41

First, step back and read up on best ages for kittens to leave their mother. (The best age to adopt a kitten is around 10 weeks.) At 3 weeks of age a kitten is completely helpless and will need help with every thing from keeping warm to drinking (it cannot eat yet) and relieving itself. Till 6 weeks you are just fostering a kitten, let the mother take care ...


34

Wouldn't it be a better solution to protect the trees from the cat than to remove the cat from the family? First of all, it's impossible to teach a cat not to scratch on anything. The claws of cats grow in layers and must be shortened and sharpened. By scratching on hard, rough surfaces, preferably tree bark, cats shed the old outer layer of their claws, ...


22

First question is, do you want a cat? If not, disregard the rest of my comment and say no. I'm inclined to agree with your friend, although I do understand your reservations. If the situation the kitten is currently in involves potentially starving to death - any kind of living area where they are not starving is much more preferable. Consider how you would ...


19

The most important things for a cat are food and safety. Many actually prefer a smaller space because it's easier to investigate, patrol and feel safe in. Also, cats see their world more three-dimensionally than we do. If you can provide things for them to climb and perch on, like cat trees and shelves, that is far more stimulating for them than additional ...


18

Any specific cost figures will be (a) localized and (b) out of date eventually, so I'll address categories more broadly. Adoption costs: The shelter sets a fee for this, sometimes reducing it for older animals. At least in the US, but I suspect most other places too, the cat will come microchipped, spayed/neutered, and current on vaccines. Even though the ...


18

The fact that the old cat is friendly with the Shih Tzu means that there's good hope that he will tolerate the kitten. Start by bringing things that smell like the kitten into the old cat's space, like towels and bedding. Later, when the kitten is old enough to be separated from the mother/family, bring the kitten into your space in a locked carrier, so ...


14

Buying dogs is a "new" thing in India - most of my grandmother's dogs in the past have been street dogs. They've all been awesome in their own way. In the modern context - Its all about networking, and marketing. In singapore, we have a handful of organisations - like ASD and SOSD, who run programs to help "Singapore Specials" on the street, help do trap/...


13

With the caveat that I don't have a huge amount of experience in this area: you can lose them very quickly: it seems to be almost random when they enter the end-stage of the disease. I've seen FIV-positive cats go from apparently healthy to dying within a week or two. they're much more susceptible to any other infections that might be around (obviously!), ...


12

According to CNN, pardoned turkeys go to a farm to live the rest of their time. "George Washington's Mount Vernon estate [has] a sizable wooden pen built specifically to house the [...] turkeys". ABC News reports President George W. Bush's turkeys went to Kidwell Farm. The turkeys are put on display for the public, but generally die within months. ...


11

You should definitely ask before just showing up with a pet in tow. The answer will probably depend on the type of pet. My local shelter arranges "meet and greet"s for dogs, so it's probably possible for your dog to meet a potential adoptee dog. Cats really don't do well out of their homes (and I notice that they don't have feline "meet and greet"s). For ...


10

You'd probably have the best luck at a pet store, unless you happen to have a friend that breeds them (or a local breeder). However, if you go to the pet store, make sure they know you want a pet and not food for another :) While feeder mice are cute, cuddly, white, and everything else you are looking for - they're specifically bred for food and sometimes ...


9

The best way would be to visit the breeders, see the conditions that the dogs are kept in, and meet the parents. If the place seems clean and the adult dogs are sociable and have had some basic training, it's not a puppy mill. If the breeder is too far away to visit, references from other breeders and puppy buyers are very useful. I'd also check out the ...


9

There's nothing inherently sketchy about ordering fish online: most legit dealers (whether individual breeders or larger fish farms) should know how to ship fish safely, and I've seen many who are confident enough to offer live-on-arrival guarantees. Most dealers will describe how they ship pretty clearly, and you should be able to get a sense of how legit ...


9

I'm trying here to give a summary answer to get started with the various points you mentioned. Of course more detailed answers can be found for these specific topics elsewhere on pets.SE. What about the breeder? This doesn't apply if you're getting a rescue dog. A good breeder should give you full access to his installations before you adopt the puppy. ...


9

You know you have a stable home life and are ready to adopt, but they don't know that. With same-day adoptions at least some people would adopt on a lark ("hey honey, I got us a puppy!"), which usually does not go well for the pet. Further, the shelter might be using that time to check with your landlord (if you rent) and/or your vet to make sure that you'...


9

I caught a wild cat of obviously unknown history. She had to spend 10 days at the animal shelter before I was allowed to adopt her. She was temporarily placed in a foster home to be socialised and was evaluted as being unfriendly and anti-social at the end of her stay. When I got her after the 10 days I spent one and a half hours with her in a single room ...


9

As Rebecca suggests, no reputable shelter will adopt out black kittens near Halloween. But furthermore, no reputable shelter will adopt out kittens that aren't spayed or neutered. Your use of the phrase "sexually mutilated" indicates that you find this policy abhorrent. I can understand how spaying and neutering might seem cruel. But if you do a little ...


9

Cats view other cats differently than they view prey animals. While cats aren't the socialization machines that humans are, cats, like humans, form social groups and bond with other cats. Also like humans, sometimes cats just hate each other and there's nothing you can do. Aside from the above advice of "wait till the kitten is old enough to ethically re-...


9

It might sound awful but your cat does what his instincts tell him. A rat is a dangerous creature. It's smart and can bite quite severely. Attacking it from behind, weakening it, and making it almost die from blood loss is a safe approach for a cat. A bird is also a dangerous creature. It has claws and a hard beak that can do a lot of harm. It can fly (or ...


8

It's not a bad idea; there are pros and cons to both. In the store, you get to see the fish you're sold, and make sure they're healthy before taking them home. Online, you might not get to see the fish firsthand, but you can get fish directly from specialty breeders; fish that local stores might not have the setups to care for. As far as shipping goes, ...


8

You may need to split the cats up to feed them. Try putting the senior cats in a different room with their food dish there, and leave them in there until they finish. They'll already be used to the basement, so that's probably a good place. When our cat was sick, we needed to feed her downstairs and our other cat in an upstairs bedroom so the non-sick cat ...


8

You want to wait until the cat has accepted that this is its new home. How long that takes depends on the cat; it was a month before my two decided I was an acceptable human, and they're indoor cats. One thing I used to do with outdoor cats after moving was to go out with the cat the first few times -- walk them around the building while they check out the ...


8

If you are using a clumping litter, their usual advice is to sift-and-refill daily, and do a complete replacement monthly to get the bits that escape. I have never been certain about the necessity for that last, but it certainly won't hurt anything but your wallet. In a rarely-used box, I'd say adjusting the replacement rate proportionately seems reasonable....


8

There are many things you can try to solve your problem. The easiest of which is as follows: Find a small room in your house, where you go often, that has a door. Such as a bedroom. Take all the things your new kitten needs into that room, and close the door. Keep the cat in there, and let it slowly get used to just that part of your house. Once your cat ...


8

Kittens can find joy in a relatively small space with humans as companions. I’m in China, and many of my friends have cats while living in a fairly small rented apartment. So if you think you can take care of him/her, go ahead.


7

This is a general answer, without taking into account breeder issues. Your profile says you live in Lagos, Nigeria. I'm not familiar with any breeders there and American vaccination laws may not apply to you. You do have it right in that ferrets will smell bad if their diet is poor. So it's important that you give them food that doesn't have fillers like ...


7

In addition to d2jxp's excellent answer, I have a couple of other considerations to add: Depending upon how well you "ferret-proof" your rooms, and how successful you are at litter training it, you can give your ferret full access to your house even unattended. However, I suggest you should not do so if he/she will be sharing space with the dog, at least ...


7

Most three-legged dogs get along just fine. The key is to treat them like a normal dog. They don't know to be sad about it, so you shouldn't be sad either. They may have some confidence issues you should help them work on, making them feel like the best dog ever! If it does have confidence issues, then other dogs are more likely to pick on it. The ...


Only top voted, non community-wiki answers of a minimum length are eligible