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There is something wrong with my cat. he other day I noticed she was coughing and retching as if she had a hairball, this happens every so often because she is very fluffy but usually it passes and does not affect anything else.
She has no voice, her meow is low and raspy, as is her purring, throat noises and when she tried to hiss at my new kitten it was the same. It has been like this the last few days along with the retching, she has so far brought nothing up.
Other than this she has been fine and acting normal. She has been grooming, eating, drinking, using the toilet and been affectionate.
Just she wakes herself up sometimes when she coughs.
Is there something seriously wrong with her?
Herding breeds nipping
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Anyone got any tips on a first time owner of a herding breed? Border collies, cattle dogs etc. I have an 8 week old kelpie pup, grew up with labradors and it's been very different so far.
My main issue is nipping, especially at heels, hands and at clothing. I've been redirecting her to a toy (ball, tug toy, kong) but it doesn't always work especially when she is hyper. When she bites me I yell out "OW" really loudly and she stops about half of the time.
I have never used physical discipline on any of my dogs, but I need to establish I'm the boss before she gets bigger. Any tips that don't involve hurting her?
Birds in cages, whats the point?
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My parents recently found a bird and decided to keep it with us. We already have a dog, one who likes to chase birds and squirrels all the time, no doubt if he caught one he would kill it. Because of this, and because my parents are older and tend to be well... lazy, they bought the bird a tiny cage, gave it some food and water and let it live like that indefinitely. They interact with it for about 30 seconds at a time, maybe 2 or 3 times a day and other than that, ignore it completely.
When I come home, I see that the bird is extremely lonely and sad. It has absolutely nothing to do in the day. I play music to him and talk to him, and while it makes him temporarily happy he really doesn't seem to have any life in him.
My parents have both put all the responsibility on me raising it, yet they refuse to let it out of the cage because of my dog. I don't really know what to do. I don't know much about birds but I know they are very intelligent and seeing this one kind of waste away pains me.
Can anyone with a bird offer insight please?