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Challenges Protecting Your Fish From Other Pets?



What challenges have you faced in your home protecting your fish from other pets?

How did you overcome the challenges?


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post #2 of 24 (permalink) Old 09-21-2015, 10:06 PM
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haha....I have this issue with my kitty. He doesnt attack anything, he just likes the running water...My solution is that I just gave up.
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My issue is that my kitty likes to sit on the glass cover on top of my aquarium. He broke a few cause of his fatness. He fell in my oscar tank before... he never made that mistake again.
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That's when you get thicker lids. Or thinner lids and a video camera .
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Our cats like to drink from the aquariums, but they don't try to eat the fish. If a fish comes right up to the surface, a cat will sometimes dab a paw at it, but they leave the fish alone.
I once had our cat try to jump up onto the lid of the tank, realize in midair that the lid was open, land somehow on the rim of the tank, slip, fall halfway in, and scramble back out along with about a gallon of water. Had to go catch her with a towel and dry her off because it was winter and freezing cold. Also had to dry my floor off and change my shirt. Lots of escaping water. Traumatized the cat- she now rears up onto her hindpaws to check if the tank is closed before jumping up.
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My current project, a 65 gallon aquarium stocked with vernal pool fauna.
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Our cats love drinking from the aquarium, but they never go after the fish. They just love the taste.
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Our cats love drinking from the aquarium, but they never go after the fish. They just love the taste.
Same here, when my old tank was accessible. I find cats like to drink out of random water sources rather than there own bowl.
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Never a problem with the fish tanks. He just drinks from the toilet bowl...
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I suspect cats like to sit on top of tanks because of the warmth. Nothing to do with fish. I've seen cats that like to sit on top of audio amps or CRT TVs (before LED and Plasma).
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So, I had a fish rack with several fish tanks on it. My cat (INKY), loved to watch the fish and drink out of the tank. Well, being the good mom that I am. I put a lid on all the tanks to make sure she didn't drink the fish water.

Fast forward to present day.
She has her own shelf. HER OWN SHELF of 2 betta tanks. 1 has a white crowntail betta named O'lorin, the other has a new betta mom bought for her at auction named Pippin.
These are HER fish. They are in nice large tanks. I was going to get rid of 1 of the bettas orginally, but my hubby said no because THE CAT LIKES TO PLAY WITH HIM. So, I added to the collection. If i could figure out how to upload a vid, I have a vid of her playing with HER FISH.


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Dogs drink out of the sumps.
Wagging tails sometimes catch the trailing plants and have pulled them out of the tank.

Current cats drink out of the pond. They do not attempt to catch the fish.

Many years ago I had a cat that would always sit on new things that came into the house. Loved boxes, and when we were getting ready to go to the flea market, stuff in boxes by the door, she would jump on the boxes. Similarly, when new things came into the house, she would always jump up on the boxes.
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Do kids count? They're kinda like pets.

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My other pet is a cockatiel. He likes to sit on the rim of the tank but gets spooked easily by the fish.


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My cat loves my tank I think primarily due to the constant water, and the fact it is one of the high points of the room. Loves to sit up high and stare with judging eyes.
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Loves to sit up high and stare with judging eyes.
What is he thinking when he judges you? Is it "how can you get a big water bowl with little thingies swimming in it but I can't have my own?"
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