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The main question is this: Is your dog Single coated with hairs that grow endlessly at a constant speed? Or double coated with hairs that grow to a predefined length and are shed? Single coated breeds are often "fashion" or "toy" breeds like Poodles and Shih Tzu. They actually do need regular hair cuts because their hairs don't stop ...


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When was the last time you saw a wolf showering? :) We've got a pure breed Siberian Husky and an Alaskan Husky for 3.5 and 2 years now. The older one was bathed twice so far (before we got him and once last year due to excessive dirt). This does not include the dogs bathing on their own in bodies of water such as the kids pool we bought for them or our ...


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To be honest, if you get most of the chunks out and blot the dampness up as much as you can, I'd let her clean the rest of it herself. Grooming is a self soothing activity, and since she doesn't know you, you cleaning her will stress her out. The exception would be if you know (or suspect) that she has a poop borne illness, and want to prevent the other cat ...


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What do her teeth look like? It seems to me like it's a matter of her gums being irritated. One of my cats had a bad case of gingivitis when I got him, and would aggressively rub his cheeks/teeth on everything he could. If you cat has gingivitis it could be something as simple as brushing her teeth to get rid of the gum inflammation/irritation. You should ...


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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. Immunocompromised people can own pets safely, but they must take much more precaution, and therefore such a person might not consider pet ownership to be worth the ...


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The most common reason not to use human shampoo on a dog is that dogs have different pH levels than humans, as explained by petMD. The acid mantle can also be defined as the relative pH balance of the skin. The pH scale ranges from 0 to 14, with levels less than 6.4 considered high acidity, and levels more than 6.4 considered high alkalinity. The ...


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Double coated dogs (such as the Chow Chow and many others) should never be shaved unless it's for medical reasons such as a skin disease or other vet recommended procedure. A dog's double coat actually helps insulate a dog to keep him cool in the summer and warm in the winter. Shaving a double coated dog will not only prevent a dog from keeping cool, it can ...


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Trancing or hypnotizing your bunny is possible and is often used as part of the grooming process. There are two opposing thoughts on trancing: The first being that it is calming and a good solution for many situations. The second being that the rabbit is in fear for its life, it enters a "play dead" natural response common to many prey animals, ...


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Often with cats you have to adopt a "do a little at a time strategy" as many cats do not like being restrained or roughly held down. Whichever cleaning method you use start by petting and praising them to get them relaxed, then only wipe them a few times. Afterwards pet, praise them more and give them a cat treat. You want them to associate your handling and ...


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We have one cat who climbs up a similar post in our house, and it doesn't seem to matter if her claws are trimmed or not. The other cats prefer to jump to the shelf rather than climb, but I guess that's personality driven. We don't allow our cats outside (too much risk of disease or injury) so I don't know about the affects of trimmed claws on outdoor ...


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Most likely these are just hair mats. They can be caused by scratching in that area, and can be aggravated if the dog's hair is getting wet when she goes outside. Once they've started, they tend to grow rapidly, so you need to take care of them or you'll end up with a short-haired dog! You can break them apart by pulling on either side of them. Do it so ...


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Cats are different. Some breeds mature sooner than others. I'd expect him to start doing it later, since at 7 months of age, he seems to think he is still the little kitten who gets taken care of by others. Our 7-month-old ragdoll is the same kind of messy kitten; living the careless life of a young single male. We are just simply waiting for him to wise up....


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You should never cut a cat's whiskers. Doing some quick research found these pieces of information: http://www.todayifoundout.com/index.php/2011/04/what-happens-if-a-cats-whiskers-are-damaged-or-clipped/ http://www.petmd.com/cat/behavior/evr_ct_why_do_cats_have_whiskers http://www.catster.com/lifestyle/cat-whiskers-7-facts So whether or not the cat's ...


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I recently saw this video on rabbit.org and at the end, she recommends moistening your hands with water during the grooming process as a way to prevent hair from flying everywhere / clean up the hair that is everywhere. Upon trying this, I noticed it also helped considerably with static issues, and seemed to keep the rabbit relatively static free for hours ...


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I agree with Beo and Zaralynda... both are good advice. I'd like to add some other tips and perspective here too. Cats, in general, hate bathing. However, if a cat is seriously soiled, especially with long fur that can get matted, I would try bathing the cat. The method that seems least painful (for the human at least) is the following- get into a close-...


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We have a Norwegian Forest Cat who often gets mats and into plenty of messes. I second the answers above for the most mild methods for helping your cat gently get cleaned. If you have an issue where the poop is not coming out by hand, however, you may want to consider a bath. We do the following to clean it up when it's too much for us to "wait out" the ...


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My solution to this problem was to put a sandstone tile in the cage. every time the guinea pigs go to their food bowl they shorten their nails just a little, here is the layout: and here are their feet, as you can see they are quite healthy: The guinea pigs' pads prevent the claws from getting too short, and the constant wearing down stops them getting ...


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I personally have a long hair double coat cat (Maine Coon) but most my info comes from reading Husky forums. Here is what some online forums say: Shaving is not necessary for a double fur cat. It seems like it would help to us but many breeder specific pages are extremely against shaving pets (especially double coat animals like Huskies or Maine Coons). The ...


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From https://m.petmd.com/bird/care/overgrown-beak-birds-trimming-your-birds-beak "If an owner suspects overgrowth of his or her bird’s beak, the bird should be checked by a veterinarian as soon as possible to rule-out underlying illness as the cause of overgrowth and to safely have the beak trimmed. The blood supply in an overgrown beak tends to be even ...


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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, sweat, bacteria, archaea, microzoa, parasites, fungi, feces, urine , sebum, mucus? Yes. According to this article "approximately 4 million pet-derived infections ...


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There are (in the US anyway) several ear cleaning solutions available at most (all?) pet supply stores. It is a liquid in a bottle, the label directions generally include putting some amount of the fluid in the dogs ear, rubbing the base of the ear, and allowing the dog to shake out any residue. I always keep this in my rabbit grooming/first aid kit. As ...


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This has happens a lot with long hair cats, but if you keep their litter bin clean it will happen less. Cats hate the small of their pee and poo, this is why they try to bury it. They don't like dirty litter boxes and will poo outside of it if it gets too dirty. If it gets dirty they will try to poo away from the poo in the bin but sometimes it puts them in ...


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The truth is, having an Angora rabbit and keeping it groomed is a lot of work. Their wool grows thick and fast. The best solution for grooming an Angora Rabbit is regular combing. Angora fur is pretty resistant to staining, and most dirt and stains will comb out of their fur. Most Angora breeders I have talked with prefer to use a wire-toothed comb with ...


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Honestly, I wouldn't do it. First of all, I don't think that baby wipes contain a disinfectant. Yes, they'll clean the baby, but that's not the same as disinfecting. Then: Babies don't usually lick themselves and I can't imagine that it would be healthy to consume large quantities of the residue of baby wipes, including the oil that most wipes include to re-...


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You do not need to wash your cat at all unless it has come in contact with something that sticks to the fur. After 3 months the shampoo is long gone, so it must be something else wrong with the fur/skin of your cat. The trouble with human types of shampoo is, they are made to remove types of fat on our skin, and this will dry out your cat's skin and damage ...


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I would find a cat savvy veterinarian willing to do the trim without sedation, there are many techniques to restrain a cat that would allow them to shave off the mats. Most groomers (and many vet clinics too) do not know how to restrain a cat besides "scruffing" which is an outdated and stressful technique. You can do multiple sessions or leave him there for ...


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At risk of making a fool of myself... Directly answering the question, pets are dirty. I'm avoiding specifics, you'll find reasons in the other answers. That being said: I myself have had extreme "contamination" OCD. You presented a fear of contamination and a focus on hygiene that falls far, far outside the realm of reasonable; I may be wrong, but I'd ...


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Cats are self-cleaning, so as long as she isn’t rolling around in something that could be poisonous (like fertilizer or weed killer), let her take care of that. Yes, the dirt will probably annoy her when she grooms later. If it annoys her enough, she will learn to be more careful about getting dirty. But if she doesn’t mind, then you shouldn’t either.


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There are some lovely cat brushes, rubbery, comfy. Just lightly draw the brush not down but slowly across the matted fur a few times in order to get it lifting off the cat little by little. Then brush down her back all over evenly, bit by bit to her tail, which my cat interprets as petting. You can use the hand you are not brushing with to maintain ...


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Presuming that you need to do this (your cat has flea issues or is a long-haired cat with a tendency to get matted), about the only way I've found effective with this is persistence. My technique is to start by giving the cat the preferred type of grooming until the cat is happy and relaxed, then move to the area the cat dislikes. I try to use one hand to "...


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