Robert Cartaino
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My cat won't play
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Unfortunately, declawing a cat is biologically equivalent (roughly) to removing the tips of their toes at the first knuckle, so you might expect some complications. Even if a vet does not find a ...

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Do we really know if cats are "playing"?
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My cats are very aggressive at play. Even after several years together, they still chase, tackle, wrestle, pin, and bite with a great deal of vocalization that sounds like they are tearing each other ...

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Betta with other fish... a fight? or other cause?
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That appears to be a very small, novelty-sized aquarium (1-3 gallons?). The recommended size for a single beta fish is at least 5 gallons (preferably 10 gallons)… so that tank looks fatally ...

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What kinds of fish recommended for my 3 gallon tank?
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Unfortunately, there is no fish that can thrive in a small container of its own filth with limited oxygen for any length of time. I am sorry to say this, but even your beta fish needed filtration once ...

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How can can I keep my hermit crab warm without buying an under tank heater?
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An overhead reflector light or ceramic heat emitter can serve as an inexpensive source of heat over a tank. Some may even say a preferable source of heat since it more accurately mimics the warming ...

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Why does my cat chatter at me when he's being bad and I yell at him?
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You don't really describe the vocalization, so let me know if I am way off the mark. Example of cat chattering Cat "chattering" is a typical vocalization response when a cat sees a bird or a rodent ...

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Feeding live insects from outside to reptiles?
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I would not feed wild insects to a reptile in captivity. The use of pesticides are very common on residential areas which will be ingested by your gecko, and you have no control over what the ...

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Is a bearded dragon measured from nose tip to end of tail tip or nose tip to begining of tail
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The proper measurement of a lizard's size is "snout to vent length" (SVL). The measurement is taken taken from the tip of an animal’s nose to the opening of the cloaca at the tail's base. Measuring ...

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What should I do about my betta fish sinking?
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If it's a small bowl, bring the entire setup to your local aquarium or pet shop. They will test your water and tell you if you have a water chemistry problems. They'll also be able to tell you how to ...

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How can I get a guppy out from beneath an under gravel filter?
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Next time you are doing a partial water change, take your discharge hose and siphon your water up through the uplift tube. That should provide enough suction to effectively "vacuum" up that little guy ...

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How can I get a guppy out from beneath an under gravel filter?
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Now that you're using a powerhead, I'm assuming that is keeping the guppy from getting past the top of the lift tube and out into the tank. Try removing the powerhead and snaking just an air hose ...

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How can I get a guppy out from beneath an under gravel filter?
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Does your under gravel filter system have two uplift tubes? Image courtesy of Wikipedia I would try completely uncovering one of the tubes while reversing the powerhead flow on the other. The ...

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Is there a way to test the amount of dissolved oxygen in a tank?
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You can buy a dissolved oxygen meter, but they'll generally start in the US$200 to US$400 range, and a suitable one I believe runs closer to US$500-600. Not exactly an everyday piece of equipment for ...

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What is the safest way to find a missing snake?
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The first part of recovering a lost pet snake is a manual hunt. Get a hand mirror and a really powerful flashlight, and start looking. The most common places you'll find them is hidden behind things ...

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What live plants are safe to plant in a vivarium with an Emerald Swift?
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Swifts are primarily insectivores, so they wont be nibbling on your plants. But as a practical consideration, swifts are both avid climbers and burrowers, so it would be quite challenging to find a ...

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What alternative foods can I try feeding my snake?
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Try switching to rats; weanling rats if you need something smaller. To us, they seem like basically the same thing as mice. But if your snake is truly getting "bored" with mice, rats will provide a ...

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Is there any way to make sure my bearded dragon has enough to eat while I'm on vacation?
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Unfortunately, no. Leaving a bearded dragon alone for a week is a crap shoot, at best; especially a young one. Their nutrition requirements are simply too high. As you noted, a young bearded dragon ...

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Why did my ammonia level rise after a water change?
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You're changing an awful lot of variables all at once, so your readings (and your nitrogen cycle) are likely way off. Slow down a bit, and let's look at the possibilities one at a time. First, most ...

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Do smaller numbers of goldfish form pairs?
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No, goldfish do not "pair up" — not socially, and not even in breeding. Goldfish are okay in smaller numbers in aquariums, but in larger ponds, they'll do much better in schools. If you are ...

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What is the importance of UV radiation to pet reptiles?
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The Need for UVA Lighting For Reptiles Reptiles can see much farther into the UVA spectrum than humans… more so than can be provided by "regular" light bulbs. This allows them to perceive ...

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