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Saliva contains coagulants, so the mother chewing on the cord and licking the stump will help the blood clot, while cutting it with a blade would not clot naturally until a large amount of blood escaped—perhaps a fatal amount. Tying the umbilical closed with a thread at the navel end will stop circulation to/from the kitten's body so you can safely cut the ...


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You seem to be under the assumption that cats and dogs feel about sex like humans do. That assumption is totally 100% wrong. In fact, the way humans treat sex (casually, for pleasure and recreation much more often than for reproduction) is extremely rare in animals. If a dog or wolf lives in a natural pack structure and never manages to be the "Alpha&...


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I couldn't diagnose the cause of this problem itself, but I would offer some insight. I don't think it would be possible to reliably diagnose this over the Internet, without physical examination performed by a specialized veterinarian, after all. At first, as far as I know, grit is not the source of dietary calcium. Chickens, and some other birds as well, ...


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There is no limit on how long a dog can abstain from intercourse. It can cause some frustration, especially in spring time during the natural mating season, but as far as I know there are no negative health impacts. The macho behavior during mating season is more likely caused by hormones and not influenced by whether or not the dog mates. In fact, if dogs (...


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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 starts separating herself slowly from the kittens to teach them to be independent. Leaving the kitten with the mother until 8 weeks of age is the minimum. If ...


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The umbilical cord and the placenta is a part of the kitten's circulatory system. To be sure the kitten does not bleed to death, the blood vessels in the umbilical cord are tied off. Normally the mother will chew off the umbilical cord, but if she doesn't you need to cut it yourself. The mother chewing off the umbilical cord will crush it; this will close ...


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The term is "inbreeding depression," which means the reduced fitness of a population as a whole due to inbreeding. The effect comes naturally from the way genetics works, and so just about every species could be affected by it if for some reason there was a small isolated population and thus a small amount of genetic diversity. In this sort of case, if an ...


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I also have a chicken as a pet, but she is an Easter egg chicken. For a while, her eggs were similar to yours in the picture, so I moved her playground cage to a grassier place with more bugs/worms and sunlight. I also gave her more fruit like apple cores and grapes and watermelon peels in addition to regular chicken feed; not sure if that helped, but I ...


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I think all the symptoms point to the direction that your cat is in heat. Still to rule out any possible underlying medical condition do visit a vet. Cats in heat give some difficult time to owners. If you think that you can't handle all the difficulties go for spaying your cat. Also if you have no plans for having some kitten, spaying helps a cat prevent ...


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I did not receive an answer here, so I wanted to post my own experiences. A couple of days later the bird became less aggressive, came out of the nest box more often, and stayed out for longer. When the time came to move her to a new cage, she was upset and kept screaming for a while. I put the nest box in the new cage, but she would not go and sit on the ...


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Let's clear up the terms first... Menstruation is the regular discharge of blood and mucosal tissue from the inner lining of the uterus through the vagina. Only humans and animals with a uterus can menstruate and reptiles do not have a uterus. Premenstrual syndrome refers to emotional and physical symptoms that regularly occur in the one to two weeks before ...


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My sister's dog died of ovarian cancer two months back, and this would have been avoided if the dog had been spayed. A dog or cat's sex life is 100% stressful and 0% pleasure, so leaving the dog or cat intact leads to stress for the dog/cat and stress for the owner. The risk of cancer in the reproductive organs of cats and dogs is greatly elevated if they ...


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In a well functioning group of lions there will be one alpha male and one or more females and their daughters,the males job is to reproduce and to keep other males away from the territory. He will not kill the babies in his group but he will chase the male babies away when they get older,This is to avoid competition for resources in his territory(the female ...


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The eggs need to stay in a very humid environment to hatch. I had several batches hatch when deposited on the glass above the water line with a good glass top. If there is more than a tiny ( 2% ?) opening in the top , or heat from a light ( even fluorescent) near the eggs they won't hatch. I don't remember any problem with the young finding the water.


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It is possible that the other eggs are infertile (especially if this is their first clutch). Normal incubation for budgies is usually 18 days. Since there's no way to know which egg was laid on which day (unless you marked them), do not remove them until at least 20 days after the last egg was laid. When you do remove them, hold them close to a bright light (...


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I'm sure you couldn't be neglecting her for years, she would have shown some symptoms for sure. My 17 year old RES has stopped laying eggs for years too, and I haven't found a good explanation for this yet. She laid some beautiful clutches of eggs for about 3 years and then for the last 5 or more years, she hasn't. She eats well (voraciously!) and has some ...


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When a cow or horse collapses and doesn't get treated by a vet, chances for death are very high. Problem is that, in this state, even a vet can't do much - the cow could be operated on if a cause was known or highly suspected - again nothing an ordinary person could do due to lack of instruments, knowledge and skill, for a start. Not eating food for an ...


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As thousands of young (human) involuntary mothers could probably tell you, you can't be sure. Consult your vet, he'll be able to help you to determine the exact situation and what could or should possibly be done (as we don't know you dog's health status etc. either).


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