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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 possible you've scarred her for life. Even if she can recover in general, she may never be able to respond to you without fear. The second most essential thing is ...


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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 certainly doesn't help the animal that has been abused. From the incidents that you've described, the cat could have sustained substantial injuries and needs to be ...


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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 comfortable. This could be the reason the puppy searches for the body contact with you. The near breast is not its aim I believe, because there is no smell of ...


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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 grow in layers and must be shortened and sharpened. By scratching on hard, rough surfaces, preferably tree bark, cats shed the old outer layer of their claws, ...


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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 and take her to a vet if you see any strange behavior, but if she’s running and playing as usual, it doesn’t sound like she was hurt.


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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 cat have small amounts without any allergic reactions, I would think it is safe to assume that he is not allergic. Coconut oil has many benefits for cats and ...


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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 important, but non-essential aspect of their lives. Also, I tend to get deeply bonded with all the pets I'm taking care for, maybe too much, or maybe not - thus ...


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Why do cats lick plastic bags? Extensive online research shows it is not just plastic bags which appear to be cat tongue attractants, but photographs as well. The activity of bag licking varies among cats; not all cats lick bags and not all bags get licked. There is no definitive answer, but most theories support @JohnCavan's answer of bags being rendered ...


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This article from Princeton University deals with laser pointer use and human effect, and it mentions that use of laser pointers that are higher than 5 mW are dangerous and should not be used, so it seems like the green one might be safe, although they recommend that the lower the output the better, as they will be safer. Like with any laser, avoid pointing ...


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From a behavioral perspective, picking up an adult cat by the scruff is not recommended because the cat has already outgrown it's kitten reflex to go limp when their scruff is held. This behavior is typically used by a dominant cat (the mother) on a subordinate cat (the kitten). If you use this technique to lift your cat when they've done nothing wrong, ...


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Of course, there is a huge difference. I'd never condone holding an 8 kg cat in the air by the scruff of the neck : always keep his back paws on ground, and as far as the answer linked in the question is concerned, release him as soon as he has swallowed his pill. And don't use scruffing when not necessary. That being said, having tried to pill my cat ...


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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 fashion, and also minimize the risk that they'll kill innocent wild animals. Just put it on him periodically around the house to get him used to it, then attach ...


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The short answer is no. The longer answer: Your pet rabbit is probably a different breed than the wild rabbits you see around. It's been bred from tame/domesticated rabbits for generations. It doesn't smell like them, and it doesn't know how anything about living wild. If you let it go free, it will almost certainly be killed or eaten. If you are in an ...


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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. If that is a case I would recommend you go that shelter or a veterinarian to find out the best care regimen for the puppy in terms of diet and socialization. ...


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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 any changes in normal behavior and take her to vet if she suddenly changes, but by all accounts it seems she is not hurt. Well, maybe her pride and she might ...


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He gets lonely after losing his companion. Attention seeking adventures on your desk help him a lot. Every kind of attention you give a cat is attention. The cat gets noticed. Be it just a lifting off the desk or whatever, he gets what he came looking for. When you know you are going to work at the desk, start by playing with your cat first. After a healthy ...


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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're going to have to get close if you want to save the snake. It's a harmless snake, so you have nothing to be afraid of. You can wear gloves if that makes you ...


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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, and spent years doing all they could to put it right and undo it. So first thing to say is, I believe you, when you say how bad it was, and that you want to ...


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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, like a cat treat or catnip, that you can use to reward the previously-punished behaviour. Spend a lot of time being as non-threatening around it as you can, re-...


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This FDA page has the majority of the answers to your questions. The Jerky Pet Treats Fact Sheet (PDF) is an FDA-hosted resource for pet owners. I will summarize the major points below, but if you are concerned, you need to visit the FDA site. Regarding the news alerts The primary FDA Jerky Treats page updates with alerts. This has been going on since ...


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Cooked bones can be dangerous for dogs or cats. The cooking dries them out and makes them more likely to splinter. I've been advised by vets to give dogs and cats raw bones, never cooked. The size of the dog would make a difference, too - a large dog is much more likely to gulp down a chicken bone whole and have it lodge somewhere it shouldn't, where a ...


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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 precautions. Have your cat carry an easy break collar with your phone number on it. Have your cat microchipped. Have your cat vaccinated. Some people don't vaccinate ...


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Snakes are extremely beneficial to have around, as they are very effective in keeping down vermin populations. However, there are many species that will quite happily eat eggs, hatchling chicks, or even full-grown chickens if the snake is large enough. I'm not an advocate of killing snakes, even poisonous ones. There are some nonlethal steps you can take ...


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When transporting cats in carriers, I always put the crates in the back seat of the car and run the seat belt through the handle on the top and around the side of the crate. Like with children, the back seat is safest for cats and other pets, not only physically in event of a crash, but also limiting distraction to the driver (as when I have the crate in the ...


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The primary safety issue with invisible / electronic / underground fences is that they do not protect your pet from people and animals coming to your dog and possibly harming it. A standard fence, for example, keeps unfriendly dogs out as much as it keeps your dog in. As for the collars, I bought a Tri-Tronics vibration only collar for one of my deaf dogs (...


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