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Hey /a/n, I have questions about raising Praying Mantis'
I ordered an egg sac online in hope of releasing the little guys into my garden and surrounding area when they hatch. However the more I research them, the more I want to keep one or two, possibly a breeding pair.
The local pet shop near us has pretty much all we need, terrariums with mesh tops, fruit fly cultures/pinhead crickets for the nymphs and larger insects for when the mantises grow up, substrate, etc.
So I'm looking for advice, especially for anyone who has raised Praying Mantis before. My main questions are;
-Is it better to use pinhead crickets or fruit fly cultures for nymphs?
-Is there a particular type of bedding I should use? Just grass/straw? I know mantises like to climb, so is it okay to bring in a couple of branches or do I want to not bring anything from outdoors to minimize parasites?
-When they get older, should I stick to the large crickets / mealworms / dubia roaches the pet store has, or can I use bugs I catch outside? I ask because we have a TON of potato beetles that I could use to feed them with.
-What sort of heat lamp should I use? The inside of my house usually stays around 75F, but I everywhere I looked recommended the use of a heat lamp.
-How often should I feed them? Websites vary between four times a day to ten times a day. Is it okay to leave an insect in their cage if they don't eat it or should I take it out right away if they don't show interest?
-Is there a way to tell the difference in sexes in nymph stage or after their first molt, so I don't run the risk of keeping too many mantises at once waiting to see what the sex is, since they are cannibalistic?
-And, I'm not a kid and I know insects are not cuddle animals and shouldn't be picked up, but should I try to socialize myself with the mantis at all? Rest assured I would not pick him up or force him to do anything, I would let them crawl on my hand of their own accord, but is it necessary?
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Two days ago my cat started looking like his eye was hurting him. It's brown and leaky. We're flushing it constantly with saline solution, but I don't know if it's getting any better. We're planning on waiting another day or two before taking him to the vet, but if it's something that'll clear up with the solution we're using, we'd rather not put him through the stress. Could I get your opinion on this?
He's still purring his little head off, but he hasn't been running around as much as he usually does. He's about a year old, and purely indoor.
Pic related, it's his infected(?) eye. I'll post a picture of him without it. He tries to keep it closed all the time.
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Alright, /an/, I've got a dog training issue.
Pic related. It's my 3 year old Maltese/Yorkie mix. I'm not really a small dog person; my sister dumped her on me with the classic "if you don't take her, I'll have to find her a home through craigslist" technique. When I got her, she was intensely neurotic, barked at everything, peed whenever she was excited... She's gotten better, but she still gets over excited really easily- no matter how much exercise she gets. On top of that, she's a car chaser. I need some techniques to increase her focus and strengthen her "come" command. Whenever she gets distracted, she stops paying attention to me entirely.
TL/DR: What are some training techniques to get my dog to focus and to come reliably?
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I would love to adopt a dog. We are not allowed dogs but are allowed to have cats, birds, fish ect. When we moved in we had a cat, who sadly passed away 9 months ago. Since then we have adopted a female cockatiel (with no intention of getting another cat). A few days ago I visited an animal shelter to tease myself with dogs, but ended up falling in love with the sweetest little white blue-eyed kitten and I am now tossing up whether or not to go back and buy him.
On one hand, adopting a new animal is a big responsibility. I am a Uni student with 1.5 years to go on my degree. I am renting, but have awesome landlords and no intention of moving until we buy our first house. We have a cockatiel. Litter smells bad, and a white fluffy cat will be hellish in terms of shedding.
On the other hand, I have never regretted owning an animal and I really miss falling asleep with a purring cat. I've even missed waking up to annoying 'let me out' meows. I kept all of my old cats things, so I am all set besides a collar, kitten food, and new kitty litter.
I haven't straight-up asked my landlords about dogs. If I later convince them to let me have a dog, the kitten will effect how soon I will be able to afford the dog. But if I wait to ask and they say no, the kitten will be sold by then and I doubt i'll find another like it.
On that note, my landlords live out of town and I've seen them once in 12 months. I would have to ask them to make a special trip to the city to talk to them about it or wait until they are in the area. They are techno-phobes, so talking on the phone or texting isn't ideal, and seems indirect and a bit disrespectful.
Help me decide anon. I adore cats, but arrg.. Tough choices! I miss having a companion, but I don't want to make an irresponsible choice.
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Could use your advice on something...
My 7 month old puppy wont go to the bathroom outside if it is raining or has rained. I live in FL, so it has been raining a lot at night lately. By the time we wake up, it's not raining, but it is wet outside. I have to literally drag her outside (she'll refuse to go out on her own). Then she just sits by the door and will eventually start crying. I used to leave her out hoping she would eventually just not be able to hold it in any longer, but obviously I felt like a piece of shit for doing so. Problem is, as soon as I let her inside, she fucking pisses and shits all over RIGHT inside the damn door. Its becoming a huge issue with my roommates, understandably so.
Its so weird because she fucking LOVES water. I mean, she will drown herself if I don't keep a leash on her when we go to the park because she'll swim until she's too tired and still not stop jumping in where her feet can't touch the floor. She also loves the shit out of the hose. Every time I bathe/shower, she's in there with me (otherwise, she sits outside the bathroom door a whines and my roommates complain). So I can't understand why she's such a bitch when it rains.
Lately, I've been late to work almost every day because I have to leash her in the grass and sit there with her until she literally pisses and shits herself. Again, I feel like a piece of shit for doing this, but she can't have accidents in the house anymore because I might get booted out.
Has anyone had any experiences similar to this? Any advice?