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Is my betta dying/sick or just sleeping?

The past 10 days I have been gone every 3-4 days and then I return home to feed my betta. I'm usually not gone that much, and when I came home Monday my fish looked dead. My betta fish has always ...
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How can I help my betta who is laying at the bottom of his tank?

My kids saw the "My Fun Fish Tank" on TV. (Not mine, but an example of what the tank looks like) I got it for them and after I put it together I went to the pet store and got a male betta. I change ...
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Alternatives to walking a dog

Dogs need to be entertained and physically and mentally stimulated to feel happy. Many behavioral problems are either caused by boredom or could be treated by engaging the dog in different games and ...
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How can you tell if a kitten will have long or short hair?

This weekend I visited a friend who had a new kitten (about 8 weeks old). The kitten has a fuzzy coat, but most kittens seem to have a fuzzy coat from what I can tell through internet searches. We ...
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How can stop my adult cat from urinating in inappropriate places?

My 8 year old cat has recently began urinating in inappropriate places. How can I correct this behavior? At first he started urinating on the floor, in a small area in the basement. I moved a litter ...
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Is my guppy pregnant? How could I tell whether a guppy is pregnant?

I recently purchased a guppy and I feel that it's quite fatter and stomach is bulged compared to other fish. Is it pregnant? How could I tell whether a guppy female is pregnant or not?
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Recommendations for introducing kittens to adult cats

We have two older cats and are considering getting a couple of kittens. Our cats are on the older side, 15 years, but are still active and spunky. If we did bring in some kittens, what are some ...
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What is wool block in rabbits?

My rabbit has lost it's appetite and isn't drinking much, she is losing weight. I'd been feeding her a diet of rabbit pellets and carrots, and ensuring she has plenty of fresh water. The vet said she ...
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How long can a healthy cat go without food?

I am trying to change the kind of food my cat is getting, and he is refusing to eat it. He is completely healthy, he passed his last annual physical without issue. If I give him some of the old ...
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How do I stop my cat from peeing on rugs and linens?

We have two cats who are litter trained, but one of them occasionally pees on rugs or linens instead. According to my fiancée, the cat was accidentally toilet trained on a towel as a kitten, and now ...
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What are the signs that a female platy fish is about to give birth?

I have a 10 US gallon tank that has been up and running for about 6 days. I purchased 2 female and 1 male platys and they have been in it for about 4 days. I believe both females are pregnant (they ...
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How do you determine the gender of a kitten?

I was looking at a litter of kittens, and it looks like they are all girls. Is that possible? How can I tell for sure what gender the kittens are?
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I can't afford vet treatment, what are my options?

My pet is sick/injured, and I am afraid the vet bill for treatment will be more than I can afford. How can I access free/low cost sources of veterinary assistance? This a general question per the ...
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How can I get my cat to stop nursing from its mother?

My cat is 9 months old, and she still likes to nurse from her mother. I've been stopping her (also punishing her by removing her from the room we are currently in. Is this a bad way to react?) when I ...
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Why is adding hay to a rabbit's diet important?

These questions mention feeding rabbits hay: What are healthy treats for a house rabbit? How can I help my adult rabbit gain weight? Why is adding hay to a rabbit's diet important? I am ...
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What should I do if my cat stops eating and starts hiding more?

My cat is usually really social. Loves to be cuddled, loves being around people, always crawls in my lap. Today, though, he spent the day hiding in my closet and in his cat tree. He didn't really eat ...
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How should I discipline my cat for bad behavior?

There are a couple of things that I try and prevent my cat from doing: jumping up on the kitchen counter and being mean to the dog (who is obedient and minds his own business). It's easy to catch him ...
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How does one effectively "cycle" an aquarium?

I have read that prior to putting fish in an aquarium, one must "cycle" the tank so that bacteria that oxidize ammonia will produce nitrite, and nitrite-oxidizing bacteria will make nitrate. ...
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Do bunnies eat their droppings?

I was watching a bunny, he was sitting up, and seemed to be grooming his private parts. When his head came up it looked like he was chewing on something. After a couple minutes he hopped away and I ...
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How do I get rid of fleas on my rabbit?

I have tried remedies I got from the internet but they do not work and she still has fleas. I do not know what else to do.
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What should be in a rabbit first aid kit?

I have a pet house rabbit. I want to create a first aid kit, that has items specific for bunny first aid, what should it include?
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How much space does a rabbit need to live comfortably?

Currently I have no rabbits, but I'm doing some research on rabbit care, and the most important factor for my small apartment is how much space a rabbit should have. I don't want it to live in factory-...
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How can I move houses with a friendly feral cat I care for?

I have been feeding a friendly feral cat for the last 10 months. He began visiting us when he was well into his feline teens, so to speak (so he can forage food for himself). He is not exactly a lap ...
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My leopard gecko sometimes has trouble shedding. How can I help?

Sometimes, when my gecko sheds, not all of the skin comes off and I find flaky white patches left behind. I know you shouldn't pull at them to help them come off, so what should you do instead?
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What is required to house break a rabbit?

I have heard that rabbits make good pets. How hard is it house break rabbits?
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How to get cats to coexist in peace?

My cat is a big neutered male and my sister's cat is a small female. Both cats are three years old. When my sister is away on holidays I have to take care of both cats. Unfortunately, they hiss at ...
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Can I make a baby wild rabbit a pet?

We had a cottontail rabbit that made a nest near our garden. She had a litter of babies about 2 weeks ago but the other day she was hit by a car. I checked on her babies this morning and only one is ...
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Do I need to do anything special when I change what I feed my rabbit?

I have been feeding my rabbit a popular name brand rabbit food. I was recommended that I change my food to another brand that meets the needs of my rabbit better. Do I need to do anything special ...
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How do I discourage my cat from biting?

I adopted an adult cat from a shelter. The cat had been seized (along with 20+ others) by Animal Control from a hoarder and there is no prior medical history. Age estimates range from 3-6 years and he ...
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Can I release my pet rabbit in the wild?

I am aware the issues surrounding feral cats and I would never consider turning a dog loose to fend for it's self. But rabbits are not predators so would seem unlikely to have a negative impact on ...
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Will owls attack small dogs?

Over the past week I have noticed an owl hunting in our neighborhood at night. I have seen the owl in some of the trees in our yard. I haven't seen the owl well enough to determine what kind it is, ...
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Can bonded rabbits die of loneliness?

When rabbits are bonded they form a very strong relationship. When that bond is broken through physical separation or death of one the partner I have heard that they can die from loneliness. The ...
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Strange dark scabbing near cat's nose

My male cat is about 10 months old and I noticed a strange dark spot forming in/around his nose the past couple days. Originally I thought it was simply Feline Acne, as he had some on his chin that ...
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Is a bedroom enough space for a bunny to be happy?

I've wanted a bunny for ages, and I'm still living at "mum's house" and she has very strict rules on pets. The conclusion is that if I'm to get a bunny, he/she would have to live in my room. Now, I've ...
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Why is my dog drinking his pee after he urinates inside?

Every night, as soon as I turn off the last light in the house, if I've forgotten to take the dog (a 13-year-old miniature dachshund we obtained from a reputable breeder 11 years ago) out immediately ...
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Are onions dangerous for my cat or dog and why?

Someone advised me not to feed my cat or dog foods which include garlic or onion, as they are bad for my pets and can make them sick. Is this true? How would it make my cat or dog sick?
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How should I react to two fighting cats?

Several questions have addressed how to get cats to get along together. How to stop two male cats from fighting How can I encourage two cats to get along? How do we handle two female cats in the ...
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Putting a cat into a carrier

It seems to be close to impossible to put my cat into a carrier. I'm not sure whether he is afraid of closed spaces or doesn't like being restrained or what, but it requires two people to put him into ...
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Recommendations for introducing adult cats to newly adopted adult cats

Recommendations for introducing kittens to adult cats covers a lot of good information about introducing new kittens to a cat household. However, we've just adopted 2 older cats (11 and 13) into our ...
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Are carrots a healthy part of a rabbit diet?

Pretty much every iconic image of Bugs Bunny shows him with a carrot in his hand/paw. For many people, this image of Bugs is one of the first things which pops into their mind when considering what to ...
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My rabbit is digging at the carpet in the corner of the living room, what should I do?

Sometimes when my bunny is out running around the house she will go in the corner and dig at the carpet. I stomp and clap my hands while saying "No" sternly, and she stops but will often go back to ...
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At what age can/should a baby rabbit (kit) be separated from its mother?

I know that rabbit gestation is 28 - 31 days, and that the mother can get pregnant immediately after birth. Does that mean baby rabbits can be weaned when they are 4 weeks old? Assuming the mother ...
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Pet Rabbits, Double Pregnacies, and Keeping the Buck in with the Doe

In my limited experience thus far, I have found that my rabbits get along well together and show every sign of enjoying each other's company. So I would very much like to keep my buck in with the ...
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Why won't my dog eat on her own?

My dog will go days without eating unless someone sits with her and hand feeds her dog food. At first, I thought it was because we were feeding her some table scraps every once in a while, but I have ...
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At what age cats should stop biting and scratching games?

I have a Maine Coon kitten who is 1.5 months old. When he's playful, he starts biting and scratching whenever he sees your arm next to him, and any hand movement is like an invitation to bite. Trying ...
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Can house rabbits have free access to the whole house all the time?

I am thinking about getting a rabbit and during my research I learned about bunny proofing, litter boxes, and have heard about cages for the bunnies and that they need to room to run. There seems to ...
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Is there benefit to feeding my cats cat food that incorporates fruits and vegetables?

At the pet store this weekend, we were approached by a sales representative marketing a "gourmet" pet food brand. One of the biggest selling points was apparently that the food contains "wholesome ...
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What should we look for in a kitty companion for our rabbit?

We have a neutered male dwarf rabbit who's about 18 months old. He's been an only pet for almost his whole life. He has a big cage to hop around in, and for the most part we leave its door open, ...
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How can I train my dog to stop eating everything?

He's almost a year now (about 10 months old), and I thought it was just a phase, but it's not so much like that as it seems. I've had problems with him eating wood (from chewing on tree branches), ...
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Platy fish pregnant

We bought two Platy females in July. Also, we think one must be male as he has the exact same fins our lighter colour fish who became pregnant. She gave birth to some one night but the dark spot and ...

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