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Meat is meat. All cats have roughly the same digestive system and metabolism, so their choice of prey is more about size than nutrition. It needs to be a large enough meal to justify the effort of hunting it yet small enough they're likely to be successful. A large enough pride of lions can take down enormous prey like buffalo, giraffe or even elephant. ...


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To start, any time a cat is not urinating, it's urgent to get them to a vet ASAP. While urinary issues typically affect older (and neutered male) cats, any cat can suffer urinary tract issues which can become serious to fatal, and even less serious cases can result in long-term behavioral issues, such as litterbox avoidance. Secondarily, it sounds as though ...


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It's not really true - at the physiological level, I certainly cannot see how prolonged consumption of processed food could disable a cat from being able to digest natural food. However, I could see the trace element of truth in this statement's essence, which might explain it's plausible origin. Cats, compared to dogs, are known to be a bit of picky eaters. ...


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No, that is categorically false. Now, it does take a cat some time (on the order of a week or two) to adjust to a new diet. But that's true of any new diet, whether you're moving from natural to processed, processed to natural, or between two different types of processed food. It's possible that whoever started that rumor just misunderstood the fact that ...


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First, and foremost, a vet visit is in order. There could be several medical reasons why a cat would stop eating. A cat will not eat what she cannot smell. She could have an upper respiratory infection (a kitty cold), especially since the brother is now not eating as much. URI is very contagious. Your cats could be developing anything from dental ...


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Yes, cats should eat meat. The source of meat is not very important; the important thing here is to feed not only the meat but parts of the rest of the animal too, as different parts have different nutrients that cats need. I feed my cat all kinds of raw meat (high quality meat that can be eaten raw by people) like reindeer, beef, pork, whale meat, and ...


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If her poo is watery, that’s why: her body isn’t absorbing enough of the water in her food, leaving her too dehydrated to pee. This is a serious concern since peeing is how the body gets rid of non-food waste, and being dehydrated in general can cause kidney problems. You need to take her to a vet, which is a good practice anyway when you get a new pet. Are ...


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As Fraxinus has said this, in practice doesn't make a whole lot of sense. A lot of cats are known for begging for almost any food, just like dogs, and as the owner of 3 cats that are fed procesed cat food I can personally attest that they will eat anything. 1 of them goes and hunts birds and mice all the time and the other 2 will eat chicken or bacon or ...


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It is possible to give your cat a homemade food diet. However, you will need to understand exactly what nutrients your cat needs, so you will need to read a lot about what a cat needs. Not only will you need to understand what a cat needs, but also you will have to understand what a cat needs in different stages of his life. You will have to add different ...


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To answer your questions one by one. Cats need to have clean water in addition to the water contained in their food. Adding water to the wet food is not something you need to do. It can reduce the smell of the food and make your cat eat less (a cat's nose is better than its sense of taste). If you want you can add some water to the dry food you give your ...


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While you've listed off three questions about adding hydration, the first question you should be asking is: Is my cat dehydrated? It's very easy to check this yourself at home by using a pinch test. As described by PetMD: If you take a pinch of skin over the cat's shoulders and pull up gently, the skin should snap back into place when released. As the ...


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Feline Obesity Free feeding is never advised as most cats will eat more than they should, cats who are bored are also prone to consider eating an activity and will indulge way more than they should. In order to better guide you on how much to feed your cat it would be good to know how much he weighs, what he should weigh and the type of food he is on. It ...


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You can give your cat a homemade diet based on raw food. Though in order to be balanced you cannot feed only turkey meat. You will need to feed a variety of meat, offal, raw meaty bones, and supplements. A raw food diet is healthy if done correctly, and can be dangerous if not properly balanced. I advise you to make research about it before starting. ...


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A cats tongue can get cut on a can. It’s not any more or less tough than your own tongue. The “toughness” you may feel is just their hairs for grooming and cleaning meat of bones. But cans aren’t bones. I don’t think it’s necessarily dangerous to let your cat lick the can. It would, however, be best to remove the lid (the sharpest part) and then feel the ...


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Since you need a brief answer, I'll make this quick. There are some types of wet food (like Freshpet, which comes in a tube, get it here This is made with mostly human food that is modified for dogs. The next thing you can do is get a customizable recipe, which will taste good to her and also will be gentle on her stomach. (link here) In the meantime, try ...


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As to question 3: Do not feed gravy or other seasoned foods to your cat. Cats do not eat any salt or spice naturally. Especially salt can increase the risk for urinary diseases, which cats are prone to anyways. If you want to add liquid to pet food, always use plain water.


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Feed your cat "complete and balanced" cat food. Modern cat food, both in the form of dry kibble as well as wet cat food, is specially formulated to meet the dietary and nutritional requirements of cats. As such, one of the best ways to feed your cat is to give them appropriately-sized portions of cat food, with people food such as meat being ...


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Cats who are kept indoors do not have access to the plant matter that outdoor cats would instinctively seek out to supplement their protein heavy diet, so this is an important factor you should consider. Many animals, including our domestic pets, are able to self medicate certain bodily issues by seeking out plants that will aid their digestion. If an ...


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It's a good idea to bring new pets straight to the vet in general. It may have been seen by a vet at the shelter already, but it's helpful for your vet at the least to have a record of what's healthy for your cat, and also it's possible for the cat to pick things up at the shelter, as it has many cats in close proximity. So take it to the vet and tell them ...


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Cats are very good at picking out what they do and don't like in food, you may not have much luck with catnip. Cats rely mostly on smell and texture, taste is also a factor but it's very low on the list - they don't have very many taste buds (Article #1 - Article #2) like us so smell is very important. Some things to consider with wet food: Canned food ...


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There is this trick that I have been playing on my dog for quite some time and to be fair, it's kind of funny. The trick is to mix a little (not a lot) of human food into the dog's food. If you put a little and let it mix with the dog's food, it might not make the dog vomit and she will eat the food. However, be careful with what you put in there, the basic &...


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From a practical experience with a few cats: wrong. All cats that I am aware of (most of them fed cat food for their entire lives) line next to anyone trying to cook meat.


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It's hard to know for sure, because it seems unlikely anyone's taken a formal survey on the subject, but I suspect that while some owners certainly do give their cats variety, that a reasonably large percentage really do feed their cat the same food unless they are forced to change it, usually to address a new health problem. The reason why I think this is ...


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Some people deliberately train their dogs not to take food from strangers. Sounds like yours made that decision herself. Either that, or she's holding out in case this sucker can be guilt-tripped into giving her something tastier... Of course you don't want to let the dog set the rules. You're the pack leader, or should be. I'm sure there is a standard ...


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The differences between kitten and cat food are: Higher protein content Higher fat content Higher calorie count Higher amounts of vitamins and minerals (Source: The Nest) None of these will do any harm to the adult cats other than a risk of becoming overweight if they eat too much of the kitten food. They are necessary for the kittens to grow and develop ...


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Fresh water should always be available to dogs and cats at all times, thus making it unnecessary to add water to the food. However, if you add water it isn't harmful. Food spoils when it's left at room temperature. Bacteria prefer room temperature, just as we do, therefore that's where they proliferate the most. To prevent food spoilage, keep soft food ...


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I don't think I'm experienced enough to resolve your issue completely, but I may offer some useful insight regardless, while we would wait for someone wiser than me to answer - because I'm curious as well. At first, it's my subjective opinion - but I wouldn't even dare criticizing you for feeding canned tuna in this situation at all, I would even praise you ...


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Cats are pretty much able to abstain from pee and/or poo out of stress for a few days. Not that it is good for them, but they do. There is also a possibility that the pee happens in a place(s) other than it is supposed to. If an adult cat does so, the smell is inevitable, but little kittens can get away for a while. There is also a possibility of some ...


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Cats tend to have sensitive digestive systems, which can be heavily disrupted by diet changes; ultimately, it may be that by constantly switching his food to try to find the "remedy," you have in fact actually worsened the issue. Properly switching a cat's food takes about 1-2 weeks of blending the foods together in a ratio that slowly phases in the new ...


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My cat has the same problem, and the vets had suggested euthanasia. NOT GONNA HAPPEN. I have addressed the situation by feeding him dry food (grain free, but I did have to experiment with all types of grain free dry foods to see which didn't blow his gut up), then offer a little wet food (1/4 small can), and then (after he finished eating) pouring a bit of ...


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