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Any entomologists in the house?
I've been getting these weird bug bites recently. I think they're from a venomous spider, but I don't know which.
The bites look like chiggers, but they all come in small pairs and itch a whole fuckton more than chigger bites. I've also noticed that my skin just scrapes right off and scabs when I itch them. They've begun to show up more and more every night, and I'm a little worried.
I don't think it's a brown recluse (there's not really any tissue death). I've also talked to my landlord about the possibility of it being a small rodent. What makes the most sense here, /an/?
By the way, I live in suburban Kentucky, 30 miles south of Cincinnati
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my 19 y/o cat is..well, getting old. In the last time, he barely eats anything, is meowing all the time (and perhaps every time he's moving), he can't roll in anymore, sleeps by..dunno..boxsitting-mode?
He drinks a bit of water and lots of cat milk..
He is furthermore only skin and bones..
Any idea what to do so he gets a bit more fitter?
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I trapped a garden-eating groundhog in a raccoon trap. She seems pretty chill right now, but if she becomes distressed before my car gets out of the shop (allowing me to relocate her), I feel that it would be merciful terminate her. To do this, I plan on affixing a noose to a sturdy handle, leading her out of the cage, and swiftly cutting her throat with my razor-sharp Bowie knife. There is an ordinance against discharging firearms.
Is there a better way to do this?
Tips for skinning and dressing a groundhog?
Tips for cooking with groundhog?
My Dad taught me to not kill anything that I didn't intend to eat, or that didn't intend to eat me.
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So I have a dragon goby, Actually 2. Well, HAD. They shared a tank with some Colombian Sharks and Channel Cats. Thing is, 2 weeks later, Both are gone. As in, Nothing. Nada, Zilch. No body, No Ammonia or smell in the water. I moved ornaments, sifted through the gravel, Checked the plants, checked INSIDE The plants and the ornaments, Checked the filter, inside it as well, checked the ground around the tank, even underneath it. The fuckers have just up and gone. It's like they've decided I'm just a shitty owner and just grew legs and walked off. They've been eating shrimp pellets, they've been active. Are they dead? Could a half dozen catfish completely eat everything including the bones? Is it somehow just hiding really really well?
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So, down the alley from the apartments I live at, while many of the houses have dogs, one in particular has been bothering me for months. In their backyard, chained to a tree next to a tiny wooden house is a golden Labrador that looks less than a year old.
I have never seen that dog not chained to this tree, and he can move around about three feet, and that's it. The chain and the black buckets I'm assuming his food is put in are filthy. All day, every day this dog is there. And I mean, I've checked at just about every hour. He's there at noon, he's there in the afternoon, he's there all night (I'm an insomniac and go out on long walks between 2am and 4am) I have never seen this dog not chained up with this tiny amount of space to move in.
Every time I see him he's either sitting in the same spot, or walking back and forth in circles.
So many times I've contemplated hopping the fence and taking off his collar, but I can't take a dog into my apartment right now -I have three cats- and he'd probably go nuts and run straight into traffic after being locked up so long -assuming he doesn't attack me, though he seems fairly docile.
Is this something I can call animal control over? I mean he's skinny but he doesn't appear to be starving. It's just become a depressing moment during my daily walks.
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I need to learn how to take care of a long-haired cat. I've had a Himalayan since December, and I haven't been grooming it; it absolutely despises it, and is very uncooperative if you brush it anywhere but its back or head. Here's some background.
My dad had gotten this cat for my mom as a Christmas present. They had seen it displayed at an adoption agency, and they had set their eyes on it. Since we already had three other cats, we ended up keeping this one in my room, since we didn't know how they would react to each other. I brushed him sparingly in that time, keeping the box clean, food + water, etc.
Eventually they put him in the same room with the four other cats, and at that point he was hardly being brushed, since he was hard to work with. A week ago, we had to get him shaved since so may mats had ended up in his fur. He has a urinary tract infection now (we took him to the vet), so he is on meds now, but he is back in my room now. He's a very affecionate cat, and now he cries whenever I leave him alone.
Anyway, what I want to know is how you guys brush your long-haired cats. What kind of tools you use, any "strategies" for keeping them tidy, and tips on dealing with ones that are less than thrilled about it?