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Vet says half of normal intake to feed overweight cat

I’ve moved in and out of my parents house during the years, and at one point of being gone my sweet girl became suddenly obese. It started at 19 pounds and is now 24. Really bad I know. This vet said half and that’s it. Im reading online and the answers are all quite different. Anyone think half is too sudden and little? Just seeing if anyone on here has had successful cat diet without harm :(

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2023/01/26
22:43 UTC

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This topic is about we are adopting a female cat?

Me & my husband has a male neutered cat he’s 12 yrs old. But we are adopting a stray cat that we been taking care of last couple weeks but we are bringing her to the vet to get her shots & declawed & spade her but me & my husband ad afraid that they won’t get along with each other. If any of you guys on here that have male cats with female cats do you think they will get along..

3 Comments
2023/01/26
21:34 UTC

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“Rehoming fee” 🤦🏽‍♂️

Does anyone get annoyed when they see someone post and say “This animals for free just a re-homing fee”….. WTF is a re-homing fee and when did it become so common to say? I feel like people are just finding asinine atlternative ways to say “I’m selling these puppies, pets, etc.” to avoid the stigma. Can we end this “re-homing fee” and call it what it is. Unless there’s some unbeknownst reason someone can explain…

10 Comments
2023/01/26
21:13 UTC

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Water fountain

Does anyone else’s cat pull the tops off of their water fountain causing water to go everywhere? Do any of you have recommendations for water fountains that aren’t so easy for curious/playful cats to take apart?

4 Comments
2023/01/26
18:33 UTC

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any advice?

hey y’all! i’m a broke college student who was able to bring their bunny buddy with to the dorms. i’ve been considering pet insurance for my rabbit? it’s all a little hard to understand, so i’m wondering if anyone had tried it and found it worth it for their pets? any advice would be great!

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2023/01/26
15:56 UTC

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If someone says their cat is really mean, I just assume they neglect it

(Treat you better by shawn mendes starts playing)

7 Comments
2023/01/26
15:39 UTC

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Help me

So for some background info, I have a cat that I’ve had for a long time but he lived with my mommom, now he lives with me but I have four dogs and they aren’t used to each other yet so he’s confined to my bedroom. I know he doesn’t like it but until they get along thru the gate we have up he has no choice.

Well he won’t stop getting on my nightstand and knocking my stuff down all night long and it’s a huge problem, I’ve smacked him (never hard enough to hurt him ofc), put tape on it, pushed him down, yelled at him, I’ve done everything I can to discipline him and he just doesn’t listen. The problem has gotten so bad I can’t get any sleep because he won’t stop. I need help to get him to stop. I don’t want to put him in a crate at night because he never was out in them but he’s driving me crazy.

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2023/01/26
12:05 UTC

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how to ensure new house is pet safe?

hello,

i have an 8 y/o cat, female. we are moving into a new house soon and before moving her i want to make sure the place is safe. i've already looked around and have ensured there are no external dangers, but i'm worried about chemicals that could potentially harm her, such as poisons left behind from the past owners. i've heard stories from other cat owners who moved their babies and unfortunately lost them due to unknown toxins in the house. how would i ensure the house is clear of any dangers before moving her into it?

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2023/01/26
07:24 UTC

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Need some advice with moving my cat to a new country

I moved to Italy about 8 months ago and left my cat with a friend of my dad's (my dad works all the time so he couldn't take care of her properly), i want to bring my cat here but I'm living with my sister and she has a dog. I'm kinda worried they won't get along and hurt each other and the house is a little small so i can't exactly separate them.

My cat is 4 and the dog is 2 years old.

Any advice would be appreciated.

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2023/01/26
06:46 UTC

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Advice on caring for this dog, please.

*context*My wife and I have been teaching in Thailand for the last few years. We left the school we were at back in June and have been enjoying bumming around the country and spending time with her family until we return to the US in a few months. We both like animals, but have never been particularly interested in owning pets ourselves.***

At the family's home is a 12-year old poodle/street dog with persistent wounds around her eyes and nose. She is generally tolerated, but due to her age and kinda grossness, she is pretty much ignored aside from being fed regularly.The story goes that she developed the habit of hiding food when there used to be a bigger dog around, and now she habitually rubs her nose and face in the dirt. These wounds will dry and scab, and then every 2 or 3 days, she will have fresh ones. She also has quite a bit of regular eye gunk, and I assume she is on the way towards blindness.

We have taken her to the vet, but besides cleaning the wounds, giving us some medicine, a lampshade collar and a bill, nothing has really come of it and the cycle has continued.

My wife has taken it upon herself to care for the dog while we have been here. Recently, she has gone to another province to practice art and I am taking care of wound cleaning. Spending more time with her is only making me more concerned about what will happen when we return to the US in a few months and nobody is taking care of her wounds anymore.

My wife wants to take her to the vet again, but I am questioning what they will do that we aren't already. I can't imagine that perma-fixing another lampshade collar or putting something else on her face is a viable long-term solution, but what else can be done for her?

Thank you for your suggestions.

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2023/01/26
05:02 UTC

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Senior cat bit me unprovoked and drew blood

Hello; I recently adopted a senior cat from a shelter (>12 years) and have been very concerned about their behaviors. They are hiding all the time, scratching and biting unprovoked, and my other cat is at times afraid of him.

  • Vet said he is healthy and up to date w vaccines. We ran tests and he does not have any conditions as of now.
  • His litter box is always clean, and his environment is maintained.

But today when I was getting ready for work, he walks into the bathroom that I am in without my knowledge, and bites me behind the leg. It was hard enough to leave a moderately deep puncture wound which I have spent the last while trying to disinfect.

I don't know what I am doing wrong. I have tried everything and my best to read his body language, love him and give him what he wants but our relationship has not changed at all. I am also frankly a little bit scared to pet or cuddle him since he is so unpredictable and attacks at times.

What do I do?

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2023/01/26
04:29 UTC

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URGENT ADVICE...

I have a a 10 month old male pit bull he is my world and today when I got home from the doctor he started vomiting . I was gone maybe 4 hours and my husband forgot to put him in his crate before he left and he has a habit of eating and chewing non food items so we keep him crated when we aren't home. He is still going to his water and drinking it but cant keep it down. He is lethargic and just wants to lay around I do not have the money to take him to the vet I dont know whats going on with him can anyone please give me some advice what I can do to help him any at home remedies or things that might help him improve I have 2 other dogs that show no signs of sickness so I know its something he has gotten into maybe or ate I cant figure out what has happened any advice is appreciated I need him to pull through this he is very special to me and my husband these are like our children.

2 Comments
2023/01/26
03:58 UTC

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Should i get a bunny or a cat?

So recently i’ve been thinking of getting a new pet and I can’t decide between a cat or a bunny so i thought i’d ask ya’ll for some help!

So i’m a 20 year old who lives in her mom’s attic (its big!) and i was thinking of getting myself a pet!

We already have a dog but i want a pet for my own to basically help me with my anxiety and mental health.

I’m generally looking for a low to mid-end maintenance since i sometimes feel too down to really get stuff done. I also don’t want a pet who needs attention 24/7 since im sometimes away for a day with friends or for work.

I’m also looking for a cuddle partner and a pet who i can just snuggle up with but not to much.

Thanks!

17 Comments
2023/01/26
03:57 UTC

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can I put my shy/scared cat back to the safe room?

I've had my cat for 3 weeks now. I gave her a spacious safe room with lots of hiding places and visited a lot to play with her. 2 weeks after adoption, I let her explore the rest of the house even though she hasn't fully warmed up to me. she was okay being around me while I did my day to day things and would always be down to play with the laser/toy wand but I still couldn't pet her unless she's sleepy and I couldn't get super close to her. 5 days ago, I had to get her in her carrier to take her to the vet for a vaccine and she absolutely hated me after. She wont take treats from me, always runs and hides in places I didn't even know she could fit into.

I feel like I let her out too quickly from the safe room. Is it a bad idea to put her back in there and let her warm up to me first before letting her out again?

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2023/01/26
03:53 UTC

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Dog is uninterested in, even cautious of, everyone except me

So I'm one of many that got a COVID dog. I got him as a puppy, and he is now 2 years old. He kept me sane these last couple years, and he is very well trained and low maintenance. Gets along with all dogs, zero problems. I love him to death. But he has always had zero interest in people, and I would say is even overly cautious of people. It was even a thing as a puppy. Everyone wanted to pet or hold him (he was a fluffy white cloud) but he was always just naturally averse to strangers. I tried to socialize him with people at the off leash park and it just never really paid off. I even had some people ask if he was a rescue or was abused which made me feel awful. I always just said "No, he is just picky" because I didn't know what else to say. Because of covid I couldn't really socialize him with humans. We weren't having guests over, and we weren't going to other people's places. To this day he refuses to accept treats from strangers, and doesn't even respond to his name unless I call it. But he has never had a negative experience with a person.

So I guess my question is if this is a problem. Is it something that I should worry about, or just his personality and something I shouldn't try to change? On the one hand it is nice having a dog that doesn't swarm and jump on total strangers or beg for treats, but on the other hand I want him to make connections with people other than me. Since the lockdown stuff eased up I've been easing him in to going to friend's houses and parties and having guests over to our house. But he's a total wallflower. He either finds a quiet corner and sits/lays down or is with me the entire time. That said he does warm up to some people, but I have friends and acquaintances that have literally been trying for months to get him to like them with no luck. Just not sure if I should leave it be, or try and work on it.

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2023/01/26
03:00 UTC

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My Chihuahua loses her mind when I go outside to smoke weed. Any way to calm her down?

So as the title says but let me give a bit more context. My dog has always had anxiety when she's away from me but she tends start whining like crazy especially when I go out side to smoke.

I try sneaking out to my porch without her noticing but she still finds me. Something about the weed makes her hype like I have a treat for her.

I've never tried to get my dog high but she still tries to eat the mostly burnt weed or resin I throw out.

18 Comments
2023/01/26
02:25 UTC

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Is normal for a dog to not eat much after moving to a new place?

My family just recently moved and my dog hasn’t been eating much it seems she does get hungry because she eats at night mostly now, we’ve been here for about 5 days now so im worried it might not just be nervousness from being in a new place has anyone else had a similar experience? Any advice would be helpful!

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2023/01/25
23:34 UTC

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Update to my last post "Lost my Cat, is there a way to confirm if a cat being sold on a pet website is mine?"

Thank you all for your kind comments on my previous post regarding my lost cat. Unfortunately, the seller of the cat on the pet website removed the listing a day after my post. I no longer have a way to contact them and confirm if it was my cat.

The cat looked ever so slightly different than mine, I am still holding onto hope that it was just a different cat.

Thank you all for your kind wishes during this difficult time. Losing my cat has been incredibly hard for me and I'm not sure when I'll be able to fully move on. My cat was a huge part of my life and I hope she is okay wherever she is. I want to express my gratitude for all the support and kind words that I received during this time. I truly appreciate it.

14 Comments
2023/01/25
21:59 UTC

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Vestibular Disease: Old Dog Syndrome

We're caring for a family member's dog, a pit/shepherd mix, while they are away long-term. Around Christmas, she (the dog) had her first episode of Vestibular Disease, which she recovered from and we'd hoped it would be a one-off event. Unfortunately, she is again recovering from another episode, but thankfully she feels well enough to eat and drink again.

The Vet gave us anti-dizziness medications, but at $60 for only four pills, that's $15 per pill, I wondered if others had suggestion for other over the country or alternative medications safe for dogs (of course, anything recommended here I will further research before using).

Otherwise, she appears mostly comfortable in our living room that is carpeted. However, getting her to the backdoor, across slippery solid wood floors, terrify her. We've put out carpets, which helps, but she is so fearful of slipping that she'll panic and leave the carpet if we're not exceptionally slow with her. The front steps are too many and too steep for her to safely navigate.

For various reasons picking her up is not an option.

I thought about getting her booties for traction, but she hates them and until she gets used to them she'll be even more unbalanced, so perhaps when this episode eases we can try them again.

Any thoughts or suggestions on helping alleviate her symptoms and related anxieties?

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2023/01/25
21:53 UTC

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My Golden Retriever has extreme anxiety about going outside. I need help!

I have an 8mo old Golden Retriever, and due to a recent couple visits with the vet and one retractable leash chasing her, she's extremely adverse to going outside. She barely leaves my office. I've tried changing things up, treats, toys, moving her food to the living room, sitting with her. She now has a DAP collar and doggie Trazodone. I can't seem to motivate her in any consistent way. She simply holds all waste in until physically impossible and then if she's in her kennel just sits in her mess. I'd pick her up but thats one of her triggers as I had to do so to get her to the vet. I'm quickly running out of ideas here. Any advice?

7 Comments
2023/01/25
21:12 UTC

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How visible is a spay tattoo on a white kitten?

We have a kitten with a white belly and I'm concerned that her spay tattoo is going to be really visible through her light fur. Can anyone with white cats with tattoos make me feel better about this please? I haven't had a cat spayed or neutered since tattoos became commonplace for all cats.

4 Comments
2023/01/25
20:22 UTC

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Do you agree with respected paleontologist Mike Archer that endangered species should be allowed as private pets in order to keep their species alive (along with his quote in the bio)?

"Any animal we put our arm around and look after is guarateend a future. It’s those ones we don’t care about, and we try to have nothing to do with, they’re the ones that are endangered.” -Mike Archer

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2023/01/25
18:59 UTC

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How big a litterbox should be for a cat?

My cat is 8 months old. Her old litterbox has become quite small for her. So, I wanna know what's an ideal size of a adult cat litter box? She's about 14-15 inches from head to tail. I wanna get a jumbo sized litterbox that's about 22 inches length and 17 inches width. Should I get it for her? And also....I read that cats should have one extra litterbox. Should I buy one more jumbo sized litterbox or just one is enough?

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2023/01/25
18:50 UTC

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Are fleece cage liners safe for rodents?

I’m thinking about getting a hamster or a gerbil and I was wondering if fleece cage liners are safe for them? I know that it’s fine for guinea pigs (but i do not want a guinea pig) because i just want something small. And i do not like the idea of bedding

Let me know :)

3 Comments
2023/01/25
18:26 UTC

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How do we help a two year old dog adjust to her new home?

We're adopting our neighbor's dog in a week because the neighbor is going to prison. The dog is Pitt bull and English bulldog. We've babysat her a few times in the last month so she could get used to us and see our house. She's very sweet and mostly well behaved but does seem to have separation anxiety and I think the move will be really challenging for her. Any advice?

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2023/01/25
14:46 UTC

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One of the hardest situations in my life. I need opinions (epileptic dog)

5 years ago I was living in my home country with my girlfriend at the time (who later became my wife and eventually ex wife, 9 years of relationship in total) I told her how I always wanted a dog but because of the amount of responsibility that it was my parents never got me one when I was a kid. I always had assumed that once I had my life set up the way I wanted it. I would adopt a dog to give him a happy life.

We are from a Latin American country that is not doing great economically speaking. I was working day and night to get us out of there at the time. One day she comes to my apartment saying she has a surprise for me. She got me (I thought) a puppy (Border Collie) that was adopted from a friend of hers that has a female border collie that had children and she asked him if she could adopt one. The most adorable dog I have ever seen in my life. I loved him instantly and it was mutual. he was 4 months old. She claimed later that it was not for me, it was for us. I understood this since she had lost her family dog that lived 18 years a few years back and needed to fill that hole with another dog to love. I felt it as a way of saying that this was the start of our own family but in reality she always felt complete ownership of the dog, despite the fact that he lived with me and I took care of him his hole life. I walk him every day since he came into my life 3 times a day, I feed him, play with him and hug him every day. She didn't live with me back then so he stayed with me always all the time.

When he was around 5 months old (after a month of being with me), my gf moved to the country we were planning on going together as the first step. Since I was paying for everything I couldn't leave my job until we were both sure she was up for the change of life (we had been planning this for months). So she went first to see if she liked it.

My dog got sick, he had like a cold. A very strong cold, I took him to the vet since he was barely eating anything and he was tiny back then, so every day he didn't eat it would affect his weight considerably. I took days off work and took him to the vet every day for a week since he was not eating, needed to have a serum for hours every day. After almost 2 weeks he got better but this was the experience that connected us for life. He knew I was taking care of him in a way no other human was doing it.

Fast forward 3 years.

We moved to the other country and we are expecting our first and only child. Our dog is living his best life, this new country has amazing parks and we live right next to 3 big ones so he gets to run and jump. He is spoiled and has every toy, eats as much as he wants and sleeps in our bed.

When we are entering the last month of pregnancy. We are both working in our home because of the pandemic and we hear a big noise, like someone falling off the bed and then a bunch of small noises like if my dog was kicking the wall constantly. We rush into the room and he was laying on the floor between the wall and the bed, having a seizure. I didn't know anything about seizures back then so non of us knew what to do. She was just yelling at me: Do something!

My first instinct was thinking he ate something that created this reaction because he was doing noises like he was chocking on something. I touched his belly and couldn't feel anything being pushed out so I lift him up (23kg) see if that would help him spit what ever he was trying to spit but nothing. He kept having the seizure.

I decided to take him to the vet even if we were in quarantine. The vet was 10 blocks away and we couldn't use the car. So I lift him up and went down the elevator to the parking lot of the building that leads to the street. he was still to a degree moving like he had the seizure and completely unresponsive. when I opend the door to the street, the noise of the door woke him up out of the seizure. He was fine but didn't recognize me, he ran for 30min in the parking lot barking till he let me get close to him and once I put my hand on his head, he started moving the tail and jumped over me. He got his memory back.

I took him to the vet anyways and they told us that it sounded like he had epilepsy. They didn't warn us about the consequences of hiving him meds for epilepsy from the get go. They just said that because the seizures was 5min or longer he needed to get the meds every day of his life starting right there and then.

Since then he never stopped having them, 6 months after his first seizure he had them on an off but at one point he had a cluster of seizures that lasted almost 2 days, having 23 small ones in a row, almost one every hour and the only way to stabilize him was to take him to the vet so they could give him diacepam to relax him completely. The first year after that he had at least one Seizure per month, I took him to the vet so many times that I became very knowledgeable of the drugs and what they do. He is at the maximum dose he can take of the only drugs that kept him out of seizures for more than 5 months. So the first year that we were trying to stabilize him we tested a few different things but nothing really worked. After the first year we noticed that one of the drugs had actually manage to keep him out of it for two months. (phenobarbital) So we started trying different combinations with that one. we also tried CBD and it did nothing. Increasing the dose of pheno did.

Fast forward a year (in the process of getting a divorced) and the dog lives with me. Since even after all that she claims, it's her dog but she can't take care of him. I have been working with the vet adjusting the dose of phenobarbital and potassium bromide. He was stable for 6 months this year, so we started lowering the dose (since while he is taking this much, he is unprecise with his moves and aggressive to other dogs, lowering the dose changes this) He had a seizure here and there, small ones. less than 1min. According to the vet, this was acceptable if he was better in any other way. having 1 or 2 per year is ok.

3 days ago he had one small one and was fine the next day, all day. yesterday he started having them 8 am and has not stooped until today. He has had over 23 small seizures, I went to the vet so he could give me the dose of diazepam to calm him down, he gave him one and gave me another one for later. It didn't stop, It did nothing to him almost. he just just relaxed while he is not having them but that may just be the fact that his body is tired of having so many in a row. Last time this happened the vet told me that there was nothing else we could do and that I should start thinking if this is a life for him at all.

He says this because having a seizure every hour doesn't let him do anything else, he cant remember anything or move because he is tired and he is only 4 almost 5 years old. I told all of this to my ex and explained her the situation but she doesn't help. She offers help that is not really help.. like come and watch him so we can argue while she is here.

Now it's 7.25am and it's been 1h since his last seizure I really don't know what to do. I don't know if I am doing the right thing by keep the drugs pumping just keep him alive knowing that one day this will happen again and he will have a very violent death. I can't really make the decision of put him to sleep because I feel its not only mine to make and my ex doesn't deal with any of this so she doesn't even want to consider it because she doesn't face the consequences of the everyday for him or her. My daughter is two years old and stays with me 3 days a week and she loves him...

I would like to know what other people think, because I feel trapped.

Quick note about the dog: I had him scanned for tumors or other things, it's confirmed epilepsy.

TL/DR

My dog is almost 5 years old, he has had epilepsy for 2 years and nothing seems to stop it for more than a few months. He has cluster seizures as high as 23 small seizures one per hour for a day or two. He is having a cluster since yesterday. I can't make all the decisions over him because I am divorced and my ex is the one that got the dog, even if he lives with me and I have taken care of him, his entire life.

16 Comments
2023/01/25
12:35 UTC

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What can I do against dog fleas?

My dog caught fleas last winter and we didnt notice until new year. We dont even know where she could have gotten them from, since shes not a social dog in particular and we dont have any other pets, except for fish. She is a small dog with black thick fur and there were no visible bitemarks. Since we found out, we've been bathing and brushing her every day, and treated her with flea shampoo. She absolutely despises getting bathed and brushed. Its hard to put her whole body into the tub, with resistance she always claws onto my arms for dear life. We even put all fluffy pillows into the laundry room, where she cant get to. A couple of times we even coated her with ash. But no matter how many times I bathe her, I still catch fleas with her brush. Im so confused on why they wont die, what are we doing wrong? I heard dawn dish soap does wonders, but I dont live in america. Are there any other home treatements that will once and for all get rid of those pests?

13 Comments
2023/01/25
11:51 UTC

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Ferrets

Anybody know what it takes to take care of a ferret I want one so bad

2 Comments
2023/01/25
04:49 UTC

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i got a mouse so i have some questions

2 Comments
2023/01/25
04:49 UTC

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