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  1. Cats
    Hi! I read an interesting article over the weekend about a new study that shows cats and their people develop their own unique communication. Sharon Crowell-Davis, a professor of veterinary behavior at the University of Georgia, and John Bradshaw, a University of Bristol anthrozoologist, talk...
  2. Mouse & Rat Discussion
    Here's one for the books.....my 2 rats Hat and Patrick are completely different. Patrick is pretty assertive and takes a treat or food like he will never eat again. However, my other Dumbo is completely opposite! He has always been gentle about taking treats and is completely chilled at feeding...
  3. Dogs
    My girlfriend has a new CockerSpaniel. It used to occasionally pee on the tile floor, but has graduated to peeing on the bed and upstairs on the carpet. Why would she suddenly start peeing in more inappropriate places and how do we break this behavior?
  4. Rabbit Discussion
    So I'm just having some general behavior issues with my bunny. Background: I've had him since July of 2011. I got him as a baby. He is neutered. He has a large two story cage but because of my current living situation and the hours I'm actually home he doesn't get out to romp much, but I *try*...
  5. Mouse & Rat Discussion
    My male hairless rat gets very hyperactive and excited when he is on my bed, he runs up and down jumping bouncing. I understand that hes a happy boy but he stops and rubs his sides on my pillows, my legs and jumpers. He is more interested rubbing on fabrics, is he scent marking? or does he have...
  6. Hedgehog Discussion
    I own two african pigmy hedgehogs. I am currently a collage student taking a animal behavior class, my focus for the class is to try to understand the hedgehog behavior of anointing with in the species. I have some questions that i would like to receive feedback on; 1)From observation which...
  7. Dogs
    Hi, I'm new here and need help. Three months ago I adopted a nine year old chihuahua to add to our family of 3 other dogs. Jewels first "parents" had died. I don't know much else about them. We adore her. Overall she is a very mildmannered little girl. I am her human. We bonded instantly...
  8. Rabbit Discussion
    My bunny is crazy!! Since yesterday he has been sniffing everything nonstop. he crawled all over my dad, sister, and I sniffing us. He has sniffed the laptop, the sofa, the blanket, everything. He normally doesnt act like this. What's up with him and is everything alright with him??
  9. Chinchilla Discussion
    Hi! My name is Michelle and I am the proud caretaker of two chins: Chilly and Chi. I've had Chilly for over a year and we adopted Chi about 8 months ago. Chilly has hated Chi since we got her. We keep them in separate cages and they have their free run separately as well. At first Chilly was...
  10. Hooved Animal Discussion
    I've been looking at sites for pot belly pig behaviors, but can't find anything that pertains to my pig. She lives outside and I just rescued her from a slaughter auction. Apparently shes 8 months old, possibly pregnant. I've had her for about 5 days now, and I would like to differentiate...
  11. Gerbil & Hamster Discussion
    just curious. fiona appears to be getting big/fat. however her tummy is flat 'n smooth but when she's on all 4's her sides down by her tummy 'n hips look a little bit big... i cleaned her cage today(replaced the bedding and switched the layout around a little bit) and when i went to reach in to...
  12. Chinchilla Discussion
    Hello, I am hoping that you may be able to help me shed some light on some behavior that my 2 male (I was told) chinchilla’s have begun exhibiting lately. Some back story, I received my 2 chinchillas from an acquaintance 5 years ago who was moving out of the country. At the time they were...
  13. Dogs
    So whenever I play ball with my dog, I tell her to "drop it," and she does, but then when I reach down for the ball she quickly grabs it into her mouth again. And then she won't let go. What's a good way to break the habit? Distract her with a treat or another toy? Any suggestions? Thanks.
  14. Prairie Dog Discussion
    I’m desperately in need of help... Some back story: I have two prairie dogs, Spiderman & Sweetie, 1 male 1 female and they are both almost 8 years old. I have had them since they were about 1 year old. They are healthy, have always had a proper PD diet of loose timothy hay, compressed cubes...
  15. Prairie Dog Discussion
    Our Peepers We bought a little girl PD from a local pet store here in Houston called Pet City, which occasionally has semi-exotic critters. We also bought her a huge cage with what we thought were all the accouterments. Unfortunately however they did not have good advice for keeping them and...
  16. Chinchilla Discussion
    My room-mate gave me his pet chinchilla, which i absolutely adore! I was confused by her behavior yesterday, however. At night, I let her out to run around my room... and usually she will run up to me and hop around me when i change her dust and put fresh food in her cage. Yesterday, she hid...
  17. Chinchilla Discussion
    So i've done my research and have had other chinchilla's but have never had an aggressive chinchilla like my new chin Luna. She is 9 months old i got her when she was 6 weeks old. She doesn't like it when i reach in her cage even if it's to fill her food bowl. She bits me and barks at me. A...
  18. Amphibians
    I woke up yesterday morning to a horrifying sight - one of my ADF's had tried to eat an otocinclus that she shared her tank with and it had gotten wedged in her mouth! I wasn't sure what else to do, so I pulled the now-dead fish out of her mouth, taking as much care as I could not to hurt her...
  19. Guinea Pig Discussion
    Hey everyone :) I've got two very cute Guinea pigs called Pepper and Ziggy. They appear very similar in features, except for their colour, and were together when I bought them (as there were none in any local shelters) so I have reason to believe they may be sisters, or at least somehow...
  20. Dogs
    Hello, I am new to the dogs section of paw talk, although I have posted quite a few times in the Degu Discussion. After my mother recently passed away, my family decided that we would like a dog to help keep ourselves busy in this down time. My mom had always talked about the Vizsla and so we...
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