Questions tagged [diet]

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

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Can I feed my cat a vegetarian or vegan diet?

I have a few friends who are vegetarian or vegan, who have considered putting their pets (mainly cats, which is why I specified in the title) on a similar diet. I feel like that might not be good ...
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Does calming food really help my pets?

The pet shop sells special food called "Calm" for both cats and dogs, apparently for the holiday or fireworks season. Is this food really a solution, or is it feel-good for the pet owners? I once ...
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What is the cause of bloat in rabbits?

There are a number of web sites and published works, with a lot of different and often contradictory causes for bloat in rabbits. Many seem to be reflecting opinions and best guesses. The few works I ...
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Should I feed soft fruits to my veiled chameleon?

I recently purchased a veiled chameleon, and I was wondering if it could eat bananas or any other type of soft fruit. I read that it will eat plants and vegetation, but I haven't read anything thus ...
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How can I transition my ferrets to a new diet?

Currently, my ferrets eat a mix of raw beef, hen, chicken, pork, and the bones & organs. I usually purchase these on sale from the supermarket. I've started ordering from a new place because it'...
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What are the basic requirements of a healthy adult rabbit's diet?

We have a few questions such as Why is adding hay to a rabbit's diet important? and Why is iceberg lettuce bad for rabbits? However, they don't necessarily tell you what the basic diet should look ...
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Why is iceberg lettuce bad for rabbits?

I have read that rabbits should not be given iceberg lettuce. Why is that?
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Do I need to do anything special when I change what I feed my rabbit?

I have been feeding my rabbit a popular name brand rabbit food. I was recommended that I change my food to another brand that meets the needs of my rabbit better. Do I need to do anything special ...
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Should I supplement the diet of a breast-feeding puppy?

From what I know, puppies feed on breast milk. Are there any healthy foods that I can feed a puppy along with breast milk, or does breast milk contain all the nutrients they need to grow to full ...
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What are the healthiest foods I can feed my cat?

I have a cat and I usually feed him tuna and dry cat food. I wanted to know what other foods I could, or should, feed him for him to be healthy.
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Which snails can I use to just eat algae?

I'm trying to optimize my ponds through natural means. Per "Would my fish benefit from snails in their pot pond?", I understand that my fish would benefit from snails, but I don't know which species ...
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Is it safe for my cat to eat fish?

A quick Google search returns results suggesting that feeding fish to your cat is a bad idea: HealthyPets.Mercola.com: Warning - The Very Food Your Pet is Addicted to May Contain This Deadly ...
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Can cats occasionally be fed rice?

My children fed our cat a snack 1 of cooked white rice and tuna. Is it healthy for my cat to eat rice? 1 In Australia, by snack, I do not mean a treat, it is not a full meal, but like a small meal,...
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How do I keep my supply of feeder crickets from keeping me awake at night?

In college, I had a pet lizard that ate crickets. However, the dorm room was quite small, and keeping crickets on hand proved problematic, as their chirping at night was annoying, and interfered with ...
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What will help an aging dog with arthritis?

I've got a black lab going on 12 yrs. She seems to enjoy her walks and can still run, but in the mornings she seems particularly stiff and can sometimes stumble or walk with a limp. She's having a ...
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How can I help a dog to lose weight?

My uncle's dog is obese (too fat) and my uncle wants him to lose weight. As the dog is currently staying with me, I was thinking of reducing his food intake and not giving him food as regularly as ...
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What treats are safe for my ferrets to eat?

I've read that ferrets can have small quantities of fruit, veggies, yogurt treats, and similar things you'd find labeled as "For ferrets". Are these actually safe for my ferret? Aren't they carnivores?...
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Should I worry if my cat accidentally ate some chocolate?

I know I shouldn't feed a cat chocolate, and I also know dogs can get sick from it. Do I have to worry for my cat's health if (s)he eats some chocolate?
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Is it a good idea to allow my cats to eat leftovers / table scraps?

One of our cats has a habit of jumping on the kitchen counter and chowing down on any leftover scraps from dinner. Personally, I don't mind this, as it's mostly "licking the plate" kind of stuff. ...
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Are dogs carnivores?

I have been told that dogs are carnivores because they inherited the trait from their ancestors, The Wolves. I also read an article online that says that dogs have been able to evolve over the years ...
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Is it safe for my dog or cat to eat grapes, raisins and sultanas?

I am wondering if some of the blogs about feeding pets certain human foods is really harmful for my pet or just some of the latest hype. Is it safe for my dog or cat to eat grapes, raisins and ...
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Is it OK to feed my dog or cat candy with sugar substitutes?

I can understand that giving candies or sweets to a cat or dog can rot their teeth. Is it ok for me to feed my dog or cat candies with sugar substitutes like Xylitol, or artificial sweeteners?
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Are onions dangerous for my cat or dog and why?

Someone advised me not to feed my cat or dog foods which include garlic or onion, as they are bad for my pets and can make them sick. Is this true? How would it make my cat or dog sick?
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What are some safe, healthy treats for my turtle?

I want to spoil my yellow-bellied slider a little bit, but I don't know what to provide as treats to break up the regular diet of pellets. I know that they are omnivores, and her previous owner said ...
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What treats are dangerous for me to feed my cat?

Considering Is chocolate harmful for dogs? , are there foods which can endanger my cat? Some relevant answers could be found here: Is it safe for my dog or cat to eat grapes, raisins and sultanas? ...
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Is chocolate harmful for dogs?

There's all this fuss over feeding dogs chocolate and how it can be harmful and even fatal. I had never heard of this growing up and we never had a problem all the years we had dogs, but looking back ...
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Should I feed my cat milk?

My cat seems to enjoy a bowl of cow's milk. I have noticed some runny stools, since I have been giving him milk. Could the milk be causing this? We are thinking about getting another cat (as a kitten)...
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Is it ok to feed my goat kitchen scraps?

We recently inherited an angora goat from a cousin, as she had to move and we have a largish yard (1 acre). We've been feeding her kitchen scraps, potato peelings, fruit and vegetable leftovers and ...
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What is wool block in rabbits?

My rabbit has lost it's appetite and isn't drinking much, she is losing weight. I'd been feeding her a diet of rabbit pellets and carrots, and ensuring she has plenty of fresh water. The vet said she ...
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Are chicken bones dangerous for dogs?

I often heard that chicken bones are dangerous for dogs as they may break, splinter and damage the internal organs. Is there any truth to this claim?
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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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My dog prefers to drink from a pond than her bowl

We have a large fish pond, 20 foot long by 6 foot long, it was man made, but by not by using a premade mould, by using layers of heavy duty plastic and careful placement of rocks (I am not entirely ...
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Can a cat with a sluggish colon have dry food?

The is question Is there anything beyond preference that dictates whether dry food should be wet down? and comments brought up and interesting issue. If a cat has a sluggish colon, can she have dry ...
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How much calcium and vitamin D₃ supplementation is beneficial to an adult tortoise who may be deficient?

I have a 10 year old redfoot tortoise. Her natural origins are in South American, so she's not desperately dependent on UV-B radiation to survive like an African species is. She gets plenty of ...
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Are there benefits of feeding my cat homemade chicken broth

I make a homemade soup by bringing to the boil and then simmering a chicken. I can do this without seasoning, when the chicken is thoroughly cooled, I pulls all the flesh from the bones and use this ...
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Why is adding hay to a rabbit's diet important?

These questions mention feeding rabbits hay: What are healthy treats for a house rabbit? How can I help my adult rabbit gain weight? Why is adding hay to a rabbit's diet important? I am ...
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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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How do I properly introduce wet food to a formerly dry diet?

I have two dachshunds who eat Science Diet dry kibble. Both are fed a half-cup of their food twice a day: The 15-pound 13-year-old gets Senior Small Bites and the 19-pound 4-year-old gets Science ...
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How can I ensure that homemade dog food is healthy for my dog?

I am interested in getting my dog on a more natural diet. I've been wondering whether homemade dog food is safe and healthy for my dog. Which specific vitamins & minerals should I ensure are ...
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How can I keep track of pet food recalls?

Though we don't usually like to think about it, recalls on commercial pet foods occasionally happen. It hurts a lot to find out that your pet might be affected by such a recall. I feel like I read ...
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What are the most common dietary allergies in cats?

We suspected a food allergy in one of my cats. The course my vet recommended for this was to switch him to a special diet (containing no previously-eaten proteins) for a few months and then, if that ...
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Is hand feeding my horses hay enough to supplement their feed if my grass is not enough to sustain them?

I have two horses (hacks) on a 5 acre property. It has grass, but it is not enough to sustain them both. Is hand feeding them hay enough to supplement their feed or do I need to use hard feed? What ...
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How can I help my obese cat lose weight?

My oldest cat is obese. She was a rescue (as were my other cats), and was recovering from starvation when we adopted her. Ever since, she's had food issues. She gets noticeably stressed whenever ...
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Should my cat follow daylight savings?

I feed my cat twice a day: once in the morning and once in the evening. He is of the type that is always willing to eat, so I try and maintain a strict feeding schedule by feeding him exactly at 7am ...
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What are the healthiest foods I can feed my small dog? [closed]

There are a lot of reports about bad dog food, but seldom a credible one on healthy dog foods. What are the best things I can feed my dog to make sure she lives a long healthy life ?
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Is it healthy for a cat to regularly eat cheese?

My kitten Mickey is addicted to cheese and will not stop meowing until we feed him. We give him about a handful a day. Is that healthy for a one-year-old cat?
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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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Is corn based food bad for my dog?

I've read that corn based food could be harmful to dogs. Is this true? If so, what would be a good alternative?

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