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What to do when moving next to a bird sanctuary with a loosely-domesticated cat?

Whatever your general opinions on free-roaming cats may be, allowing your cat to hunt in a bird sanctuary definitely sounds like a highly irresponsible thing to do. If you'd rather not lock your cat ...
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My cat gets angry and scared at me if I stand

Your cat may be interpreting your standing up as an aggressive posture, as cats will arch themselves up to make themselves as tall as possible when they're being scared or aggressive. Or, it may be ...
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Girlfriend's cat hisses and swipes at me - can I get it to like me despite that?

Use less threatening body language. While it sounds like you've come to this conclusion on your own, I reiterate this point to write a more general answer. In cat body language, staring down a cat is ...
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My cat gets angry and scared at me if I stand

Do your cat a favor and get her spayed. It will definitely help stop her from feeling so nervous and jumpy. Was she feral? That could contribute to the fear, as would abandonment. If a human abused ...
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What to do when moving next to a bird sanctuary with a loosely-domesticated cat?

The best situation for any domestic cat is to live indoors; it would have been an easier transition when he was younger, but it can still be done, if you're willing to endure a period of "misery" for ...
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Worried about domestic cat and urban cat fight

Cats are extremely territorial animals. Most of the fights break out when territory is contested. Once territory is established, they no longer fight. Cats doing small excursions to other's territory ...
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Do stray mother cats hate their kittens after they grew up?

This is natural behavior for cats. The kittens are now old enough to live on their own and the mother chases them away for several reasons: This is the territory of the mother. If she doesn't chase ...
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What to do when moving next to a bird sanctuary with a loosely-domesticated cat?

Most locations have leash laws that apply to all domestic animals, in most areas they are only enforced on dogs. In an area with a bird sanctuary, it may very well be applied to cats as well. The ...
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What to do when moving next to a bird sanctuary with a loosely-domesticated cat?

Get a collar with a bell. I'm going to say that the best and easiest way to solve this problem is to get a collar and put a small bell on it. The bell will provide enough warning that the vast ...
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Why is my cat hissing and growling at his sister after just 30 minutes of separation

Why does this happen? This is fairly common and is termed Non-Recognition Aggression, cats rely on scent to recognize each other. Her visit to the hospital has changed her scent to the point where her ...
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My cat gets angry and scared at me if I stand

We had a cat when I was younger that my dad accidentally stepped on when she was a kitten and resulted in some trauma. She fully recovered and became a total sweetheart, and actually lived to be quite ...
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One discus fish bullying the other discus

I have to strongly suggest taking these fish back to the store. I've kept discus for many years and bred discus in the past for roughly a decade. I can say with almost complete certainty that these ...
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What to do when moving next to a bird sanctuary with a loosely-domesticated cat?

I would encourage you to keep trying things, even if they don't seem to work or have not worked in the past. As others have suggested, try various things to make indoors more appealing, so he has ...
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Male kitten (7 months) attacking female kitten (3 months)

Cats are very territorial creatures, and while they can (and do) form social bonds with other cats, they don't naturally live in social groups in the same way that dogs do in packs. When Pablo sprays ...
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How can I stop my boyfriend's cat from attacking me?

In addition, my boyfriend surprised me a few times when I was lying in bed reading a book by jumping on me from behind. I shouted at him because I didn't expect it, and even though I was the one ...
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Desperately need help with incredibly aggressive cat

I think it would be beneficial to have a cat behaviourist pay a visit, and observe the cat in your home, and observe how you interact with him. There are probably things that you're doing (without ...
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Pit Bull mix that bit someone - is it likely he will bite again?

Yes, he will likely bite again if you do nothing. And it could be a child next time, so you need to do something. I'm sure I don't need to tell you that dog bites can be fatal. Behaviourists classify ...
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Will untrained dogs hurt a human if he/she smells like a cat?

In short: no. The whole cats vs. dogs thing is full of tropes and assumptions. This has nothing to do with smells though. The behavior of cats contradicts what normal socialized dogs expect. For ...
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I scared my cat today and he hates me

He's clearly a bit freaked out but I would say that he'll almost certainly get over it and you don't need to worry. My advice would be to be as non-threatening as possible, be affectionate and give ...
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My cat attacked me for first time in 10 months! Why is that?

Check the cat for illness or injuries. Suddenly and uncharacteristically lashing out could be a sign of pain. Even cats that are normally very tolerant can be very aggressive when it feels you are ...
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Aggressive cat bites out of no where, even though he's usually affectionate

This definitely feels like play aggression. Your strategies for dealing with it should revolve around anticipating it and preventing it before the cat gets around to biting you by getting its energy ...
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What do I do with my aggressive dog?

It sounds (from your question and comment) that your dog is more afraid than anything else. Resource guarding (becoming 'aggressive' when something may be taken away) is typically a fear-based ...
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How to punish an aggressive misbehaving puppy?

3 months old is really young. It sounds like she has a lot of energy, which is normal for a puppy of her age, and wants to play with everyone. The problem is that she doesn't understand what ...
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My dog bit a puppy

The problem is that you can't really tell what happened. You don't know if the puppy started the fight or if your dog did. You don't know the trigger of the bite. Puppies often don't know the limits ...
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Aggression in my 9 month old golden retriever

Behavior is always hard to analyze remotely, but I'll try. Your dog is now 9 months old and is pubescent. As a puppy he was automatically low in hierarchy, but as an adult, he needs to find his place ...
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Rescue from hell or just doesn't like me?

Kittens are high energy; there's a reason why it's frequently recommended to adopt two kittens if you plan to adopt one, and that's because, in pairs, they can burn off each other's energy. You ...
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My dog (border collie half breed) too excited even after workout

The important things to understand here are: You did a very good job of exercising and entertaining your dog. You've been a very responsible dog owner who cares for their pet. Your dog does not ...
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New cat absolutely wants to get out of safe room, but doesn't get along with resident yet

Cats are intensely territorial, and an unknown (and much larger) predator has invaded your resident kitten’s territory. He/she is scared and angry, but probably mostly scared. Hissing is a way for a ...
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5 month kitten is aggressively playful

It sounds like your kitten really wants kicker toys. "Bunny kicking" with their hind legs on toys is a common play behavior which regular cat toys don't really satisfy. If their desire to do ...
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