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Do you ever stop and think how normal we think of spaying/neutering? I have 4 pets (2 dogs, 2 cats) and yeah we did it to lower risk of cancer in the dogs, and the cats used to wander off sometimes; but isn't it still kind of messed up?
My pets love me despite choosing to cut them up and take their uteri for no reason they'd care about.
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>Chopping off the ears and tails of puppies with scissors and rubber bands to make them look “cooler” is fucked up.
Wait, what? Is that as common as neutering?
guinea pigs by nature have tails as long as rats but they are all clipped right after birth
It's standard for breeds like dobermans. It's pretty rare to have it preformed by a vet unless it's a highly reputable breeder. Most "guard" breeds have it done this way.
For some breeds, yeah.

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How do I get my asshole cat to stop scratching the couch? He knows it's bad, he'll go running if I get up. I tried picking him up, getting him to scratch his scratching post and being affectionate when he scratches it instead but he still goes after the couch constantly. Do I just need to cat proof it, cover it in a blanket?
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It's across the room from the couch, and I mean sometimes he jumps on it and goes nuts, then other times he scratches the couch til we react and he runs off. I'll start trying it tonight and if not I'll get a smaller one I can just leave by the couch (the one he has is about as tall as I am).
I put clear packing tape on the corners of my bed and couch, it has deterred my cats from scratching. They also go apeshit for pic related.

My cats don't like the nail caps like in >>2635219 but they work if your cat doesn't give a shit.
Oh, it's like a tree. Hm. Yeah, don't move that one. These cheapie cardboard ones >>2635333 are like crack. You can make them extra attractive by sprinkling some catnip on them, too. That could totally live on the side of the couch without getting in the way. Also, is this cat under 5 years old? You know they mellow out when they get older.

I'll pick one up after work tomorrow. And I'm not sure how old he is since he's a stray I took in, but he's pretty young I think, probably under 5.
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In that case I suggest you give your cat up for adoption to a better home and never take another cat again.

Declawing amputates the cat's distal phalanges and forces it to walk on parts of the paws that are never supposed to touch ground, resulting in excruciating pain.

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Kottens edition


Join the cat conversation at #mammal

Food & Nutrition

Outside Enrichment
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bring her to the vet
change litter, get multiple boxes, try a hooded or unhooded box
get her a feliway collar
buy cat attract

is she declawed?
Hey guys, literally my first time posting here since I FINALLY managed to convince the wife to get a cat - my absolute dream since forever.

She's never even owned an animal, so a lot of new stuff - we brought it home today and when it climbed into bed (which I wanted to let him do the first night, since he's shittingly scared) she found out she was terrified of the cat potentially being near her face, like batshit scared.

Cat's still a month old, but as far as I can tell the previous people let her sleep in their bed for a few weeks at least. Anyone got any experience with how long it might take to get him used to sleeping outside the bedroom? I combed every single forum I could find and there's very little concrete info. Most say "eventually" they stop going crazy scratching and meowing.
Here's a photo I took earlier, it's not much but you can tell it's pretty fucking hard to actually get a good look at it.

...which is also why we named him Shade.
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Hello /an/ first time posting here.

I thought of starting a thread about a doubt i have, but i lurked long enough to see a cat general, awesome!
There is something wrong with my cat Roma.
She has a hard ball in her "chest" (pic related)
It's about 2 inches in size, but i think it got smaller since i first saw it (about two days ago)
I'm taking her to the vet next monday, but i want some thoughts from you guys. Should i worry about this? I googled the thing and it could be alot of things.
She gets mad if i pick her up because causes her pain.
She is 1 year old and got castrated back in December 2017.
What do you guys think?
Cat just suddenly threw up some dry food minutes after eating it. He otherwise seems and acts fine. Vomit doesn't have any suspicious items or evidence. The food/water bowls are clean (I just cleaned them this morning) and the food is "fresh". Should I take away / replace the rest of his dry food, give him something else, or even be worried at all? He event went back to the food.

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Why does my cat nuzzle up against me when I'm on the toilet?
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Idk but my two cats do it too, it's weird how they always seem to know when I'm doing my buisness.
>tfw don't like shaving legs because it's long, tedious, and I often end up cutting myself on the razor
Consider yourself lucky if you had a vagina
post more pics, OP
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Because pooping puts you in a vulnerable position, so your cat comes in to watch your back and look out for predators while you're busy.

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a flood is coming, post your animal and justify why it should be allowed in my meme boat
I'm filling your ark with goldfish and mosquitos because fuck you
Wasn't it that there was supposed to be two of every animal? Why so many sheep, then?
2 of every unclean animal, 14 of every clean animal.
What defines 'clean', then? So the ones that are useful to humans are considered clean and the rest are considered unclean because we either find them gross or dangerous?

>be male orangutan
>live in rainforest
>travel around on trees eating weird-ass fruit all day
>instantly have sex with any female orangutan who looks at you.
>be 5x as strong as any human yet still chill as fuck
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I like Gorillas too, but Orangutans are totally rad, dude.

>From south-east Asia
Try to be more knowledgeable about your gay spam pol fag.

Orangutans are like Finnish people
Mostly chill all the time
Probably the most all-round capable dudes
Great sense of humour
Enjoy trolling and shitposting without hurting people's opinions
Dress strangely
Aesthetic as fuck
Mythological history ("old man of the forest")
Live fairly isolated lives as adults
Alpha males could probably fuck up anything

Chimps are niggers, bonobos are stoned rastafarian niggers, monkeys are pajeets
*hurting other people's feelings

Also everyone knows a little about the orangutans yet they're barely in anything, they're always the chill character in movies.
>The Horrifying Story Of A Sex Slave Orangutan

You don't have to be from Africa to be the 'African' equivalent of something. You just have to act like enough of a degenerate to qualify.

>People actually believe this
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>St. George vs the Baryonyx
that's sounds pretty cool desu
>what is the Ring of Gyges
>sounds like #fakenews
he's talking about Judge Roy Moore, you massive semen-guzzling faggot. You have to be literally retarded not to have heard about him.

but we all know conservatives are fucking retarded.
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>a regular snake memed humanity out of paradise
Yup, but speculation without evidence also gets you nowhere.

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how come mammals took up the whale niche? Are there any fish, prehistoric or current, apart from the whale shark, that reached such sizes?
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Filter-feeding anomalocarid from the early ordovician.
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why aren't more fish species endothermic?
there are at least 20 species of endothermic shark, including the great white and its relatives.

there are at least 15 endothermic species of tuna and jack.

endothermy is difficult for small fish to maintain because water is an excellent thermal conductor. So it only evolved in large fish that frequent cold waters and survive by pursuit hunting.
Because mammal pride world wide.
It probably has to do with oxygen levels. In general, lower oxygen = smaller animals. Oxygen levels in the air are a lot higher than the water can absorb. So air breathing mammals, like whales, can get a lot more oxygen than gill breathing fish.

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Where can I eat baby elephant steak?

Watching this video about lions made me hungry:
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This is a low-level bait post. Do better next time.
was it really bait though? are you not supposed to eat elephant meat?
They're an endangered species you sub human chink.
>They're an endangered species you sub human chink.
makes me laugh every time.
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I will pay handsomely enough to support the life of several baby elephants and their habitats. checkmate atheist

Lets post some foxes. /trash/men, please show restrain.
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Sorry guys I know I said that I would remind you every day to want a platypus but a work emergency came up and I'm going to be without internet for a month on sight. I'm basically bootlegging a Sat phone right now.

So this will have to be your monthly reminder to want a platypus.

I won't be able to reply to this.
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How hard is it to find the platypus pictures you do? IIRC, you work either with them or in a related field (e.g., conservation), so you have greater access or a better selection, but surely at some point you conscientiously repost a few at some point, right? Perhaps just the ones you're fond of?
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I do repost, but I also look really hard for new good pics.

This is your daily reminder to want a platypus.
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I'm fond of all of them.

This is your daily reminder to want a platypus.
You can't tell me that you don't want to boop this bill. No paddlehonkers were harmed in the making of this vid.

This is your daily reminder to want a platypus.
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Even when they need some TLC they are super cute and cuddly

This is your daily reminder to want a platypus.

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Quack Quack

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Thank you :)
It's the call the pigeons on my roof always make here in this imaginary buffer state
OP's call is of a Eurasian collared dove, not a mourning dove.

Mourning dove is more of a hoo-hoooo, hooo hooo
this is exactly what I'm hearing right now


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If a pigeon shoot up an aviary, would it be a columbine massacre?
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not coo

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Bird owners thread, post a picture of your bird and we'll talk about bird owning and the best birds to own.
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specie name?
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what kind of bird is this?
i've got a little female parakeet, she's about 7-8 years old. unfortunately she wasn't raised well when i got her and she hates hands and doesn't ever want to leave her cage. any tips to improve her quality of life?
I'm so sorry. She sounds like an incredibly sweet bird and it sounds like you had a great bond with her. I'm sure she was happy to be with you and had a great life thanks to you.

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