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List of important habits to teach a young kitten

Most important lessons -- outside of litterbox, which luckily comes naturally to most cats with just a bit of encouragement -- are practical ones. 1) Some surfaces are Not For Kitty. Food prep and ...
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Should I get the kitten which my friend wants to give separating from its mother?

It is hard to say how animals "miss" others, because we cannot really talk to them. But what struck me is the 6 weeks and 2 siblings already being gone! Even when the kittens are weaned, they are ...
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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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Six month old dog urinating and defecating while I'm at work; what can I do?

Step one: Don't leave a puppy unattended for long periods of time. A puppy can't hold it for too long (this is why there's pee and poo around your house) You can't train him if you're away for so ...
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Dog not eating homemade vegetarian food

Short answer: you don't. Reason 1: nutritional needs. Dogs, just like humans, need a varied diet including the right amount of protein, fiber, fat, minerals, vitamins and other nutritions. Dogs ...
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Why doesn't my kitten hunt like others?

Long ago, I had a kitten with similar behavior. I had gotten it particularly to catch mice. It just had no interest in chasing things. I even put the kitten in a large area with a live mouse and the ...
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How to befriend 14 week old kitten?

I just had the same problems. This is totally normal, he misses his mother and probably his siblings, too. I also couldn't sleep well for a week because of the crying. Now, after 2 weeks, my kitten is ...
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Am I doing anything wrong with my kitten?

I’m really glad that you’ve stepped up to take care of this poor little thing but you must get her to a rescue center or an emergency vet asap. Newborn kittens can’t regulate their own body heat and ...
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How to make a kitten friendly with new kittens?

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 ...
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How old should a puppy be whenever you adopt them?

As I commented, I think this is more of a developmental milestone issue as opposed to specific ages but there is a reasonable rule of thumb. As with all of us, maturation may happen at different rates ...
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How can I save this baby bird?

Depending on your country call a vet or a licensed Wildlife Rehabilitator. They will be able to tell you what to do and where to bring the animal. Taking care of a wild bird is not simple and needs ...
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How to tell if cat has abandoned her kids?

You say these kittens are in an "empty room in your house." How long have they been there? (How long have you been ignoring this room?) Is there a clear area where the mother can come and go ...
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Kitten hurt from bite/scratch developed swelling and bald spot on head. Has she got some disease?

You still need to get the cat to a vet to get this diagnosed and treated, but not only for your current problem, but to get the cat vaccinated and spayed/neutered. When you get a cat you take on the ...
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Why does my puppy sleep so much?

Yes, this is absolutely normal; no, your baby isn't narcoleptic. Puppies sleep a lot -- just like babies and toddlers. If you take a look at this source, the estimated amount of sleep that a 16-week-...
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How to befriend 14 week old kitten?

You need to get him to play a little, so he forgets how scared he is. He cries because he misses his mother, so he needs you to help him feel safe. It does often take some time before a young cat is ...
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How do I make an untamed kitten friendly with humans?

Great that you try to make friends with this kitten. Most of the things you described are really good (One brief note: Don't feed a cat or kitten cow's milk, if you can't watch in which way it ...
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Why does my cat (kitten) run away from me all the time?

Because a month really isn't a very long time. The kitten is a little over a month old and from the sounds of it has been abandoned by its mother, it's really not surprising that it's a little wary. ...
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A pigeons' nest doesn't seem to have a "bed" for the chicks, should I add one to it?

You should leave the nest as it is. Looking at pictures of pigeon nests, it seems absolutely normal that they don't have a soft and fluffy "bed". As a general rule, you should not interfere ...
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Highly aggressive kittens

If the underlying cause of the behavior is a lack of food (due to it being denied), is there a practical way to resolve it with rather limited manpower? There are two ways to solve misbehavior: fix ...
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How can I warm up my budgies cage in winter?

You could use a gentle heat lamp (ensuring the actual heating elements, which can burn, can't be touched by animals), or use rubber hot water bags or heated socks full of rice (you can microwave these)...
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Can I get a young female cat to aim properly in the litter box?

I have a female cat, also from a shelter, who is a near perfect litterbox user in the sense that she never intentionally eliminates outside the box, but she has for her whole life exhibited the same ...
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Crating puppy first night

This depends on various factors which is probably why the advice is conflicting. Factor 1: Is your puppy comfortable being in the crate open/closed? Some puppies take easier to crate training than ...
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What makes a treat only suitable for a certain age range?

I've seen that before as well and couldn't find any significant reason that's directly obvious. The only one I could come up with are indeed the ingredients: A puppy needs a different relative amount ...
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My rabbit just had babies and they are dying. What can I do?

In any case of severer life threatening illness your vet should be your first choice for medical assistance in this case though you have indicated you are feeding timothy hay based dark colored food ...
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Highly aggressive kittens

As an addition to Flater's answer: It is not practical for us to feed all of the cats separately. Feeding many animals from one bowl or in one tight spot creates stress because the weakest are ...
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Chorkie - Posy Op - Red Blister

Yes, you should let a vet have a look at the wound as soon as possible. It could be bacteria that grew inside the healing wound without you noticing until they started attacking the tissue now. There'...
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Puppy goes in tantrum when leaving for a walk

When we are leaving for a walk he starts crying and pulling and nothing can break his mental state. No treats, no amount of excitement to go away from the house or being calm and assertive and waiting ...
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Does anybody know what this lump on my bulldog could be?

If it's growing, you should get it checked by a vet. From the position in front of the hind legs, it could be one of his nipples that is swollen. That could either point to an infection or to the ...
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How can I save this baby bird?

He needs food mashed to semi-liquid mush and put in his mouth. A pet shop may have prepared food for infant parrots. A pigeon would need grains and corn, not vegetables. I once had a crow about that ...
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My rabbit just had babies and isn’t feeding them

I had this happen recently, she was really young. Make sure that you have a nest for them to be in, I think this helps trigger her motherly instincts. Also if they are not being fed give them kitty ...
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