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What are the effects of sugar in cat food?

You got most of the points right. The sugar is added to cat food for the benefit of the manufacturer, not for the cat. Cats cannot taste sweet You need 2 specific genes in order to have receptors for ...
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How can I temporarily feed two cats in Beijing before their food arrives by post?

Beef jerky should be avoided, it is high in sodium and can dehydrate, so you'll want to make sure there is enough fluid intake. I'd go with plain boneless chicken meat, boiled in plain water (you can ...
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My cat only likes dry food or the sauce of wet food. How can i make her eat the wet food?

Some cats are really picky about food, and counter to what you might expect, don't really like wet food. Or it could be that your cat just doesn't care for that particular wet food. Cats often like ...
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Will my cat be okay eating food that might be dirty?

It is not really different than humans eating dirty food. Will she be okay? Sure, she won't die. It is no different than unfortunate people trying to find something to eat from garbage bins. If this ...
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My cat only likes dry food or the sauce of wet food. How can i make her eat the wet food?

Cats, like humans, have different preferences in their food. Based on your description of "licking up the gravy," I'm assuming your wet food is the "chunks in gravy" style. I've ...
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How can I temporarily feed two cats in Beijing before their food arrives by post?

There are several human foods you can use as emergency cat foods. Please note that all the listed options are meant to be temporary only and cannot provide a balanced diet long term. Despite what ...
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How can I temporarily feed two cats in Beijing before their food arrives by post?

If you are just bridging a couple of days, you fortunately don’t have to worry too much about a balanced diet (pure meat is not suitable long-term). If you can be reasonably sure that it’s not ...
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My cats are driving me crazy

The change in toilet behavior is the cats' expressions of stress. Not only has one of them given birth and is extremely protective of her litter and territory, but you also allowed an unknown cat with ...
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How to ensure proper food for a stray or feral cat after neutering?

Just because a cat (male or female) is neutered doesn't automatically mean that it needs special food. The main risk after neutering is obesity, because neutered cats eat more and are less active than ...
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My cat is in pain when eating and even from drinking

If you just returned from the vet just yesterday, there's a high chance that the stress of the visit made the inflammation flare up. Also, antibiotics need a few days to take effect. I would wait 2 - ...
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Is it common to feed cats only 1 brand/flavor of canned/dry food for their live?

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 ...
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What is the suitable diet for Feline Urethral Obstruction?

The answer is it depends. And there is not even consensus among veterinarians about what diet is best for this situation. It depends on the cause of the urethral obstruction – if it was struvite ...
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Should cats eat fruit?

In general, don't feed your cat fruit. Cats are designed to be extremely carnivorous animals. Even more so than many other animals we think of as carnivorous such as dogs. So even if the particular ...
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What is the suitable diet for Feline Urethral Obstruction?

I have a cat with a similar complaint to yours and we feed him either: Hill's Prescription Diet Feline c/d Urinary Stress Royal Canin Urinary S/O Moderate Calorie Adult Dry Cat Food I am not sure if ...
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What are some Household foods to mix with medicine?

Depending on the taste of the medication (which you should never taste, of course!) a cat may never voluntarily swallow it. We've made some really bad experiences with dewormer tablets. First we ...
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What are some Household foods to mix with medicine?

If the medication can be mixed with liquids, like if it's a powder or liquid, then there are cat treats that are like a gravy or broth that are really perfect for this purpose, like Fancy Feast broth. ...
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How to make my cats eat in a new house?

Changes in eating behavior (and litter box behavior!) can be common signs of stress in cats. And moving is a stressful event. I second what @bgse wrote in their comment that a cat not eating for 2+ ...
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What to look for in automatic cat dry food feeders

If you are going away for a week, an automatic feeder is not a replacement for a friend or relative that you ask to check in on your cats. No matter how reliable the brand and model, there is always a ...
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Non prescription replacement for Royal Canin Fibre Response

Food is a really tricky topic with pets, and unfortunately often boils down to trial and error. But that can be a scary (and expensive) thing if your cat has serious issues. I certainly cannot give ...
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Why do cats love milk even though they are lactose intolerant

Cats have an instinctive love of milk, because if they didn’t, they’d die as kittens. After a few months, their mother will wean them, and there is no more milk to be had. Their ability to process it ...
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Which date is the expiration date of this Felix cat food?

According to koreajoongangdaily.joins.com: Most products still follow the year-month-day order for expiration dates. They may also be labelled “BE” or “BEE,” which stand for “Best Before.” “Consume ...
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