Questions tagged [eating]

The "act" of a pet consuming or chewing on something, whether the action is appropriate or not (pica).

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My cat is not eating or drinking anything after the death of the fellow cat

It's been three days since one of my kittens died. And since that day my other cat is not eating or drinking anything. I am afraid that he will get weak and ill. Please suggest to me what to do to ...
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Why do dogs eat grass?

I have always been told that dogs eat grass because they have upset stomachs. My dogs, however, eat grass every single time they go outside. I constantly need to remind them that grass is not for ...
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What happens if cats drink coffee?

I was drinking my coffee the other day and I accidentally spilled some on the floor (a couple of drops). My cat licked them. I don't really think this is a big deal because it was only two drops, but ...
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Why is my dog eating poop?

Very occasionally, my dog eats poop that has been outside for a while. Usually it is a dried-up piece that insects have long-since abandoned. This is appalling behavior and my only way to prevent it ...
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Cat has bad tooth and won't eat but vet won't remove tooth if she isn't eating

My cat has a very bad rotten mouth with an abscess. We noticed about 5 days ago when she stopped eating, and so we took her to the vet twice. She got a shot of antibiotics and painkillers that we give ...
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Why do rabbits chew electrical wires?

Bunnies like to chew on electrical wires. While there is some question about if they can be trained not to, it best to bunny proof any wires they may be around. (How to) Is there any reliable ...
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Do bunnies eat their droppings?

I was watching a bunny, he was sitting up, and seemed to be grooming his private parts. When his head came up it looked like he was chewing on something. After a couple minutes he hopped away and I ...
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How can I prevent my cat from chewing up the carpet?

My cat loves to bite and pull at the carpet everywhere there is a seam (between rooms, patches, etc). I've tried squirting him with water, but now he just runs away if I even move while he's doing it....
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Does leaving wet pet food at room temperature for 12+ hours pose a risk for your cat?

Recently, my roommate's sister went on vacation and I offered to take care of her kitten for her in the 1-2 weeks she is going to be gone. The feeding instruction she told me is to leave dry food ...
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Why is my dog eating dirt?

I'm finding dirt in my dachshund's poop. He eats his regular kibble and sometimes doesn't finish it all, and he does get snacks and a vitamin pill. I'm finding areas in the yard that have been ...
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What are the signs of an old cat dying?

She is a 17 year old female indoor cat. I have only had her for almost 7 years. She's always loved food, but she began turning her nose up to even her favorites. About a week later, she isn't eating ...
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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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How can I prevent my cat from making a mess when he eats?

Every time my cat eats, he gets food all over the floor, making it a really disgusting and unappealing corner in the house. What solutions could I use to avoid this problem?
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My cat vomited a big piece of plastic

I am very anxious about my cats health especially because one of them died last week and there was not much I could do to save him, he wouldn't eat or drink, he'd threw up when we gave him food ...
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How do I stop my dog from eating things he finds during our walks?

My dog is an approximately 10-year-old, non-neutered male, possible Manchester terrier. He is well-behaved at home, except for behaviors like howling at airplanes, wanting to go out in the night, and ...
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Big hound has eaten corn cobs what can I do to help him pass them?

Background: We left 2 half finished corn cobs on our kitchen work surface yesterday - our dog has never been a counter surfer so were pretty sure he couldn't reach them on his hind legs. Much to our ...
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Why is one of my cats licking walls and windows?

I've been catching my cat licking windows and recently some walls. The doubtful advantage is that the lower half of my windows don't fog any more, but why is she doing that? Is it unhealthy for the ...
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How do I control weeds with dogs present?

Is it safe to use round-up on my weeds and / or weed and feed in my yard, although the dogs go out in the yard? My concern is if they eat the weeds, they would be poisoned, or they could possibly ...
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How can I train my dog to stop eating everything?

He's almost a year now (about 10 months old), and I thought it was just a phase, but it's not so much like that as it seems. I've had problems with him eating wood (from chewing on tree branches), ...
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Why is my one dog's hobby chewing my other dog's fur?

So, I have had my 3-year-old, 65-pound, American Bulldog for about 9 months. His name is Dewey and he is deaf. I recently adopted another dog, a 2-year-old, 45-pound, Australian shepherd/Chow mix, ...
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What steps should San Francisco pet owners take to avoid poisoned meatballs?

According to the San Francisco Chronicle, someone is leaving poisoned meatballs around San Francisco, apparently in an attempt to either poison pets or other animals. The meatballs were placed in ...
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How do I keep a cat from eating houseplants?

My cat chews up some of mine and also my neighbors' plants. How can I break her bad habit before my neighbors get mad?
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How can I stop my cat from eating plastic?

One of my cats will eat anything that is soft plastic. He will eat shopping bags, cellophane wrappers, anything. Fortunately, he hasn't had any issues. I've seen plastic in his poop, so when he ...
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What are the problems associated with my cat eating paper?

My cat has recently started chewing on paper products I leave around the house. I try to keep him away from the paper stuff, but, well, I can't be everywhere always. I figure since paper isn't cat ...
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Why does my cat paw her food from the bowl to eat?

Ever since she was a kitten, my cat has generally preferred to pull her kibble out of her food bowl a piece at a time and eat them off of the floor. She also has a tendency to drink her water by ...
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Is it a problem to pet my kitten while she is eating?

For purely selfish reasons I like to pet my ~10 wk old kitten while she's eating. I mean, she's really soft, and she just lets me give her the attention while she purrs and eats. How could I not?? ...
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How can I combat food anxiety in an ex-stray cat?

I have three adult cats, all found as strays. The first two I found as kittens so they now behave just like regular domestic cats. The third one I found a year later as an adult. I have integrated her ...
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How can I teach my kitten not to steal the other kitten's food?

I have two kittens, not from the same litter. The older kitten is 5 months old, and I have had her for 3 months. The younger kitten (not even half the size) is 3 months old and I have had her for 2 ...
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Should I add water to wet food to provide extra hydration?

I haven't seen my kitten-cats drinking much water lately. While they get hydration from their wet food, I'm not sure if it's necessarily enough for optimal health. I'm considering just adding a bit ...
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How should I handle a dog when I catch it chewing a shoe?

When I hear my dog(s) chewing something in another room, I sometimes go to take a look at what it is they are working on. In case it is a shoe, what immediate action should I take to stop the chewing ...
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My cat doesn't like to eat anything!

I found my cat when it was very small. I took it home and since then, tried to feed it whatever I thought it would like, starting with milk, then fish, meat etc. It has never touched them or any ...
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Should I worry about my kitten eating litter?

I've just bought a female kitten (8.5 weeks old) and although she is litter trained (apart from a couple of accidents), whenever she is using her litter tray she chews on the litter. I presume she ...
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Is it normal for a cat to eat moths?

My cat eats moths: is this normal or should it be discouraged? I suspect it is not harmful but is there a formal answer?
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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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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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Should I be concerned that my puppy is chewing on fallen leaves?

I have two 13 week old puppies who have a playpen that is partially shaded by a star magnolia tree. Winter is coming and the tree is starting to lose its leaves. I sometimes see the puppies chewing on ...
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Caterpillar has stopped eating - what can be done?

I need some help with my caterpillar. I have two young caterpillars which hatched a while ago and I have one big one that doesn’t want to eat. He/she stopped eating 5-6 days ago which I know because I ...
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How much will a full grown English mastiff eat?

I am looking to get my favorite breed of dog: Mastiff. But I can't spend much on dog food. How much should I expect a mastiff to eat per day once it's full grown?
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My corn snake died just after feeding. What are the possible causes?

I just fed my 2 corn snakes five live hoppers each about 5 hours ago. I like to leave them in their feeding boxes for a while to make sure they eat everything. I went back to put them back in their ...
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My cat ate a (part of a) balloon. What should I do?

Yesterday I bought my cat a balloon thinking that she would be very pleased to play with it. But, as expected, my cat broke the balloon and when I checked up on her, a piece of it had disappeared. I ...
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Food anxiety in former stray cat?

We adopted a stray cat a little over two weeks ago; she’s about a year old. She's a total house cat, but she was very skinny when rescued so we have no idea how long she spent in the streets. Now that ...
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How can I tell if my cat is bullying her sister and what can I do to combat the problem?

I have two cats from the same litter that I adopted when they were around 12 weeks old. They are going to be a year old in two days, and as of recently I have been wondering if there's something wrong....
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My praying mantis pet is not eating and has 2 black lines on it's abdomen

There are 2 new black lines on my mantis's abdomen, which seems to be contracting. Almost like it's squeezing it. What is it? I don't think it used to have that. Secondly, it's also not eating, and ...
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When Do Rabbits Swallow Food

I was watching my rabbit eating her greens today, and I began to wonder when she swallows her food. She eats the whole leaf, but does she swallow her food while she is still chewing on the leaf, or ...
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Should I allow one cat eating the other cat's vomit?

Sometimes one of my cats vomits after eating something she really likes. Both my cats like the Whiskas food but they only get a little bit once per day. I suspect she's just eating too fast and that ...
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My sons 12 week old kitten will eat only human food

My Mother-in-law started feeding her off of her plate as soon as she was weaned and she just will NOT eat cat food. I have tried many brands of high end dry & wet but no ~ I tried tuna ~ no ~ She ...
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Cat extremely finicky. At the end of my rope!

My 2 year old female tabby has been getting more and more finiky over the last year. We usually feed her canned wet food twice a day at the same times every day, then leave a measured amount of dry ...
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Cat is not eating, Fluid build up in abdomen, Ultrasound reveals mass in small intestine

I have a domestic long hair that is about 11 years old and used to be almost 24lbs. About 6-7 weeks ago, he stopped eating and losing weight (currently around 12lbs). At first, when I put food, he ...
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Husky not eating regularly

I have a 1-year-old female Siberian Husky (~50 lbs) who has just recently became finicky about eating her food. We feed her 1.5 cups of food twice a day, which is the recommended amount from what I ...
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What should I do if my chihuahua licked some chocolate?

My chihuahua licked some chocolate from a 41g dark chocolate bar. She licked/ate a really small amount and though I can't tell how many grams it was, it seems that it should have been less than 5 ...