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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 staying with mom and their siblings longer helps them to be better socialized pets. It may reduce behavior problems like play aggression because they learn from ...


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The males penis will swell inside the females vagina during the mating. This will cause them to get stuck. It is completely normal for dogs to get stuck together after mating and you should not attempt to divide them. If you don't want them to mate you should have had enough time to try separating them before. Our non-neutered female dog mated with our ...


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From what I understand (and a bit of time with Google), cat penises are barbed for a better grip. This makes mating painful for the female - and explains why cats mating often looks and sounds a lot like cats fighting. The other "fun" aspect of cat mating as I recall is that the female ovulates when mated, which can mean that a roaming queen's kittens could ...


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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 ask you questions, and try to choose a puppy that matches well. Puppies, like people, have different personalities, temperaments and traits, yes, even from the ...


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I can't speak for other species, but for dogs, the AKC page on Finding Your Dog describes "responsible breeders as: The American Kennel Club believes that breeding programs should be undertaken responsibly for the purpose of preserving breed characteristics and producing healthy, well-socialized puppies. Responsible breeders are expected to give careful ...


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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 combined in the offspring. This is a random process, which is why siblings can be wildly different from eachother. Normally, both parents are unrelated, so ...


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Yes, and it's actually really easy. You will need are two containers. A large container for the adults, and a smaller one for the babies. I use two plastic storage bins. You can fill the containers with torn up egg carton, which is what the stores use if you peek into their containers. Or even crumpled up newspapers. This gives the crickets places to grab ...


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Yes, dogs have risk of STD's or STI's. Canine herpesvirus and Canine transmissible venereal tumor are among the diseases which can be sexually transferable among dogs. So you should always have to take care of it. (Source:vetinfo.com)


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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 different types of dogs together and the ones that breed two extremely similar types of dogs together. The type that breeds two very different type of dog together ...


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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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It is about the end of their mating season (Jan 1st to Feb 1st), so it's possible that she's building a nest for eggs. It could just be instinct to do it, so unless she's been exposed to a male (they can store sperm for later), I wouldn't worry too much about finding eggs. Generally they won't lay eggs unless they're fertilized, although it is possible. But ...


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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 put together for even a few seconds, expect baby bunnies 28 days later. There are many variables but expect rabbits to reach sexual maturity in 3 to 8 months ...


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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 about feral cats. They will have the right equipment to trap feral cats safely. The cats will still definitely make really awful noises to complain about being ...


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The mantis in your photo is a Chinese Mantid, an introduced species commonly found in the eastern part of the United States. I've raised many a clutch when I was a kid, but only outside; I never brought them inside to store, and I'd advise against doing so for 3 main reasons: When the egg cases (called an ootheca) does hatch, you will have anywhere from ...


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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 thing you need to make sure is that the cat feels very comfortable indoors, set up a bedding that it's well covered, "hidden" and make sure she finds it, in our ...


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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 because the disease is life-threatening and must be treated as quickly as possible. There are other treatments if you really want to breed the cat in the ...


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It's incredibly simple to culture fruit flies. Here's a list of what you'll need for a pretty "bread and butter" recipe: An empty container (I use peanut butter jars). Instant Potato Mix. Powdered Milk. Sugar (I use regular, some people use powdered). Baker's Yeast. Mix together the following ingredients with equal parts water: 4 parts of the potato mix, ...


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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 they went over 31 days with the latest being 36 days(no that did not go well). Netherland dwarfs on the other hand go day 30-31. I have never had one go ...


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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 be generally the most intelligent, although they aren't specifically bred to be smart -- they just happen to be. On the other hand, intelligence as you're ...


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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: There are standardized character assessment tests that are backed by scientific studies. A good breeder will ask you questions to find out what you expect and ...


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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 production of sperm (implanted hormone chip for periods between 6 month and 3 years). Is this treatment practicable for not-breeders? Not really. It is stress to go ...


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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 generally fertile for ~243 days per year, basically the non-cold months). They are having litters of around 5.3 babies per litter and a bit over 5 litters per ...


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It's possible, but I consider it unlikely. I found a good reference guide for the life cycle of crickets if you want to look through that. Basically, female crickets can store enough sperm to lay eggs (roughly) every other day for about two or three weeks. At that point, she would probably come across another male cricket, and they would mate, giving her ...


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Breeding animals is all about genetics. So, let me give you a quick, as simple as I can make it, lesson in genetics. (Disclaimer: It will be so grossly simplified that anyone who's studied genetics will probably yell at me). You've probably heard of genes before; they're blueprints that contain the DNA passed down to children from their parents. There are ...


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On humans, the two surgeries used are called vasectomy for males and tubal ligation for females. These surgeries can and have been done on dogs; they are clearly effective in stopping pregnancy, though there is some risk (in humans and dogs) of the tube reconnecting. In tubal ligation, female's fallopian tubes are surgically altered so that the egg cannot ...


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Well, yes. For male dogs there is a technique (now FDA approved) called "Zeutering" or zinc neutering that uses chemical compounds to effectively neuter a male dog without surgical removal of the testes. As the article noted, the long-term effects are still being studied and the dog must be quite young. You might also look at Tardac, which is basically ...


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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 because some fish do not have light enough scales to view this. Also if the fry are white for example, then there won't be much of a gravid spot. If there is, when ...


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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 because she thinks they won't survive anyhow. These congenital birth defects include deformities of the limbs, spine and other body parts. You need to consult a ...


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