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My sick cat disappeared

I am sorry to say this, but it is possible that the cat retreated in order to find a quiet spot away from her core territory for passing away. This is instinctive behavior, and while it might seem ...
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Rough play or aggressive behavior?

I would recommend caution against continuing play if your cat is putting claws or teeth on you (even if it's not really harming you). These things may be cute now, but may be less cute as he continues ...
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My dog won't let me sleep at night and it's driving me crazy

If your dog actually has to go potty an unusual amount of times or has suddenly become very restless, a vet check-up is always a good idea. How does your dog behave during the day? Is he able to calm ...
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Dog screaming help stop it

This sounds like deeply rooted fear and anxiety, especially if your dog has attacked a known person previously. I would recommend starting by researching handling fear aggression in dogs and if at all ...
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How long will my dog associate my disinterest in him with his serious mischief?

TL;DR: A dog can associate a punishment with its own actions for no longer than a few seconds. Dogs live in the moment. They are unable to plan more than a moment ahead and they cannot associate ...
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How to train an outdoor, free roaming dog

First and foremost: forget everything you heard or saw in media like children's cartoons or TV shows about animals like "Lassie" about life in the wild. All of those depictions are so ...
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How long will my dog associate my disinterest in him with his serious mischief?

The dog will not recognize a so-called silent treatment as a request to remedy its own behavior; it will never happen. Huskies, especially at that age, can be very problematic when it comes to being ...
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How long will my dog associate my disinterest in him with his serious mischief?

It is more important that the dog not associate the misbehaviour with getting attention. The goal is not so much to discourage, as to not encourage. Don't worry about them making the connection; focus ...
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How else can I stop my dog from licking her vulva?

Your dog is trapped in an itch-scratch cycle (here and here) which is notoriously difficult to break, and since she can't scratch there, she licks. In dermatology, this is called neurodermatitis. ...
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How can I get my cat to stop hating my other cats?

It may be too late now, but bringing in two younger cats may not have been the best thing to do in the first place. Image yourself being 65 years old, and all of a sudden two adolescents you don't ...
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Low energy, appetite; urinary issue; hiding in one year old cat

Short answer: Go to the vet. Try to get an appointment as soon as possible. This doesn't sound life threatening, but the longer the problem persists, the harder it will be to get her back to toilet ...
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We adopted a rescue dog that we are pretty sure was abused. After about a week hes started peeing on my daughter

Whether or not he was abused has nothing to do with his urinating on people. This is just unacceptable behavior, but it seems like he hasn't learned that. Your daughter is the one who can stop him ...
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Can dogs *actually* kiss? Not lick, but kiss

No. Same reason they can't drink by sucking and have to inefficiently lap water up with their tongues: the lips can't get an adequate seal. Muzzles mostly just don't work that way.
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My dog doesn't read playmates social cues and when the other dog growls or nips at her my dog will start a dog fight, how do I help her get over this?

Can you train her to understand other dogs' social clues? No, you cannot. First because you are not in her head and cannot implant knowledge into her, and second because dogs learn 90% of this in the ...
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why does my cat attack my bf?

The sense of smell plays a much bigger role in cats' lives than our human ones. Each one of you - your cat, your BF and you - have her own personal scent. Your cat knows you by your scent and has ...
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Why can 3 or more dogs fight to death so easily? What makes them different, in this respect, from wolves? Or do wolves behave the same way?

In all honesty, this sounds unhealthy. I don't mean that one dog has an illness, but unhealthy behavior as in bullying, gaslighting and other antisocial behaviors we see in humans. And the worst thing ...
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Why is my cat peeing in my rabbit's litter box?

To add one more possibility: If the cat considers the rabbit part of its family, sharing the litterbox may make perfect sense in feline terms. ("This thing needs my scent too", perhaps; my ...
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Why is the cat coming repeatedly? Why is it only yowling at our black cat? Is it just to fight?

Loud and persistent yowling is usually a sign that the female is in heat and searching for a sexual partner. If this is a stray cat and you want to avoid more stray cats in your area, keep any intact ...
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Young dog has begun persistent attention-seeking behavior in the evening

Definitely seems like you're doing a lot of the right things, including a vet visit to rule out any health issues. I've worked with a vet behavior specialist for similar issues with my dog, so I'll ...
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My dog ditches my husband while walking, if he knows I'm at home

Honestly, it's quite normal for dogs to have one favorite person. It's not like he doesn't like your husband, it's just that you are his social anchor and he prefers to be near you. As humans that ...
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What is going on with my dog

As others have noted in the comments, sudden changes in behavior should be discussed with your vet immediately. There could be a number of possibilities here, so you need to talk to your vet who is ...
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I accidentally elbowed my dog in the mouth

Say oops, make a bit of extra effort to show the dog you like it for a day or two, and forget about it. If it doesn't happen again, the dog will forget about it too. Accidents happen.
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Adoption contract for two cats

I agree with keshlam that you should ask the local agency for advice. I also agree that the current situation is detrimental to the bullied cat. Cats are living creatures with individual personalities ...
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Adoption contract for two cats

Have you tried asking the shelter what they suggest be done in this case? They may agree with you that the cats would be better separated, or they may have suggestions on ways reduce the conflicts, or ...
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Dog screaming help stop it

It sounds like your 4-year-old dog may be experiencing anxiety or fear when you take the other dogs out, which is causing her to scream. It's important to address this behavior, both for her well-...
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Cat Aggression (not my cat)

There are two reasons why cats will commonly attack people - play and fear/distress. This sounds to me like fear, but it can be hard to tell the difference between them sometimes, and they need to be ...
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Year old cat being too aggressive when playing

I had a cat that did this. I would keep a water bottle with a stream spray option, not mist, handy at all times. When he jumped up and bit me, I sprayed him. This stopped the play attack immediately. ...
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Why does my cat purposely knock over her water dish?

Because of lighting, reflections etc they paw the bowl to create ripples and therefore see where the surface of the water LVL is, sometimes it takes multiple attempts and more violent attempts for the ...
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Devastated and Lost Due to My Cat Not Wanting to Eat

A point I've made before: Some (not all, read labels!) cat treats are actually nutritionally complete (though higher in calories than normal cat food, and more expensive), and sometimes a cat who is ...
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