Questions tagged [diet]

Food or overall nutrition comprising "what" is being intentionally fed to a pet.

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Changing cat food necessary if no better results in coat?

I have 1 year old cat with poor coat, I visited a vet several times but he says there is nothing wrong with the cat. His recommendation was to change the cat food. When I fed my cat "Royal Canin ...
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My cat has stopped eating wet foods

My almost 2 year old, tortoise shell cat, named Korina, used to eat her wet food really well. She always has fresh water and dry food out for her. She has a set breakfast and dinner time, a pouch in ...
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How to get rid of fish oil stink on a dog?

I gave my dog a cap of fish oil and now he reeks of fish. I don't even have to go anywhere near his mouth to smell it. I can smell it from the end of the leash and while I sit on the couch and him on ...
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Is mozzarella water safe for cats to drink?

One day when having dinner, my dad poured the water a fresh mozzarella comes packaged in inside a flower pot, and we noticed shortly after the cat jumping onto it and licking it. Next time I had a ...
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How to avoid snails/slugs on pet's food outside?

My two rabbits get some additional tasty food when I close their enclosure at night. This helps me to train them "Coming home is tasty" and they will come in without pressure. But the last ...
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Hedgehogs eating the egg shells

I've seen some posts about hedgehogs eating eggs (both cooked and raw), but I introduced mine to a bit of an eggshell with some of the raw whites in it, and you know what: she wasn't interested in the ...
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Cat dropping food in her water

This is one I haven't seen before: our cat (about 18 months old, rescued from the street before 6 months old) always wants to be sure there is food floating in her water bowl before she drinks from it....
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Why does my cat LOVE coconut oil?

Just curious if anyone understands why my cat seems to go crazy for coconut oil? Do they have different ways of perceiving taste than us? I have tasted the coconut oil and the flavor is very mild. I ...
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Dextrose powder for puppies

My puppy is too skinny, even though he eats rice and other things I feed him. I bought dextrose powder in case he will become ill. But since he is not sick, can I put a dextrose powder in his water/...
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My cat is extremely picky in terms of food

I have a cat that is at an older age (we don't know her age, we only know she is older than 12 years). She always liked to eat and would eat anything you give her. The last two months this changed. ...
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Finicky cats and what to do

My three cats are the most finicky cats I’ve ever had and, since one is allergic to chicken, it makes things even worse. They eat gravy and sauce and then they walk. I throw away food every day and it’...
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Do cats benefit from human probiotics?

My cat is going through a 4-week antibiotics prescription, and due to it he’s having a bad diarrhea. I have a probiotic supplement containing: Bifidobacterium bifidum Bifidobacterium longum ...
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Is this statement about pets and their food accurate?

[...] pet parents asking if [brand omitted] is causing any of the following: (a) bloody diarrhea, (b) vomiting, (c) elevated liver enzymes or (d) pancreatitis. The answer is: “No.” Veterinarians ...
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Why don't cats eat snails?

We have plenty of snails in the garden, but the cat does not show the slightest interest in eating them - I wish he did! Even when he is hungry and I crush a big, fat snail and offer it to him, the ...
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How can I temporarily feed two cats in Beijing before their food arrives by post?

I find myself unexpectedly catsitting in Beijing, and I'm out of cat food (I'm brand new to this). Yesterday, I assumed I could just go to a random store and buy some cat food, but it doesn't seem ...
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How can I save a kitten with head injury occurred in an accident?

Two days ago, I found a nearly dead kitten with eyes open in the street. I rushed him to the vet and they injected him some vitamin and anti-inflammatory and said his spine has been moved and he won't ...
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Diet for cat with higher liver enzymes

My cat is almost two years old, Persian and weight around 3.3 kg. After adopting her 6 months ago I noticed that she poops outside the litter box unintentionally (once I caught her trying to remove it/...
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My cat has stopped having food since its kittens passed away

Our cat has stopped having food after its 2 kittens passed away last week (the remaining one was adopted 2 weeks ago). It's been 4 days since it had anything to eat or drink, except water which is not ...
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Is it possible to feed a cat a healthy meat diet?

I was given 3 kittens by a friend whose cat had a litter. Not wanting to separate them, I took all 3. They were great kittens, they played, they loved the house and they seemed healthy. 2 boys and 1 ...
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Is it okay to feed my cats canned tuna?

I opened a can of tuna today and my cats went absolutely insane over the smell. I let them have a very tiny piece and they absolutely loved it. What I'm concerned about is that it's canned tuna. ...
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Cat is drinking too much water

Even though it's a delicate problem in most cats, my cat has always been drinking acceptable amounts of water (usually 3/4 of her bowl per day, which is equivalent of ~300 mL, she is weighing 4.5kg ). ...
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How can I help my adult rabbit gain weight?

I have a female English Lop that started growing well and was on a healthy track to meet normal weight requirements. She got stressed out and stopped eating and drinking. We were able to prevent ...
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What exactly are Timothy Hay pellets?

I read a lot about hay pellets and Timothy Hay and Timothy Hay pellets here, when it comes to questions about rabbit's (and sometimes guinea pig's) diets. Here in Germany I did not use nor even ...
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Can my cat go without wet food for two days?

I normally feed my cat dry food in the AM and 1 small can of wet food in the PM. I also have a Catit water fountain for him, so he has a constant supply of fresh water to drink from. I'm going away ...
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Are frozen foods (vegetables) appropriate for turtles?

I have a small river turtle, and I gathered info that they eat vegetables like peas and carrots. I was wondering if frozen ones(once heated and slightly sliced) are in any way bad or different to the ...
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What should/could I feed my outdoor rabbits in winter?

My rabbits live in Middle Europe outside in my garden the whole year. What should I regard in choosing their diet during winter? (Picture of my male exploring the big white play ground:)
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How do windows impact health considerations of sunlight for pets?

I heard, the goodness in sunlight that helps people make vitamin D does not pass through windows. Is this true, and if so, does it impact pets as well? If my pet only gets sunlight through windows, ...
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9 month old cat gaining weight, switch to adult food?

Long back story below. See last paragraph for question. My cat just turned 9 months old. I’ve researched and it was recommended that you free fee a kitten till 1yr old, for growth. She was abandoned ...
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Is dry food better for pets’ teeth?

I had always heard that dry food was better for my dog and cat because it helps keep their teeth clean, I even remember TV commercials about dry treats that would clean the dog’s teeth. In the ...
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How to help an infant palm squirrel that is not drinking milk and seems like it's suffocating

My dog brought the squirrel infant from somewhere. We were giving him buffalo milk for the last 2 days, but today he stopped taking milk and is kind of suffocating with his mouth open. What can we ...
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Can cats safely eat raw meat?

Is it safe to feed my cat raw meat, or should we cook the meat first? Or should we stick exclusively to factory produced cat food instead?
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What makes a treat only suitable for a certain age range?

About a month ago I bought a bag of treats for my puppy (cracker-like, bone shaped). But when I got home I discovered that the bag said it was suitable for puppies 6 months old and older. I don't mind ...
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My dog is not eating her food

My dog only likes human food, but I can't give her it, because she vomits. If she doesn't get human food, she won't eat, and is sick, because she weighs 10,5 kg and she should weigh from 16 to 22 kg. ...
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Cat vomiting every day

My cat (approximately 16 years old, short hair, no specific breed, indoor cat) has been vomiting pretty much every day (sometimes multiple times) for almost a month. She had a scare with her kidneys ...
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Can goldfish eat sea lettuce?

I picked up some sea lettuce attached to stones from the local beach near where fresh water was entering the sea, and have washed off the salt water, and placed it into my fresh water tank. The leaves ...
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Glycemic load for foods with respect to dogs

Have there ever been conducted tests on how fast dogs digest various foods? That is, to determine the glycemic load of various foods with respect to dogs?
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Is there a way to treat milk fever at home?

Our cat had her first litter last night. She's been away from the kittens most of the first day while they were sleeping. Early this morning, I noticed she tried to jump on some furniture, and she ...
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My 12 year old cat is very sick

My 12 year old cat has been losing a lot of weight all of a sudden. She behaves fine, but she is always hungry. As soon as she finishes eating, however, she goes straight to her litter box and has ...
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Which food should not be given to a cow?

I am living in Gandhinagar, Gujarat, India. Indian culture has accepted cows as mother, because it feeds milk to us. Hindu culture says whoever feeds you is mother to us. Cows are a precious animal ...
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Is chocolate harmful for cats if so how harmful? [duplicate]

I've heard of chocolate being harmful for cats and dogs, but I've not come across anything that gives me an idea how dangerous or harmful it can be. For example should I worry about a cat eating a few ...
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What food is best for a 2 month old kitten that has been abandoned by its mother?

What's the recommended kitten food? How often should I feed it? (It's a kitten abandoned by its mother after 2 months.) I give it milk around every 4 hours and twice a day give it minced meatballs. Is ...
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My dog ​doesn't want to eat in the morning

She is very underweight, so the vet told me that she had to eat dog food all day. However, she only eats in the afternoon, regardless of whether it is human food. Never, but never, eats in the morning....
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Why do my goldfish keep dying?

I have had a number of goldfish (three pairs of two) over the last six months or so. In all cases they have lasted about 2 months before dying. I have no idea what I'm doing wrong so here is all (...
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Goldfish stopped eating after moving to a new tank, how to help them eat again?

I used to have a very small fish tank (can be seen in this older question), and finally upgraded it to much bigger tank, moving the fish into it. In the old, small tank, the fish used to hover a lot, ...
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How to get 19 pound cat to lose weight

I need to get my cat to lose weight, she is a 4 year old, 19 pound, shorthaired cat. To clarify, she is not naturally a large cat, her weight is an issue. Her supposed ideal weight would be around ...
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Is it okay to keep a dog chained in a room at night with proper food and water?

I recently got two stray puppies. One puppy died because a stray dog had bitten him. We tried our best to save him, but unfortunately, he died. They used to sleep together in a separate room. Now ...
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My cat is only interested in eating tuna or food she is probably allergic too

My cat is 17, adopted last year. Generally lively, no obvious signs of distress or pain besides mild arthritis. She used to throw up a lot, and after a battery of tests the vet declared that she was ...
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What is Rabbit Mash and how is it useful for challenged rabbits?

I read something about mash for rabbits. What is it made with? How to prepare it? In which cases is it useful?
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What are the effects of sugar in cat food?

Upon the recent blood test, my cat's blood glucose is off the chart and I suspect the added sugar to my cat food is the culprit. He is only 6 years old. Out of curiosity, I checked some popular cat ...
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How much should I feed my puppy?

I have a Havanese-Maltese mixed puppy that is 14 weeks old and weighs 3.5 pounds. I have been feeding her 1/4 of Blue a day. Every time I fill her bowl up, she devours the food. Should I increase ...

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