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I've been doing some research, but I'm sure some of you might be able to provide information I'll be unable to find easily, so here goes...
So, it appears that some species - even some primates - are capable of self-aborting a pregnancy if conditions aren't right, whether it be due to the appearance of a new male (Bruce effect), resources are not optimal (fetal resorption as seen in bears) or there is something wrong with the offspring (fetal resorption in some species of dogs).
This brings some questions to mind, namely...
1) How aware of this are the animals themselves? Is it merely a bio-chemical reaction taking place spontaneously (ie, the introduction - in the case of male pheromones - or imbalance - in the case of lacking resources/abnormal offspring - of a biochemical signaler resulting in further biochemical reactions that result in self-abortion), or do the animals themselves have some capacity to recognize circumstances at hand and activate a response?
2) In either case noted in 1, but particularly the former biochemical approach, would it be possible to engineer a human application, thus ridding humanity of the need for external surgical abortive techniques? Is this effectively what the morning-after pill does?
I'd rather not see this get into a debate on the morality of such a thing, and am merely focused on the possibility of its application.
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hey, /an/. my girlfriend has a problem. she has two cats from the same litter, a male and female, about two years old. the male eats things he shouldn't on a fairly regular basis, mostly cord and rope shaped things. to combat this, my girlfriend has put very hot sauce (i think sriracha? maybe habanero pepper?) on all her electrical cords, and hides the ones that don't need to be out. he still occasionally chews clothing. he has had several vet visits due to swallowing things he shouldn't, the most expensive being roughly $1000, requiring x-rays, but i don't think any surgery. she's tried everything she can think of to get him to stop; feeding them more, giving them treats, locking away anything potentially chewable, trying to wear him out with playing, but he still does it. there needs to be a way to combat this, as it could quickly turn into thousands of dollars of medical bills. we both love the cat and don't want him to hurt himself, but there is a limit to the amount of money we can spend on him. moderately large as the limit is, there has to be a better way. it may be worth mentioning that his sister was born deaf, i dunno. tonight he managed to knock down a cowboy hat of some description off of an (apparently accessible) dresser, and ate a good portion of the head-holdey-rope. hopefully he'll pass it, but if not, it will mean another expensive vet trip. she had given him a pig ear, his preferred treat, every night this week.
any help is welcome and appreciated, /an/. thanks.