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Discouraging cat from scratching couch

You're going in the right direction, with your efforts to make the couch unappealing, and provide scratchers as alternatives. You just need to experiment a bit more to discover the right combination ...
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Discouraging cat from scratching couch

I totally understand your frustration. Cats are very independent, complex creatures. I imagine your cat is very happy, you’re providing it everything I would suggest and then some. Seriously, give ...
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How to reduce the smell of ammonia in horse's stall

There are a couple of ways to dampen or limit the ammonia smell. Baking soda: You can add this to the bedding and you do not need to use a lot of it. You can get this in bags from 1 kg to 1000 kg. It ...
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Can you use super glue on outside of fish tank?

Common super glue is actually harmless to use on an aquarium, but it might not yield the desired result. This article describes why super glue is safe: Super glue is safe for use in fish tanks ...
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How can I keep a guinea pig clean?

This post is a little late after your original question, but I could not help to finish this for anyone who sees this question! You should try putting the wood pellets (Or whatever soft animal bedding ...
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Can I guess on information requested by pet insurance forms?

If in doubt, ask your vet to estimate the critters age. The insurance companies are aware that pets don't usually come with birth certificate, and an informed estimate is acceptable.
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Can I repair a leaking aquarium without removing all the water and fish?

Too many uncertainties here. Any structural joint needs careful preparation, correct materials & correct procedures. If you mess up you may lose your fish, a risk not worth taking.
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Is the filter change necessary?

No, you do not need to change the filter material. But what you need to do is remove the charcoal and replace it with new filter foam (filter sponge). The charcoal is only needed if you are removing ...
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How do I clean an aquarium?

To clean an used aquarium, you need to get some kitchen sponges similar to the ones here. Be sure they do not contain any soap or detergents. Be sure to use only clean water when cleaning inside the ...
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Pet Insurance: with no pedigree for a street-rescued cat, is it necessary to disclose suspected but unconfirmed breed?

You can't be sure that this cat is a 100% Manx, even if he looks like it, because there are no papers and you don't know his parents. You can suggest that he has some Manx blood, but you don't know if ...
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Which dogs shed the least?

This answer is part of Pet's Spring Cleaning Campaign. This question is old, but this answer will still help people with the same problem. Hypoallergenic dogs: You're looking for a hypoallergenic dog....
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Looking for an automated aquarium

It sounds like what you need is DVD of an Aquarium. There are several varieties at Amazon or ebay as well as other retailers. No feeding, no cleaning, and no worries.
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Do pet garden snails need mud?

Snails need substrate to be "happy" Based on my experience. I's not strictly essential for their survival but snail will bury if they need to lay eggs and if the environment they are in is ...
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Discouraging cat from scratching couch

How damaged is your couch now? If it needs a re-cover then cut the old cladding off, and fit that fabric to your existing cat scratch posts. Choose some significantly different fabric to reclad the ...
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Discouraging cat from scratching couch

Make very sure the cat has a legal scratcher they know how to scratch. Every cat knows how to scratch a rope wrapped pole as long as the pole is as high as the cat standing; some cats can do with ...
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Could my gravel be causing my tank to be cloudy?

What are the differences between the tanks? If the cloudy tank has fake plants in it and the others have real plants. You add a little salt to the real plant tanks. Water softerns in houses for well ...
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Is the filter change necessary?

The filter sponge is where the beneficial bacteria live which help to take ammonia, turn it into nitrite and then finally convert it into nitrate. These bacteria can also live in the substrate (gravel,...
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Can I repair a leaking aquarium without removing all the water and fish?

Yes you can do an external repair. Read below and take a look at the time lapse. If you cannot drain your aquarium to repair a leak from the inside, and you need to work from the outside, you have to ...
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How to remove the algae from the glass of an aquarium?

Get snails. They are much more effective than fish in cleaning algae. I have three large mystery snails, two zebra snails, and a bunch of Malaysian trumpet snails and ramshorn snails. My glass and, ...
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Better solution for holding appliances inside the aquarium?

I used silicon sealant in my Oscars tank as he kept moving the heater and tank décor. As long as it's practical to lower the water level whilst you do it, it's a great permanent solution. Just be sure ...
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How do I eliminate the black algae from my planted aquarium?

It's not impossible nor even slightly hard to remove black algae. I've had it in all of my tanks mainly because of scheduling. I leave my aquariums running 24-7. I've even bought used tanks with that ...
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What is the best way to clean soil substrate in my aquarium?

Gravel Vacuum! You'll want to use a gravel vacuum but make sure that the part that covers the pipe is fine enough not to let the spheres of soil through. As with any gravel cleaning, you actually ...
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What is this white-ish buildup on my fish filter?

I have never had an external filter like this and I have never experienced such a buildup in the filter - I have always been using internal, fully submerged filters - but based on your photo and ...
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How to reduce excess micro-algae in pond

First of all you will have to be sure you have good filtration, your pump and filter needs to filter all the water at least once every hour. The UV bulb needs to be changed every 6 months of use as ...
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How often to clean fish tank with bottom feeders

How often you need to clean the gravel and the filter material is dependent on the bioload of your tank. The bioload is the number of animals living in your tank plus the amount of food you feed your ...
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How to reduce excess micro-algae in pond

You are probably over-feeding, putting too much nutrients in the pond. I have a few ponds, never an algae problem, sometimes algae in the first month as they mature. I think algaecide is just the ...
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How often to clean fish tank with bottom feeders

Partial water changes are enough if your water quality is good. Substrate cleaning and glass cleaning are not necessary if your tank is doing well. It would be only for cosmetic reasons, for example ...
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How often to clean fish tank with bottom feeders

I think cleaning is a personal choice. But water changes are important for a healthy tank. I once had a 55 gallon tank that I changed 2 gallons each day (for reasons not related to the aquarium). It ...
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Looking for an automated aquarium

Depending on your budget you can pay a tank cleaning service to come to your house and do it. I used to do it and charged people $1 per gallon, I'd clean their tank, check the fish, and feed them if I ...
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Could my gravel be causing my tank to be cloudy?

If you did buy the gravel/sand where you did buy your tank it is probably safe but if bought it at a garden center or at other sources where decoration sand/gravel is sold there might be problems as ...
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