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Mar. 11th, 2010 @ 11:16 pm Germany
I'm moving to Germany in a couple of weeks and won't be able to look for a job until I'm there. Does anyone know of any groups in or around Germany that does conservation/environmental/ethology work?

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Nov. 15th, 2009 @ 08:59 pm Mouthing behavior in kittens
So, I have been raising a little feral kitten since she was about 2.5 weeks old. She was found with her brother in some bushes and brought into the pet store where I work. Dinah is a wonderfully sweet and curious girl, just coming up on 8 weeks. I have four adult kitties and they are still trying to figure out how to play with her, being so small. She isn't even two pounds yet, but isn't thin, just petite. Her brother is twice her size. I am keeping Dinah, but her brother is being adopted out.

When she was found, she would hiss and growl at strangers, but that was resolved around 4 weeks of age. She is very social, and once she meets someone a few times, will purr as soon as she sees them or hears their voice.

Dinah loves to play with humans and plays very gently. However, she likes to put hands in her mouth. She mouths it a bit, but she is very gentle and cautious about it. She even uses her paws, but not her claws, to hold onto your arm/hand. Dinah also likes to taste and play with my hair on occasion. All of these behaviors I have been ignoring, and they have not progressed in intensity at all, and she's been playing like this for a few weeks.

All of my adult cats know that teeth and claws are not allowed on human skin, but I'm not sure if what Dinah is doing will be harmful in the long run. I always think of the future when raising my pets, only allowing them to do now what I will allow for the rest of their lives. They don't get away with something "just because they're a kitten/puppy." She is already great about using her litter box and various scratchers, and listens very well to my adult cats' body language.

Will allowing her to mouth on my hand encourage her to be a biter in the future, or can I allow this? It seems like a comfort thing, almost like a cat nursing on your clothing. When I trimmed her nails, all she did was lay on her back and purr. She is definitely not aggressive in the slightest. We do encourage her to play with toys, and loves the interactive ones she can chase, but when she is in my lap while I'm watching TV, for example, she'll do the mouthing and keeps herself entertained.

The small pet store I work for allows pets to come to work, and she is actually going to continue to come to work with me. She stays crated for part of the day still, but gets to come out multiple times per day and hang out on the cat trees, out on the office desk, playing with toys or at the front counter, but still only supervised. She has only been a little nervous around big hyper dogs, and that's fine with me. I want to teach her to avoid the path of a dog who may not be cat-friendly, since she is so trusting of most dogs now. Any tips on this?

Thank you for those who read the entire post. I appreciate your input. :)
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Mar. 12th, 2008 @ 05:04 pm (no subject)
I just stumbled across you guys, and also this interesting story today.

A dolphin helped a couple of beached whales find their way back into the ocean.
Any thoughts?
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Oct. 9th, 2007 @ 05:40 pm Question
Current Mood: hopefulhopeful
Hi there, newbie with a question here!

My dog and cat have been 'best friends' since we got them nearly eight years ago. We've moved a couple of times during that period and it's never affected their relationship. But since we've moved this time the cat won't let the dog near him, he just hisses. Does anyone know what might have changed and if there's anything I can do to improve things?

Thanks in advance.
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Oct. 2nd, 2007 @ 01:22 pm Intro + Question
Hello, just joined this community (seriously never thought to look before o.O) I'm a 23yr old University student (in NZ), majoring in Biology and Pyschology. And onto my question (although, if you want to know more about me or my degree...feel free to ask).

I'm doing a Bio paper on Animal Behaviour, and we currently have an assignment to do on Turn Alternation Behaviour in the Woodlice, I'm having serious issues finding references for this (either I'm looking for the wrong stuff, or in the wrong places). So if anyone knows of anything, or where I could look, it would be greatly appreciated.
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Sep. 25th, 2007 @ 12:22 pm Mouse question
Current Mood: confusedconfused
Just thought I'd ask it here:

What is it that drives mice to cannibalism? In the last few weeks, I've encountered several stories of otherwise happy, well-housed and well-fed mice that seemed to turn on one of their cagemates for no reason. And not just killing the other mouse, but eating it as well.

I did find out that the mice attacked tended to be the smallest, but I don't know if that matters much.

Anyone have any ideas?

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Sep. 14th, 2007 @ 06:53 pm (no subject)
Does anyone know of any cognitive studies done on elephants, other than the mirror self recognition test? There's a lot of anecdotal evidence for elephant intelligence and memory, but not really any concrete scientific evidence. Or so I can find.
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Aug. 11th, 2007 @ 05:39 pm (no subject)
First of all, sorry for the spamming and x-posting. I'm posting this to advertise the creation of "The Principles of Neurobiotaxis", a new science blog devoted to evolutionary neuroscience. It can be found here, if anyone is interested. Thank you all.
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May. 3rd, 2007 @ 12:54 am (no subject)
My cat has been ripping her hair out excessively over the past two months. She doesn't have flease or ticks. This started when we moved... Could it be stress related or could it be an allergy to something in this new house?
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