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So my family has a dog, a 10 year old chocolate lab that isn't fixed. And she's never really been socialized with other dogs, which gets really apparent during vet visits. She seems to be fine when she's in our yard and other dogs come up to visit or otherwise come under the fence (A Dachshund frequently roams the neighborhood and can wiggle under fences easy), but when we take her somewhere she gets really antsy around other dogs. She'll whine, pull on her lead, sometimes bark and if she gets close to the other dog they usually end up growling at each other...
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>>2020926
Anyways, the next question is how the hell do I get her to stop licking herself?
I don't know when she started doing this, as she usually sleeps in my little brother's room, but when she was sleeping in my room I noticed that she would lick her privates for 10-15 minutes at a time fairly often. This shit is annoying as all hell because not only is her licking loud, but she's grunting or something, and she wants to go outside afterwards so she can drink water and do it again. It's driving me insane...
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>>2020931
>how the hell do I get her to stop licking herself?
A cone. As simple as that. Really. A cone.
Didn't read anything else, I remember this thread, you've posted here before and /an/ has given you advice. You should have done what everyone else told you to do and fixed her. 10 years old is late to socialize. If you're not willing to take her to a class you might as well accept your dog's behaviors at this point and keep her on a tight leash at vet visits, it's...
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It took you forever to make your own thread, and it's a mess.
Get to the point.
Be clear.
State your problems without adding a bunch of unneeded info.

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Hey /an/, I'm from the Chicago suburbs and I want to attract as many bees, butterflies, hummingbirds, bats, etc to my backyard. What's the best way to go about it?

I've been googling it but I know nothing about gardening or anything and I feel like you guys would have tips/experience/stories
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There are certain plants which attract butterflies and bees.

google that.
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Let your yard go to weed first, then you'll see them in the summer.

Hummingbirds like monarda, so do bees.
Melissa officianalis attracts them like nobody's business, and it's tasty.

Bats come after the moths, and the moths eat the weeds. To attract cool moths, grow tobacco, it summons luna moths when it flowers.

Any plant in the milkweed family will bring you some kinda butterfly.

Monarda officianalis is a good start for your area though, it's called bee-balm. And it cares for itself.

If you can get lemon balm you'll...
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>>2020990
Fill a bucket with yard/dead leaves clippings and water the spot with that shit. In fact, if you have a tree that sheds leaves, do not rake them, let them rot and bring forth the fungi and things that nature likes. Dead leaves are gaia's skin. You need a lot more water if somebody took your skin away.

Bees need lots of surface area, like bushiness, cause they can only drink dew that falls in the morning and night. The plants constantly breathe out water, and the bigger they are, the more it helps.

Mulch...
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My cat has been vomiting like twice a week for months now. He's also recently gotten the habit of sniffing around for people food, even though he'd never done that before, eating pretty much only his dry food before and some tuna sometimes. He's completely healthy and happy otherwise, as far as I can tell.
He's a 11 years old castrated male, indoors since we're in an apartment. I've taken him to the vet twice, changed his food, given him special food, changed his water thing for one with running water and nothing has helped.

I'm almost...
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When he vomits, what does it look like? Can you see hair or is it just digested food?

What food is he eating right now, and what was the "special" food you tried?

Did the vet take any blood work or offer a diagnosis?
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Do you free feed or do you feed him measured amounts twice a day?
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>>2020837
Liquid or food he just ate.

Some kinda fattening wet food for recuperating cats. The vet recommended it.

He took blood and said something about the kidneys not working efficiently, I don't remember exactly but he said it wasn't serious. That was why I got the running water.

>>2020852
Free, pretty much.

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Birds are the most adorable creatures on the planet, and there's nothing you can do about it.
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>>2020747
we can throw wings on dogs and... nah, your right.
'specially baby doves.
pic related.
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>>2020747
BOOM BITCH

Get out the way!
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>>2020752
please tell me more

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I want to rescue an adult cat from a local overcrowded shelter but I live alone and work 40 hours a week + having a social life of 10-ish hours a week so that's around 50 hours a week I won't be able to give the cat company.

Is this ok or should I pass? I'd buy lots of toys and he'd have some nice window views
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that cat or another will get u=put down if you don't so go ahead. also if theres another the cat will get along with they'll be happy to sell you more than one.
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>>2020572
Cats are still work. Just be prepared for litter box and cleaning up after.

I work 40 hours too. The cat will be fine just be sure to build the relationship.
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It's fine, especially as you're looking at adopting an adult cat. Tell the shelter what you're looking for, but they should have literally dozens of cats that would be perfectly happy getting in 50 hours a week of quiet napping or grooming time while you're out so long as you spend time with them when you're at home. You could also adopt a pair of cats that enjoy each other's company but it's not a requirement if you'd prefer just one, there are plenty of cats that prefer being the only cat in the household.

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Betta general and other questions.
so my betta has started to move a lot less and sit in weird spots like a corner that he never goes in or the bottom of the tank. I just cured him of ich and since then he has been acting a bit odd. When i give him a nudge he starts to swim around then go back to being a statue. What do?
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I was thinking he might just be kinda tired. He isnt refusing to eat though.
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Is he just chillin?
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I tested for ammonia and changed about 30% of the water but he's still faceplanting in the rocks. the shrinp are going crazy with all the shit that rose out of the rocks. Ill just give it time
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i'm going to my parents house over the holidays for two weeks...should i leave my 3 year old cat in my apartment and have my neighbor feed her every day or should i bring her along?
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Take the kitty
feed the neighbor
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>>2020182
come on arent you guys supposed to be like animal experts or something
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Depends on your kitty's temperament. If she's very social and attached to you, it'd probably be more stressful to leave her behind. If she's fairly independent and/or you know she hasn't done well with adjusting to change in the past (many cats don't), let her stay in your apartment.

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So I finally had this date. It was with a lady from the internet. We were having a good time, she was laughing at my jokes and showed positive body language. I showed her my town, we had some drinks and so on. I was about to say goodbye, when she asked if she could go to my place. I was getting kind of nervous. Should I do this at the first date? Normally, I do not show my ant farm to a lady after the first date.

But, since everything was going that well I didn't want to disappoint her. I figured we could go to my place and just ignored that awesome ant farm I have....
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holy shit

cucked by your own ants
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>>2020201
Hahaha lol
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>I'm really hard broken by this.

Damn, that's a nice cock blocked Freudian slip if there ever was one (either that or you're retarded and think it's supposed to be "hard broken").

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Hey guys what is this insect?
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babby leafhopper
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>>2020083
looks like some leafhopper.
hard to say from that pic.

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I've got a Double-Tail (pic related) that absolutely shredded about 50% of his finnage in the past 24 hours. I noticed some nipping around the edges when I gave him breakfast yesterday morning, not much more in the evening.

He's generally pretty aggressive, to the point of being a complete asshole to females (will attack them to cause harm more than often. I've stopped trying to breed him.)
He's nipped his own fins in the past, but only a couple bites, usually when he can see his reflection, or another betta he can't get to. He gets a serious...
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OP here: Sorry for the shitty image. He won't hold still for a single fucking moment. Best pic out of 20.
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>>2020072
How powerful is your filter? Betta don't like heavy (or even light) currents.
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>>2020077
The filter is really barely more than a trickle. Enough to get the water around the bottom of the tank moving so the pleco can continue being a couch potato.
More than a few inches away from the source, the current is just strong enough to push a memeball a few more inches away. On the other side is the 1" aerator stone that creates its own current.

I doubt either of these are bothering the betta, since he tends to stay toward the surface most of the day, on the side furthest from the aerator.

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WTF is this creature? Found second one today in my flat. Kind of tick? thanks anons
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another pic
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Chelifer cancroides,
micro-scorpio without tail. Venom comes from the "claws" Eats small insects
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Sidymella

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I've found a stray cat not too long ago, brought her to the vet and turns out she is about 50-55 days old. Was told to feed her 35 grams of kibble and half of canned food a day. She barely touches the kibble though. We went to the vet last Tuesday and since then she only ate 15 grams in four days instead of her supposed 35 a day.

On the opposite every time I give her canned food she eats it all, barely have the time to give it to her and she already jumps on me to eat everything in the can, so she currently eats like 5 grams of kibble if lucky and a whole can of...
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Just give her canned, vet is being silly, you could feed 100 percent decent wet food or kibble either way but of course the cats going to prefer the wet stuff.

15 minutes not giving more than half a can, that guy is some kind of nutty hack or something. Bacteria seriously... Don't worry about bacteria ffs cat eat wild shit they catch from who knows where... Just don't let it eat stuff that's been left out for more than oh 18 hours or so. And get a vet that's less ri-fucking-diculous. im sorry you've been hassled by such a crazy person
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>>2019904
Seriously? Wew, I know nothing about cats but that sounds like bad time. I'll definitely go check another vet next time. Still I hope I can get some more replies about this, hope you don't get offended if I don't immediately trust some random anon on 4chan instead of a vet, even though I don't exactly trust him as well. She was never crying, scratching and complaining before I went to him and started not putting canned food on the floor anymore.
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It's only a stray cat, not some sort of exotic animal that can only be fed certain things. If you feed your cat at the same time(s) everyday, the problem of your cat bothering you while you're trying to make your own food should go away so make some sort of feeding schedule (it did for all the cats that I've owned so I'm just speaking personal experience here). My cats always went nuts when I shook the kibble box or showed them a can of wet food.

You're worrying about this too much.

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>Senpai! I... I...!
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Why is nature so lewd?
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>>2019890

oh baby
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>>2019890
I can't even begin to understand how this would ever evolve.

>a plant evolved a fucking airsoft gun.

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My new "friends", post your buds. Preferably birbs.
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What the fuck am I looking at?
Where is this?
Some kind of shelter for birds?
Why is there wood everywhere?
Is this someone's back yard?
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wtf
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Why are there so many Eagles in the same place?

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My roommate stepped on my cats tail yesterday, she yowled loudly and now (12 hours later) she's walking around with a dropped tail and gets mad when I touch it. She seems to be able to move her tail, but she's being extremely tender about it, and is currently hiding under my bed. Could this just be a bruised tail or something minor? Do I wait a couple days before going to the vet to see if it improves?
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You already know the answer, Anon, and you already know what you're going to do.
Don't look to us for justification.
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I'd take her to the vet. At the very least, you could get her some good pain relievers. If it still hurts that badly twelve hours later, it probably is more than a bruise. You'll probably need an xray.
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Yes, it could just be bruised, and yes, it could also be badly broken. There's no way anyone can diagnose it over the internet- personally, I would take her to the vet as soon as possible (though not in the middle of the night or anything) if she's hiding and reacting badly when it's touched. Cats are usually very quiet and undemonstrative when in pain, so if she's clearly stressed 12 hours later, she probably is hurting quite a bit.

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