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Does picking up an adult cat by neck cause them to be paralyzed like kittens?

Cats can be temporarily paralyzed by pinching the skin on the back of their neck. This is called "pinch-induced behavioral inhibition" (PIBI) or "scruffing" or "clipnosis"...
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My cat bit me, should I abandon her?

Your question doesn't clearly state the reason why your doctor prescribed the injections. I'm aware of two possibilities: one could be a particularly bad infection that you have, and the second could ...
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How do I get my gerbils to enjoy being held?

Just gently keep working at it on a daily basis and be patient. We have 3 Degus (like a domesticated squirrel), and when we got them, they weren't very keen on even being touched. I offered my hand ...
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My cat bit me, should I abandon her?

If you don't know why she bit you, why do you think you need to do anything? It's a serious point - animals bite for a variety of reasons. Referring to: http://www.vetstreet.com/our-pet-experts/why-...
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How to efficiently move a goat?

If the goat isn't used to you, there's no guaranteed way to move it, but you could try sneaky ways: Open the gate! The goat will not want to walk into a corner of the fencing. By opening the gate you ...
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How can I get my cat used to being picked up?

Some cats do not like being picked up and will not allow it ever. It may be that they had a bad experience early in their lives (someone picked them up and did not support them or did something bad to ...
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Handling snakes and salmonella

It's nothing to worry about unless you're under the age of 5 and your immune system is still developing, or you're sick and/or elderly with a compromised immune system. About Salmonella: According ...
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Is it ok to pick my adult cat up by the scruff of the neck?

I work at a cat shelter and some of the cats actually prefer to be picked up by the scruff than normally. Granted it's usually with kittens or small adult cats, but it's less about the age and more ...
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How can I safely catch an injured semi-domesticated pigeon?

It is easy to catch it in the dark, as many birds are completely blind at night; it doesn't need to be totally dark. Humans have better night vision than many types of birds, so at night one can ...
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Tiger riding, possible or not

Even ignoring the huge number of problems of trying to treat a tiger as a pet, cats make terrible riding animals. I'm sure a tiger could hold the weight of at least a small person for a short ...
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How can I safely catch an injured semi-domesticated pigeon?

If she is too injured to escape the best method to catch her is to use a towel. You do not risk injuring her further as you would with a net - their wings and legs tend to get caught and tangled in ...
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How to put rabbit in cage without scratching me?

Putting a rabbit into a cage can be difficult. With the cage you have, the best solution is to have them hop back in by themselves. Even a rabbit that is extremely used to being handled can/will "...
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Why does my cat never like to be picked up?

Try to determine whether the cat is in pain. Sometimes it's the case that petting is aggravating some sort of unseen medical condition, causing them pain, and so their response is to lash out at the ...
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My cat bit me, should I abandon her?

I have been bitten and scratched many times through the years and usually it was my fault for how I handled, approached, etc. the cat. If you clean the wound and keep it clean you should be just fine....
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What qualifies as animal abuse in the Netherlands?

It's your responsibility as a pet owner to take proper care of your pets. It is also your responsibility as a pet owner then to ensure you have proper funds to take care of your pets. In a divorce you ...
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How to free a catfish from a strangling rubber band?

Looks almost like a plastic washer. I don't know whether there is a "correct answer" for this but I would try. He will surely die eventually, probably with suffering, if you don't try to do ...
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Is it ok to pick my adult cat up by the scruff of the neck?

We scruff our cat once a night to place her in her holding crate since we would be up all night by our very active cat; she has a litter box, cuddle bed, water bowl and a small amount of food in her ...
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How can I safely pick up a garden snail?

The best way I find to pick up my snail is by wetting a popsicle stick and putting it underneath his head. You can be somewhat forceful with it. You can wiggle it underneath their bodies and they will ...
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Holding rabbit by the scruff of her neck

A rabbit should not picked up by the scruff of the neck. Occasionally you will see people grasp the scruff and support the body, this is usually to keep them from jumping out of your arms and hurting ...
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Not holding gerbils really stressing me out

It sounds like you are taking very good care of your gerbils, and they are relaxed and happy. You are doing fine as you are. I would continue to stroke them, both because it's good for bonding and ...
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My cat bit me, should I abandon her?

As for injections, I have never heard of that. I know a few people who have gotten bitten by cats who then needed to be hospitalized for infection. Average 1 day. Neither got rid of their cat. My cat ...
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What are the warning signs that my cat is about to bite?

Remember to distinguish between grab, nip ("stop that") and bite ("dammit, stop thay NOW"). Simply grabbing your hand may not mean anything more than if you grabbed your sibling's hand; it can range ...
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Calming down feral cat to take to vet?

Your local animal shelter can probably lend you a suitable trap and advise you on where to place it, how to bait it, and how to use it safely. They will likely be thrilled to help you since you're ...
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Is it healthy for a pitpull puppy to spend months in one place without leaving?

Puppies really need a lot of engagement and socialisation - its not a toy, and walks are important, they get your dog used to the environment around them and to get to know other dogs and humans, ...
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How to efficiently catch my own fish?

IMO, a clear acrylic fish trap is the least stressful method. If done correctly, fish often have no clue they're being trapped at all. It's not always possible to catch everything because some fish ...
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How to efficiently move a goat?

As a goat owner, and someone who has owned horses and donkeys, the best way (if food does not motivate) is to get behind the animal and wave your arms up and down (like in a "stop" manner if you were ...
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How to avoid accidental bites when feeding a horse from my hand

To start the process, get the horse familiar with its muzzle being handled. Start by handling its head and running your hand over its muzzle; start sliding your hand over it quickly and getting out ...
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Is a cat likely to be traumatized if it is physically forced to take medicine?

Short answer: yes, you should force him. Any ear infection is uncomfortable, itches or even hurts. If you don't treat the infection, there's a risk that it becomes chronic and the discomfort never ...
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Can a three months old cat kill or hurt a kitten?

Yes a 12 week old kitten can injure or kill a 6 week old kitten. For a 12 week old kitten anything that moves is a toy so you need to keep the kittens apart at all times or the youngest one will get ...
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Tiger riding, possible or not

I am not sure about the physical stress it puts on the tiger (Common sense tells me the tigers back is not remotely designed for this, which even the monks seem to realise: just see how far back he is ...
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