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November 4, 2013

CRITTER COMPANIONS: Handling pets that bite

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Tonawanda News — Just because a dog bit once doesn’t mean it always will — no two situations are ever exactly the same — but it may be more likely if the environment is similar. Everyone needs to be more thoughtful about both the child and the dog. We would also recommend reviewing information at www.livingwithkidsanddogs.com.

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Q: At the home front, I had a problem. My cat was binge eating, whenever I would fill his bowl, and then throw up because he ate too quickly.

A: I asked a veterinarian technician that I work with and she recommended a great idea. I now place a toy mouse in one bowl and a toy ball in the other food ball. This way my cat has to eat around the toys, which slow down his attempt to eat quickly.

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Q: I adopted a 2-year-old quaker parrot, Nico, a couple of months ago and right away Nico took to me and would tolerate my fiancé. He has recently been violently attacking my fiancé, leaving marks and breaking skin. 

However, once he has calmed down, Nico crawls over to him wanting to snuggle. He does this when I am home and when I am not home. He is flighted but I have made the choice get his wings clipped so he can’t fly and attack. When he does get aggressive, I give him “time outs” either by putting him on his play gym to remove him from the situation or by putting him in his cage when he is really aggressive. If you could give my any advice I would really appreciate it. — A., Buffalo

A: Flight is an energy-depleting activity that serves specific purposes in the wild. However, not being able to fly and fly and attack is a wise choice.

Can you predict when he will bite? Does he lean out, open his beak, trill, pin his eyes or change his body posture? Before animals bite they go through a list of warning signs, and knowing these will help avoid being bitten.

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