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My new cat won't stop meowing

This is unfortunate, but nothing to worry about. Of course the new surroundings and new people scare him at first. If the cat was taken from his own family (his parents or siblings), he might be ...
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How can we encourage our kitten to come up to us, if we're unable to get down on the floor with her?

First of all, get lots of cat furniture. Cats normally like perching up high, so if you give it places it can go to be higher off the ground, it will probably gravitate to them. You can make them even ...
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How can we encourage our kitten to come up to us, if we're unable to get down on the floor with her?

You mention you not being able to crawl, but are you able to just sit or lie on the floor, maybe propped up by a pillow? One way to convince a cat you're not a threat is to be in its space and then ...
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My new cat won't stop meowing

New cats require patience. Especially a year-old cat - at this age they will have recently bonded quite strongly with whomever their previous owners were so they will need time to adjust and to warm ...
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New cat is hiding and not eating

There is a lot to unpack here. First off, cats are creaatures of habit and territorial as well as social. So moving to another location is always very stressful and can cause illness as stress is ...
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Integrating a kitten - meowing back

Being taken from her family is a scary situation, even if you offer your kitten lots of hiding spaces. As Trond Hansen correctly stated, her meowing is her call for mommy or anyone of her old family. ...
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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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Is it okay to keep a dog chained in a room at night with proper food and water?

I can understand your fear, but dogs should not be chained at all. Where I live it's even illegal to keep a dog on a chain because it's considered animal cruelty. Dogs cannot understand that you want ...
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Did I make a mistake getting a 2nd cat?

It sounds to me like your cats mostly get along, and some of this is your worrying the situation is far worse than it actually is. Here's my read on some of their interactions: The cats cuddle and ...
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Is my hamster tank large enough?

NO It is not much known from the wildlife of this kind of hamster. They are called winter white, because this kind has the whole year the color of the wild animals winter fur. In the wild there were ...
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What would be a good breed of dog for a first time owner?

Could anyone recommend a breed? Breed doesn't always tell you everything you need to know about a dog, but it can give you a helpful understanding of the general needs and some characteristics that ...
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How long will it take feral kittens (5 and 8 months old) to adjust to their new home?

Young feral cats will not have had the interaction with people that kittens born in a household will have; the older the feral cats are, the harder it will be to socialize them. A feral cat will often ...
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My cat is terrified of me

Patience. Gifts / treats. Try to free some time so spend with the cat. Just sit / lay somewhere, with the cat around. It is important that she understands you do not have intentions to hurt her. ...
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Found newborn puppy on the street. What should I do?

This is a difficult question. You are 14 and do not have parental approval to bring a pet into your home. A rescue or shelter is not option in your area. The little bugs are probably fleas, you can ...
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New betta problems - I was unaware of cycling before new tank

1. Get a water test and update your question with the readings of pH-ammonia-nitrite-nitrate. 2. Stop feeding your fish to get the bioload down. 3. Keep changing water 20% each day (use dechlorinator ...
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Adopted a 7 month old cat a day ago, today she is hissing and yowling in the safe room

Look at things from the cat’s perspective: she was taken from everything she knows and dropped in a confined space with two strange animals ten-plus times her size. She is scared out of her mind, just ...
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How can we encourage our kitten to come up to us, if we're unable to get down on the floor with her?

As I understand your question you wonder when the cat will start to interact with you, please correct me if I am wrong. After a cat comes to a new place it will take some time before it feels safe, ...
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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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Is it okay to close a new cat into her safe room when she behaves badly?

I read through your previous post, and it sounds like the cats are making headway in their potential friendship. A soft paw hit is nothing to worry about. That may even be a sign of play, since they'...
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Is my guppy healthy? Its colour is weird

I assume you mean the weird color of the torso of the guppy. It looks so weird because it's actually transparent and you can see the organs and the spine inside the body. Here's an example of 2 ...
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How long until new cat settled in (going on holiday)

I would recommend not letting the cat outside until they are certain that this is their new home. (Actually these days I'd hesitate to let the cat out unsupervised at all, but I'm not dogmatic -- ...
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Can an abused, malnourished and matted poodle 2½ - 3 yrs old ever show unconditional love like he was intended to?

Having done rescue work for Mastiffs for a number of years I firmly believe that the answer is yes. BUT, it takes a ton of patience and a lot of time. It isn't an easy or quick road at all. Our worse ...
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Integrating a kitten - meowing back

To get the kitten out of hiding, try to get her to play. A fishing rod toy is the best because you can have some distance to the cat so it does not get scared. When you start playing with her try to ...
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Two New Kittens

Kittens in a new home will be scared of all the new smells, sounds and sights and it's expected that they will hide for a while, especially after the trauma of being taken from their mother. The more ...
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Transporting new cat with resident's cat blanket?

You should reduce the stress to a minimum, and that means reducing the sensual input. Being caught in a place with the intense scent of another cat will probably stress the new cat because she "...
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What next for our scared shelter cat?

he got upset and lashed out when we tried to get hands on him to get him the carrier This a mistake that so many people make even with well-balanced cats. They make the carrier into "the scary ...
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What next for our scared shelter cat?

Firstly, I have to emphasise how noble it is for you to take home such a cat. There are a few questions on this site on how someone might regain the trust of a cat after they abuse the cat. Your ...
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What would be a good breed of dog for a first time owner?

Could anyone recommend a breed? No. Because the breed does not define the character of the dog. It's true that certain breeds have certain characteristics. For example Border Collies or Australian ...
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How do I care for a freshly neutered cat that hates my guts?

I understand that adopting a pet and having problems with it you didn't expect can make you feel anxious about your decision to adopt. Given though that others have called the cat friendly and sweet, ...
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I'm worried about my dog and cat interacting with each other

This is extremely similar to my own cat and dog. I have a small dog that loves to chase birds and she used to chase my cat as well. So for the first several months we had to keep a very watchful eye ...
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