Questions tagged [diet]

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

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Recommendations on low-fat foods for pancreatitis in dog?

My 4 year old dog was recently diagnosed with pancreatitis. My vet has made it sound as though this usually happens for a few reasons: The dog ate something weird/abnormal and it caused temporary ...
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Caring for a dog and its 11 puppies

A dog gave birth to more than 11 puppies near my house. 1 has been reported dead, walked over by a car. They are living beside the road in a place where people park cars. I cannot adopt even one of ...
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What are some good plants to keep around the house to keep my cat away from other plants?

My cat frequently gets cravings to munch on plants, but as I live in an apartment in a dense urban area currently, she gets less exposure to grass and is eating plant material (namely, gardenia leaves)...
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What's the best way to preserve dry dog/cat food for long run?

I buy dry dog and cat food (kibble) in large bags to save money. What's the best way to preserve it? Deep freeze it?
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What's the best way to serve olive oil to a constipated cat?

I've read on the Internet that olive oil is good for constipated cats. I was wondering what's the best way to give it to the cat, as I am afraid of any side effects. Is it best with dry or wet food? ...
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My cat is eating grass when take out for a walk

Whenever I take my cat out for a morning walk every now and then she starts eating grass. What may be the reason behind it? Is this normal?
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Alternatives to Renal Dog Food?

I have a 9 year old dog that has been on a renal dog food for over 8 years (Royal Canin), as she has some minor kidney issues. I was recently reviewing our budget, and was reminded how much this type ...
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Why is my puppie's tooth gray?

I noticed that my puppy Angie (3 months) has a little gray tooth. I don't give her candies or sweet food, I just feed her milk powder and croquettes for puppies. Why does she have a gray tooth? Is ...
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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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Cats and lactose intolerance

Lactose intolerance is a common issue among cats. Mostly in new born kittens, lactase (the enzyme required to digest lactose present in milk) is released in digestive tract. But as they grow older ...
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Cost of keeping a dog vs cat [closed]

What will be the average food cost (per month) for having a dog vs cat? How much will vet cost (average) (per year) for a dog vs cat?
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What is the recommended food and insulin timing for a diabetic cat?

My 13 year old tomcat was recently diagnosed with diabetes, with a blood glucose level of 30 (very high). The vet started him on 1.5 units of Insulin (U-40 syringe) a day. After a week his glucose ...
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How does chewy treats promote clean teeth and gums

I bought edible Nubz chewy treats and on the bag it says it promotes healthy gums and teeth. How exactly does it do this? Wouldn't it just stain the teeth more? Also, is this actually healthy - should ...
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Can I feed wild Aphids to my Fire Bellied Newt

I've had a Fire Bellied Newt for going on 10 years now. I've fed her all sorts of frozen and packaged food, she prefers blood-worm. I've recently had an Aphid problem with my pumpkin patch and while ...
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For 4 years cat refuses to eat same meal twice & yells 24/7

In 2013 we were told our now 19 yr old male cat has pancreatitis. A traveling vet subsequently came to help me administer a med to him. Even she was not successful and told me: "your cat is old. Don't ...
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Are higher-cost cat foods any better than ordinary ones? [duplicate]

Is it just a sales trick to get us to spend more? What are the ingredients that make it worth the extra money? Would the mid-range food be legal if it was so bad? I refer to wet food.
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Peeling Skinny Pig Skin [duplicate]

I have just recently got a skinny pig about 3 weeks ago. I have done lots of research on what to do and how to take care of him and I thought I was doing a good job till I got home yesterday from work ...
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Should I give my pets vitamins or other supplements? [duplicate]

I want my cat to live long and I'm thinking of giving her human vitamins and supplements. Sadly, all cat foods like Meow Mix and Fancy Feast don't have vitamins added, and considering that in nature ...
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Are there spices or other food flavorings that should never be fed to cats or dogs?

House animals always seem to want to have a bite of whatever you're eating. There are obvious things, such as hot peppers, that might not be appropriate for them. But, what about spices or herbs ...
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Why does my cat hate raw fish?

My cat is used to eating dry cat food available at market. I thought that my cat would appreciate a new taste. I know the poor quality of canned fish, so I went to local fish market and bought a fish ...
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How can I free feed a cat without feeding the ants?

In the question Can I feed my cat whenever she wants? the OP feeds dry cat food, but is not able to leave the food out all the time as ants are an issue. Is it possible to place dry cat food so the ...
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How can I encourage my bird to eat fresh food?

About a month ago I adopted a peach fronted conure. Her previous owners didn't feed her anything besides pellets and the occasional bit of meat (which I personally don't want to feed her since meat ...
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Can I feed my cat whenever she wants?

My cat does not have any specific schedule or amount for eating. I feed her dry cat food available at market. Whenever she gives me a particular call, which I know is her "please feed me call", I ...
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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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What causes urinary stones in cats?

So, my cat recently underwent surgery for urinary stones. Luckily, the veterinarian caught it early and he is now doing well. I am wondering if this can be caused by diet, or lifestyle, etc. Also, ...
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Vegetarian Food for Cat(2 Months Old) [duplicate]

A stray kitten of about 2 months old came to my door steps two days back, it was looking sick as well as weak , I have adopted it. He seemed to be having an issue of indigestion when it arrived and I ...
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Sometimes my kitten doesn't eat from his plate

This happens around 20-25% of the time I feed my kitten. The kitten asks me for food. I put the food in the plate & keep it at his usual eating place. He will smell it and then walk away ...
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Is sugar/sweet food safe for cat

I heard that sweet foods like sugar and other sweet things are not safe for dogs. Are sugary and sweet foods not good for cats too? There was a wild baby cat whom I saw today, her mother just died ...
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Cat food in jelly - how long can you keep it unrefrigerated

There are these pouches(80 to 100g) which contain "Tuna in Jelly", "Cod in Jelly" kind of cat food. They also come in 400g cans. Once I open a can or a pouch, how long will stay fresh before I need to ...
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Supplements for kitten being fed on home cooked food

My cousin has a kitten. He feeds it mainly boiled fish, boiled chicken liver and boiled chicken gizzard. Other than this, he feeds it very little (couple of spoons) kitty kibble every day. Other than ...
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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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How to get 19 pound cat to lose weight [duplicate]

I need to get my cat to lose wight, she's 4 years old, short hair, and 19 pounds. I currently feed her one cup dry food in the night along with 1/2 cup in the morning and 1 can of wet food every one ...
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How do I get my cat to stop waking me up at 5:45am?

I have a small, 8lb (around 3.6 kg) female cat whom, in a day, I feed a third of a cup dry food and a can of simple nourish wet food. I split this into a morning and evening meal, but the cat meows ...
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Is using fertilizer in my cat grass bed safe for pets?

I have a lifted cat grass bed that I grow on my porch. The neighborhood cats are frequently in it, which I encourage and don't mind but it was not my intention in growing it. I feed it to my cockatiel ...
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How do I prevent my Robo Dwarf Hamster from biting during handling?

I purchased a Roborovski hamster on the 19th. I let him roam his cage and get comfortable for the first four days before attempting to handle him. As an aside, his current housing is too small and I ...
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Are sinking shrimp pellets healthy for Bettas?

I like to give my fish a variety of foods, as it has been proven that the wider the variety, the healthier the fish. I have a lone Betta in a 5gal aquarium. I feed him floating betta pellets, and once ...
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Wet food vs. Dry food

I've been feeding my dog Natural Balance dry food for the past few years. Only occasionally will she eat it right away when I put it out for her, but most of the time she "eventually" gets to it. The ...
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Baby leopard gecko won't eat!

I got a baby leopard gecko exactly one week ago and I haven't seen him eat yet. He is a hatchling and he looks like an average sized baby. I am feeding him on large calcium dusted mealworms. I have ...
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How many times a day should I feed my cats?

How often should my cats be fed in a day? I have three cats. One is on a special diet for struvite crystals. My other two eat dry food. Ella is skinny, but Maisie is overweight as well as her brother, ...
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Why is my cat throwing up and leaking a clear liquid from the bottom?

In the last week, my 4 months old kitten was confronted with several symptoms: throwing up, releasing a clear, without smell, without color, watery liquid from her anus and pooping small amounts all ...
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Struvite crystals

I have a five year old cat who was diagnosed with struvite crystals. He's had it ever since he was about one to one and a half year old. He has had a catheter installed a few times and he's now on ...
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How many grams of whale meat is it safe to feed my cat in a week?

I live in Norway, we are able to buy minkie whale meat in some shops. My cat loves whale meat and I feed her around 50 grams once a week. How many grams is it safe to feed in a week? I have asked five ...
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Is grass OK instead of hay?

My rabbit had dental work yesterday (teeth ground). He is eating greens and a few pellets, but isn't interested in hay. He never loved it, but he did eat some. I know it's important, but is it OK for ...
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Is it ok to feed dog weight loss food?

I accidentally bought some food that was intended for "less active or overweight" dogs and mixed it with equal amounts of normal food. The less active one said 75% rdi on the back, and from what I can ...
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What are the risks to my cat from eating wildlife?

It is well known that cats like to hunt and eat wildlife like birds and mice. Cats can have a significant impact on wildlife, but I want to know what the impact to the cat is from consuming the ...
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My chartreux stopped eating canned food - Normal?

My 16 year old chartreux mix recently stopped eating his canned (wet) food. I've always given him 100-200 grams each day and always had a bowl of dry food ready for him. Recently, he stopped eating ...
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Does Darwin Raw Pet Food Have Metal In It?

My wife and I are thinking about switching to a new (different) raw pet food diet for our dog. She is currently eating Primal Formula but we have heard that Darwin is also good. However, we ...
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Issue in giving sweet in high amount to dog

I usually give sweets to my dog. Say, Mysoore pak, Milk peda, payasam, etc. in high amount. Will it affect it badly?
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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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Alternative protein diets for cats

The vet that I go to is a strong proponent of alternative protein diets for cats. Instead of common proteins like chicken, beef, and fish, the alternative proteins are less common animals like ...

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