pee) on the floor?

I have 2 cats, and they seem to hate each other. They have been for a long time and they just don't get along. But one of them (the female) always uses the litterbox. The male never uses the litterbox....
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White patches/spots on my betta

There are white patch/spot-like marks on my betta fish's gill and body, which were not there when I bought him from the store. He is his usual active self and is eating properly. The spots seemed to ...
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My female Red Eared Slider, as far as I'm guessing, is gravid

So, it's my first time having a pet and it turns out that one of my turtles is a female. I have come to that conclusion after extensive researching and because of her behavior. These days she has ...
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Red eared slider laying eggs into the water

6 months ago I rescued two red eared sliders that had been abandoned by their previous owner. A couple of weeks ago one of my new turtles started laying eggs. After doing some quick research I've ...
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Can cats safely eat raw meat?

Is it safe to feed my cat raw meat, or should we cook the meat first? Or should we stick exclusively to factory produced cat food instead?
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What can I do to ease my dogs' fear of loud noises?

Whether it is my Black Labrador or my parents' American Eskimo, the sounds of thunder, fireworks and sometimes random loud noises can send them into a bit of a panic mode. They shake for an extended ...
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How can I stop my cat from eating too fast and throwing up?

My cat loves his canned food that he gets every morning, and he gets right into it the moment I put the dish down. Normally, this is no problem - he eats, I get ready for my day, everything is ...
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How to let an indoor cat have some outdoors time safely?

I have two indoor cats that have an abundance of energy and some behavior problems. I have read that allowing the cats outside occasionally can help with this behavior. Additionally, both cats ...
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Why is iceberg lettuce bad for rabbits?

I have read that rabbits should not be given iceberg lettuce. Why is that?
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How can I prevent my cat from extending his claws when being petted?

When I pet my cat, he often curls his toes, and extends / retracts his claws. I guess it's a sign that he enjoys getting petted, however this is not something I appreciate when he's lying on furniture ...
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