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How do I deal with dogs in the bedroom?

My girlfriend and I fostered a dog who was insistent on being in the bed with us every night. Something that ended up working for us was to put a couple old shirts in her dog bed (because they smell ...
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Diurnal, crepuscular, nocturnal, matutinal, vespertine; what do these mean and how do they impact my pet's life?

Diurnal by definition means of or during the day. Animals that are diurnal are active during the day. Though times of activity of an animal are in relevance to the animal, as in it is to its advantage,...
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Pulling my cat back to bed

Stop trying to force your cat to go to bed. Cats sleep a lot more than us humans do. According to Wikipedia up to 20 hours a day. And they sleep differently as well in that they are prey animals in ...
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Should I do anything if I catch my cat sleeping on the floor?

My cat does this too. You have to remember, cats were not always domestic animals. They still have instincts and memories from when they were wild animals. In the wild, there is no fluffy bed or cat ...
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Is it safe to let my cat sleep completely covered in blanket where oxygen supply becomes very low?

Unless your blanket is a solid plastic sheet or some other gas impermeable material your cat will not suffocate. Normal woven fiber blankets still allow air to pass though the fibers. As long as you ...
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My cat shakes its legs when trying to sleep, why?

You may be observing your cat having hypnic jerks. From http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hypnic_jerk A hypnic jerk, hypnagogic jerk, sleep start, sleep twitch or night start, is an involuntary ...
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My cat is not sleeping at night since I switched to a night shift job

You can take your t-shirt that you have used for the day and put it on the cat's bed. This makes your cat more comfortable as your cat can smell you even if you are not there in person. I have used ...
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How many hours a day is it normal for a cat to sleep?

Cats can, and will, sleep for 15 to 20 hours a day, but it's important to realize that it's usually a light doze and not the full-blown deep sleep. They're quite able to spring into action from this ...
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How to get a cat to sleep in a cat bed?

Cats and dogs become very accustomed to recognizing your scent. This also applies to items belonging to you that carry your scent. If you spend a solid amount of time with your cat and it likes to ...
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Dog with red eye because sleeps with eye opened (photo)

Looks like his nictitating membrane (the "third eye lid") is inflamed. You should go to the vet for several reasons: Get some antibiotic or anti-inflammatory eye drops to treat the current ...
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Is it bad for the cat's health if I keep prodding my cat to play when she wants to rest or sleep?

Cats aren't toys! They are living creatures - and like (most) living creatures they need a sufficient amount of sleep in order to maintain their health, and cats in particular sleep quite a lot (16-...
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Diurnal, crepuscular, nocturnal, matutinal, vespertine; what do these mean and how do they impact my pet's life?

These terms all fall under various sleep clocks that animals may follow. Sleep patterns for almost all species are monitored by the light given off the by the sun. If you've ever woken up early in the ...
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How To Reduce Dog Snoring

I have had experience with snoring dogs. When I exercise my dogs all day, especially right before bed, they tend to be so outrageously tired that they snore all night (but not too loudly that it keeps ...
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Dog keeps eating my cats medicated food

Put the cat food up on a counter where the cat can get to it but the dog can't. If the cat does not get all of the medicine you can create worms in the cat that are immune to drug you are using to ...
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Do Cats Sleep Better With The Light On Or Off At Night?

It does matter if you have the light on or off for cats, or any animal that sleeps. Inside cats' brains along with mammals and some reptiles' brains, they have what is called the pineal gland. This ...
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How do I deal with dogs in the bedroom?

Look into crate training. It is a great solution and once crate trained the dogs really like their beds and sleep well. It also gives them a bed that they feel comfortable in away from home. It is ...
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How to get a cat to sleep in a cat bed?

Cats don't do something because you tell them to. Cats do what they want, and you have limited influence on steering their own voluntary behavior. Cats don't scratch things because we buy them ...
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My cat tried to tuck me in bed. What does it mean?

The behaviour is called Kneading. There could be multiple reason for it, but I'll go with Bedding Down: The wild ancestors of domestic cats liked to lay down on soft, comfortable surfaces to either ...
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How much play time does a 5-month old kitten need?

For mammalian children like your cat it is always a good time for a playtime unless they are sleeping or are otherwise temporarily distracted by their physiological needs. So I think it's not really ...
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Why does my puppy sleep so much?

Yes, this is absolutely normal; no, your baby isn't narcoleptic. Puppies sleep a lot -- just like babies and toddlers. If you take a look at this source, the estimated amount of sleep that a 16-week-...
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Why do cats tuck their heads when sleeping?

An additional thing to consider: Cats like warmth. Curling up vs stretching is the ideal sleeping position to maintain body temperature, or keep warm when the temperature is cold for all animals, as ...
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How many hours should a cat sleep to be healthy? What are the effects of less and more sleep? Is it same for feral cats?

Cats average about 15 hours a day sleeping, sometimes as much as 20! This is because they are crepuscular creatures which means they are primarily active at dawn and at dusk as this is the best time ...
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Pulling my cat back to bed

I second the advice of the answer from Flummox - you can't control when or where a cat sleeps. It is simply not possible. Why can't you let her roam the house and sleep when and where she wants? If ...
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Cat won't let me sleep at night

Is there a room that you can put the cat into at night, along with her litter box and her bed (or a cushion that she can use as a bed, if you haven't already gotten her one)? Another bedroom, a ...
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How do I make a cat fall asleep?

The first thing to make sure is that you take your cat on small trips in your car so that she gets used to it. Start it with a trip for a few minutes and then return home. This is to show your cat ...
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My cat shakes its legs when trying to sleep, why?

My seemingly perfectly healthy and well-cared for (micro chips, shots, regular vet check-ups, topical flea drops etc etc) 5 month old male kitten has started doing this, but his brother hasn't. I ...
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My cat shakes its legs when trying to sleep, why?

By observation and experimentation I've learnt that this behavior shows in my cat when he hasn't eaten in a long period of time (4 hours for example). I'm trying to keep him fed every 4 hours or so. ...
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Should I do anything if I catch my cat sleeping on the floor?

If the temperature in your house gets above 23-25C it is normal for most cats to lay on a hard surface to cool themselves down. Absolutely all cats in the world do this, both the big cats in nature ...
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Can dogs get sleep apnea?

Sleep Apnea isn't a disorder that is isolated to just humans. Dogs can also be affected by this disorder. Cases of Sleep Apnea in dogs will result in drop in blood oxygen levels and interrupted ...
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