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12 year old cat having fits of biting at her back area. She will flop around on the floor biting at self and she will urinate some. Does not stiffen up like a seizure, but can't be handled while it's happening. Usually last from 30 secs to a min, and happens several times a day. Please tell me what this might be?

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chipperdogSF

In Dogs

Does anyone have any tips for handling a dog that is obsessed with food?  My dog is constantly in food mode, no matter where he is.  If he is outside, he is eating what ever he can, and when ever food is around, he cant focus on anything else.  Any thoughts on how I can try an break this habit?

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spiccone1

In Cats

Hi, 


I have a kitten and she broke a bone about 4 weeks ago. The vet had said after 4 weeks she would be able to probably get it off. Well it came off today and the vet office is closed. I was just wondering how they act when their cast is able to come off? I am just trying to debate if she is acting normal or not so I dont have to waste a good 100-150 at the vet tomorrow. She has been grooming it alot, and is walking on it. It seems it is stiff though. I figure that should be normal though. Any help would be great. 

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CatSpert11

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Hi, I have 2 female cats ages 2 and 4, and one male cat who is about to turn 12.  My concern is with the girls.  My boyfriend and I moved in together almost a year ago.  I already owned Simon and Sophia and he owned Haylee.  Simon is not the issue because he is the most layed back cat you will ever meet.  Haylee was very neglected as a kitten and saved by my boyfriend.  Sophia is feisty and likes things to be her way.  We took our time and did everything we could to introduce them gradually.  We used Feliway and it seemed to have an adverse effect on Sophia.  We kept each in a different room and used blankets and toys to exchange each other's scent.  We had them play on either side of the door and rewarded with treats.  We let each cat have a chance to roam the remainder of the house on their own.  We opened the door just a little to let them start peeking at each other.  Finally, we let them have free rein of the house.  However, we are not so pleased with the relationship they currently have, stalking each other, hissing and growling, sneaking up on each other.  Things improved but are not great.  Haylee is also trying to adjust to having me.  Her abuser was a female so she is apprehensive but we are getting their.  I just feel bad that I can't show her the same affection as I do Simon and Sophia...maybe that plays a part in all of this?


So we are about to move again.  I was wondering if I should repeat the process of introducing them.  If so, should I do anything differently?  How long should this take?  The benefit to moving is everyone will have more space now! ANY advice would be greatly appreciated! 

Thanks!  
Hilary, Simon, Sophia, and Haylee

This has been going on one month.  My tenant died and her cat is hiding in a very inaccesable spot.  She found a hole in a closet and now hides in the frame work of the upstairs apt.  Trapping her with food, in a humain trap has been a complete failure. She has been existing on only the small pieces of food I leave to tempt her to the food in the trap release.  She never goes near it.  I have three traps.  I do leave out water. She uses her litter box in the middle of the night so I do know she is alive.  Please help.  I have pulled out all the walls that would give me access to her but no luck.  If she dies she is going to die where I can't get to her.  What else do I do????  I am a cat lover with five cats of my own.  This has me in tears.  

Hello!My 15 year poodle has prostate cancer and has been on treatement for almost a year.As of now he can,t move its tail for urination  and poop.Is there any prostetueses to help hold tail up?Thanqs

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Dooger1995

In Dogs

Caty is from the dog rescue I volunteer with. It's really bothering me that we don't have the slightest idea of what breeds Caty is to tell potential adopters. I recently started thinking she might be a Pit Bull Terrier/Lab mix, but something for those two breeds is NOT lining up. She has to have something else too. Border Collie? I don't know :P

When Caty first came to us, she weighed a healthy 35 lbs. She's been in a couple foster homes and each time she has gained a couple pounds. She just came back from a foster home (they had her for about 3 months) and she has gained at least 15 lbs. Caty now weighs a hefty 60 lbs for such a small statured dog. Definitely needs to lose some weight now that she's back in our director's hands.

Caty is approximately 7 years old. She has a very short glossy brown and white coat. Her tail is like a hook and she has a long nose. Her body is compact and square in proportion. She has a deep chest and high set rose ears. Her bark is kind of raspy and high pitched. She is very mellow and very smart. She is also very athletic. She is really sweet and sensitive and attaches to her people really quick. She's great with other dogs and kids. She likes to chase cats.

What breeds do you think Caty has in her?


Thanks!

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I have recently adopted a Russian Blue rescue cat, he was left alone for a very long period without food, apart from being very thin, he is a wonderful cat, full of love and fun and I am setting about feeding him up and giving him a lot of fuss!  Only problem I have come across is he doesn't seem to sleep at night, instead he will meow loudly through the night whether I let him in the bedroom or not.  Is there any advice you can offer as to why he is doing this? I appreciate this breed is very intelligent, I have shown him his litter tray and toys and food which he has remembered all and uses frequetly but he doesn't seem to be interested in his bed and I am not getting a wink of sleep.  He clearly wants to be around me a lot and is very affectionate, other than craving attention, any ideas why he meow's so loudly and contstantly at night? Thanks.

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