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The high-tech version is to use a camera, machine learning, and a solenoid to lock/unlock the catflap. Ben Hamm had a video about a system like that, although his problem was not detecting a particular cat, but to determine if Metric had an unwanted "gift" or not. Probably this is more expensive than a chip reader, but you learn more by building it....


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Our friends have a cat flap that is magnetic. Their cats have small magnets on their collars that open the cat flap and also trigger their food dishes (which are covered with a motorized cover). Of course they always leave the door open anyway and the dogs scare away anything that comes in, but still, the magnets seem to work pretty well.


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You could always close up or get rid of the cat flap. Cats can be pretty smart and patient about knowing when they can expect to be able to go in and out, sometimes even meoiwing at a window after hours if needed. They're good at sleeping in the bushes by the door, waking up when someone comes who can let them in. Worst case the poor dear is stuck out all ...


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Short answer: The prognosis for feline leprosy is good, but the treatment takes a long time. The sooner any existing granulomas are surgically removed, the better the prognosis. Long answer: There is little known about feline leprosy because it's a relatively rare condition and it's very hard to grow the involved pathogens in a laboratory setting. If you ...


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Please keep in mind hat I am not a vet or otherwise medically trained professional. The best information I could find is that "most of the needle" should be inserted into the skin. There's no need to make sure that absolutely all of the metal part is inserted, but the more length of needle is in the skin, the more secure it is. Setting the tip of ...


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The manufacturer lists the ingredients on their website: CHEESE FLAVOUR MAISE SNACK. Ingredients: Maize, Rapeseed Oil, Cheese Flavour [Dried Cheese (from Milk) (7%), Milk Lactose, Flavour Enhancer (Disodium 5'-Ribonucleotide), Acid (Lactic Acid), Colours (Paprika Extract, Annatto), Natural Flavourings, Salt, Potassium Chloride]. Apart from the fact that ...


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In the short term, yes, both cats are in danger. The kitten is small and relatively defenseless, and your adult cat will not appreciate a new predator in its territory, even a small one that poses no direct threat. The adult may need a week or two to accept the new smell as a “normal” part of his/her territory. The kitten may also be carrying diseases and/or ...


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While there are many theories on why cats make sudden movements, the one I like the most is built-up energy. A cat's anatomy is evolved for short bursts of extreme movement, followed by hours of rest. A housecat, however, does not have a predator chasing him or prey he wants to pounce. As a result, he might not have any reason to move as his wild ancestors. ...


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If you have a hallway or porch, you could close the next door and make it difficult for cats to open. That way you can at least limit how far the neighbour's cat can come, and your own cat can still get some shelter until you come around and let it in.


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While "resource guarding" of a toy is more common in dogs than cats, it can happen; in these cases, it's better to stick to supervised play with the toy in question, to help prevent any extreme escalation of the aggressive behavior. Most of the tactics for addressing resource guarding in dogs depend on training tactics that don't work well in cats, ...


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Step One: Observe your cats. The first step in stopping bullying behavior is to observe your cats' behavior with a particular eye to the situations where bullying is happening, especially if there is a recurring pattern to it. Bullying generally takes the form of one of the following categories: The cats are fighting over resources, like water, food, toys, ...


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Please keep in mind that I am not a vet. I cannot diagnose your cat, but I suspect that she has skin mites. There are many different types of mites and most of them are microscopic. They can live in skin pores or bite holes into the skin and they cause different skin conditions like mange or scabies. Many types of mites are highly infective and can even ...


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I have two kittens who are 3 and 4 months old respectively. The younger one, Salem, LIVES to see me sweep the litter up. I caught him in the act of trying to scoop the litter out of the box and onto the floor, and I am CERTAIN it's so that he could see me use the dustpan. They both come running and watch me clean the litter box and swat at the broom as I ...


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