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My old cat died and I don't know how to deal with it

Loss of a pet, for some people can be no different than losing a family member. The effect may be more intensely felt by children and teenagers compared to adults. Therefore, grieving after a pet is ...
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Can two cats live in one room?

You have a cat, you both are going to be working more and you have an allergic roommate? I'm sorry, but are you sure it's a good idea to get a second cat? I understand it looks like choosing between ...
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Should a puppy with its first vaccinations meet a dog that’s not fully vaccinated?

I'm sorry but the answer is no, you shouldn't have them meet yet. In fact, non-vaccinated young puppies should be kept away from other dogs as much as possible until they have received all of their ...
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Do stray mother cats hate their kittens after they grew up?

This is natural behavior for cats. The kittens are now old enough to live on their own and the mother chases them away for several reasons: This is the territory of the mother. If she doesn't chase ...
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Can two cats live in one room?

It’s a difficult question; neither choice is clearly right or wrong. I would lean toward getting him a friend now, and the same age or younger. The smaller the newcomer, the less your existing cat ...
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Can two cats live in one room?

I wouldn't recommend it. The advice on how much space you need per cat is pretty variable, from one bedroom per cat to various square footage per cat. And even then, you might have trouble with ...
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Why are my tomcats leaving me?

Because that is the natural behavior of cats. A cat family will not live together after the kittens grow up. The reason is that every cat wants to have their own territory, especially the male cats. ...
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Why my cat is doing acts of sabotage?

I think your cat may be bored. Bored cats find things to do, including chasing other cats, knocking things onto the floor and destroying them. A good way to discourage this is to get the cat a good ...
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Is it harmful to allow animals of different species to share the same water bowl?

It shouldn't pose a problem for cats and dogs living together to share the same water bowl(s). As they live together they have in any case a lot of opportunities to share potential diseases in many ...
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Is my cat's aggressive behavior playful or mean, and how do I stop it?

The first problem that you need to solve is to take stock of the locations in the house where the older cat is getting cornered and stop that from happening. The older cat should always have the ...
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Can two cats live in one room?

Strongly advise against it. Cats need space. Research how much territory a cat has in nature (male and female differ a great deal here) and you'll realize just how tiny even a large house is to a cat'...
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My old cat died and I don't know how to deal with it

I acknowledge you are hurting. "Dealing" with Bee's death amounts to staring in the face the unavoidable (and unbearably cruel) fact of life that those we love die, and eventually we ...
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Recommendations for introducing adult cats to newly adopted adult cats

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. ...
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How should we handle our two new senior cats having different food than what our other cats eat?

You may need to split the cats up to feed them. Try putting the senior cats in a different room with their food dish there, and leave them in there until they finish. They'll already be used to the ...
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Is it good to keep one of a cat's kittens instead of rehoming them all?

If you can re-home all kittens, this is typically best. In nature, the mother cat naturally weans the kittens, teaching them how to hunt and bringing them half-alive prey to chase and kill. She ...
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Male kitten (7 months) attacking female kitten (3 months)

Cats are very territorial creatures, and while they can (and do) form social bonds with other cats, they don't naturally live in social groups in the same way that dogs do in packs. When Pablo sprays ...
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Which pets should populate the house first?

I think the most important aspect here is: Supervise all contacts between both groups of pets. In my experience it doesn't matter which pet was where first. What matters is how each individual reacts ...
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How can I get my cat to stop nursing from its mother?

Kittens nursing on each other can irritate or injure each other, especially if they nurse on the wrong spots. Since this isn't the case here, the only down side would be a similar sore spot on the ...
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Is it OK to crate my new dog at night while my old dog roams the house?

It is fine to constrain one dog while keeping the other dog free to roam; this is common in many households where one dog is more comfortable being crated, or needs to be quarantined for any reason. ...
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Kitten born with defects. How do I get the mother to care for it?

I've seen this happen several times and have housed kittens that had been rejected. There are several reasons for this: Illness According to the feline advisory bureau this is when she rejects them ...
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Why my cat is doing acts of sabotage?

It's important to understand that cats have a very different psychology than dogs or humans do. Like us, dogs are pack animals. Co-operation and pleasing the pack leader are survival skills that work ...
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My cat isn't eating, drinking, or playing. What might be wrong?

Take him to the vet. Those symptoms -- hiding in dark places, losing interest in food, playing and love -- are very common in sick cats.
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my cats won't play together (not neutered or spayed)

There are some things to consider when having a multi-cat household, especially if she's never grown up with other cats. 1) Make sure they each have their separate food and water dishes, place water ...
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My dog tries to eat my chickens and fights with my cat

You need to be aware that German Shepherd dogs are working animals. They are bred to herd animals, protect farms from intruders and help police officers and soldiers with their duties. These are no ...
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Found our indoor cat after two months. Why do our other cats hiss when they see him? They were best of buddies for three years

Cats identify each other by scent a lot more than by sight, and after a cat has been gone for two months he will have picked up a different smell that the other cats do not know. One can often see ...
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My old cat died and I don't know how to deal with it

Others have answered what to do, and what to avoid from others; and also what is happening, and that it has to happen. I can't offer anything over what they've said about that. But I would like to ...
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How to help my cat with severe anxiety that I may have caused?

First let me address your former behavior. Yes, that is considered abuse. It's very good that you yourself identify it as abuse, as well. That shows a level of self-reflection and understanding that ...
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Why does my cat eat dog food?

Differences between Dog and Cat Food The major difference between dogs and cats is that dogs are scavanging carnivores (they do best when eating animals, but can digest plant material as well) and ...
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If a cat tries claiming dominance over its mother, should I stop it?

Cats do have a social pecking order when living in a group, but it's not anything you need to enforce. If Fearless starts picking fights with Booboo, make sure that there are escape routes through the ...
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