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How can I fix my relationship with my 7 month old cat after I've constantly abused her the past month?

As in human cases of abuse, if you genuinely want to repair the relationship, the first and most essential thing to accept is you may not be able to. Especially with a young kitten, it's entirely ...
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How can I fix my relationship with my 7 month old cat after I've constantly abused her the past month?

Honestly, it sounds as though you shouldn't have a cat right now. There is never any excuse to needlessly hurt an animal and, whilst your critical write-up of your own behaviour is a start, it ...
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How can I keep our cats from endangering my pregnant wife?

First of all, please calm down. Your question sounds as if any interaction with your cats would potentially endanger the life of your unborn child, but that is not the case. It's not the cat itself ...
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Can I allow my puppy near my breast?

15 days is way too young to separate a puppy from the mother. Like Trond Hansen wrote, the puppy has to eat mother's milk in this age to be healthy and it needs the body of the mum to stay warm and ...
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How to stop adopted stray/feral cat from scratching trees?

Wouldn't it be a better solution to protect the trees from the cat than to remove the cat from the family? First of all, it's impossible to teach a cat not to scratch on anything. The claws of cats ...
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Should I let my cat go outside?

If I were in your shoes, I would not let the cat go outside. It is just my personal opinion based on safety, though - and I'm saying this as a person who thinks that indoor cats are indeed missing an ...
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Dad accidentally sat on my cat

If she’s behaving completely normally (other than probably avoiding your dad) rather than hiding, walking funny or being lethargic, she’s probably fine. I’d keep an eye on her for the next couple days ...
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My cat loves coconut oil. Is it safe to give him some?

Coconut oil is safe for cats, if given in moderation. Potential side effects include: Upset stomach Diarrhoea Pancreatitis Weight gain Allergic reaction to coconut oil Since you've been letting your ...
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I was bitten by a kitten not even a month old, what should I do?

First off, rule one for an animal bite (beyond the obvious first step of thoroughly cleaning it and properly bandaging it) is to contact your doctor ASAP, even if it seems innocuous. There are two ...
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Is it safe for a cat to be with a Covid patient?

TLDR: Not really. While the risk is low, COVID-19 seems to be fairly indiscriminate, with documented cases of dogs, cats, zoo otters and farmed minks getting it. Most corona virus (There's a whole ...
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Semi-feral cat broke a tooth. Should I give her aspirin?

As a veterinarian I would caution against this. Obviously nobody wants this cat to be in pain, but I do not feel that aspirin will provide much benefit and could actually cause some harm. First, ...
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Should I let my cat go outside?

Buy a cat harness and take him out on supervised walks on a leash. Cat harnesses are a simple, affordable method for a cat owner to take their cat outdoors and let them explore in a safe, supervised ...
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How can I free a snake from duct tape?

The last thing you want to do is forcibly remove the snake from the tape. Doing so will harm the snake, by pulling off its scales. Sorry, but touching it is out of the question. Unfortunately you'...
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Dad accidentally sat on my cat

Cats are surprisingly sturdy creatures. By your description, she doesn't appear to act anyway out of normal. She moves normally, eats normally, acts normally. You can keep eye on her for few days for ...
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How can I fix my relationship with my 7 month old cat after I've constantly abused her the past month?

I've been very close to a situation very similar to this, where a person spiralled really (=very physically abusively) badly with a new pet, came to their senses and felt horrified after a few months,...
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Can I allow my puppy near my breast?

15 days is extremely young for a puppy to be away from its mother, that said it sounds like you ended up with the puppy from a local shelter, so the mother or a surrogate mother may not be available. ...
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How to deal with the parvovirus infected dead body?

I'm sorry for your loss, but with this particular virus I would be very careful. The safest solution is to cremate her body or leave her with the vet or clinic, but I can understand if you want to ...
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How can I fix my relationship with my 7 month old cat after I've constantly abused her the past month?

The cat is still young and learning. You want to unteach it that moving and making sounds are potentially dangerous by encouraging the behaviours you want. Ideally there's a type of food it likes, ...
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Worried about domestic cat and urban cat fight

Cats are extremely territorial animals. Most of the fights break out when territory is contested. Once territory is established, they no longer fight. Cats doing small excursions to other's territory ...
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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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Does my dog need boots for winter?

Have you ever seen wolves hunt in the snow wearing their winter boots? 😉 So the short answer is: No, unless there's a specific medical condition you don't. Make sure the dog has a warm place to stay ...
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Basset Hound ate 1lb of frozen beef from counter

Short answer is that he'll be fine. Dogs are primarily scavengers and not quite the hunters we used to think they were, though they're still predators and have some of those instincts. What that ...
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When can my newborn human baby hug my cat?

It's not easy to give one definitive answer - it's never really absolutely and completely safe, even healthy adults could get infected by pathogens transmitted from the cat. On the other hand - we ...
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Should I let my cat go outside?

It is not necessarily a bad idea if you take the necessary precautions. A cat who used to wander freely outside knows the dangers and pitfalls of the outside. However, you need to take some ...
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How can you tell if neck biting between dogs is too rough?

As an FYI before reading, I've cited a source towards the end of this post for most of the information you'll find in it. Typically when two dogs are playing rough, it's better to let them figure ...
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When can my newborn human baby hug my cat?

You need to be present in the room if your child is to pet the cat. Young babies have little control of their body, so he might scare your cat. This might lead to the cat clawing or biting your child, ...
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Is Cerenia (maropitant) safe for my cat?

As a vet who sees a lot of cats, Cerenia is one of the most common drugs I turn to for cats these days. It is far superior to many of the other anti-emetics used in the past. It is nice in that it ...
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My kitten ate a coffee bean

Contact your vet. Caffeine is indeed toxic to cats. According to vetmeds.org, cats can only tolerate about 36 to 68 milligrams per pound. For a small cat, they estimate that amounts to less than .05 ...
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