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Does purring tire cats?

Purring is a sign of wellbeing for the house cat. She certainly purrs because you are petting her, but if she would be sleeping on you then chances are she would probably also be purring without you ...
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Why do groomers tell you not to shear a long-haired dog in warm weather?

The main question is this: Is your dog Single coated with hairs that grow endlessly at a constant speed? Or double coated with hairs that grow to a predefined length and are shed? Single coated ...
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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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Is it safe to get my cat on X-ray machine?

Yes, taking an X-ray is perfectly safe, the output (radiation) is far too low to cause cancer or other dangerous changes in the body. Radiation is everywhere: the Sun, the Earth, even from natural ...
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Does purring tire cats?

There's no good reason to assume that purring is tiring for cats. Whilst the exact mechanism by which cats purr is not fully understood, it seems to be an almost passive part of breathing to them. ...
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Does purring tire cats?

I knew a cat who literally purred the entire time he was awake. His vet liked to say that he "didn't know how to turn his engine off". It didn't appear to tire him at all, he had just as ...
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Is whisker layout in a dog a constant?

I've looked around in scientific publications and found no indication that whisker patterns are used anywhere to identify canines (neither lost dogs nor wild animals or those living in zoos). There ...
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Do rabbits feel pain?

Yes rabbits feel pain, I'm the anesthesiologist for our exotic pet surgeries and I can guarantee they feel pain. A part of monitoring their anesthetic depth you do a pain response by squeezing their ...
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Does a pet boa/python measure the owner by lying straight?

No, snakes don't do any kind of measuring their prey before attacking like that. Typically they can see whether they can eat what they see. Similarly to how you don't have to bring out a tape ...
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Iris of my cat's left eye is discoloring on the edge

The area does probably have more blood vessels than the rest of the iris of the eye, so it is nothing to worry about; it does not look inflamed or anything. I once had a cat with a birthmark on her ...
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Gourami breathing at water's surface

Don't panic! This is entirely normal behaviour for Gouramis (within moderation). Gouramis are part of a group of fish called 'Labyrinth Fish' (Sometimes also known as 'Anabantoids'). These fish have a ...
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Inbred kitten -- What are the risks?

Take the kitten to the vet. As soon as you acquire any new pet, you should take it for a vet visit as soon as you can, so you can make sure it's properly vaccinated and so forth. As for your concerns ...
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Can big cats retract their claws?

Yes, all cats have retractable claws, though a Cheetah's claws are only semi-retractable. The claws on the front legs of a cat are fully retractable as they need to be sharp for holding onto prey, for ...
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At what age do ginger cats start having black whiskers?

Color of whiskers isn't set in stone, nor is their transition. Some cats start black, other cats start white (one of our current cats has black whiskers at age 1, the others have white whiskers at age ...
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Hens and no rooster: what happens to hens and their unfertilized eggs?

Each hen is unique (just like people) Each hen has a number or volume of eggs that will make her start sitting. It could be anything from 1 to a dozen. Hens cannot count, there is one and more then ...
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Do rabbits see well at night?

To be completely technical, no animal can see in complete darkness, although many animals see much better than us in low light levels such as the level of natural darkness that occurs at night. ...
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Do cats benefit from human probiotics?

Cats and humans have very different digestive systems, and it's generally not advised to administer human medication to pets; I would extend this caution to supplements, which are not only geared ...
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Inhaling or ingesting cat's hairs

That sounds like made up panic. Now, I will freely admit this anecdotal, but having grown around cats, with several friends who also grew up with cats, this "ingesting cats hair is dangerous"...
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Why do groomers tell you not to shear a long-haired dog in warm weather?

I agree 100% with Elmy Sometimes when groomers are trained, they may not be told or may not absorb the true reason for doing certain tasks in certain ways. They may simply be told, "Don't do this&...
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Can a cat cut its tongue on an open food can's edge?

A cats tongue can get cut on a can. It’s not any more or less tough than your own tongue. The “toughness” you may feel is just their hairs for grooming and cleaning meat of bones. But cans aren’t ...
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Has anyone touched a male lion? Is the lion's mane just like stringy human hair?

According to Jacob Markow, a supposed "zookeeper who specializes in the care of tigers and other big cats", and an "animal handler and trainer", who answered the Quora question: ...
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I really want a guinea pig, but I think I am allergic to rabbits

kratzallergy.com says: If the rabbit also causes an allergy, you might consider a smaller pet. A guinea pig is a fairly safe bet for most people with allergies. If you find that a regular guinea pig ...
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Does eating garlic repel fleas?

Not sure about fleas, but it could well repel other humans – which might also be a good thing... In all seriousness, I would consider it unlikely for this to be effective on the basis that cat and dog ...
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Is my guppy pregnant? How could I tell whether a guppy is pregnant?

Yes definitely pregnant. As Dalton says, you may want a birthing chamber to put her into. From experience I would also look into sexing guppies if you want to keep your tank population in check. ...
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Can a pug be trained for extended hiking?

If you keep the pug fit and healthy, it could likely last on a decent hike, but 15km would be pushing it. Remember that pugs are small and don't breath well. Plus, the pug will be taking, like, 10x ...
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Can a cat know you came thanks to his sense of smell?

No Unlike ants and bees, cats do not use scent as their primary sense when they move. Cat olfactory senses are quite strong, especially when we compare them with those of humans, but it will not help ...
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Does purring tire cats?

I'm pretty sure your cat is perfectly fine. My cat also likes to come lie in my lap to get cuddled, and she purrs loudly for most of it. Then she suddenly stops and I look down to see that she has ...
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Hairloss in cat, which appears to be anomalous

It is very hard to answer questions about shedding in cats as it is very variable in the different breeds. Some cats will shed fur more or less continuously over the year and other cats will shed ...
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Is my guppy pregnant? How could I tell whether a guppy is pregnant?

LFlare is right. You have a pregnant female guppy there. It's a fuzzy pic, but it looks like she's got a while before she pops. What you need to look into now are live birthing chambers to keep her ...
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How do windows impact health considerations of sunlight for pets?

Glass does block some ultraviolet; exactly how much varies. However: Most pets have fur, which means they aren't going to be synthesizing a lot of vitamin D that way anyway. And if they are eating a ...
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