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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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How can I tell if my shrimp is pregnant?

If she's pregnant, she will normally hold a clutch of eggs and later the hatched babies below her hind swimmerets. Example:
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Do Rabbits Inbreed?

All rabbits in a family can and will interbreed, sons, daughters, mothers, fathers, grandparents, etc. When two unaltered (not spayed or neutered) rabbits of complimentary gender (boy and girl) are ...
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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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How fast do rabbits really breed?

As noted in Monicas answer Gestation period is generally 28-31 days. It varies greatly by breed. My English lops usually go on day 29 but I have had a few that went on 30 and a few instances where ...
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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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What are the signs that a female platy fish is about to give birth?

I have found the following after observing several births from my fish. Signs: The dark gravid spot will become even darker and move closer to the cloaca. This is not always a sure sign though ...
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Kitten born with defects. How do I get the mother to care for it?

I've seen this happen several times and have housed kittens that had been rejected. There are several reasons for this: Illness According to the feline advisory bureau this is when she rejects them ...
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How fast do rabbits really breed?

According to the proceedings of the New Zealand Ecological Society from 1977, a field study of wild rabbits showed an average of 29.4 babies per female rabbit during one breeding season (they are ...
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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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How fast do rabbits really breed?

According to this article:1 the gestation period for rabbits is 28-31 days, a rabbit can be impregnated within hours of giving birth, litters contain 1-14 babies, and rabbits are fertile from about ...
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At what age can/should a baby rabbit (kit) be separated from its mother?

Rabbits should not be having another litter immediately while nursing a litter. It diverts nutrients from the breast milk to the fetal rabbits in the womb. This denies that nutrition to the kits ...
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How to tell a female corn snake and a male corn snake?

A nice way to tell the sex of a corn snake is by the shape of the tail. Reptiles have what's referred to as a hemipenis, and because of the way it's positioned in their tail, the male's tail will be ...
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How to stop a 12 week old kitten nursing . Hurting mom

You must separate the mom and the kitten at this point. If you cannot do that - try cutting the toe end out of a long tube sock and putting it over the mom's torso. This should deter the kitten and ...
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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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