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It is absolutely not advised to feed cats home cooked food because there's a very high risk of malnutrition. Cats evolved to eat 8 - 12 small animals like birds, mice, rats, hamsters and other rodents, maybe the occasional lizard and sometimes even bigger animals like rabbits or chickens daily. They eat the entire prey raw, including skin, claws or talons, ...


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Do NOT feed your cat chicken liver daily. Liver contains a lot of vitamin A, which is possible for cats to overdose on. This is called vitamin A toxicity. The toxicity will slowly build up over time, so consumption of foods very high in vitamin A should be limited overall, and not just limited to not eating too much in one meal. Furthermore, I would be ...


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If your cat has not eaten anything for so long, it is a serious concern. If a cat does not eat for any longer than 24 hours, it is at risk of developing feline hepatic lipidosis, also known as fatty liver syndrome; this is potentially fatal disease that is capable of causing death within just 3 days since the cat has stopped eating. I do not think asking ...


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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 add just the tiniest pinch of salt to the water). You can feed them the meat, as well as the resulting broth. When we cook chicken meat for our cats, we use ...


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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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I can understand your fear, but dogs should not be chained at all. Where I live it's even illegal to keep a dog on a chain because it's considered animal cruelty. Dogs cannot understand that you want to protect them by keeping them on a chain. They also cannot understand why they cannot move to a certain place if there's no wall or obstacle in front of them. ...


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To put all the comments into an answer: You probably forgot to cycle your tank. That's a mistake many fish owners do because pet shops neglect to tell them about it. What "cycling" is and how it works is described in this very detailed answer: How does one effectively “cycle” an aquarium?. Fish becoming lethargic and either sinking to the bottom or ...


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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 pathogen-ridden, raw, unseasoned meat is a good choice and should be easy enough to obtain. I would suggest chicken or beef, but please don’t feed raw pork, it could ...


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The only way to improve a fish color for real is with good food with beta carotene, I remember tetra brand having some of them. You can check deeper information about that here: http://www.seacolors.eu/images/NPR_61_46-49.pdf Is not going to be magic and will take some time. You can also use home made food but that's a more complex task as well as more ...


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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 comics and TV shows portrait, cats shouldn't be fed any milk or cream. They become lactose intolerant early in their life (soon after the mother cat stops feeding ...


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Rabbit Mash My senior rabbit has problems with maintaining her weight, so I explored this on kaninchenwiese.de. It works for rabbits that need more energy because they are: outside in the winter (low temperatures, beneath 0°C) (chronically) ill seniors lactating or pregnant big breeds But one must be aware that in the long run, health issues could arise. ...


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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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Ultraviolet radiation Ultraviolet radiation is the only known thing that is both beneficial and carcinogenic at the same time. More specifically, part of the ultraviolet spectrum which highly overlaps with UV-B (280 - 315 nm) causes conversion of 7-dehydrocholesterol (a zoosterol, chemical compound naturally occurring in the skin of animals and humans) to ...


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Yes, but it's complicated. The glycemic index of dog foods depends on various variables, like which carbohydrates are contained in it and how much fiber and which type(s) of fiber the food contains. This study compared the glycemic indices of different dog foods with starches from different sources: The GI [glycemic index] (±SE) [standard error] of the ...


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The only thing I can recommend for you is establishing a new habit. It would be ideal if you took a walk with her in the morning or did some other activity every day at (roughly) the same time. Now, start giving her a small amount of food after that activity. Wait 10 - 15 minutes for her to start eating, but don't stare at her the whole time or she might be ...


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The manufacturer lists the ingredients on their website: CHEESE FLAVOUR MAISE SNACK. Ingredients: Maize, Rapeseed Oil, Cheese Flavour [Dried Cheese (from Milk) (7%), Milk Lactose, Flavour Enhancer (Disodium 5'-Ribonucleotide), Acid (Lactic Acid), Colours (Paprika Extract, Annatto), Natural Flavourings, Salt, Potassium Chloride]. Apart from the fact that ...


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What we do is five small meals a day, feeding all three of our cats from the same 80-100 gram foil package. That way less goes to waste if the current offering displeases one or two of them. The total amount in a foil package is still small enough that even one cat can pretty much finish it if off if the two others refuse, and even though they are a little ...


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This question is almost impossible to answer. The only reason why I don't close it is that you've already been to the vet and they didn't give you any answers either. No-one can know whether he will survive or not. You should not feed milk to cats, it could cause diarrhea. A better alternative is a teaspoon of yogurt or any of the alternatives listed in this ...


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You can build a barrier with salt. Your fresh food lies on a plate. Put a second plate that's bigger than the first underneath. The second plate should be so big that there is at least two fingers width of space all around (so the snails must walk through the second plate and cannot climb from the rim directly into the first plate). Then put a thin line of ...


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Timothy hay pellets are made from Timothy grass (Phleum pratense), a type of grass that originated in Eurasia and has been cultivated in America since the 1720s. It's grown as feed for cattle, horses, rabbits, guinea pigs and other herbivore pets. Timothy hay is rich in long fibre and its abrasive texture helps to grind down the teeth, keeping both the ...


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You can try Rabbit Mash My senior rabbit has problems to hold her weight, so I explored this on kaninchenwiese.de. It works for rabbits that need more energy because they are: outside in the winter (low temperatures, beneath 0°C); (chronically) ill; seniors; lactating or pregnant rabbits; big breeds. But one must be aware, that in the long turn, health ...


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The quality of your hay and a lot of dust in general can have a negative effect on your horse. In my stable we have a horse who starts coughing excessively if we feed him dusty hay. Dust will generally have an effect on the respiratory organs of your horse, especially if it is exposed over a longer time. Article on Dust Management and respiratory diseases If ...


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Kitten Foods is proven to have more nutrients than adult food and can contribute to fast weight gain. Once you run out of kitten food, I would switch to adult food. For now, however, it may be best to give your kitten plenty of exercise. It isn't a huge deal if your kitten is a few pounds (2-3 lbs.) overweight, but if you personally are concerned, lots of ...


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There is a theory called cravings based on needs. The basic idea is hidden in the name: we crave things that we need and a good deal of this knowledge of needs is hidden in our DNA. Therefore, without thinking much, we just need to follow our instincts. While this theory is quite strong in terms of explaining general population behaviour, it is not tested ...


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Coconut oil is great for skin, hair, and teeth; it has all the good fatty acids in it and is contained in hydrolyte. (Lately, the "expensive" cat food labels have made a point of adding coconut oil into their tinned cat food.) It has appeal to cats and humans alike, and is considered a superfood. It's great for heart health, and has no cholesterol....


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I give my one and a halfmonth old kitten Royal Canin paediatrics weaning. It was recommended by her vet because my kitten did not want to drink kitty milk at all. I saw a real difference in her, I highly recommend.


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my cat does the same. she is about 5 and this just recently started. she hides food in her mouth and spits it in the water bowl. I thought it was because her water bowl is glass. maybe she just cant see it without the food in it? but recently she has been spitting her food out around the house as well. its almost like it gets stuck in her teeth or something. ...


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