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So if these animals were more common and less expensive, would you buy a domestic fox? Are there any ways a domesticated fox could be useful besides companionship, such as hunting?
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no I'm pretty happy with cats as a pet. a pet fox could be useful for catching mice inside and pissing on everything.
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>>2001422
They're domesticiated, but that doesn't make them good pets, so no.
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>>2001422
Hell no. Just about everything a fox can do (besides appearance) a dog breed exists for it and will be better at it. I'd never get a fox.

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I want a dog but am lazy as fuck and don't want to do shit.
What dog is least maintenance, rarely have to wash, never have to groom, etc, and won't piss and shit all over my house but still love me and be hella obedient and want cuddles?
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A cat.
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>>2003266
cats are shit but
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My piece of shit parrot just took a chunk out of my finger. I wasn't provoking him at all, the little fucker suddenly turned around and bit while sitting in my lap.

Apart from being a poo shotgun, he is the biggest asshole I've seen. He always grits his teeth in anger whenever I come near him, he bites me, pisses on me, chirps at me. Sometimes he is a little mean to his son, nothing serious though.

What the fuck can I do? His hatred seems to grow with every single day even though I've always been nice to him.

Pic related, biggest jerk I've ever seen.
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>>2002708

are you serious right now?
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I hope you die
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>>2002716
why? my parrot's a fucking dick. it's not my fault.

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This is my new puppy: Zaku.
He is 9 weeks old and he begs to sleep with me every night. Let me describe the situation a little more: I have wooden floor in my bedroom, so until Zaku is fully potty trained he can't access my room.
Right now I'm sleeping in the living room, on the sofa, because I want to keep an eye on him, in order to prevent potty accidents. He bags to sleep with me every night, and right now I'm ok with that, because the sofa is ok. The problem is that in the future I don't want him to sleep in my bed, and I don't want to get...
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Stop giving into his demands, even if its sleeping on the sofa with you. You're training him to get what he wants and by coddling him 24/7 he will develop separation anxiety which will be a huge pain.
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>>2001892

>I have wooden floor in my bedroom, so until Zaku is fully potty trained he can't access my room.

What? That makes no sense.
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>>2001897
>>2001900
No need to insult me, but message received: saying things like "crate-traumatized" is beta.

>>2001910
Got it: I will lock him in the crate and he will deal with it.

>>2001911
Yes, is my first dog. I'm confident in my abilities to learn, even thou I know it will not be easy.

>>2001914
Wooden floor is hard...
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So my cat (9 weeks) isn't even pretending to understand the concept of a litter box. I've tried pretty much everything. From positive reinforcement to stern discipline, and she's just not getting it. Is there any guaranteed way to get your cat/kitten to use it or am I just going to have to get rid of her?
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>>2001854
Just catch her whenever she pees/poos and quickly carry her to the litter boxwhile she's going. Or when she starts squatting.
Did this with both of my cat's kittens (not a byb, just accidental) and my own cat. Worked like a charm.
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>>2001858
I caught her once, but she was already basically finished. And as soon as I put her in the litter box, she jumps out. The only way I can keep her in there is if I hold her down.
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I had a cat that was like this and nothing worked until a got an old dog crate and I set up a litter box in there and it was a lot like the cages they'd be in a shelter, small bed, food, water, and a litter box nothing else. She would have to have shit on her bed or practically on her food dish in order to avoid shitting in the litter box and cats are disinclined to do that so it worked pretty well. She shit on her bed once but I just put that shit in the litter and buried it myself and she figured it out after that. I would just keep her in there while I was gone and then...
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>love animals all my life
>didnt get into a career working with animals
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You're not dead yet, faggot.

There's always time for a change. Unless you are dead, in which case: skellington pls go.
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what kind of job involving animals do you want?
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Seems most animal-related jobs are low-paying. Though I'm applying to be a conservation officer.

What is the most extreme/strange case of animal abuse you've seen /an/?

Bonus points if it happened in real life.
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Shoveldog.
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Mom buried my first ferret alive.
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>>2001771
*muffled "JUST A PRANK BRO" in the distance*

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Currently there are two (a male and female) S. grossa (I THINK BUT AM NOT 100%) somewhere in my bedroom. Last saw the female in her web, which I discovered under the part of my bed where I put my head.

They are now both at large.
How fucked am I? Any advice?

Southern California, if that's important.
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Bug bomb your room and get it over with. Go out for a few hours and let those fuckers die.

I would have noped the fuck out of there as soon as I saw one, let alone two .
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>>2000911
It might have to come to that, but for now I'm going to try and wait to catch them myself.

I contemplated just vacuuming up all the webs, but that might scare them if they are still here. Then they might run who knows where, like into my bed.

It's a stake out.
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>>2000918
OP, what the fuck? Just bug bomb it. You don't even know if it's actually S. grossa or actually a Latrodectus. What if it turns out your identification is incorrect and it bites you in the middle of the night?

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Just how powerful is the Canada goose?
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>that attempted giraffe neck/body slam

kek
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>>1996587
Motherfuckers are mean
Best thing to do is grab their neck and break it, because they will keep attacking otherwise. This killed a man who was attacked buy these fuckers in a lake. They dont respond with you attacking them, they just get more pissed, so just break their neck
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Don't let them bite you. They'll rip you to pieces.

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Been considering getting a fishbowl/tank for a while now but cant quite decide.
How are fish as pets? I moved out from my parents and kind of miss my dog, i realize fish are nothing at all like dogs and you cant really interact much with them, but might still be nice to have. How high maintenance are they? Is getting the equipment, like tank etc. expensive? Are fish generally expensive? Ideas for types of fish are also welcome.
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Whatever fish you decide on, don't go less than a 10 gal tank. It's harder to keep the water balanced in a small tank. Remember that a fish tank is a small ecosystem; everything needs to be in balance.
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Fish are great, but owning them is more of a hobby

Creating and maintaining a proper environment for your fish ends up being the most satisfying thing to me. Some fish do show off their satisfaction at being in a good environment compared to a shitty one, but they don't offer nearly as much comfort as a dog.
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I once met a Lactoria cornuta.
It was very into humans and put its head out of the water to be fed.
Most dog like fish i ever met.
I heard pufferfish are similar in behavior.
They are difficult to keep fe the green one because it rather likes brackish water and its only diet are snails, otherwise their teeth grow and they die.
And buy led lightning. It charges off after a while because it does not need replacement and consumes less energy.

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Alright /an/, time for some questionable experimentation.

A pet-shop nearby sells hornworms for use as lizard treats. I grabbed a couple and threw them in with my skink along with some tomatoes to keep the caterpillars fed. My skink ate one, but the others grew pretty quickly and were too big for her to eat (small five-lined skink). They pupated, and 8 weeks later, emerged as drab hawk-moths.
I noticed that the moth resulting from the caterpillar which ate the most red-tomato matter had the most vibrant coloration, and I don't believe this is attributable to its sex, as both were male, by inspection.
I want to try a lil experiment, feeding the caterpillars a custom mash of tomato and potato paste infused with varrying non-toxic dyes to see the resulting impact on moth coloration.
I have the understanding that much of the coloration is due to carotenoids in the food source of the caterpillar, so I've planned to test the effect of concentration on coloration (mashes of white potato, sweet-potato, and pure tomato paste).

As a side experiment, I was going to test the persistence of artificial dyes in the flesh of the caterpillars, and after their metamorphosis. I'll test blue and red food-colorings, as well as the non-toxic fluorescent dye fluorescene, which can be extracted from highlighters.

Ideas? Concerns? For everyone else, Apamea general thread.
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>>1988797
I'm not personally aware of information regarding imagoes based on larval diet in Lepidopterans. It doesn't seem to come up for some reason. I'm now interested in this.
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I once turned a potato blue by letting its roots drink nothing but blue dyed water

I Want to see if you can make them glow in the dark
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pls keep us posted, /op/

lets see some hilighter moths

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Alright so my cat is 1 1/2 year old rescue, spayed, I feed her a mix of wet food and kibble (the best diet I can afford with my budget, I went through Schesir Almo etc. and I settled on a good compromise).

She does two things that worry me.

When I play-fight with her and I'm holding a puppet in front of her and she's readying up to pounce or puffing up, she does a weird huffing sound over and over. It's not hissing, more like a sort of clearing out her throat. She doesn't do this in any other situation, only while she acts all tough and is ready...
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>>2003063
What should I look for? They couldn't find anything last time
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>>2003068

did you describe the sound you heard and the behaviors that induced it? if you did so and they said nothing was wrong with her, i would trust them

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ITT: Abominations created by shit dog breeders going for extreme looks
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it seems excessive
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DO NOT POST IN TROLL THREADS
REPORT ALL TROLL THREAD
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>>2003031
Shit dog breeder detected.

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Am I a bad person for wanting a (mostly) pure bred dog? I'm not about to shell out 4 grand for a certified pure bred dog from a breeder, but if it looks like the breeds I prefer, I wouldn't mind buying a pupper from a third party source.

I volunteered at an animal shelter and it really seems like most dogs there are pit bulls and chihuahas, and although the prospect of getting a "rescue" dog is nice, it's a long term investment and I don't think I would be happy in the end.
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>>2002441
If you're gunna be a faggot about it "am I a bad person.. " then get the fucking pit bull to appease all your fellow faggots on this board.
But if you have something oh want, go fucking get it. Just make sure you got your shit together either way.
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>>2002441
>the prospect of getting a "rescue" dog is nice, it's a long term investment and I don't think I would be happy in the end

>long term investment

i don't understand your logic.

>mostly purebred

there is no such thing, a dog is either a specified breed or not -- 1 or 0. you can call it whatever you want if it's not a papered dog, but it wouldn't matter.

from...
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Maybe try a backyard breed. Rescues are great too. I've had two pure bred goldens and one died early on from lymphoma (only 4 years old) and another from don't know what when he was 9. My backyard bred golden lived to 13 with just shoulder arthritis, and finally came down to a ruptured spleen. My rescue is so far the healthiest dog I've ever had.

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i know this might not be the best place to ask, but im literally too embarrassed to ask anywhere else.

i have a golden named betty (after betty white. yeah i know), shes 9 months old and she is the sweetest dog in the world. except she seems to HATE black people!!

if were out walking and she sees a black person she just goes crazy and starts barking and pulling the leash. its so embarrassing.

i brought a black co-worker home who was nice enough to try and help me. i wanted him to feed her snacks to see if that would help her calm down. it seemed to be going...
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she had a lack of socialization as a puppy. it's good you were trying to work on it but you were going way too fast with it
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Dogs are naturally racist. It's not anything you did. Dogs from black-only homes behave the same way towards white people.

They see someone that smells different, looks different, walks different, and they bark at it the same way they would bark at a moose if one came walking down the street.
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statically, that nigger is up to no good

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