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What should you do with kittens when the mother runs away from you?

Kittens can be taken from their mother without physical risk to their health as soon as they are weaned, which should be at about six weeks of age. The advice to wait longer is based on the idea that ...
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How can I tell if a breeder is ethical?

I don’t see any red flags - in fact, some of the points in your first list are what I would consider pros not cons. Let’s go through them: They do not let you pick your own puppy. Instead, they will ...
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Should I worry about a kitten who is the result of inbreeding?

To answer this question, we first need to understand how incest is bad exactly. This has everything to do with genes and chromosomes. When producing offspring, a mix of the genes of the two parents is ...
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How can I tell if a breeder is ethical?

Any kind of "designer dog" cross with a high price tag is a huge red flag by itself. There are pretty much two types of "designer dog" crosses, the ones that breed two wildly ...
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What should you do with kittens when the mother runs away from you?

What area of the world are you in? Get in contact with a local trap-neuter-release (TNR) program. If nothing like that exists in your area, see if you can at least find a local vet who knows something ...
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How can I move new born kittens if the mother has them in a bad place?

We've had 2 females having litters over the course of their life-span, and it was the same situation, the cat would live outdoors freely and just come in whenever it wanted to "chill" or sleep. One ...
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Can cat with pyometra be allowed to mate and get pregnant?

Please do not let your cat mate! It will not help with the disease! To treat pyometra you need the help of a vet. The usual way of treating a pyometra is to remove the uterus completely. This is done ...
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Are there any breeds of domestic cat that are bred primarily for their intelligence?

In short, no. Cat breeds are bred primarily based on looks, then health, then mental stability. Intelligence doesn't come into the picture at all. That being said, the Siamese/Oriental class seems to ...
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How can I tell if a breeder is ethical?

Stephie's answer is spot-on in every regard. This seems like a trustworthy breeder who has the wellbeing of their puppies in mind. A small addition to the aspect that they chose your puppy for you: ...
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How can I prevent my non-neutered cat from breeding?

Is there an alternative method beneath surgery? Yes. There are treatments for the female cat, to avoid her heat (weekly oral medication or monthly injection) and for the male cat, to decrease the ...
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I had my cat's kittens adopted young (6 weeks), will they be okay?

As you've subsequently learned, 12 weeks seems to be the recommended age for separating kittens and puppies from mama. However, given that it's over and done with, and the kittens seem to be doing ...
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What causes pyometra in cats, and if allowed to mate, will the chances of having it decrease or increase?

Yes, pyometras can happen after insemination, after copulation, after a heat cycle, after administrating estrogens and after parturition. It happens from progesterone lasting longer than usual in the ...
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Do snakes give birth to live young or lay eggs?

This depends very much on which family the species of snakes belongs to. So there are three ways of giving birth: Viviparious, live birth. Most mammals do this, and according to this comment some sea ...
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Can a cat get a sexually transmitted disease?

The answer to this is yes this do happen but sex is only one way cats can get infected other types of close contact can spread diseases too. Feline herpes can be transmitted by body fluids. FIV cat ...
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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 cat with pyometra be allowed to mate and get pregnant?

Pyometra means the uterus is infected. More literally, it means pus in the uterus. Breeding her will not solve the problem, nevermind it being very unlikely there would be any surviving kittens. ...
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Does a cat necessarily get sick after giving birth?

It's uncommon for cats to have complications while giving birth, sometimes you may get stillborns which is OK and does not indicate something is wrong with your cat. You do not need to take her to ...
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My female cat is in heat and is constantly meowing loudly. We are unable to sleep. Help

The only way to fix this is to get her spayed, may need to buy some earplugs in the meantime and put her a room furthest from where you sleep. I will also add some people will stimulate them with a ...
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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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How to deal with newborn kitten bodily waste?

As I understand it, the queen (cat-mum) will help the kittens to defecate and care for the enclosure to stay clean. Toileting Kittens are unable to pass urine or faeces without assistance for the ...
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How to tell if cat has abandoned her kids?

You say these kittens are in an "empty room in your house." How long have they been there? (How long have you been ignoring this room?) Is there a clear area where the mother can come and go ...
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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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Is some blood during cat delivery normal?

Some fluid isn't abnormal, there will be a small amount at the start as she discharges the vaginal plug prior to birthing the first kitten. During the process, she will chew off the umbilical cords of ...
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Do snakes give birth to live young or lay eggs?

In hot climates most snakes lay eggs, but in colder climates, like Scandinavia, snakes keep their eggs inside their body until they hatch, thus giving birth to live snakes. The common adder/viper ...
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Should I worry about a kitten who is the result of inbreeding?

Inbreeding Inbreeding can be a problem, but in this case it probably isn't because it's only one time. (that you know of) And non-breed cats have overall less health problems. Breeders use ...
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Accidentally bonded and bred sibling rabbits....what do I do? Will the doe ever accept a different buck?

If in nature a male rabbit dies, then the doe will be sad and grieve some time. But it would be a waste of resources if a young doe will never again accept a new partner. At this line: if you sell ...
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How can I tell if a breeder is ethical?

The other answers are fantastic, but I wanted to add one more thing in regarding good signs/bad signs with breeders. Frequency of breeding. A given female should generally be bred no more than 3 ...
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My rabbit isn’t feeding her baby, what should I do?

Because you described the wrinkles, and the "empty" belly, I assume the vet gave you instructions how to notice hungry babies. It is common in rabbits that the mum feeds her babies only once,...
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Advice for adopting a retired breeder dog

First you need to make sure that you're able and willing to carry the financial burden of a dog. How much does the dog food for a year cost? How much is the charge for the annual vet checkup and shots?...
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