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Is it safe to let an amputee cat go outside?

I've seen plenty of animals with missing limbs playing and exploring outdoors without problems. Your situation is a bit different though. Your cat is a recent amputee. Losing a limb is a serious ...
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Completely outdoor cat from scratch?

This will be an unpopular answer, but here goes. We had a small farm as a young family, partly because I am an animal lover, and partly to teach my children the true cost of their food (and I'm not ...
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How can I prevent my cat from killing animals and birds?

My cat also went through a stage (of about 5 years) where she caught and killed everything in our garden and brought it home. The only thing that worked was to tire her out by playing games with toys ...
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Is it safe to let an amputee cat go outside?

I would keep him indoors. If he gets into a fight with another cat, he would be at a disadvantage because of his missing back leg and tail, and could get seriously injured. He should be able to climb ...
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Can dogs differentiate edible fungi?

Well, as you noted, dogs can eat a lot of things that would kill a human and, given that they're scavengers by nature, will find them to eat. However, mushroom poisoning in dogs is a very frequent ...
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How can I protect my dogs from my neighbor's two pitbulls without shooting them?

TL;DR You have a conflict where your neighbor's self-interest and yours don't seem to align. You also have a moral responsibility to take preventive action before your dogs are hurt, rather than ...
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Completely outdoor cat from scratch?

My family has good experiences with adopting young feral cats, but admittedly we kept them in the house for a few weeks to make them associate our house with their new home. Compared to getting an in-...
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In what temperature ranges are Labrador-type dogs comfortable outside?

It really depends on where you live and on the dog (breed/coat, age, health, personality). Each dog is different and has different needs. Some dogs can withstand the cold, but really hate it and ...
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Dangers from street-cat bite that left a tiny speckle of blood?

The bites of free-roaming animals like stray cats and dogs are always risky, because these animals may have recently had contact with rodents, vermin and filth. As pointed out by this Wikipedia ...
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Are there alternatives to electric fences that use GPS instead of buried cables?

A basic search online against "GPS electric fence" using any given search engine reveals several brands of electric fences using GPS technology vs. using wireless technology. Here is a video ...
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Ok to let my indoor house cat outside in area frequented by strays?

If stray or neighborhood cats are getting into your yard, your cat will be able to get out of it, and make no mistake--your cat is faster and more agile than you. You will not be able to stop him from ...
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Is it safe to let an amputee cat go outside?

Your cat has just suffered a severe injury from being outdoors. There is no way to look at this and not conclude that the area he roamed was already unsafe for him. So the answer to the question of if ...
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How can I protect my dogs from my neighbor's two pitbulls without shooting them?

As I see it there are two similar issues here. a) Stopping your dogs going next door is your problem. If your dogs get torn to pieces next door, that should be on your conscience, not your neighbours....
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Camping with two puppies in December

I would be very careful and not overdo it. If your puppies have been exclusively indoors, their fur differs from an outside dog. Outside dogs have greasier fur to protect against moisture and they get ...
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Can a pug be trained for extended hiking?

If you keep the pug fit and healthy, it could likely last on a decent hike, but 15km would be pushing it. Remember that pugs are small and don't breath well. Plus, the pug will be taking, like, 10x ...
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Should I be worried about neighbours' cats in the context of my outdoor rabbits?

Even though @Elmy has a point I am going to assume that you are worried stray cats might hurt your rabbits. This is definitely something you should mind. Cats can prey on pet rabbits. In my ...
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Family loyal dog for long-term travel

There are several aspects you need to consider, including: Breed Traditional herding and guard breeds were bred exactly for your purpose: to protect familiar individuals (animals or humans) from ...
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Is overhead cable running leash suitable for all dogs?

Full disclaimer, I'm the owner of Rover Roamer Aerial Dog Runs, but I think I may be able to contribute to the conversation. These points come from my own experience. For a dog, even worse than ...
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What is a good moisturizer for a dog's pads?

Vaseline works just fine. A dab on the paws before bed and a dab before walks. If you want I'd shop for one but you can make homemade moisturizers for your dog. Shea butter Lavender oil (...
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How can I protect my dogs from my neighbor's two pitbulls without shooting them?

As I understand things, by paying for your vet bills, your neighbor has admitted that his dogs are dangerous - you should be able to take all the documentary evidence you have (you did keep it all, ...
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How can I protect my dogs from my neighbor's two pitbulls without shooting them?

Stating like the others, that I am not a lawyer and not even a US citizen: For solid legal advice see a lawyer. However I still wish to outline something: If your neighbour's dogs are attacking ...
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Can I let my tortoise play outside while it's raining?

As long as the weather doesn't get too cold, and sunshine is not continously absent, then your tortoise should be okay outside. I remember from the last question your tortoise was a red foot tortoise, ...
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Are there alternatives to electric fences that use GPS instead of buried cables?

Electric dog fences are really only safe for dogs that don't really need fencing. An excited dog who sees another dog, a squirrel, a cat, is liable to run right through the electric fence, and will ...
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How to keep my cats warm in outside cat house?

So, cats are very clean creatures. If there is odor, assuming you mean cat box smells, you need to clean it much more often. Cats don't like the smell either so they may be going outside the box. ...
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How to keep my cats warm in outside cat house?

I agree with M.Mat, kittens or even cats that are used to inside shouldn't be placed outdoors. Those outside cat houses, some that are heated, are usually used for strays that frequent an area but ...
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What kinds of fences/toppers would deter cats from yard without harming a toddler?

There's likely very little you can do to prevent a cat from getting into a place it has its mind set on getting into. Cats are agile, athletic, and acrobatic. Making your fence unclimbable won't ...
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My kitten ran away, what are the chances of her coming home and/or surviving?

Most likely your cat is really close to where you live, but really scared. When you can't see it, it is very likely alive and well, but scared. Take a look under dense bushes and in small spaces. You ...
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Letting cat in and out when living in upstairs apartment

For starters, I have never owned a cat so I'm not experienced in this field but there are a lot of cats in my area. I have seen quite some people who attach wooden stairs to the outside wall of their ...
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