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If she's not satisfied with food/drink it may be that she is actually seeking nothing more than attention. Adult cats don't meow to each other (in cat-world it's only used to communicate between mothers and kittens) so she's definitely trying to say something to you. As to what, well that's a bit harder to be sure on (sadly there's no cat-translator yet) as ...


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The gist of the question is how to infer what a cat is asking for. Generally, I make myself available to the cat. Acknowledge their meow, make eye contact, stand in front of them, and wait for the cat to explain what it wants. That seems to generally work. From experience, cats understand your silent attention as not knowing what to do. Usually, I'll get ...


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Odds are, the cat's as wary of you as you are of her. She wants to know if she can trust you. These cautious approaches are very typical, and you're handling it very well. As she starts to get more comfortable with you, she'll stick around longer for more attention. Not chasing after her or holding her in your lap when she wants to go are very good things, ...


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Try following her. My cat will sometimes meow incessantly until I get up and follow her to a dirty litter box, empty water bowl, or a closed door.


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This is a very tricky problem for the simple fact that your dog gets rewarded every time it barks at a passerby. In the dog's head, it's all very simple. Person approaches, dog barks, person leaves. Yay to the power of barking! Depending on the size of your garden, if none of TildalWave's suggestions are an option, you might have to temporarily keep your ...


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Often cats will drool when they're happy. My youngest boy will drool a big puddle on me every day if I let him. I suspect that your cat's nose is getting wet from a small amount of drool. Normally drool isn't anything to worry about. It can indicate state of mind (cats drool when they're happy/relaxed, and also when they're nervous). However, drool can ...


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Rabbits make a variety of sounds. The following are the most significant. The loudest normal sound is non-vocal: foot stomps. Anyone who has seen Thumper in the Disney movie is familiar with this action. The bunny will stomp one of their powerful back legs. It conveys extreme displeasure or sends a warning of danger. I usually refer to it as bunny ...


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This is a tricky one to fix and that's because you don't want the dog to stop barking at all, especially if they're going to bark if you have an intruder. You do want to be able to stop the dog barking when you tell it to, though. First, let's examine a couple of things you should not do: Shout at the dog : You should never shout at the dog; this basically ...


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Cats are considered to be crepuscular and/or nocturnal creatures. The exact nature depends on the cat itself. In either case, they are generally more active at night, and less active during day which is why cats end up sleeping for most of the day. At night, they are more awake and can become restless since the whole house is sleeping. This is the most ...


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For the most part rabbits are silent, but not entirely. We've had three pet rabbits and they did, from time to time, grunt. Most of the time it was when they got irritated by the cats, but also when they decided that they didn't like something we were doing (like stealing their plastic keys). At any rate, the grunting sound is a sign of displeasure and a ...


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Dogs are territorial and will protect their area whenever there is some natural or an artificial border separating their territory from not their territory. Most of them aren't too aggressive at that tho, and if you opened the fence doors you'd likely observe your dog bark while a passer by walks next to the fence, and stop soon after they pass by the open ...


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First it is important to know that this kind of screaming is normal for the dog. Very young puppies will scream continuously when separated from the litter. That behaviour evolves but it makes sense for the dog: being reunited with his social group. So don't get angry or too nervous and don't resent the dog, he is not doing that to challenge your sanity (...


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Things to remember/think about: You just got her from her usual environment. The binding phase where dogs learn to interact and live with humans is long over. It sounds like she had not much interactions with humans? 5 months is rather a teenager than a puppy. Prepare for a hard time measured in weeks/months, not in hours/days. Things to do: Stay calm. ...


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First, I disagree with the training method that the website you found provided. I have barking issues with my current dog, and when talking to the trainer about it, the following was suggested (I have an article, maybe I can try and find it later). For now I'll write a little pseudo-article below. Positively Correcting "Random Barking" in Dogs ...


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Feral cats don't meow at people, as a rule. I have cared for some ferals that eventually meowed at me after years of consistent feeding (I have a managed, TNR-ed colony). Your visiting cat has had contact with people at some point. Its shyness indicates that some of that contact has been negative/abusive/scary, or else the cat has been on its own for so ...


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I'd agree with Tijesunimi... your cat is -REALLY- getting into the spirit of the hunt. A true growl is always aggressive. In this case your cat is saying "THIS IS MINE, EVERYONE BACK OFF FROM IT!" That doesn't necessarily mean that the cat actually thinks you or someone / something else is trying to take it away (it can, but it doesn't have to). In this ...


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Have you tried counter-conditioning your dogs using a positive (reward) based approach? That is, when the dogs start their behavior use a "tasty treat" to train them to turn away from the TV and sit quietly facing you on some cue. It may take several steps to train the complete behavior. I would suggest either consulting a good modern book on dog training or ...


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Dogs have an instinctual reaction to alert the pack when they are aware of another dog or animal in the vicinity that they are unfamiliar with. They can be alerted by smell, sight or sound. A dog's mind is usually wired to smell. Even a little dog can have more than 20 times as many scent receptors as a human being, and their neural pathways are highly ...


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Researchers admit that howling behavior in dogs is still largely a mystery. But if Fido goes wild at the sound of sirens or other dogs, it's not because his ears hurt. It's his ancestry that's partly to blame. (Source:www.livescience.com) So it can be response to some sound he hears. But we can only assume. Sometimes dogs also cry in howling sounds ...


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My understanding is that the tip of the cat nose is the opposite of ours: if we are healthy the tip of our nose should be warm and dry; for them it should be cool and moist. I would not worry about a wet nose unless it seems to be running all the time, or you hear your cat sneezing frequently, or having trouble breathing.


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Cats' noses often run or drip when they purr and it is not drool. I've read that it is an indication of them being content and a reversion to their kittenhood when mom cat would lick their little runny noses. When my 5 yr old cat is kneading on me and purring, her nose constantly drips. So much so that there is usually a large wet spot on the bed or me when ...


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Another option: If this cat tends to be rather vocal, she may just want to have a "conversation" with you. My cat will do this; what she wants is for me to just talk to her, and she will meow back. What's entertaining is she meows with the appropriate intonation in response. Since she's wary of you, here are a few tips that may help. When you pet her, don't ...


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Some cats (actually many, in my experience) find it difficult to sit or stand still when they are being petted. These cats typically pace back and forth. It can be frustrating when you're trying to pet them, and they keep moving just out of reach, but this doesn't mean the cat is unhappy, or even mistrustful. We had a cat that was rescued before fully ...


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Expanding on my comment -- It sounds to me like at least part of your problem is that you have not asserted yourself as being higher ranked in its "pack" than the dog. When you have nervous body posture, or flee from the dog, these look to it like signs of submission. The natural response for a more dominant dog to acts of submission is to start acting ...


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I'm not sure about what passive noises they make, but I do know when rabbits are really stressed/scared, they make a human-like screaming noise. They make the same noise to a lesser extent when fighting. It's more like a chirping/squealing noise if I remember correctly. It's been a while since I've heard rabbits fighting.


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Guinea Pig Onomatopoeias and Their Meanings Weeak: Synonyms: wheet. whistle, squeek, squeel Causes: Excitement, anticipation; a call for attention, usually in association food associated sounds, requests for help Hesitant Week Synonyms: Uncertain Beg Causes: Unclean cage, or a guess that food is near by Shriek (high pitched wheek) Synonyms: scream, squeel ...


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