Why Does My Cat Lick Me?- VyWhy

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While cats have a number of behavioral reasons for general licking, if they choose to lick a human, it can be a very good sign for everyone involved.

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Though they don't have the same slobbery reputation as their canine counterparts, four-legged feline friends have been known to give all sorts of affectionate licks and kisses to humans when they want to.

General cat licking can have all sorts of behavioral explanations and motivations. But if and when they decide to lick the people caring for them, it can be a very good sign for everybody involved.

According to cat behavioral specialist Rita Reimers, kitties typically lick themselves for general grooming and survival purposes. When they lick others in their vicinity, it's a signal they've accept you and are attempting to promote a bond with you.

Cat people have already suspected kitty "kisses" are good for bonding, and have even created some unique products that help even more with this bonding process.

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As a cat decides to accept you more and more into their world (and, let's face it, the world is their domain), you may find yourself getting more licks.

In general, cats may lick with the hopes of getting groomed in return. But don't worry if you're not yet an owner of a handy-dandy faux cat tongue licking device to return the favor. Reimers says that sometimes they just do it for the sake of affection, and some cats can even be trained to know and give licks willingly when asked.

Of course, if cats are licking excessively or causing hot patches on their skin, it could be a sign of distress, a health issue, or general anxiety. But, normal kisses are usually just your kitty's way of saying, "Hey. You. You're alright."

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So if you're lucky enough to get a coveted kitty lick, consider it a good sign that you've been accepted into the cat's clique.

How to Know When a Dog Is Done Giving Birth

In the primary stage, which can last up to 24 hours, the dam stops eating and might become restless. She might nest, creating a coxy site to give birth. Stage two is delivery. The mother begins straining, and the first puppy should arrive within a half-hour. If she's pushing hard and no puppy arrives after 30 minutes, contact the vet.

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To some people, the sight of a mother of any species giving birth to her young is one of the most beautiful sights on Earth and to others, it's one of the most horrific. Whichever side of the fence you happen to fall on if you have a dog that is delivering puppies, you'll need to know when she's showing signs of being done. You should also visit the vet in advance so you can know ahead of time how many puppies to expect. This way, you'll know everything is over if all the puppies are out. On the other hand, if she's giving you the signs that she is done with the delivery, or hasn't delivered a puppy for over four hours, but you have reason to believe that not all of the puppies have come out yet, you will want to get in touch with your vet.

Litter size

Veterinary Partner says your vet can detect the number of puppies via an X-ray around the sixth week of her approximately eight-week pregnancy. This is when the fetuses' skeletons mineralize, or form structure. Ultrasounds won't be as accurate — it's harder for the vet to count the puppies definitively. Once you know how many puppies to expect, you'll know when all have arrived when the big day comes. This system is not completely foolproof, as there's always the chance one puppy's skeleton might not have completely mineralized at the time of the X-ray, but it's better to be cautious in this situation.

Giving birth

Dog labor, also called whelping, has three stages. In the primary stage, which can last up to 24 hours, the dam stops eating and might become restless. She might nest, creating a coxy site to give birth. Stage two is delivery. The mother begins straining, and the first puppy should arrive within a half-hour. If she's pushing hard and no puppy arrives after 30 minutes, contact the vet.

As each pup arrives, the mother typically licks off the membranes covering the baby's nose. If she doesn't do this, VCA Animal Hospitals says that you must clear its nose or the puppy can suffocate.

Puppies should arrive every half hour to hour, but it's not unusual for a dam to take a break of an hour or two between a few deliveries, especially with a large litter. However, if she fails to birth additional puppies within four hours and you know more are inside her, call your vet.

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Delivery times vary according to the mother's experience, litter size, and breed. Breeds with slender heads, like collies, usually have faster and easier deliveries than wider-headed canines, like bulldogs. If you're not certain how many puppies your pet was carrying, her behavior may give you a clue that she's done with whelping. After the last puppy arrives, the new mother generally relaxes. Her straining is over, and puppy care begins. At this point, she'll start nursing her brood.

Retained placenta

The dam will usually expel, and eat, placenta or afterbirth, not to be confused with the membranes covering the face, after each puppy emerges. Sometimes the afterbirth won't emerge immediately. If all or part of a puppy's placenta doesn't leave the uterus, it can have potentially fatal consequences. That's just one reason why your dog and the puppies should visit the vet within 48 hours after delivery.

Normally, a placenta passes within 15 minutes of each puppy's birth. Pet Place says signs of a retained placenta include fever, appetite loss, lethargy, and green vulvular discharge. Your vet can give your dog an injection to stimulate uterine contractions to expel the placenta or its remnants to help expell a trapped placenta or placenta parts. However, according to Pet MD, surgery, including spaying, is required to save extremely sick dogs.

What Can Happen If A Dog Drinks Coffee?

Coffee consumption can trigger a wide array of extremely serious consequences in canines. Some symptoms to look out for include antsy behavior, bursts of energy, raised body temperature, quivering, throwing up, panting, diarrhea, seizures, frequent urination, immoderate thirst and rapid heart rate. These indications often show up shortly after ...

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For you, coffee might be an absolute necessity when it comes to getting your day off to a good start, but it's a definite and strict no-no for ALL dogs -- period. Do not take this matter lightly. That means never leaving your dog unattended with a cup of joe.

Coffee, like chocolate, consists of methylxanthines. These compounds are derived out of cacao seeds, which are a primary component in making coffee. Methylxanthines are not only hazardous for dogs, but also for other pets, such as cats.

Symptoms of Coffee Toxicity

Coffee is toxic to dogs, especially in big amounts, although it is not safe for them to consume even the slightest taste of it. Coffee consumption can trigger a wide array of extremely serious consequences in canines. Some symptoms to look out for include antsy behavior, bursts of energy, raised body temperature, quivering, throwing up, panting, diarrhea, seizures, frequent urination, immoderate thirst and rapid heart rate. These indications often show up shortly after consumption of caffeine. If you have any reason at all to think that your dog might have had any coffee, or if you notice even the slightest hint of these symptoms or anything else out of the ordinary, get emergency veterinary help immediately.

Along with the range of complications that coffee drinking can bring upon in dogs, it also can sometimes lead to fatal consequences, particularly in smaller animals, but definitely not exclusively to them. Coffee -- and its methylxanthines -- can affect your pet's heart rate, speeding it up, causing cardiotoxicity, and ultimately death in some cases. Apart from the heart, coffee also can affect dogs' gastrointestinal tracts and central nervous systems. Because of all of these severe possibilities, the quicker you get veterinary assistance for your pooch, the better.

Avoid Coffee in All Forms

Drinking coffee straight out of the mug isn't the only threat to the canine world. The beans and grounds are also problematic for doggies. Espresso beans that are dipped in chocolate are also an extremely inappropriate treat, as both coffee and chocolate are risky to dogs. When it comes to chocolate, remember that the deeper in color the chocolate, the more harmful it is. As with coffee, however, chocolate isn't safe for dogs in any form, whether milk or dark chocolate. Never allow your dog to eat or drink anything if you are unsure of its safety. Also, never allow your dog -- or any other pets -- access to coffee or chocolate products.

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Python Snake Information

The Indian python is often used by snake handlers and charmers to preform tricks. The royal python (also called the ball python), native to central Africa, can curl itself up into a ball. Finally, the diamond python is a large variety of yellow-and-black constricting snake native to Australia, so named for the diamond-shaped markings on its back.

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Pythons are a type of non-venomous snake found in Asia, Australia, and sub-Saharan Africa. One of the largest species of snake, pythons are most well-known for the way they kill their prey- by slowly squeezing it to death before swallowing it whole.

Description

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Pythons are large, long and muscular. They can reach as long as 35 feet and weigh as much as 300 pounds. Different types of python have different markings, but generally, pythons are shades of brown and olive with white underbellies.

Pythons are often confused with boa constrictors, who kill their prey in a similar manner. However, pythons have more bones and teeth than boa constrictors.

Feeding

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Pythons are notorious for slowly squeezing their live prey to death. They typically eat small mammals, such as mice, but pythons have been known to kill and eat much larger animals, such as pigs and cats.

To kill their prey, they first swiftly grab a live animal with their teeth, and then begin to wrap their body around the animal. This is called called constriction. The python stops the constriction process when the animal has suffocated, before its bones are crushed. The python then unhinges its jaw and begins to swallow its prey, generally head-first. Muscles within the snake's body work to push the food down the length of the body and digest the animal.

Types

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There are several types of python. The reticulated python, found in Southeast Asia, can reach up to 33 feet in length. The Indian python is often used by snake handlers and charmers to preform tricks. The royal python (also called the ball python), native to central Africa, can curl itself up into a ball. Finally, the diamond python is a large variety of yellow-and-black constricting snake native to Australia, so named for the diamond-shaped markings on its back.

Movement

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Because pythons are bulky snakes, they don't move in a sideways s-shaped motion like some smaller snakes do. Instead, the python moves using a pattern called "rectilinear progression." To move forward, the snake stiffens its ribs and the scales on its underbelly, which work to propel the snake forward.

Pythons move at a rate of about 1 mile per hour, which makes them at risk for predators- namely, large birds of prey, such as eagles, and large cats, like lions and leopards.

Pythons as Pets

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Pythons can be kept in captivity as pets, though there is some controversy surrounding this, and certain types of python are safer to keep than others. Docile ball pythons are generally considered easy snakes for beginners to care for, and can live more than 20 years. Other types of python are generally not recommended as personal pets, as they can be dangerous.

In July 2009, a 2-year-old child in Florida was strangled to death by her parents' pet python while napping in her crib. The Humane Society reports that as of 2009, at least 12 people have been killed in the by pet pythons in the United States. Five of these deaths have been children.

Four Main Stages in a Frog's Life Cycle

There are three life stages of a tadpole. The first stage is where the creature has no limbs and only breathes with gills. During the second stage, the tadpole begins to develop lungs and has grown hind legs that allow it to hop around — this all happens in …

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Four Main Stages in a Frog's Life Cycle

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Depending on who you ask, a frog can have as few as three or as many as seven stages in their life cycle. That's because some sources will include only the stages of frog eggs, tadpoles, and adult frogs while others will include tadpoles with front legs, tadpoles with hind legs, and froglets in their description of the life cycle of a frog. The four main stages of a frog's life are generally held to be eggs, tadpole, froglet, and adulthood.

Stage one: frog eggs

Depending on the species of frog, the mother can lay a handful or as many as 20,000 eggs at a time according to Reference.com. While the eggs are usually laid in or near water, a few in the rainforest lay their eggs in the trees so the embryos will drop into the water as they hatch.

After the mother lays her clump of eggs, the father will release sperm on the eggs to fertilize them.

Stage two: tadpole or polliwog

There is no real difference between a tadpole and a polliwog; they are just two different names for a newly hatched frog. These baby frogs look more like fish than they do adult frogs as they have no legs and are just heads www.cuteness.com="" article="" can-tell-tadpole-male-female"=""> ="https:>with long tails when they first emerge from the egg, usually one-to-three weeks after the eggs are laid according to Thought Co. The tadpoles live more like fish than adult frogs since they have gills that allow them to breathe underwater and they spend their days eating plants and algae in the water.

There are three life stages of a tadpole. The first stage is where the creature has no limbs and only breathes with gills. During the second stage, the tadpole begins to develop lungs and has grown hind legs that allow it to hop around — this all happens in only about 24 hours according to Earth Rangers. During the third stage, the tadpole grows front legs, but it still has its long tail, which defines it as a tadpole.

Stage three: froglet

When the frog's legs have fully grown in, the tail will start to grow shorter and shorter until it is gone. At this stage, it is called either a young frog or a froglet and the animal will stay in the water, but will no longer eat because it gets all the nutrients it needs by absorbing its tail.

There are also changes inside of the frog, as well. Skin will begin to grow over the frog's gills. The tadpoles teeth that were used to rip up plants will disappear, and tongue muscles will develop to allow the frog to catch insects. The tadpole's large intestine, which was once used to digest algae and plants will shrink to better suit its meat-based diet. When the tail is completely gone, the small frog will hop out of the water for the first time.

Stage four: adult frog

Once the frog leaves the body of water, it is an adult frog. It will breathe exclusively with its lungs and begin to eat insects instead of plants. Frog lifespans vary based on the species, but they usually spend a few years growing to their full size before laying more eggs and beginning the cycle again.

The exceptions to the rule

It's said there is an exception to every rule and researcher Jim McGuire says there are around a dozen species of frogs that reproduce in a drastically different manner than most by taking part in internal fertilization. These frogs give live birth, mostly to froglets, although one species gives birth to tadpoles.

How to Care for African Dwarf Frogs

The desired African dwarf frog water temperature is between 78 and 82 degrees Fahrenheit. Temperatures below 70 degrees and above 85 degrees can be harmful or even fatal to your frog. Keep the pH level between 6.5 and 7.8. Make sure the tank has a water filter to keep it clean. You will also need to clean the tank and replace 10 to 20 percent ...

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How to Care for African Dwarf Frogs

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African dwarf frogs are an aquatic species of frog. They are easy to care for as long as you maintain proper conditions in the aquarium. Be sure to feed them a quality diet of pellets or brine shrimp and worms. With proper care, the expected African dwarf frog life span is approximately five to eight years.

African dwarf frog habitat

A proper habitat is key to the health and survival of your frog. The African dwarf frog tank size depends on the number of frogs you have and is large enough to accommodate any other aquarium creatures you keep in the tank. Plan on 2 gallons of water per frog but keep in mind that more space will be needed if you also keep other species. The African dwarf frog temperament is a peaceful and social frog. They do not do well with aggressive tank mates. Bettas or community tetras can make good companions for your frogs.

Be sure to select a substrate that is large enough that your frog will not eat it. Add plenty of plant life to the aquarium to enhance the habitat. You can also position a couple of larger rocks that are near the surface where the frogs can rest and sleep.

Do African dwarf frogs need land? They do not need land since they are an aquatic species who live in the water. However, they don't have gills and cannot breathe under water, which means they need to be able to reach the water's surface in the tank.

African dwarf frog water parameters

Fill the tank with filtered fresh water that is no more than 12 inches deep. Despite being aquatic frogs, they are poor swimmers and may not be able to reach the surface to breathe if the water is any deeper. The desired African dwarf frog water temperature is between 78 and 82 degrees Fahrenheit. Temperatures below 70 degrees and above 85 degrees can be harmful or even fatal to your frog. Keep the pH level between 6.5 and 7.8.

Make sure the tank has a water filter to keep it clean. You will also need to clean the tank and replace 10 to 20 percent of the water each week.

This species of frog is carnivorous, and they consume small animals that they don't need to chew since they don't have teeth. They eat at the bottom of the tank and won't consume food floating on the surface. They may eat small fish in the tank, so keep this in mind when selecting tank mates.

Feed your frog once per day or once every other day. If they don't finish their meal, remove the food from the tank after 30 minutes. This prevents overfeeding and helps to keep the tank clean.

Feed your African dwarf frog frozen foods, such as bloodworms and brine shrimp, or live foods, such as blackworms. You can also chop up things like prawns and krill. These frogs will also thrive on a commercial pellet diet but make sure the pellets you select will sink to the bottom.

African dwarf frogs are nocturnal animals, so it is not unusual for them to be inactive during the day. However, if you notice that your frog isn't eating, has lost weight, is bloated or swollen, has pink patches on the legs, has white patches on the body, or seems to spend much time floating at the top of the tank, it may be time for a trip to the vet.

One of the common illnesses that affects these frogs is called dropsy. Dropsy refers to edema and is characterized by bloating. Unfortunately, the cause of the condition is unknown. Your vet may attempt to treat the condition by draining the swelling or by recommending the addition of salt to the water in the tank to help relieve the swelling.

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African dwarf frog eggs are very delicate; they require warm water and a slightly higher pH than adult African dwarf frogs. Adult African dwarf frogs are very prolific egg layers, laying up to 8,000 eggs each year, but they are not parental animals. These frogs will eat their eggs, if you don't remove them from the aquarium quickly.

African dwarf frog eggs are very delicate; they require warm water and a slightly higher pH than adult African dwarf frogs. Adult African dwarf frogs are very prolific egg layers, laying up to 8,000 eggs each year, but they are not parental animals. These frogs will eat their eggs, if you don't remove them from the aquarium quickly.

Breeding African Dwarf Frogs

African dwarf frogs become sexually active between 9 months and 12 months of age. Female African dwarf frogs will lay several clutches of 500 to 2,000 eggs throughout the year.

They will lay eggs throughout the aquarium. The eggs may float on the water surface or they may sink. The sticky jelly surrounding eggs causes them to stick to rocks, decor and aquarium walls.

Hatching the Eggs

Siphon the eggs into a separate hatching aquarium as soon as they are laid. The hatching aquarium should be at least 10 gallons.

The hatching aquarium should have pH of 7.5 and 8.0. Tap water has average pH between 6.6 and 7.4, so test the hatching aquarium water with pH test strips before adding the eggs. If the pH is too low, add 1 teaspoon of baking soda per 5 gallons of water.

Use an underwater aquarium heater to maintain the water temperature at 80 degrees Fahrenheit, which is slightly warmer than the 70 to 75 degrees Fahrenheit an adult African dwarf frog habitat should be.

Have the hatching aquarium set up before the eggs are laid so you can have the water pH and temperature stabilized.

Typically, African dwarfeggs will hatch about 48 hours after being laid, but they may take up to a week.

Raising Tadpoles

African dwarf frog tadpoles are delicate; they have an 80 percent mortality rate, affected by many factors:

  • Hatchlings are tiny, hatching at about 0.14 inch long.
  • Dropsy -- a common sign is body swelling.
  • Fungal infections -- common signs includes white thread or white, cottonlike patches on the skin.
  • Bacterial infections -- common signs are lethargy and reluctance to eat.
  • Cannibalism.
  • Low oxygen levels in the water.

Feed newly hatched tadpoles a daily diet of liquid fry food or powder/flake fish food. When the hind legs are fully developed, begin to offer frozen Cyclops and daphnia. When the front legs are fully developed, offer frozen Artemia and mosquito larvae. Once the tail has been completely absorbed, you can begin feeding an adult frog diet, which can include brine shrimp, bloodworms, small fish and commercial pellets.

Do not use an aquarium filter when raising newly hatched African dwarf frogs. These tadpoles are so small that the filter will easily suck them into the filter tubing, so manually change about 10 percent of the water at least twice a day to remove waste and keep the water clean.

Daily water changes help reduce fungal and bacterial infections, as well as maintain low stress levels. Daily water changes will also help maintain the dissolved oxygen level in the water.

After 10 days, the hind legs will become visible. After 19 days, tadpoles will be able to move their hind legs. After 24 to 25 days, the front legs will begin to form, and after 30 days, the tail will have mostly absorbed. It takes four to eight weeks for a tadpole to become a frog.

Tadpoles grow at different rates -- remove tadpoles at advanced stages of metamorphosis to prevent cannibalism. Place them in a separate tadpole habitat similar to the hatchling habitat.

How to Stop Frogs From Croaking at Night

Females, however, make their own frog noise at night. Some species of tree frogs can make a wide range of sounds, such as screams or clapping sounds. Advertisement. Keeping a male and female together will keep the croaking at night to a minimum. After all, he won't have to call out for a mate if one is already there.

Tree frogs can make an entertaining and fairly low-maintenance pet. The frogs become active at dusk, and it can be easy to fill an evening watching them climb, hunt, and interact with each other in their habitat. When bedtime rolls around, however, the frog noise at night can frustrate sleepy frog owners. Although it can be reduced, there is no way to completely eliminate frog vocalizations.

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Indoor frogs can be noisy at night.

Why is there frog noise at night?

Frogs typically croak when conditions are right for breeding. That includes sufficient moisture and temperature to stimulate the frog's breeding instincts. These favorable conditions encourage the male frog croaking in order to attract a female with whom to mate. Frogs are nocturnal and feel more comfortable mating when they're not as easily visible to potential predators.

A lonely male frog will croak night after night, hoping to lure a female to his cage. You might be surprised at the wide range of sounds he'll make to find just the right one to get a mate to respond. Tree frogs can do more than make a barking sound; the wide repertoire of sounds includes chirps, snores, and catlike sounds. In all likelihood, he's more likely to get you to respond in a frustrated effort to figure out how to get him quiet so you can sleep.

Making sure your male frog has a female with whom to mate can reduce the amount of croaking. However, in some species, such as the red-eyed tree frog popular in the pet trade, the mating ritual starts with a musical croaking concerto of one or more males. This type of frog croaking sound is much shorter-lived, however, than the lonely male calling out for a mate throughout the entire night.

The conditions ideal for breeding vary among tree frog species; however, it's likely your indoor environment is just right to encourage frog croaking at night. When you bring your pets home from the pet store, you're given instructions about the temperature, humidity, and water requirements that are needed to keep your pet healthy.

Frogs need high humidity to keep their skin moist as well as to breed. However, you can plan to mist the plants in the frog aquarium in the morning rather than in the evening. Higher humidity levels will encourage the urge to mate and inspire frogs to croak at night.

Keep your frogs in a cool location that isn't drafty. This will allow you to lower the heating thermostat and let the temperature come down to the lower end of your frog's ideal temperature range. Red-eyed tree frogs, for example, can do just fine in an aquarium that dips down to 65 degrees Fahrenheit at night. If you keep your house warmer, even room temperature will provide enough warmth for the frogs to breed.

Male frogs are the only ones who croak, so it makes sense that you can eliminate frog croaking sounds by selling or trading any males in the habitat. Females, however, make their own frog noise at night. Some species of tree frogs can make a wide range of sounds, such as screams or clapping sounds.

Keeping a male and female together will keep the croaking at night to a minimum. After all, he won't have to call out for a mate if one is already there. If your male frog continues the frog noise at night, it might mean that she's not to his liking. Try trading her for a different female.

Although you probably won't be able to sleep through frogs croaking at night if you keep their housing in your bedroom, you can likely position it somewhere in your home where it will be less obtrusive to your slumber. A room with a closed door is ideal, such as a home office or study with a door that closes. This puts two closed doors between you and the croaking frogs.

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