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Auto feeder: do cats need a bowl for their kibble, or is gathering from floor ok?

As long as the area the food falls on is kept clean with cat-safe cleaners and daily/bi-daily vacuuming or similar, this is actually a far better option than feeding in a bowl. It feeds your cat what ...
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How do I help my dog adjust after moving?

I had this same issue with our dog. It sounds like separation anxiety. We solved the issue by using counter conditioning. Basically, you want to make the thing she fears (your leaving) associated ...
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Why is my Persian 9 month old kitten so scared of me? In fact it is getting worse

I have had two kittens from a very young age 6-8 weeks. I suggest gentle persuasion. Make sure he has love, support from you. Don't force affection, reach your hand out slowly let him smell you. ...
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Why is my Persian 9 month old kitten so scared of me? In fact it is getting worse

Well first of all, the cat isn't shutting you out when it closes its eyes. Usually that is a sign they are at ease or are fine with you being there. Since it's still a kitten and doesn't have its ...
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Is it okay to talk to a dog?

It does not harm, but your dog has no clue what you're saying. They are, however, very adept at reading body language cues, so it can sometimes seem like they 'understand'. (They do, but they ...
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Am I losing my cat?

This may be severe illness, having the veterinary see your cat is urgent. Vet examination does not have to bind you into further payments due to an expensive treatment, if such is needed. You may ...
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10 yo cat prone to cystitis (probably stress related)

It sounds like your vet has recommended all the major treatments for this frustrating condition. Diet One thing you did not mention in detail is diet. This is a cat I would put on a prescription ...
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How to efficiently catch my own fish?

IMO, a clear acrylic fish trap is the least stressful method. If done correctly, fish often have no clue they're being trapped at all. It's not always possible to catch everything because some fish ...
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How can I reduce sound-related stress for my cat?

If your cat is okay in noisy environments, then it sounds like she is afraid of sudden, unexpected noises. This is fairly normal (for all animals) because a sudden, unexpected noise could be a ...
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Cat got badly scared and is now unpredictably jumpy around me

Your cat is scared because her instincts interpreted the loud noise as a threat in her territory, but being unable to identify what that threat was, she is also unable to determine that it is now gone....
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Is 12 too old for a cat to move to Australia?

That's a tough dilemma - and not one that has an easy or straightforward answer. For most breeds 12 is relatively old but not decrepit, flying however is stressful and scary for them and for some ...
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What are the signs that my cat is not happy playing with my toddler son?

Ok some signs are that the cat would be slashing his tail around if he didn't like the playing. You may see whiskers pointed forward as a sign to attack or scare Hugo. Or ears to the back if he was to ...
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Leaving an American Eskimo dog at home with another person while on vacation

My advice would be to never leave a dog with a complete stranger. This will increase anxiety and nerves. If you want to board it with someone, make sure that they are very well introduced to the dog ...
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How long will it take for a dog to adjust to a new home

This will definitely vary dog to dog and can even affect their house training since they don't know where to go. If your dog seems to be taking a while to adjust introduce them to the new house like ...
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Is it advisable to "tame" a turtle?

It all depends on what you want to get from your pet turtle. If you get happiness just from providing it with a happy habitat and seeing it go about it's day amicably, then your turtle should become ...
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Does my isolated neon need a companion

Like you added in a comment, a plant like java moss or something that floats would probably make the fish more comfortable. Snails would also be acceptable as they are interesting for curious or bored ...
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Am I making the stray cat uncomfortable with my touch?

Closing her eyes is an indication the cat trusts you. When a cat is feeling wary of its surroundings, its natural instinct is to stay alert. A cat will only relax enough to close its eyes or sleep if ...
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How do I help my dog adjust after moving?

The answer about using a Kong is good. Since you have the time to do this now it is best if you follow a specific routine when leaving and always leave her in the same area. Using a crate is best ...
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How do I stop my 2 year old Siamese from soiling my bed and my nan's bed (on occasion, the dog's bed)?

For us, what worked was confining the cat (with the litter box of course), to an area with no access to any beds/bedrooms. For us, this meant the cement-floored portion of our basement. We spent a ...
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My kitten licks me constantly, should I be worried?

There's nothing to worry about, it's just because he extra loves you, and wants you to smell like him and be his. When you see him licking himself a-lot, that could be a sign of anxiety. But if you'...
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Stop territorial aggression in my dog

I would say that a quick response will not happen. Normally for a dog to get used to a action/ situation they would need at minimum of a thousand repetitions of that action. For example having a ...
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Is it stressful for cats to be able to birdwatch/hunt from inside but never actually be able to make a kill (indoor only)?

My female kitten does a similar thing - we have netting over the balcony, so she watches birds but can't catch them. It doesn't seem to cause her any stress, and I think she views it as more of a game....
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Can a rabbit be scared to death?

Our rabbit just died today because she was young and got scared to death by out giant dog. She escaped the cage and ran in front of him, he lunged, she ran and hid as he tried to grab her and when I ...
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Leaving an American Eskimo dog at home regularly

Many dogs adapt well to two meals and two walks a day, especially in an active family environment. Mix in family outings where the dog joins your family. Consider longer walks, hikes, day trips, ...
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My dog is aggressive around other dogs

You're going to have to think outside-of-the-box for combination of possible remedies like: try walking with a friend and their dog to get them familiar with the idea that the other dog isn't a threat ...
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Behavior problems with two of my cats

Step One: Observe your cats. The first step in stopping bullying behavior is to observe your cats' behavior with a particular eye to the situations where bullying is happening, especially if there is ...
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Traveling with a cat by train

Caution: sedatives may cause breathing problems that require immediate medical treatment, which presumably won’t be available on your train. Most carriers prohibit sedated animals (unless accompanied ...
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Cat has recurring urinary bladder/tract inflammation due to stress

Male cats are known to be prone to develop urinary stones, especially neutered ones. My first action would be to have the urine checked for crystals under a microscope. The vet needs a few drops of ...
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What's Causing my cat's hair loss?

I had a foster cat who was also overgrooming to the point of extreme hair loss. Obviously an exam by a vet would be the most ideal, but since you said it's limited in your area I can share with you ...
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