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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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I really like the specialized "Tiger Diner" food bowl. It forces the cat to slow down and "hunt" his or her food out of the bowl, resulting in slower (and often less) eating. I usually use it with dry food, but if you break up wet food into smaller chunks, rather than simply a can-shaped blob, it works just fine. Here is a photo of it:


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In my experience, cats are pretty good determining whether something they've caught should be eaten - one of the cats I grew up with was an avid hunter but while he played with a rat that had eaten poison, he didn't try to eat it. The other cats I've lived with haven't been as eager to hunt but none of them ever tried to eat anything poisonous although they'...


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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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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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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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One way that might work while there's a significant size difference is to place the kitten's food in a location that the larger / older cat can't physically get into. If you're a DIY type person you might be able to come up with something elaborate but a simple and cheap way that comes to mind is to use a document storage box such as the following: You ...


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Some cats are convinced they're "starving" regardless of how much food they get. Some have a particularly strong "treat drive," and will do anything to get a treat. Some just like to chew on things, particularly certain plastics. Any of those factors can lead to a cat chewing through anything that looks like a food or treat bag, and it's ...


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We had the exact same problem with our oldest cat. She refused to eat for a while, unless it was canned food. The simplest solution we found was to mix some dry food into the canned. This forced her to eat it slower, and eliminated the problem of her eating too fast and throwing up. Granted, she does sometimes eat too much to the point where she throws ...


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If you want to know whether your cat is over- or underweight, the most reliable way to know is to take the cat to a vet. My vet can tell just by looking, even if she doesn't know the exact breed of cat. Barring that, it's better to look at body composition than actual weight measurement if we're going to talk in generalities. As people mentioned in the ...


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‘Wool Block’ and ‘Hairball’ are the same thing, and the terms may be used interchangeably, bunnies groom themselves and the hair stays in their gut. They are incapable of vomiting so the only avenue is for it to pass through. The primary cause is lack of GI mobility generally combined with a lack of fiber. Hay should be available at all times to a bunny, ...


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My concern in feeding human food to animals is that animals are more sensitive than us to some of the ingredients. Commercial yoghurt contains emulsifiers, sweetners, flavourants, colourants, and preservatives. Those are just off the top of my head. Another concern is the animal's ability to digest lactose: So, what exactly is lactose? Well, lactose ...


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It's difficult to find advice specific to buffalo milk, but I think it's likely the advice would be buffalo milk is not good for kittens, and if you need to supplement their diet, use kitten formula instead. The advice when it comes to cow milk seems to agree that cow milk isn't good for kittens due to the high lactose content which will give them diarrhea, ...


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Instead of forcing the lean cat to eat in a "prison", like a carrier box or a closed room, you could take advantage of the fact that the fat cat is just that; fat. Can he jump as high up as the lean one? Can he fit through a hole so tiny that the lean cat is just able to wiggle through? Find such place in your home that only the lean cat can jump onto, and ...


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There are several problems here that need to be addressed. Can your cat drink water without problems? If yes, then your assumption that your cat cannot keep food in its mouth is wrong. The correct assumption is that your cat cannot chew food. The solution to this problem is to provide food that has the consistency of paste and can be licked up. If your cat ...


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We have a White's tree frog and an American toad, and feed live crickets to both. We've had good success with this box, which is available at pet stores: The box comes with a very nice mechanism for transferring the crickets to your frog cage. In the picture, you can see the two black tubes sticking out. The tubes are capped on one end and removable. ...


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A healthy weight for a dog is typically one where if looking down at the back of the dog you see a noticeable curve inwards where the belly meets the hind quarters. If it seems the hind quarters meet straight with the belly then the dog is overweight. Source More exercise will help somewhat but this isn't always the best option for an older dog that may ...


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There are dog bowls designed for slower eating available in most pet stores. They work by having an irregular design that makes it more difficult to get at food. Also, try wetting the food; it will go down easier.


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Not eating/drinking and indicating distress is quite a big alarm bell. With reference to: http://www.pawfriendly.com/community/sick-dog-symptoms This could be a sign that your dog is unwell - that it's in pain for some reason, and is reluctant to eat/drink, and your picking it up is causing pain. (Any chance your dog could have swallowed something like a ...


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Sorry for your loss. This is one of the prime reasons many keepers choose to feed their snakes dead food items. If the snake is not interested in feeding, it will most of the time just ignore the mouse (or rat). Left to their own devices, the mouse will get hungry and start looking for food. They are omnivores, that eat pretty much anything they can put ...


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I adopted a dog who ate fast (the way he was raised and Cushing's Disease). To solve this issue, I stuffed his food in a Kong, which is sort of the same thing as the Tiger Diner suggestion: make access to the food tough, but not impossible. An alternative recommended by my vet, which I also used to some success, is to use a round food bowl, put the food ...


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So... my cat has mega-colon (enlarged colon as a result of weak muscles in the anus) and, without proper management of his diet, he runs the risk of severe consequences from an inability to defecate. The way to deal with this non-surgically is to basically keep his stool soft enough to be managed by the weakened muscles. Since many cats only get moisture ...


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One thing to know is that dogs that become feral are known to be scavengers1 and as consequence are not necessarily eating fresh, unspoiled meats. From that aspect, you can discern that dogs are capable of eating meat that could very will sicken and kill us. The reason that dogs are able to do this is that their stomachs are very acidic and that allows for ...


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First off, since I don't know what she looks like now vs before, it's going to be up to you to decide if the loss of weight is severe enough to take her to the vet. It also doesn't hurt to make sure that nothing else is going on. There are two reasons other than brumation that I can think of that would explain why she doesn't feel like eating. The timing ...


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Cats have a natural hunt-eat-groom-sleep cycle that you can take advantage of in this sort of situation. Hunt: About a 10-30 minutes (depending on your cat's energy level) before meal time, start playing with your cat with an interactive wand toy such as Da Bird. You want to simulate prey movements with the toy. Try out moving along the ground (like a snake ...


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Probably not the cheapest solution, but I've heard of different systems that will lock/unlock the food bowl utilizing a collar similar to some pet doors (some even use such doors to begin with). Googling around, I've found the MeowSpace Cat Feeder, which to be honest looks a bit like some home made solution. I'm not sure that's something for your cat though....


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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 my cats. I have one cat who gorges herself, and I have one skinny cat who likes to graze all day long. What do you do with this situation? It is not easy. You ...


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