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From a behavioral perspective, picking up an adult cat by the scruff is not recommended because the cat has already outgrown it's kitten reflex to go limp when their scruff is held. This behavior is typically used by a dominant cat (the mother) on a subordinate cat (the kitten). If you use this technique to lift your cat when they've done nothing wrong, ...


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Of course, there is a huge difference. I'd never condone holding an 8 kg cat in the air by the scruff of the neck : always keep his back paws on ground, and as far as the answer linked in the question is concerned, release him as soon as he has swallowed his pill. And don't use scruffing when not necessary. That being said, having tried to pill my cat ...


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As a child I've always picked up snails by their shell. No matter if it were small snails or burgundy snails. Their houses are sturdy enough that you wont crush them when you pick them up, just apply enough pressure to safely grab it. Use as many fingers as you can so the pressure is distributed evenly. A snails foot is well protected by the mucus on it....


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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 be in case your cat has rabies, since rabies is so common in India. If you have an infection Infections from cat bites are pretty common and if not treated ...


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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-does-my-cat-bite-me-when-i-pet-her status aggression neurological stimulus from being petted too long unhappy about what you're doing, but not communicating ...


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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 for them to sniff and nibble on everyday, and I can safely pick them up now. If they're small enough, you can also lay your hand flat on their cage's floor, ...


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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 them), or it may be that they are just uncomfortable not having solid ground under their paws. So, first, accept that you may never be able to pick up your cat ...


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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 risk more goats following, but you show this one the way it should go. Lure it with food (I know you tried that, just listing it for completeness). Since the ...


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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 to the numbers from the CDC, if you're hospitalized with a case of Salmonella poisoning, you have barely less than a 1% chance of it being lethal. But, that's ...


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First, double-check the dog's body language to make sure that it is truly aggressive. If it is an aggressive dog running loose, it is something the police, or animal control should be taking care of. If they have already looked into it, they have either given the owner's a warning, or decided it was not an issue. Are there leash laws where you live? If not, ...


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It's possible, it'll just take a bit of patience. Tarantulas can't really be tamed like other animals, they're just too primitive. But, you can get them used to your presence, and used to being picked up, which is close enough I think. The first thing you need to know is how to pick up a tarantula. Since the goal is for the tarantula to be comfortable with ...


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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 about the size/weight of the cat. If you can't easily lift the cat by the scruff with one hand, you shouldn't pick them up like that, but it's okay to hold them ...


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First, you should realize that this is not you or your dog's problem. Don't blame on yourself or your dog. Dogs have different levels of energy and aggression, some of them are more territorial by (bad) training or by instinct. If you're jumping in to someone's backyard, you don't expect their (let say) Guard dog -- whatever breed, doesn't really matter -- ...


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What makes you think your dog is in danger? I've seen many instances where large dogs simply come to play (and barking does not mean aggression) and it is the small dog the one that reacts aggressively, prompting the large dogs to react the same way or to go away. Furthermore, I've seen many small dogs that are awesome playmates of large dogs. If the dogs ...


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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 "struggle and flail" during the transition from being held to being put down. I have an 8 year old rabbit (Ruby) who will happily sit on my lap for an hour or ...


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As a Tellington TTouch practitioner/instructor I have been using this method for many years. I am also a licensed Physical Therapist. In general, specific types of slower, light pressure touching typically induces relaxation and helps to calm an animal. These effects can be attributed to how the nervous system processes and interprets certain types of ...


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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 bit my arm when I was playing with him, he wrapped his paws around me and I quickly pulled my arm away, which scared him, when his hind claws started to dig. He ...


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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. If becomes quite red or inflamed or painful, have a doctor look at it. There is no reason to get any sort of treatment unless the cat is known to be, or is ...


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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 large dog size crate. She was adopted less then a week ago and uses the litter box all day long in this crate with door open all day long. Our girl seems ...


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Tap training is a technique for condition training a snake, designed and shown to improve your safety when handling it. The precise method can vary, but in essence it always consists of giving the snake a particular signal to indicate that you are about to handle it. Some people recommend using a hook to lift it, some recommend stroking the snake gently ...


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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 period of time, though I'm not sure if you would injure it if ridden for longer, or by a heavier person. However, the gait of a cat makes it very unsuitable for any ...


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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 lose a percentage of your income, that's part of the consequence. Pets are not taken into consideration, unless one or the other partner claims ownership in ...


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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 because it will make things easier if you ever have to give them medicine. Your gerbils don't need to be held. If someday you do want to be able to hold them, I ...


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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, which is important, especially for breeds that get kinda attached to their owners, like pitties. A dog is an investment in time and energy especially in the early ...


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Being over-protective does not help your dog cope with the situation. You need to get your dog used to being in the presence of other dogs. They need to feel that they are not threatened and that the advances made by other dogs are not borne out of aggression but out of sheer curiosity of having another canine friend walking down the neighborhood. Whenever ...


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Socialization? My Boston Terrier was bitten several years ago when I was walking her (leashed) and an unleashed dog ran up to us from behind and bit her. As a result, whenever another dog gets too close she becomes aggressive (which was never a problem before). There are leash LAWS everywhere. I expect to be able to walk my dog around my apartment complex ...


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Don't pick up a snail by their shell, as I have done with one and she came out way too far and she died so either slide food under them / wait for them to crawl onto it or touch their face and slide them off


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This post, How to Hold a Cat by the Scruff (wikihow.com) talks about how to hold a cat by the scruff. It mentions that you may want to support an adult cat with the other hand to lighten the weight of the animal. The degree of discomfort is likely to vary from cat to cat ... big ones obviously won't appreciate being picked up like this. I would recommend ...


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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 slowly crawl up onto it and it allows you to move them around. I also use his cuttlebone. It works great. I use my fingers and let them crawl onto it as long ...


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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 from play to a mildly serious rebuke depending on contex. (I've known cats that liked to gently chew on fingertips as a kind of affectionate play-fighting, ...


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