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How can I keep our cats from endangering my pregnant wife?

First of all, please calm down. Your question sounds as if any interaction with your cats would potentially endanger the life of your unborn child, but that is not the case. It's not the cat itself ...
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I was bitten by a kitten not even a month old, what should I do?

First off, rule one for an animal bite (beyond the obvious first step of thoroughly cleaning it and properly bandaging it) is to contact your doctor ASAP, even if it seems innocuous. There are two ...
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Is it safe for a cat to be with a Covid patient?

TLDR: Not really. While the risk is low - COVID-19 seems to be fairly indiscriminate, with documented cases of dogs, cats, zoo otters and farmed minks getting it. Most corona virus (There's a whole ...
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How to deal with the parvovirus infected dead body?

I'm sorry for your loss, but with this particular virus I would be very careful. The safest solution is to cremate her body or leave her with the vet or clinic, but I can understand if you want to ...
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Worried about domestic cat and urban cat fight

Cats are extremely territorial animals. Most of the fights break out when territory is contested. Once territory is established, they no longer fight. Cats doing small excursions to other's territory ...
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How can I help my betta, who has a white-ish sore on his side, is laying at the bottom of the tank, and isn't eating?

It is most important that a betta fish have the right environment. If the environment is right, it's easier to treat any illnesses the fish may develop. Your fish needs at least 5 gallons (19 L) (...
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What's wrong with this kitten's eyes and how do I take care of them?

Dude, don't try to treat that cat yourself, no matter what the advice you get on here. Get it to a vet as soon as you can, or find someone else who can. It looks pretty bad (a lot worse than "...
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Goldfish unresponsive, what should I do?

Your goldfish has ammonia poisoning. First aid for this is to change 50% of the water at once. You need to change 20% of the water on day 2 and day 3, and from day 4 you need to change 10% water ...
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When can my newborn human baby hug my cat?

It's not easy to give one definitive answer - it's never really absolutely and completely safe, even healthy adults could get infected by pathogens transmitted from the cat. On the other hand - we ...
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When can my newborn human baby hug my cat?

You need to be present in the room if your child is to pet the cat. Young babies have little control of their body, so he might scare your cat. This might lead to the cat clawing or biting your child, ...
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How clean are pets?

As a cancer patient, your risk may be higher than another person's due to the possibility of being immunocompromised. I would consult with your doctor to get a better assessment as to the risk. ...
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How can I keep our cats from endangering my pregnant wife?

If my wife is pregnant, she may need to spend her days lying down on our couch - and with our second bedroom set aside to become a nursery, where will we keep the cats? Why can the cats not be around ...
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After getting a pet from an animal shelter, should I take it to the vet for a checkup?

You should take your new pet to your vet for a healthy pet check up, regardless of where you got it. Many shelters (all that I work with) will have vet checked your pet as part of the intake and ...
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What's wrong with this kitten's eyes and how do I take care of them?

Still hard to tell from the pictures and I wouldn't be able to just diagnose in any event (I'm not a vet), but it does look a bit like encrusted dirt and dust (I don't think that's what it is, just ...
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Why are my fish dying?

After seeking advice I performed an ammonia test on the pond water and it came back at 8 ppm, which is the highest reading on the chart. This means that the water is poisonous to the fish. It turns ...
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Can Whiskas cause kidney disease?

Whiskas generally contains the same ingredients (sourced from the same locations) as many other commercially available cat foods. This fact was made very clear during the 2007 Melamine Pet Food ...
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Can a dog contract the Ebola virus?

Canine Corner: Can Dogs Get Infected by the Ebola Virus? This link, I think, provides the best answer with scientific evidence and provided myself with the answer I was looking for. Unfortunately, we ...
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Cat euthanasia. Kidneys shut down

From what I hear, it's typical for a cat with kidney disease to have their health go critical very suddenly, and when that happens, then it is definitely time. With a human, you could put them on ...
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Can a human glucose meter be used to check the blood sugar of a pet?

No you don't need a species specific meter; you can use a human meter for this purpose, but regular engagement with a vet, and having a discussion with a vet on this, is very important. In any event,...
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Kitten is suddenly paralyzed, refuses to eat and leaves

I am so sorry your lost your little friend. I know how bad that can hurt. Outdoor cats (and all animals) often live very harsh and short lives. There are a number of diseases such as FIP that can ...
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Alternatives for kidney disease food

Prescription kidney diets are beneficial for cats with chronic kidney disease (CKD) for many reasons, but the primary reasons: protein restricted (cats with CKD struggle to filter the protein out of ...
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Could my cat catch something from this oddly-acting mouse?

This sounds like perfectly normal behavior. Imagine you were almost swallowed by a giant beast and then suddenly put into an unknown place. Wouldn't you turn around and try to orient yourself? The ...
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I was bitten by a kitten not even a month old, what should I do?

It depends on where you live. If you are living in a western country, chances are rabies is almost completely eliminated. Disinfect the wound as soon as it happens. You will be fine. To make certain ...
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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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What's wrong with this kitten's eyes and how do I take care of them?

I concur with all the answers that say "take this cat to the vet, do not try to treat this on your own". The pictures are poor quality -but- to me it looks like some kind of infection. I would also ...
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Why does my cat lick the fur off her lower belly?

This behavior is called "mowing" informally, but any type of hair loss is referred to as "alopecia". It can be caused by Parasites (fleas, mites, ringworm) Allergies (food, seasonal, environmental) ...
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What's with these cats' eyes?

They need to see a vet, chances are it's feline rhinotracheitis which can cause some issues with eyes (we see this a lot in our cats from the SPCA), it could also be an eye infection which would ...
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How clean are pets?

Can(I just need a moderate possibility of 3% or so, so as to brand them dirty) a human not allergic to them get moderately sick because of contact with their dirt, mud, dust, hair, saliva, tears, ...
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Dangers from street-cat bite that left a tiny speckle of blood?

The bites of free-roaming animals like stray cats and dogs are always risky, because these animals may have recently had contact with rodents, vermin and filth. As pointed out by this Wikipedia ...
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My cat threw up once, should I be worried?

Short answer: No. Cats do throw up from time to time, and it is normal. Keep an eye out for: more throwing up general sluggishness less appetite lack of defecation Generally just keep an eye out for ...
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