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This seems pretty standard for a kitten that was separated from her mother and siblings maybe a bit too young. 6 weeks old used to be the standard age to send kittens to new homes, and it won't hurt your kitten long-term, but it can produce this sort of mourning period. These days, 8 weeks old is the recommended age for re-homing, after they are ...


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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 ...


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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, ...


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6 weeks is way too young to be separated from her mother. Unless there is an emergency reason, I strongly suggest returning this kitten to her mother for at least another 6 weeks. Good breeders typically give kittens away at around 14 weeks. There are many important things she still needs to learn from her mother, and she is clearly distressed by the ...


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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 ...


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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 ...


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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 ...


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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 ...


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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/...


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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!), ...


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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 ...


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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. ...


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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'...


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Act soon on hydration. Dehydration is a big worry - they don't have much in the way of reserves. We nearly lost two after taking them home at barely 6 weeks (we were told 8 but I believe the vet rather than the seller). They ended up needing IV fluids and the early illness could have contributed to the health problems one of them had later. A lot of sleep ...


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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 ...


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A couple of things to be aware of with a meowing kitten: 1) If they are an oriental breed like a siamese, they will be very chatty with you. My oriental shorthair has a large vocabulary of meows at this point, so if the meowing bothers you and it's an oriental breed, you should keep that in mind. 2) Cats meow for the same reason that babies cry: food, ...


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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 ...


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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. ...


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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 ...


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The practice is known as fostering. Animals aren't fostered only for the purpose of making more room in shelters, although that is one of the reasons. There are other benefits to fostering as well, such as: Being in a home rather than a shelter is less stressful, and can be really beneficial to any animal that gets particularly stressed in a shelter. ...


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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, ...


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Usually the rescue organisation's fees include the cost of spaying or neutering, vaccinations, microchip, and perhaps more. For example, here's what the adoption costs for the ASPCA adoption centre in Manhattan include: The ASPCA Adoption Center offers you and your new animal companion the following: Benefits A leash and collar or cardboard pet ...


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In my (limited) experience, typical areas of questioning include: About the home environment: Do you own or rent? How long have you lived there? How many people live there and what are their ages (particularly children)? Past and current pets: Do you have any pets now? Tell us about them. (Oh, and are they neutered?) Have you had pets in the past? What ...


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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 ...


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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 ...


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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-...


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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 ...


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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 ...


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