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So /an/, my cousin bought a house where the previous homeowner, an elderly gentlemen died suddenly. There is a cat with a red collar who hangs around the front porch area, and it is the friendliest little kitty I've ever met. She sits on the driveway as we pull up, is vocal and climbs up on us when we sit down near here. Very affectionate and such. I can tell she was taken care of well by the previous owner, and his friends who looked over the house after he passed would bring her food every once in a while but I have a couple questions.
>Is she so affectionate and loving because of her natural personality, or is it because we're the first humans to really care and feed her since her owner died?
>Would it be a mistake to remove her from her territory/environment as an outdoor cat and take her to my house possibly?
I don't want to do the latter if she'll be upset, but I've never seen her upset. What do you think? Pic related of course, it's her :3
My dog is hurt, what could it be?
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>inb4 go to the vet, can't afford 50 bucks to get told: Oh, just let him rest and he'll be fine in a few days
My dog is about 11 years old now. The pic is related.
Over the last months, every weekend we planted trees on a field we own and there are lots of mice. My dog is just a mice lover/hater and he spent hours digging in the dirt. No really, for 6 hours straight that's all he did. After that he was really tired and feel asleep right after we came home, but he was physically fine all the time.
But 2 days ago he suddenly squeaked when my mother touched him. At first we thought it he got constipation, because he ate some bones the day before and didn't shit even after a long walk where he would normally shit atleast 3 times.
While he still has an inflated belly it seems, he shits though and seems to have no pain at all while shitting.
Today his pain seems to have gotten more intense though, touching the front of his left shoulder makes him squeak sometimes.
Especially when he lays down and tries to get up he immediately starts to squeak and lays down again, without touching him.
I gently touched his shoulder and nothing seems to be out of place or swollen, but it shivers quite noticeably.
However when he gets up without squeaking and nobody touches his shoulder he seems to be just fine, he walks, he sometimes jumps, he walks stairways up and down without squeaking or any limbing.
We even played a bit this evening and he was fine. An hour later he simply tried to stand up, squeaked and layed down again.
I have no idea if some muscle or tendon in his shoulder got overextended or he twisted it somehow and this will go away after a while
if a bone is broken, a tendon snapped or he got Dog AIDS
I assume you aren't veterinarians, but atleast you should have more experience with dogs than me (I hope).
Reptile & Amphibian General
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New Thread #7: Happy New Year Edition
Picture is a rare (1 of 2) Albino Green Sea Turtle at the Dehiwala National Zoological Gardens, originally from the Sea Turtle Reserve Centre in Kosgoda, Sri Lanka. IUCN has green sea turtles classified as EN A1bd (endangered) and CITES has them classified as Appendix I (most endangered), making them illegal to import, export, kill, capture or harass. No poking the turtles.
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Hey /an/, I have just gotten my first puppy (8 weeks old) yesterday evening and it's about 9:30 pm on our first day.
I have two questions;
1) Everyone is always telling me that puppies pees all the time, and especially him since he is a bichon-type (he is a Coton de Tulear), and they are notorious known to have small bladders and are harder to housebreak. I have only noticed him peeing 3-4 times today. Is this normal? I try to take him out every time after sleeping, eating and drinking. It is kind of dark outside, so I might have missed him peeing (only way for me to see if he has peed is to see if there is any puddles, since he just stands there when peeing). I don't think I have missed any though, but is this more likely? His breeder took him to the vet only two days ago, and everything was perfectly fine, and he doesn't seem to be sick either.
2) He sleeps A LOT. Like he has probably slept about 2/3 of the day. Is he gonna be hellish tonight since he sleeps so much during the day? It didn't go that bad the first night, but I don't know how much he slept at the breeder's house. He did sleep 4,5 hours during our train ride home though. Should I stop him from sleeping any more before bedtime?
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I've browsed /an/ a few years and never seen this question, so I'm going to ask.
How many pets is too many pets?
>inb4 what the bylaw says
Ignore the bylaws for a moment, what do you morally and personally believe is too many pets?
Not important part:
I have 2 dogs, 1 cat, 2 leopard geckos, 1 ball python, and some random little things like anoles, and betta fish, also 2 insect colonies (non pet - feeder - in an outside shed). I also take in reptiles that people drop off at my door that are in ill health, pay for recovery, and do rehoming only charging what it costs me to vet the animals. I've been called an 'animal hoarder' by people, and I don't feel as if I'm anywhere close to it as I am a neat freak and my animals are all above 'average' health (cared for, all fed home bred meals, dogs and cat are on a high quality food, vetted annually). To also note, my leopard geckos are a breeding pair and I've kept NONE of the babies, except one to line breed next season - but I got rid of the original father still only having 2.