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

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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 can I get my cat to stop nursing from its mother?

My cat is 9 months old, and she still likes to nurse from her mother. I've been stopping her (also punishing her by removing her from the room we are currently in. Is this a bad way to react?) when I ...
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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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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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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 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 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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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How can I train my cats to only eat from their own bowls?

My vet recently put two (of our four) cats on a prescription diet. We're having trouble getting all of the cats to accept it, and it would be easier (now and in the future) if everyone ate off of ...
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How do I gut load a cricket

Someone told me that I should gut load my crickets before I feed them to my lizard. What is gut loading, why should I do it, and how do I gut load my feeder crickets?
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Can we feed our cat with a mix of home-cooked and specialized food?

We have a Siberian cat, 6 months old, and currently we feed him as follows: dry food: Royal Canin for Kittens home-cooked food: soup with beef (or turkey or chicken) and some veggies (no salt/...
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Dog eats the cat food, cat eats the dog food

I use both dry and canned food. My dog (15 years old) eats the cat food, and my cat (6 months old) eats the dog food. They both eat each other's type of food. Why does it happen, and could it be doing ...
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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 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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A good feed routine for a neglected and underweight horse

I have recently acquired a starved horse. She would have a body score of approx 1.5 / 5. She is 18 yo, 15 1 hh, a thoroughbred and this state seems to have been of more recent times, as in the past ...
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Can rabbits drink from a bowl of water?

I often see rabbits in cages with bottles of water hanging on the side. Can they drink from a bowl like a cat or a dog? Is there some reason they should drink from a bottle with a nipple?
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My rabbit isn’t feeding her baby, what should I do?

So my rabbit gave birth to a baby two days ago. About seven hours later, she had two more (however, unfortunately, they died); they may have been dead when they came out, I don't know. We took her to ...
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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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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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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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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 one care for a small snapping turtle?

My friend has recently acquired a snapping turtle no smaller than a couple of inches long and we are wondering what we can feed it. Since it is so small we figured that we should be careful with what ...
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Is there a way to treat milk fever at home?

Our cat had her first litter last night. She's been away from the kittens most of the first day while they were sleeping. Early this morning, I noticed she tried to jump on some furniture, and she ...
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How can botulism occur in hay and is it hazardous to my pet?

A recent question Why can't my rabbit lift it's head? suggested that botulism in hay could be problematic for some pets. When I think of Botulism I think of poorly canned food, how could it ...
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My 6 month old cat suckles and kneads on a blanket

My cat suckles and kneads on this really soft blanket that I have and I think might resemble his mother. I was wondering if I could bottle feed him, but I dont know what or how I should do that? I ...
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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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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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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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Why would my royal/ball python strike but not eat?

My royal python is currently being a very picky eater. Last night I was able to coax him in to striking an appropriately sized rat, he missed three times. I then left him overnight in a dark cupboard ...
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Does chocolate hurt hamsters?

I know that chocolate is bad for dogs, but is it bad for hamsters too? I would like an answer from a credible source.
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What can I use (temporarily) instead of commercially prepared wet cat food?

So, this comes out of me being a bit of a terrible cat parent. I forgot to pick up more wet cat food, and we are now out. Due to various constraints, it will likely be Friday afternoon before I can ...
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How much should I feed my puppy?

I have a Havanese-Maltese mixed puppy that is 14 weeks old and weighs 3.5 pounds. I have been feeding her 1/4 of Blue a day. Every time I fill her bowl up, she devours the food. Should I increase ...
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Alternatives for helping/treating swim bladder issue in betta

I've finally figured out my betta must have a swim bladder issue. Luckily, he's floating at the top of his tank, so I don't have to worry about him struggling to get air. However, I'm struggling to ...
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Cats eat each other's food (and dog's food), makes it hard to keep track of when they eat

I have two cats; Rosie (female, 7 years old), and Pepe (male, 3 years old). Problem is, they eat each other's food, and it makes it hard to keep track of who just ate, especially because Rosie likes ...
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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 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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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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First time owning a cat

This is the first time I have a cat in my life. She is almost 10 months. She came home yesterday and she was wandering around the house, which has a litter box, food, and water. This morning, I ...
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What are safe plants to let my cat chew on?

Someone mentioned in an comment about my cat and his love of string that I should give him something else to chew on. They suggested oat grass, but are there other types of things I can let him eat? ...
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Cat and cow's milk (whole milk) -- A feral cat knows what's good for it, right?

Related: Should I feed my cat milk? I've read that some adult cats can handle cow's milk (whole milk), and other cats can't (diarrhea). My question is this: A cat knows what's good for it, right? ...
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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 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 ...