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I would really urge you to see a professional dog trainer that you trust, with experience with aggressive dogs, and have him assess your dogs and help you out. But after reading a bit more detail about your situation here than what you gave in another question on why he lunges at children, I'll take a guess at your dog's previous history, which might go ...


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The Humane Society of the United States has a few suggestions to prepare your pet. Some of them sound a little silly, but they do work. One of the most important things is getting the pet used to the new noises and sounds the baby will make - a lot of pets will find baby cries and the like upsetting. You can play crying sounds and the like to acclimate the ...


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The article "Integrating Kittens with Cats" (W.V. Cats) provides intricate details on a procedure for introducing kittens to adult cats. According to the article, the paraphrased steps (backtrack to the prior step if there is an issue) are: Keeping the new kitten / cat separate from the household for multiple days. Providing scents from each feline ...


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I am active in the local rabbit rescue and humane society. This answer is based on multiple conversations with many cross species pet parents. All the points made are from experiences shared by parents and supported by reliable references where available. In my opinion and experience a rabbit & cat are probably the two easiest animals to join together ...


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I would say start by familiarizing the dog with the baby's scent. Bring an item that contains your baby's scent, such as a burp rag before bringing the baby around the dog. Have the dog sniff it from a distance at first preferably. By doing this, you are communicating to your dog that the item is yours and then giving permission for the dog to sniff. This ...


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Tl;dr - Dogs decide a lot of things solely by how it smells. Let the animals get used to the smells of each others, and keep the dogs calm no matter what the cat does. The long version: I have brought a cat, and then some more cats, to our home where we already had two dogs for several years as our only pets. Every cat was brought in the same way. First ...


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I'm sorry you lost your male cat. Getting another cat will be good for both you and your female cat. I would get an adult cat, not a kitten. A mature cat will likely be calmer, and less likely to annoy your cat. Plus, you'll be able to determine the cat's temperament. And you'll be giving a home to an adult cat (they are harder to find homes for than ...


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Is it true that ferrets don't get along with other pets? The answer is a qualified "no". I had two ferrets. The oldest was always, always happy to make new friends, regardless of the species. He was very excited to play with any new dog or cat he met, and would do the ferret "bounce" that typically indicates play. My other ferret was more curious than ...


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You should definitely ask before just showing up with a pet in tow. The answer will probably depend on the type of pet. My local shelter arranges "meet and greet"s for dogs, so it's probably possible for your dog to meet a potential adoptee dog. Cats really don't do well out of their homes (and I notice that they don't have feline "meet and greet"s). For ...


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Dogs in a pack tend to seek security, predictability, and everybody playing a role. One of these roles is that of the pack leader which undoubtedly at least one dog will claim. The pack leader owns everything and everybody in the pack. He or she will assert on other pack members by displaying acts of dominance: Guarding a particular toy Always eating ...


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First, I'd suggest taking a look at the answers to these questions: How can I encourage my kitten to leave my adult cat alone? Can't tell if cats are playing with or hunting each other My older cat is very aggressive towards my 6 week old kitten How to get cats to coexist in peace? Your new kitten is very young (ideally they shouldn't leave their ...


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The reason you confine cats to a small room initially is to not overwhelm them with new (new objects, new scents, new movement, etc). A smaller room has less new and so is less overwhelming. Ultimately, the choice of where to confine a new cat will depend on number of new cats if there are multiple cats, how well bonded they are any potential health ...


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Give your cat a high place where he can observe the dog and feel safe in that the blasted canine can't reach him. This will serve as a safe haven. Also make sure there are at least 2 different ways to get out of that safe haven so the dog can't lay in ambush. During feeding time use put the food on 2 sides of a door opened to a gap, and let the cat start ...


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That would only be sensibly possible if you were only able to get a log of locations/routes after physical retrieval of the tracker, ie.you have got your collar back. If you want 'real-time' tracking, then the GPS position data has to be transmitted to a server, and then to you. The cellular networks are the only pervasive, cheap-ish, power-effective means ...


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As you probably noticed ferrets are extremely social creatures. If you have ever neglected them and didn't give them attention due to being sick or such you would have noticed that they get angry at you for not giving them enough attention. And when they are angry they might even start biting you(it hurts a lot). Yes they are awake only for 8 hours at most ...


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Sorry to hear that, my condolences on your loss. :( Guinea pigs are definitely social animals (almost too social, it's how I ended up with 7 once before getting them sexed correctly), so being solo is going to be harder on your friend now than it would have been at a much earlier age. They do grieve, I think, based on my own experience with them, but the ...


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To create a 'pack smell' might speed up a possible behavior change towards acceptance: stroke the face of the male with a tissue, then let the female smell it while you feed her something nice and then stroke her face with this tissue too, bring it back to him - feeding him and stroking her smell on his face at the same time (connecting the smell of the ...


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They know not only that there is a cat on the other side, but if there is a gap under the door, they can smell who it is. This is actually a suggested way of getting cats to know each other (have them separated by a barrier) the preferred thing is a screen door but as they can tell who is who by smell a gap under a door is fine. Gradually they will ...


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@Oldcat is correct. In the wild, wild cats like the leopard take care and teach their cubs to hunt; once the cubs reach a certain age, the mother will force the cubs to leave. When the mother is pregnant again with a second batch of cubs, she will attack her offspring (any of her cubs from her previous litters) and treat them as a threat. Unlike humans, ...


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Yes, you can reintroduce them! It can be a very lengthy process though, but I'm sure you know that. Begin by keeping them separated as you have. Idealy so that they cannot see eachother. Have them eat their favourite food on different sides of the door as close to the door as possible without haveing them react negatively. Sideswapping can also be good (...


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Cats are not small dogs and can't be treated the same way; where dogs are generally social with one another, adaptable, and can easily be moved between locations for petsitting and quickly introduced to one another, cats are more solitary and do not handle disruptions to their environment well. To your titular question, yes, two neutered males can live ...


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Cats are not like dogs, who will generally want to hang out together after a short intro (especially when they are as young as these cats are). They are more territorial and wary of stranger cats. If they are together from a very young age they can bond very well and quickly, but after that it takes a lot more introduction time. My advice is to go slowly ...


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We used to have a chinchilla before I developed an allergy to his hay. We had him in a cage at home from day one, where he could interact with our cats through a mesh screen. Both of our cats are pretty low on the prey-drive, but we still made sure to watch the chin, not just for when the cats were around, but any time he was out and about in the house. ...


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Gender and size have little to do with bonding. It is all about personality, everybunny has a different personality and some just won't ever be friends with each other. It sounds like your basic approach to bonding has some research behind it. We also have a few Q&A that address rabbit bonding so I won't go into details about that. Take a look at what ...


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The age of the rabbits have little bearing on bonding. Our first bond was a 3 year old female and 7 year old male, it was very easy. The male very much wanted to have a friend and he wanted to groomer her as much as she wanted to be groomed. I have an answer here about other things that don't impact bonding. I STRONGLY Recommend You don't just bring a ...


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To cut my backstory short: we adopted two feral cats in April. They're incredibly shy. In October, we adopted another feral cat (we took him in from the street). The third cat is the most extraverted cat I've ever seen, he approached our girls immediately and they obviously did not like that. Everything I mention is based on our experiences, which have ...


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I wouldn't try to force a relationship on them. It sounds like your dog is giving the cat the respect the cat insisted on before it was de-clawed. If you don't pressure them they might decide to be friends on their own. If you try to push the dog into it it will likely make the dog avoid the cat more. I don't know a lot about cats but it may be that what ...


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