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This is an emergency, so you need to get her to the vet. If a cat stops eating for more than 24 hours it can cause fatty liver syndrome; this might be fatal in itself. And the illness that is the cause for not eating must be solved as fast as possible or your cat will die. You need to call your vet to find the closest emergency veterinary service; where I ...


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As someone with 5 cats, one of whom recently lost a lower front tooth, I'd be inclined to get a 2nd opinion from a different vet. My reasoning is that she can't eat anything because of the pain in her mouth. She can't drink anything because of the same problem (unless you can get her to try warm water), so how is she to "get healthy" enough for the ...


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If a cat isn't eating it's always time for the veterinarian! As Trond points out, make sure he is drinking water. And until you can see a vet keep the cat properly warm (not hot, but make sure he isn't cold). This could be a disease he caught from the other cat, or it could be a severe case of grief, but when a cat isn't eating veterinary intervention is ...


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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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I have also been told by various sources eating grass helps dogs with digestive issues. If the dogs are doing it every single time as you state yours are, they may have picked it up as a habit. According to "A Vet's Take On Why Dogs Eat Grass" (Modern Dog Magazine), the following possibilities exist: dogs cannot digest grass, so there is no nutritional ...


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Immediate Advice: As @Cris says, you'll want to take your cat to the Vet right away. Right now, you don't know the scope of the problem and although a single piece of plastic has been vomited, there could be more. You must get a professional opinion to rule out any hidden internal damage. Follow up: Once your cat has been seen and the vet is confident ...


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Not eating properly even for a few days is likely to cause the fatty liver syndrome for a cat, which is usually fatal if left untreated, but has a good recovery rate, if treated early. You should take your cat to a vet immediately for an examination. Sometimes a cat is more willing to eat if you can feed him things like small pieces of fresh meat from your ...


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Like you have noted, coprophagia (the technical term for feces-eating) can, like dirt eating, be a response to a dietary need (often stuff like missing enzymes and the like in their diet). If the dog eats a dry-food only diet, they will be missing certain things that might make them more prone to seeking out poop as a way of filling that need for digestive ...


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They have to chew. Rabbit teeth are constantly growing and the chewing activity actually serves to grind them down. Rabbits will chew pretty much anything "chewable" which includes wood, wires, and the like. If you give them lots of non-wire stuff to chew, like apple tree branches, then it does reduce the chance they'll go after your wires, but it doesn't ...


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This isn't good. You need to see a veterinarian ASAP or his health could worsen.


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Some cats are horizontal scratchers instead of vertical ones, they like pulling and yanking at carpet and stuff rather than, say, a couch or something, if they don't have something appropriate. You can get scratchers that are just corrugated cardboard stuck together in flatter box shapes that you set on the floor - I had a cat who was determined to yank up ...


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Well, first, you don't need to stop them from eating the grass unless you've been chemically treating it. Dogs are not pure carnivores, unlike cats, and so they do want and need some other dietary sources in their food, such as plants. As hunter/scavengers, canines will get a lot of other food sources from their prey, which are usually herbivores, but ...


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Based on this dog food calculator. A full grown mastiff will grow to be about 150-200 pounds1. Which means a 180 pound mastiff2 with what the site considers a "typical" activity level, and food with a kcal amount of 320 per cup3. You're looking at roughly 10-11 cups of food twice a day. Alternatively, that would be about 2 pounds of food each meal. ...


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There is not enough information provided to get a diagnosis. This appears to be an animal in direct distress. You need to take the cat to the veterinarian immediately for diagnosis and treatment. There is no home remedy we can supply on this forum that would resolve your issue. Take your cat to the vet immediately, especially if the cat has not eaten ...


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You won't necessarily see outward signs of stress. Which I believe is actually the case here. Plain and simple, and I can't stress this enough, you should never feed your snake live food. If for some reason you absolutely have to, (i.e. you've tried every other option), you should only do so under strict supervision. You should still supervise feedings with ...


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Go back to the vet and explain the problem or seek a different vet if you've lost faith in this one. It seems mostly likely that the vet has underestimated the severity of the situation. If you're cat hasn't eaten for 5 days that is an emergency of its own that needs attention. Also, I'd suggest asking for electrolytes so that your cat can get some ...


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After 15 years of multiple rabbit ownership, I can assure you it is the smell draws them to the wire, and the texture keeps them coming back. In fact, extremely rubbery remote control buttons are the one of the most sought after of all rabbit delicacies second only to sugar filled edibles: A face up remote is a sure fire way to get a bunny that knows the ...


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The solution we use, given that we have a similar problem, is a rubber boot mat. Basically, it has slightly raised sides that help contain the spillage and is very, very, easy to rinse and wipe to clean up. If you look around a bit, you can probably find one that doesn't look out of place or odd (ours is a gray color and blends reasonably well with the ...


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I can think of two possible solutions, having experienced this problem myself. The first would be to use a dish with higher sides as long as feeding is still physically possible. You may also purchase a dish that has sides that curve inward so that the cat cannot push the food over the sides (see picture). Now this may not be the exact style of bowl that ...


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Balloon material cannot be digested by cats. It may be able to pass through her digestive system, but it may also cause a blockage. A blockage is a VERY SERIOUS problem that requires IMMEDIATE vet attention. Symptoms of a blockage can include: Vomiting Anorexia (not eating) Weakness/lethargy Diarrhea Weight loss If your cat exhibits any of these signs, ...


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Corn Cobs are fairly absorbent. The best option here is to provide plenty of water and encourage your dog to drink up. The liquid will help soften the cob making it easier to pass. The hydration effect will also help the chemicals in your dog's digestive tract permeate the cob potentially helping to break it down, also making it easier to pass. There is ...


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Completely normal - not harmful. Flying fast moving things make great toys and often good snacks. One my cats goes crazy over flying insects often bordering on self-destructive tendencies (thinking she can also fly over my kitchen to catch it). There may be some oddball moth(s) out there that aren't good for cats to eat but I wouldn't be too worried about ...


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I'm sorry, the best way to know what is wrong with your cat is to wait for the vets to do the surgery. I'm sure waiting is heartbreaking and you're upset and anxious for the results, but anything anyone replies at this point is even less of an educated guess than what your vets have advised. I did have a cat whose stomach and esophagus stopped working (it ...


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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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If your food is giving your dog the complete nutrition they need, and they don't have anything else wrong with them, it can be either from boredom, from some sort of stomach upset (which is rare), or part of a range of compulsive behaviours (excessive grooming, licking, etc), or they just might like the taste of the dirt for whatever reason, usually due to ...


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There are several theories floating around as to why rabbits engage in this behaviour. One is that electricity in a live wire makes a noise that is audible to the rabbit and attracts them to it or they can feel the vibrations inside it. Another is that they might like the smell of the plastic or its rubbery feel. Also, if a rabbit is bored they will often ...


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A cat licking glass should generally be unharmful depending on your window cleaning methods. If you use a commercial cleaner (which would be harmful if ingested), then I would recommend switching to something non-toxic. I usually use water and microfiber towels. I've also heard that folks have good results with a vinegar/water mix, and this may also have the ...


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From talking to my vet, I know that cats don't need a hugely varied diet. As long as they are getting the nutrients they need, and their diet is appropriate for their age (kittens need different food than adults, for example, and adults need different food than older aged cats do), you don't have to worry too much about varying the diet. If the cat is happy ...


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If your cat is puking because she's ill (or even if she has some illness unrelated to the puking), then it's possible for her brother to pick up the illness from eating her puke, so it's generally not recommended. In my experience, cats will share their diseases anyway, so it's not a large concern. Rather than focusing on preventing the second cat from ...


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