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What are the signs of an old cat dying?

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 ...
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Cat has bad tooth and won't eat but vet won't remove tooth if she isn't eating

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 ...
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My cat is not eating or drinking anything after the death of the fellow cat

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'...
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What happens if cats drink coffee?

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", "...
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My cat vomited a big piece of plastic

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 ...
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My cat is not eating or drinking anything after the death of the fellow cat

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 ...
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Why is my cat drooling and unable to eat food and clean itself?

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. ...
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My cat vomited a big piece of plastic

This isn't good. You need to see a veterinarian ASAP or his health could worsen.
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How much will a full grown English mastiff eat?

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 ...
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My corn snake died just after feeding. What are the possible causes?

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 ...
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Cat has bad tooth and won't eat but vet won't remove tooth if she isn't eating

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 ...
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How can I prevent my cat from making a mess when he eats?

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 ...
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How can I prevent my cat from making a mess when he eats?

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 ...
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My cat ate a (part of a) balloon. What should I do?

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 ...
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Big hound has eaten corn cobs what can I do to help him pass them?

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 ...
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Is it normal for a cat to eat moths?

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 ...
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Cat is not eating, Fluid build up in abdomen, Ultrasound reveals mass in small intestine

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 ...
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Cat extremely finicky. At the end of my rope!

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 ...
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What happens if cats drink coffee?

Caffeine is very bad for cats and dogs. Don't let your cats have any coffee, soda, tea, etc. One tiny dose won't kill them, but you could be racking up organ damage each time. The HCCUA health ...
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Cats eat each other's food (and dog's food), makes it hard to keep track of when they eat

Thank you for your question. You have a few different issues within your one question, but let's start with your main question regarding cats eating each other's food. I have the same problem with ...
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Should I be concerned if my dog swallowed a battery?

This is a medical emergency! A vet must make an x-ray of the stomach as soon as possible to verify whether or not the dog actually swallowed the battery. If he did indeed, the battery must be removed ...
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Why does my cat paw her food from the bowl to eat?

I have a cat who does this, and have heard about the behavior in other cats. One researcher (sorry I don't have a reference) believes that some cats don't like their whiskers touching the sides of ...
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How do I control weeds with dogs present?

Using a herbicide such as Round-Up on your lawn, as well as insecticides, are not only harmful to the environment in general, but especially harmful to dogs and other pets using the lawn. Pets and ...
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Is it a problem to pet my kitten while she is eating?

It entirely depends on what happens. If she enjoys it and continues to eat I see absolutely nothing wrong with it. If one of my cats is not eating normally (for instance, the cat is sick and not ...
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What should I do if my chihuahua licked some chocolate?

Here is a website that calculates the risk: PetMD Chocolate Toxicity Meter According to this, a 4 lb. dog that ingested 0.2 oz of dark chocolate will have very mild symptoms, and you should keep an ...
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Should I worry if my cat accidentally ate some chocolate?

I would keep chocolate well away from any cat or dog. Xanthines (a class of alkaloids which I believe includes caffeine as well as theobromine (present in cocoa)) have very low toxicity to humans ...
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I inadvertently left my cat home with out food and water for 4 days. Is she hurt? She seems fine

I think you need to take her into the vet for a checkup. That's a long time without knowing the state of her nourishment and hydration. I would advise that for anybody that hasn't had proper nutrition ...
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Cat has bad tooth and won't eat but vet won't remove tooth if she isn't eating

I don't know of force feeding being bad but I'm no expert. I'd assume your cat would like to have something in her belly. When my cat had teeth/gum issues and wouldn't eat, my vet recommended that I ...
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My cat is not eating, will he starve to death?

If your cat is not eating because of his chronic kidney disease: He feels nautious due to the azotemia (buildup of uremic toxins in the blood). He is unlikely to get better without aggressive fluid ...
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My cat is not eating or drinking anything after the death of the fellow cat

Cats grieve. Like most if not all mammals, and many birds. When my cat lost his brother (hit by a car), he sat under the tree where they used to play all the time for 4 days, barely moving. It still ...
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