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The "act" of feeding a pet, including feeding methods and situations.

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How can I stop my cat from eating too fast and throwing up?

My cat loves his canned food that he gets every morning, and he gets right into it the moment I put the dish down. Normally, this is no problem - he eats, I get ready for my day, everything is ...
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Is it okay to feed my cats canned tuna?

I opened a can of tuna today and my cats went absolutely insane over the smell. I let them have a very tiny piece and they absolutely loved it. What I'm concerned about is that it's canned tuna. ...
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Is it harmful for my cat to eat bugs?

Living in a basement apartment, I get bugs; usually ants, sometimes the odd spider or centipede, etc. I keep my house as clean as I can, and put out ant traps where my cat can't get to them to control ...
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How can I make one of my two cats eat less?

I have two indoor cats. One of them is pretty fat and he eats and sleeps alot. The other one is more slim. I have tried to make the fat cat eat less (since my other cat doesn't get that much to eat, ...
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Why won't my dog eat on her own?

My dog will go days without eating unless someone sits with her and hand feeds her dog food. At first, I thought it was because we were feeding her some table scraps every once in a while, but I have ...
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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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How can I get my dog to slow down when eating?

My seven month-old puppy eats way too fast, he doesn't choke or anything like that, but I feel that he's not enjoying and obviously not even chewing his food, he can go through his plate (one cup four ...
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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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Should my cat be allowed some wet food every day?

My cat is a two-year-old Maine Coon. He's very lean and in good health. He has all-day free access to his dry food and he eats a small quantity a few times a day. As everything is going well I don't ...
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What is the best way to keep a cat in a multi-cat home from eating all the food?

I currently have three cats, one 1.5 year old and two ~6 month old kittens, all of which we got at the same time. As soon as we got the cats home, the older cat started eating the food from both bowls,...
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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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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 there truth to the idea that changing food too often make your dog sick?

There is old saying that says that changing food on a dog can make it sick to its stomach. And that if you want to change the dog's food, you need to slow introduce it by mixing it in increasing ...
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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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How to determine if a cat is generally at an ideal weight?

For people, there's a recommended weight range based on height and age (and maybe some other parameters) and I assume cats have a similar guidelines and I feel my cat may be too heavy. As there are ...
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Can dogs eat yoghurt?

My dog loves eating yoghurt. I'm wondering if this is good for her. Can dogs eat yoghurt, is it good for them? Are there any dangers? What should I be looking for when selecting a yoghurt?
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Can I change my cat's food?

I know people say that I should not change my cat's cat food because: They will not like it. They might vomit when they try new food. However I always change his food and he likes trying new things. ...
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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 should I feed sturgeons during winter?

We currently have two sturgeons in our pond. I heard that they are active during winter and need to be fed. How much do they need (in relation to their weight or number)? How often and at which time ...
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How much food should I be giving my dog to maintain his weight?

When my wife and I met, she had a 30lb (13.6 kg) pug. After a lot of hard work and dieting (and training my wife not to overindulge the dog), he lost 10lbs (4.6 kg) in 6 years. I am concerned he is ...
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How do I switch from free-feeding my cat dry food to meal-feeding her wet food?

I've had my cat for several years now, and up until a couple weeks ago, I've been free-feeding her dry food. My vet has just told me that she's a little overweight (the cat, not the vet), 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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How many times a day should I feed a cat?

Our cat (a 7-8 month old unsterilized female) eats only dry cat food (actually she's currently eating prescribed "Veterinary Diet S/O Fibre Response" brand food). If I follow the recommended dose ...
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Is there anything beyond preference that dictates whether dry food should be wet down?

Particularly with dogs, this seems to be something that comes up often in their care. When giving the animal "dry" dog food, is there anything beyond the animal's individual preferences that should ...
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Snake not interested in food

So I have a female Californian king snake and I'm starting to get worried about her not eating. First of all, she has not eaten in 4 months. It's winter at the moment and I know they do not eat at ...
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How can I tell whether my corn snake is over- or underweight?

We have been feeding our two-year-old corn snake mostly when he starts actively hunting, but I'm slightly worried that we're feeding him either too much or too little. He's probably okay, but: In ...
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What are the long-term effects of overfeeding tropical fish?

I've heard different variations on "feed your fish only the amount that they can consume in about 1 minute", and these make sense in terms of the amount of biomass you want to introduce into the tank. ...
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How do I determine when my tortoise is sated?

How do I determine when my tortoise is sated and, if there's no way to tell when she is, are there any long-term effects of (mildly) overfeeding her? I've given my tortoise a lot of food, she'll ...
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Kitten Food in an Emergency

Hello I have 4 kittens and they are hungry as their mother just died 4 or 5 hours ago. I need to prepare food for them as they are only 34 days old. What can I feed them?
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How can I make it easier to live-feed my frogs?

I used to have Indonesian Floating Frogs (they go by many names, but this is what my pet store called them), and while I found them cute and such, I struggled a lot with making sure they stayed fed, ...
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Why should I give salt to a horse?

While I was mounting the other day, I was advised to give two things to the horse I was mounting, water and salt. The water is somewhat obvious but the salt left me curious, why is that I should give ...
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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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How do I motivate my rabbit to eat more hay?

I'm well aware that hay is a fundamental part of a rabbit's diet. However, my rabbit has become very picky with its food, over time. He eats mostly fruit peels, some vegetables, carrots, and about ...
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What is the ideal frequency and time to feed my 11-year-old bichon frisé?

I have an 11-year-old Bichon Frisé. She is in good shape (8.9kg) and eats mostly ration. Exceptions include occasional tiny pieces of carrot (she loves it!) and some dog chews (only whites) 3-4 times ...
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Why does this dog take food out of his bowl to eat it?

I noticed that when my roommates feed their puppy, the puppy will take a mouth full of the kibble (but not chew or swallow it), then walk away from his bowl, and drop the kibble on the ground. He will ...
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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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What time of day to feed our adult dogs?

Our dogs are four and six years old. We have been feeding them twice a day since each was one year old. Recently I came across a web page that argued quite well on the reasons why it is better to feed ...
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Why should I not give water or food to a wounded bird?

I found my bird wounded, and was advised not to give him food or water before I took him to the Vet. I can understand that a wounded bird may not be given food; it may be required that he's on an ...
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What alternative foods can I try feeding my snake?

I have a California kingsnake. She is female and around 4 years old. I have been having some issues with feeding her as described here. We eventually concluded that the problem was she was bored of ...
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Why does my cat spit her food when she eats it?

My cat takes a huge chuck of wet food from the bowl and then drops it on the floor and proceeds to eat it. She sometimes takes a chunk of food from the bowl, moves a few feet away and does the same ...
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My hedgehog is almost completely immobile and won't eat, what can I do?

For the past few days, my hedgehog has been almost completely immobile. She was able to slowly wobble around a cage for a day, but now is only able to curl slightly (but not fully), and wiggle her ...
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Is there any way to make sure my bearded dragon has enough to eat while I'm on vacation?

I'm going to be travelling between Christmas and New Year's, and so I'm working on making sure all my pets are being taken care of while I'm gone. Some of them are coming with me, and others are being ...
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How much to feed outdoor goldfish, that feed on insects?

I have gold fish in an outdoor pond. During the winter months I feed them a regular amount and they are doing well. As we are coming into summer there are more insects around, that fall into the pond, ...
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How should we handle our two new senior cats having different food than what our other cats eat?

Today we will be picking up two senior cats (11 and 13 years) that had to be given up by their previous owner. These two cats are being fed a different brand of dry food than what we give our other ...
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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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Can dogs eat the leftover bones from grilled ribs?

I gave my dogs a few leftover bones from grilled ribs, thinking they'd chew on them for a few days. No. They ate them whole, right then and there. Is this safe / healthy?
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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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Can you bottle feed a kitten?

I have an orphaned baby kitten and it is to young for solid food, how do I nurse them? The related question Kitten Food in an Emergency talks about what foods to use, but how do I get them to drink ...
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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 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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