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Although PETA seems to say that it's perfectly healthy, cats are not vegetarian and thousands of years of evolution has made them into carnivores. They have a specific requirements for nutrients that vegetarian diets just cannot provide. With the exception of special situations where the cat requires a modified diet, vegetarian diets should be avoided. As ...


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At this young age the kittens still require milk, you can probably get some kitten milk from a vet store, a quality pet store with a knowledgeable staff, or make your own (only if not available elsewhere, as it is extremely hard to get the nutrition correct, but should be safe for a few days until you find a commercially available one). They will have to be ...


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You can feed cats raw meat, they're obligate carnivores after all, but human processed meats can introduce other bacterias and contaminates into meat that might not be there otherwise. If you want to do this, which I can understand, then you should introduce the raw meats carefully into their diet and only from a source that you trust, such as local butcher ...


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In short, iceberg lettuce is mostly water with little to no nutrient value. A rabbit can fill up on it (because of the bulk), but still need food because they didn't get enough calories, vitamins, minerals, etc. If you look at the USDA's webpage on iceberg lettuce. You'll notice that water makes up just about 95% of the nutrients, leaving 5% to be divided up ...


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I would not give your cat as much as she wants, obesity is a problem in our pets because they eat too much and don't exercise enough. There are guidelines on the bags of food that tells you how much your pet should be eating of that specific food. Sometimes these guidelines are generous so weigh your kitty every 2 weeks to minimum once a month. From ...


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Coconut oil is safe for cats, if given in moderation. Potential side effects include: Upset stomach Diarrhoea Pancreatitis Weight gain Allergic reaction to coconut oil Since you've been letting your cat have small amounts without any allergic reactions, I would think it is safe to assume that he is not allergic. Coconut oil has many benefits for cats and ...


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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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Probably one of the worst things tuna has, is the high levels of mercury. Even in humans, high levels of mercury acts as a neurotoxin, damaging the brain and nervous system. Since cats have a much smaller body mass than humans, their tolerance for mercury is going to be lower as well. For that reason, it's important to limit how much tuna you feed your cats. ...


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Short answer: No. Cats are obligate carnivores. Note the "obligate". While they can process and obtain nutrition from some vegetable/plant matter, they cannot receive or produce all the nutrients they need this way. Omnivores (like humans and dogs and many others) have certain metabolic pathways available to them that mean that they can make use of both ...


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Firstly, free feeding dry food is the fastest way to turn any cat into an overweight cat. Your vet's advice is wildly wrong in this case. Hill's (a respected pet food company) has this to say: Free feeding cats can lead to overeating and obesity. It can also be difficult to tell if your cat's appetite has changed, for the better or worse. It's also ...


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According to petpoisonhelpline.com, caffeine poisoning is "[g]enerally moderate to severe/life-threatening", but while "[...] cats appear to be more sensitive to the effects of caffeine than people", "1-2 laps of coffee, tea or soda will not contain enough caffeine to cause poisoning in most pets [...]". So you should be safe with the current situation, but ...


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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 sweet tastes on your tongue, but cats lack one of those genes. [Joe Brand, biochemist and associate director at the Monell Chemical Senses Center in ...


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Yes, there is something inherently repulsive in snails: their slime, which is sticky and sometimes stinks or tastes bad. Snails not only produce it to slither over surfaces, when they are attacked or injured, they produce lots of it as a defensive mechanism, relying on the attacker being grossed out by the sticky slime in their mouth. Most animals find it ...


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I have had very good luck with two different obese cats using a Tiger Diner cat bowl. They have to work for their food, so they eat more slowly and feel like they are eating more, one of my cats started actually leaving food when using the Tiger Diner. The various food balls and feeder toys are also good. One of the obese cats I've dealt with is also very ...


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According to various pet behaviourists, dogs' Circadian rhythms are generally set around the amount of daylight rather than time, as they lack the ability to differentiate between say, 6 PM and 7 PM the way humans do. This is mitigated some by the artificial light cycles (you turning lights on and off, etc) in your home. Your pet might notice the change ...


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Cats require an amino acid called Taurine, since they are unable to synthesize it themselves. This particular amino acid is only found naturally in animal tissue. Because Taurine is destroyed by heat, a Taurine supplement is added to commercial food. There are vegan websites that claim you can give your cat a vegan diet, however it may not be appropriate ...


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Well first, bear in mind that a cats natural diet is carnivorous and that type of diet is seldom dried pellets. :) In general, dry and wet food options are, these days, quite on par in terms of nutritional quality. In the past, there could be complications from some varieties of foods containing high quantities of ash that could lead to kidney failure (we ...


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The answer is the same as it is with people. It depends on the dog. I grew up doing the same thing you did. We'd simply refill the bowl when it got empty. It was fine with our first lab. She was leaning more toward heavy than skinny, but was a decent weight. My second lab turned into a butter ball. I had a knock down drag out with my parents at the time, ...


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While kittens generally can handle dairy products, adult cats usually can't. Feeding cats dairy products can lead to digestive issues resulting in diarrhea or vomiting. Simply stopping giving into the kittens demands would most likely stop this behavior as the cat will learn that their meowing doesn't result in a reward. Backing information on dairy and ...


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The subject of corn and grain based dog food is one that is contentious and subject to a lot of debate. Numerous studies have been done on this subject and many heated opinions exist on this. Many veterinarians believe in corn based dog food and how it is highly digestible and contains many health benefits for a dog. http://avetsguidetolife.blogspot.com/...


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Cooked bones can be dangerous for dogs or cats. The cooking dries them out and makes them more likely to splinter. I've been advised by vets to give dogs and cats raw bones, never cooked. The size of the dog would make a difference, too - a large dog is much more likely to gulp down a chicken bone whole and have it lodge somewhere it shouldn't, where a ...


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(I see that your situation has resolved itself, but I want to talk a bit about cat anorexia and fatty liver disease because it can be a real problem). Cats can stop eating for a variety of reasons. They ate a bug, they have a hairball making them feel weird, they're stressed, they have a cold, there are a ton of reasons. Feline Hepatic Lipidosis The main ...


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It's probably fine but you should definitely monitor your cat's weight. If she is walking away herself then she can probably control herself. If you are worried why not measure out the correct daily amount every morning then only feed her from that. Over eating or under eating is sometimes the first indication you have that your cat is sick. Using this ...


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I would avoid giving cows milk as there is a good chance the kitten will be lactose intolerant. Stick to kitten/cat milk such as Whiskas Kitten Milk or goats milk in a pinch. The meat balls might not be the best - if they are intended for human consumption then it may contain higher levels of salt than is healthy for a kitten and may be lacking in nutrients ...


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Actual natural yogurt's something that dogs in India have had as part of their diet for ages. Its worth remembering there's bad things about it - its milk based, and somewhat fatty (and if your dog is lactose intolerant, very bad things can happen) and good (it has lots of good, natural probiotics). A lot of store bought yogurt is terrible. The stuff with ...


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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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Most "diet" cat foods load up on carbs, which cats don't need (they're carnivores!). The reason is that they want the cat to feel full, but the problem is that the cat has to ingest more calories to get the amount of protein that they need. Your cats need to be eating a diet of entirely wet, low carb food. This food is better for your cats and contains ...


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Trying to find some peer-reviewed article of book about the subject, found the "Manual of Veterinary Dietetics", from Saunders / Elsevier. The conclusion is that Soft / Hard foods don't have any clear winner. Many studies were made /reviewed, and the authors found it hard to compare the conclusions because each study involved different animals, with ...


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