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As Precious Tijesunimi mentioned, it is wrong to flush a fish, live or dead (perhaps especially not live, as this is how many harmful species get introduced to environments they don't belong to... not to mention it is cruel). Especially don't place it into a "natural" ecosystem! In fact, both of these options may be illegal in many areas. Depending on ...


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I would be interested in hearing her reasoning for why a turtle would enjoy living in a dirty tank. Just to be clear, the tank isn't dirty because there's an excess of dirt, it's dirty because there's an excess of rotting food and feces. Basically, the turtle is living in a toilet bowl that never gets flushed. So, why is it important to keep the tank clean ...


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Clip the cat's nails. Put the cat either in a tub or kitchen sink with a towel on the bottom for good footing. Use a bowl to pour water over them after making sure it is a good temperature. Do not work on the head too much. A cat will fear drowning far more than being wet. Having feet on the ground should make it a lot calmer about the process.


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In your specific situation, you note that this was not your fish and that you were caring for the property of someone else. In this case, not knowing what the owner would want, and realizing the fish was dead, I would have taken a Ziplock or otherwise seal-able bag, put the dead fish in it, taped a written note to the bag noting what it contains, and placed ...


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The Centers for Disease Control, in an article about risks to pregnant women from toxoplasmosis (a parasite-induced infection), give the following advice on managing the litter box: If you own a cat, have a non-pregnant person change the litter box every day. If there is no one else to change the litter box, wear gloves and wash hands with soap and running ...


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I can think of two possible solutions, having experienced this problem myself. The first would be to use a dish with higher sides as long as feeding is still physically possible. You may also purchase a dish that has sides that curve inward so that the cat cannot push the food over the sides (see picture). Now this may not be the exact style of bowl that ...


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The solution we use, given that we have a similar problem, is a rubber boot mat. Basically, it has slightly raised sides that help contain the spillage and is very, very, easy to rinse and wipe to clean up. If you look around a bit, you can probably find one that doesn't look out of place or odd (ours is a gray color and blends reasonably well with the ...


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One method I've used for flea medication baths is the kitty burrito - wrap the cat securely in a towel then immerse cat and towel in the water (keep the water warm without being hot). This works best if the water isn't deep - you want enough for the medicated shampoo to soak through the towel to the cat's skin then use the towel to rub the shampoo in once ...


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There's not much to do to keep the water clean outside of changing it regularly. I generally change the water for my cats every morning. With algae though, if it's growing back within the day, you'll have to take some steps to combat it and try and kill it off as much as possible. It might be as simple as a good hard scrub. You have to get all traces of ...


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Some areas where pets can be found often may have odor associated with them, even if your pets are well groomed. There are different ways to make your clothes smell good without washing them, and to keep your closet smelling fresh. PetMD also has a good article on how to rid your whole house of dog smell, which will help with your clothes as well. ...


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If you are using a clumping litter, their usual advice is to sift-and-refill daily, and do a complete replacement monthly to get the bits that escape. I have never been certain about the necessity for that last, but it certainly won't hurt anything but your wallet. In a rarely-used box, I'd say adjusting the replacement rate proportionately seems reasonable....


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The very first thing to do is take her to a vet to rule out any bladder, kidney, or incontinence issues. If there are no medical causes of her problems, the first thing I'd suggest from experience with long haired cats is taking a look at the fur on her back end. If she's constantly smelling of urine, chances are her fur is in the way when she urinates. ...


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It's nothing to worry about unless you're under the age of 5 and your immune system is still developing, or you're sick and/or elderly with a compromised immune system. About Salmonella: According to the numbers from the CDC, if you're hospitalized with a case of Salmonella poisoning, you have barely less than a 1% chance of it being lethal. But, that's ...


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Maggots are the larvae of a fly, generally the maggots we deal with are housefly maggots. Though houseflies are considered pests, most of the 250,000+ fly species are not pests but rather innocuous or even helpful. Even more, maggots play a very important role in the ecosystem as decomposers of dead matter (mostly they absorb nutrients from dead or rotten ...


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Since we're having to give the cats multiple baths (every 2-3 days), I'm trimming their claws on the "off" bath days to give them time to dull a bit (a recently trimmed claw can still be sharp-ish). I have a handheld shower head installed in my bathtub, so I just climb into the bathtub with the cat (fully clothed). I found it's easier to manuever everything ...


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It's seldom a simple one size fits all problem (as the various posts are indicating). Tooth / gum / mouth issues can result in some cats annoyingly mincing food into lots of small pieces and scattering. Cats that like to lick up food (rather than bite / chew it) will need deep dishes and/or ones with vertical walls to keep the food in. Other cats are more ...


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You might also check your cat for dental problems. Our cat has Feline odontoclastic resorptive lesions, aka FORL. She will gradually but eventually need all of her teeth removed. She recently was making more and more of a mess while eating, perhaps because of pain while chewing. Then she had six teeth removed. Despite having fewer teeth to "hold in the ...


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I have a cat genie which I seriously think is the best thing ever. Essentially, when the cat uses the litter box, it washes and dries the pvc granules, and all of the waste goes down the drain (they recommend either a laundry waste pipe or a toliet, but we also have one hooked up to a sink drain pipe, that took a bit more plumbing knowledge). Benefits: ...


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Turkey neck isn't the only non-brushing method - there are various dental care treats available so you could see if another is more to the second cat's liking. To be honest I'm not really convinced on the use of toothbrushes - cat's mouths are small, have lots of delicate soft tissue and they aren't the most reliable creatures at staying still. Unless you ...


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As I understand it, the queen (cat-mum) will help the kittens to defecate and care for the enclosure to stay clean. Toileting Kittens are unable to pass urine or faeces without assistance for the first few weeks of their lives so the ano-genital region – the area around the bottom and the urinary opening of the kitten being hand-reared – needs to be ...


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Maybe you should consider training your cat to use the toilets. I find it has many advantages : no more time and money spent on litter ; ecofriendly (much less CO₂ and pollution and probably less water, since you don't need litter factories and transport of litter bags anymore — but you have to pay the bill for the toilet flush) ; odor-free ; and the most ...


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The summary is not a rule book. Your question seems to assume that every cat must be following the summary to a tee. Tongue in cheek, I want to point out that cats can't read. And even if they could, not every pet owner will share this link with them. And even if they do, there are no repercussions for refusing to follow the guidelines anyway, so there's no ...


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Flushing it down the toilet, throwing it in the bin or leaving it for wild animals to eat might upset the owner. I have to say that although I appreciate the spirit of storing it in the fridge or freezer for the owner's return, I'd personally be a little uncomfortable with the idea of someone freezing my dead fish. As an alternative to the suggestions ...


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I use a "Lixit Outside Faucet Dog Waterer". It attaches to the outside faucet and they can get clean fresh water anytime. There are other similar products on the market that attach to the faucet as well. You will have to teach to dog how to use it. Some dogs are easy and others take a little more time to understand what it is. For indoor use there are ...


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Here are a few options for you: 1) Brush your dogs teeth daily (once a week is not enough), or if he hates brushing then apply the paste directly onto his teeth. 2) Feed a dental diet such as Hill's T/D or Royal Canin Dental diet, if they aren't chewing the food then the diet itself is useless. 3) Dentastix, Greenies, CET chews, moderately soft chew toys (...


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So, cats are very clean creatures. If there is odor, assuming you mean cat box smells, you need to clean it much more often. Cats don't like the smell either so they may be going outside the box. Kittens six months old are too young to be outside unattended. There are dangers outside they are not equipped to deal with since they have been inside with humans: ...


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I agree with M.Mat, kittens or even cats that are used to inside shouldn't be placed outdoors. Those outside cat houses, some that are heated, are usually used for strays that frequent an area but refuse to go inside due to probably being feral or just afraid of humans. Cats outside are in danger, especially during the cold, wet, and at night. Even if they ...


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Water fountains for cats are #1! I recommend the Catit Design Senses Fountain, It's really easy to clean - the top piece comes right off allowing you to easily clean inside. The water is also filtered, your cat will be drinking cleaner water than you! Cats prefer running water over still water, hence why you see cats drink from taps all the time. Water ...


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It's not surprising that your second cat refuse to eat turkey neck are the turkey bones are far too big for a cat. A good sized bones would be for example chicken neck. Moreover dried and cooked bones are not recommended as they easily splinter. Raw chicken neck would be better for teeth cleaning. It's also possible to "brush" your cat teeth with an adapted ...


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