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What might be the cause of my cat's feces smelling like mothballs?

Two days ago, when I walked into the room where my 1 year old cat's litter box is kept, I noticed an odd, unpleasant odor (not ammonia). I thought it might be coming from the sewer pipes (ugh), so I ...
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Rats and Mice: What do they prefer to eat? (Taste wise)

Rats and mice have different physiology then us humans. They evolved under different conditions. So what do they prefer taste wise? I'm guessing sugars, as rats and mice have fast metabolisms and ...
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What are the possible causes of my dog drinking his own urine [duplicate]

This is more of a kudo than a question . Under this topic and the the final answer edited by DogMumbler. My husband's 10 year rescue shipperkie, Whisky" drinks his pee, every time inside. He's ...
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Puppy eating food, covered with hair, problem?

My puppy will sometimes refuse to eat his food and dump it in his crate. So every once in a while I'll pull out his tray and let him eat it. But as he got older he has shed more. Now the trays are ...
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Daily "Liver & <whatever>" commercial wet food?

I've seen this question, Is it ok to feed my cat one chicken liver daily? and the answer was that "liver should be fed maybe once a week". However that question was about home-made food. My ...
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Quick energy for a dog?

What can you give a dog that needs a quick energy boost when it is running? Similar to how humans drink glucose (and salt?) when running marathon and similar.
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If a cat does not eat plant food, what food source does it get vitamins and minerals from? [duplicate]

Courtesy link: Is there benefit to feeding my cats cat food that incorporates fruits and vegetables? Nutrients found specifically in vegetables/fruits aren't digestible by cats, and the nutrients ...
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Are rabbits interested in tobacco?

We have a young rabbit, living in a cage inside. She is sometimes allowed to walk freely in the room of the owner. The owner is a teenager, the room is as messy as an average teenagers room, with ...
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14 year old cat not eating

I have a 14 year old indoor tabby that has slowly been losing weight this year (and is currently around 9lb, down from 10 or 11 lb), and has reduced her eating a lot. She doesn't respond very much to ...
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Do pigs eat mushrooms [closed]

I have seen television shows where people kept pigs as pets. In the game, super Mario, there are three characters you can choose from, these are Mario, Luigi, the Mushroom, and the Princess. I was ...
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What are my Shiba Inu's nutritional requirements and how an I provide them with a home-made diet?

My male, red sheeb is nearly 10 months old, 16 lbs and not likely to grow too much larger, conforms to breed standard, and is fairly athletic, getting 4–6 hours of exercise daily. I am considering a ...
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Kittens ate entire bag of treats! Please help

Today I found a clawed-through empty 6.3oz bag of Temptations Kitten Chicken and Dairy. One or both of my kittens F~5m & M ~6M have eaten the entire bag most likely within the past 6 hours. What ...
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Bovine colostrum for infant puppy

Through strange circumstances I have come upon an abandoned infant puppy. Eyes still closed. Commercial dog milk / powder is not an option here. So I'll be giving it a mix of : Cow milk + water + egg ...
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How can I get my cat used to smaller portions?

My cat has started to become a bit old(9 years old) and as a result he is less willing to play and prefers to lounge around or cuddle. The problem here is that he wants to eat the same amount as he ...
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How to help my cat loose weight [duplicate]

My 5 year old female cat (Circus) is very overweight. Bloodwork is fine - vet says she just likes food and is getting less exercise as she gets bigger. She is indoor/outdoor but doesn't leave the yard....
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Opened canned food left out (in a zipper close bag) overnight--is it safe?

I left my opened cat wet food in a ziplock bag on a shelf overnight. Is it safe to feed it to the 3 months old kitten? I gave him some the morning after. It didn’t seem to have a strong smell and the ...
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If rabbits in the wild do not eat carrots, where do they get Vitamin A from?

I've read somewhere online that wild rabbits do not actually eat carrots, and that it is also not recommended to give pet rabbits carrots. So, where are rabbits supposed to get their Vitamin A from? ...
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Which houseplants are most toxic to cats?

Numerous ordinary house plants have been marked as toxic to cats. Then again trace amounts on the claws that it licks off is different from eating the plant like they sometime do to grass to obtain ...
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Need help with feeding schedule/type of food for cat

I am currently struggling with finding a good brand of cat food for my year old cat. I am also struggling with the proper amount to feed him since all the bags of food and cans have different amounts. ...
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Feeding well below RER

My cat is slowly but consistently gaining weight (now 11.5lb). I've been measuring calories and spreadsheeting her meals to slowly lower her calorie intake, but in a recent Vet visit I was introduced ...
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Land snail motionless and not retracting after eating rotten rice

I found a land snail on an orange, and since it was cold outside, I decided to keep it. I put some soil and some water in a jar and left it inside the jar. I tried to feed it with vegetables, tomato ...
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Is there any research on the long term effect of dry foods on dogs?

Ancestors of dogs and cats mostly ate meat in the wild as well as after domestication. True that they ate hard bones. Nowadays we use dry kibbles mostly because that is cheaper and easier. Given that ...
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Why are prescription pet diets "prescription"?

I have an older cat who, like most older cats, is starting to have some kidney issues. Not severe, but she's noticeably drinking/peeling more. Our vet says that the "senior cat" mixtures ...
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Non prescription replacement for Royal Canin Fibre Response

Question I would like to try transitioning my cat off of Royal Canin Fibre Response and on to something non prescription that will work with his chronic constipation. It works for my cat - but it's ...
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How long after eating blue cheese would it take a dog show symptoms

I read that it can be harmful for a dog to eat blue cheese, and that doing so can result in various symptoms if it affects the dog. vomiting diarrhoea convulsions fever If a dog is going to ...
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What is the difference between an "odor-free" bully stick vs a "regular" bully stick?

We like to give our dog a bully stick to keep him occupied. One of the benefits of bully sticks is that they are a single ingredient and easily digestible for dogs. If you've ever been around a bully ...
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Can homemade dog food extend their lives?

I've been making my dogs food for over 5 years now. I was told that it could extend my pup's life by about 3 years. Has anyone done any extensive research on this? These are the ingredients I am ...
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Can I switch my dog's food back to what they were using?

When we got our dog, our dog was being fed this dog food, Black Gold Explorer Super Performance Formula 32/21. Per our vet's recommendation, we switched to this dog food, Hill's Science Diet Puppy ...
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How do I stop my cat stealing food? [duplicate]

I have a 6 month old Maine coon kitten and he is so full of personality and craves attention (which he gets plenty of, there’s someone home 24/7). He’s developed a behaviour where he will steal food. ...
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What are some leaves I can use for bundling food for rabbits?

I have two rabbits that are probably 6 months old now. The current method I've been using for feeding them is to just buy a 90oz bag of hay, grab a relatively large handful, and place it into each of ...
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My cat is refusing to eat for 4 days?

My cat have not eaten anything for 5 days that he became so skinny, so I went to the vet and he got his temperature normal also looked at the cat ear wax through a microscope and it seemed normal, so ...
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Could i give my rat some boiled pig feet?

I know pig is very fatty and should be in moderation, but I have a half a boiled pig foot I was giving to my dog and he didn't really care for it, could my rat have some??
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Codependence and food stealing -Cats

I have two male cats, brothers of the same litter. At meal times Percy will always go after Poseidon's food. Sometimes after he's licked his bowl clean but often before he's even finished his food. ...
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What's the best way to move forward with a cat with CKD and gingivitis?

I don't know where to start this story but I have had a terrible experience with multiple vets, and even now I get conflicting information from two different vets. Two years ago, my now 11 year old ...
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Why are leafy green vegetables safe for snails given their high copper content?

I've frequently seen leafy green vegetables like kale recommended as food for snails (in part due to their high calcium content). However, I was reading the nutritional content for several kinds of ...
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Can (big) dogs eat small portions of chocolate cake?

My friend's birthday party was a month ago and they had chocolate cake. At the end, there was a bit left over and they said they would leave it for their dog. I asked if this is ok (because I have a ...
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How can I keep one cat from eating from the other cats bowl? [duplicate]

I’m in university and i keep a cat where i live out of town while i’m in school and move back home for the summer. My cat cannot regulate her eating and she needs special food but the other cats do ...
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Acquaintance will be having his guard dogs fed spicy food by a stranger so they "learn not to accept food and comfort from strangers". Legitimate?

He mentioned that he will be doing this while training his new dog. He uses his dogs to guard his place of business overnight... He assured me that it's an actual training technique to "prevent ...
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My cat is in pain when eating and even from drinking

So for about 2 months we had noticed that my male cat would jump away from his bowl and act like something was stack in his teeth. We assumed at first that it was due to the dry kibbles he really like ...
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Can a cat drink human milk?

My mom always gives our cat human milk, because our cat loves it. But I'm scared because it might be bad for him, even though he likes it. And I heard that it's bad for cats to drink milk because they ...
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Shih Tzu with food aggression behavior problems

I have a male Shih Tzu dog that is just over a year old (not neutered), and he has food aggression behavioral problems. We got him when he was just a month old, and he tends to be a picky eater (maybe ...
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Why shouldn't you give dogs pork, lamb, poultry and fish? [duplicate]

I have, at an uncountable number of times, been told that you shouldn't feed dogs pork, lamb, poultry and fish. The reason is that the dog will eat the bones, and the bones will fragment (as opposed ...
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Is giving your dog dental food as a snack between meals rather than mixing it with the regular food more effective?

My dog had dental cleaning at the veterinarian a couple of weeks ago, and I was recommended to give him a certain brand of dental food that has fibers which supposedly clean the teeth when bitten onto....
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If I fed a dog whole animals, would that be a healthy diet?

If I fed a dog complete animals, e.g. freshly put down unskinned rabbits, and let it eat it as it liked, would that be a healthy diet for it or would it need some kind of supplements? And would it ...
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Avoiding too much Zinc when using Antibiotics

Our dog is currently taking antibiotics, specifically Cephalexin in tablet form, as well as Ofloxacin (Ocuflox) eye drops. In addition, she is taking Carprofen, which is an NSAID. When reading about ...
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Is it OK to feed a neutered male cat with high quality urinary SO food only?

Note: this is a narrow case of Can cats survive solely on dry food? Two and half years my wife and I rescued a cat and went to the vet for a medical check. One of the recommendations was to take care ...
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How to ensure proper food for a stray or feral cat after neutering?

I live in a city with lots of stray and feral cats. Very close to where I live there are a couple of kittens (~ 4-5 months and ~ 2-month year old). My wife and I already rescued a cat a couple of ...
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How much cooked homemade food do I feed my cat?

Short question. If the recipe/formula of raw food calls for 100gm (3.5oz) of meat, do I need to add more than 100g if I cooked it? Detailed question : There is a very common formula for "raw"...
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Why do cats love milk even though they are lactose intolerant

It is known that older kittens and adult cats are usually lactose intolerant. Yet almost all (except just 1) of the cats I've known/had love milk and will steal milk products. And they all get smelly ...
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Why aren’t my African dwarf frogs eating

Well I just got my two African dwarf frogs and neither of them have been eating and they have no shown any interest in eating what so ever
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