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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Do dogs avoid eating poisonous plants?

When my dog eats grass, do I need to be worried that he will eat something poisonous, or do dogs generally know what is / isn't poisonous and stay away from poisonous plants?
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Should I prevent my dog from eating grass?

My main question is: if my dog wants to eat grass, should I prevent him? I have heard that dogs do this to throw up, and seen this reason alluded to here: Why do dogs eat grass?, but am not 100% sure ...
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How often should cats eat?

Is it better to leave the bowl always with food, or to put it when it's "time to eat"? My cat has her bowl available 24/7 and I'm starting to worry that she might become obese. She seems to eat very ...
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Does a cat know when to stop eating?

If I'm not mistaken, a dog doesn't know when to stop eating (I've never had one, so I can't be sure). But what about cats? If I take a large bowl with delicious looking fish and leave it in front of ...
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Why is my cat drooling and unable to eat food and clean itself?

My cat is unable to eat for the last 1 week. I don't know what the problem is, but her mouth is drooling a lot. She is also unable to clean herself. I guess there is some problem in her mouth, but ...
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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 do I stop my dog (a dachshund) from eating plastic? [duplicate]

My doggy, Twitter, is fond of eating plastic. Because of that, most of the time his stomach is upset. How can we prevent this?
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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 ...
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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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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 to feed the medicine(Verol Drops) to a cat which didnt eat anything from 2 days? [duplicate]

Recently, 2 days back my cat got sick and stopped eating. It only drinks water. So today i took him to vet and they gave some injections and also wrote multivitamin named Verol as prescription. As my ...
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Creepy: The cat left a half eaten rabbit in the garden [duplicate]

Creepy warning, this question is not for the light-hearted This morning I was making breakfast while I spotted our cat eating something in the garden. A better look showed he caught a rabbit. The ...
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How do I stop my Indoor dog from riffling through and knocking over the trashcan?

After some months working with my dog I've managed to more or less get my 8-year-old beagle to behave enough to live indoors with near full access to all areas of the house. This is something that ...
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Should I worry about my cat chewing scissor handles?

Ginger has recently started chewing on scissor handles. It is a recent habit because the scissors used to be scattered about in random places and I recently collected them into a holding container (so ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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Is it safe for a dog to eat poisonous bugs?

Is it safe for any dog to eat poisonous bugs such as scorpions, centipedes, black widows, etc? My dog eats poisonous bugs that are in our house (mainly black widows and scorpions) but I thought it ...
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Should I feed my cats extra (while they're on a medication that increases their appetite)?

My cats were recently diagnosed with an infestation of cheyletiella mites. As part of the treatment, the veternarian dermatologist (who diagnosed them) gave them each a shot of methylprednisolone to ...
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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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What are the advantages and disadvantages to using a safflower seed litter box with my rabbit?

Some people are looking for ecologically-friendly rabbit litter box solutions. One solution is a non-absorbent litter in a drain-through litter box. The Smart Cat Box caught my attention when ...
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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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