Please help!!! We recently rescued a Yellow Canary from Pet Smart 3 weeks ago. He has been acting fine, loves attention, sings, perks up when you talk to him and was great all day today. He loves to stand tall and flap his wings normally. This evening we were making dinner and I walked back in the living room and he was stuck in his hooded food bowl. Within a minute this happened because I walked to stir the pot and went back and there he was. I immediately scooped him up and placed him on his favorite perch, I removed the hoods as I thought maybe they were dangerous. And reached over to give him his favorite pet on his neck and he climbed on my hand and would not get off, I wouldn’t be alarmed if this was normal for him so I kept my hand there for him thinking he maybe felt safe after feeling trapped. He kept closing his eyes and wobbling bad. He finally jumped off in about 4 minutes and kept trying to perch and would lose his balance and try to sleep but startle and lean forward doing so. He even tried resting against the bars. I have been watching him now for about 2 hours and he has finally settled in but just seems a bit off still, not seeming relaxed and cozy at his bedtime like normal. I also want to add he kept leaning forward after like he was afraid he was going to fall backwards. I just want to stay ahead of things if he is sick and with all that is going on I figured I would try here first to see if you think maybe he just got scared and will settle in now. He immediately fit right in here when we brought him home. He is such a happy and friendly little guy and we love him so much already. My daughter is so scared and so am I, he has brought so much joy during this crazy dark mess we are in with the virus threat. Thank you so much in advance and God Bless and keep you all safe.
I have a dog and a few bunnies but I’m open to getting another pet to help with my anxiety I’m not sure if I should get like a toucan or like an African grey vs a maine coon cat. I’m looking for something friendly I like an afRican grey because I can talk to it then I love Maine coons because they get so big and they’re soft and amazing to cuddle. But I’m not really sure what do you think?
I’ve had my parakeets for over two weeks now, but they’re still terrified of me. I’ve been taming them properly by first allowing them to adjust to their surroundings, then allowing them to get used to my presence, and now by having my hand sit at the bottom of the cage at least once a day. Despite my working with them everyday, I see no progress. I just want to be able to play with and hold my birds, but it makes me sad that they don’t like me.
Cat: Litter Box Issues, Asthma, and Food weirdness:
I’ve had my baby, Kira (“Monkey”) for about 3 years now. She is 7 pounds and adorable and snuggly and silly. We have a very strong bond. However, in the last few years, we keep running into issues:
(1) She started peeing regularly on my bed, my clothes, and my roommates’ beds and clothes. So we started keeping our doors shut when we aren’t home. This hasn’t stopped her from having “accidents” sometimes when she’s spending time in our rooms with us. Which is really hard for me especially, because she loves to snuggle and sleep with me every night.
I’ve spent a LOT of money on multiple litter boxes, multiple sizes, some covered and some uncovered. I’ve also had many litters–right now she has Dr. Elsey’s Litter Attract in one (large storage bin with an entrance cut out) and then Pretty Litter in another (covered, average sized litter box). I’ve also used litter attract (that green herb-y stuff) and didn’t notice a difference.
It doesn’t help that I live in a small apartment and so the bigger box is in plain sight in the living room (my roommate HATES it and has been asking me to move it to the closet…) and the covered smaller one is in our hallway hidden under a table.
(2) Monkey was diagnosed with asthma a few months after I adopted her. She is meant to use an inhaler every day but hates it so much that the vet wanted her to start on the oral steroids again temporarily. So, she’s on those now. I did spend the first few weeks training her to use the inhaler and reinforcing with treats, but she isn’t very treat-motivated. The times she best cooperated were when she was having asthma attacks and seemed to know I was trying to help her. But she’s supposed to take a PREVENTATIVE dose.
(3) Suddenly, she has stopped eating the canned food I am giving her but seems to prefer dry kibble or any food on our counter–she tore apart a plastic bag trying to get at my roommate’s bagels earlier. It’s possible it’s because she HATED when I was pilling her those steroids and so I started crushing and mixing half a pill into her wet dinner (she has 4 small meals a day).
(4) Because we live in a small apartment, I did have my moms take her in to their larger house with windows with better views of squirrels and birds. When I visited, I could tell she enjoyed having a bit more space, but my mom got so upset–Monkey started peeing on their couch and carpet in addition to beds/clothes. So I took her back immediately.
What’s weird is that, once I brought her home, she had no litter box problems for probably 3 months. And then it started again. It can come in weird waves…
I’m taking her to the vet again (for at least the 11th time in 3 years) on Saturday. But I’m starting to get really emotional over all of these issues. It especially doesn’t help that my roommates get upset and want me to get rid of her, but I know I can’t just give her to a shelter because she has so many health issues… It would just be cruel. I feel so guilty about the entire situation and don’t know what to do. I feel like I’ve spent 50+ hours online researching these various problems (hoping and praying that Jackson Galaxy could meet my troubled “cat from Heaven”) and thousands of dollars on different litters and foods and inhalers and medications and vet bills. I hardly make $28K a year, so my family is also advising me to “get rid” of her…. 🙁 I hate that–you can’t just “throw away” a loving companion.
If anything, I would consider finding her a home where she could freely go outside in the country and maybe with other cats. I know she had kittens and was a stray before I adopted her… Should I ask local rescue organizations for advice? How do they help cats with these health issues to get adopted?
Any advice would be very helpful. Thank you all!
My female zebra finch has been spending more time in the nest than usual and has her feathers puffed out all the time. The male also seems to be hanging out near or in the nest with her too and seems to puff out his feathers at anyone who gets too close to the cage or nest. I am not sure if this is a sign that the female is pregnant or not. Can you help me figure this out?
dear Vet, Krista Magnifico: One of my (former stray) 2 cats, Jazzy, was blimped out & looked very pregnant last summer or early fall, so I had her spayed, not wanting to have babies to feed, care f/ & find homes f/. Vet said she hadn’t been pregnant, no babies inside. (I couldn’t believe it). Well now, months later, this winter, she looks like a huge blimp again, & I don’t know why. She waddles now, & walks funny, never goes outside, exercises, very sedentary. In summer she’s a very fast runner, climbs tree, catches & eats lots of birds. (yuk. don’t like that, plus she tries bringing in house.) But she’s fast!, normally, & normally skinny. (u can feel her spine, still.). Any ideas what my be the problem causing this unusual blimping out, b4, & now months later after being spayed? She does not look pretty, healthy, or normal, & her huge sides & belly are tight & hard, not soft like normal kitty. She’s not a very affectionate kitty, often skittish just when I walk near or into a room she’s in. Constantly begs f/ food, espec. chicken. gets under foot in kitchen to point I don’t realize she’s @ my feet & bump into her accidentally. I’m not that fond of her, but didn’t want to just abandon her when I moved, & thought I could easily find her a home if I decided not to keep her myself. I took her & another cat (that one was pregnant, later died huge w/ stillbirths inside & major dehydration)…to Humane Soc. to find a nice home f/ her, but they let both escape & both found way home & walked miles, across big highway, to get back to trailer where I used to live where all these strays kept breeding. I love Cherokee, also former stray, & am keeping her forever. But not so thrilled w/ Jazz. She scratches door frames & insulation around door when wants in or out, (which ruins beautiful nice new house.) I noticed this morn she had dried poop residue near her anus, so I removed much as could & softened rest stuck in her fur w/ water & scott towel best I could b4 she scratched free. Maybe she’s not pooping like should & extremely constipated? Maybe I should get 2 litter boxes vs. just 1? Cherokee grooms herself til super clean, she would never let poop dry on her like that. She also grooms/licks Jazz’s ears, face f/ her, many times, as if she were Jazz’s Mom, maybe to show her affection. Any ideas how to help Jazz get back to normal? I don’t want a vet bill bc I’m just not enamored w/ Jazz & don’t really care, tho I feel guilty even saying that, it’s true. I just figured if she could walk all the way home from Humane Soc., she wanted to stay, so I kept her. & she used to greet me & mailbox when I pulled in. She’s terribly afraid of other people, incl. me, many times, (when I walk by, or walk into a room,) so not easy to shower her w/ “love” or affection, she’s quite skittish, tho she will come up to be petted outside when I come home, etc. TY, Krista f/ your expert advice! (I can send u pics, if helps, tho I know u can’t diagnose from pics.)
Found cat in my neighborhood. Seems healthy but covered in dreads and dirt. Learned her owners lived here but moved away last year. Took her inside to brush her. Would keep her but for starters we have birds and she’s a hunter. She’s affectionate but cautious. May have found a potential home but it’s far and I worry she’ll run back here. Dad thinks we should let her back outside as she has been there fine for a year and sits by the door. What should we do?? She comes to me when I look for her. I think she wants to leave
My 14 week old puppy found a dead bird and picked it up in his mouth. He only had it for a minute before I got it out. Is this something I should be worried about or do something about? I know dead birds can carry diseases. I don’t know how long it had been dead but it didn’t look like it was very long.
Hi pawbly friends-
I was just walking my dogs and we came across a crow. It is somehow injured, though I don’t really know what is wrong with it, other than it seems unable to fly. It flaps both wings, and can run away from us. I put the boys in a sir stay, and scooped the bird up carefully. He/she is resting in a paper- lined box on my front porch at the moment as I am really not sure at all what to do.
Hey there, I am 17 years old and I adore animals. I live with just myself and my mother and I currently have 4 cats (soon to be more probably) 2 gerbils, and 2 goldfish. I look after my pets very well and make sure they are happy and healthy.
I have always loved birds and have always pictured myself having a parrot (such as a macaw) I have owned finches, budgies, and other small pasts in the distant past, but I haven’t had any for a while thus I will not get a large bird like a macaw. One that has really caught my eye is a Sun Conure. I think they are beautiful birds and would love to have one as a pet to commit my time to.
I will mention in a list-styled fashion what my concerns are:
-I am 17, very young and my life is just beginning. I don’t travel much but will likely travel every so often. Not to mention I may be starting university soon.
-I have 4 cats, obviously cats and birds don’t mix. My plan would mainly be to just make sure they are seperated at all times in the house but I am still concerned, should I be?
-Gerbils natural predators are birds, as far as I know, Sun Conures do not eat rodents, however they would still terrify my gerbils. Gerbils only live until around 4 years old so maybe once they are gone I will get my bird.
Besides what I listed, I cannot think of any reasons as to why I would not be ready. I will always commit my free time to looking after it and spending time with it, I will be sure it’s healthy, regular check ups, and so forth. Would like to hear some feed back. Am I ready?