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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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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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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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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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How can you tell if neck biting between dogs is too rough?

As an FYI before reading, I've cited a source towards the end of this post for most of the information you'll find in it. Typically when two dogs are playing rough, it's better to let them figure ...
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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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Who should win at tug of war?

Tug as Play vs. Tug-Toy as Resource Unless you are dealing with a dog with resource-guarding or bite-inhibition issues, healthy play between dogs is reciprocal. When playing with humans, the play ...
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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 does my cat bite me while I'm petting it?

Sounds like she's just doing the steps of grooming another cat - the licks to clean and the bites to pull out knots and debris in the fur. It would work so much better if you had a pelt of fur ...
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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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Why does my cat bite me when I sneeze?

For some reason, your kitty has been conditioned to think sneezing is a bad thing. Your cat thinks something bad will happen to him when he hears a sneeze. In his past, a sneeze or a sound similar ...
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Integrating a small kitten with an older cat

First, I'd suggest taking a look at the answers to these questions: How can I encourage my kitten to leave my adult cat alone? Can't tell if cats are playing with or hunting each other My older ...
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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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How can I prevent my dog from fighting other dog's on the street?

A few key points to make sure that the situation and context are well understood: Aggression is not a problem that gets fixed. It is managed and you measure improvement over (long periods of) time ...
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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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Why does my cat bite me when I sneeze?

I have twin 9-year-old boy cats. One of them has always attacked me when I sneeze. I just Googled this because I sneezed and he came tearing across the apartment, all set to attack me -- scratch and ...
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My boyfriend's dog hates me, help please! Warning! Long post

I'll let my answer be more food for thought than an outright answer, because you're already doing a few of the things I'd be trying, such as putting her off the furniture when she "claims" your ...
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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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How can I reduce my cat's crankiness at mealtime?

The most likely reason is that Hunter is not as comfortable sharing the plate so intimately with Romeo. It takes a lot of trust for a cat to go nose to nose with another! This upcoming tension is ...
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